Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wish you a Happy #GharWaliDiwali

Diwali also known as Deepavali is "the festival of lights", a widely celebrated Hindu festival across the globe. Being a Christian, I have always celebrated the festival with my friends.

I still remember my engineering days when I was studying in my hometown and love to celebrate Diwali with my friends' family; which was like another family for me. My friends' home was like a second home for me.

For me #GharWaliDiwali refers to the celebrations that I had with my friends' family. It was the last year of our engineering (2006) and we got the placement in different cities, we were not sure if we will meet again in the festivals. My friends' family was staying abroad. We started the preparations a month before. I was so much engrossed in planning the things with my friend as if I was doing the preps for Christmas. My friend & I used to bunk our classes for shopping. We pinned and rolled them through the walls and the railings a month before to give a kick-start to the festival.

My friends’ family came back to India to celebrate the festival with us. My friends’ mother used to cook delicious dishes every day for us. My friend was a Rangoli champ and he used to create a new design continuously for 3 days. This was the first time when I learnt how to make the design.

In this festive season all the shops are decorated and the city is filled with joy and happiness.

My friends' mother cooked delicious & variety of dishes for us on the day of Diwali. We played poker. Had a good time with friends and family. Being a hard-core non-vegetarian, I loved the vegetarian food occasionally. We busted crackers in the streets at an angle of 45 degrees to the rockets. 

I believe this was my last #GharWaliDiwali that I celebrated like "Ghar Wali Diwali". For rest of the years I never celebrated Diwali like a GharWaliDiwali.

A brilliant heart touching PepsiCo #GharWaliDiwali film which reminds me that can Diwali be better than Ghar Wali Diwali

Last year (in 2013) I celebrated Diwali in Johannesburg, South Africa. We went to the temples in Lenasia; the moment we got into the city it gave me a feeling of India Wali Diwali. There were a lot of food stalls. The temples were decorated with the lights and diyas. The Hindu communities and local Indians here spend like hundred thousand of Rands on the fireworks.

I got married in January 2014 and we are looking forward to celebrate Diwali with our friends. I am hoping that sooner not later but will again celebrate the GharWaliDiwali.

May the happiness and contentment fill everyone’s' life.

I wish everyone a very happy and safe Diwali.

Let’s celebrate a pollution free Diwali and donate the money that we spend in crackers, to the poor and give them a feeling of #GharWaliDiwali.


Abhishek Samuel
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Spotted and Clicked, The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

I Do and now I am Yours

Bride To Be

I would like to thank my friend Priyanka David, who gave me an opportunity to capture some of the candid moments.

This is a Christian Wedding; the bride is escorted by the bestman and the flower girls.

Shot at Hindustani Covenant Church, Pune, India

Amazing Roads

The WILD Buffallo, Kruger National Park

One of the Big Five's in Kruger National Park.


I have earned for the day

I love the nature

On my way to Kaashid Beach, Konkan, India

The Beauty of Drakensberg

If you are a nature lover then Drakensberg is of the best places to visit.

Limpopo Countryside

For more information please visit:

Sunland Baobab, Limpopo, South Africa

This is one of the beautiful place in Modjajiskloof

The mill

The beauty of Sasolburg

Moods of Lion Cubs - Pic 04

Moods of Lion Cubs - Pic 03

Moods of Lion Cubs - Pic 02

Moods of Lion Cubs - Pic 01

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is a game reserve in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, west of Johannesburg.

The best time to visit is the feeding time of lions.

The Animal Creche in the reserve gives the freedom to touch and take photographs with the Lion & Tiger cubs, Cheetah cubs, etc.

Its an hour drive from Jo'burg and ideal for a day wildlife tour.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

You are my Happiness

I placed my heart inside of yours when you promised to love me forever.

Let's enjoy today because it marks the end of one and beginning of another joyous moment.

Thanks to Mrs. & Mr. Chatterjee for this wonderful shot.

Location: Hartbeespoort Dam

Spring Braai

One of the beautiful place near Johannesburg to Enjoy, Relax and Braai - Hartbeespoort Dam

Chicken Shami Kebab

Chef: My Wife (Nainika Samuel)

Seviyan (Sweet Vermicelli) - Indian Dessert

Chef: My wife (Nainika Samuel)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sooji Ka Halwa

A delicious North Indian dessert prepared from Sooji (Rawa), Ghee, Sugar and Dry Fruits.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Light Effects - Low Shutter-Speed Photography

This is my first low shutter speed photography. The brilliant light effects have inspired me to click and experiment more. 

