Saturday, December 10, 2011

My new ebook - Magic Land of Zanzibar

I was just fascinated by the beauty of Zanzibar Island in Africa. After my visit there I decided to write about what I saw there, and other relevant details. I have just published my new ebook on Zanzibar. It is an easy to read book with lots of pictures. Magic Land of Zanzibar is available here. You can read the first few pages for free.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekend at Zanzibar Island

We spent a weekend at Zanzibar Island, a part of Union Republic of Tanzania, in East Africa.

Zanzibar is a tourists' paradise. People from all over the globe reach there just to enjoy the beauty of the Island, relax in the white sandy beaches, and see the spice gardens.

Stone town, the capital city of Zanzibar is a historic town and now a UNESCO world heritage site. Read more here.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

From Tanzania

I'm here in Tanzania for few days with my daughter's family. I had a chance to see some of the places here at Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania.

Above: people relax at the beach on Indian ocean (taken from the moving car)

above - a cute little girl who had accompanied her parents to the mall pauses for a photo for us. we had asked for their permission before clicking.

Above: front of the shopping mall

Above: A cute little girl is getting her face painted in the shopping mall.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A woman's world!

What do a woman do at home? Read this story to know the answer.

Father came home and found his three children were outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard.

The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall.

In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife.

He was worried she may be ill, or that something serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor.

Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed, reading a novel.

She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went.

He looked another bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?”

She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?”

“Yes?” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, “Well, today I didn't do it.”


Send this to a woman.

It's Priceless!!! !!!!!

And to a man so that he understands the value of a woman!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Happy Onam!

Wish you a Happy Onam!

Welcoming King Mahabali to the House

Sumptuous lunch - Sadhya on the occasion

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Reviews and availability of the book - The second choice.

Check out this blog at to know more about the Book The Second Choice. It is available in many places now. Hope you will check it out and buy it. After reading please give your feedback on the book. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did the writing.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Second Choice - a novel

I recently launched "The Second Choice", my debut novel in English. Though it was started long ago, it was completed recently, and got it published by a small publisher Songbyrde Publications. I didn't want to spend further time by sending it to several big publishers and wait indefinitely for a response. Since publishing has become much easier now I took the shorter route. It is also available as ebook.

For more info - check here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

ebook publishing

Publishing an ebook is not a problem today. It can be read by many devices. It is really worth a try. I have published 4 ebooks recently. These are stories for children, published at smashwords. (This is for free).

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hailstones in Bangalore

Yesterday's downpour, lasted just half an hour, but uprooted many trees and the hailstones that followed the hailstorm-

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Vegetable carving

These are some of the vegetable carvings we had with our friends, in Bangalore.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Visit to Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad, India

During my Hyderabad visit, I had the opportunity to visit the famous art museum called Salarjung Museum, located on the southern bank of the River Musi.  It is the 3rd largest museum in India, and is the effort of one man collection. These priced collections of arts belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century, were the collections of Mr. Yousuf Ali Khan Salar Jung III (1889-1949).  He was the Prime Minister of the 7th Nizam of Hyderabad.

 Our guide paid the entree fee of Rs.150/- on our behalf and took us inside. If you're person with a mind to appreciate art, you will enjoy the visit to this museum. If not, you're wasting your time.  Since I was very much interested in arts, I enjoyed every moment I spent there. Photography is not allowed here. In our available time of about 2 hours, I was enjoying the stunning collections of exhibits in the various galleries.  Some of them are the sculpture of veiled Rebeca an Italian sculptor's work Double Figure, amazing bronze collections of South India, jade crafted knifes of Jehangir and Nurjehan, stunning ivory collections, and many famous European paintings. 

The Museum is also famous for the 19th Century mechanical clock. Every hour,  a little man comes out and bangs a bell then disappears back into the clock, and another figure who is a blacksmith, is constantly tapping away at something.. Every hour the large auditorium is packed with visitors to watch this on the television screens on the wall.