Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dec 31 ~ Day 365 - Bye bye 2011!

This concludes picture a day for 365 days of 2011. I started my P365 in April of 2010 and hence will continue to post till April, to complete 2 years of P365. After that, I don't know. As of now I might not continue the project after after April but will see.

All the picture I posted during this might not have been taken the same day and I have mentioned so, whenever I posted an archived picture.

Wish you all a Happy 2012!

This day, last year: Mini Quiches

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dec 30 ~ Day 364 - Weekend entertainment

We normally don't watch telugu movies and we rarely buy DVDs. We watch most of the movies at the theater or when they are on cable. This week no new movies or no interesting movies are out, so I picked up a few telugu dvds. This is going to be our entertainment for this long weekend!
This day, last year: Eating out

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dec 29 ~ Day 363 - Window display

Last December I did holiday window displays theme and this year I have not posted any Christmas/holidays related pictures. I thought I would make this Bloomingdale's window display the picture of the day.
This day, last year: Playing in the snow

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dec 28 ~ Day 362 - At doctors office

I was at the doctors office this afternoon and had to wait for almost 30 minutes. I was playing with my Iphone and clicked this picture.
This day, last year: Ploughing the snow

Monday, December 26, 2011

Dec 26 ~ Day 360 - Boiling rasam

Spicy rasam with lentils, spicy lentils soup was perfect medicine for my cold.
This day, last year: First major snow fall of the season

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Dec 24 ~ Day 358 - A winter afternoon

A random click when driving in a taxi by the central park on the west side.  Took the picture while coming back home from the movie Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol.
This day, last year: Dior Lady

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dec 23 ~ Day 357 - Spice box

This is an archived picture I clicked when I did the A-Z alphabet series back in August.
This day, last year: Times Square

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dec 21 ~ Day 355 - My Christmas gift

This cookbook is my Christmas gift from my nephew. Thanks! I already narrowed down a few recipes to cook form here.
This day, last year: Pedicabs lined up in the park

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dec 20 ~ Day 354 - Spices from India

These days we get all the Indian spices here in the US except Biryani flower & Shah Jeera (black cumin). These are the two spices I never forget to bring back from India.
This day, last year: Lord & Taylor Window Display

Monday, December 19, 2011

Dec 19 ~ Day 353 - Binging on Dairy Milk

I love Cadbury dairy milk and the cadbury in US doesn't taste as good as the ones in India & Europe. On my way back from India, I picked up a box of fruit & nut dairy milk and couple of plain dairy milk packets from Dubai airport. I prefer plain dairy milk bars to fruit & nut bars but surprisingly, I am loving the fruit & nut more than the plain one this time. Have been eating these since I got back home. I got home this morning.
This day, last year: Random picture of holiday lights

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dec 17 ~ Day 351 - Hmmm

This is one staircase I will never forget. I slipped and fell down these stairs and fortunately, touch wood, no fractures and major injuries. This day, last year: Empire State Building

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dec 14 ~ Day 348 - Wedding preparations are on

Took this picture 10 days ago. Remember, I mentioned on of my youngest aunts is getting married. On the day of lagna patrika ceremony, there was another ceremony which officially kick started the wedding preparations. During this ceremony, turmeric is beaten to start teh wedding preparations. Turmeric is considered very auspicious in hindu culture and wedding preparations are kick started with powdering turmeric in to fine powder, using a motor pesto.
This day, last year: At Macys

Monday, December 12, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dec 10 ~ Day 344 - Playing puzzles

Playing puzzles with my nephew. This puzzles is similar to Sudoku.
This day, last year: Bryant Park

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dec 7 ~ Day 341 - Goldsmith's workshop

I wanted to exchange a pair of old bangles for new ones. The jewelry did an instant purity test on the bangles and concluded that the bangles contained only 75% pure gold. I refused to exchange the bangles. He suggested we get the gold tested with the goldsmith next door. We got small piece of the bangle tested and it was almost 84% pure. The lesson learned was, although the jewelers say the ornament is 22k, 92% pure, most of the them use only 85% gold.
This day, last year: Holiday wreath in our building

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dec 6 ~ Day 340 - Lovely blue

I went jewelry shopping with my cousin and she liked these beads. Unfortunately, the storekeeper refused to sell the beads separately. He insisted we buy the pendant too. My cousin managed to talking him into selling her only the beads, without the pendant.
This day, last year: Unicef-snowflake

Monday, December 5, 2011

Dec 5 ~ Day 339 - Lagna patrika ceremony

One of my youngest aunt's, yes my mom's first cousin, is getting married in February. Since I won't be attending the wedding, I attended this ceremony. Now the date is official, the wedding will take place on Feb 2nd. This day, last year: Late fall in the park

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dec 4 ~ Day 338 - Cute

The little girl is my mom's household helper's daughter. It was cute watching this girl with her doll. This is the pose she gave me when I told her I was taking her photo.  
This day, last year: 5th Avenue by the park, in late fall

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec 1 ~ Day 335 - Diety

I could not take a good picture. As I was taking a picture, one of the devotes shouted, "no photos, please"
This day, last year: Box of chocolates

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nov 30 ~ Day 334 - Nostalgia

Another picture from my cousin's farm. I got back from Karimnagar Monday itself.  His farm made me nostalgic and brought back memories of my maternal grandma's village.  Hence posting more from his farm house.

We use to see many bullock carts when growing up. Nowadays, these carts are no where to be seen even in the villages. These carts were primarily use to transport grains and pulses from the fields. There were different bullock carts to transport people.  

This day, last year: Bowl of boiled milk

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nov 27 ~ Day 331 - More flowers

I already posted a few pictures from U's uncle's garden. This is one more from the garden. He is interested in gardening and he has hundreds of plants. I have more pictures of his garden and will post them at later, on a day when I don't take a picture.
Location: Karimnagar  
This day, last year: Late fall

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Nov 24 ~ Day 328 - More from the garden

This again is a picture I took over the weekend of Nov 27th. As I mention in my previous post, I was busy this week and could not post a picture every day. I did not take any pictures Wednesday & Thursday and am posting a picture I took on Wednesday & Thursday.
Location: Uncle’s garden in Karimnagar
This day, last year: At Dons Bogam

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nov 23 ~ Day327 - Flowers

I was busy this week and could not post a picture every day. I did not take any pictures Wednesday & Thursday and am posting a picture I took on the weekend, Nov 27th.
Location: Mr. U’s uncle’s garden in Karimnagar
This day, last year: Almost a full moon

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Nov 22 ~ Day 326 - Street vendor selling sorghum

This vendor goes door to door selling his crop. My mom has been buying from grains & spices from him for over 20 years. Today he sold jowar / sorghum.
This day, last year: Cooking shrimp

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nov 21 ~ Day 325 - A bowl of bitter gourd crisps

My neighbor brought this bowl of bitter gourd curry for me. Ever since I came to Hyderabad, she has been asking my mom & sister-in-law what I like. When they did tell her, she finally gave up on them and brought this bowl of bitter gourd and it was delicious.
This day, last year: Holiday preparation

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nov 14 ~ Day 318 - Coconut Tabla & Veena

Table and Veena were carved on dried coconut. I never seen such cute coconuts before. Bride's mom took these to the pooja at the groom's house, the day after the wedding.
One more carved coconuts tray.
This day, last year: Mess I made!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nov 13 ~ Day 317 - Bride's mehandi

I did not take my camera to the wedding. I wish I had! The stage was beautiful and the decoration was gorgeous! I am posting an old picture, bride's mehandi.  I the design! 
This day, last year: Designer bags for bargain prices