GSB Singapore Badminton!


In the wake of Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu emerging as Olympic Champions in the field of Badminton, every indians love towards the sport has increased manifold. Not that the sport wasn’t famous before the rise of these 2 super stars but now it is even more audience.

GSB’s at SG are active across all forms of sports with Badminton being the latest attraction and this was the 2nd tournament organised by fellow GSB’s. Over 40 folks participated both young and old πŸ™‚

A fun filled morning started on 14th of April and being a Public Holiday, the turn out was even more than the 1st one. Tampines Hub was the venue which has over 25 indoor courts. The atmosphere was thrilling and on the other side was terribly hot πŸ˜›

Men’s doubles, Ladies doubles and kids singles were the groups. All enthusiasts were on their heels for the start of the each game. 4 courts were booked from 7am to 10am and it was more than sufficient to drain out each one of our energy πŸ™‚ **Ammi Amase Punve ek vela khelche paleya** πŸ˜› (Sorry folks, can’t translate this into english :D)

Organizing such a event is truly wonderful experience and Nagraj Shenoy Maam and team made sure that there was absolutely no shortcomings. Kudos to them for arranging one and getting all of us involved. Kids are always fascinated and excited when they get a gift and this was made sure by Purnima maayi who sponsored trophies for all winners as well as medals for kids. Truly a wonderful moment to see the kids glow with happiness πŸ™‚ and who doesn’t love to pose for pictures? πŸ™‚ There should be someone behind the lens as well for this. Thanks Shyam for the wonderful captures. πŸ™‚

Amchi’s and no food!! Can this ever happen?? “Ambica’s Fine Dine” to the rescue – πŸ™‚ Upma was on the menu and was super yummy.

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Got a chance to play doubles with a uncle who was quite old enough and guess what, his age was 70! No, I am not kidding. He plays 3 times a week from 8am to 10am. Getting some tips from him for the drops and the smashes that I played was wonderful. πŸ™‚ ** pats my back πŸ˜› **

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In front of him, I was nothing in terms of fitness. Being at SG, people around you always remind you about being fit no matter what your age is. Are you fit? πŸ˜‰

All in all, it was a wonderful get-together and this time around was to lose some calories than to gain πŸ™‚ ** I will not even talk about the 2 days after the tournament. Let all your imaginations flow πŸ˜€ **

Cheers,
Muki

A fun filled Foodie Get-Together :)


It was an amazing get together with friends yesterday – A Foodie One I must say πŸ™‚

Ambica is a lady who is always kind and smiling with a heart so wide open that she has always been there for me here ever since I moved to SG. Whenever I need her the most and by most which has 99% been for yummy konkani delicacies πŸ˜‰ – a home away from home, she has been there πŸ™‚

Yesterday was one more foodie get together at Ambica’s, with Raghu, Sudhir, Rohith and the lovely couple πŸ˜‰ (no prizes for guessing here πŸ˜› ). As usual, full of fun, a lot of food and still more food happened. πŸ™‚

With Raghu & Sudhir turning into forced bachelorhood, Rohith about to leave bachelorhood, this meet up was nice but would have been more fun if Aks and Jaya too were around with the kids. Nonetheless, Jhankis were not deprived of πŸ™‚ and the menu was quite a thing with a fish starter, paneer chilly, stuffed mushroom and paneer ghee roast. All finger licking good (yeah, I meant it for the veggie part here πŸ˜› ). Main course had Pulav with Raita and Pomfret fish (as I heard it πŸ˜€ ) cooked inside a banana leaf. Drools heard over the room πŸ˜€

Paneer Ghee Roast
Paneer Ghee Roast
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Falooda
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Paneer Chilly
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Stuffed Mushrooms
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Chicken Something πŸ˜€
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Pomfret Masala on Banana leaf

Master Vinayak with his super energetic “Bappa” calls filled total energy to the evening and yes those “Pachi” calls did pinch a bit πŸ˜› (Mugdha are you reading? πŸ˜› )

The Kokke Gang :)
The Kokke Gang πŸ™‚

Thanks Ambica and Bavaji for being such an amazing host, having us all over for this amazing evening. A BBQ early 2017 on the cards πŸ™‚

Cheers,
Muki

Cricket – Integral Part of Every Indians Life! :)


Who does not love cricket being born in India? πŸ™‚

A chance to play cricket through out during childhood every single evening was one of thing that I will cherish through out my life. Grab your cycle, visit each of your friend’s place and give a shout, gather maximum people and then enjoy the lovely game. I always heard my father telling me, if you don’t call your friends going to their house each day, won’t they come to play? πŸ™‚ That was part of the fun. Get to bat, bowl and keep and your day is at its best.

