Five Awesome Hollywood Movies Set In India

Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierly (via People), who, after being tragically separated from his family 25 years prior, embarks on a journey across India to reunite with them. Highly emotive and truly powerful, the movie was a huge success with critics and was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, with particular praise aimed at the acting of the cast, which included Dev Patel as Saroo and Nicole Kidman as his adoptive mother, as well as a number of well-known Indian actors, including Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Priyanka Bose.

Octopussy is the 13th film in the James Bond franchise and the sixth to feature Roger Moore as the suave and sophisticated British secret agent. Investigating the murder of a fellow agent, it sees the globe-trotting spy travel to India where his trails led him to the mysterious Octopussy, who he ends up later enlisting to help thwart the dastardly plans of exiled Afghan Prince, Kamal Khan, who is working with the deranged Soviet General Orlov, to detonate a nuclear bomb on an American airbase in West Germany. With much being filmed in India, audiences are treated to plenty of high-octane action sequences, including brawls in the densely populated streets whilst riding a tuk-tuk, as well as Bond hanging onto the tail of a moving airplane whilst high in the sky. There are also plenty of elegant palaces, with images of the Taj Mahal and locations including the Shiv Niwas Palace, Taj Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Palace, being used.

When it comes to awards, this 1982 biopic is one of the most highly decorated there is. Starring Ben Kingsley as the eponymous Gandhi, Gandhi tells the story of how he led the nonviolent non-cooperative Indian independence movement against the British Empire during the 20th Century. Visually stunning, beautifully acted, and telling an important story, the movie was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning eight, including Best Actor for Kingsley as well as Best Director and Best Picture.

The Jungle Book РThere have been countless adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s collection of short stories collectively known as The Jungle Book. Probably, the most well-loved is Disney’s 1967 animated musical. Set deep in the Indian jungle, it tells the tale of a feral child raised by a pack of wolves as he navigates the dangers of the jungle, making man a friend and foe along the way. The beautifully animated Indian wilderness perfectly captures the essence of the jungle described in Kipling’s stories, no doubt inspired by his time growing up in India.

Life of Pi¬†is a 2012¬†adventure-drama¬†film directed and produced by¬†Ang Lee¬†and written by¬†David Magee. Based on¬†Yann Martel’s 2001 novel¬†of the same name, it stars¬†Suraj Sharma¬†in his film debut,¬†Irrfan Khan,¬†Tabu,¬†Rafe Spall,¬†G√©rard Depardieu¬†and¬†Adil Hussain¬†in lead roles. The storyline revolves around two survivors of a shipwreck who are on a¬†lifeboat¬†stranded in the¬†Pacific Ocean¬†for 227 days. One is a sixteen-year-old Indian boy named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and the other is a ferocious¬†Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The film began development shortly after the release of the book and filming was split between¬†India,¬†Taiwan¬†and¬†Montreal in 2011.

Five Facts About Holi

1. Holi is a lunar celebration : Holi falls on a full moon day in the month of phalgun, as per the lunar calendar. Phalgun generally occurs around February/March.

2. It is a spring festival : Holi is celebrated at the onset of spring season. The budding of flora is an anticipation to rich harvest for the year.  In celebration of this communities come together to dance, smear coloured powder and throw water balloons at each other.

3. There’s not just one story behind the festival : One of the core stories behind the festival is based on the legend of Hiranyakashyap, Prahlad, and Holika from Hindu mythology. However, in some regions, the focus of the celebrations shift to blessings for good harvest, commemorating ancestors, celebrating victories and¬†more!

4. The use of natural colours was influenced by ayurveda : Traditionally, Holi colours were derived from natural sources like leaves, fruits, roots¬†etc which are key ingredients of¬†ayurveda¬†medicines.¬†The colours are used either in particulate powders or liquid splashes.¬† All natural, it’s a way to rejuvenate the skin with the plants’ healing and refreshing properties.

5. There are showcases of dance, music and processions : Some cities have elaborate processions lasting up to two weeks!  Traditional folk songs and dances take the centre stage. More popular in urban areas is to have selective Bollywood songs that resonate with the festival. Some cities even organise local rock concerts!

