Sunday, October 20, 2019

Little love from the Littleton ,New Hemisphere

I love visiting small towns. There is something about a small town that always intrigues me, the spirit, the charm, or its own heart. Every small town owns a character far from the urban spin, offbeat food, alleys, by lanes. Small Towns always carry one of a kind character and signature whether it's smell, flavor, food or people. Whenever you visit a small town you always find something new and interesting.

         Last week during my fall visit to New  Hampshire white mountain region, I visited Littleton, a hidden gem indeed with a great river walk, covered bridge, first methodist church, shopping both local and global, great restaurants and cafes make a lovely town to visit and unwind. Whether you spend a day or two or take a walk on the riverwalk alongside the cover bridge or grab a cup of coffee or tea from the local cafe with a seasonal flavored muffin or bread or walk in the vibrant main street with the pretty shops, it will take away all the monotonous daily grind that has accumulated. Admire the nature and view while lunching or dining in the riverside cozy cafe or restaurant.  I captured a few moments through my camera in my last visit to this charming a quint town.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Indian festive look 4

      I can't believe I already posted 3 Indian festive looks(Festive look 1Festive look 2 , Festive look 3already and yet I have not posted any Indian saree story. Saree is a quintessential outfit without which we can't imagine any Indian soiree. A six-yard of sheer grace. Yes, here is my saree look at the onset of the Indian festivals.

      As they say, every saree has its own story. The story of this saree takes me a few years back in the initial stage of building a saree wardrobe. Yes, this saree is from the southern part of India and it is called Pochampally saree which a kind of Indian weaving technique and of course this my first Pochampally saree. Dark purple in color and a dusty green border with a paisley motif and just above the border deer facing each other, this makes the saree really interesting. The achaal has a multicolor diamond shape motif that gives saree a good pop of color.

      The saree comes with a blue blouse but I decided to ditch the blouse and use a parrot green blouse instead, I believe this gives the look more flare and fluidity. I was very easy on hair and make up natural -neutral. I added a multicolored and multi-layered fabric necklace for a more contemporary look. Do let me know how you like this modern Indian festive look.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Fall in Connecticut

A chill nip in the air and the burst of color, fall is here sprinkling the nature's confetti in our heart and mind. Living in Connecticut for the last 16 years making it home, I cherish all four seasons however, nothing beats the magical mosaic of the fall. There are many ways you can enjoy and explore the fall season in Connecticut, whether you get lost in the serene beauty of small towns or the captivating coastal region or search for seasonal flavors. State parks are the best spot for leap peeping vivid colors  in Connecticut

Things to do in fall

Driving around: Nothing beats the driving around autumn leaf-peeping. You can find spots of scenic fall beauty in every mile. Lake Waramaug, kent fall state park, stop for the overlook view at Gillette castle.

Hiking: If you love hiking, Connecticut offers you the most stunning views of new England just a hike away. Go for an easy hike in Talcott mountain and soak the sweeping view of the city and nature or for moderate hikes, hike up to Castle Craig, or Case mountain wonder awaits you.

Pumking craving
Fall is the best time to visit all those beautiful farms, find the shape and size of the pumpkin of your imagination and of course carve a pumpkin. I love to visit Fairweather farm and Bishop farm with my kids and always bring a pumpkin for my fall decor.

Get lost in the corn maze or take a hayride
One of the favorite activities is the puzzle in the Corn maze and what a fine ride on a hayride.
I love baking pie in the fall season or you can taste all the wonderful bake goodies whether apple pie or pumpkin pie or pumpkin spiced donut or apple cider, ah so yummy.

As they say, Connecticut has the longest fall season in New England. You can spot a fascinating fall color from early October and goes till mid-November. Usually, the 3rd week and 4th week of October is the peak time however it depends on the weather conditions that year.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Indian festive look #3

      The most I miss in Indian festivities is mostly the vibe that festivity brings, the lip-smacking sweets and savory that instantly melt away your heart, with new trends emerging with the festive seasons, the sudden rush in our town and those festive breaks we waited to greet the festivity with warm and open hearts.  Here fall is emerging and clearing aways the sultry summer blues. But the truth is anywhere you go you bring your culture and color to your new abode.

