The Story of Sankranthi ,part 1

Hello friends!!! If I have to describe India in single sentence i prfer “Nation of Festivals”  .We have many festivals and The best part is each festival is  celebrated in a unique way . Sankranthi is the festival of ‘ kites and colors’ . It is the festival of celebrating a successful ‘crop year . It is an important festival for farmer families of Andhra Pradesh where Agriculture is the main mean of living (even today) .It is celebrated at a time when they complete one crop year and ready to welcome ‘Dhanya

Lakshmi ‘ ( Goddess of grain or crop ) ;it is also a festival of showing gratitude to all those people and animals who helped in bringing the crop home. The main festival is for 3 days 1.Bhogi 2.Sankranthi 3.Kanumu.

Celebrations start few days before the main festival when women start making a huge collection of viands ( which are expected to last for few months ,so you can imagine the quantities ) .

At the time of festival the viands , new clothes and grain are distributed among the workers . Earlier when money was not that famous ,workers used to get grain that would last for a year.

The festival is also celebrated as a worship of God Indra for making the weather beneficial for crop.

 

Muggulu

You can call it Rangoli if you want ,but it is just a rough translation.There is no proper English word for it.It is the most important part of festival .They use a specially made ‘ Muggu Pindi ‘ ( type of flour ) . Muggu is both science and art .All the traditional  designs have unique number of dots and their arrangement ,if you miss a single dot ,that’s the end of it .

In villages they are decorated with mary gold Flowers and cones of cattle dung  ,called Gobbemma.

The logic behind Muggu is that the flour used for it is considered as insect and pest repellent .When farmers bring their year long hard wok as the grain and store it in specially built storage rooms at home ( Called ‘Gade’ ) , the wives decorate the surroundings with ‘muggu’ to protect the crop from uninvited guests like insects. They are filled with colors which symbolize prosperity .Even today many people believe that Goddess Lakshmi would like to come to those houses which are richly decorated with Muggulu.

Image credits to my friends Kavitha,Manasa,Kalyani

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sankranthi

sankranthi

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It is saying Happy Bhogi in Telugu

 

Gobbemmalu ,Gobbilla patalu

Like there is no proper English word for Muggu ,there is no proper English word for Gobbemma .There cones and pyramids made of cattle dung .They are used to decorate the designs. Girls  clap and dance aroundnthem singing songs. The main content of songs is praying Goddess Lakshmi for a good husband . (Whatever a girl does before a marriage is to get a best husband  and after marriage is for longevity of the husband while guys do not need anything like this. ) As much as i hate the idea of praying for

a husband ,i love the rhythm and rhyming of the songs . If you want to hear them ,click here ..

Makar-Sankranti-Gobbemma-desibantu    Credit

sankranti Credit.

I actually wanted to write just one post ,but i realized that there so much to tell and I will not be able to complete it in single post ,so there will be another post coming.

Read the second part here

 

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5 days of TELUGU WEDDING : Day 1,part2

5 days of TELUGU WEDDING : Day 1,part1

 

5 days of Telugu wedding Day 2

HelIo buddies!! I  really can not tell you how much I am enjoying the response coming for my wedding series.

My look for the night
My look for the night

This is the 2nd day ,that is one day before marriage .I was given lot of time to make arrangements for the big day while everyone in the house were moving annoyingly busy . I was actually rather cool and had to face many questions for that as if that was sin to be a bride and be cool at the same time . As everyone would expect the house was quite chaotic ,everyone was running around half of them did not even know what they were doing …

I did multiple things throughout the day .I helped them decorate things used for wedding . I tried on few things like the basket I will be sitting in on the wedding day . ( am i making sense ? O.K. You will understand in next post ) . My other duty was getting constant updates from my husband about their journey to our place.

My marriage happened at a very small town in which my grandparents from both sides lived .My in laws live at Hyderabad .The distance is around 260 km  . Everyone got boosted up with excitement by 6 in the evening, shouting ” Ohhhh.!!!!They are near by ,they are just few mins away..” . They reached our place by around 7 pm.

