Fruits & Veggies

 

#KISS #Fruits #Vegetables
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In a milieu stimulated by external influences, insidious jargons, lackluster vision, fashionable culinary, imbalanced ambitions, confusing information, we seem to have relegated our health to improper & arguably toxic diets, where we’re clueless about the source of our food, its imminent effect on the body, the knowledge of diet based on existential considerations, our strong & conditioned likings for certain food, the barrage of broken down information which the food companies feed us with their obvious bias for maintaining quarterly profits, reading the deliberately cryptic Nutrients labels, the composition of the food in terms of its elemental values and the grander, evolutionary perspective on which is the most absorbable and effective food we should consume to ascertain health.
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There are many modern perspectives on this topic and an entire industry is attempting to make some sense on food, while parallelly the healthcare costs keep sky-rocketing, and even the most affluent nations face the scornful plight of having to eat packaged, processed and modified food for their daily meals.

For a lay man, its all confusing as the supermarkets fill themselves with variety of packaged foods and the heavy advertising behind it creates the necessary raucous to keep us confused.
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KISS (Keep it simple stupid) principle, popularized by the US Navy in the 1960’s, states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. Our body’s ability to ingest, digest & excrete food, suggests that it is a system, and keeping a simpler diet, filled with more fruits, veggies, nuts & berries, implies a simple & powerful defense against the confusion around our daily diet. In the spirit of KISS and consuming easily digestible & absorbable food, sending some local varieties of fruits & veggies for a culinary merriment!
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Happy KISS-ing 🙂…

Rama Nayak Udipi

A delectable experience of a South Indian cuisine in Central Mumbai.

Rama Nayak Udipi
#RamaNayak #SouthIndianCuisine #Matunga #Mumbai
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For an eatery to exist for over seven decades, be celebrating their platinum jubilee, and still be appreciated for its simple food & ambiance, staff & owner courtesy, inexpensive billing and be frequented by the locals, is a feat beyond compare, in today’s fast pace world where everyone wants to go everywhere and try everything new, and the plethora of net-based companies providing delivery services for cheap & greasy food in a heartbeat.
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Rama Nayak’s, is an exception worth exploring, with a simple ambiance, located right off Matunga (C.R.) station in the bustling Mumbai city, it offers meals, which are close to some homemade meals & far better than many other homemade meals. It offers a remarkably clean facility, with an opportunity to visit the kitchen at defined times, with a smiley, meditative & extremely efficient staff, simple & healthy vegetarian food, while the original owner’s kin sit happily at the cash counter welcoming & guiding the patrons and pocketing the cash (no plastic, just like their plates) in exchange of a metal token which we’re supposed to put in front of our plates. The peach colored walls give a soothing feeling of ease, the sitting is mandatory in pairs of two & as we consume the much anticipated food for its simplicity and taste, it suddenly occurs to the palate, that not all meals be finished with a laxative. Interestingly, the first item served is a pinch of salt and they’ve traditional desserts to be decided upon arrival too, a  blessing for the sweet-toothed. Do drop in at this delightful joint on your next trip to Mumbai for an enjoyable surprise!
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Oh, did I forget to mention that they provide the services for “dabba” (“tiffin”, “carry-out”, “to go”) for us to take it with us for lunch before work or pick up after work for dinner, and this service by itself, is a benediction for anyone in the neighborhood, considering the fattening, unhealthy & unhygienic choices to consider otherwise, unless one still cooks at home.
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Please don’t mind the drag of this note, but the brag is all worth it & kudos to the Nayak’s for managing, maintaining & sustaining such an establishment with vigor & hoping to be around in 2042 to celebrate their first century! 🙂
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Nelliyampathy

 

#Nelliyampathy #Diwali2017
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Diwali is the festival of lights, on the darkest night of the year! The darker the night, the closer the possibility of light. While the country tweeted & trolled over whether fire crackers should be banned, firing nonsecular trolls via the latest platforms of communication, the social media, we decided to skip the noise about crackers, with a Diwali getaway to the Nelliyampathy Hill Station, part of the Nelliyampathy Forest Reserve (Western Ghats) in Kerela.
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At an average height of 900 meters, cultivated during the British Raj, there’s abundance of tea & coffee plantations, with few resorts, and we were delighted to be encountering the Nilgiri Langurs, a Barking Deer, Malabar Giant Squirrels, leeches, parakeets, a snake, on a 2-day nature visit, in an otherwise serene locale. Needless to say, the temperatures were pleasant, the meals delicious, stay cozy, company enchanting, drive curvy, as the entire green forest, compassionately spread its vast embrace, in anticipation of a few sapiens, escaping the 2017 Diwali fervor.
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We inadvertently started a few kilometers walk at dusk, and it turned out to be the most beautiful experience on the darkest night, without torch lights, the eyes gradually adapting to the darkness, while the earth rotates away from the sun to bring forth the Diwali night, suddenly exposing the hidden screen of the mind where our drama endlessly projects, on a pleasantly cool Amavasya night! It is quite fascinating, once the fear subsides, mind calms down, senses predominate, how the eyes start attuning to the light of the darkness and one suddenly becomes attuned to the oneness of nature, calmness of the being, moistness of the elements, caress of the breeze, drumming of the heartbeat, smoothness of the breath, only to find a few bloody leech bites after reaching the lighted rental home.
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Nature teaches in prolific ways, if we call upon it for learning. Fear can keep lingering in our life, to become the darkest experience & darkness can keep freeing us to our life, to become an enlightening experience!
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Amaize-ing Maize

 

Married to the maze of life, we walk into this natural, organic, amazing maize, aka corn, which was unsweet, un-soft, unmodified for yield or profits, untouched by the illusion of corporate progress, right on the streets of Kupondole, at about 4600 ft, charcoal broiled on an ancient cast iron grill, without any exhaust fan, fanned by a roughly rectangular cardboard, by a sweet & short Nepali women, perhaps descendant of an ancient Mongolian clan. This episode, took us 35 years back in nostalgia, once upon a time in Mumbai, when we used to savor such organic delicacies, during monsoon rains from the Arabian sea, from the local street vendor in his four-wheeled wooden cart. Its a-maize-ing how nostalgia dipped in present, can be so delightful, chewy & sumptuous!!! Experience: Priceless, Gratitude: Deep, Cost: 25 cents.