February 28, 2010
Managed to catch glimpses of the recent (I guess 26 Feb wala) episode of Who wants to marry a monkey? errr Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jaayega aka Rahul Mahajan’s Swayamvar. This is the episode that I saw after the initial episode. But duniyawale did keep me updated about the happenings ahem ahem Happenings in this wedding drama. Jaise ki the item numbers that the contestants did for Rahul and the intimacy & chemistry judgement episodes which I guess must have received the highest TRP. The lady who runs the parlour which I frequent was sulking the other day as she seemed to have missed these crucial(!) episodes. When she sulks about having missed any episode of any any reality series, there is a high possibility of damage to the eyebrows.
Anyways, the mad guy err Rahul seems to be giving handy tips to all guys out to get married. Next time when you come across a potential bride or if you go to her house to see her via the arranged marriage route or any other route, do carry a CD full of item numbers that you like. You can then ask her to perform on them and judge whether she is marriage material or not.
Also this chap gets cozy with all most all the girls to test his chemistry with them. Another tip.
Also I noticed that his real mother and sister have not yet appeared on the how. Or have they? I don’t think so.
Now the three finalists are Dimpy, Harpreet and Nikunj. Mrinmai was eliminated.
Dimpy – Remember the one who made the initial appearance in a cleavage revealing outfit. She had won the first Pyar ka Nazrana.
Harpreet and Nikunj had won the second and third pyaar ka nazrana respectively.
What’s with Rahul and his first impressions???
And the important point to be noted is that the girls who finally made it to the final3 are the ones who went all out over the show and said that they were there for publicity. Kuch daal mein kala out here.
The ones who seemed to be actually interested in marrying were eliminated.
Toh aisa lagta hai, Rahul will finally place the varmala on one of these girls. Most probably Dimpy. Second option – Harpreet and Third – Nikunj.
So finally he has chosen those girls who had themselves said that they were more interested in publicity than marrying him. So it seems once he choses one of them, they will reap the benefits of being on the show, attend press interviews, do a few more reality shows and then turn around and say that they are not yet ready for marriage. The most probable reasons that they would give – I am too young to get married. Dimpy is 21, Harpreet is 20 and Nikunj is 25. And Rahul is around 32. Other reasons that the girls could give would be – Career, Incompatibility, etc.
The girls are more interested in being the winner. Not in marrying him. After all who wants to marry a monkey?
So ultimately Rahul would say that he was ready to get married but the girls weren’t… Toh main kya kar sakta hoon?
February 15, 2010
Punjabi Garam Masala – Basic
How to make it at home?
Get hold of the following ingredients first:
- Jeera : 50gms
- Ajwain : 10gms
- Laung : 1 spoon
- Dalchini : 5-6 sticks
- Kali mirchi : 25-30gms
- Kali elaichi : 12-15
- Tej patta : 4-5
- Sounth : 1-2
- Dhaniya seeds : 3-4 spoons
Roast all these and grind it in the mixer to make it a fine powder. And we have the Basic Punjabi Garam Masala ready!
There are various other variations of Garam Masala… you may add a piece of jayfal also which gives it an altogether different quality. There are various other ingredients that can be added to make other evolved forms of Garam Masala.
February 11, 2010
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Chronicles of PA#1
This is were PA turns into a 50′s style housewife.
And sings Raag Bhayankar.
PA needs to go and buy vegetables from the bhaaji market. Something that she has never done before. She has been to the bhaaji market a couple of times before, albeit hardly ever alone. It’s usually with Mom. But she is petrified of going alone. But she has to. What needs to be done, needs to be done. She also needs to run other errands and accomplish other gharelu tasks which albeit need to be accomplished outside the house, like getting milk, going to the temple and giving daan/donation, etc.
PA being PA needs a chronological order in which she needs to do all this. Some sort of a flowchart would rather be preferable, she thinks. However Mom refuses to fulfill this wish of hers, instead offers her a chronological order which PA needs to mentally make a note of, so insists the mother.
The mother also gives PA important pointers which will help her in doing the task at hand efficiently.
Instructions given to PA:
1. Take a wallet which has the required cash handy in it. Keep chutta/chillar/loose cash/coins separately. (Tips from PA – Yes, PA also gives tips – Chillar plays an important part if you intend to play the household types, the 50′s style)
2. Carry wallet, shopping bag (as plastic bags of the flimsy kinds are banned) and some other food items in a separate bag which need to be donated at the temple.
