Amaltas [Cassia fistula] AKA Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

I can't believe that it is still a dream for me to photograph the beautiful natural chandeliers of Amaltas “in detail”. Some random shots from a distance, taken hurriedly, showing below. Even though these are distant photos, they are close to my heart. I just love this tree.

Suvarnaka AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala

The scientific name of Amaltas is Cassia fistula. In the different parts of the world, it is known by different names. Some of those names are Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Golden Shower Tree, Bahava, Sunari, Kritamala, Aragvadha, Chaturangula and Suvarnaka. The names are as beautiful as the flowers this tree produces. Just beautiful!

Amaltas AKA Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Aragvadha AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Bahava AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Bandar Lathi AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Cassia fistula AKA Amaltas, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Cassia fistula AKA Garmalo, Amaltas, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Golden Shower Tree, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Chaturangula AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Garmalo AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Golden Shower Tree AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Suvarnaka

Kritamala AKA Amaltas, Cassia fistula, Golden Shower Tree, Garmalo, Bandar Lathi, Bahava, Sunari, Aragvadha, Chaturangula, Suvarnaka

View from Sajjangad temple stay

Unlike what usually happens at temple-stay [dharamshala], our stay at Sajjangad fort was not horrible. It was an acceptable set-up considering that they were not charging anything for it. We did donate however.

The view from the bath area was just amazing! Here it is below. I hope you all like :)

View from Sajjangad temple stay

Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Frank Kitts Park is a small yet beautiful park in the central business district of Wellington [New Zealand]. On one side is the beautiful Wellington Harbour, and on the other side is the money-line of the city: the CBD.

Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

The Frank Kitts Park is quite unique. The park has an underground area where temporary markets find their place. Above is a step-design small garden. Beside is a tiny play area for children, and pedestrian accesses to the shore. A small walk/jogging/sitting open area at the waterfront is just beautiful on a sunny day. The turquoise water with clean sky and cold air make quite an invite. My kind of people who like to give a lot of time to admire things, can sit here for hours and do nothing, and just enjoy the peace and beauty around. Truly beautiful!

A beautiful seagull at Frank Kitts Park of Wellington [New Zealand]

Here are some photos for you to enjoy. At the bottom of the post is an interactive location map, by Google. Enlarge it, zoom-in, zoom-out, pan it, take directions, and make it to have your visit :)

A board at the Frank Kitts Park of Wellington [New Zealand] mentioning about the Polish children of Pahiatua 1944-2004

A Cook Strait ship at the Wellington Harbour, photographed at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

A lamp post at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

A plaque at the Frank Kitts Park of Wellington [New Zealand] in the memory of all the New Zealanders who participated in World War 2

A seagull at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Blue Bridge ship of the Cook Strait, coming towards Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Cabbage Trees at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Central Business District [CBD} as seen from Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

A seagull taking a tan at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Children's play area at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Clean water of the Wellington Harbour, photographed near Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Elderly, reading a plaque at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

A seagull taking a walk at the Frank Kitts Park of Wellington [New Zealand]

Espresso coffee on wheels at Frank Kitts Park of Wellington [New Zealand]

Frank Kitts Park and the CBD of Wellington [New Zealand]

Leisurely time at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

A statue of a seagull in the children's play area at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Oriental Bay neighbourhood as seen from Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Pigeons look the same everywhere, even at the Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]

Play area for the kids, at the Frank Kitts Park of Wellington [New Zealand]

St. Bernard dog having a quick walk at Frank Kitts Park at Wellington [New Zealand]



A beautiful single leaf standing out in the darkness of the forest

We were roaming in the beautiful forest of Tamhini when this single bright leaf caught my attention when everything else was dim. I think, this leaf has a lot to say and we people have a lot to learn!

A beautiful single leaf standing out in the darkness of the forest

Food Tasting, Review and Photographs of The Flying Saucer Sky Bar at Viman Nagar, Pune

Thank you Carpe Diem for inviting me to The Flying Saucer Sky Bar at Viman Nagar, Pune, for food tasting. Chef Nick Bajaj ensured that the presentation and the authenticity of the food he served matched the expectations of the food tasters. And hosts Shivangi and Carina ensured the comfort.

