Kids Golgappa Challenge

Golgappa (Plural Golgappe, AKA Water Balls in poor English) has many names in India and rest of world like Pani Puri, Puchka, Paani ke Patashe, Patashi, Gup Chup, Phulki etc. It has the more or less same taste of filling (Flavored water or Paani and boiled potato or boiled yellow peas), which may vary from sweet to sour to hot. 

Fundamental idea:

Kids, in general, are very choosy on their likes and dislikes of food, parents always have a tough time making them eat what is cooked in the kitchen or what they should eat for good.

The fundamental idea behind this challenge was to make kids try different tastes and get used to it. Other than 5 fillings (Paani) brought by the vendor, 15+ more flavors were created form juices, curd, lassi, chaach, chatni etc.

Challengers were divided into 2 teams on the basis of their school class, Aashi’s team has all her classmates and children above her class, while Ishu’s team has all her classmates and children below her class. 

To make it more challenging there were different levels and each level has difficult to eat taste of filling water (Paani).

Rules of challenge:

  • Challenge is only for kids, parents are welcome to enjoy different flavors of Golgappe after kids challenge.
  • Participant can choose either Aatta or Suji Golgappe.
  • Participant can choose either boiled potato or boiled yellow peas.
  • There will be 20+ flavors and tastes of filling (Paani) served. These will be
    prepared of traditional filling, different juices, curd, chaach, lassi, chatnis etc.
  • Participant will be out of challenge, if they refuse to eat any flavor (broken or dropped Golgappa will be served again, but avoid wastage of food).
  • Participant will be out of challenge, if their parents prevent them eat further out of
    concern of overeating.
  • The participant will be out of the challenge, if they can not eat further.

Winners:

Aashi team 1. Dristi 2. Anshika 3. Sanskriti
Ishu team 1. Cheenu 2. Fareeha 3. Sanvi

Some photos:

Challengers

Challengers and the Judge Shubhee

Too big Golgappa for small mouth

Too big Golgappa for small mouth

It taste funny

It tastes funny

The Judge Shubhee has a doubt on one of the challenger

The Judge Shubhee has a doubt on one of the challengers

A jam-packed stadium, spectators cheering all around

A jam-packed stadium, spectators cheering all around

Winners 🏆

Winners 🏆

Bigger consumers of Golgappa in the world - Moms

Bigger consumers of Golgappa in the world – Moms

How can dads leave behind

How can dads be left behind

 

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We are Colored! (Holi 2019)

This should be celebrated as no-discrimination day internationally as this is the only day of the year when we know person in-front as a fellow human being and do not ask of his/her race, religion, cast or any other crap. Sometimes I wonder how much ahead of time our forefathers have thought before starting this festival and the way it is celebrated AMAZING!!!

Well on shooting Holi, this was my first time in the middle of the crowd and chaos all around me. Loud music, rain dance, colored powder, colored water, wet and colored people grabbing each other to color, hugs, smile, shout, laugh, spring breeze, you just name adversity and imagine me in the middle of that carrying a costly DSLR which is highly sensitive to powder and water. Luckily people were considerate and noticed the camera in my hand… phew!

Post processing was the most adventurous bit as my personal computer with Adobe Lightroom went kaput before downloading raw (CR2 in Canon) files, being a Linux expert I took up the challenge of post-processing photos on Linux (I use another Laptop for work with Ubuntu). Got a great tool for Linux – Darktable which has all most all features of Lightroom but being naive to this tool, I am not yet very satisfied with the outcome.

I think I should log more on my thoughts on discrimination bit – Proving ourselves superior to others is human nature, so until two people are different there will be discrimination. At the same time there is no possibility that any two people will be the same, not even monozygotic (identical) twins as they get different experience and influences in their own lives, this is how nature works and wants us to be different. Educating people on how they treat others is the only way to suppress (if not eradicate) the feeling of being superior.

Well enough! … take a look of few photos I have shortlisted and post-processed in Darktable on Ubuntu –

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Holi 2019

Cattle herd

Though they disrupt traffic a bit, but I have found them photogenic.

