Wishing everyone a very happy Raksha Bandhan… This festival is to celebrate the love and bond brothers and sisters share.

The mythological story behind it goes like this. On Makar Sankranti, Krishna cut his little finger when handling sugarcane. His Queen, Rukmini immediately sent an official to get bandages. Meanwhile, Draupadi, who was watching the entire incident, cut off a little bit of her saree and tied his finger with it to stop the bleeding. In return, Krishna promised to help her out when required. That is the story behind the help Krishna provides during the unceremonious disrobing of Draupadi, Krishna came and made her saree never-ending, saving her the embarrassment by giving her protection when she needed it the most.

And goes without saying… food is an important part of every celebration. On our plate there was:

Kayi holige – Coconut stuffed flatbread- the star of our festival

Bisi bele bhath – Rice, toor dal, veggies cooked with freshly ground spices and finished with a generous helping of ghee

Kosambari – Carrot and split green gram Indian style salad

Beans palya – Beans cooked with mild spices and finished off with loads of coconut

Mosarrana –  Mosaru means yogurt and anna mean rice in Kannada

Besan Laddu – Ghee roasted gram flour (besan) mixed with sugar and nuts, shaped into round laddus. A delight for sweet lovers