EXIF Details: f/16 | ISO 360 | 4.0 sec | 48mm

Gears: Nikon D5100 | Nikkor 18-105mm | Tripod | Nikon Camera Remote

Mughlai Chicken - Its Yummy!!

EXIF Details: f/9.0 | ISO 360 | 1/4sec | 105mm | Single Point Focus

Gears: Nikon D5100 | Nikkor 18-105mm | Tripod | Nikon Camera Remote

Delicious Mughlai Chicken made by my wife.

Recipe - 

  • 1Kg Chicken Curry Pieces
  • 3 small fine crushed onions
  • 3 fine crushed tomatoes
  • 2Tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 1Tsp Red chili powder
  • 2Tsp cumin powder
  • 1Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 2Tsp Everest chicken masala
  • 1Tsp Garam masala powder
  • ½ Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 3 Green chilies
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Yogurt
  • 1Tbsp crushed peanuts
  • 1Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2Tsp Smooth butter for a taste
  • 1Tbsp crushed cashew nuts
  • Salt as per taste
  • Mint leaves as per taste
  • Coriander leaves to garnish


How to marinate chicken –
  • Marinate the chicken with ½ cup of yogurt, lemon juice, 1Tsp ginger garlic paste, 1 green chili, mint leaf paste, 1Tsp Everest chicken masala, 1Tsp cumin powder, salt as per taste, 1Tsp butter and keep it for 2-3 Hours
How to Cook –
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion paste, ginger garlic paste and cook till the onion turn to shallow brown in color.
  2. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, everest chicken masala powder and cook it for 5 minutes.
  3. Now add the yogurt and crushed tomato and cook it for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed cashew nuts and peanuts and stir the gravy for 15 minutes in low heat, add a little water so that the gravy does not stick to the pan.
  5. Add the half-cup milk in the gravy and cook it till the color changes to light brown in color.
  6. Now add the marinated chicken in the gravy with the remaining milk left in the cup and cook in a low heat for 20 minutes.
  7. The Mughlai Chicken is ready to be served, garish it with coriander leaves and smooth butter.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Umhlanga Peer, ILUVDURBAN

Location: Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa

Alfa 159 - My Mean Machine

Location - Hazyview, South Africa

I Love My White House

I Love My Home - My White House

Am I interior designer or it’s just my affection to my White House. I recently renovated my house and painted it Royale White as the walls were new. I have always imagined of assorted make over giving a diversified form to my home.

Shall I call it my Living Room or Drawing Room?

My favourite theme is Hi-Tech Monochromatic interior design with a texture on one of the walls which will be mounted with Hi-Tech gadgets. The bright ceiling LED lights and the ceiling focussing lamps will add an extra light to give a photographic look. The bright coloured diwan sets will reflect the bright colours which will contribute to a fresh happy, cheerful, splendid conversation.

Here is the 1st thing which I would like to have for my bedroom –

Hi-Tech & Romantic Bedroom Design

I got married in January 2014 and romance is still in the air. I would like to give a Hi-Tech Romantic design to my bedroom. Colour is an anchor to me. With lively coloured walls mounted with the candid moments of my love will deepen an extra adoration in the room. The incandescent side lamps with, a vase of red roses and the king size bed with bed set. Here is the 2nd thing which I would like to have for my bedroom - 

will assuredly contribute to quixotic sensitivity. The VDSL routers empowering the connectivity through electronic gadgets will make a Hi-Tech bedroom.

Tailored Bathroom Interior

The grey coloured eco-friendly wall tiles, dark red coloured drawers, bathtub with mirror on the ceiling, a small dry area with strawberry candles, dim white coloured LEDs without the fragrance - which will provide tranquil experience.

MakeMyHome has got really good stuffs that will really make over My White House.

This post is a part of Makemyhome activity at

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nikon SpeedLight SB910 - 04

Gears: Nikon D5100 | Tamron 70-300mm | Nikon SB910

NH7 Weekender, Pune, 2012 

Nikon SpeedLight SB910 - 03

Gears: Nikon D5100 | Nikkor 18-105mm | Nikon SB 910

NH7 Weekender, Pune, 2012

Nikon SpeedLight SB910 - 02

Flash Fired & Bounced

Gears: Nikon D5100 | Nikkor 18 - 105mm | Nikon SB910

NH7 Weekender, Location: Pune, Year 2012

Nikon SpeedLight SB910 - 01

Gears - Nikon D5100 | Nikkor 18-105mm | Nikon SB910

NH7 Weekender, Location: Pune, Year: 2012

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aperture Priority - Click 01

Lamb Mince Masala

I couldn't resist my self in clicking this yummy dish.

