Sunday, 31 March 2013

Beetroot Juice

Ingredients :

Betroot              -     A Small Piece

Lemon Juice      -      1 Table Spoon

Water                -      1 Cup

Sugar                -       1 Table Spoon

Method :

In a blender, add a small piece of beetroot  and water . Blend it and extract juice . To this add Sugar and Lemon Juice.


Ingredients :

   Milk                    -           2 Table Spoon

   Curd                   -            1 Table Spoon

   Ghee                   -            1/4 Table Spoon

   Sugar                   -            1 Table Spoon

   Honey                  -            1 Table Spoon


 Mix Every item together Panchamritham is ready . If you want you can put 1 or 2 basil leaves.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Beans Thoran Without Oil

Ingredients :

Beans (Sliced)                   -       1 Cup

Onion                                -       1 Number

Garlic                                -        6 Cloves

Curry Leaves                     -        5 Leaves

Turmeric Powder               -        1/2 Tea Spoon

Red Chili Powder              -         1/2 Tea Spoon

Salt                                   -          Add To Taste

Water                                -          1/4 Cup


1) Add Sliced Beans, Chopped Onion,Garlic,Curry Leaves and Salt to pan

2) Now add Turmeric Powder and Red Chilli Powder to this mix. Mix the chopped items with these powders. Keep it for 5 minutes.

3) Add 1/4 cup of water and cook it for 10 minutes.

Beans Thoran is ready . Serve this with Rice .

                                         Mrs. Anand Swarup

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Lemon Juice

Lemon                                -          1/2 piece

Ginger                                -           1 small piece

Honey                                -           1 Table Spoon

Water                                -            1 Cup

Method :

1)   Prepare lemon juice and ginger juice.

2)  Add the lemon juice , ginger juice with 1 table spoon of honey in 1 cup of water.

3) Add this mix in a blender and blend it for 30 sec.

Tasty and healthy juice is ready !

                                                               Mrs Anand Swarup

General Knowledge - 12

1) Indian standard time is the local time of

A: Allahabad

B: Calcutta

C: Chennai

Ans:  Allahabad

2) The Switzerland of India is

A: Ooty

B: Kashmir

C: Darjeeling

Ans: Kashmir

3) The state which has the largest forest area is

A: Assam

B: Karnataka

C: Madhya Pradesh

Ans: Madhya Pradesh

4) The longest river in the world is

A: Nile

B: Thames

C: Missisipi

Ans: Missisipi

5) Silver is found in

A: Karnataka

B: Rajasthan

C: Madhya Pradesh

Ans: Karnataka



Sunday, 17 March 2013

General Knowledge - 11

1) Which Indian got Nobel Prize for Economics?

A: C.V.Raman

B: Amarthiya Sen

C: Teressa

Ans: Amarthiya Sen

2) The Headquarter of RBI is in

A: Delhi

B: Kanpur

C: Mumbai

Ans: Mumbai

3) The value of Gold is determined in

A:  London

B: Rome

C: Washington

Ans: London

4) Diamond cutting is undertaken as a cottage industry in

A: Rajasthan

B: Gujarat

C: Maharashtra

Ans: Gujarat

5) The currency notes are printed in

A: Bombay

B: Nasik

C: Nagpur

Ans: Nasik



General Knowledge - 10

1) The Indian National Congress was founded by

A: Mahatma Gandhi

B: Annie Besant

C: A.O.Hume

Ans: A.O.Hume

2) The last  Mughal Emperor was

A: Akbar

B: Babur

C: Bahadur Shah

Ans: Bahadur Shah

3) Chanakya was known as

A: Rajasekhara

B: Vishnugupta

C: Visakhadatta

Ans: Vishnugupta

4)  The quit India movement was started in the year

A: 1942

B: 1945

C: 1943

Ans: 1942

5) Whose teachings inspired the French Revolution?

A: Locke

B: Plato

C: Rousseau

Ans: Rousseau




General Knowledge - 9

1) India’s first super computer is

A: Agni

B: Param

C: Trisul

Ans: Param

2) Which of the following is an example of non volatile memory?




Ans: ROM

3) CD–ROM is a kind of

A: Optical disk

B: Magnetic disk

C: Magneto–Optical disk

Ans: Magnetic disk

4) Who is considered to be The Father of Artificial Intelligence?

A: Alan Turing

B: John McCarthy

C: Allen Newell

Ans: John McCarthy

5) Select the smallest memory size

A: Gigabyte

B: Kilobyte

C: Megabyte

Ans: Kilobyte

Thursday, 14 March 2013

General Knowledge - 8

1) Which of the following memories is an optical memory?

