The crisp, light chill in the air,
and the mist-coated sky,
Lovely blush of morning it is,
with feeble touch of sunlight,
Tell me, why won’t you rejoice…
..in this ever so gleaming wintry delight?
The crisp, light chill in the air,
and the mist-coated sky,
Lovely blush of morning it is,
with feeble touch of sunlight,
Tell me, why won’t you rejoice…
..in this ever so gleaming wintry delight?
On WordPress I meant…
I have never personally witnessed a snowfall, and I am aiming to visit some place next year to experience that. One of the MUST do things, from my Bucket List!!
And yes, loving the onset of slight wintry chills here
I had the golden opportunity to meet Gulzar Sa’b, at the Blr Lit fest, this season. And believe me, I could not have been happier meeting anyone else on earth. His poetry has always mesmerized me, and after meeting him, I am in complete awe of this man. It actually left me wondering, if men … do exist with such a fine demeanor and eloquence..! Do they? In reality?
Look at his face, it exudes such wisdom, poise and charm. And, his aura is equally infectious when you meet him up, close & personal – Very humble, polite and grounded.
“Dil dhoondhta hai, phir wahi, fursat ke raat din” (Once more, my heart yearns for those leisurely days) – The Great Gulzaar Sa’b (If you can… listen to the music. It will stir up your mind surely)
Dear Girl Next Door, this post is specially for you, on your request. So, here’s how I made this Khichdi;
Portion: Can serve two people
The Know How;
A few things:
Please try and let me know if you liked it.
Well, everything seems to shrink, eventually. Just fancy, how interactive the blog used to be earlier, before the sinful existence of “Like” button.
Then I tell myself, on a positive note that at least something is better than simply lurking around. No?
Because you can always reach out to them whenever you want, whichever hour you want. They impart indefinite knowledge. They inspire you in several ways. They are so dependable and the bond only grows stronger day by day!
They are the most reliable companions of all times.
And in despair I bowed my head;
There is no peace on earth, I said;
For hate is strong, And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
God is not dead, nor doth He sleep!
The Wrong shall fail, the Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!
- Henry W. Longfellow
It’s only when you switch to new, trending gadgets and its Operating Systems, you realize that it can drive you nuts with its multiple features and apps. Have recently owned a new sleek Ultrabook, Windows 8, Sony Vaio series, and the sexy HTC, Desire 600 - needless to say… am slowly lowwving it
Well, laptop, I bought from a very convenient standpoint, wanted something lighter, primarily since I travel a lot and a little heavier in size becomes unnecessary burden on my shoulders.
The battle over phone was between Apple and other sleek phones, and my brother rightly convinced me for an HTC. it’s again lighter and very user friendly.
- Gadget Freak, me!
The classic movie, “Umrao Jaan“, has some of the best musical scores of lifetime. But this one, in particular, I find it so soulful. The lyrics, the music, the song, the rythm, is so very mesmerizing.
Asha Bhosle, has always been the most favorite, awe-inspiring singer to me. She has mysteriously weaved some sort of magical ecstasy into this piece, that it leaves you nothing but poignant, and makes you want to dance in trance.
“Dil cheez kya hai, aap meri jaan leejiye, bas ek baar…bas ek baar… mera kahaa, maan leejiye” - …And yes, this, I am not translating…’cause it will lose its essence otherwise.
I still feel shy, when someone compliments and fail to suitably react to the situation, unless it’s from very close set of friends and family.
I end up feeling awkward. How do you handle them?
Ok. I know. Silence and this long absence. I blame it to work partly and a bit to my sickness. The sickness is because of this unpredictable, cold, gloomy weather here in Bangalore. Anyway, feeling slightly better and posting the pics from my recent trip to Goa. Yes, my taste buds have gone for a toss, and my cravings for spicy food has just shot up. Hence, this food post
This was an amazing juice I had. Apparently made of kokum, Garcinia indica, of berry family – very mildly spiced, with a hint of tang, and garnished with green chillies.
These were crisp babycorn fritters, which tasted heavenly.
Like I said before, trying anything else other than sea food in Goa would have been a sin. So gorged on my favorite prawn curry. The prawns were fresh, succulent, and cooked to perfection with right blend of spices and condiments.