EXIF Details: f/5.6 | ISO 100 | 1/50sec | 92mm

The credit goes to my chef: my lovely wife.

EXIF Details: f/5.3 | ISO 25600 | 1/1250 sec | 70mm


Ingredients - 
  • 600 Gms. Lamb Mince
  • 2 small size potatoes
  • 2 small size fine chopped onions
  • 3 fine chopped green chillies
  • 2 cinnamon (small size)
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 2-3 black cardamom
  • 1-2 bay leaves (small size)
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • 3-4 garlic cloves fine chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Ginger fine chopped
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
  • ½ Tsp. Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Refined oil
  • ½ Tsp. Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Meat Masala Powder
  • ½ Tsp. Kitchen King Powder
  • Salt as per taste

Method - 
  1. Boil lamb mince with potatoes in the pressure cooker for 10 minutes (2 whistles)
  2. On the side, heat the oil in middle sized pan.
  3. Add the cumin seeds along with chopped onions, ginger, garlic and green chilli and sauté it until the onion changes to brown in color, add salt as per taste.
  4. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, meat masala, kitchen king powder and cook it for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Now add the boiled lamb mince and tomatoes; cook it for 10-15 minutes, in ow flame / induction.
  6. Take the pressure cooker and mix the lamb mince masala with small quantity of water and cook the mince for 15 minutes (2-3 whistles)
  7. Open the lid of the pressure cooker once the pressure is cooled down; soak the excess water from the mince by cooking in low flame / induction.
  8. The lamb mince masala is now ready to be served; garnish it with coriander leaves and the sliced green chilli.
Thankyou Borosil for adding fantabulous look.
For more borosil dishes please visit -

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The world's first social bank account is Kotak Jifi

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched Jifi, a socio-integrated, tech-savvy banking.

Traditionally, banks focused more on products and their revenue generation models but now, have realized the transformational change from product driven to customer driven. A huge focus is now on Customer 1st in order to give the best services to the customers.

The world is changing socially through Facebook and Twitter and with the secure and seamless integration with Facebook and Twitter, Jifi appears to be an innovation in the field of banking industry proclaiming to be the world’s first socially powered bank account by Kotak Mahindra Bank.

The innovation has enabled the account opening and operations process via social media (Facebook) or via Email thereby introducing a new channel in the banking world thereby encouraging the use of self-service channel. Simply tweeting @KotakJifi to get the updates and @kotaksync will send the account updates.

Balance Free Account & ActivMoney - It requires a minimum account-opening balance of Rs. 5000, which can be utilised later. This is a zero-balance, non-interest bearing current account, which provides the facility of sweeping of funds through Kotak’s ActivMoney facility, the funds above Rs. 25,000 in your Jifi account will be moved to a term deposit (TD) in multiples of Rs. 5,000 which can be withdrawn whenever required.

Customers earn loyalty points for specific transactions. Jifi’s “Social Point” has created a wow in the socio-banking world. Now customers will be rewarded social point for each referral, adding friends to the network, liking/commenting on Facebook, etc. Customers can also Trade Points with their friends within their Jifi network; 1 transaction point into 50 social points

The one-time payment facility in Kotak Mobile Banking App has drastically reduced the pain of adding the beneficiary for fund transfers and necessary payments. Kotak Offers App provides the updates on the hottest discounts.

Kotak Money Watch is like a money manager, keeping an eye on the expenses.

Kotak Jifi account comes with a Platinum Debit Card thereby giving the extreme benefits to their customer. The Visa Global Customer Assistance allows the customers to re-issue their debit cards anywhere in the world.

This world’s first powered social bank account will completely give their customers a bank’s Private Client experience.

For detailed information, please visit

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

34 Degrees South, Knysna Quays

34 Degrees South is one of the best seafood restaurant, located in Knysna Quays. The restaurant is famous for fresh oysters, prawns and good wines.

Cuisines: Sushi, African, Mediterranean, Seafood

Yachts waiting to sail

Nikon D5100 with 18-105mm lens

Knysna Waterfront is a base for luxury yachts and a gateway for cruises sailing into famous Knysna Lagoon. For bookings, contact the reservation center at Knysna Quays entrance. 

Holiday Homes in Knysna Quays

EXIF Details: f/11 | ISO 125 | 1/320s | 18mm

Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: 18 - 105mm

Knysna is a small town located in Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is also a part of the famous Garden Route. Knysna Waterfront is a base for luxury yachts and a gateway for cruises sailing into famous Knysna Lagoon. The best time to visit Knysna is during the summer season (November - April).