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Quest For Cool

by Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 44 comments
Hot weather. Lots of sweat. Hence the quest for cool this Sunday In My City. Phew! I am thinking salads, ice cream, tender coconut water, chilled juice, fruits, music, flowers (yes, flowers – the fragrance is great, you know?).

So here are some random photos from my mobile phone.

On April 13, we celebrated the Tamil New Year (yeah, folks, I am a Tamilian). This design is all flowers and colored powder. Nice, eh?

Here’s a random photo, on my way to somewhere. I love this pic. Looks so serene to me! See the temple in the distance? I could sit on that bench and dream for hours.

Butterfly. Stuck on the road. Poor thing. I kind of like the coloring in this pic, don’t you?

Coconuts. This is a common sight on the roadside, every few feet. The guys dexterously slice the top of the coconut, make a little hole and stick a straw into it and give it to you – to enjoy. You can choose between “only water” coconuts and “with tender coconut” coconuts. Those guys know which is which. Very impressive.

This is a common sight now, everywhere we go – sliced raw mango sprinkled with chili powder, rock salt. I am salivating even thinking about it

Cucumber slices – yum! (Zucchini variety?)

Tomato salad for the rest of the family. I prefer to bite into a whole tomato. Drool!

My flower lady. She’s happily sitting on a cart – the sort fruit vendors push around, selling their stuff. This was evening. In the day time, when the sun beats down, she puts up a beach umbrella over her head. A smartie, is my Mahadevamma!

What is this crow up to? I see it every day on my terrace. (Could be a different one every day) It sits for a long time and pokes around the top of that iron rail. Comic sight. Just about anything amuses me, eh?

Let’s go see what the others are up to at Unknown Mami’s, who brings us this treat every Sunday!

Happy Sunday, all!
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Wayne W Smith April 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm

You always provide pictures that tell a great story. I wish I had you eye.

Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Thank you, Wayne! Your bridge shots are fabulous!

Laurie Matherne April 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Your pictures are like and unlike Honduras. We are hot now, too. We have coconut, fruit and flower stands by the road. Mango slices and watermelon slices are for sale. But we don’t use chili powder. I love mango. What about papaya? Is that in season there, too?

Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Oh yes, Laurie – loads of papaya and watermelon too! I generally don’t eat watermelon even though I love it because it does not seem to agree with my tummy. 🙂 I like how nature gives us all the appropriate fruits to suit the season! Thank you for visiting!

Heather Smith April 15, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Love the design on your new year’s presentation!

Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thank you, Heather. In our native place in South India – the streets are full of different designs. There are competitions to see whose is best 🙂

zephyr April 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Indeed, just about anything amuses you and you make it amusing for us too 🙂 The crow really looks comical. It is my guess it has put something valuable inside the pipe like maybe a diamond necklace, and is trying to retrieve it? If I were you, I’d try to find out 😀

Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

🙂 We wish, Zephyr. That’s a solid iron rail with no scope for hollows. But I enjoy watching the crow sitting on it, then moving to a branch nearby, and finally swinging on a wire that stretches across two buildings. It is quite amusing to watch. I believe it knows me 😉

BLOGitse April 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Mandalas are my piece of cake – I like the rhythm, the balance and of course those lovely colors! I wish I had patient to make them but no.
Have a good week ahead!

Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

🙂 Thank you BLOGitse – actually they are not all that hard to make. Filling in the colors does take time though! 🙂 You have a great weekend too!

Terri Sonoda April 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Good morning and Good Sunday my friend Vidya! Ah, how I look forward to your Sunday offerings! Sorry to hear the heat is so bad for you all right now. We’ve been experiencing cooler weather, but by the end of the week,we’ll be in the 90s. I’m not fond of heat, so my air-conditioning will be running.
Back to your post. LOVE the pictures, as usual, but specifically the Tamil New Year pic. Beautiful! And I LOVE mango. Never had it with chili powder. Might have to give that a try!
Was lovely chatting with you last night. Hope to catch up with again soon.

Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Dear Terri! It was wonderful chatting with you. I am sorry I had to disappear abruptly though. 🙂 I crib about the heat because our city is not supposed to be hot 🙂 It is far hotter in some of the cities I’ve lived in. 🙂 Another two months, and the weather will cool a bit!

You should try chili powder with mango – tastes fabulous. See – I am drooling already!

Hugs! Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

Molly April 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm

The crow…could it be eating ants or some other kind of bug do you think?


Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I wonder what it finds there, Molly, because there really isn’t anything to find – just solid iron. But it seems to enjoy poking around. 😀 And looks comic in the process.

Thank you for visiting – have a great Sunday!

Tara R. April 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

That design in the first photo is gorgeous, beautifully intricate.

