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The legend of Ankor Wat

This is a post I intended to write for a long time now. I came know about the place Ankor wat from the book Judas Strain(Please find the review of the same here). The mystery that time has created is something all of us would awe  at. After the world was created What happened ? None of us know that. But subsequently there was evolution, cells began to form, then the amphibians up to mammals. The events that happened in our world is spread across the time. Sometimes there is a loss of information from one generation to another.

Angkor Wat from north

 Ankor wat was a Hindu temple that later in time became a Buddhist temple. The temple was built in 12th century by the King Suryavarman. The temple was built in Cambodia by a Indian (Tamil) King. The presiding deity is Lord Vishnu. This served as the capital of the Khmer Empire. The mystery history creates has a kick for itself. Trying to unravel or  rather understand the similarities of the architecture and how a Tamil king was able to build a temple in some place other than the Indian sub continent.

In this process of unraveling the mystery , I happen to learn more about Ankor wat. The name of the temple was not found but the archeologists guess that it could have been Varah Vishnu Lok. My indulgence in knowing more about this place is that the statue of deity Vishnu has eight arms, Ashta Bujam. There is a temple in Kanchipuram named Ashtabhujakaram. There is tight similarity between both the temples. This not only proves that there was trade between the other world and Indian kings but it also indicates about the cross cultural acceptance that existed even before the IT companies started training their prospective onsite traveling employees.

Angkor wat inside

The temple is representation of Mount Meru just like the Thanjavur Brihadeshwara Temple. Another intriguing fact about this temple. Someway once I finished reading this book Judas Strain I wondering about the place Ankor Wat.

This would probably be my first post in the legend series. Many more to come. Wish I visit all these places that inspire me to write.

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Slurp !! #1 – The Ultimate Vada Pav

I am a foodie of the highest order !! My mom says I was a very reluctant eater when I was a kid. God knows when I entered this sensual world rather when this sensual food world entered into me. I am pure bred vegetarian. Yes we vegetarians too have a lot of options to slurp about. Here goes one such slurping moment.

PavI live in India where there are variety of street foods. One such eclectic food is Chaat which is derived from Hindi cāṭ (tasting, a delicacy), from cāṭnā (to lick), from Prakrit caṭṭei  (to devour with relish, eat noisily). It has origins from almost all states and many food joints have their kiosk in the metropolitan I live in. I happen to visit one such kiosk to quench my craving for some light snack.

I visited a Vada pav joint, they had five to six varieties of vada pav which included schezwan vada pav, butter vada pav , special bombay vada pav and of course normal vada pav. I ordered Special Bombay Vada Pav. The making of that was a heavenly process. First the butter was smeared on the big hot pan, the butter sizzled once it touched the hot surface. The Pav (type of bun) was placed on the butter to absorb it. Once a golden brown appeared on the pav, a green coriander chutney was lavishly spread on the pav.

Vada PavHero of the dish is the Vada. Its a homogeneous mixture of alu, green  chilli , cumin seeds, coriander seeds and other spices. Small balls were made from the alu mixture and bathed in spiced liquid besan mixture. This vada is dropped into kadai full of oil. Vada dives in the oil deep down but some buoyant force pushes the vada back to the top and floats. Once the vada is fried to golden brown color, it is taken out and oil is drained out.

The vada is placed in the pav that was previously spread with green coriander chutney. A red color masala powder with various spices in right amount were added that gives a zing to the vada pav. Now the vada pav is closed and placed on a disposable plate. It is pushed to the counter and the vada pav wala called out special bombay vada pav in heavy accented hindi. vadapavchilli

I rushed to the counter to grab my plate of scrumptious-ness. The counter where the vada pav was placed had a plate of fried masala Green chillies. Just when I believed vada pav is all I needed, the masala green chilli pulled me towards it. I grabbed a couple of chillies and settled with my plate in a breezy corner.

A big bite of vada pav and small sharp bite of green chilli were playing wonders inside my mouth. Medley of flavors burst into my mouth were so exotic. The green chutney and red masala powder with the fried vada pav and a bite of masala chilli was a truly a lethal combination.

RatatouilleI understood what the rat Remy from the movie Ratatouille explained his brother about taste and flavors. It was a slurrpy yumilicious moment that I wanted to share with you all. Happy Eating Folks !!

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Kindled !! #1

Here is the story of how I landed up buying a Amazon Kindle Touch. As you know from the About page of Happy Ink Parchment blog, my dad is a voracious reader too. He had this habit of collecting books from the Chennai book fair. He has been going to the Chennai Book fair for the past 25 years. He would collect rare collection all well as the books he had already read, from the library when he was in his college. He is proud about these books considering these as his prized possession.

By the time I started reading books, his collection were not much. Some of the series were unfinished. I was wondering where did all these go ? That is when we realized that the books were either lent and never came back or they got old and worn out. Since we shifted many houses and in some places we were not able to get it all set in the shelf or cupboard, it was kept inside a good steel box but since it was not used for long the pages got worn out.

Imagine the pain my dad would have had seeing his prized possessions getting spoiled. Even if we had been in the same house for all these years, not all day you would take a book and read. We have a busy life and book reading would be a passion. So the next time I went to the book fair I was highly discouraged from buying any book. And unfortunately I did not have a good library near my locality. All the hopes were falling apart, I wanted to read new books, new genres and I was stuck with age old classics(No Offense but some times you need to get out of your shell. Its time to add the new contemporary one also to your collection).

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And this is when (2012) the idea of getting a E book reader cropped up. And settling for a Ebook reader of a few thousand rupees was not that easy on me. I did research for around 2 months.

Checked with what are all the brands available ?

Reviews both online and from friends of friends

Which brand is better ?

Which has good compatibility, that is to charge or connect to internet in India ?

What screen size is optimum ?

How much should it weigh ?

How flimsy each one is ?

Warranty and Protection costs ?

Last but not the least Which one is worth its cost ?

kindle_iconAnd I finally landed up buying Kindle Touch 3G. From where I bought my Kindle could actually be a separate blog post but here is a SPOILER ALERT !!  It was from the Dubai Shopping Festival.

Now that it has been two years since I got a E Reader, I recommend it to you as well.

PS -I love the smell of turning the pages of a book,it is heavenly. But let us also join Eco- friendly reading.

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