A rubble dump gets transformed by the Fernandes’

  This is just a small patch in front of Maria and Augusto Fernandes’ home in Sada. It was an unsightly clutter of rubble and other rubbish till very recently. Their son, Terrance one day decided to do something about it. Their daughter’s upcoming wedding was an added incentive to act on that piece of space. So Terrance set to …

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Citizen’s Force Does Work

Yes many hands make work light. It just needs a positive attitude and sincerity of purpose. A living example is the sapling plantation initiative of the Jagrut Nagrik Manch. 30 saplings were planted on the periphery of the Chicalim SAG ground in Aug 2014. Assistance for digging pits was given by Premanand Nanoskar, Councillor MMC. The monsoon aided the initial …

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Constructing a green neighbourhood

Vidhya Tapadia is an architect of our neighbourhood for whom sustainable low impact design and execution is the dominant driving force. After graduating in Architecture from Pune, she has been a practising architect for over a decade and her firm – Axiom Design offers services in architecture and interior design. “Minimalism and sustainability forms the core of our design ethics”, …

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Cook Express – Sambhalpur Special by Parwati Sahu

Parwati Sahu has been part of our neighbourhood for the past 12 years. She hails from the culturally rich Sambhalpur district of Orissa. She has an interest in cooking and regularly watches the Food and cuisine shows on TV. Parwati boarded the Cook Express on 23 May 2014 to share some traditional typical Sambhalpuri recipes – Purowada and a sweet …

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Cook Express – Chinese Cuisine by Hotel La Paz Gardens

Hotel La Paz Gardens gave the Cook Express a green signal. La Paz, as it is known to everyone in the neighbourhood, has a loyal clientele who swear by their Chinese restaurant – Sweet ‘n’ Sour. Chef Rakesh Kumar takes you through the paces in making some special Chinese cuisine . A soup, a chicken recipe and a veggie dish …

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Cook Express – Pesarattu with Chettinad Chutney by Jayashree Jairam

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Cook Express – NONMBU ADAI by Hema Sundaram

Hema Sundaram is an ex banker who has won many an award for her culinary skills. Her main interest is in traditional recipes. Hema says , ‘ I want to preserve yesterday’s recipes today for tomorrows generation”. Hema taught the participants a traditional dish called Nonmbu Adai – the sweet and the savoury version with rice flour, lentils and jaggery. …

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Green Thumbs of the neighbourhood bag BSG Home Garden Competition awards

The state may be witnessing an inexorable greying of the landscape with housing and commercial projects mushrooming all around. However, there are fortunately several pockets of green that refuse to give in. While agriculture in general is on the decline in our state, there however seems to be an encouraging resurgence of kitchen gardening in our neighbourhood. Several intrepid Home …

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Ravindra Bhavan, Baina now open

The Ravindra Bhavan at Baina was inaugurated on 12th Dec. This centre that would provide state of the art facility for music, dance and theatre fulfils a much felt need of this port town. This project commenced in 2007 and went through several hiccups and delays that has resulted in cost overruns. Nevertheless the final outcome will benefit the artistes …

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Urban Farming in the our neighbourhood

Brinjals, beans, bananas, bottle gourd, basil., tapioca, tomatoes, chillies, capsicum, cluster beans, drumsticks, snake gourd, yam, ladies finger, pumpkin, flat beans. All this and more are the fresh veggies that Mrs.Hema Unny grows in her kitchen garden. Hema discovered and developed her green thumb after moving to her independent home at phase II Rangavi Estate, Issorcim in March 2012 She …

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