Chocolate Butter Cake with Warm Chocolate Sauce at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune
More photos below

Coming directly to the review, I rate The Flying Saucer Sky Bar amongst the best restaurants in the city if you are looking for authentically made food in a variety of cuisines, sitting on top of the town with beautiful views of the city all around. It was dinner time, and the bright lights of the city in dusk added to the ambience.

We were served the below list, out of which I tasted vegetarian non-alcoholic servings…

Drinks:
Flaming Sauce Cocktail
Cinderella Mocktail
Safe Sex on the Beach Mocktail

Starters:
Mushroom and Parsley Croquettes
Chicken Tasha with Raw Tomato Salsa
Classic Stuffed Tandoori Mushrooms
Malaysian Pop Corn Chicken
Koliwada Prawns
Chicken Shawarma
Lot Veg. Pizza
Paneer Kali Miri Tikka
Chilly Cheese Poppers
Beijing Crispy Cheese Dumplings

Mains:
Butter Chicken
Dal Makhani
Veg. Biryani
Flying Roast Chicken
Caponata with Spiral Broccoli and Pine Nuts

Desserts:
Chocolate Butter Cake
Blueberry Cheese Cake
Chocolate Caramel Cake
Spanish Churros with Warm Chocolate

They displayed us The Fire and Ice / Flaming Sauce Cocktail from the bar. Here is the video…

Both the Mushroom starters: “Mushroom and Parsley Croquettes” and “Classic Stuffed Tandoori Mushrooms” were perfectly made.

Mushroom and Parsley Croquettes at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

The Lot Veg. Pizza also tasted delicious. The pizza being thin crust, I was a bit hesitant as I don’t like thin crust pizzas. However, it turned out to be quite tasty.

Lot Veg Pizza at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

The Paneer Kali Miri Tikka had the perfect amount of marination. It is vital to have it in perfect proportion otherwise you will either just feel more paneer or more Kali Miri marination.

Paneer Kali Miri Tikka with Coriander Chutney at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

The star of the evening was Chilly Cheese Poppers. There was nothing that could have bet the delicacy. Brilliant I say.

Chilli Cheese Poppers at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Coming to the mains, I must say that Dal Makhani was true to its originality, and tasted heavenly.

Dal Makhani and Lachcha Parantha at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

The Veg. Biryani was not up to the mark as it did not taste any near how normally a Biryani is expected to taste.

Veg Biryani at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

The show-stealers in desserts were “Spanish Churros with Warm Chocolate” and “Blueberry Cheese Cake”

Spanish Churros with Warm Chocolate at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Blueberry Cheese Cake and Chocolate Caramel Cake at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Enjoy more photos…

Special Seating at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

A Drink at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

A Serving of Caponata with Spiral Broccoli and Pine Nuts at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

A Serving of Dal Makhani and Lachcha Parantha at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Apple and Cinnamon Martini at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Beijing Crispy Cheese Dumplings at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Caponata with Spiral Broccoli and Pine Nuts at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Chicken Tasha with Raw Tomato Salsa at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Chilli Cheese Poppers, The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Chocolate Butter Cake at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Chocolate Caramel Cake at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Close-up of Lot Veg Pizza at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Close-up of Malaysian Pop Corn Chicken at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Close-up of Safe Sex on the Beach Mocktail at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Entrance of The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Flaming Sauce / Fire and Ice Cocktail at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Indoor Couch Seating at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Inside The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Malaysian Pop Corn Chicken at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Onion Rings Served with Paneer Kali Miri Tikka at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Other Side of the Blueberry Cheese Cake and Chocolate Caramel Cake at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Outdoor Seating at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Pitta and Hummus Platter at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Pitta and Hummus Platter, The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Platter of Pitta and Hummus at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Veg Biryani and Raita at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

Safe Sex on the Beach Mocktail at The Flying Saucer Sky Bar, Viman Nagar, Pune

I hope you enjoyed the photos and the review. Do provide your comments. Thank you! :)

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