We have a welcome ceremony called “Edurkollu ” ,which is welcoming Groom and his family with refreshments and then there will be a Puja. We booked 2 halls for wedding at one hall this ceremony took place.

By the time they arrived everyone left me with a young sister at home . I was called later at 9 .

Him ,ceremony of feeding sugar to each other
Him ,                                                        ceremony of feeding sugar to each other
 Few more memories
Few more memories
weight of gifts
weight of gifts

When i reached the venue ,i was ushered to a room . Then I saw ‘him’  and God . I started getting palpitations . It is not like i saw ‘him’ for the first time or anything .I had known him for more then 8 months and we met exactly a week before .But the marriage had some effect on me I think. Seeing him suddenly in traditional attire ( like ‘let’s get started with this’ kinda look.)

made me elated and anxious at the same time.

There were some more rituals ,some more Puja. Our families presented clothes and gifts to each other. The whole process took

some 2hrs. Then the time for dinner ,which was arranged in some other Hall.

We arranged one traditional Telangana cultural program known as ‘ Oggu Katha ‘. It is one of the fine arts that belong to the region which is known to very few people. When we were planning the wedding, decided to incorporate some local ,neglected

art or cultural form rather than fancy ,famous forms like Orchestra or bollywood dance. My parents saw this at a temple program and thought this as impressive. They had difficult time in tracing those artists . They inquired at many places,finally my father found them with help of his previous students . ( It is always best to be a teacher ,you will have thousands of old students and at least half of them will be really happy to help ) .That is how we hired these people who had done a spectactular performance of singing ,playing some instrument,dancing and acrobats . The performance lasted for 20mins at that place and as all the guests were walking to go to dinner The dancer’s gang preceded them continuing their performance.

oggu katha
oggu katha

I reached home at 12 am after dinner ,drifted into sleep reminding myself that the next day by the same time I would be a married woman.

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Quickie:Kronokare The Frizz Kiss Lip Balm

Hello friends !! I am back with a quickie again ..

This time with Kronokare The Frizz Kiss Lip Balm (cooling explosion lip balm ).

“Our super rich Vitamin E lip balm is a delicious mix of Peppermint,Sheabutter and sunflower oil , which seriously restores tired tissues and keeps your lips cool until the next kiss

lip balm

I got this in my December 2015 fab bag. Have been using this daily since then .I can say I am simply in love with this.

Price :                95rs/10 ml.

Shelf life           2yrs

Ingredients

lip balm

Likes for Kronokare The Frizz Kiss Lip Balm

  • Moisturizes lips very well  , I use it just twice or thrice per day.
  • Gives awesome cool feeling on lips ,which lasts for few minutes
  • Inexpensive.
  • Silicone & Paraben free.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Vegetarian.
  • Lasts at least 2-3 months.
  • Transparent to use under lip sticks.( I got bored with Tinted ones )

Dislikes

Availability can be an issue.

Rating 4.75/5

Will I purchase Kronokare The Frizz Kiss Lip Balm

I love this ,but I like to try different lip balms .So i do not think I will buy Kronokare The Frizz Kiss Lip Balm this winter.

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January 2016 FabBag

Hello friends…..I had one examination this week ,so i was not able to write anything this week. How are doing ?

This month also i received my Fabbag on 7th . The theme for this month is ‘The beauty resolutions ‘ .I am simply in love with the bag of the Fabbag this month. I really wish they had given some chain or belt to use it as a sling bag. It is such a cute one .Have a look…

Fabbag

This time i got a total of 6 goodies in the Fabbag. Two of them are full size and 4 are samples.

Fabbag

These are the things i got in the bag.

Votre Face serum ( Full size 1670 /- for 12 ml )

This is my 3rd serum from Fabbag in the last 5 months…

Natral Bah & body Clay mask ( 450rs / 100ml) Vit E Whipped cream ( 275 rs/50ml)

Fabbag

The whipped cream has a wonderful smell ,really excited to try it . I have been looking for a good moisturizer for sensitive skin.