Noticed few herds of cattle came all the way from Rajasthan for grazing abundantly available grass in Delhi NCR region.

I was out to eat Daal Fry and Butter Roti in a Dhaba, thought that we both were more or less searching for same opportunity… better food 🙂

An owner with his cattle herd

An owner with his cattle herd

An owner with his cattle herd

An owner with his cattle herd

An owner with his cattle herd

An owner with his cattle herd

An owner with his cattle herd

An owner with his cattle herd

Garhwa Fort

Garhwa fort is located in town Shankargarh, approximately 50 KM south to Allahabad. It was built in year 1750, but it has few remains of structures of Gupta dynasty (240-605 CE).

“I think stones have a lot more experience than any living being, you just need to sit with them and have your ears open to listen the tales.”

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

A ruin of temple in Garhwa fort

Yearly ritual – part 2

I have a confession to make, ruins give me a delight which a luxury hotel can not give. I love sitting at a corner of such building, imagine and dream its magnificent and glorious past. They have a tale, a riddle, a story hidden inside them. I found myself a explorer and an inspirer to solve that riddle 😛

When I suggest visiting Govindgarh palace and staying in a resort nearby, both brother BK and Sharad resisted. They won when I failed to book a room in the resort nearby, but we took a brief stop on the way to wonder in that ruin. Govindgarh was not in the middle of destination (Kanha tiger reserve), so we decided to move on stayed in Shahdol in the night of 25th December. Posting few photos of our brief stop at that palace.

Front of Govindgarh palace

Front of Govindgarh palace

A chariate use to pulled by elephants

A chariot use to pulled by elephants

A compound for royal family entertainment

A compound for royal family entertainment

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Ruins of Govindgarh palace

Yearly ritual – part 1

Happy new year !

I guess it’s the best way to start the blog, its first post of year after all.

Well, there were 2 long weekends first of x-mas and then new year, took few offs in between and got 10 days of break from 23 Dec 2017 to 1 Jan 2018.

Few years back I came up with thought of giving sometime to myself, to slow down a bit and spend some time with friends, nature, wildlife or whatever I love to do, actually live a different way of life all-together and do whatever I can do to relax and since then it has became a part of my yearly plan, which happens only in winters.

Reached  to home town (Allahabad) on 23 Dec. Visited Sangam with brother and my ancestral place with dad on 24 Dec. Finalized my trip with brother BK and Dr. Sharad. Posting few photos taken on 24th.

A Sadhu at Sangam

A Sadhu at Sangam (Allahabad)

My great grandfather was the one who first moved in to my ancestral village from somewhere, got some land which was very cheap or even free that time and started farming. He had 3 sons, my grandfather and his 2 younger brothers, once grown up they built their own houses next to each other, they all had 3 sons, but slowly my fathers generation and my generation started moving out of the village and now not a single person lives there. Those 3 houses are now started turning into ruins. The front of house and the place between house and well is turned into a mini forest. I remember, when we use to visit the village in my childhood, we were not having enough space left to put a Charpai (a portable bed) to sleep, ironically only snakes and scorpions lives in that area now.

Well build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Well build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Temple build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Temple build by my grandfather and his 2 brothers

Cluster fig (hindi. Goolar) tree, we use to spent our summer noon on branches of these tree in childhood

Cluster fig (Hindi: Goolar) tree, we use to spent our summer noon on branches of these tree in childhood

House of our neighbor blacksmith, like all others he has also moved to some city for job

House of our neighbor blacksmith, like all others he has also moved to some city for job

We once had mud-wall house like this one, these are very comfortable in summer and we use to sleep on dry paddy plant to keep our selves warm.

Dusk

Dusk

I have visited this place many time since childhood and was fascinated by beauty of this place, this is a very large ground next to river Ganga, due to flooding every monsoon no one lives there.

First day in Allahabad and second day of this yearly ritual was dedicated to dad :). Will post about 3rd day later. Keep watching this space….