Cooking for dummies

Cooking is not as difficult as I thought it would be. It is manageable (even enjoyable) as long as two things are done:

  • Vegetables needed are cut
  • The vessels to be used are washed.

Of course, if someone is willing to clean the stove and kitchen counter later, it is a bonus.

P.S: There is a reason for my long absence from this blog (May 2011 to August 2012). Expect to see a long rambling post on that soon.

P.P.S: Why this sudden post on cooking? There is a reason for that too πŸ˜‰


Open letter to the Indian Male

Dear Indian Male,
If your primary reason for getting married is to bring home a girl who can help your mother in the kitchen,



My Life, akin to the clear, still water of a lake

Like a stone thrown, you created ripples

Which did not abate long after you had sunk to the depths

I am trying to restore calm for now

And hoping that, someday

May you be nothing more than

Another insignificant stone,

Lying forgotten among my depths.

Image Courtesy: Jami Gomez

Moving on

He knelt in front of her grave and placed the bouquet of flowers on it. He had carefully asked for violet flowers, since she had mentioned that violet was her favourite colour during a casual conversation.

He felt sorry for her. He had done the same thing to so many women. None of them had died. In fact, even when they accidentally ran into him, they were most cordial. Some of them even introduced their husbands and children to him.

He was not sure if he was to be blamed. He was positive that he had not done anything wrong. His reverie was interrupted by the shrill buzz of his cell phone. “Doctor, there is a patient who just went into labour- a complicated case. The junior gynaecs are not able to handle it. Could you please rush to the hospital?”. He quickly rushed to his car.Β  Sophie, who had died during childbirth yesterday, did not occupy his thoughts anymore.

For this week’s Magpie

The Omnipresent Doctor

“From the past two days, I am having stomach pains Amma”, Kumar complained over the phone to his mother.

“What did Lata cook recently?”, his mother shot back.

“Forget that. Lata gave me some pills yesterday. Still no relief. Please suggest some kai-vaidhiyam (home made medicine)”, Kumar pleaded.

“Ask her to boil some cloves of garlic, then add it to some milk. Drink the milk with the boiled cloves, you will feel better immediately. Now, how can you expect your highly educated wife to know all this?”

Lata smiled sadly when she heard this conversation. A husband who left very little to his mother’s imagination, even though they were geographically miles apart. A mother-in-law who never lost an opportunity to demean her. I must be blessed indeed, she thought ironically.

She wondered what his reaction would be, when she told him that the pills she had given him the previous day contained garlic.

For this week’s Magpie (though I am a bit late)

Feel my love!!!

I have been wanting to list my favourite romantic songs for quite some time now. What better occasion to do it than on Valentine’s day. Here goes:

1> Pyaar Hua Ikraar Hua- Shree 420

When I think of an eternal love song, this is the first one which comes to my mind. A sensual song shot in the rain, wonderful chemistry between the lead actors and simple and sweet lyrics.

2> Yeh Chaand Sa Roshan Chehra- Kashmir Ki Kali

I have always loved Shammi Kappor’s antics in all his romantic songs. This one is my favourite, because the beauty of a woman is described so nicely in this one (which woman can resist a guy praising her beauty?)

3> Pehla Nasha- Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Feelings associated with first love beautifully described in this song.

4> Oh Oh Jaane Jaana- Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna

Waiting to meet his beloved, I liked the theme. This song gave me my first glimpse of a shirtless Salman πŸ˜›

5> Tujhe Dekha Toh Yeh- Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol share a great onscreen chemistry. This is a timeless song, with great lyrics.

6> Suraj Hua Maddham- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham

Another beautiful song describing the feelings when two peopleΒ  are in love. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol and the locales make it a visual treat as well.

7> Jashn-E-Bahara- Jodha Akbar

Love this song for the situational lyrics. It shows the pain of being together, yet not belonging to each other.

8> Na Tum Jaano Na Hum- Kaho Na Pyaar Hai

Another beautiful song describing the feeling of first love. I still remember, this film was such a sensational hit, some of my friends watched it 3-4 times, only for Hrithik Roshan πŸ™‚

9> Pehli Nazar Main- Race

I started liking Atif Aslam’s voice after listening to this song. I feel his voice has a raw feel to it.

10> Tera Hone Laga Hoon- Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

Hated the movie, but loved this song. Atif Aslam rocks again!!

This list is definitely not exhaustive. I have listed just a few of my favourites here. Also, I wanted to list romantic songs in other languages too. But could not do it due to lack of time. Will definitely list them in my future posts.

Happy Valentine’s day folks!!! Spread the cheer πŸ™‚

P.S- This post is dedicated to that special someone who is out there somewhere (I believe in fairy tales that way). When the time is right, may our paths cross.

2011- The roadmap

Since I felt it is too late to name this post as New Year resolution, have put it under a different name πŸ˜‰

Listed in order of importance:

1> Professional growth- In March 2010, I took my first baby step towards a better career.Β  I am really ashamed that I have not capitalized on that lucky break which I got and have been kind of dormant for around 10 months now.Β  In 2012, I see myself in a better job role, maybe at a better place. So this year, I am going to work towards the same. I am not sure of the results, but whatever it may be, I will be satisfied that I did the best I could.

2> Decent cooking skills- I believe cooking is a life saving skill, comparable with first aid. So I intend to work towards developing the same. If not a great cook, atleast a reasonably good one. Also, not to take 2 hours to make rasam for 2 πŸ˜›

3> Devotion- Reciting the Vishnu Sahasranamam gives me peace of mind and I want to be learn it by heart, so that I dont have to depend on a book or a cassette anytime I want to recite it. Learning it by rote would also boost my self confidence, since I come from a non Sanskrit background. I know I can do it, just need the right boost.

4> Better Time Management- Usually on weekends, I end up doing nothing, just relaxing at home. I want to spend the time more effectively, reading meaningful books, exploring the city or doing small chores at home. So that I don’t feel that I wasted my time.

5> Better Stress Management- Even after 2 years in this industry, I am not good at handling stress. I usually end up spoiling my health and peace of mind, sometimes those of my parents too. So, will try my level best to keep my professional and personal life apart- make sure they don’t overlap.

6> Pay more attention to my health- I have always taken care of my health only when the occasion arose (read when I fell ill). Hope to do “preventive maintenance” from now on πŸ˜›

7> Read more books- I am going to be occupied with honing my technical skills, so am looking at reading more technical books related to my work. Having said that, I do wish to have some time for quality reading in other genres as well. Hope I manage my time well (back to point 4)

Should wait and watch as to how I fare πŸ™‚

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