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Thanale Caves Trek

Since we’ve failed to get to Thanale Caves on September 16th, visiting the caves had been on my mind. So on the very next weekend, Thanale Caves became our priority. We made our way to Thanale Village early morning. The locals suggested us to take a guide because the trail is quite confusing and slithering through a dense forest. We would recommend you to have an expert on this trip as well because the route can be quite tricky, and you might not realize it, but if you got lost here, you would be frustrated and your entire plan could

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Another Fail Trip of the Late Monsoon

I’m starting to worry that I’m going to miss the rain very much later this year. Monsoon is my favorite season, but in 2017, I got to enjoy it very little. Although Indian Winter is my second dearest season, I wish the landscapes won’t turn dry when the cold creeps in.

Sadik has just been back from a 1.5 month long trip in Saudi Arabia, and when he was not here, I stuck inside the house most of the times. My mom and sister have been staying with us since the beginning of August so somehow I didn’t feel

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Update from the Farm July-August 2017

Hey, folks! When I was a kid, Rainy Season was the most awaiting time of the year. I lived in a small village in the Northeast of Thailand where the lands are considered arid and infertile so when it rained, it’s the best feeling in the world. The earth would be chilly and fresh, and there would be water everywhere, filling the rice fields, making the puddles and even running on the muddy roads. It wasn’t a mess at all but a sign of life and hope. Things grew like crazy, especially bamboo shoots and mushrooms. Our farms would be

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Sudhagad Fort Trek

It’s in the middle of a monsoon, and we’re looking forward to the weekends all the time. We can have breakfast wherever we can find and follow the trails to the beautiful terrains. Last Saturday, July 8, 2017, we were at Sudhagad Fort.

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This trip to Sudhagad Fort was very exciting because we heard that it’s located in one of the most glorious spots surrounded by magnificent landscapes, and the history of the fort

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Thai Fresh Lychee Juice

My favorite season has finally arrived at our door. The air is fresh and cold. Yaseen packs a raincoat in his school bag. When it rains, I immediately want to make some tea, but well, I can’t do that just yet because we’re still fasting in the month of Ramadan here. Well, that will be concluded soon anyway, and on 26th of June, we could have an Eid al-Fitr feast.

While mangoes are still dominate the markets here in Pune, the rainy-season fruits are slowly making their ways to the counters. Fruits like jamuns, plums, apricots and lychees parade

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A Rainy Train Journey from Kerala to Pune

I honestly didn’t think that I would fall in love with a long journey which we’re packed in a compartment full of strangers. But often when we take a chance in life, an experience rewards us with something wonderful. Indian Railway operates a crucial system of transportation throughout the country. It’s like a circulatory system of the land itself, conveying the necessities of life from place to place. Trains are one of the most popular modes of transportation in India, and after over a decade of living here, I finally had a legit trip on the great railways.


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Food from the Morgues

When I ate that piece of fish, it took me to the very spot where dead bodies and chemicals resided. And I was certain that the fish that I’d just eaten had formalin in it.

Sunday is chaotic in my kitchen when fresh ingredients and new groceries are weekly stocked. It’s also a perfect time to cook an elaborate meal and put the boys’ favorite dishes on the table. We usually cook seafood on Sunday because we visit a local fish market in the morning. I believe it’s a peak fishing season right now as the fish stands are

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Thai Shrimp and Glass Noodle Salad

When I was a kid, afterschool time was the most anticipating time of the day. It’s not only because the tiring lessons were over, but it’s time to find something to eat after classes. When the bell rang, we would find several food carts at the school gate. This is a usual scene for most school in Thailand. The students are the hawkers’ best customers. In my days, there would be sodas filled in the plastic cups full of crushed ice, deep-fried and grilled things on sticks, steamed buns and dim sum, chilled fruits and tons of other food to

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10 Minutes Minced Meat Noodle

Our summer vacation has been a little low key. There’s not much happening because Sadik has been busy with work. But at the end of the month, we might drive down to Kerala to relish the magic of the rainfall.

On the weekend, when we have a chance to drive out of town, I enjoy looking at the bright blue sky. It reminds me of those days when I was a kid lying under a big mango tree and watching the clouds slowly dissipated and changed their shapes and stories. I don’t want this summer to just pass by,

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Miang Koong (Thai Prawn Wrap)

Have you ever tried Wild Pepper Leaf? Wild Pepper Leaf or Bai Cha Plu is a pungent, peppery and citrusy leaf used in Southeast Asian cuisines. The leaf looks quite similar to a betel leaf, but they’re completely different thing. In my opinion, it’s one of the most exciting ingredients, and if you haven’t tried it, you have a long way to discover the true local Asian food.

Wild Pepper Leaves are my husband’s favorite green, and we have been trying to grow them in our apartment in India for ages, but sadly, our soil and weather couldn’t support

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