Puttu – Breakfast

Puttu is a South Indian breakfast item. The steam-cooked, grated-coconut laced soft and cylindrical dish usually is made with rice powder. However, wheat flour, ragi flour, tapioca or corn flour variants are also popular among foodies. Usually people enjoy it with ripened banana, or any veg or non-veg gravy. It is one of the healthiest and easiest breakfast items you can enjoy.

Tourist spots in Calicut

Calicut is a district in Kerala. The place is best known for tasty food and splendid beaches. The below given are nutshell details of two of the beaches from the district.

The below are the most popular beaches in the district.

Calicut Beach, Kappad Beach, Beypore Beach, Chaliyam Beach, Elathur Beach, Parapally Beach and Payyoli Beach

Beautiful waterfalls in the place makes it all the more worth travelling to. Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Arippara Waterfalls, Urakkuzhi WaterfallsVayalada are naturally beautiful places to visit.

Movie: Capernaum

Duration: 126 minutes
Country: Lebanon
Language: Lebanese, Arabic, Amharic
A soul-gripping and thought-provoking Lebanese movie that leaves several questions stabbing against your heart. Narrated and acted out superbly by the crew, the drama film won several accolades and critical appreciation. From the poverty-stricken slums of Beirut, Zain, a 12-year-old boy, with several siblings, turns out to be a criminal forced by the situations. Later, he goes on to sue his parents for the predicament he is in.

In the final scene, Zain is asked to smile for a photo which would become his ID.  

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Tapioca Specials

Tapioca is a staple food and regularly consumed by people of Kerala like in many other places. Being a tropical plant, it is widely available in almost all over Kerala.  A major advantage of the crop is that it can withstand drought-prone conditions and hardly requires much attention. The duration of the crop is about seven to eight months and a single plant can yield up to 4-6 kgs of root depending on the soil. Hassle free cooking makes it an easy-to-serve item at dining table.

Boiled, fried, mashed or curried, you can enjoy tapioca in several ways.

India- Dubai Travel updates 

Travel guidelines or passengers intending to travel to UAE

 

  • ·        Valid only for those with UAE Resident visa
  • ·         Not for wayward/connecting flights
  • ·         Residents with Dubai issued visa should take approval from GDRFA
  • ·         Pax from other emirates can travel with approval from ICA
  • ·         CKIN remark must be updated on PNR and a printout to be carried along.
  • ·        RT-PCR certificate issued within 96 hrs prior to traveling date from authorized labs is mandatory.
  • ·         Health declaration form and quarantine undertaking form duly filled should be handed over.
  • ·         Install both COVID 19 DXB smart app and Arogya Setu app.

It is better to avoid all unnecessary trips.

After tremors

We had all forgotten about the fury-filled face of nature until Strong tremors were felt across North and East India Sunday evening killing scores of people and injuring many more. The destruction caused by the calamity is yet to be fully determined as the rains and landslides continue to hinder rescue works.

Tremors were felt in Lucknow, Patna, Kolkata, New Delhi and the National Capital Region, which sent thousands of people running out of their homes. Three aftershocks, of magnitude 5.7, 5.1 and 4.6 were also felt in Sikkim, says the India Meteorological Department.

Many buildings in Sikkim have developed cracks, including the Sikkim Manipal University building. There is no electricity in Gangtok and Darjeeling. Telephone lines have also snapped in some parts of Sikkim; phone lines are congested in West Bengal. While the rescue team is doing their best to restore order and calm, let us hope no more bad news is awaiting us.

So what happened to them?

Once again all eyes are on IPL, the much hayed about cricket’s extravaganza that hauls in riches and churns out new talents from across the cricket playing nations. However, unlike its first edition, the latter versions never lived up to the opening gala and showed signs of ebbing year after year for one reason or another.

 The Team India that tours England after having won the World cup and sitting pretty on world No 1 test ranking has been thrashed 4-0 in test series thus losing out the ranking and are now one down in the ODI. One thing that has gone consistently for the team is injury for the key players. A closer look will tell you all of these guys had figured in the last edition of IPL and played all the matches or were injured out!