3. Once outside the house – Go to ABC bania shop and buy x number of y packets of biscuits. How much would each cost, PA asks just so that she knows where she is heading in life err… in her mission. Well, PA needs to know the cost implications beforehand, nah? Anyways, z is the amount that she needs to pay the bania for the said number of biscuit packets. Good, PA thinks, now she won’t have to do mathematical calculations in front of the bania else she might forget the other gharelu-shopping instructions.
4. Place the packets of biscuits in the bag containing the other food items which need to be donated.
5. Go to the temple and give the donation wala bag – basically anna daan to any needy person or beggar sitting outside the temple. Important pointer by Mom – Make sure you give this donation to a needy person outside the temple and NOT to any visitor who is visiting the temple for darshan and certainly not to any passer-by. Knowing PA’s lost-mindedness, this is indeed a very important and crucial point. Imagine what would happen if you give daan to any random person??? Also another important point, make sure that you don’t stand there for long as other beggars would mob you and take care of your wallet and mobile at this time. Beggars would mob PA?!!! Kya din aa gaye hain!
6. Once done with Step 5, walk a few steps ahead of the temple, you will notice a nariyal-wala… err coconut wala. Next to it would be OUR bhaajiwala – the baajiwala that we usually buy fresh vegetables from and next to it would be the fruitwala. PA tries to ratofy, so our bhaajiwala is basically between the nariyal-wala and the fruit-wala. Repeat thrice. Done.
7. Go to OUR bhaajiwala and tell him to give you 1 Kilo of Tomatoes, Half Kilo Dhoodhi and Pao Kilo Bhindi. Tell him you are xyz Aunty’s daughter and he will recollect, so says the mom. You can then choose the required vegetables from the lot yourself or tell the bhaajiwala to do the needful in case you are confused. PA anyways prefers the later. Tell him to keep the stuff ready while you do the rest of the shopping. Haan, we are anyways his regular customer. Itna toh karna hee chahiye, nah? And tell him to sort the tomatoes, dhoodhi and bhindi of the kinds that xyz aunty usually buys.
Question time for PA: Whats Dhoodhi? Whats Pao? She gets a demonstration for Dhoodhi. Now whats Pao?! 250gms, my lovelies Now ratofication time: Tomatoes, Dhoodhi, Bhindi – One, Half, Pao… that’s the order. Important pointer by Mom – Make sure that you call ‘dhoodhi’ a ‘dhoodhi’ only in front of the bhaajiwala, he wouldn’t understand otherwise. Don’t call it by the various other names or nick names that you have bestowed on it. Pointed to be noted, mere aakaa. PA also makes a mental note of the approximate amount that she would need to pay the bhaajiwala depending on the current market price of the said vegetables.
8. Once you’ve placed the order with the Bhaajiwala and instructed him to do the needful, its then time to buy Potatoes from the potatao-wala. Now where the hell is the potato wala??? PA wonders aloud. Behind the Fruit-wala. Oh ya, refer step6. Behind the fruitwala is MNO shop… Alright I need to buy Potatoes from MNO shop, PA interrupts. Noooooooooooo, says Mom… MNO is a salon!!! The Potato wala is behind the fruitwala and infront of this MNO shop. Okay, don’t go in to this MNO salon asking for potatoes, PA tells herself.
How much do I need to pay the potato wala, PA asks.
Rs. X, says Mom.
Rs. X per potato?
Noooooooooooo, Rs. X for the one kilo of potatoes, NOT PER POTATO. Else people around the city would be eating vada-pavs for a 100!!!!
9. Once you go to the potato-wala, you will see two varieties of potatoes. Here manual sorting is required. Choose potatoes from the better of the two qualities, the one which is slightly more expensive than the other. Well, how do I do the manual sorting, so asks PA. How may potatoes do I need to choose via this manual sorting, asks PA. One kilo. How much will be one kilo potato? You’ll know by andaaza. Err… what is andaaza… you tell me by quantity. Approximately n number of potatoes. Good I can never get this andaaza thingy ever!!!
Here there is a three step process in choosing the right potato: 1. It shouldn’t be too soft else it will go bad easily and soon. 2. It shouldn’t have too many holes in it. 3. It shouldn’t have green patches in it else it will be too kacca. Rehearsed -1,2,3… done. Sort and put these potatoes in a tokri and get 1 Kg of these. Okay.