RIP Pankaj Udhas

Veteran Ghazal singer & playback singer Pankaj Udhas has passed away at 72 after a prolonged illness on February 26. The singer’s family released a statement confirming the death of the ghazal maestro. “With a very heavy heart,¬†we¬†are¬†saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj¬†Udhas¬†on 26th February due to a prolonged illness. Udhas family.” The singer passed away at 11 AM today at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. According to reports, he was diagnosed with cancer a few months back and was not meeting anyone. The singer’s last rites will be performed on Tuesday (February 27). Pankaj Udhas’ daughter Nayaab also shared the news of his father’s demise on social media.

Pankaj Udhas, a name synonymous with soulful ghazals, has captivated audiences for over four decades. Born on May 17, 1951, in Jetpur, Gujarat, India, Udhas’ musical journey began at a young age, nurtured by a family steeped in music. Udhas’ early career saw him singing for Hindi films and even dabbling in Indian pop. However, his true calling lay in the realm of ghazals, a form of Urdu poetry set to music. In 1980, he released his first ghazal album, “Aahat,” marking the beginning of a prolific career that would see him release over 60 solo albums and numerous collaborative projects. Udhas’ melodious voice, coupled with his nuanced understanding of ghazal poetry, resonated deeply with listeners. He became a pioneer in bringing ghazals to the mainstream, making them accessible to a wider audience beyond connoisseurs of the genre.

Udhas’ dedication to his craft has been recognised with numerous prestigious awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Ghazal Singing, and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour. Beyond his musical prowess, Udhas was known for his humble and down-to-earth personality. Pankaj Udhas‚Äô voice is forever etched in the hearts of ghazal lovers everywhere.¬†

Black Friday sale For The IPhone 15 In India

The iPhone 15 is available with a Rs 8,000 discount offer, which is great because Apple launched it just 3 months back in India. As part of the Black Friday sale, the iNvent store is currently giving two offers on the latest iPhone, which effectively brings down the price of the iPhone 15 to Rs 71,900. Here are the details about the iPhone 15 deal and whether you should consider buying it or not. Before we get into the deal, it is important to note that iNvent is Apple’s authorised seller.

On iNvent store’s website, the iPhone 15 is currently listed with a starting price tag of Rs 76,900, which is down from its original price of Rs 79,900. This means that customers are getting a flat discount of Rs 3,000 on the site. There is also an additional Rs 5,000 cashback offer on HDFC bank cards, which will effectively bring down the price to Rs 71,900. So, the total discount here is Rs 8,000 on the device. But, do keep in mind that this iPhone 15 discount offer is visible only on the black colour model.

The iPhone 15 is a great phone that you can buy right now if you can afford to spend around Rs 72,000 in India. It comes with a new 48-megapixel camera system with support for 4K Cinematic mode, a faster chipset, a new punch-hole display design, and a USB-C port.

Six Things That Tourists Need To Be Careful Of In Goa

No plastic

When in Goa, do keep in mind that this beach destination has announced a blanket ban on certain single-use plastic items from July 1, 2022. Also, as per the notification issued by the pollution watchdog, stocking, manufacturing, and sale of these single-use plastic items is prohibited in Goa.

Be cautious of water activities

Recently, the state tourism department also noted that boating/water sports activities from areas other than those permitted and conducted within demarcated zones, will not be allowed. They have also warned touts against selling of cruise boat tickets or any other tourist activities at places other than authorised ticketing counters and offices.

No cooking on beaches

Next time when you’re in Goa, don’t try to cook food or consume alcohol on the beaches, as new stricter rules have been put in place to regulate such activities of tourists. If reports are to go by, the Goan Government has also updated the Registration of Tourist Trade Act to regulate fines on drinking and cooking on the beaches.

Cooking near roadsides

Not only beaches, one will also not be allowed to cook near the roads. Reportedly, the state tourism department has also prohibited any sort of cooking near the roads, as it has been found that many tourists often cook and create a mess by the roadside.

Ban on desk beds lying on beaches

Take note that there is also a ban imposed on illegal placement of deck-beds, tables, and other items on all the beaches of the state without acquiring valid permissions from the prescribed or competent authority. So, make sure that you have all the required information before using any of these.

