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Why not small buses?

Note: This was written in early 2014, in the context of KSRTC issues in Kerala's capital city Thiruvananthapuram.

One is extremely disturbed - to say the least - to read about the woes of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), and the woes caused to other road users by KSRTC buses. The organization is the lifeline for ordinary citizens. Unfortunately though, it is not a thriving venture at present; and it seems that its buses are culpable in a tragically large number of road accidents. In this “blessed” state of India, where villages seamlessly transition to towns, most roads other than national highways and a few stretches of bypasses, are too narrow to accommodate heavy vehicles. One is often bemused and amused to watch C segment cars, luxury sedans and enormous SUVs flow out of palatial premises to occupy unfair amounts of road space. Most streets and alleys seem to have been designed with only processions of the political kind in mind. After all, such p…

Kailash Mansarovar 2012 Visual Recap

Recounting a fortuitous journey from 6 years ago. The longing to revisit will persist forever!
Visual Recap

The Aam fruit ... Never 'aam', Ever Special!

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Mangoes gala
Woman goes gaga!

Garden Magic: Nature's bounty

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khatta-meetha-teekha Mango pickle!

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Using jaggery, NOT sugar! Certified 'good' by the resident critic!

Banana wine!

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If you are blessed with 32 sweet teeth - like me - you may not care much for drinks that are not sweet enough, except perhaps sugar-free coffee.

So when SA, our neighbour in Annanad, (Trissur district, Kerala) offered some wine during one of the neighbourhood rounds (that are such a pleasant and customary part of hometown visits), i gave a tentative nod. i even managed to sip it, and savour it as slowly as i could, resisting the urge to assume an air of being a connoisseur. Ha ha

SA then generously shared the recipe in detail, complete with cautions and warnings. Here's the recipe, courtesy SA and her sources.

Ingredients:
Ripe (or overripe) Palayankodan bananas
Jaggery, powdered (the unsalted variety)
Cardamom
Cinnamon
Cloves
Air tight jar
Recommended sitting time: 41 days.

Wash or wipe clean the bananas.
Chop / slice the bananas, along with the peels.
Crush the spice mix.

In a dry jar, place a layer of jaggery, followed by a layer of chopped banana pieces. Repeat the layering, …