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I just signed the petition "Hon'ble Minister for Finance: Exempt Senior Citizen Medical Insurance Policy from GST" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 1500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

Taxing the highest rate of 18% on senior citizen’ medical insurance policy premium appears to be punitive. This needs to be waived as most senior citizens are living on meagre pensions and low yielding bank deposits. Pease support the appeal and spread the appeal for more support.


RSMani Nov 15 '18 · Comments: 5
In the old Verdurez there was a suggestion that spirulina and Triphala Churnam will mitigate diabetes. I did a monitored study on my driver. I have to report that there was no effect with the regimen. He is continuing with it for some more time till the supplies last. Has anybody else tried this? With the widespread prevalence of diabetes, a simpler procedure like this would help many.
AVRamani May 6 '18 · Comments: 5
A friend sent this puzzle:

A family I know has several children. Each boy in this family has as many sisters as brothers but each girl has twice as many brothers as sisters. How many brothers and sisters are there?

I know it is trivial. Still as they say in Telugu ‘ Poyindemitti?’ Meaning what is lost?
AVRamani Oct 29 '18 · Comments: 3 · Tags: puzzle
Geetha, our son Krishna, my brother in law Sundaram and I went to see the Hampi Ruins. We added three ruins to them for four days.

A short travel journal can be seen here:


AVRamani Sep 25 '18 · Comments: 3 · Tags: travelogue

WIFE: Honey let's play a game

HUSBAND: Okay. What's the game about?

WIFE: If I mention a country, you run to the left side of the room and touch the wall & if I mention a bird, you run to the right side of the room and touch the wall. If you run to the wrong direction, you'll give me all your salary for this month

HUSBAND: Okay! And if you fail in your turn, I'll have your salary too right?

WIFE: (smiles) Yes darling!

HUSBAND: Okay (stands up ready to run in any direction)

Wife: are you ready

Husband: Yes ready


Its been 4 HOURS NOW... 

The husband is still standing at the spot wondering if she meant the Country or the bird

RamaniSankaranarayan49 Jun 29 '18 · Rate: 5 · Comments: 3
My dear Verduriens.....


I come yesterday after a very long break due to some personal difficulties.....Glad to meet you all again. But here everything has been changed...As it is new for me it may take some time to digest. Ok from now onwards I am one of you I will chat , read and write anything  with you. I started to place my saw upon you....I think you all will accept me.... 

I am so sorry ...First of all I have to thank our ISHITA for giving me this veryrare opportunity for me. Thank you all'''

RamaniSankaranarayan49 Jun 6 '18 · Comments: 3

I had earlier posted a travelogue on a visit to Hampi. We were staying in a resort called Hampi Boulders. The owners were fanatics about environment. They had maintained and enhanced the sylvan surroundings. Near this resort is the Kishkinta of Ramayana. Vali vadha took place here. Hanuman was born here. A lot of rhesus monkeys still abound here. The resort owners leave all the wild animals be.

A short travelogue adjunct to the one on the Hampi ruins can be seen here:


AVRamani Oct 17 '18 · Comments: 2
I made my first trip with friends from Verdurez last October to Bhutan.  It was just a short trip but during that time somehow the lot of us from across the country ended up feeling close and like family.  One couple who stood out in the group were Lalitha and Kalyan, coming up with some group games and talks and Lalitha ready to help with anyone going broke on shopping!!   

So this morning, when we received a message on Whatsapp that our Dear Kalyan had suddenly passed away, we had a dull ache in our hearts.  So sudden and it was all over.  I would personally like to tell our sister Lalitha that our prayers and thoughts go out to her and may God bless her with the courage to bear with her terrible loss.  With such an excellent companion, I am sure this will be hard.  All I can say is that time heals.

This is a picture I took of Kalyan when he was fooling around and making us laugh.  What a lovely background.  

Maria Fatima Pais

FatimaPais May 7 '18 · Comments: 2

Be True to Yourself

It's easy to get caught up in a world in which our attention is focused on everybody and everything else but ourselves. We are often told to be kind, to love, and to speak the truth. Yet, while it is right for us to do so, we are rarely ever told to be true to who we are, to protect ourselves. These valuable life lessons ensure that in doing the right thing, we do not sacrifice who we truly are. 

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KGRD May 5 '18 · Comments: 2
Mor Kali-More Kali Recipe-Mor Kuzhu

Mor Kali is a very traditional and authentic dish prepared with buttermilk and rice flour. It is common in Tamil Brahmin families. It can be prepared in a matter of 10-15 minutes and can be had as a tiffin or snack item. You do not need any side dish for this and can be taken as it is. If required, you can have any pickle or just maavadu water as a side dish. I love to have this hot without any accompaniments. This is a very healthy dish which will come handy when you want to satisfy your hunger cravings immediately. What I am trying to say is just take a few minutes to prepare healthy dishes like this when you have mid-morning or mid-afternoon cravings in between meals.
Mor KaliMor Kali with maavadu and avakkai How to cook Mor Kali

Prep time - under 5 mins
Cook time -under 15 mins
Serves - 1

Ingredients needed

Thick buttermilk- 1 cup (whisked)
Rice flour - 1/2 cup

For the seasoning

Sesame seed Oil - 8 tsp (gingerly oil)
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal (split white ones) -3/4 tsp
Red chilli or mor milagai - 2
Hing - a pinch
Green chilli -1 slit
Curry leaves - few


Take rice flour in a bowl, add salt needed (approximately little more than 1/2 tsp flat). Then add buttermilk little by little to the the rice flour and mix well so that there are no lumps.
Once that is done, add 1 cup of water little at a time to the rice+buttermilk mixture and mix well again.


Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds, urad dal, hing and red chillies, when mustard splutters, add green chillies and curry leaves.

Then add 1/4 cup of water to the seasoning.

When the water starts boiling, keep the flame in low and add the prepared rice+buttermilk mixture stirring continuously. It will look as in the picture below.
More kali
Keep the flame in medium and cook well. You can check for salt by tasting the mixture, if required add at this stage.
Switch off when it starts leaving the sides of the pan. Dip your fingers in water and touch the mor kali, if it sticks to your hand, then cook for some more time.
Once cooked, pour it on a plate and serve hot or warm. As it cools it will thicken.

Babu May 5 '18 · Comments: 2
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