Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mom's Terrace Garden, Amruthnagar, Bangalore

I am posting this blog not because its just another terrace garden, but its my Mom's terrace garden. From long I wanted to post pictures of plants grown by my Mom, but never found time. Below are pictures of plants grown on terrace. You can see Tulsi, Rose, Chrysanthemum (Sevantige flower), Lemon, Brinjal and other flowering plants.


As you can see from the pics above, the plants are not grown in pots. Instead my mom has put some layers of old plastic sheets on the floor (water proofing), then put about 6-8 inches of red soil mixed with manure. Old tiles and cardboard makeup for the soil boundary.






 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Low cost /DIY car perfume. Make your own car perfume using essential oil. Cheaper car air fresheners.

Tired of using the costly car air freshers? Its time to make your own car perfume / air freshner. This DIY car freshner is very easy to make and the results are very effective. Things you need to make your own car freshner:

  • A small plastic paper cup
  • Tissue paper or old cloth or sponge
  • water
  • Essential oil


First take a small or medium size plastic cup appropriate to fit anywhere in your car.



Next, fold the tissue paper in a manner to fit into the plastic cup. The tissue paper should fit half of the cup as shown in the picture below.

Pour some water into the cup. Pour water as much as the tissue paper can absorb. The idea is to just keep the tissue paper wet.



Ayuralaya Rosemary Essential Oil


After the tissue paper is damp, take a essential oil of your choice and add two or three drops into it. Here I have used Rosemary Essential oil form one of the popular brand called 'Ayuralaya'.Its available in Flipkart, Snapdeal or Amazon. And they are very afford-ably priced. 


The essential oil spreads thru the damp tissue paper and gives a pleasant smell that permeates throughout the car. And your car air freshener is ready to use. Very cost effective and easy to make. Just place it in a cup holder or keep it under the seat. 

Car Air Freshner using essential oil

The smell will last as long as the tissue paper is moist. If it becomes dry, just add little water to get the aroma back. Just the few drops of essential oil will last for weeks. For more varieties of essential oil check ayuralaya.com

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mulki - Malgudi days

As the title of this blog post suggests, I experienced a bit of 'Malgudi Days' in a town called Mulki. To give you a little heads-up, Mulki is a small town near Mangalore (Karnataka state, India.)  Last Friday (Jan 3 2014) I was in Padubidri which is again a small town near Mulki. I was there to attend a Wedding of one of our relatives.
The same evening i had to take the train to Bangalore from Mulki Railway station. I had about 3 hrs time at my disposal after the function. So i thought let me explore our small town.

Infact I was looking for a particular Ayurvedic Medicine which my Mom had asked me to buy. My search for a Ayurvedic shop led me to this wonderful lane, which reminds me of 'Malgudi Days'. It looks like time has stood still here in most parts of this street (Except for a police station and few shops).

Some of the shops which caught my attention was:

  • A dothi shop. This shop still have the old wooden shelf's and the owner's cash counter is small wooden sloped desk or a lap desk.
  • Vegetable shop
  • Tobacco Go-down/factory
  • Ayurvedic shop and many more..

I was not able to take much pictures of the lane, but here are few of them to give you an idea:


This house was built in 1923 and was repaired in 1940(No idea why!)


Searching for the Ayurvedic shop. Most of the house


This is how the houses are here.