19 March 2018

2018 April AtoZ Theme Reveal

Hello everyone! Welcome! 

I am a 'veteran'of the AtoZ blogging challenge, if I may use that word, and have participated four times. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 were amazing as I was able to focus and eventually get to theme based posts! This in turn led to me gaining immense knowledge of the Public Parks in Pune (theme for 2015) and Herbs (theme for 2016).

Hence having a theme for this year was almost a given. Let me tell you it has been a very difficult choice. After my experience with herbs in 2016, the plant kingdom was the the most obvious choice. 

However I realised that I needed to get back my spark in writing creatively so with a heavy heart, plants were put on hold. 

theme reveal #atozchallenge 2018 blogging

My search for a theme thus widened and almost literally, the sky was the limit. Then suddenly, I hit upon this idea of writing about a contemporary AtoZ , as seen from the eyes of half-a-century-old me! 

Ok... give or take a couple of years... 

The earliest memories of the alphabet are A is for Apple, B is for Bat. Does C still remind one of Cat? And what about D?

Do these time-tested alphabet-object co-relations still hold? 

I hope to put together 26 posts of some anecdotes, some observations, some experiences, some suggestions ... 

So folks get set for a 21st century / middle-aged / Puneri look at what the alphabets mean to me now...

Fasten your seat belts, as this roller coaster takes off on the 1st April 2018 (and thereafter Sunday is a holiday on the April AtoZ blogging challenge).

2018 A to Z blogging challenge

Do stop by daily or as often as you can. 

I look forward to your visits and comments. 

2018 April AtoZ Blogging Challenge: 
Category: Personal (Journal, Diary, Musings)
Theme: What the alphabets stand for me in 2018

12 March 2018

Its That Time Of The Year

Its that time of the year again... winter is almost forgotten as the burning sun makes its presence felt. Grass and herbs dried out from last year, crunch under the feet as one tries to keep a brisk pace on the morning walk on the tekdi. The eyes scan the usual favourites hoping to spot blooms and I am not disappointed.

Shirish beckons with its sweet fragrance and fresh foliage. Yellow rattling pods from last year still hang from the branches and the tree stands out from a distance. 

The Gardenia turgida is sprouting its first buds ...
and the Neem is happy showing off its tiny flowers too...

08 March 2018

Looking Up (ThursdayTreeLove)

Poona, Raintree, exotic, GPO

A Tree Walk is a wonderful experience especially when one is doing a recce walk to identify the species. On one such visit, we chanced to look up and were totally floored by this view... This is the canopy of a very old Rain Tree that was just bursting into leaf. The sunlight glittered on the tender shoots. This gave a glorious painting against the blue of the sky! 

Most big Rain Trees have such glorious canopies. If possible do look up whenever you happen to see one ... There is much to be enjoyed when looking up from the humdrum...

I am joining Parul in her #ThursdayTreeLove35 blog hop. Head over for some amazing trees from around the world. 

PS: To complete this post, I have to add that the botanical name of the Rain Tree is Albizia saman. It is not native to India and belongs to the Mimosaceae family. In Pune it is extensively used as a roadside tree and easily identified by its massive furrowed trunk.

06 March 2018

Shortcut Sauce

This is my first attempt at a food post... As I have openly stated, I am a reluctant cook and I have jumped into the bloghop mainly for the food memories! And there are so many, and surprisingly the ones that stand out are the disasters


However, today I would like to share one of our projects.. one that was we had no choice but to execute and do it well.. The ladies of our unit had to put up a food stall with two items- Bhel and Pizza. For two whole days. A huge crowd was expected. Pizza delicacy was in those days.. way back in 1993... especially in the remote base in the NE where we were posted. 

The local bakery would make the base but during the trials, we faced the most unexpected difficulties. Rings of capsicum dried out and the sulfurous odour of the onions was  quite unbearable. Spending two days in its company was quite unthinkable. Plus with limited space, we could not accommodate many containers. None of us were keen to freshly chop the veggies on a need-based basis. 

Our plan was the do the entire preparation at home and just grill the pizza when ordered. 

Necessity is the mother of invention - it is said and that is what happened to us.