#Powerlightavillage – Cause for Rural India to bright a lives

Even few hours in darkness or without electricity can be difficult for us. Villages in rural india do not have enough light to study or even to make food.

Every individual thinks India needs to change!Every individual knows that the change will help growth!

We all spend great time of the year , in doing no productive things to give back to society. We can atleast spend 10mins out of whole 365 days just to support a cause #powerlightavillage and light atleast one house in rural India.

Join my hand , and you join their hand and lets form chain to spread the message to light a village this year.

Please have look at this inspirational video where they have shared the story of Om:

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Contribute by spreading awareness through video link and asking your friends, family and supporters to support a social cause.

This great initiative is by @Thegarnierman and they need our support from Urban India to support RuralIndia.

Just one click on https://www.facebook.com/GarnierMenIndia and share tweets on @thegarnnier with #powerlightavillage


#ShadesofGoa – Goa Tourism Contest

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Photokatha has tied up with Goa tourism for “Shades of Goa”

You can participate here :  http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c

You can also participate here : http://a.pgtb.me/lXJ8kV

#ShadesOfGoa Photo Contest: Terms & Conditions

The contest is open to all users on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
– You can participate on Twitter and Instagram by uploading your clicks of Goa with a mention to us at @photokatha , @Tourismgoa and the hashtag #ShadesOfGoa
– On Facebook you can enter the contest with above mentions here : http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c
– Multiple entries accepted by a person
– Group entries not allowed
– Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter the contest will be ineligible
– Image should be submitted as jpg, gif and png
– You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of all image entered
– Source material or proof of permission to use must be made available on request by Photokatha and Goa Tourism
– Photokatha and Goa Tourism does not accept any liability for the publication of unlawfully reproduced images
– Computer-generated or computer-altered images will not be accepted. Artwork and illustrations will not be accepted
– Photokatha and Goa Tourism takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries
– By entering your image, you grant to Photokatha and  Goa Tourism the non-exclusive right to reproduce it for any purpose at any time in any media with attribution
– The winners consent to the use of their image, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by Photokatha and Goa Tourism, without further compensation
– Best photos, according to Photokatha and Goa Tourism, will be used on the official social media channels of Photokatha and Goa Tourism and the subsequent newsletter with attribution
– By participating in this contest, you accept these terms and conditions and are bound by the rules and therefore eligible for entry into this contest
– Every week, one image across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be chosen as the winner, based Goa Tourism’s choice
– Winners will be announced at the end of the every week and will be available on the Facebook contest tab of Goa Tourism.
– There will be no notification to participants of rejected entries
– Photokatha and Goa Tourism reserves the right to reject any entry which he/she does not feel is suitable or appropriate or which does not confirm to any of the conditions listed above
– Specific details of the competition mechanism and the exact tasks will be announced on the Photokatha and Goa Tourism channels periodically
– The winner will need to revert to confirmation email within 3 working days or another winner will be chosen
– Employees (and members of immediate family) of Photokatha and Goa Tourism, its affiliates and their respective agencies are ineligible for this promotion
– This contest is in no way associated with or sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All information in this contest is collected by Photokatha Goa Tourism and not Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Contests End: 29th September, 2013

Prizes: Two winners- ( couple vouchers) would be declared.

Each gets a 3 nights & 4 days at The Zuri White Sands Resort & Casino valid till 31st October 2013.

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You can visit and know more about ” The Zuri White Sands Resort and Casino here : http://www.thezurihotels.com/goa/

Participate here :  http://on.fb.me/16BPn7c


Share the contest with friends, family and friends as sharing is winning too 🙂 


Contact us if you want us to run a contest for you on contact@photokatha.in

Diwali- Festival of Lights and giving Happiness

Being away from house for diwali….spending diwali with new people …..this is life. Make every person happy with your smiles. So Smile and Wish Happy Diwali to all around.. Kyunki..Diwali khushiyon ka Tehwar hai! HAPPY DIWALI TO you all who makes me feel connected.


Toh is Diwali aap kisko Kush Karenge!


Diwali – Festival of giving happiness

Brum Brum v/s Click Click- Lover Story

Ever heard a story of a biker whose life starts with a Ride to work, Ride in weekends,etc with  girl who is upcoming photographer and has her own idea of eye-view life.

This is the story of a girl who plans to attend a David Guetta show in Pune and stays at not so strangers house .. Twitter friend to crash for the night. That night was the night of realizing of person with different sense of humour, person with same liking.

Girl was named Ruth and the rider- was Biru…..Similar to the names of your friends…But this is a factitious name …

Love story or rather biker story starts from here.

Keep watching this space for more scenes of Bollywood stories

Submitted- For Love story for Indiblogger

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple


Ghosh! This colour has so many reasons to smile. Twitter is  flooded with handles, I know who are mad about “purple” “Absolute_Purple” , then Purpleholic..etc..

Came across this Weekly Photo Challenge on wordpress.and thought lets participate as I also love color ” purple” and had great story attach to it.

This flower is  water lily..But its got a very light purple light to it.. Not because the color of the flower is this. But because the lighting created by the paper on top of the bulb which created this color. The vendor at Mumbai- Flower Market creates this unique color bulb with which the colors of the flowers looks more interesting.