Ayorma Spa daily scrub( 279rs/ 50gm) Face wash ( 349rs /100ml)

Fabbag

The smell of the face wash sucks.

I am going to use all the sample products for my upcoming trip .

Fran Wilson mood matcher lipstick ( Full size 549 rs). This lipstick has a scary green color ,but on application it give a pretty pink color.

Fabbag

 

 

Of all, i am in love with the bag…. I mean the ‘bag’ .

 

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Winter Body scrub

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Winter Body scrub

Hello everyone !!  Still in new year hang over ? I have an exam so had to come out . Few of my besties are going to get married in next few months and i decided to do some special series to help them . I am starting with the body scrub.

This is a very basic body scrub which is a very common practice at our place . I used this daily throughout my childhood winters. In fact everyone of my family did.Few more ingredients  To the basic scrub  ,i added few more ingredients to make it special bridal scrub.

body scrub

 

You need …

Equal amounts of

Besan (Gram flour)      -Acts as a natural soap to cleanse the oil and dirt

Orange peel powder ( You can buy  Banjara’s peel powder or you can make at home by drying orange peel and powdering them )                        – Gives a fresh feeling and helps with body odors.

Turmeric                     – do i need to tell that it gives a natural glow and brightness to the skin ,helps to remove tan.

Rice flour                   – Exfoliates the skin and helps remove tan.

 

Decide the quantity yourself ,if kept dry this mixture lasts for 2 months.

Procedure :

  • Mix   1 part of olive oil to 3 parts of any other oil ( Any thick oil will do).
  • You can add any essential oil to make it better.
  • Massage gently .
  • Let that settle for  a 10 minutes .
  • Take the above mixture in a small bowl ,add milk or rose water to it.
  • Massage the powder ( take time ).
  • Skip  soap ( except for necessary areas )
  • Wash with lukewarm water.
  • Do this at least twice a week for glowing skin.

I do a besan ,oil massage on daily basis and believe me i use body lotions only  occasionally .It keeps my skin soft and supple.

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Welcome 2016,Happy new year everyone.

 

2016 Hello everyone Happy new year 2016 .Hope you had a wonderful year end and a blasting new year. I welcomed new year with a terrible migraine . I will be staying at a rural rehabilitation center away from Hyderabad for next 2 months. Really do not know about the connectivity here , hopefully, I will stay in touch with all of you.

My new year celebrations are also with the patients in the rehab center.The design in the above photo is made by them.

The festival ‘Sankranthi’ is celebrated with bright colors and amazing designs  in A.P and Telangana.Every woman becomes an artist trying to recreate rainbows on roads. Once the celebrations of December 31 and  January 1  became popular they were also Telugized by incorporating the theme into the designs.By the way the design is known as ‘Muggu’ in Telugu similar to the one Rangoli in Hindi.

Usually, women from many middle-class families spend the time 12:00  am of Jan 1st by drawing these. Whole January roads will be drenched in colors Once I came to Hyderabad .sightings of the designs became few, I hope to find more this season as I will be staying in a  rural area.

 

Once again Happy new year to all, has a fantastic year.

See  you soon.

 

Madam Tussauds ,Honkong

Hello Girls, Hope you all are doing good… This is Manasa, I already introduced myself with you guys in my last post… I was very glad about your views and comments on my post … Because of your encouragement I would like to share my Hong Kong Trip experience with you guys….

Travelling is a great refreshment for all, especially who love to Travel a lot like me… I really enjoyed my last year New Year trip to Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong.

It was nice experience to watch wax statues and Victoria peak.

Why Madame Tussauds got so much of popularity?

Being  common people we don’t get any opportunity to meet the famous person.

Every one dreams to take a snap with their favorite star, celebrity or a leader .

This is the only place where we feel that the famous people are waiting for us to take a snap.

You don’t believe!! It’s difficult to distinguish it’s a Wax Statue or a real person.