Unauthorised vehicles

During your next Goa vacation, make sure that you take a vehicle for use after carrying out thorough research, and checking their valid documents. This is because it is now illegal to drive any unauthorised vehicles in tourist places, especially on Goa beaches.

Will The Government Change The Name Of India to Bharat?

The current government is considering a yet another silly thing – to change the name of the country from India to Bharat! The invitations to a state dinner to mark India‚Äôs hosting of this year‚Äôs G20 came not, as you‚Äôd expect, from the office of the president of India, but from the ‚Äúpresident of Bharat‚ÄĚ. There‚Äôs a¬†growing push among BJP MPs to adopt the name change, since ‚ÄúIndia‚ÄĚ ‚Äď the conventional English rendering of the country‚Äôs name ‚Äď to some at least, symbolises ‚Äúcolonial slavery‚ÄĚ. The nation of more than 1.4 billion people is officially known by two names, India and Bharat, but the former is most commonly used, both domestically and internationally.

Bharat is an ancient Sanskrit word which many historians believe dates back to early Hindu texts. The word also means India in Hindi. Given the Hindu-nationalist ideology of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‚Äôs government and its push for increased use of Hindi, critics responded to the use of Bharat in the invites by suggesting the government was pushing for the name to be officially changed. Changing India’s name to only Bharat would require an amendment to the constitution which would need to be passed by a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament.

The BJP has already renamed cities and places that were linked to the Mughal and colonial periods. Last year, for instance, the Mughal Garden at the presidential palace in New Delhi was renamed Amrit Udyan. Critics said the new names are an attempt to erase the Mughals, who were Muslims and ruled the subcontinent for almost 300 years, from Indian history.

Subways’s New Hotseller Menu Items Sounds Tempting

Subway, the quick-service restaurant brand has been on a journey of change across many of its international markets. For the Indian market, that means the biggest shakeup to its menu in 20 years. Here the brand opens up on its drastic reinvention. I a surprised when a few days ago I noticed quite a changed menu for Subway.

Opting for simplicity versus complexity, Subway has launched a range of new menu offerings¬†in India ‚Äď and simpler ways to order them. It’s the biggest strategic shakeup from the brand in India in its two decades in the country. The shift includes an easier-to-navigate ‚Äėpoint and order’ menu section as well as a new range of eight ‚Äėhotseller‚Äô subs, the flagship offering of the company, to combat an unwanted reputation for cold sandwiches.

Suway has been in India as a franchisee operation for 20 years and today boasts 650-plus stores and their menu has changed very little since then. I first tried Subway back in 2014 and the menu has mostly started the same. the brand rejigged the menu and opted to launch a range of new hot subs (the ‘hotsellers’) that have been crafted with the Indian palate in mind. These include Chilli Cheese, Crunchy Mexican, Paneer Achari, Italian Pesto, Chicken Tikka Achari, Great American BBQ, Spicy Chicken Cheese, and Pepper Chicken. The reengineering in India mirrors similar changes by Subway in the UK, Canada and US. Subway’s brand refresh in Britain has been accompanied by its biggest marketing campaign in the country in 25 years.

ISRO’S Chandrayaan-3 Lands On The Moon’s South Pole

India’s¬†Chandrayaan-3 has landed on the moon’s south pole, making India the first country to reach that region. The successful moon mission has made India the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface after the US, China, and the erstwhile Soviet Union. Parties and prayers were held with great fervour across the country ahead of the historic lunar touchdown. ISRO is live telecasting the landing event on its ISRO website. The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on July 14 from Sriharikota. The Vikram lander began its descent toward the moon surface at a velocity of 1.68 km per second. It then slowed down before beginning a powered vertical descent to the surface of the moon.

The real test of the mission began at the last leg of the landing. Prior to 20 minutes before landing, ISRO initiated Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS). It enabled Vikram LM to take charge and use its on-board computers and logic to identify a favourable spot and make a soft-landing on the lunar surface. Given the history of India’s second lunar mission, which failed during the last 20 minutes before landing, ISRO was extra-cautious this time in the process. Due to high risk to the spacecraft minutes before moon landing, the duration is dubbed by many as “20 or 17 minutes of terror”. During this phase, the whole process became autonomous, where Vikram lander ignited its own engines at the right times and altitudes.