When asked the reason to do something like this, he said ” Colors create  a balance in life. With different colors of flowers and my efforts to create different bulbs, I create an atmosphere of new life with new creation” .. My immediate question to him was ” How”. Then he said the color “purple calms the mind and nerves, encourages creativity and gives the feeling of spirituality”. Hearing this I was zapped, as being a flower vendor how does he know so much.

He cleared my surprised face by saying ” Madam , I study in night school, where they teach to use internet. So I research on many things, that when I came across this color importance”…..

Every branch of knowledge which a good man possesses, he may apply to some good purpose. –Claudius Buchanan


Moms Recipe- Veg Briyani

Today after travelling from Andheri to Vashi, I realized that Mumbai would be the most difficult city to live in some years. As young mothers have to work, travel to office and also cook to impress their husband, it is easy to do a quick dinner . Being travelling in train and bus from many years, met some interesting people in the journey of daily commute. There is an aunty named Ajitha Menon residing in Sanpada with her two sons Siddharth Menonand Arjun Menon. Both sons are unique in their own creations of talent. Aunty wakes up 4.30am in the morning and makes food for her kids and returns back at 8.30 in night.  Travelling to Andheri and then coming and making food is something I really appreciate of her being women.

So this inspiring story leads to making food in shorter time which is the basic necessity for any mother, daughter, bahu or sister.

1 Carrot- julienne (long cuts)

4 to 5 French beans

1 Potato

3to 4 Cauliflower bunches

2 medium cups Basmati Rice- 300gm

100 gms Green Peas-1 small cup

2 Finely Sliced Onion

1 sliced Green Onion

2 Finely Sliced Green Chillies

Salt to taste

3 tbsp Pure Ghee

2 tbsp Dry Fruits (cashew nuts, raisin)

1/2 cup Yogurt (curd)

1/2 Cup Briyani Mix


1. Mix Curd and Briyani Mix to form a paste and keep it aside.

2. Wash the rice well before cooking. Add  3-3/4 cup water and a little salt cook it in pressure cooker or in a pan. Remove it from the pan and keep it aside for cooling.

3. Saute dry fruits in the ghee and keep it aside. Now saute both the onions till it gets brownish and keep aside.

4. Saute all vegetables and green peas for 4 to 5 mins in the ghee. Add mix curd with briyani mix and cook it for 2 mins and close the lid

5. Now add  the cooked rice and mix well with very light hands so that the rice grain doesn’t break. Cook for about 3 minutes.

6. Garnish with dry fruits and onions on top of it.

7. Serve the vegetable (veg ) biryani hot with raita and pickle.

Veg Briyani

Bon Appetite !

Moms Recipe- Idli Sambhar

This recipe is for all the women who are busy in their hectic life and do not have much time to cook but are passionate about making new food for them self and family members.

Easy quick and fast way of making dinner after heavy day of work.

Preparation Time: 20 min.
Cooking Time: 15 min.
Serves 4

Equipments: Requirement of Hand Mixer, Pressure cooker, Idli Maker

For Idli:

Most of the recipes you see on internet is with basic of getting the Dal and  soak it one day before and prepare next day  Idli. But in current fast life, Just pick up an Idli Atta from market which is priced at Rs. 20 to 25. You can make amazing soft Idlis from it.

Pinch of Soda

Salt to taste

For Sambhar

3/4 cup tur dal

1/4 Chana Dal

1 tomato, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 brinjals (baingan / eggplant), cubed

1 drumsticks (saijan ki phalli / saragavo), cut into 4 pieces

1 potato, cubed

5 to 6 pieces of pumpkin,

3 Lady finger, (bhindi) chopped

3 to 4 tamarind soaked (imli)

salt to taste

1 n 1/2 tbsp Everest Sambhar Masala

1 tbsp red chilly powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

1 tsp oil

For the tempering

1 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)

1 tbsp jeera

3 to 4 Dry red kashmiri chillies

1 udal daal

6 curry leaves (kadi patta)

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

2 tbsp oil


1. Wash both the dals properly in the running water .Add 5 cups of water and put it in the pressure cooker. Whistle is for 4 times.

2. After cookers gets to normal temperature, open the lid and churn the dal in the hand mixer. Add water if required and make it like paste. Use this paste, add 2 cups of water while boiling it on gas. (Use that much water depending on thickness of sambhar required)

3. Now put all vegetables except onions in the boiling sambhar for boiling it.

4. Add salt, red chilli powder,coriander powder, turmeric, sambhar masala in the sambhar.

5. Soak imli in water for sometime and then press it with hands while putting it in sambhar

6. For tempering, now add oil to a new bowl. Put mustard seeds, dry jeera, udal daal, dry red chilli.

7. After crackling, put curry leaves, hing and onions till it becomes reddish in colour.

8. Put the tempering in the sambhar which is on the other gas.


9. Idli- Remove the Idli atta from the packet and use a round bowl. Add Pinch of soda to it.

10. In the Idli maker, if it is made of aluminum then add water at base and put a cut lemon piece for getting stained black.  Secret Tip

11. Grease with oil and put the idle batter in the maker . Fill it only till the bream and not more.

12. Put a knife after 10-5 mins to check. If the knife comes clean, means it is done.

Serve Idli and Sambhar hot.


Bon Appetite!