Pay the potato-wala. Get these potatoes in the shopping bag you that you have taken from home.
10. Once done with the potatoes, come back to the bhaajiwala and collect the vegetables that you has told him to keep ready. Make sure that you tell him to put extra masala. Err… masala? Whats that? Free dhaniya, ginger, mirchi etc. He knows ‘masala’. You don’t need to explain him that. Good.
11. Then go to DEF milk shop. If that is closed go to PQR milk shop. And get half a litre of milk for giving it in the temple tomorrow morning.
12. And then come back home.
And this is what eventually transpired when PA was out on her gharelu mission:
Step1: As instructed. Ekdum.
Step2: As instructed. Ekdum ekdum.
Step3: At the bania shop – PA sees a man taking a walk inside the shop. She wonders if he is a customer or is he The Bania. She thinks of the repercussions if she asks the man for biscuits and he turns out to be a customer. Aap owner… err dukandaar ho kya, PA asks just to be on the safer side. Yes, he says. Good. And buys the biscuits.
Step4: As instructed. Ekdum *multiply by* 4
Step5: PA was petrified of this Step. The word M.O.B was playing Raag Bhayankar in her mind. Also PA had to be extra careful and cautious that she doesn’t give the daan to a temple visitor or a passer-by. It had to be a needy person. PA had scenes cropping up in her mind of giving daan to a temple visitor and the embarrassing looks on either faces. What if the other person uttered some not so nice words. PA needs to be extraaaa careful. Very careful. She carefully scans the crowd outside the temple. Locates and urchin kid and hands him the entire bag of daan. And moves away swiftly before the other beggars and urchin locate her and pounce on her! Done with Step5 safely.
Step6: Locates OUR bhaajiwala and grins at herself.
Step7: PA walks up to the bhaaji wala, smiles at him (why did PA smile at him, even I wonder) and tells him – ek kilo tamatar, aadha kilo dhoodhi aur pao kilo bhindi in the tone of an expert. Bhaaji wala smiles back at her. Err too many smile exchanges. Why do I need to smile so much in the bhaaji market… Its after all just a bhaaji market. Need to keep a check on that. Aap yeh sab bhaaji nikal ke rakho… main xyx aunty ki beti hoon… unke regular tarah se pack kar ke rakho… tamatar ache aur lal, bhindi choti size ki aur dhoodhi ummmm…. errr…. acchi wali. Aaap yeh sab nikal ke rakho main paanch minute mein aati hoon. Done with Step7, finally!!!!
Step8 & 9: Located potato-wala. Thankfully didn’t go inside the salon and ask for potatoes! Thank God for that! At the potato wala, a lot of women in their 40′s were sorting and choosing potatoes. Err… why am I here? Anyways, PA tries to see if she can squeeze in somewhere, stand aaramse and sort+choose potatoes. Par aisa toh hota nahin hai, PA observes. So, she squeezes herself and stands between two 40-ish women who were totally engrossed with the sorting and choosing. PA looks at each one of them. They look back at her. Well by now they had guessed that PA was about to take baby steps in the art of potato sorting-choosing-buying. PA observed their procedure and along with the 3 pointers given by mom, did the sorting and choosing and kept the potatoes in the tokri. And hands over the tokri to the dukhandaar. Ek kilo, she says. Do kilo, he says. Nahin nahin mujhe ek kilo hee chahiye, PA says. Par aapne tokri mein do kilo daala hai, toh de doon kya? Nahin, PA says. Takes one kilo, pays him and does away with Step8
Quantity ‘n’ went for a toss as that depends on the potato size. Lesson1 of the day. A woman pushed PA with her bums at the potato wala and didn’t even say sorry. There is no time for sorries in the bhaaji market. Lesson2. Bhaaji market mein bhi koi sorry bolta hai kya!
Step10: Went back to the bhaaji wala and collected the vegetables. Told him to add masala. Dhaniya daala? Ginger daala? Hari mirch daala? Err…. baaki sab daal, PA asks. Yes he says and waves a green jhaadi at me. Yeh bhi daalon kya? Haan haan daal do. PA didn’t have any clue as to what that small green jhaadi was until she came home. It was the kari patta, by the way. I get confused with all these pattas!