The spacecraft’s Vikram lander made the soft landing at 6.04 PM (IST), ending the disappointment over the crash-landing of the Chandrayaan-2 lander four years ago. According to ISRO, the mission’s three objectives are to demonstrate a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, to demonstrate a Rover roving on the Moon and to conduct in-situ scientific experiments.

A Few Fun Facts About India On Her 76th Independence Day

India was the first country to mine diamonds

India was the source of diamonds were in the world from the 4th century BC for around 1000 years. The pure diamonds were found in the Krishna River Delta, located in Andhra Pradesh.

They are pioneers

As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Indians gave the worlds a lot of important inventions and discoveries. You may don’t know, but chess is one of them, the king Balhait ordered an Indian brahmin to design a game to promote the intelligence of people. Wireless communication is another one, this innovation revolutionized the way we communicate by Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose.The wireless radio communication, which enables individuals to communicate quickly and transmit data over a distance without the electrical wires or cables.

India is the second largest English-speaking country in the world

Lastly, in our list of facts about India, did you know that India is the second largest country in the world that speaks English? So it is! English is the main language spoken in the country, apart from the 400 languages and dialects we have mentioned before.

India has one of the lowest percentage of population using the internet

Even though India also has the second largest number of internet users in the world, second only to China, the percentage of the population using the internet is among the lowest in the world, with only 48.7% of the population having access to it ‚Äď well behind the world average of 64.4% (as of 2022).

Home of a mysterious skeleton lake

Located in the Himalayas at about 16,470 feet, the glacial Lake Roopkund has become famous for the human skeletons found in the lake and surrounding areas. It is thought that the skeletons are the remains of people from the 9th century who perished during a severe hail storm.

India has 22 recognized languages

The numerous languages spoken across India include Santali, Kashmiri, Bengali, Tamil, and Urdu. However, the official languages are English and Hindi. India also has the world’s second-largest population of English speakers (first is the United States), since most Indians speak their own regional language as well as English for easier communication.

There are A LOT of holidays

In 2019, India recorded 26 official holidays, including Independence Day, Deepavali, Holi, and Christmas. The wide range of celebrations comes from the fact that so many different cultural groups are blended in the Indian population, leading to a plethora of holidays and festivals.

Around 70% of the world’s spices come from India

India is by far the largest producer of spices, which are shipped across continents to restaurants and kitchens worldwide. Some of the best-known spices are turmeric, cumin, saffron, and chili powders

Top-earning Indian YouTubers

Ever wonder what the top Youtubers earn? So I barely follow any Indian YT content creators but I as curious as to what the top guys can make. I am guessing that the payment is going to be really good considering that the amount is gonna be better in Indian Rupees or even if not the ads will pay well. So I took a look and here is what I found:

The top-earning YouTubers in India are:

  1. Carry Minati: Rs. 46.5 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  2. Amit Bhadana: Rs. 10.5 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  3. BB ki Vines: Rs. 9.8 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  4. Ashish Chanchlani Vines: Rs. 9.4 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  5. Gaurav Chaudhary (Technical Guruji): Rs. 8.9 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  6. Sandeep Maheshwari: Rs. 6.5 lakhs per 1lakh views
  7. Harsh Beniwal: Rs. 5.8 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  8. Nisha Madhulika: Rs. 4.9 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  9. Siddharth Nigam: Rs. 4.6 lakhs per 1 lakh views
  10. Amit Agarwal (Labnol): Rs. 4.5 lakhs per 1 lakh views

I don’t subscibe to any of them. Infact, I don’t know any of them, what they look like or what kind of channel/content they have – other than Technical Guruji. And to be honest I am not interested either. Most of the content isn’t what I would want and if it is something I am into, then the content is done in Hindi. English and Malayalam mostly for me.

