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Chandigarh, North India - Nava's Travel (Part 2)
Hopefully, hope is life by the way, my biggest hope on the second day in Chandigarh? Please, a big full-stop to health issues please. Arrr, as it is, sightseeing didn't materialize the previous day (Chandigarh Part 1), and in case health cases are back to square one? Dang! Anyway, come or go whatever, going by our itinerary, we must return to New Delhi by tonight. Thankfully, so far so good. No "health is not wealth" casualties. Meanwhile, breakfast was broken by the usual hotel buffet breakfast. On my dead palates. Literally dead due to eating the same type of food for the last 6 days, for almost every other meal. Ahhhhh!!! (Kullu Manali & Shimla).
Having said that, I still ate. A tiny bit. For keeping my tummy warm, not out of greediness, and once clock ticked for signaling the end to breakfast, we left for our first ever Chandigarh sightseeing. Shukna Lake. Nestled at the foot of Shivalik Hills, created in year 1958, Sukhna Lake is a man made lake, which stretches at 3sq. km. Of course, of course, Sukhna is without a doubt a nature stunner. and for someone like me, water is sincerely a soul touching therapy. The weather in Chandigarh too, another appreciated soul therapy, winter bliss mild coziness.
Now, did I clan-up with the majority of the tour members for boat ride? No, I didn't. Instead, I loved my me-time. Seated somewhere close to Sukhna lake, for the easy, unpressured mind moment, my mind wondering towards Sukhna Lake's water beauty. Apart from, later, heading from one stall to another, for food desire. Sadly though, these stalls were not ready in welcoming customers. As much as I tried, at my wittiness, charm and broad smiles? Neh! But I sure got the workers tickled. They unselfishly returning my smiles. By the next 2 hours or so, time out from Sukhna Lake, before we step foot in Rock Garden.
Rock Garden. The wow factor. Mesmerizing, rocking in and out of creativity and innovativeness. The sightseeing stealer in Chandigarh. It is, utterly. At least for someone like who admire those who come up with such brilliant ideas. Spreading over an area of 40 acres, sculptures made from recycled ceramic, and Rock Garden completely built out of industrial waste, home waste and thrown-away items. I truly, loved, loved whatever I saw, whatever captured on my camera, likewise, whatever captured in my mind memory bank.
Up next? Rose Garden. Within a short distance from Rock Garden. Officially known as Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, named after the former president of India, Dr Zakir Hussain, Rose Garden was established in year 1967. The largest rose garden in Asia, spreading over an area of 40 acres, and exhibiting some of the rarest and exquisite varieties of roses. Indeed, gorgeous blooms of different colors, in different shapes as well, these roses parading themselves in their own stunning manner. Of course, in tandem to Ms.Nava. Hehehehe!
2 hours in Rose Garden, next, food time. Lunch time. Same food story, as in all the previous days. Vegetarianism again. No, I have nothing to say. I'm not even mentioning the name of the restaurant, neither, the items I tucked into. By this lunch, the curtains in Chandigarh were slowly drawn together, for journeying back and arriving in New Delhi at about 10.30pm. What about dinner on this night, arranged in a nearby restaurant? Oh-please. Late meals are not for me, because I don't want to return home with extra kilos, and then, struggle in loosing them.
Sodhi. Coconut milk infused and laced ( Shrimp Coconut Milk ) Indian coconut stew. In fact, sodhi is the branching of Masak Lemak ( Vegetarian Malay Spinach Coconut Stew ), or vice-versa or whichever. Sodhi is definitely a popularity amongst the Indians and without a doubt, in my house as well. Sodhi is usually drenched over rice, and eaten alongside side dishes. Trust me, nothing like sodhi soaking or flooding up your rice and then, using your hands for mushy-mushy diving inside eating style. Sodhi. Like, every once a week in my house. In other words, a regularity and it is a dish that can be put up effortlessly. Needless to say, easy cooking and mind you, there are other variances of sodhi too, which I have already shared before ( Malu Kirata , Kiri Hodi , Prawn Sodhi & Cabbage Sodhi ). This latest sodhi? Basically, the humble, basic simplicity, but why a Malaysian Sodhi? Well, Cooked by this “The Crazy Lover” who is a typical, true and true Malaysian, and cooked in her, most o
Look at this earthen pot and in it thick, salty, spicy and vibrantly exciting to our palates and eyes Mochakottai Karuvadu Kulumbu (Field Beans Salted Fish Curry). Like immediately can trigger our hunger throne right? I know. I am definitely a big fan of this Indian style salted fish curry and salted fish on the whole by itself ( Spicy Ikan Bilis Potato , Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis & Sambal Kentang Ikan Asin ), can drive me crazy because I so love saltiness. In fact, every day can be a salted fish meal day for me ( Salted Fish Pickle , Bean Sprouts Salted Fish & Steamed Pork Salted Fish ). But, I think we all know it? Too much of saltiness and salt can ruin our health? Of course. Then again, there is such a thing as every now and then saltiness as our best friend? How do make this salted fish curry? Nothing much, no major confusing cooking matter ( Salted Fish Bone Curry ). My recipes as always will never cause you to struggle in the kitchen. Ingredients listed below
By the third day, Iphone 7 started showing its dark side. Really a terrifying-horrible shocking discovery, it kept rebooting every now and then for no apparent reason. Obviously, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Duh! Its a brand new phone I paid from my savings ( Da De Bak Kut Teh Subang Jaya ), never ever have I encountered such a problem with my previous faithfully yours 6 year old Iphone 5. Absolutely heart wracking, I really couldn’t find the time ( Karaikudi Chicken Curry & Fikcles Cafe Taman Tun ) to rush to the service centre amidst the busyness of getting ready for the family wedding and another travel venture ( Oats Fried Prawn s ). Keeping my fingers crossed, hoping it’s just a minor teething problem, I went ahead with shopping nearby Plaza Shah Alam and Plaza Masalam. Accompanied by my niece, we bought a couple of things and then of course, naturally, shopping is more or less regarded as synonymous with hunger throne.
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