One wonders if there had been any series prior to this one that had witnessed as many injuries as this one. It is a team that has always complained about busy cricket schedule; look at what they are doing to the national pride playing in such leagues.

Ad sense

Advertisements are all around us today and have been for a long time; advertising-free “good old days” just don’t exist. Advertising as the word suggests is needed to popularize and sell your product and to leave a lasting impression on the minds of the general public. It aims to persuade viewers/readers to buy something for the first time or to switch brands. Ultimately, of course, commercial advertising aims to win sales, but some advertisements seek to inspire and motivate and at times to get across messages of harmony, peace, sharing and such. On the other hand, repetitive ads for familiar products often aim to short-circuit the conscious consideration of purchase decisions. They try to stimulate the consumer to pick up the soft drink or the toothpaste or the detergent as you moves down the shopping aisles. There is an automatic impulsion
instilled in you to work in their favor. Whether it is good or bad, you have to decide after you have used the product.

Irrespective of the quality and worth of a product, what we remember maybe the great ads some companies have produced.

We have grown up watching, purchasing and loving product ads such as Nirma, Liril, Amul, Dairy Milk, Vodafone, Mirinda, Naukari.com, Camlin, Idea 3G, Airtel. The most popular ad that is doing rounds like crazy maybe the latest Airtel Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota hai ad.

Kovalam calling

Kovalam… and do you need further explanation-      This     bewitching destination in God’s Own Country has been beckoning travellers from far and wide for decades. A splendid beach location, Kovalam caters to all kinds of travellers. Kovalam is one destination that can satisfy your instinct for adventure and your need to unwind. This palm-fringed beach is unique in that it is composed of three adjacent crescent shaped beaches – the Eve’s Beach, the Samudra beach and the Lighthouse beach. The image that we bring you this month is that of an aerial view of the Lighthouse beach, in all its splendour. The Lighthouse Beach gets its name from the Vizhinjam lighthouse located nearby.

Kovalam, meaning “a groove of coconut trees,” is just 10 km from the state capital of Kerala- Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is actually a combination of three small beaches. Among these, the southernmost beach, named Lighthouse Beach, is the most frequented beach in Kovalam. Earlier this beach of Kovalam was an anglers’ paradise. It still has some small villages, just a few kilometres away, which belong to the fishing community. Gradually, this beach of Kovalam has been transformed to a tourist spot of great interest. Kovalam is an ideal place for a sunbath during the winter.

Padmanabhapuram Palace, Kaudiar Palace, Anchuthengu Fort, Koyikkal Palace, Napier Museum, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum are few attractions apart from natural treat you get at Kovalam.

Languages: English, Malayalam and Tamil
Best time to go:  November to February

all that glitters is gold

It is not just fuel that’s hitting the news for the wrong reasons; there is the yellow metal that’s quietly making inroads in our pockets big time. Besides, increased consumption of gold in India and China following downgrading of US´ credit rating is the other reason behind rise in gold prices,”. The yellow metal has become dearer by Rs 3,000 per tola in the domestic market in a week´s span. Continuous surge in gold prices,
meanwhile, has caused daily transaction of gold to drop by more than 25 percent.

Look at the way the price has shot up since jan 1st

1st Jan,2009
13662, 13670, 13664

31st Dec,2009
16657, 16652, 16683, 16665

31st Aug,2010
18939, 18955, 18946, 18951, 18949, 18950, 18927, 18934, 18942, 18994, 19089, 19080, 19097, 19126, 19133
31st Dec,2010
20769, 20720, 20698, 20683, 20689, 20687, 20685, 20665, 20688

30th Jun,2011
22149, 22140, 22173, 22142, 22090, 22078, 22087, 22068, 22100, 22071

21st Aug,2011
27922

People are planning their wedding purchases in advance because they feel that prices may go to 30,000 (rupees). they are using that to buy,” said Sunil Kashyap, head of Asia, Scotia Mocatta. Gold prices have gained more than 25 percent so far in the year to peak at 27,989 rupees per 10
grams on Saturday, continuing its rising trend for eight years in a row.