I am not a hard-core non-vegetarian and eat very very selective kinds. Stick to mostly chicken and very limited types of fish – Just prawns, pomfret and rohu fish, so I never had the zest to try out the exotic ones, like lobster, crabs etc. and I was just happy with what I had.
I did taste the local rice which is unlike the fine grains of Basmati. Similar to parboiled rice. The curried fish sauce with the rice very well complemented each other.
Am not too fond of the other Goan desserts, so just went ahead with this which was strongly suggested by the Chef there – it was not too bad.
I terribly want to eat some good food now – very spicy, hot and flavorsome. While I go and get it, do tell me if you liked this post?
Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralysing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.
A simple, thought provoking and must read.
It was nothing less than a mystic dream, those three days – Beautiful, Panoramic and Blissful. They were the most indelible memoirs of my life. Far from the tumult of city, I got to escape and unwind in nature’s lap along the shores where tranquility had stationed itself for eternity.
So, where do I begin from – the mesmerizing overcast shadowing the magnificent Arabian sea, the monsoon struck weather, rain-swept grassy land, gleaming tender leaves of palm trees, the moist breeze wafting or just the overall feel of Goa? Everything was just so very terrific; including the sea food with Goan rice. Yes, it would have been a crime to try anything else there.
I have always been fearful of coasts, especially those monstrous waves, and since it was the monsoon season, there were already red alerts/flags everywhere. The lifeguard cautioned about the water having severe currents and how it could be dangerous and life threatening. Yes, I cheated a bit, but did not go deep, and maintained a safe distance.
The joy is inexplicable and I reveled completely, listened to the soft rainfall, got soaked in the rain, walked along the coast, soiled myself at the beach, photographed, and significantly loved every minute of my time spent there. It’s a paradise during the monsoons, I would say. Well, Beach is one such place, which must be visited at all seasons I believe, to witness its versatility.
It was a very short trip though, and many things were left unexplored – the charm of old parts of Goa, those colonial churches, the heritage sites, the culture, local Goan music, authentic Goan food, and interacting with the localites. I would definitely plan that sometime soon maybe.
Will post other photographs later…! Let me know if you like these?
Am excited as a little girl. A quick getaway but a royal one. Much awaited. Much deserved. I wish if Life was all about Vacations
I have always wanted to witness the spectacular view of the beach during the wilderness of the Monsoons – the thick gray low lying clouds, the horizon, the hungry tides lapping against the shore, the soft rhythm of the rainfall mingling with the sea, and the magical whiff in the air… Well, Goa, has always been a dream destination around this time, so it makes me really happy. Looking forward to the trip, so much..muchy muchy more
Do I need to express enough – my love for monsoons and the beach?
P.S. Nature’s Irony – For some, the rains are blissful and for some, it’s a curse! My prayers and thoughts for all the victims and their families!
I have hardly got any time to breathe. Good part is my work has been highly recognized and I have got a good raise
So in between work and other things,,,am just taking this minuscule break to write in – a sudden urge to breakfree.
I promise a holiday to myself after this, workload.
Oh yes… and I am loving the MONSOONS…And you?
Last weekend, I was watching an ol’ time 1961′ movie, Hum Dono. I have always been a fan of classics and chanced upon this song once again while watching the movie.
I love it…especially the tinkling music and the profound LYRICS…something I must learn to implement in life…”har fikr ko dhuein mein udata chala gaya…main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya“
Listen to this beautiful piece and stay inspired On the movie, I shall write some other time!!
Mondays are always MUNDANE! Unexciting! We all think, after having a good weekend, there’s always a fresh start. A new beginning. But, alas! Instead, we find ourselves struggling to get out of the “good weekend” mode. Sort of a hangover. So, this Monday morning, when I woke up, the first thing that came to my mind was the long list of “Things to Do” and I started fretting. I somehow did not want a bad day for the beginning of the week.
Loaded with a good breakfast and positive energy I started my day. Quickly planned and prioritized the action items and finished them one by one. Now, I kind of feel better. Relaxed. Having accomplished a nearly successful day brings peace and joy. Of course the incentive is – 4 days down the line, there’s another weekend.
