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  • raajashok 5:09 pm on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Calicut, CIAL, cochin, Cochin International Airport, green, green tea, Kerala, , Kozhikode, , Solar Power, Tharavaad,   

    The green salad, green tea, green goblin, green grocer, green-eyed monster…all that’s green is not good actually…. 


    it is easy being green

    It is easy being green – yes, with St Patrick’s day that got off around the corner, it was an easy choice of title!

    But in today’s life, it is much easier to be green than any other colour.

    For a working mother, who is at that end of the spectrum where watching cookery shows is the most best it can get in cooking department, green is a boon!


    Salads with a large portion of pitta bread pinched into pieces or an easy blend of plain cooked lentils with an artful dressing of lemon, and salt and pepper thrown in can work wonders to a hungry stomach! rather stomachs…yes, it is easy being green

    Green tea of course is good to wash it all off.


    And coming from that patch of green state in India called Kerala, we know about different shades of green, what they mean and how wonderful they can be.

    green corporates

    Incidentally, the new upcoming corporate office of one of the top ten corporate houses of India, coming up in Calicut has a roof that is a completely walkable terrace…you can walk along the slope from the ground till the roof, outside around. Grand no?


    Cochin International Airport became the world’s first fully solar powered airport. What can be more green than this!!!!! and in the long run it is easy being green

    The houses that I have seen all through my childhood days, the ones that seemed to rise out of a dream were green, magical and dreamy!

    my jeevan

    The magical rains that came prompted purely by the rotation of the earth, at the designated time and day, the ponds and lakes that swelled  with a gay abandon, the warmth of the hearth on a rainy day with the aroma of mother’s food wafting into all corners of the house….the memories are so green with a velvet touch…



    it is easy being green

    Good for heart, soul, mind and feet….

  • raajashok 9:56 am on January 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blogpost, Genx, Google, , Kerala, , , , Resilient,   

    The little treasure that is always there but we miss yet when we find it, fills us with immense satisfaction and renewed belief in what we call the ‘life’ 


    Probably my blog content may not be as big as the title itself.

    Or maybe it will be…

    resilient  I had always wanted to be resilient but I always felt shattered with tiny ravages that happened. When I bounced back, or thought I did, something of me was missing.

    A bit of trust, a bit of joy, a bit of enthusiasm, a bit of child, a bit of girl, a bit of youth, a bit of motherhood, a bit of love, a bit of innocence, a bit of hearty laughter, a bit of adventure, a bit of many things…which we never knew we had in us. But when it goes away, we feel it.

    While the Gen X is credited or discredited with a lack of passion or old fashioned love, I find their resilience a great pillar of strength that they can lean on quite comfortably.


    Many years ago, when I was playing with my friends in a gay abandon near the garden by our house in the tiny beautiful hamlet of Palakkad in Kerala, we decided to create a secret history by carving our names in the bark of the tree, in the inner innards of the mighty tree. We could then carve just our initials. J, R and M

    Many years later, 30 to be precise, I went again to my old pad, which now had new tenants. But the tree was still there. resilient as I had wanted it to be. Surviving a world of storms, rains,  thunderstorms and tree-cutting!

    Did I imagine the tree or did the tree whoosh an extra serving of breeze! Can’t say but i searched the innards of the tree with much difficulty, since my frame had grown bigger. And there it was, the J, R and M! It touched instantly the day in circa 1982!

    Then on that day when we carved our initials, we thought it was a historical day. I don’t know where J and M are now. I don’t know if, they too like me, had come and paid a visit to our historical monument (of a tree). I don’t even know if they remember me or the day like I do so well!

    Memories like this – do they make you lose that tiny portion of resilience in you or fill you with more?!!!




    • jmacindoe 4:30 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely story and photos. Thanks for sharing!

      • raajashok 7:38 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        thank you for stopping by…:)

  • raajashok 3:34 pm on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Goa Restaurant Munich, God's Own Country, Indian Mango Munich, Jet Wings, Jet WIngs Sri Lanka, Kerala, Media fam trips, Memes, Munich, Munnar, , , Sigiriya, Sri Lankan Airlines, Trolls, Vil Uyina, Vines   

    Rare moments in Vil Uyina Sri Lanka and many such…. 


    Hosted by Sri Lankan airlines, our media group was put up in the absolutely magnificent Vil Uyina Resort in Sigiriya, in Sri Lanka. The property, we were told falls in an Ecosystem and is preserved as such. Modern facilities in ancient setting.

    Each room is an independent villa with a panoramic roof-to-floor glass window along its entire breadth. The day we reached, the sky was overcast and the night presented a beautiful show of lightning and thunderstorms. From the comfortable confines of your room, munching Sri Lankan snacks over flutes of ‘sparklies’ with your friends, watching the slivers of the lightning bolt brighten up the night sky, was a surreal experience.

    But unfortunately, the only image I have of this trip is this….so this is rare

    vil uyina

    On another occasion, on a trip to Muir Wood National Park in California, this image of a hollow wood with  Ava came out with psychedelic effect.  Well kind of. It makes it rare for me, because Ava is all innocent in this pic, the evening visit was like a  dream- and I got a feeling that I had been there before. Deja Vu….

    muirwood SFO

    This pic taken in Munnar, a tiny and absolutely ravishing town in Kerala/Tamil Nadu border in India is so close to my heart because I was walking upto to meet my  mom who was waiting for me. In fact when this photo was being taken, she was looking at me from behind the curtains. She, who has an impeccable taste in color combos in designing dresses, complimented me on my choice of colour of the dress I was wearing. I love this photo because looking at me was my late loving mom sweetie!


    On another media trip, to Munich this time, we passed by this Indian restaurant with a very unimaginative name – Indian Mango.

    indian mango

    Later we had lunch at another Indian restaurant – with another totally unimaginative name  Goa (pic below). But the food was awesome, ambience great and service – superb!


    The below image of Munich is rare because it is not a black and white photo but rather a shot clicked during the typical freezing grey European winter!


    Last but not the least, rains in Muscat is so totally rare.

    muscat rains

    Finally finally some really rare gems of memes and trolls and vines….


    This one below was found behind a lorry in India… Trust me…they need God!


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