February 2016

Academy Awards -What is the Oscar

Many of us from the 60’s and 70’s polished our English language skills and learned etiquette watching the wide variety of movies made in the English Language. As early as 1929, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) instituted the Academy Award of Merit recognizing achievement in different categories of film making. The academy selects the winner through a process of voting by its members and tabulated by the audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The number of members (rumoured to be approximately 6,000) and their details are extremely confidential.

You may be watching the event now or planning to watch the repeat telecast in the evening. But let me share with you some very interesting things about the Awards.

Who is Oscar in AMPAS – The Academy officially started calling the Trophy an Oscar from 1939, 10 years after it started. The most popular legend behind the Oscar name is that of Academy’s Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, saying “it reminds me of my Uncle Oscar” when she first saw the trophy in 1931.

How heavy is the Trophy – You would have noticed that after receiving the trophy immediately the winner feels its weight and holds it in both hands. That’s because it is reasonably heavy at almost 4 kg.

The Red Carpet – The Academy really values its history and the Red Carpet at the Dolby Theater reflects this. The 500 foot red carpet where the stars walk have two pillars bearing the name of each one of the Best Picture award winners from 1929. (Pic Courtesy : Getty Images)

Getting a Seat at the Oscars – No matter how rich you are, you can’t buy a ticket at the 3,400 seater Dolby Theater. However, if the lucky stars are smiling on you and you know someone who matters at the Academy or at PriceWaterhouseCoopers then you can be a seat filler.

The Missing Oscars – In the year 2000, 55 of the trophies were robbed. A few years later these were discovered behind a trash box (image courtesy

The Most Awarded Movie – The credit is shared by three movies all of which won 11 awards in all in a year. The movies are Benhur (1959), Titanic (1997) & The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). (Image courtesy :

The Unfortunate Most Nominated Never Won – Yes, we keep talking about Leo not winning (This year he will make it up). However, there are several legendary actors who got multiple nominations but never won. (Infographic courtesy : Business Insider)


Organic Garden @ Home

Humans evolved from a hunter gatherer society to agricultural society to industrial society. With industrialisation high urbanisation has also taken place resulting in large scale food production. The new system of mass produced foods mean greater focus on higher yield, longer shelf life and not necessarily better quality.

If you are worried about the usage of chemicals in fruits & vegetables, its time you turned an urban farmer and grow your own food. Your balcony, terrace or your backyard can be your own farm.Growing one’s own food also mean increased safety, health and enjoyment.

terrace garden

The thrill of eating something you have watched grow from a seed to a full grown fruit or vegetable has to be experienced. The good wholesome feeling you get from knowing that the food on your plate is organic. Oh, and the unbeatable original taste.

Have your children pick their own vegetables and get them hooked on to taking care of their plants in real space and not on farmville or some computer game.

At Casa Green we are assisting everyone set up a kitchen garden, to make the green living complete.


At Casa Greens, we totally believe in a Green environment. We have created space for your organic farm.


The festival of Mahashivaratri is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva. It is believed that a devotee who performs sincere worship of Lord Shiva on the auspicious day of Shivaratri is absolved of sins and attains moksha. According to sacred scriptures, ritual worship of Lord Shiva on Shivaratri festival that falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalgun pleases Lord Shiva the most.

There are different legends of why Shivaratri is celebrated. The most popular belief is that of the samudra manthan. When the ocean was churned for the nectar of immortality poison (haalaa-hala) was also formed. Lord Shiva drank the poison to avoid its impact to other beings. It was held in his throat and was also advised not to sleep at night lest it gets into his full blood stream. This is why the night of Shivaratri devotees don’t sleep. The next day Dhanvantari the divine physician arrived with nectar of immortality.

Maha Shivaratri Festival Picture

Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple is the oldest temple in Karnataka. This temple is in the foot of Nandi hills, within the temple precincts are three other temples including the Arunachaleshwara, the Uma Maheshwara and the Bhoga Nandeeshwara. Each of these temples has its own mythological significance. Traditionally Arunachaleshwara is said to represent the childhood of Shiva, Bhoga Nandeeshwara his youth, and Yoga Nandeeshwara on the hill top, his final renunciation stage. The representation of the youthful phase of Lord Shiva is of special significance for the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple . The best time to visit this temple is during Mahashivarathri.

Our Project Belmont is located wtihing 2 km distance of the temple. The wellness retreat of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy will have the deity of Dhanvantari, the physician god. This year Mahashivarathri is celebrated on 07th March.

Bangalore’s own mini-Tour de France


Collage nandi hills

The gruelling Tour de France is made up of 21 stages and covers a total distance of 3,360 kilometres. There are 9 flat stages, 3 hill stages, 7 mountain stages,1 individual time-trial stage and 1 team time-trial stage. And now, you don’t have to go to France – you can have a similar experience right here in Bangalore!

Take a daylong (around 12 hours) Nandi Challenge Cycling Tour to the 1,479m-high hill. Nandi Hill is a small hill station north of Bangalore and is about 75 km from the city. It is known for being Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. Feast your eyes on breathtaking views of a pristine landscape, take pleasure in riding through 40 curves and bends and enjoy the smell of paddy fields and vineyards along the way.

On the itinerary:

Start your picturesque ride from our project Citrus Belmont at the foothills of Nandi,with a stopover at Bhoganandeeswara Temple. From here, begin the challenging ascent to the hilltop marked by simply stunning natural visuals. Once at the peak after a 3 hour ride, explore Tipu’s Drop, the fort and temple. Regain lost stamina with a sumptuous meal at restaurant in the Hilltop restaurant, relax for a short while and start descending. As you reach the end of your biking journey you’ll come away with a refreshed soul, a well spent day in the outdoors and, of course, a great workout session.

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