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Sunday In My City – Everyday Sights

by Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 26 comments

Starting off with a not-so-everyday sight

The oldest Eucalyptus Tree (HorsleyHills) VidyaSury Oldest EucalyptusTree


Here’s a close up of its Prize tag. Planted by Horsley W H in 1859 and winner of the
Maha Vriksha Puraskar (Supreme Tree Prize)
VidyaSury PrizeTag
Gleefully anticipating spending hours inside the bookshop
VidyaSury Mall1
Books, books, books
VidyaSury Covet
Happiness is bubbles
Dreaming in the sunshine and enjoying himself. I confess I joined him.
VidyaSury Happy
Such a long journey! He navigates the traffic pulled by the weight of his cart
VidyaSury Flower1
Couldn’t resist the flowers…so we pulled over
VidyaSury Flower2
Didn’t carry a bag, so put them under my scooter seat
VidyaSury Nobag
Donkeys by moonlight. What were they thinking? Are they sad? Are they not talking to each other? Or are they just sleepy?
VidyaSury DonkeybymoonlightVidyaSury what are they thinking
From the kitchen – vadas and kozhakkattai
Tamil Nadu specials (I am a Tamilian)
vadas (left) are fried and spicy.
kozhakkattais are steamed and have a filling of jaggery and coconut flavored with cardamom
VidyaSury wada and modak
My Dosa ready to be flipped over
VidyaSury Dosa waiting to be flipped over
I hope you get well soon, Unknown Mami!
Hope you enjoyed these pics. Now let’s go over to Unknown Mami’s and cheer her up.
And then, we can travel the world from there!
Happy Sunday!
Vidya Sury
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BLOGitse October 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

Books and good food = perfect day! 🙂
Happy Sunday!

sheila October 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful and FUN! Love your post! I love seeing photos of your country!

Raymonde October 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

Love them all, but the flowers and the food made me smile. Have a beautiful Sunday.


ShonEjai October 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Very nice photos!

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

😀 Thanks, Raymonde. It is invariably the flowers and food that makes us smile, too! I found your pictures enthralling. Especially the “A French Take” ones.

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

@BLOGitse – I am in love with those leaves in your post. Thanks for coming by. And yes, books and good food actually do make a perfect day!

May October 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

I want some Vadas!!!!!

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

Just come on over, May! 🙂 Any time!

My Inner Chick October 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I LOVE your Sundays.
The Donkey in the moonlight! The flowers! Your son blowing bubbles! THE BOOKS! What is the food at the bottom again?

Xx Hugzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

TechnoBabe October 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Lovely flowers. Do you ride a scooter around town?

Do you make curried vegetables?

lisleman October 16, 2011 at 7:20 pm

the large mound of flowers on the cart seems odd to me but you probably see that often. good pictures

StarTraci October 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Books and a beautiful tree. Sounds like a wonderful Sunday to me.

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

🙂 Technobabe – yes, I ride a scooter around town. A Honda Activa. And yes, I make curried vegetables. Every single day with parathas.
I loved your squirrels!

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

@Sheila, you should visit. 🙂 I love my country too.

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

@ShonEjai…Roshanda, your blog is so very beautiful. I felt total peace when I visited.

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

@Traci, thanks. Yes, we enjoyed the day

Vidya Sury October 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Hey Kim! I was thinking of you as I posted the food pictures. The vada, dosa and “kozhakkattai” are all dishes we make often. The vada is a savory where we make a thick batter from soaked and finely ground black gram, season it with curry leaves, cilantro, salt and asafoetida and then fry it. Most yum. Check out the vada, kozhakkattai and dosa links in the post. The dosa is again made from a rice + black gram batter and made like pancakes.

All yum, I assure you 🙂

Keetha Broyles October 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Such interesting foods and all new to me!

ceodraiocht October 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Oh my – coconut flavored with cardamon in the filling? They must be so yummy.

Eucalyptus have become a “weed” in California. They’re known for splitting and toppling over in windy storms. But, they are gorgeous trees which is why folks imported them in the first place. Yours is a lovely specimen.

Thanks for sharing.

Tara R. October 16, 2011 at 10:01 pm

The tree is amazing to be so old. That’s very interesting. I love shopping in book stores too.

Vidya Sury October 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

@Lisleman – thanks. Yes,we see those all the time; in fact, most carts have several of those and I often wonder how they stay balanced.

Vidya Sury October 17, 2011 at 1:22 am

Hi Keetha, we’re rather popular for our overdose of festivals and the innumerable menus that go with each. Seems like the festivals were concocted for eating. We’re not complaining 😉

Vidya Sury October 17, 2011 at 1:31 am

@ceodraiocht – Eucalyptus is considered very useful as a medicinal plant here. There was a “Eucalyptarium” near that tree with hundreds of trees being tended carefully.

Unknown Mami October 17, 2011 at 2:46 am

This was a delightful journey through your world.

Vidya Sury October 17, 2011 at 3:13 am

@Tara – it is a family favorite pastime to browse bookshops. The evidence is all there at home 🙂

Vidya Sury October 17, 2011 at 3:16 am

Glad you enjoyed it, Unknown Mami. I’ve shared your pictures with every person I could think of. I am never forgetting those as long as I live.


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