Stay happy and don’t forget to smile!! :-)
I want to live a life with absolutely no regrets. I want to enjoy every bit. Every moment. I want to make the most of this life – a satisfactory life at least.
Towards the end I do not want to feel remorse thinking… Oh! I should have done this, I should have done that…I should have spent a little more time with my loved ones, or that I should have expressed myself a bit more, or could have spread more love and joy, or may be I should have traveled there, explored places, met more people, should have tasted that exotic food… or read that book under the sun over green pastures, or stared endlessly at those twinkling stars in the night-time… etc etc. I don’t want any space for could have and should have.
With conviction, I want to fulfill all my dreams, all my wishes, desires and aspirations. Whether I will be able to do so… I don’t know as yet. At least I would know I tried. I attempted. Rest all depends on destiny. Strange, no? How we are all enslaved by the thing called destiny. But, nevertheless hopes should not die, and that’s exactly what fuels our spirits.
So, go ahead, make a list of all that you wish to do…and fulfill them. In the meanwhile, I am going to work on mine.
Good Music equals to Good Mood.
I plug in to music while working or doing chores at home via radio, TV, Stereo. Sometimes very loud too. These songs(listed below) particularly, the genre, I have noticed, has become a trend to be included in the movies. No hassles, as long as the lyrics make sense and soothe our ears and I enjoy listening to them pretty often…
Phir le aya … from Barfi
Iktara…from Wake Up Sid
The latest Kabira song… from YJHD
Dama Dum Mast Kalandar…from David (Though it’s a remix, and I don’t like remix..however this was done quite well)
And yes, Rekha Bhardwaj is too good
Those early morning days, when I relaxed comfortably on this hammock and enjoyed nature’s abundance. Listened to the chirping of birds over a cup of sweet Darjeeling tea with some peace around me :-) I can’t complain, really. Life is good!
P.S. Such short picture posts by default reflect the lack of time. Please bear, will write soon.
“One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast.” - Robert A. Heinlein
And I totally second that. Breakfast is an important meal. A good one helps you fight the day. I usually try instant oatmeal with different variations, or the eggs and bread, or muesli /cereal. Now, with muesli, it does get slightly boring if you do not spice it up a bit..so I try different things.
This morning I soaked the nutty muesli in skimmed milk for about an hour or so and then created a sort of parfait with layers of soaked muesli, whisked yoghurt with honey(to give that creamy effect and a bit of tang), and then chopped ripe and succulent sweet mangoes and figs. I loved it. It did help me kickstart my day on a very healthy note.
Happy Weekend Ahead! Celebrate & Enjoy!!
Yes.. yes.. it’s my birthday …just the day after!!!! And I am all excited to make it special. The EXTRA special way!
Have an awesome weekend ahead!!
Not entirely though, as I am always tempted by the grandeur of sea. This was shot during my recent trip to Kerala.
It was a lovely evening – the beautiful dusk and the hues complemented perfectly, while the boatmen who plunged into the roaring sea, just created a highly picturesque and inspiring view. Oh! These magnanimous water bodies have such enigmatic charm, which I can never express in my words. I think it was a fine shot. What say?
…on Dr. Derek Shepherd
Does anyone else have too?
Life, perhaps gets easier and comfortable, when we slowly learn to accept things around us – accepting the situations, accepting people, and all the challenges that life conveniently throws up at us.
Yesterday’s post I mean. Somehow, I was too exhausted, and I just felt asleep. And, also I realized, I need a break, at least a day in a week from computers, mobile, internet etc – a complete shut down. Anyway, since I did that yesterday, am posting something today and going forward, I guess I would choose Sundays as a complete switch-off day
Hope you all had a nice weekend!
I am quite fond of writing. So much, so that… I prefer writing and expressing myself over talking, except that texting on phone. I simply can’t engage myself typing patiently on the tiny phone keypad – I hate it. Anyways, coming back to writing…I like to write mails, would anyday prefer the age old method of letters, but nevertheless the emails work in this jet age. So, I write to close friends often, and I like to read their replies, and then the series…back and forth. Sounds conventional, but they make my day invariably
Someday, I want to revive the letter writing practice using a letterpad, inked chinese pen, and post them to distant friends or use a postcard maybe with a brief handwritten note…!! I think, am gonna do that soon!! What say???
