Monday, July 26, 2010

Guru Purnima moon….


Guru Purnima, is a full moon day that is celebrated in India to worship the guru or spiritual guide.

The Hindus celebrate this by worshiping the Sage Vyasa (Veda Vyasa), the author of the Mahabharata, while the Buddhists  celebrate it in the honour of the lord Buddha who gave His first sermon on this day at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The Full moon on this day is said to be sacred, and people in India worship it…..

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Serendipity : Love is in the air…… er, water


A Sunday morning visit to Lodi Garden turns up an unexpected surprise.  A few of us were walking back to the garden after an interesting photographic morning at the Garden, when, while crossing the Athpula Bridge, I happened to see this heart-shaped patch of lily’s. It was irresistible, I had to photograph this heart made up of numerous heart shaped leaves…..

The vine…..

Lodhi Garden is one of those places that a photographer would get subjects to shoot at anytime, but yesterdays photowalk, was a disaster. The humidity was so high and it was so hot, that it almost felt like the camera was sweating.

After 10 minutes of shooting the breeze, a few of us decided to walk over to Khan Market and on the way there, I saw this creeper on the wall and i was reminded of O’Henry’s beautiful short story “The Last Leaf”…


Friday, July 23, 2010

Moist Chocolate Muffins (eggless)

Fed up with muffins bought at stores, i decided to try my hand at some home-made chocolate muffins. I have already achieved some proficiency with banana-walnut muffins, so i wanted to try chocolate muffins, but since I have several friends who would prefer it without eggs, I decided to try eggless ones. 


the ingredients are simple and are given below:

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup chocolate - I used Cadburys cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk

The way I go about it is simple. Set the oven up at 180 degrees Celsius (pre-heat),  and get the muffin tray ready, by layering it with the paper cups.

Melt the butter, mix the butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and milk together. Sift the flour and baking powder separately onto a plate. Fold the wet and dry ingredients together. Fill the muffin cups till they are half full, and bake them for about 25 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin comes out almost dry.

Word  of caution, do not mix (fold) the wet and dry ingredients and let them stand. They have to be transferred into the cups and baked immediately. I try and do it within 10-15 seconds.