Cycling for a Cause, with love from Bangalore

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Muraly On a Mission

Many of us in our busy lives neither get the time nor have the energy to think of giving back to society. But there are a few who go the extra mile and make positive contributions to society. I like the relevance of a Bible story in the context of contributions : One poor man contributing a single coin and a rich man contributing multiple coins. Which is the bigger contribution? The size of the contribution should be weighed relative to the overall income of the contributor.

Given that majority of Indians are middle class, struggling to make both ends meet, we usually can’t think of making huge contributions towards charity. There are a few who has decided to overcome that hurdle and has been successful in making huge contributions towards charity (compared to their overall income). This success is achieved solely by their creative thinking, dedication  and a deep sense of responsibility to humanity as a whole. Let us meet one such great achiever, Sri Muraly, from the city of Bangalore,India. I hope this will spark some creative ideas and inspire my dear readers.

Muraly is no different from the majority of us who has a busy life with long work hours. But one day he asked a question to himself – “What is the meaning of my life? … What am I doing?” He decided to actually DO something special in his life and not just dream of it. He wanted to dedicate himself for social causes. Next question was how? He decided to choose one socially relevant theme every year and conduct solo cycling missions to support that theme. For the past 10 years (2003-2012) he has continued to do so. He avails leave from office for 3-4 days and spreads awareness about the theme of the year by going around in the eco friendly cycle. He raises funds from people who care and donate it for a deserving institution that works for the theme he chose for the year. His loving family wholeheartedly supports his unique initiative to bring relief to the poor and the needy.

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Masala Peanuts

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Masala Peanuts

This is a tasty snack item, this goes great with a cup of tea.


1. Raw Peanuts – 1 cup
2. Besan ( Gram flour)  – ½  cup
3. Cooking Oil  to fry the peanuts
4.Water –  just a little to coat the peanuts with flour
5.Salt – to taste
6.Chilly powder– to taste (I used ½ tsp)
7.Asafoetida – a pinch

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All Natural Mixed Fruit Jam Recipe

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This home made mixed fruit jam is prepared with easily available ingredients. It is loved by my family and neighbors.There is no commercial pectin added, just added lemon juice instead. Try this recipe, its easy to prepare and best prepared on a weekend while watching a movie 🙂

Mixed fruit jam

Yummy Fruit Jam!

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Living Bridges of Meghalaya

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I was leafing through the the DK Press’s book about India. Suddenly the entry about the Living Bridges of Meghalaya caught my eye. I was awe struck by this wonderful technique practiced in remote villages in Meghalaya. There they don’t build bridges, they GROW bridges!!!

I wanted to know more and gathered further information.
But in all the photos that came up, even the photo in DK’s Book, these bridges  are seen to be stretching across shallow streams. I thought, why cant people just hop over the rocks or just do a little wading across? Do they really need a bridge to cross these small streams?

Check the photo below and I am sure you will also tend to think the same.  You know what, these mild looking streams swell into raging torrents during the monsoons. Then it is totally impossible to cross these streams without the help of a suitable bridge that can withstand their powerful currents.

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Photo : A Double Decker Bridge made from live Banyan tree roots



 How are the bridges made?

The local people train the roots of a type of banyan tree to form a bridge across streams and small rivers. This growth and shaping of the roots into a bridge takes many years. But the reward is a bridge that grows stronger as the years pass by and it will last upto a century or more. Continue reading »