       We stay in a neighborhood with people from all over the Indian subcontinent and bring their culture and celebrate with great zeal. Here I am wearing a cotton kurta, peach dupatta and peach skirt. To the whole neutral palette, I added emerald earing and oxblood red lips and nail for pop and dark kohl filled eyes. Suttle celebratory look. Hope you enjoy this festive look #2, #1. Happy festivities!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday Assamese Chicken curry

      My both sets of grandparents have never eaten chicken rather they enjoyed Fish curry or fish. The chicken was almost an alien for my families past generations. In Assam, about 30/35 years back older people instead of chicken rather ate duck, mutton or fish. That says chicken curry is not exactly a traditional dish in Assamese cuisine. But eating chicken is a quintessential part of modern Assamese family. As a kid, I remember waiting for Sunday lunches for chicken curry. The aroma of cooking chicken-filled up our home and us picky eaters can't wait to have our lunch. While growing up we only got one day holiday in the week, Sunday. Usually, everyone is at home and my mom painstakingly cooks the best and exquisite dishes to the table. And along with other specialties, the chicken was the fulcrum attraction. And happiness was eating chicken curry on Sundays.

      As I told earlier, chicken curry is not exactly a traditional dish in assamese cuisine. However, the use of fresh ingredients and the easy and simple process of cooking chicken in every Assamese household is the same. And potatoes are usually added in Assamese chicken curry.  Here I am sharing Assamese style chicken curry.

  1. 2 lb cut chicken
  2. 1 medium-size potato
  3. 2 medium-size onion
  4. an inch ginger
  5. a few cloves of garlic
  6. 2 to 4 tablespoon oil 
  7. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  8. 1teaspoon turmeric
  9. Whole spices ( cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, dry red chilies, black pepper ). I put 2 of each but you can always adjust it according to your taste. For Assamese chicken curry, I love to use home ground spices for the freshness. Instead of this, you can also use garam masala powder.
  10. Peel the potato's skin and fry them in the oil until golden brown and set aside.
  11. Now clean the chicken and marinate it with salt and turmeric. Let it sit for 10/15 minutes. Ground the onion, ginger, and garlic don't make it too pasty otherwise it will lose the rustic appeal. Now, add it to the chicken and add 3 tablespoon oil, also add the dry ground spices. Marinate for 30 minutes.
  12. Now put the pan on the stove and once it is hot, add 2 tablespoons oil and add cumin seeds. After the seeds crackle add the marinated chicken. Fry it until water dries up. Add potatoes and now cover it and let it cook. Cook, it at least 15/20 minutes and stir it in between. Add 2 cups of hot water and cook it on low flame for another 5 to 7 minutes or until done. Now serve it with steamed rice. Enjoy the Assamese style simple soulful chicken curry. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Indian festive look # 2

      Every year festivity always agitates me to dress up. Sometimes buying new clothes is exciting and at other times working on the pieces you already own is exciting as well. Indian festivity calls for a riot of colors. In the trend of neutrals wearing something colorful yet staying in an understated look is tricky. I always believe and enjoy playing up with pieces mix and match, switch and swept. While wearing a colorful outfit, I tone it down with neutral accessories and while wearing neutrals, teaming it up with a pop of color or statement accessories is real fun.

     Indian festive celebration is associated with some quintessential colors like red, orange, pink and yellow. This time for Indian festive celebration, I chose an orange silk kurta ( tunic ) and orange salwar ( dhoti pants ). The color orange itself is a bright and bold color. If I choose the traditional route, I should have chosen gold, yellow, pink colors. In the quite contrary, I chose black; a black color dupatta and some silver jewelry. My neckpiece is a silver elephant pendant. The pendant is from Bali, Indonesia.   I wore dark red matte lips, simple hair and rest of the makeup are natural and a dark blackish Brwon juti (flat Indian pump). A casual look. Did you check  Indian festival look # 1. Hope you like this look.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Indian festive look #1

In the world of flashy machine-made products, handmade products have their own beauty. The beauty that lies in the imperfections makes it unique and one of a kind. Wearing something handmade always brings a sublime feeling to me. That elicited me to share this Indian festive season's 1st look. A handmade tunic and skirt in navy blue shades recently wore for an Indian festive celebration. I am into neutral these days. A navy blue kurta (tunic) and ghagra (long a-line skirt) and added an off-white dupatta. The motive behind creating this look is an understated and classic look. I added a multi-strand pearl necklace just to amp up a bit and my hair and makeup are natural. By the way, I was wearing Loreal X SabyasachiSabyasachi. Hope you like this look.

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