Have a fabulous weekend anyway, and see if you can write a nice loving letter to a dear friend soon?
Summer time is soon about to end, and I did not even feel it. This season, it’s been pouring. Every now and then. In fact, it’s drizzling outside at this very hour, after a heavy downpour, and I can hear the pitter patter through the sheer silence of the night. It’s cold, damp, yet, magnificently pleasant.
A weather like this, and I have just had a rich creamy mushroom soup with some perfectly toasted bread crispies.
Finding joys in little things like these, make life a perfect reason to celebrate. No?
“Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people.” – Mother Teresa
As the saying goes, people come into your life for a reason, in my life too, they came in with a reason. I have been mostly fortunate to have met good people in every walk of life, except a few of course, who have left some bitter taste. Otherwise, the ones, who have showered immense love and care on me, I do not forget a moment to feel grateful towards them, and pray to God for their well-being always. We at least owe them this much. No?
So today I specially remember this person, from my earlier company, a colleague turned friend, who out of her care and generosity, knowing I skipped lunches, would most of the times, pack lunch box for me from her home, so that I could at least eat a morsel or two at my desk. We were not the bestest of friends, nor we seemed to talk about anything under the sun, but we were very comfortable with each other at workplace. :-)And yes, she also knew I loved sambar(a medley of vegetables & lentils) and rice, so she would make them specially for me and bring it to office, and what an amazing cook she is.
Here’s to dear D, thanks a bunch for all your love and care. I do cherish all those moments and shall always do… God bless!”
I ask myself,
I look up there and smile,
I aim high!
The Sun, The Moon,
and those stars that twinkle at night !!!
All That You Shall Need
1. Boiled and strained Noodles – One Packet
2. Shredded Vegetables – I used plenty of Mushrooms, Capsicum, Cabbage, Green Beans, Carrots, Spring Onions, Slivers of Pink Onions
3. Seasoning – Chilli Flakes, Oregano, Salt, Pepper and a Pinch of Sugar
4. Two Eggs, scrambled with a little salt and pepper
5. Sauces – Chilli Sauce, Soya Sauce, Tomato Ketchup
6. Others – Finely chopped garlic, green chilies and some ginger julienne
Heat oil in a wok. Add, finely chopped garlic, chilies and those ginger julienne. Stir fry, until the garlic turns golden in color. Then add the slivers of onion and the other veggies. Remember to crank up the heat for a couple of minutes, else the veggies would ooze a lot of water, and continue to stir fry. I like it crunchy, and if you like it too that way, then don’t overcook. Now add the sauces and cover and cook for another minute or so. Add the noodles, eggs, mix it well, and finally sprinkle the seasoning as mentioned above and salt as you shall prefer.
Garnish with some finely chopped spring onions and serve it really hot. Really HOT.
And I am so happy.
Weekends are meant to be packed with fun, especially after a hectic week-after. You know, spending time with close friends, catching up over all the due conversations with occasional cups of sweet tea. And, yes some good food too. So, without any inhibitions, I have started my weekend on that note!!
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and fun weekend!!
The faraway moon, round and full. A balmy evening, with the sky just rinsed after a brief shower. And there were sweet-smelling miniature jasmine flowers, which bloomed and filled the air with its intoxicating fragrance.
The glorious moonlit night had just dawned. She relaxed, with a hardcover classic book and swayed gently in her rocking chair, reading sometimes and blissfully looking outside with dreams in her eyes -Myriad of dreams to be fulfilled.
P.S. This image of the full moon, is by far the best shot of mine, I think. It was taken a few weeks ago though.
It’s this very moment,
I feel fearless and proud,
And that, I have not been helpless,
And I’ve fought my way out.
I feel liberated. I feel alive!
