Expert Author Lakshmi Menon
You may need made up your thoughts to plan a go to to Chennai, the Gateway of South India and the capital metropolis of Tamil Nadu. Chennai is positioned on the east coast of the nation. It's possible you'll be questioning what you are able to do and see in Chennai. Listed here are the highest issues you are able to do on this metropolis of cultural and historic significance -

1. Temples - A few of the common temples of vacationer pursuits are within the metropolis which exhibit Dravidian structure representing the glory of the previous. Shri Vadapalani Murugan Temple in Vadapalani, Devi Shri Karumariamman Temple in Thiruverkadu, Shri Ashtalakhsmi Temple, Kabaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore, and Lord Parthasarathi Temple in Triplicane are a few of them. In case you plan your go to to be right here through the pageant time, you'll get pleasure from an unforgettable time right here.

2. Monuments - There are a few of common monuments positioned in Chennai. In case you'd to love, go to these monuments which give helpful insights about Indian previous, common structure and lives of some nice heroes who've lived right here. Additionally go to the century outdated church St. Andrew Cathedral, the Armenian Church in-built 1772, Anderson Church overlooking the Excessive Courtroom in George City, St Mary's Church one of many oldest buildings constructed by British, Luz Church also called Church of Our Woman of Mild, San Thome Cathedral - Tomb of St Thomas, Ripon Constructing, a seat of Chennai Company, Normal Publish Workplace of late 19th century, an outstanding instance of Indo-saracenic structure.

3. Seashores - If you're seeking to spend a while for leisure in an excellent seashore Elliot Seashore is the proper place within the metropolis. You can too go to Marina seashore, the second largest seashore on the planet, however often will probably be crowded with locals and vacationers.

4. Amusement Parks - How will you depart Chennai with out visiting the fun-filled amusement parks, equivalent to the enjoyment rides and the amusing water occasions? A few of the common ones are Kiskinta, Sprint-n-Splash, Dolphin Metropolis, MGM Dizzee World.

5. Museums - If you're an individual who enjoys museums visiting Authorities Museums, Birla Planetarium, Nationwide Arts Gallery, Cholamandal Artists' Village. will likely be of nice curiosity.

6. Purchasing - Chennai is a good place for buying with many malls and buying complexes. A few of the finest locations for buying are Anna Salai, School Highway, Chetty Highway, Mount Highway, Nageswaran Highway and Burma Bazar. You may even strive your hand in bargaining the value right here.

7. Meals - A few of the common eating places are Carnival, Mathura and Saravana Bhavan the place you may benefit from the style of conventional meals like Idli, Dosa, Vada and so forth.
Expert Author Lakshmi Menon
Many Bangaloreans look ahead to an outing from the busy metropolis life at the very least throughout a weekend. There are a number of choices for such folks to get pleasure from a peaceable weekend, and return to their work re-energised. Some would favor to go along with their companions, some alone, however some with their household. A few of the standard getaways are right here.

Mysore Metropolis: is nearly three ½ hours drive from Bangalore. When you depart Bangalore on an early morning you possibly can get pleasure from a beautiful journey and holidays in Mysore. Mysore is a metropolis of pure magnificence added with the wealthy legacy left by the Wodeyar Kings, positioned 139 kms southwest of Bangalore.

Shravanabelagola: 158 kms away from Bangalore, Shravanabelagola is a perfect place for a weekend getaway. Right here you possibly can see one of many oldest and most necessary Jain pilgrim centres in South India and the 1000 12 months outdated statue of Lord Gomatheswara, carved out of a single rock.

Halebid and Belur: If you're involved in temple structure, these two world well-known locations are the nice locations to admire the great thing about Hoyasala structure, carved in 12th century. Halebid is 226 kms from Bangalore and Belur is simply 32 kims from there.

Nandi Hills: Simply 60 kms away from town of Bangalore, Nandi hIlls is a wonderful picnic spot, nestled between the neighboring cities of Nandi, Muddenahalli, and Kanivenarayanapura. This was the place the place Tipu Sulthan used to spend his summer season holidays.

Shivanasamudram: It's a well-known vacationer vacation spot for water falls Barachukki and Gaganachukki, simply 109 kms away in Mandya. Who will not benefit from the lovely cascades of water unfold out over the 2 hills!

Coorg: If in case you have a hill station in thoughts, Coorg, popularly referred to as, Scotland of India, is the perfect place for you and your loved ones to spend a memorable weekend. Nestled amidst the luxurious Western Ghats, Coorg provides fantastic pure magnificence with waterfalls and luxurious inexperienced espresso plantation.
Expert Author Lakshmi Menon
Spending time on the airport is an issue for many individuals. When you have ever had skilled such a state of affairs you'll understand how troublesome it was. Really it needn't be a troublesome state of affairs. I discovered it from my very own expertise. In case you are little considerate you need to use the time properly on the airport, as a substitute of constructing it a boring time.

