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Humble Food, Yummy Food

I had gone up to Rishikesh earlier this year. This is a lovely little town on the banks of the Ganges, at the foothills of the Himalayas.

One morning, we went up to the little temple town of Neelkanth. Neelkanth literally means "Blue Throat", and is one of the names of the God Shiva.

Legend has it that in the days of old, neither the Gods nor the Demons were immortal. To gain immortality, they had to churn the nectar of immortality and drink it. As they churned, a noxious poisonous fluid emerged first and threatened to kill them all. That is when Shiva drank the poison, and it turned his throat blue. Hence the name, Neelkanth.

At the end of the story, the Gods cheated and deceived the Demons and kept all the nectar for themselves. Huh!

We were up there, and after visiting the temple, we stopped for some yummy pakoras and chai.

Anyone but anyone who knows pakoras and chai, knows that they are best eaten on a rainy day, a wet day, in the hills. Anytime but in the peak of summer.

Lord Almighty! Humble pleasures indeed!


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I have been in the corporate world all my life, and have decided to take a sabbatical from this world. I am now a budding entrepreneur in my old age. This is wonderful because, apart from giving me the freedom to paint my own canvas, and to choose the canvas, it also gives me the time to do some of the things that I really like to do. These are, to travel, to photograph and to write. I still use a Nikon D 200. I started with B&W film, and this is something that I still love. The things that I am really grateful to the corporate world are, that I got the chance to travel the world, and meet lots of very interesting people. I have, over the years, become very interested in history, physics, culture,conservation, the environment and street food! I love landscapes, street photography, people, macro photography, geometrical shapes

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