I adore Hibiscus flowers, so when I moved to Blr, I wanted to have one for this home too. Besides hibiscus, I also got some sweet smelling jasmine flowers and other plants; which do not need frequent watering or heavy maintenance due to my constant on the move situations. It’s heartbreaking to see them wither away otherwise.
Last weekend, I woke up to a beautiful morning, unusual it was, not a bright and sunny one(yeah Summer months, don’t we all dread the Sun). The sky was covered with smoky clouds and there was moist and chill in the air. Typically, when I wake up, the first thing I do is open up all the windows and the balcony doors to let all the fresh air in. And, that morning the nature, from my little terrace garden, greeted me in a special way – I saw the bright color Hibiscus bloom with all its gaiety and charm.
It inspired me to smile, stay fresh and spread the joy
So, am going to start this – One Post a Day Challenge starting today. This is to… not miss my love for writing. :) It need not be a lengthy one, and can include a picture post too…considering that not all days are going to be easy. Yes, the posts would revolve around travel pics, food, book reviews, photography or lifestyle or it could be just random rant
So, since it’s a Monday, leaving it with just a quote;
“Laugh all you want and cry all you want and whistle at pretty men in the street and to hell with anybody who thinks you’re a damned fool!” – Armistead Maupin
Happy Week Ahead and Stay Tuned!!!
… And a favorite song of mine from Silsila. Not sure, if it’s the beauty of the song, or if it’s the mystic locales, or the charming Rekha & Amitabh’s pair, which works. Once I hear it or watch it, I am bound to play it in the loop again and again and again…
I love the experience of reading books. It has always taken me to an entirely new world – towards the close vicinity of the characters in the book, and while reading I feel, I am one among them, perhaps a silent spectator of all that’s going around. Quite an uncanny feeling, but I love it nevertheless. Book reading is also quite fascinating, as every one, after reading the book, interprets in his/her own way.
So, in last two weeks, I was able to finish two books; in whatever time I could steal - Chokher Bali, By Rabindranath Tagore (Translated in English), and The Queen of Dreams, By Chitra Banerjee D. And I have already grabbed the next books i.e. Mitch Albom’ The Timekeeper ( book in my bag for commute time) and a classic titled, The Jewel in the Crown”(bed time reading).
So, very briefly let me write about the reading experience of the above two books;
Chokher Bali, as expected, turned out to be a very intense story woven around relationships. The relationship between a mother and his son, the relationship between the son and his wife, between two very close friends and likewise. Of course, deep down it deals with a very intricate issue of young widows in those early eras. Rabindranath Tagore, like I have said before, had a mysterious way of comprehending the deepest emotions going on a woman’s mind, how else could he have expressed them so naturally. The fiction crafted in this book is like a fluctuating graph, with its highs and lows, where in the beginning, the characters are introduced on a happy note, and then like a tornado everything gets tossed and turned and eventually everything calms down. Each character has a key role, so I could not pin down someone as a protagonist but yes, mostly it revolves around the lives of Mahendra, Bonodini, Ashalata and Behari. What’s important and noteworthy here is – the moral of the story – a young widow’s desires does not burn down with her husband’s pyre, and that, she is a human too. But, ultimately in a socially endorsed world, all that matters is the sins and virtues of a person.
Now, the other book. Well, I have read Chitra Banerjee‘s couple of books before, i.e. The Palace of Illusions and Arranged Marriage. Both were very good, however this book, The Queen of Dreams, though deals with something very thrilling, i.e. about a dream-teller, disappointed me. The book turned out to be a mix of so many things that ultimately I had to sit and analyse the crux of it, you know, the essence we all conclude after finishing a book - whether the focus was on the dream teller, or if it were a mother’s (the dream teller) relationship with her divorced daughter, or between the daughter and her ex husband, or if it was the dreamteller’s daughter and her father’s relationship… or about the cliche`d national crisis and its impact. The story definitely seemed to have different characters which were interconnected but in that attempt I guess the whole essence was lost somewhere. Certain things were intriguing like the Eliana, the man who practiced Tai Chi, and the man who was followed by the dreamteller, which led to an accident had no appropriate closure. The metaphors, used often in the book by Chitra were very creatively churned out though, and some of the perspectives of life in general, were good as well.
