A backpacker in India
We Indians love Biryani.
Whether it is Hyderabadi or Chettinad or Calcutta or Ambur or Dindigal etc. I had not heard of Bhatkal Birynai - pardon my ignorance - till i read this article in "The Hindu".
This is what Wiki say about "Bhatkal Biryani".
" Bhatkali biryani is a special biryani savoured in all parts of coastal Karnataka and forms an integral part of Navayath cuisine. The Bhatkal's biryani evolved from the Bombay biryani which was further refined to give a distinct color taste and flavour. Bhatkali biryani can be of various kind, which include biryani made from either mutton, fish, chicken, or shrimp. The biryani is quite different from others across India in that the onions are used in larger proportions compared to other regions. The dish is cooked with the meat and onion based sauce being at the bottom of the cooking pot with a layers of rice on top, the rice and meat are mixed before serving. Local spices such as cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are used to get the distinct aroma. Served with Bhatkali kachumber. Bhatkali biryani is one of the most common wedding meals in Bhatkal and surrounding towns like Honavar, Murdeshwar, Manki, Shiroor, Byndoor, Gangolli, Kundapur all the way till Mangalore."
I am not sure whether they also make Bhatkali Veg Biryani for veggies like us to savour.
Nevertheless, enjoy the Food Safari article in "The Hindu" on Bhatkal Biryani here.
A few days ago I got back from 3 weeks in beloved India, one of my favorite places in the entire world (I wrote a bunch of blogs before, and also posted over there. Will get back to blog comments again though!).
It was one of the my greatest journeys of all time, in many ways. Firstly, I got to pilgrimmage to many of the sacred places of my guru, Paramahansa Yogananda and the lineage of Kriya yoga parem-gurus, mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi and other sacred writings. Taking this trip and getting to see these places has been a long dream of mine, and I have not been able to make it back to India in over 8 years. The sacred temples, meditation spots, caves and ashram grounds, where I spent the majority of the journey and was the primary purpose of the journey, can not be pictured here, but I wanted to share some of the pictures of daily life in India, and you’ll see some amazing places (where it’s okay to take pictures), like the Mahabodhi Temple, where Buddha reached Enlightenment. Secondly… my boyfriend and I also got engaged along the way! He carried the ring in his jacket for over 2 weeks before the moment. So it is a trip to remember.
Well let’s start the journey! I’ll let the pictures mostly speak for themselves, with some brief explanations.
First destination: Kolkata (Calcutta). This is not a city for the faint of heart. Pretty shocking, as you’ll see some of the most extreme things you may ever see in your life. We stayed at an ashram in the Dakshineswar district. You could get around to nearby things with bicycle rickshaw, or simply walking down the dirt roads.
Life in Kolkata. On the streets millions of people intersect in the most hectic mish-mosh of cows, autorickshaws, walkers, cars, bicycle rickshaws, stray dogs and goats (sans traffic lights), but somehow it all works. I see the beauty there.(Permission to show) Temple of the Levitating Saint Nagendra Nath Bhaduri.
Childhood house of Guruji, Paramanhansa Yogananda.
You always have to take your shoes off before entering temples, and leave them for long periods (sometimes in the “right” spots, or sometimes just in piles near the entrances!). It’s always a leap of faith they’ll be there when you get back…but they always are.
I think I ate 108,000 bananas on the trip. Oh, and oranges also! (More on the wonderful Indian food I ate, below)
Ahh! Getting a breather near the river, away from the craziness of Kolkata (since we were visiting all the sacred places throughout Kolkata and Serempore, we couldn’t just meditate in the ashram all day, as tempting as that was sometimes).
Being occupied madly in worldly matters, we never think of our spiritual uplifting. All we long for is, the enjoyment and worldly pleasures. Shaken off by my soul, I set out my tour for Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
Bodh Gaya Travel
My Bodh Gaya tour was sudden but with a push by soul in the search of tranquillity. Wishing to re-establishing my union with God, I headed on to Bodh Gaya trip. I took along my younger sister Elena with me and we started off from Delhi by train. It took us almost the whole day to reach Bihar.
The state boasts of a rich history of its remarkable culture, ancient tradition sand religious beliefs. Bihar was also ruled by some of the great dynasties in India like Magadh, Ashoka and Chandragupta Maurya. Bodh Gaya is among the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India that have added fame to the state.
On being reached Bihar, we were finally feeling being closer to the tranquillity that we had almost lost in our busy life. Sometimes I wonder how can we forget the almighty with whose blessings we have been able to enjoy all the materialistic pleasures.
Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautam Buddha, the spiritual leader of the Buddhism is known to have attained divine knowledge while meditating under an abstruse Banyan tree. I hastily went on to explore some of the iconic sites in Bodh Gaya.
First one was the famous Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. This architectural wonder also serves as a blessed pilgrimage site. This famous tourist attraction in Bodh Gaya is also listed in World Heritage Sites.