I still recollect those days when we cousins used to stay over at my grandparents place. So much cricket that, wake up, have breakfast and play cricket. Come down for lunch, wrap it up in a jiffy and again play cricket. Evening go out to the beach or outside on the ground and again play cricket πŸ™‚ No, I really am not exaggerating these above things. This is what we used to do for the whole of summer holidays and trust me we loved every bit of it. Of course, we did not have mobile phones or Playstations to play with like how kids of this new generation have, so we found solace in out-door games and cricket was on top of our list.

It so happened and I am lucky that cricket has been integral part of my life till date. Engineering days playing for your class team, during masters playing for University, at Tata Elxsi playing for the company team every week in week out with the best of the corporate teams of Bangalore. I must thank Chetan Jayatheerta for giving me that excellent chance to be in the team and enjoy every bit of it and on course learn a lot as well. After moving to Singapore, I did have a break from cricket for obvious reasons (read as work :P) but nonetheless, I did play for my boss’s team on a turf wicket and quite a number of those Cage Cricket games where in you hit the walls and you score runs. It is not as much fun as the open ground cricket but definitely if your technique is good then you succeed in scoring πŸ™‚ Twice a month we colleagues play over at the ground around Changi Business Park in Singapore and through some recently made friends at client places, I also did get a chance to play in a couple of tournaments as well πŸ™‚

The fun tournament was last week at ECP – GSB Samaj Cricket tournament played between 6 teams and each consisting of 7 players out of which 2 were either kids or women. 6 overs a side inside the cage and the fun was unlimited. Being part of GSB community even after coming over to Singapore is one of the best things that could have happened and definitely knowing new people each visit is always worth it. Even though my team lost both the games, the spirit with which each team played was commendable. Looking forward to many more of such tournaments.

All set for the Start of the tournament!

 

Did manage to play a good game πŸ™‚
My team with the Trophy (Just posing :P)
The total team with full of energy

I really wished our game were uploaded live on the UC Cricket plugin which has some amazing features which one must definitely try out. Had it been done, my mother would have loved to watch me play each and every game of mine with absolute happiness πŸ™‚ http://www.ucweb.com/ visit the link to know more on the same.

This blogspot is part of the Indiblogger Surf it all post.

Cheers,
Muki

Mangalore Car Festival – The Kodiyal Teru


Car festivals are highly popular events in India. The Puri Jagannath yatra is one that prominently flashes in our minds when we think of the Carfestivals. In South India, every major temple in most towns hold an AnnualCar (Chariot) festival. Just like Udupi’s Makara Sankramana 8 Carfestival which is famous all over,Mangalore Veera Venkatesha templeCar Festival is one which is known world wide amongst Gowda Saraswath Brahmins (GSB) Konkani’s. Held every year in the month of January/February on the day of RATHASAPTAMI. Read more

Kodiyal Teru

 

Photo Courtesy: Manju Neereshwallya, Studio XL

Cheers
Muki

ALAMBO – A mushroom which Konkani’s love :)


Pardon me people, but this post completely will be for my Konkani GSB Community so it will contain many Konkani terms, so please bear with me πŸ™‚

“ALAMBO” is kind of a mushroom which is seen only in Dakshina Kannada. The specialty of this “ALAMBO” is that it is not grown, but once rains starts pouring down, on mountains tops we get this under the soil :). Yes, you heard me right – Under the soil is where this mushroom takes its birth πŸ™‚

During this particular time, I guess there is no such Konkani family who has not bought this mushroom and savored it atleast twice or thrice irrespective of the cost. As it is widely known, Konkani GSB community is such a community which values “FOOD” the most πŸ™‚ Yes, I mean it. Its Pyet Pooja first and then comes the rest! Cost of the food item is never taken into account. Seasonal fruits or vegetables or for that matter be it anything GSB Konakani’s make it a point they have it πŸ™‚

So many kinds of dishes are prepared out of this mushroom. To name a few Alambe Phanna Upkari, Alambe Bajo, Alambe Butti, Alambe Sannapolo etc etc. Its just mouth watering dish which I have always fancied having. When the rains pour down, its so amazing to have this spicy dish which my mom prepares.

Its just Mom’s greatness, she never eats it but never thinks twice to prepare ALAMBe dish for us πŸ™‚ Love you amma.

Cheers
Muki