Vidya Sury April 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Thank you, Tara. We really enjoy doing it – feels very therapeutic 🙂

My Inner Chick April 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm

—-salads, ice cream, tender coconut water, chilled juice, fruits, music, flowers (yes, flowers – the fragrance is great, you know?)—

Ahhhhhh. Refreshing.

The crow is praying!

can you go pick up the butterfly? She must fly away!!!!

Love to you, My dear Sweet Vidya. <3

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Kim, I am so sad about that butterfly. 🙁 She couldn’t fly away. We tried. Did you know we feed the crow every morning? Hugs to you, too.

Kimberly April 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I love that you just take random photos…of things I’d never think to take pictures of…and they are magnificent. They speak volumes of your beautiful city. xoxox

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Hugs, Kimberly. One day we will meet. 😀 Thank you!

Tara April 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

1st I wanted to say, your cell takes great pics.

I love the design on the 1st pic, oh and the colors too. They are so vibrant. My mouth started watering when you were talking about the mango w/chili too!

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Welcome, Tara! You know, the mere mention of mango makes me drool. We’re right in the middle of the season and I am loving it! Thank you so much for coming by! You’ve got a lovely blog!

Betsy at Zen-Mama April 16, 2012 at 3:01 am

Love the flower design and the mango and coconuts…YUM!!
Thanks, as usual, for my weekly trip to your little corner of India!!

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Thank you, Betsy! 😀 I love having you here! Someday for real?

Vetrimagal Vetrimagal April 16, 2012 at 3:34 am

Kolam is very nic!
The Pookkaramma is cute. Thanks for sharing.


Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Thanks Pattu. (Oh, am so used to saying Pattu-kutty) I tried finding your blog the last time you commented but only landed up on your G+ page. 😀 She’s a very sweet lady. Forever full of advice 😀 Thanks for coming by!

Anonymous April 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Vidya.I am sorry that I had messed up my google account and other accounts. I could not comment on many blogs, and it was troublesome.

Finally the problem is solved, I hope.



Vidya Sury April 21, 2012 at 7:24 am

🙂 Good! 🙂

del king April 16, 2012 at 4:37 am

I saw your rangoli icon over at Unknown Mami and HAD to click through to see what other beautiful pictures you had in your post and I am so glad I did. Happy Tamil New Year.

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thank you! 🙂 I am so glad you came by. We had a lovely New Year, even though we celebrated it a day late, so everyone would be at home 😀

Keetha Broyles April 16, 2012 at 12:40 am

Hi Vidya!

I’m LOVING that design made out of flowers and powder. I was watching a cooking show set in Mexico once and the little town they were in was having a festival and they spent all night the night before making mosaics very similar to these all over all the sidewalks. It was pretty impressive!

All the fresh foods in the market look amazing! Not really a fan of mango, but I’d try ANYTHING once.

Well – – – maybe not something really slimy and gross – – –

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Keetha – they have major competitions in some areas for these designs, you know. And i always wonder how hard it must be for the judges to go around picking winners. It is a big treat just to see them.

🙂 I love how you said “try anything once” and I agree about the slimy, gross 😀 Thank you for visiting. Hugs!

MamaTim April 16, 2012 at 2:51 am

We have many Sikh worshippers in my country, and yes they celebrated Vaisakhi on 13th April.. Here’s wishing U a wonderful year ahead!

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

🙂 Thank you, MamaTim! That’s interesting. They are quite a boisterous group and usually quite friendly!

Have a great weekend!

Fran Sorin April 16, 2012 at 9:53 am


I smile every week when I see that your Sunday post has been published. This week was especially beautiful with the photo of the flowers and sugar for your New Year and your flower lady….what a beautiful sight that is.
Thanks for starting my Monday on the right note..

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Thank you, dear Fran. What a lovely comment! Hugs! Have a great week ahead!

Cathy | Treatment Talk April 17, 2012 at 2:32 am

Hi Vidya,

Love the pics as usual. My favorite is the first one and the butterfly. The food makes me hungry. So fun to see your part of the world.

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi Cathy! 🙂 Glad you like it. Sadly, the butterfly did not survive. I love that photo too. Must be the coloring.

Emily April 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Mango with chili powder and rock salt? That sounds so good! I’m going to have to try it!

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Indeed you must. It tastes heavenly. Glad to see you back, Emily!

Paige | simple mindfulness April 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I LOVE your pictures! I’m dreaming of summer as I’m now watching the white blanket from the latest spring snow storm melt. The flowers…the fruits & veggies and the colors. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your world with us again!!

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Dear Paige – I know. 🙂 What a beautiful life. Soon we’ll be welcoming the monsoons. Thank you for coming by. Hugs!

Unknown Mami April 19, 2012 at 5:39 am

I love cucumber slices with lemon and chili powder and I am a nut for mangoes.

Vidya Sury April 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Can you believe I am drooling at my own photos? 🙂 Summers are great here. Hugs, UnknownMami – somehow I am not surprised you like them too!


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