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Monsoon fury: Heavy rains kill 45 in Gujarat

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New Delhi: Continuous rains have swollen many rivers and created a flood-like situation in Gujarat, even as at least 45 people have died following heavy showers in Saurashtra and south Gujarat, officials said.

Amreli district is the worst hit, with 36 deaths reported on Wednesday. The meteorological centre at Ahmedabad on Thursday predicted moderate to heavy rains in the coming days.

“The south-west monsoon has covered the entire Gujarat. Monsoon is active over Gujarat region and vigorous over Saurashtra,” an official of Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre told media outlet.

The official said: “Moderate to rather heavy rain would occur at most places in Gujarat region, Saurashtra-Kutch and in Diu, Daman, and Dadra Nagar Haveli. The weather is about to remain same for the next five days.”

“Floods too cannot be ruled out at the moment,” he added.

According to All India Radio, 13 people died when two houses collapsed in Nani Vabhaniya village, near Bagasara town of Amreli district.

Three people died in Bhavnagar district, two in Gaondal in Rajkot district and three lost their lives in Surat district due to the floods.

Gujarat Chief Minister, Anandiben Patel, who reviewed the flood situation at a high-level meeting in Gandhinagar, urged people not to panic.

She also held meetings with senior officials and the Indian Air Force and discussed the situation with district officials.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the IAF have been pressed into service for rescue and relief work in Amreli district.

Additional companies of State Reserve Police (SRP) have been sent to all affected areas. Over 100 people were airlifted in Amreli, while about 1,000 people were evacuated in Surat. (IANS)

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Monsoon Bliss: Drenched in Rain Kutch is a Must Visit (Environmental Feature)

The monsoon brings out a different facet of Kutch, the brown transforms into green

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Rann Utsav in Kutch. Pixabay

Bhuj, Sep 09, 2017: White, fluffy clouds hanging low over green hills, little pools of still water teeming with migratory birds and an omnipresent cool breeze — the semi-arid region of Kutch in Gujarat transforms into a completely different avatar during the monsoon.

And although winter — the time detailed as “ideal” to visit this region — shows you a side of hers that’s truly unique, Kutch makes for a pretty picture during the rains, perfect for a rejuvenating holiday.

Nestling on the country’s western border, close to the Arabian Sea, Kutch had recently been in the news for the cyclonic storm-induced thundershowers that lasted five days. Before that, and like the rest of the state, floods had also hit the region in July.

“Heavy showers are normal during the monsoon,” local taxi driver and long-time Bhuj resident Anwar Khatri said, indicating that the heavy rainfall was not out-of-the-ordinary. “But in the last three-four years, we have had very scanty rainfall. The monsoon brings out a different facet of Kutch, the brown transforms into green.”

Kutch occupies an important geographical location when it comes to birds, said ornithologist Jugal Kishor Tiwari, since it falls on their migration route. His organisation, Centre for Desert and Ocean (CEDO), works on wildlife conservation and promotes nature tourism.

And although the winter is a brilliant time to spot a host of migratory birds, one can indulge in some bird-watching during the monsoon as well. CEDO, which is based out of Moti Virani village, some 400 km from Gujarat capital Gandhinagar, organises tailor-made tours of such nature.

A visit to Kutch would however be incomplete without witnessing its rich treasure trove of handicrafts. Ajrakh (block printing), camel leather craft, Bandhni, different forms of weaving, bellmetal craft, Kutch embroidery — the list is endless — and nothing beats the wonder of watching an artisan work on his or her craft.

After the devastating earthquake in 2001, several NGOs took up the initiative of supporting artisans and their art, even reviving some, and helping them find suitable markets to showcase and sell their products beyond the state’s and the nation’s borders.

There are many such NGOs within a radius of 10-15 kilometres from Bhuj — the point you will either fly down to or reach by train — and one can visit their campuses to see some of these exquisite crafts take shape and understand the story behind them from the artisans themselves. Some names to look out for would be Shrujan, Khamir, and LLDC (Living and Learning Design Centre).

About eight kilometres from Bhuj is a village called Bhujodi, which has the Ashapura Crafts Park set up for artisans to display and sell their work. Again, one can meet weavers, tie-dye artists, block printers and others here. Needless to say, it will leave you wanting for more shopping bags to fill!

From the well-known to the lesser known — a monsoon visit to Kutch would also remain wanting without a trip to one of its pristine beaches. Mandvi is the closest to Bhuj and there are many resorts close by with their own private beach enclosures. The high point of the beaches here — Pingleshwar, about 98 km from Bhuj, a hidden gem — is witnessing the marine life. Jelly fish and hermit crabs are a common sight and the multi-coloured sea weeds look extraordinary.

Also Read: History of Rigvedic river Saraswati

If the children are more in the mood for some fun and frolic, Mandvi has ample opportunity for water sports as well — which may be restricted when the weather is grey. But a ride on a camel would more than compensate for that!

With the temperature hovering on the pleasant side of the scale and a constant breeze, one can also opt for some historical sight-seeing. The Aina Mahal, with its blue tiles, Venetian-style chandeliers and walls studded with mirrors, is a must-visit. Next door is the 19th century Prag Mahal, a brilliant example of Italian-Gothic architecture.

As you travel around the place and move on the fringes of the main town of Bhuj, it is difficult to miss the vast expanses of agricultural land with acres after acres of pomegranate plantations, palm groves and cotton fields — all this thanks to drip-irrigation, which has brought about a sea-change in the region’s crop pattern. With the green hills in the backdrop, it’s a sight to behold. Soak it in, for, with the changing season, Kutch will soon reveal a different face. (IANS)

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Hello Foodies ! You Can Spot These 8 Street Foods at Every Nook and Corner in India

Here is a list of delicious street food items, now available everywhere in India

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Delicious Street Food in India. Wikimedia

Sep 02, 2017: Street foods in India is the new trend amongst foodies these days and are indeed delectable to savor. Previously, it was known that street food confined to a particular region. However, nowadays, a south Indian food can be found even in the north of the country and here is why you don’t need to go all the way to Assam to eat momos.