When there’s nothing much in the kitchen or the fridge isn’t stocked enough. When you just don’t feel like cooking luxuriously and all you want is a simple, one pot meal… then Khichdi comes to our immediate rescue. For me, Khichdi, has always been, one of my most preferred comfort foods of all time. I crave for it especially when it rains or when it’s slightly chilly, and I relish it absolutely hot, just off the burner. Khichdi, is also one quick meal, I prefer making it often, as it’s easier to cook after a tiring day, and turns out to be a considerably healthy meal, with a mix of veggies, rice, pulses, etc. I love making khichdi with lightly roasted moong dal and lots of vegetables like, cauliflower, potatoes, green peas, carrots, french beans etc. and serve it with mango pickle or red chilli pickle. Occasionally, I also make some fritters and crisp potato chips or papads to serve as accompaniments.
Earlier, at home, I remember, we used to have Khichdi on saturday nights, a norm that was followed for many years. Back then, there was no such thing called weekends. I guess, we used to look forward to Sundays, the only holiday of the week, so that was our simplest way to celebrate our joys. I made this khichdi, just the way my mom makes it – a pure Yumm! This has very little spices too, just some grated ginger, turmeric powder, salt and sugar.
What’s your favorite weekend meal otherwise?
This absolute love of my blog peers, friends, and family has been my biggest strength so far and will continue to remain so. They all have contributed immensely to my overall life – in some way or the other. It’s their well-wishes, care, I believe, has stood by me throughout – and that, has formed a strong protective layer and shielded me against all the evil things around.
Touch-wood! I feel blessed, profoundly.
Roughly, a month ago I visited this Kitsch Mandi in Bangalore, held at pebbles, and I witnessed a galore of handcrafted, recycled stuff. And, I loved it. Unique, quirky, and very creatively done.
I enjoyed my tour there, and intend to visit again.
So, last weekend was quite something. After a long time, I got some time to unwind a bit. I went for a beautiful hair-spa and then met a friend o’er some delicious Mexican lunch.
I really don’t know why, but am just too addicted to Mexican food these days, and this new Restaurant, Habanero at Indira Nagar, Bangalore is just AWESOME. I guess, it was my fifth visit or so, yet, strangely it leaves me craving for more. For starters, Nachos is a HOT favorite with me and they serve it just right at Habanero – crisp and topped with fresh lettuce, olives, tomatoes, cheese, and some chives. When those nachos are eaten with sour cream, guacamole, salsa dips, they simply taste divine. For main course, I had tried the grilled chicken before – a neat portion served with some mashed potato or Mexican rice. This time, I tried the tortillas and tacos. They were great too – stuffed with beans, meat, veggies and rightly balanced with spices and condiments. By the way, the Wiki, says Habanero is a type of chilli pepper. The ambience~ is subtle, nothing exotic about it but fairly decent to dine in.
Oh yes! The Mocktails are not to be missed – especially the Mojito, a mint flavoured drink. I can bet you would be forced to refill your glass…especially during these ultra hot summary days…
That was not enough for the day. My friend and I headed for some quick shopping soon after that not so heavy lunch and in the evening met some more friends over chai and gupshup. That’s when Saturday-night-party idea was born. And, we cooked, we drank(non-alcohol), we hogged, we danced, and made merry. Later, the pleasant breeze and a brief shower added to the grand finale and thus the day-long frivolous affair came to a quiet end.
The following day, I was too tired to do anything at all. So, just lazed around and that’s how all the week’s stress was busted at my end. How was yours?
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” - Audrey Hepburn
Time. Time. Time.
Can I get some more of time please?
These past few weeks have been inanely hard – lots of traveling, crazy schedules at work and then there have been some personal commitments to be fulfilled. I have hardly got time to write – which I love doing so much. Hence, mostly it’s been a picture post. Pheww! I really feel drained and my heart craves for a good long vacation now. And when I say a good LONG one, I mean it – two weeks at least, where I would do just nothing but relax, rejuvenate and feel refreshed.
Every year of my life I grow more convinced that, it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false – Richard Cecil.
Honestly, could relate myself so much to the quote, while for “some people” it’s the other way round.