After my worldwide flight, I had 5 additional hours in my hand to board my home flight at Mumbai airport, even after going by all of the formalities akin to immigration and customs. My family members in Mumbai had provided to take me to their dwelling and drop me again on time. However on a second thought I made a decision to not hassle them, and determined to remain again on the airport itself. I had a e book in my hand and I started to learn, and shortly I felt my eyelids had been closing. Since I used to be touring alone I did not need to sleep on the airport. Quickly an thought struck me. I pulled out my scribbling pad and pen and began writing down the issues I needed to do on reaching dwelling. My mind began working quick ignoring my sleepy eyelids and it resulted in producing an extended record of issues which I had not thought till then. Trying on the lengthy record I used to be elated and congratulated myself for noting them down in phrases.

Subsequent my mind got here out with one other thought - to put in writing an article. I discover my thoughts utterly free to choose up the concepts to put in writing some articles with out another distractions, and on the finish of my try, I used to be stunned to see that I had produced three articles, sitting at an airport which was presupposed to be my non-productive time. Not unhealthy in any respect for a free time! These articles had been in fact within the draft type, however on reaching dwelling at my handy time I used to be in a position to polish them.

Nonetheless I discovered a while left with me, and determined to meet up with some previous buddies. Fortunately their numbers had been available in my diary. I went straight to the phone sales space and known as two of my buddies. Each had been, to my luck, free at the moment to take care of my name and spend someday exchanging the information. Thanks for the additional time I had within the airport.


Serves 2 | 3 - 4 min


400 g of sweetened fresh
or frozen strawberries
50 g of blackcurrant jam
1 level tablespoon of
potato starch
2 tablespoons of lemon
juice

If using frozen strawberries, defrost them for 4 minutes.
Mix all the ingredients in a suitable container.
Cook uncovered at 750 W for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce
begins to thicken. Stir twice during cooking.
Serve hot or cold.
For a special touch:
Try this sauce served with vanilla icecream.
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Serves 4 | 5 - 8 min

 2 tablespoons of butter or
margarine
3 tablespoons of flour
4 ml of milk
salt
nutmeg


Place the butter in a dish, cover and heat at 750 W for one
minute.
Stir the flour into the butter, pour in the milk, mixing well.
Cook uncovered at 750 W for 4-7 minutes. Add the salt and
nutmeg and beat well using a whisk or beater until you achieve
the desired consistency.
For a special touch:
Try replacing the milk with meat, vegetable or fish stock to
prepare sauces to be served with meat or fish dishes. Try adding
two tablespoons of cream to the sauce. 
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50 g of butter
1 medium onion, thinly
sliced
1 bulb of garlic, crushed
400 g of skinned
tomatoes
75 g of tomato preserve
1 teaspoon of aromatic
herbs, salt, pepper

Place the butter, onion and garlic in a dish and cook for
2-3 minutes at 750 W.
Stir in all the other ingredients, cover with clingfilm and pierce
several times.
Cook for 4-5 minutes at 750 W.
Discard the clingfilm and continue cooking for a further
5 minutes at 750 W.
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Serves 4 | 13 - 16 min

 150 g onion
300-400 g aubergines or
courgettes
300 g peppers
200 g canned tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 pinch thyme
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon oil
Salt
Pepper


Peel and slice the onions, finely chop the garlic and place
everything in a 2-litre microwaveable container with the oil.
Cover and cook at 750 W for 3 minutes.
Wash the vegetables and dice the aubergines or courgettes,
de-seed the peppers and cut them into strips, then tip
everything in the container. Add the bay leaf and mix well to
combine the flavours. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes
at 750 W.
Add the diced tomatoes and continue cooking as above for a
further 5-8 minutes. Add the thyme, salt and pepper and stir well.
An extra special touch:
If you like spicy flavours, add chilli and a few pieces of crumbled
sausage.
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Serves 4 | 13 - 16 min

 150 g onion
300-400 g aubergines or
courgettes
300 g peppers
200 g canned tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 pinch thyme
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon oil
Salt
Pepper

Peel and slice the onions, finely chop the garlic and place
everything in a 2-litre microwaveable container with the oil.
Cover and cook at 750 W for 3 minutes.
Wash the vegetables and dice the aubergines or courgettes,
de-seed the peppers and cut them into strips, then tip
everything in the container. Add the bay leaf and mix well to
combine the flavours. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes
at 750 W.
Add the diced tomatoes and continue cooking as above for a
further 5-8 minutes. Add the thyme, salt and pepper and stir well.
An extra special touch:
If you like spicy flavours, add chilli and a few pieces of crumbled
sausage.