Bad Experiences On Air India, Often Said To Be The Worst Airline For India & Indians

I haven’t traveled international since the late 80s and I was a child back then. A few years ago I had to go to Delhi/Gurgaon from Kochi and my office booked an Air India flight for me. The plane felt like it was kept together by scotch tape and safety pins. The food was one half of a sandwich so cold, it must have been in the freezer, a box of juice and a tiny bottle of water. The airhostesses were my mom’s age and looked like they would scold me if I asked for anything, so I didn’t.

Earlier this year a UN DIplomat wrote about his flight on Air India as the worst flight experience ever. “As a UN diplomat, I’ve flown worldwide, but Air India 102 JFK to Delhi was my worst flight experience: broken seats, no entertainment/call buttons/reading lights, cockroaches! Poison spray. disregard for customer care,” the diplomat wrote on Twitter. It didn’t used to be like this – back in the 80s, when my family made quite a few international flights we loved them.

Also this year flight AI-112 made an emergency landing at the Jaipur airport on Sunday (June 25) because of bad weather conditions. The flight was scheduled to arrive in Delhi at 4 am. The flight later received clearance to resume the journey to Delhi however, the pilot refused to fly citing flight duty time limitations and duty hours.¬†Taking to Twitter, Adit, one of the passengers, said on Sunday that passengers had not been assisted with any recourse to reaching their final destinations. And the saga seems to continue post 12 hours Air India! Still unorganised as ever. Passengers are hungry, tired, fatigued & frustrated with the inept service of what is meant to be a national airline.”

Another detailed blog post with tons of photos talk about the disater from check-in, boarding, mechanical issues which delayed the flight, unclean sheets, unclean bathrooms, in-flight equipment that look worse for wear and may or may not work and worst in class customer service for Business class.

5 Good Hollywood Movies That Are Set In India

Lion (2018)

This internationally acclaimed movie directed by Garth Davis is based on the book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley which tracks his journey of finding his birth mother, who he had been estranged from in India at the age of 5. The movie is heart-wrenching and well-told, with an honest portrayal of India. In the movie, you’ll see multiple snippets of some famous, some not so famous locations across India. You’ll be able to spot the famous Howrah station in Kolkatta, Amherst street, Bowbazar, and various others, along with the Ganesh Talai area of Khandwa, a small town in Madhya Pradesh. The film is a very close adoption of the book, and readers of the famous novel will be able to tell the similarities and small details they got right. It is recommended that you watch this movie for its heartwarming story, the depiction of the plight of children in poverty, and the incredible journey of one five year old across the bustling streets of Kolkata, the crowded historic train stations, and the narrow streets of a slum in a small town.

Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy is the 13th film in the James Bond franchise and the sixth to feature Roger Moore as the suave and sophisticated British secret agent. Investigating the murder of a fellow agent, it sees the globe-trotting spy travel to India where his trails led him to the mysterious Octopussy, who he ends up later enlisting to help thwart the dastardly plans of exiled Afghan Prince, Kamal Khan, who is working with the deranged Soviet General Orlov, to detonate a nuclear bomb on an American airbase in West Germany.

With much being filmed in India, audiences are treated to plenty of high-octane action sequences, including brawls in the densely populated streets whilst riding a tuk-tuk, as well as Bond hanging onto the tail of a moving airplane whilst high in the sky. There are also plenty of elegant palaces, with images of the Taj Mahal and locations including the Shiv Niwas Palace, Taj Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Palace, being used.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

There’s been a lot of talk about Indiana Jones recently, with the release of the fifth installment in the mega-successful action-adventure franchise on the horizon, and the news that this will be Harrison Ford’s last-ever outing as the iconic adventurer. The first movie in the series, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was released in 1981 and changed the movie landscape forever, creating one of Hollywood’s most beloved and recognizable heroes in the process. Ford went on to once again don the fedora and whip for its sequel The Temple of Doom.

It is a rip-roaring adventure that takes place within the jungles and temples of northern India. While it is undeniably a fantastic movie combing the perfect level of action, adventure, humor, heart and intrigue, upon seeing the script, the Indian government was the most pleased. Understandably, they argued that some of the Indian characters played up to negative stereotypes, and certain parts made India look like an uncivilized and even barbaric nation. As a result, they refused the rights for the production team to shoot any of the movie in the country. So, while it is set in India, most of the movie was, in fact, shot in the neighboring country of Sri Lanka.