Mahabodhi Temple Bodh Gaya
Expelling the divine energy flow, the site also took me along to a celestial world. Sharing his knowledge, our guide told us that it was built by the Buddhist emperor, Ashoka. The Mahabodhi temple also houses a diamond throne shrine. It is home to a leviathan black statue of Lord Buddha, sitting cross-legged.
I was too excited to see the Bodhi Tree. That was the place where Lord Buddha is believed to have meditated and attained supreme knowledge. He attained enlightenment after seven days. Another platform, called “Chankramanar” adorned with 19 lotuses is also established to commemorate his walking meditation. I felt blessed and the existence of some divine energy was so powerful that I could not resist it for a moment.
Noise of my hearth
In the moments of silence I spend safely tucked away from any other humans and every other living creature I open my heart and quiet my mind to hear this one connection that seems to be woven like the cloth of a sail that then powers the ship across a never ending sea. It sweeps me along endless cosmos and takes me into your arms where I am comforted that I can Be with you forever in love.
Would you toss such vulnerableness away like a used up piece of cloth risking that it might have been you with me with we that became the safety washed in a love that ends not?
For some reason, I have decided to start at the very beginning. Just some really plane writing appears below.
The plane trip was a regular flight. After clearing customs and going to the TRS office to receive the GST back from our new Apple goods, we had a snack and a drink at the Movida airport offshoot: Pulpo. Delicious wine and scrumptious tapas. Where are we heading off to again?
We boarded the plane and passed by the sofa-wide business class seats and then continued through to cattle class. Appropriate seeing as we are heading to Delhi. Our seats were fantastic. We were on the upper deck of a massive plane, and i was delighted to play with all of the trimmings this new airbus had to offer. Very clever drink holders, lots of leg room, no-one sitting behind us so we could recline without compunction, and my favourite - an entire panel underneath the window that was a lidded compartment to store whatever we liked. It's my Ikea of plane happiness! Shortly after, we came up with the idea for a new hip restaurant/bar where the fit-out would be reminiscent of a airline travel. Without the turbulence.
Fold down tables, funky cup holders and delicious meals in compartmented boxes. The Hanger, The Upright Position are just two of the names we are trialling. The group of four older ladies sitting near us were also very excited about the travelling and talked of many things, relevant and just plain chatty at a volume that was constant and pervasive. Helen and I both ironically commented "Thank goodness we didn't have any screaming babies near us".
Why were they not drinking and falling asleep? How could they have so much to talk about. Should we show them how to use the fangled technology so that they could watch their ticket's worth of movies? Time to put on the headphones and binge and indulge in the in-flight entertainment, also to drown out the drone of the plane and the plain talk. We watched 3 films in synchronicity - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (okay), Taken 2 (just because) and Ruby Sparks (jury is still out). We drank our fill of gin and tonics and then red wine, which delivered us safely and drowsy to our stop over: Singapore.
Here we wandered swollen and tired through the numerous and bright Duty Free shops, checking the prices of Gin and perfumes, earmarking items for our Australian 2.25 litre goddamn privilege and right for our return trip. We then booked in a reflexology foot massage and back and shoulder rub. Try as we might, we could not rub away our tiredness, but we did wince with pleasure and pain at the strong delivery of this hour long indulgence. It was at this point that we decided we could discard our ever so tight in flight socks. No one else seemed to be wearing them and it was too difficult to get them back on. We herded ourselves back to the departure lounge and waited for the next leg. We were tired, surprisingly hungry - but happy.
Not so happy when we had to negotiate our way to our new centre location seats. There were already two Indian fellows firmly planted in our designated seats indicating that they were friends and wanted to sit there, and after some gentle pointing and the like, managed to get one of them to return to his seat on the other side of the plane, and conceded that the other could take one of our seats so he could at least see him on the aisle.
All we really cared about was buckling in, blowing up neck cushions and inserting ear plugs to block the insistent and all pervasive sound of babies crying, children banging toy cars, and general loud murmurings of our fellow travellers. The strange thing about allowing these two friends to align themselves with one another on the aisle is that they both promptly did the same as us. Blankey tucked in, head back and mouth opened sleep.
No matter. We tried to sleep but were also hungry. Strangely so bearing in mind that we had eaten two full meals in little over 8 hours with minimal exercise in between. I would love to think that teeth brushing and drink ordering counts towards the recommended 30 minutes per day, but I know, and been told better than that. So when our meals arrived, we awoke and ate them with relish. Or mixed pickles to be precise. We were, after all on our Indian leg, so had our first rice bound meal of many. We ate our curry in a hurry and returned to the land of bad lumbar slumber.
Some hours later and after limited zeds caught, we touched down in our destination. Ticket holders at a Delhi counter.
Holy cow indeed. What's to follow? Well, stay tuned...
I sold this to a woman that is a native to Provincetown. Jill has been after me for years to sell her a small
painting when she saw this she stop and said "that's the one"!
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