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Grace-Ful ICE – Sea Life

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We all have been hearing “Winter is here” from Season 1 and finally in Season 7 winter arrived!!! That’s in series… so is in real! Winter is arrived in 2017! And so are the winter friendly events.

If you’re following my blog you may very well remember the Ice Sculpting event, I’ve been sharing the photos of this event for the past 3 years.

2016 – Grace-ful Ice: Safari
2015 – Dinosaurs – Graceful Ice 2015

2014 – Microcosmos – Ice Sculpture

After the past themes that are Microcosmos, Dinosaurs, Animal Safari… here is the Ice bergs that got the shape of Sea Life by the Okamoto Studio artists. If you are in NYC today, hurry up, you have another few hours to see these sculptures before it melts. If not don’t worry, check out Okamoto Studio in Facebook for their future schedules for this Winter.

Without further wait, here are the photos that I took during Sea Life – Grace-Ful ICE






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My wife and I took a selfie with Thomas. He is a live performer at Okamoto Studio and they’ve been doing the Ice sculpting since past seven years.


Grace-ful Ice: Safari

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It’s the time of year where Live Ice Carvings are performed at the Grace building.

The artists from Okamoto Studio show their talents in giving a shape to the just plain big rectangle ice bars to a stunning animals (2016), the dinosaur (2015), microcosmos (2014) etc.

Here are the photos taken during this event on 12th December 2016 at Grace building, New York City. Because of the good weather these crafts are still good in shape unlike last year where it melted the very day because of high temperature.

If you’re in the city & reading this now, you still have time left to see these beautiful Ice animals before it melts down.



Deers – Crafting in progress


Lion King – Crafting in progress


Zebra – Crafting in progress


Crafting the details…


Crafting the details…


Small birds – Crafting in progress


Oh!!! Not in the eyes!!!


Crafting the details…

After the final shape…

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Some moments that I found very funny when this crafting was in progress! View it in full size to see if you can find it fun 🙂


The New York Times reported that Mr & Mrs Bhargav witnessed this event at Grace plaza on 12/12/16




Anu cheering heyyy woww at the end of ice crafting 😉

Thank you for visiting 🙂


Dinosaurs – Graceful Ice 2015

You may very well remember Ice Sculpture – Microcosmos photos that I’ve shared last year. This year the theme was Dinosaurs! Jurassic Park movie is what I could recall when I looked at the notice last week.

The sad part about the Ice carving this year is the weather 😦 Last year the weather was so cold that the ice carvings lasted for two nights! But this year due to warm weather, the ice carvings melted overnight and many people couldn’t see the carvings!

The Okamoto Studio artists did a great job as they did last year! Here are the photos of the Dinosaurs, people were so happy about this event and I could see from the way people showed eagerness to watch this event that age doesn’t have a limit to enjoy watching the Dinosaurs and to get excitement!

These pics were taken using my mobile, so keep the expectations low and enjoy the pics & a short video too 🙂

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Day 2 night! The last one that stood still!

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The Winter Palace

As the Holiday season begins, so are the celebrations!

Places are decorated with all their favorite Xmas Trees, Lights, Santa, Snow man and so on.

Here at Saks Fifth Avenue, their building is decorated with the theme ‘The Winter Palace’ for this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Here is the short video of the spectacular light & music show that happens at every evening. Don’t miss to witness it if you’re visiting NYC.

First few seconds are the Tallest Xmas tree at Rockefeller center.

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My Dubsmash Videos

When the dubsmash fever started, I was not affected by that. I didn’t watch any dubsmash videos until it started flowing more and more in whatsappp fwds. On a boring day I thought to watch the fwd videos and opened one of my friends, Baalaji’s video… haha.. it was very nice and I’d watched that video several times repeatedly. Inspired by that, I’d downloaded the Dubsmash app and tried my first dubsmash, then searched for some favorite dialogues and now there are a bunch of short videos. I didn’t want to spam everyone’s whatsapp with my videos so thought to make this post with all videos so anyone interested can watch it 🙂

So, here you go…

Starting from my first dubsmash

First proper dubsmash, My favorite dialogue from, House of Cards

Anybody there to watch these videos? Anybody?

What? Can’t hear what you’re saying? Can’t keep quiet?

This is my Game!

Group dubsmash with Praveen & Prasanna, trolling Kalyan Jeweler ad

Clubbed with some – 1

Clubbed with some – 2

Try with an emotional dialogue

What? You didn’t like the emotional expression? enna ma neenga?

Nehru mathiri


you’re so…

See… I’m going in my way…

I can read your mind voice, you must be asking me this… yes, I’m…



Friend… Love…

Still sleeping?

Very good boy

Sriram’s first dubsmash, trolling me?!!

no.. laugh at him… come on, Laugh…

Hope you’d enjoyed the videos 😀

Oh! Wait.. what?? You didn’t like??

Waiting to read your comments… yeah… I’m waiting


Arachu vitta Vengaya Sambhar / Grinded Onion Sambhar

Vengaya sambhar is one of my favorite sambhar variety. 🙂 It use to be our sambhar variety on Sundays in my childhood until l went out of hometown for my studies. After a long time I felt like eating this particular sambhar and thought to prepare it. I had asked my sister to send me the recipe and got it immediately with my mom’s recorded whatsapp voice message.

So, if you want to try the most tasty vengaya sambhar here is the method to prepare it.


3-4 Onions, Yellow Lentil, Split Bengal Gram, Black Gram, 4-6 Red Chillies, Grated coconut, Tamarind, Coriander seeds, mustard, fenugreek.

Preparation steps:

1. Steam half tumbler (or a cup) Yellow lentil for upto 5-6 whistles in pressure cooker.

2. Soak tamarind 15 before cooking begins

3. Saute the split bengal gram, black gram, red chillies (cut it to into pieces), coriander seeds (if coriander seeds are not available use coriander powder), grated coconut together until it turns brownish.

4. Grind it all with some water added

5. Cut onions into thin slices

6. Heat a pan with oil and saute mustard, fenugreek & add the cut onions

7, Stir it until onion color turns yellow

8. Add the tamarind water + add more water to the needed sambhar quantity & add required salt

9. Add the steamed yellow lentil and the grinded items to the pan

10. Boil it for 15-20 minutes

11. Sambhar ready! 🙂

Here is the preparation video of the above dish…

Leave your comment if you try it. Thank you,