We actually need to touch them to make the difference.

It’s a great work by the Madame Tussauds and highly appreciated..

To visit Madame Tussauds we need to travel to the Victoria peak by Tram.

Tussauds

 

Peak Tram takes you to the Victoria Peak. Though private vehicle is an alternate transport option but by Tram it’s a good experience.

Tussauds

 

New year time is a celebration time.It was really  crowded and it took 3 hours for our turn. The traveling time will be around 10-15 minutes.

Tussauds

We reached Victoria Peak around 5 PM…

 

Here comes the Madam Tussauds museum

As it is too difficult to share every photo I decided to share few important ones.

 

Tussauds

 

 

Tussauds

 

Lucky to take a pic with the Perfect couple ( Of course i am speaking about the luck of Jolie and Pitt )
Lucky to take a pic with the Perfect couple ( Of course i am speaking about the luck of Jolie and Pitt )
At first glance can you differentiate ?
                                                                At first glance can you differentiate whether he is real or not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even Obama thinks I am more worthy to be on President's seat
                                                                      Even Obama thinks I am more worthy to be on President’s seat

 

 

Madonna dances for my beat
                                                                                                         Madonna dances on my beat

 

 

 

 

 

This is one of    my

 

 

 

  

favorite picture with my husband….

They created this beautiful Love background at peak…

Love is on the peak
Love is on the peak

Tussauds

And its Me @ PEAK

Tussauds

Hong Kong  Night View From Victoria Peak.Isn’t it is simply amazing..?

This trip was really a wonderful experience… We spent around 6 hours at Victoria peak…

To our disappointment there were no Indian restaurants at the peak so forced to have dinner at The Burger king.

We came back to Hong Kong by Tram at around 12 PM

 

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Amazing Hyderabad : A New Series

Hyderabad is the hot topic in this post. Few days ago I saw a news that Nat Geo website has listed Best 20 trips for 2015 and guess what ? Hyderabad is one of them . (Read the entire post here)  Like everyone else from Telangana I was super happy and super excited ,then I realized that i have never considered writing about Hyderabad .Telangana Talli (mother of Telanagana) will never forgive me .As it happens we really take the things at hand for granted .So i decided to do a series of posts about this city .

Hyderabad

I really understand the fact the everyone goes crazy about their respective places and that is quiet common. Like every other city on earth  this city also has its own special history.The history of Hyderabad literally has a special place in Indian history. If you remember from your childhood Hyderabad was made a part of India only by force which is called as ‘Police Action ‘.

The merging of Hyderabad in to India is a history itself.I really do not want to go in depth coz it needs several posts.

The thing that needs to be mentioned is  about ‘Bhagamathi’. Some people might know that the city Hyderabad is called ‘Bhagya Nagaram’ . It is said that the name took origin from the name of queen Bhagamathi who married Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 16th century. Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah was the the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, son of Ibraham qutub shah . He fell in love with  a brahmin dancer called Bhagamathi . He used to swim across the river Musi to visit her daily even on those days when the river was roaring. The sulthan (his father ) came to know about this and built a bridge across the river. Later when they got married Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah started building  a city called Bhagyanagar ..(Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah  was the founder of Hyderabad ) .Later when she became Hyder mahal ( Her muslim name) Bhagyanagaram had become Hyderabad.

Is not it extremely romantic ? almost a fairy tale !!!

I had been hearing this story since childhood till the time when the historians gave me a shock of life time by announcing

that ‘ Bhagamathi might be a myth as well as the love story’ . The discussion is still on, but for time being i am believing in Bhagamathi.

All i wanted to tell you finally is that i want to start a series on Hyderabad and I lost my track .

But I am really excited to start this,tell me if you want to know specifically about any place in Hyderabad.