Gandhi (1982)

When it comes to awards, this 1982 biopic is one of the most highly decorated there is. Starring Ben Kingsley as the eponymous Gandhi, Gandhi tells the story of how he led the nonviolent non-cooperative Indian independence movement against the British Empire during the 20th Century. Visually stunning, beautifully acted, and telling an important story, the movie was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning eight, including Best Actor for Kingsley as well as Best Director and Best Picture.

Mission: Impossible ‚Äď Ghost Protocol (2011)

This is the 2011 American action spy film directed by Brad Bird (in his live-action debut) and produced by and starring Tom Cruise from a screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and Andr√© Nemec. It is the sequel to Mission: Impossible III (2006) and is the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series. It also stars Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, and Paula Patton. In the film, the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) is shut down after being publicly implicated in a bombing of the Kremlin, causing Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his team to go without resources or backup in a life-threatening effort to clear their names. Jane has to seduce and then overpower an Indian tycoon, played by Anil Kappor, to get an obsolete Russian military satellite’s override code.

SCARIEST PLACES IN THE WORLD : Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

The fort of Bhangarh is located 50 kilometers from the Sariska Sanctuary between the city of Jaipur and Alwar. The fort was constructed in the 17th century by Raja Madho Singh, the younger brother of the great Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. Besides the royal palace, Bhangarh had over 9,000 houses until 1720 after which it gradually diminished in population. The Bhangarh fort along with the whole township was protected by three successive fortifications and five massive gates. The fort houses remnants of grand havelis, temples and deserted marketplaces within its premises, indicating the fort’s prosperity in its heydays. Thought to be a haunted place, Bhangarh fort nevertheless attracts hordes of tourists owing to its serene atmosphere, picturesque Aravalli Mountains and the architectural marvel that it is.

Inside the Bhangarh fort premises, one can find ruins of temples, palaces and havelis.

Bhangarh Fort is considered to be one of the most haunted places in India and is said to be cursed. There are several legends associated with the fort but there are two which are rather popular with the local population. The first legend is that of a sadhu named Baba Balau Nath. Long before the king Madho Singh decided to construct a fort in Bhangarh, the area was a meditating spot for Baba Balau Nath. The sadhu gave his permission for the construction of the fort on the condition that the fort or any building within shouldn’t be taller than his house and if the shadow on any structure fell upon his house, it would result in the annihilation of the fort town.

Ajab Singh, the grandson of Madho Singh, is said to have ignored this warning and greatly raised the height of the fort, the resulting shadow falling on the sadhu’s home, leading to destruction of the town. The other legend is associated with princess Ratnavati, who was very beautiful and had a number of suitors from the royal families of the country. A wizard, adept in black magic, fell in love with the princess. As the princess went shopping with her friends one day, the wizard saw her buying ittar (scent) and replaced the ittar with a love potion. The princess, however, came to know of the wizard’s trickery and threw the potion onto a boulder nearby.

This resulted in the boulder rolling towards the wizard and crushing him to death. But before being crushed to death, he cursed the city, stating that it would be destroyed soon and no would be able to live within its precincts. The kingdom was later sacked by the invading Mughal forces, killing all the inhabitants of the fort along with princess Ratnavati. As it is considered a haunted place the Bhangarh fort remains out of bound for visitors before sunrise and after sunset.

The Bhangarh fort in Rajasthan, although in ruins, still looks beautiful as it sits at the base of a hill amidst the serene and lusciously green surroundings. Visit the fort to see the ruins of a once magnificent kingdom.

4 Awesome & Delicious Kerala Snacks For The Monsoon

Parippu vada

Lentil or dal fritters is one of the most popular snacks offered at tea stalls across Kerala. This deep-fried dish made of Toor dal has all the ingredients that make it an indulgent snack. It  To make parippu vada, you have to grind Toor dal partially and mix it with chopped green chillies, ginger, shallots, curry leaves and salt. Roll out small portions and deep fry until they become golden brown. Savour the taste with a hot cup of hot tea.