Many street food items have become quite popular throughout. Let’s have a look at these street food items.

Here is a list of delicious street food items, now available everywhere:

Vada Pao

Street Foods
Vada Pao in Delhi. Wikimedia

Vada Pao is the Indian style burger, quite famous in Maharastra. Fried potato dumplings are stuffed inside pao and are coupled with green chili and spicy chutney that add flavor to this Maharashtrian dish.

Chaat

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Papri Chaat. Wikimedia

The sweet, tangy, and spicy taste of Aloo tikki, Gol Gappa, bhelpuri, Sevpuri, will tempt you. This is a mouth-watering street food from Uttar Pradesh. It adds extra taste to your buds when garnished with curd and chutney.

Momos

Street Foods
Cabbage Momos. Wikimedia

The white colored steamed snack of North East is getting popular amongst Indians these days. It makes an awesome combo when served with spicy red chutney and hot momos.

Also Read: “Regionality is What Sets Indian Food Apart” from the Cuisines Across the World, says MasterChef Australia Judge Gary Mehigan 

Poha Jalebi

Street Foods
Poha the staple breakfast of India, with Jalebi. Wikimedia

Sweet jalebis served with salty poha is a trademark street food of Madhya Pradesh. Now the combination is a hit amongst people of the country.

Idli Sambhar

Street Foods
Idli-Sambhar-Coconut chutney. Wikimedia

Idli Sambhar is the most popular street food of Tamil Nadu in India. It is a delicious combo of idli, sambhar and coconut chutney.

Chole Bhatura

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Chole bhature. Wikimedia

Chole Bhature, a favorite dish of every Indian is chiefly a treat of Punjab.  It is served with green chilies, onions, and chutney.

Dhokla

Street Foods
Gujarati Dhokla (Khaman Dhokla). Wikimedia

The sweet-sour Dhoklas are a specialty of Gujarat state. It is a famous street food baked from the fermented batter of gram flour. This treat is also served with chutney and green chilies.

Pyaz ki Kachori

Street Foods
Rajasthani Pyaz ki Kachori. Wikimedia

Pyaz ki Kachori was originated in Jodhpur city of Rajasthan. The dish is now relished all over India. These crispy and flaky kachoris with onion masala, garnished with sweet tamarind chutney will throb your heart.


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Are you Traveling in Monsoon? Follow these Tips to look Stylish!

If you are planning for traveling in this rainy season here are some tips to get ready and style yourself

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Traveling in monsoon season.Follow these Tips to look Stylish. Pixabay

New Delhi, August 13, 2017: 

“Experience is not What happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.” – Aldous Huxley

Everyone loves to travel during monsoon, but looking stylish and maintaining comfort in the rainy season remains a major concern for most of them.

Traveling in this season can make your best ever memories for your entire life. As you can bask in the fascinating sunlight or enjoy the cold and calm darkness of the monsoon. Also, touch and feel the verdant greenery that is spread everywhere and vibrant culture of the places that come alive during the monsoons.

There is no denying that monsoon makes the process of packing one’s bag much more complex but don’t worry, here with some easy and quirky tips that will ease your concerns and let you enjoy the tour-


MEN

  • Pack more linen clothes

Men always search for something comfortable so you can definitely try linen plain shirts or T-shirts and there is nothing more relaxing than this even you can also team them up with denim printed jackets.

T-shirt
Man in T-shirt. Pixabay
  • Carry shorts, capris

Shorts and capris are so attractive and easy to wear, easy to carry and also look fantastic.

Capris
Man wearing shorts. Pixabay

 ALSO READ: Here are 4 Ways to Carefree, Happy Feet in Monsoon!

  • Go out with lightweight waterproof bag

Just carry a lightweight waterproof luggage bag with all your belonging in it, especially a plastic bag for your cell-phone assets.

Lightweight bag
Lightweight bag. Pixabay
  • Monsoon accessories for safety and style

Monsoon accessories such as hat looks funky and stylish and also protect your hair from sun, dust, and pollution. A waterproof wrist watch makes look you stunning, use a sunglass to protect your eyes. Team it up with a scarf and make a style statement of your own.

Monsoon accessories
Monsoon accessories. Pixabay

 


WOMEN

 

  • Carry light weighted colorful fabrics
colorful fabrics
A woman donning colorful fabrics. Pixabay

Women can try refreshing light fabrics, like cotton, chiffon, silk that dries out quickly. Your clothes must be bright colored such as, yellow, orange, pink, red, blue and some context of mixtures like fluorescent and magnified colors will enhance your style.

  • Palazzos let you feel comfortable

Two bottoms (shorts, palazzos) will offer utmost comfort, also keep one stretchable denim pant. This funky look will definitely win hearts wherever you go.

Denim
Girl wearing stretchable denim. Pixabay
  • Must carry a long sleeved top

Sum up your clothing with minimum outfits and carry one long sleeve that will protect your skin from tanning and mosquitos. One sleeveless top, a crop top for shorts- will give you bold look and colorful jackets that are reversible.

Monsoon style
Girl donning full sleeve top. Pixabay
  • Accessories add to your style

Accessories like a jelly umbrella, comfortable footwears (avoid flat and shoe), belt, scarves, sunglasses, and junk jewelry will add to your style and will surely turn heads wherever you go.

scarves, sunglasses,
Girl wearing scarves and Sunglass. Pixabay

 

 

– by Nidhi Singh of NewsGram. Twitter @NidhiSuryavansi