 

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A Quickie :The balm Stainiac lip and cheek stain: Beauty queen

This is a quick review of The balm Stainiac lip and cheek stain: Beauty queenThe balm Stainiac lip and cheek stain:Beauty queen

which i got in my September Fab Bag

Price stainiac lip and cheek stain 1.2ml     Full size 8.5gm -1200/-

The balm Stainiac lip and cheek stain:Beauty queen

Can u see the slight pinkish sheen
Can u see the slight pinkish sheen ? It is very difficult to find

The balm Stainiac lip and cheek stain:Beauty queen

Likes

  • Decent staying power 4-5hrs.
  • Does not bleed
  • Not transferred
  • Resists meals and drinks.
  • Suits Indian skin tones.
  • Brightened my face.
  • Blush has a subtle color not overpowering.

Dislikes

  • Gives a drying feeling.
  • Settles in creases.
  • Dries up very fast ,so if you are using as a blush better be fast in blending.

Will i repurchase The balm Stainiac lip and cheek stain: Beauty queen?

Not really ,i think it is expensive and there is nothing specific i like about it .

 

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5 days of TELUGU WEDDING : Day 1,Part 2

Hi guys !!!!The response to the first post of this series has been amazing and I am really thrilled by it .I got many mails and personal messages as my comments were not working. I have made few corrections ,hope they are working now .

So as i told you we have really very long ,too many rituals because of which i needed 2 parts for the first day itself .So this is the 2nd  part.If you missed the first part you can read it here .

So By the time ‘Thalambralu ‘ preparation was over ,I was left exhausted .In the afternoon there was nothing much to do ,but they were not going to leave me alone . It was time for ‘mehendi’ .We do not have any separate ceremony dedicated to ‘Mehendi’ . But these days people are trying to have ‘Mehendi’ , ‘Sangeeth’ .ceremonies mostly due to their popularity and due to influence of bollywood films &Hindi films. Some of our relatives even asked us whether we were arranging anything . But we did not want it . When we have too many on our own ,why imitate ?

So where was i? OK OK back to my mehendi program. As we do not have anything related to it ,there was no specific time for it .But as my schedule was extremely tight ,the only free afternoon we had to give for that poor mehendi girl who was hanging around for a chance.

By the time I am done with 2hand and 2 feet ( God !!How tiring it is to sit in particular angles for hours ) i was finished leaving few sprains in the body.Then it was time for getting ready for the evening programs.

Receiving gifts is always great.
                                                   Receiving gifts is always great.

Katnala Uruchuttu

As i was telling in the first post some of the rituals are just special to a certain area .One of those kinds is ‘Uru chuttu'(which simply means encircling the village) for our and nearby other villages .It is like a Baarath where the celebrating family encircles the village along with relatives and band .It will be there  for everything like naming ceremony,engagements,marriage (for a single marriage at least 5-7 uruchuttus happen).

So in ‘Katnala uruchuttu’ close relatives of the bride /groom will encircle the village carrying the gifts which were about to be given to the bride/groom’s family .The bride will be waiting for them at her place ( In this case meeee waiting for them to hand over me giftssss!!!!!!!!!Yayyyyyyy!! )

One confession here… I had been dreaming of getting married since the age of 10 ,just and just to receive Gifts. I always used to dream about the day when i am in the middle of a pool of gifts with a scissors in hands.

My look for the night
       My look for the night

Pellikuthuru Uruchuttu

I went to too many houses these were just few
      I went to too many houses these were just few,I look just yaak with exhaustion

As i told you each marriage will have min of 5 uruchuttus. In the night i am taken by foot to circle the village and i am supposed to go into houses of whoever invites..I mean relatives.They will call the bride in, get her some sweet to eat,give her clothes and take some snaps .

I read somewhere that this came from one previous custom of inviting bride to each of relative’s house from 1 month prior to the marriage .Then the relatives used to give her special massage and bath ,traditional feast and clothes. This would make her look healthy and well nourished by the time of marriage. But later like everything else in the world this process also was condensed into a short one .

That night it was 1 am by the time i reached home and slept peacefully .

This is the ending of the first day…I hope i am not boring you with too much info.

 

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