Saturday, April 9, 2016

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter F for Fish

Hello everyone,
I am an Eggetarian, so dont expect me to show pictures of Fish delicacies since I am posting about Baking for Letter C.

Though I first thought about posting about Food. I have too many restaurant reviews and baking posts.

Then I thought I can also post about Fitness.

But this is a small subject we discuss daily at home. My hubby being an animal lover (these species get attracted to him like magnet and metal, dont ask me how) we have A(one) fist tank. My MIL says at one point there were 13 tanks all over the house and she had to convince/cheat him to get rid of each of them :D Apart from the Cats and dogs and turtles.

Having a Fish tank in the house has many good effects.
  • It becomes the center piece or attraction in your house. We have a 250liter tank and when anyone first comes in, it sure attracts the person to it. All thanks to my husbands hobby and extensive research. Yes, it is a task and an expense to maintain. This one has Live aquatic plants which require the right amount of Ph levels, filtration, warmth, sunlight. If you see the top of the tank and the below equipment and its paraphernalia you will be stunned to see around 4 UV projecting tube lights and 4fans to keep those tube lights and water cool, a huge water filtration pump costing some thousands of rupees. The tank has its own thermometer too :D

  • According to Feng shui, the moving water revitalizes the energy which is stagnant in the house. This was how the tank looked 2years ago. But we try to add different types of fishes than the usual ones and plants to it always. There are Guppies, Angels, Discus, Suker fish, Shrimps, Snails, Molly, Tetra.

  •  They say if you atleast spend 15mins everyday watching fishes and their activities, you will have a healthy heart. Its actually quite an engrossing activity, you can spend an hour watching them. Also cleaning the tank is quite destressing. My kiddo is the assistant to his papa in this weekly activity and also maintains a census of the snails he detests :D
Live Toys ! My kiddo, when he was a baby loved to watch the fishes from his bassinet.
  •  Its different world altogether. They dont have memory. Their mating and reproductive systems are unique to each breed. Survival of the Fittest is here to see. Also how to protect their area and offspring's. How to eliminate the enemy or their own babies, makes them look cruel but again Survival of the Fittest :) You learn a lot by just watching.
The Eggs(white dots) of Angel(black big fish) on the middle stump of driftwood
  •  Going Fishing, the term in our home means to go shopping for the Fish tank :p Its fun to visit shops and people who are experts in this trade. 
An aquarium shop in Istanbul
Like a kid in a Candyshop, my husband :D

  • If you love sea food, you will love how abroad they display whats on their menu.

Restaurant in Istanbul, showing whats on the menu. Take your pick.
  • Some science class you can have in a Fish tank shop. Guess these Fishes? :D If you know more about them please leave details in Comments. Thank you in advance.
    Gold Fish

    Black Angel.
     I think only by name they are Angels. Hate how they kill their competitors :|

     I just love them. But its tough breeding them in India. They require warm water and outside of India breed easily even in gutters. In India, its like gambling, people loose lakhs to get the Discus to breed. My husband has green fingers I would say to get them to stay alive for over a year, if not multiply. It takes hell of patience and knack to breed them.

    Flowerhorn. The new rage in the market
    Do you have a fish tank? Do you love Fishing ;) ? Let us know in comments.
So this was our contribution for Letter F.

Till now we have posted:
#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter A for Anchor
#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter B for Bappa Sita Ram temple
#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter C for Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies, Cakepops, Canopies
#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter D for Diya
#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter E for Engineering Marvels

20 Letters more to go :) All the Best, fellow Bloggers !

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter E for Engineering Marvels

Greetings People,
For Letter E I would like to display photos I have clicked of Structures I call Engineering Marvels.

Take a look. Share your knowledge about any of them you have seen.

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus

Gateway of India, built to welcome the Queen of England
The Old & New Taj Hotel
More information on this can be found at Mumbai Heritage Walk in Open Bus :)

The vessels from top of GPO

St. Peter's Church, Bandra
Bandra Station

Vipassana Center,Igatpuri
Global Pagoda, Gorai, Mumbai

Read about Technique of Vipassana and the newly opened Global Pagoda at Gorai beach, Mumbai

Haji Ali Dargah

Check more Pictures of Haji Ali Dargah and information

The Worli Sea Link is Mammoth and its fun to Cycle and Run the Marathons on it ;)

Lets go little outside of Maharashtra now ;)

Have you checked out Jaipur? Read our detailed Jaipur guide posts :)

Hava Mahal, Jaipur
Jaipur Observatory

Seesh Mahal in Amber Palace, Jaipur

Jaivana World famous Cannon

Something International?

I have visited only Istanbul in Turkey. Some wonderful architecture I saw here.

Blue Mosque, coz its made from blue tiles
Rustom Pasha mosque

Haga Sophia mosque

Bosphorus Bridge: Connects Europe and Asia
Water storage system. We looked everywhere but couldnt locate the Cistern. Then realised its underground water storage system. Genius !

Medusa can be found here :)
Basilica Cistern

Enough of touring now. I hope you liked my entry for Letter E

Check earlier posts for #AtoZChallenge 2016

A  B  C  D 

#AtoZ Challenge 2016: Letter D for Diya

Greetings everyone !

Lets brighten up today with brightly blazing, warmth emanating, cheer spreading Diyas or Lamps or Divas.

Shop in Istanbul, selling Lamps
My MIL shares the love and hobby of collecting lamps. So on the day of Deep Amavasya we light each and every of here collected lamps and pray for enlightenment in our hearts, our home and everything around us. Do read about this auspicious day: Divyachi Amavasya.
Lamps in Istanbul, Turkey

I just love the Diyas and Deepstambhs. Deepstambhs are the huge lamp stands outside temples. They look beautiful when fully lighted on dark nights. I think my first memory of Deepstambh is of this one near my maternal grandmom's place: Ram Mandir, Naigaon, Dadar, Mumbai, India.

Cavity to keep lighted lamps

Talking about Deepstambhs. Here is a collection of snaps I have collected in the past few years. I just try to locate ceilings and deepstambhs in all heritage locations I go.

Jejuri Khandoba mandir
 This is at Jejuri, Khandoba devasthan. The mandatory Dev darshan you do after getting married. These are huge and look at the stands for each Lamps. When lighted how gorgeous it must be looking.

Kalsubai. Smaller temple at base of mountain.

Kalsubai is the highest peak in Maharashtra and an adventerous trek. Read my experience: Maharashtra's Mount Everest

Jejuri, lighting the way up the mountain

Mahalakshmi temple, Kolhapur
Istanbul inside the Mosque

Sion, Vithal Temple
 I love the Sion Vithal temple. It has superb calming vibes to it. Vithal More of Vithal :)  

 I have talked about Tungareshwar a lot. Read it again at: Tungareshwar Monsoon trek

I hope this post for Letter D was enlightening ;)

Next letter coming right up :)