Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Authentic cold chocolate at Cocoacraft - the chocolate factory

f the yardstick of quality is measured in repeated visits by the customer, then the Cocoacraft chocolate factory tops the list for authentic chocolate products in Ernakulam. I am a frequent visitor to this place, ever since I accompanied my daughter to this place a couple of years back. Owned by Commander Kuruvilla, who successfully transformed  his passionate hobby of chocolate making into a successful business. We visited this place again today, and as usual I ordered my favorite cold chocolate along with some cookies.  Apart from the chocolate products, I love the ambiance of the place, and the enthusiasm of Mr.Kuruvilla. Every time I meet him, I learn something about chocolates and chocolate making. Superb. Love to go there again.

Here are some photographs of our visit.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wish you a very happy Vishu

Vishu (Malayalam: เดตിเดทു) is an important Kerala festival celebrated in the month of "Medam" and a Hindu festival in the Indian state of Kerala , usually in the second week of April in the Gregorian calendar.
Vishu is celebrated with much fanfare and vigour in all parts of Kerala. It is considered a festival of light and fireworks, and decorating lights and bursting of firecrackers (Vishupadakkam) is part of the celebration. Other elements of Vishu include buying of new clothes (Puthukodi) for the occasion, the tradition of giving money called Vishukkaineetam , and the Vishu feast or Sadya, which consist of equal proportions of salty, sweet, sour and bitter items. Feast items include Veppampoorasam,Mampazhappulissery, Vishu kanji and Vishu katta .
The most important event in Vishu is the Vishukkani, which literally means "the first thing seen on the day of Vishu after waking up". The Vishukkani consists of a ritual arrangement of auspicious articles intended to signify prosperity, including rice, fruits and vegetables, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, yellow flowers called konna (Cassia fistula), holy texts and coins, usually in the prayer room of the house. This is arranged the night before Vishu and is the first sight seen on Vishu. On Vishu, devotees often visit temples like Sabarimala Ayyappan Temple or Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple to have a 'Vishukkani Kazhcha' (viewing) in the early hours of the day.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter week programs at the Infant Jesus Church, Ernakulam

13th April 2017, Maunday Thursday 

7:30 am  Chrism mass at Cathedral
5:00 pm  Mass of the Lord's supper

14th April 2017, Good Friday (No services in the morning)
7:30 am  Solemn way of the cross (Malayalam)
4:00 pm  Way of the cross in English , Service of the word of God. Adoration of the cross, Holy communion, Procession.

15th April 2017, Holy Saturday (No services in the morning)
11:00 pm  Blessing of the new fire and candle , Service of the word of God, Renewal of the Baptismal vows, Eucharistic celebration, Procession. NB: Kindly bring a candle.

16th April 2017  Easter Sunday 
7:00 am  Holy mass (Malayalam)
9:00 am  Holy mass (English)
No- Evening mass

There is an evening mass at 6:15 pm at the Kannamkunnathu pally, nearby.

Wish you a very happy Easter. God bless you.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Visit Christ the King Church, Varapzha

Can you believe that this church is more than forty years old.?. What about the architect?, sponsor?. Even today the architecture looks contemporary. Remember Fr. Pallan, the tall figure who had the dream of constructing this church in this village relying on the local workers ability. This church is hardly seven kilometers from the Lulu mall.