A: Floppy Disk


C: Core Memories

Ans: CD–ROM 

2) DNS refers to

A: Data Number Sequence

B: Digital NetworkService

C: Domain Name System

Ans: Digital Network Service

3) Java was originally invented by

A: Oracle

B: Microsoft

C: Sun

Ans: Sun 

4) Which of the following is the most powerful type of  computer?

A: Super–micro

B: Super conductor

C: Super computer

Ans: Super computer

5) C is

A: A third generation high level language

B: A machine language

C: An assembly language

Ans: A third generation high level language




Tuesday, 12 March 2013

General Knowledge - 7

1) Socrates was a

A: Novelist

B: Dramatist

C: Philosopher

Ans: Philosopher

2) India Discovered was written by

A: John Keats

B: T.S.Eliot

C: P.D.Tandon

Ans: John Keats

3) Swami Vivekananda’s birthday is observed in India was

A: World Religious Day

B: National Youth Day

C: Hindu Renaissance Day

Ans: National Youth Day

4)  No–Tobacco Day falls on

A: June 30

B: May 31

C: April 30

Ans: May 31

5) Which of the following day is observed as World Literacy Day?

A: April 7

B: August 31

C: September 8

Ans: September 8   




Monday, 11 March 2013

General Knowledge - 6

1) pH of water is

A: 6.4

B: 7.4

C: 8

Ans: 7.4

2) Ruby is an oxide of ______

A:  silver

B: gold

C: aluminium

Ans: aluminium

3) Air contains maximum amount of ________

A: oxygen

B: nitrogen

C: hydrogen

Ans: nitrogen

4) The element used in lead pencils is _______

A: zinc

B: lead

C: carbon

Ans: carbon

5)  The acid present in lemon is _______

A: lactic acid

B:  tartaric acid

C: citric acid

Ans: citric acid



General Knowledge - 5

1) ISRO stands for

A: Indian Space Research Organisation

B) Indian Spices Research Organisation

C) International Space Research Organisation

Ans: Indian Space Research Organisation

2) What is the expansion of UGC ?

A: University Grants Commission

B: Union Government Concession

C: Universal Grants Commission

Ans: University Grants Commission

3) Who is the author of the book India 2020 ?

A: R.K.Narayan

B: Sidney Shelton

C: Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Ans: Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam   

4) The author of “The Discovery of India” is

A: Motilal Nehru

B: Jawaharlal Nehru

C: Mahatma Gandhi

Ans: Jawaharlal Nehru

5)  The original name of Bharathidasan is 

A: Vedachalam

B: Kuppuratnam

C: Kanaka Subburatnam

Ans:  Kanaka Subburatnam


General Knowledge - 4

1) The source of sun’s radium energy is _______

A: nuclear fusion

B: nuclear fission

C: cosmic radiations

Ans: nuclear fusion

2) The alcohol used in power alcohol is_________

A: ethyl alcohol

B: methyl alcohol

C: ethylene glycol

Ans: ethyl alcohol

3) Which variety of glass is heat resistant?

A: bottle glass

B: flint glass

C: pyrex glass

Ans: pyrex glass

4) Nail polish remover contains

A: acetone

B: benzene

C: acetic acid

Ans: acetone

5) Bleaching action of chlorine is by ___

A: oxidation

B: reduction

C: decomposition

Ans: decomposition

General Knowledge - 3

1) We cannot see during a fog because of ______

A: internal reflection  

B: scattering of light

C: reflection of light

Ans: scattering of light

2) Who is the father of discoveries?

A: Edison

B: Einstein

C: Archimedes

Ans: Archimedes

3) Television was discovered by _______

A: Bohr

B: J.L.Baird

C:  Becquerrel

Ans: J.L.Baird

4) Atom bomb is based on _______

A: nuclear fission

B: nuclear fusion

C: artificial radioactivity

Ans: nuclear fission

5) Filament of an electric bulb is made of  __________

A: copper

B: iron

C: tungsten

Ans: tungsten

General Knowledge - 2

1) The first chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission was ________

Ans: Dr.H.J.Bhabha

2) Mount Everest is located in _______

Ans: Nepal

3) Shore temple is located at _________

Ans: Mahabalipuram

4)  The Gate way of India is _________

Ans: Mumbai

5) The World Largest desert is _____

Ans: Sahara

General Knowlede - 1

1) Which gas is used for the preparation of Soda water ?

Ans: Carbon Dioxide

2) The first Indian Satellite was _______

Ans: Aryabhatta

3) The planet nearest to the Sun is ______

Ans: Mercury

4) The largest river in India is ____

Ans: Ganga

5)  Pink city in India is _______

Ans: Jaipur

Monday, 4 March 2013

Pal payasam

Milk                                      -           4 cups(1 litre)

Raw rice or Basmati           -            2 Table Spoon

Sugar                                   -            1/2 Cup

Ghee                                    -            1 Teaspoon

Cardamom Powder             -            Generous Pinch

Preparation :

1) Clean and Wash the rice.