 Pazham pori

Banana fritters or pazham pori is a traditional tea time snack in Kerala. It is simply a slice of ripe banana coated with a batter made of maida or rice flour, and deep fried in coconut oil. Crispy on the outside with sweet and juicy ripe bananas nestled inside, it is the perfect snack with a cup of tea for a rainy evening.


During the monsoon season, one can easily spot pakode made of several vegetables like onion, cauliflower, potato and even brinjal that are dipped in a gram flour batter and fried to perfection. Some hot onion pakoda with coffee is awesome on a rainy day.

Kerala Samosa

Much better than the Punjabi and famous in North India potato filled samosas, Kerala style samosas are way better. They are a bit smaller & crispier than the potato filled ones and for filling you can choose from beef, chicken, onion or veggies. Goes great with tea, coffee or cold drinks.

5 Things That Go Up In Sale During The Kerala Monsoon

1. Raincoat

A raincoat is one of the essential monsoon accessories one needs to buy before the monsoon. You cannot do without a raincoat to battle the heavy showers that pour down your shoulder. Try PVC raincoats that can act as an excellent shield to the heavy downpour. If you want something fashionable, go for the see-through raincoats that don’t hide your outfit and looks trendy on you.

2. Umbrella

A monsoon umbrella is a key accessory to sudden rains and downpours. What if it rains suddenly while going to the office? You cannot go wet and drenched in the morning. Hence it is advisable to keep an umbrella in your handbag the entire monsoon season. Make sure that your umbrella is light in weight and small enough to fit in your handbag.

3. Waterproof Phone Covers And Pouch

Protective phone covers and pouches are again necessary monsoon accessories as they protect your expensive mobile phones from getting wet and corrupted due to water. Don’t forget to place your chargers and earphones also in a waterproof pouch to avoid damage due to rain.

4. Waterproof Bags

Waterproof monsoon handbags are the perfect choice to carry to your workplace when it’s raining cats and dogs. These bags look cool and can hold all your stuff. Waterproof bags include backpacks, laptop bags, duffle bags, messenger bags etc. You can also opt for monsoon purses that protect your wallet, cash, cards etc., as they are waterproof and at the same time easy to carry around.

5. Medicines

There are a lot of chances of falling sick during the monsoons. Virus spread is common during this time. Hence it would be safe to buy basic medicines for cold, cough or fever. If your illness prolongs, it is advisable to visit the doctor. Monsoon accessories can be an essential item that you require most during the monsoon. So make a list of things that you must have at home before the monsoon. Equipping yourself for the monsoon avoids chaos and confusion at the last minute. Moreover, you won’t find it comfortable to go out and shop during the rainy season. So be prepared and enjoy the climate as much as possible.

RIP Gitanjali Aiyer

Veteran Doordarshan news presenter Gitanjali Aiyer passed away in New Delhi on Wednesday, June 8th. She was 71. Geetanjali Aiyer was a DD news anchor for over 30 years. The news of her demise was tweeted by acting Congress Mahila President Netta D’souza. Despite the many, many news channels that have sprouted on cable tv since the boom of cable, with much more of a budget that Doordarshan could ever muster, We fondly remember the days when Gitanjali Aiyar graced our TV screens, leaving an indelible mark on our news-watching experiences.

Aiyar, began her career in the TV news industry, when she joined Doordarshan in 1976 after completing her graduation from Kolkata’s Loreto College in ’71.¬† 2. Besides news, Aiyar was also involved in theatre and also obtained a diploma from the National School of Drama. Aiyer joined Doordarshan in 1971 and dedicated 31 years of her life to presenting news programs. She chose to stay with Doordarshan when All India Radio separated from it in 1978. Apart from presenting news programmes, Aiyer was also a part of the 1985 TV serial on Doordarshan called ‘Khandaan’.

Aiyer has worked with major brands like The Oberoi Group, Yash Birla Group, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). She was deputy head of the Press and Public Affairs wing of the British High Commission in Delhi and her last job was Major Donors department at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Gitanjali Aiyer won the Best Anchor award on four occasions. She was also the recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Women in 1989. Her death was mourned by prominent senior journalists, politicians and many media personnel on social media.