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A camel struts his stuff.

Posted on Wed, 12/21/2011 - 18:22 by easytours
A camel struts his stuff.

A camel struts his stuff.   Pushkar Camel Fair 2011 Photos

Chennai Music and Dance Festival

Posted on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 19:04 by easytours

Chennai Music and Dance Festival is organized every year during mid-December to mid-January. Throughout the month, renowned artists schedule dance and music performances all over the city. Organized by various sabhas (organizations) in the city, the festival is intended to promote the classical music and classical dances of South India.

The festival began as a way to memorialize the anniversary of Madras Music Academy each December. Gradually, various organizations throughout Chennai joined in, making this one of the most lively and talent-filled festivals in all of India. The city truly comes alive during the festival it has now developed into a cultural extravaganza with more than 2000 participants.

Performances include vocal and instrumental music, as well as solo and group dances. Even upcoming artists get the chance to perform along with well-established artists. The music includes songs in various South Indian languages such as Tamil, Telugu and Kannada accompanied by flutes, veena (a large string instrument), goottuvadyam (similar to veena but without frets), nagaswaram (a pipe), thavil (a percussion instrument), mridangam (a drum), and even ghatam (a mud pot).

Indian Cuisine - Murg ki Kadi

Posted on Mon, 12/19/2011 - 18:26 by easytours

Murgi Ki KadiMurg ki
(An unusual Chicken preparation from the desert, with yogurt and spices).

Recipe by Sumit Sinha, Chef at Taj Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur Utensils: 
1 wok
1 iron griddle
1 small bowl
1 mixing bowl
1 transparent glass serving dish


Boneless chicken – 32 oz. cut into 1” cubes
Asafoetida – a pinch
Green chilies – 0.4 oz.
Cumin seeds – 0.2 oz.
Onion paste – 4 oz.
Coriander - 1 oz.
Garlic paste – 2 oz.
Oil – 6 oz.
Water – 600 ml.

The Yogurt Mixture:
Gram flour – 2 oz.
Yogurt – 16 oz.
Turmeric – 0.2 oz.
Red chili powder – 0.2 oz.
Salt – to taste
Water – 800 ml.

1. Roast half the cumin seeds on a hot iron griddle, cool, put in a grinder and powder.

2. Whisk the yogurt in a bowl; add gram
flour, red chilies, turmeric and salt and mix well. Add 800 ml of water and whisk again. Keep to one side.

3. In a wok heat 2 oz. of oil and cook the onions until soft and light pink in color. Remove wok from the fire and remove onions into a small bowl. Wash, clean and dry the wok for further use.

Jaipur - Chandlai Lake sees more birds this season

Posted on Sat, 12/17/2011 - 13:26 by easytours

Shivdaspura villagers in Jaipur have welcomed an abundance of feathered visitors this season as around 10,000 migratory birds have come to Chandlai Lake, about 3 km from the village.

According to the experts and birdwatchers, the number of winged guests from abroad includes some species who haven’t visited the lake in several years. Villagers have thronged the lake shores in order to watch the flocks swimming on the blue water.

More than 10 species of birds such as northern shoveler, common pochard, pintail, tufted duck, ruff, common redshank, common green shank, and common teal have been sighted this season. Nishant Shukla, a member of the bird watching group CORSER told the Times of India, "For the past two years species like tufted duck have not been seen here. It's a good sign that the lake has vegetation for these birds."

With many local birds migrating to the lake, the scene is a delight for birdwatchers. Some local birds such as osprey and woolly-necked stork have also migrated from various parts of India. Most of the birds are young female northern shovelers and have not attained their complete colors. While the bird watchers are delighted to see the number of migratory birds grow this year, they are worried for the future as there is not much effort by the government to conserve Chandlai Lake in Jaipur.

Ranthambore National Park - Radio collar removed from tigress' neck

Posted on Fri, 12/16/2011 - 19:17 by easytours

A non-functional radio collar was removed today from the neck of a tigress in Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan's Sawaimadhopur district, a senior forest official said.

The tigress could not be located initially, despite a search operation launched by wildlife officials, but was sighted several days later and the device was removed by an expert team.

There are a total of 27 wild cats in Ranthambore and the tigress was the only feline to be tagged.

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