2) Take a thick bottomed vessel and add milk. Cook with low flame. Don't forget to stir.

3) Then add rice and stir it well. Allow the rice to cook  with milk.

4) Then add sugar and stir it well.

5)  Add Ghee and sprinkle the cardamom powder to this payasam.

Our tasty Pal Payasam is ready...

                                                          Mrs. Anand Swarup


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Pavakka (Bitter Gourd) Fry

Bitter Gourd (Pavakka)      -        2 Numbers
(finely chopped)

Red Chilli Powder               -         1 Table Spoon

Turmeric Powder               -         1/2 Table Spoon

Salt                                      -          Add To Taste

Oil                                       -           4 Table Spoon


1) Add Bitter Gourd to a pan. Now add Red chilli powder, Turmeric powder and salt to this pan. Mix chopped Bitter Gourd with these powders. Keep it for 10 mins.

2) Heat Oil in a pan add this mix, fry till the bitter gourd turns brown.

3) Tasty pavakka (Bitter Gourd) fry is ready. You can serve it with chapati or rice

                                                            Mrs. Anand Swarup

Friday, 1 March 2013

Moods of Dubai

Dubai is an amazing place to live.. Its got man made as well as natural beauty. The beautiful sand dunes, the wind which blows the sand ... the golden sand which glitters in the sun.. 

dubai is also a city whcih is purely man made.. Money and good planning has transformed this city to a hitech one... The tallest, the biggest, the largest is all found here :-)

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. The largest mall in the world is Dubai mall. An artifical island along with buildings and villas is the Palm Island in Dubai.

Though Dubai is a desert, we find big and beautiful parks, filled with flora and fauna. The beaches are excellent.. Prestine beaches with golden sand is all over Dubai...

Tourist  come in large numbers to enjoy Dubai's hospitality, its beaches, food and ofcource world class shopping... Females can shop till they drop :-)

I have taken a few snaps while i travelled in Dubai..The pictures are taken by mobile cam.

Tallest Building in the world - Burj Khalifa at night...

Burj Khalifa...

Another angle shot of Burj Khalifa...
Arial view of Dubai...
Arial view of Dubai -- Burj Al Arab standing tall at sea...
Having Breakfast -- Sparrows in park !!
Pristine Beach of Dubai....

Burj Al Arab


Kerala - Gods own country

I remember the visit i had to kerala in 2011. I was staying in Dubai where the temperature is harsh and its very hot and humid. It was almost two years that I had seen monsoon, and for the first time in my life I was missing rain and water.. I wanted to be drenched in rain, just walk in the rain, forget about all the worries , the tentions, just forget about the hardship in life and just be one with nature... Fill the eyes with natural beauty, greenery and soak in the rain. Thats all I had in my mind.

And as planed , I visited Kerala (a south indian state) in the month of August. I remember , as the plane was about to land in Kochin airport, the weather was rough, there was plenty of air turbulance, and out of the window I saw that it was very cloudy and wet.. Rain was pouring and my heart was filled with excitement. As the plane landed and I checked out of the airport, I was received with a torrential rain. At 3:30 am, when most of the city was fast asleap, I was having an amazing car ride.. The roads were filled with water, the car was moving at 40 kms per hour as the visiblity was very less.. But I was happy, like a small kid I was enjoying the sight of rain, it had been 2 long years that I had seen rain. The rains in dubai lasts for a day, and most of the time, it feels like God has just sprayed some water on the land, and here I was , enjoying a heavy downpour.. The driver was cursing the rains, but all the while I felt amazed and blessed... I had an exciting one month stay in kerala...

Though its amazing to visit this place in the monsoon season,  it would be very wet, and thus would not be great for sight seeing.. So the best time to visit would be from october to january... The rest of the months are hot or very wet...

Kerala is a land full of back waters, streams, rivers and has got an amazing coast line... The beaches  are very beautiful.

Today i want to share some of the images that i took in my visit to kerala... This images although not very stunning would let the viewer know that this palce is very lush green... I would try to upload more images in the future,, but I  do recomend to all my readers, that if you guys want to go for a vacation, plan at least a week in kerala...

A cloudy sky , it pours heavy during june, july and august months....
A bird having a good rest...
Another view of the same guy...
ButterFly... A childhood memory refreshed...
Greenery really soothe the eye...
A full bloom before it turns to coconut...
Tender Coconut , it tastes awesome !!
A view of the tall coconut trees...
Young banana plantations...
Areca nut palm trees...
Chembu -- A wild plant found in kerala...
Pearl - drop of water...
Soothing shower of Rain ...