|Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar|
Happy Utkala Divas!
Yes, as Russell Peters, the very well-known stand-up comedian would say "The comedy practically writes itself!", April 1st is Odiya New Year! For the uninformed, we Indians love celebrations and thus, each state in India representing an unique culture has it's very own New Year (yes, apart from Jan 1st).
For history buffs, the present day Odisha relinquished itself of being typo-written for more than 50 years as Orissa. Don't think this name change can be blamed on the past British rulers similar to Calcutta/Kolkata, Bombay/Mumbai, Madras/Chennai, Bengaluru/Bangalore - seems more like a typo, someone accept it! Prior to Orissa, there have been a few other names - King Ashoka's Kalinga is one (JUST hated it when a contestant in India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" that is, "Kaun Banega Crorepati" could not answer this!!!) and Utkala is another.
To be honest, I don't have as much regional sentiments as some of my acquaintances and relatives do. I am more of a "you are my friend if you are nice to me and can tolerate my peculiarities without being demeaning". Ok, enough of self-talk! So I was thinking about doing something special for April 1st and it stuck me that I should compile a list of my blogger friends with some kind of Odisha connection. So here I go...
- Somoo's Home Cooked Oriya Food here
- Sharmila's Kichu Khon here
- Saswati's Potpourri here
- Shibani's Anyone can cook here
- Oriya Food and Recipe here
- Odia Kitchen here
- Full Orissa recipe here
- Oriya Rasoi - Flavors from a Oriya Kitchen here
- RCI Orissa Event recipes roundup here
- Delicious Recipes 4m Pranati's kitchen here
Would love to hear from one and all..have a great ROCKING day!
|Puri Beach, Puri|
|Shiva Temple, Naraj|
|Very popular sand sculptures of Puri Beach - this one is from an exhibition in Bhubaneswar|
|Lord Jagannath, Supreme diety of all Odiyas - the word juggernaut is derived from Him|
|Traditional wall art form and terracota decoration (no relation to Pannacota! ;))|
|Konark Temple, Konark - Note the intricate work!|
|Konark Sun Temple, Konark|
|Konark Temple, Konark - the familiar Chakra in the India flag, each wheel at Konark Sun Temple has a different design|