I ask him how much only to realize that he has also accounted for the ‘masala’ instead of giving it free. PA should have asked for the free ‘masala’ AFTER doing the payment. Very important lesson of the day. The great indian housewife is someone who is able to extract these freebies from bhaajiwalas. Aha! Pleasures of doing grocery shopping in the bhaaji market. Something that you can never experience in the malls. A first for me… even though I failed at it miserably.
And blunder of blunders – I snap back at the bhaajiwala… OUR bhaajiwala and tell him in front of some 7-8 other customers of his that yeh masala toh aap hamesha bhaaji ke saath free dete ho! He grinned back sheepishly at me. He had no other choice. PA realized that thsi is actually an art… the art of vegetable buying and the art of getting the best deal as well as freebies. Never ever talk about best prices and freebies in front of other customers. Never ever. Thats harakiri. Good that the bhaajiwala didn’t murder me!
Step11: Thankfully milk is available at DEF milk shop else she would have had to walk down to the other one! Doodh hai? Aadha litre wala? (PA was about to aadha kilo dhoodh… thankfully she realized before the words could reach the shop-wala’s ears. Haan madam. Kaunsa chahiye? Koi bhi de do. He keeps 2-3 packets in front of me. All were of the same price so PA choses the one which was more fancier looking. Err… what else! Pays him, places the milk packet aaramse in the shopping bag and heads home.
Step12: PA reaches home safely.
Thus ends PA’s maiden gharelu maha-puraan.
February 11, 2010
Have you ever thought why is my blog called ‘And the Music Plays’???
No one has ever asked me this. I wonder why?
February 11, 2010
I seem to have become ancient now. I don’t seem to take a fancy for networking sites anymore. Am I the only one who thinks like that or do you (yes, YOU) also resonate with that?
PA played around with Google Buzz for a while since yesterday. And every time I log on to it, there seems to be some improvisation in the features. I think so. For better or worse, don’t know yet.
You may turn on this link (turn on buzz) if you have taken a fancy for ‘Buzz’. Once you do that, you will notice an notice that it has now appeared as a system label below ‘Inbox’ – generally seen on the upper left hand side of the page.
Google Buzz basically appears to be a combination of several networking sites. However it is integrated into your Gmail Page. However it does have a striking similarity to Twitter.
One of the biggest drawbacks in the current version and on while Google seriously needs to work on is that – you neither get notifications nor do you get approval requests once someone follows you. Assuming you are not comfortable with a certain people or spammers following you – then how do you locate them? Search for such random followers regularly??? Tedious and annoying? And even if they Google decides to send you notifications of new followers – isn’t it time-consuming, annoying and irritating to log on again and ‘block’ or disallow them from following you.
Wouldn’t it rather be simple and in lines with privacy, if there is notification taht is sent to you once someone wants to follow you. You may then approve or disapprove their request. And only once you have approved them, they will be able to access your updates, etc.
Assuming you are off email for a few days and you already have 250 odd people following you on Buzz. You come back from your so-called email vacation, log on to Buzz and see the list of Followers has now increased to 300. Even if Gmail sends you notifications of new people who have started following you, still it would be tedious to find them in the list of followers and delete them. Rather it would be preferable that a notification is sent to you once someone is keen on following you and them accordingly you may approve and disapprove the request.What say?
February 10, 2010
Trying to check it out. Read about it a few hours back and lo and behold! I see the link under the Gmail Inbox now. Not Bad.
Let me see if I can tolerate it or will I grow out of it just like Facebook
February 9, 2010
Got this as a forward, liked it. So here it is:
1. You have faced power-cuts up to 10hours a day!And yet, its no big deal for you.
2. Even though the hottest party spot/pub in town says “Admit Over 18, Drinks over 25″ You have been inside and have enjoyed a beer, being underage.
3. Living in the most posh colonies, you get to hear, “Aloo, Bhindi Pyaaz, Tamatar le loo”… And you hear women asking the vegetable vendor “Bhaiyaa aapne free dhaniya nehi diya!” [Even with Half a kilo Carrot]
4. You have Driven rash and Broken Signals more times than you can count. Doesnt matter whether you have a license or not.
5. Every teenager knows atleast one “ghunda” on whose name he can jump around all day.
6. You have seen your relative or family member bribing a policeman at-least once.
7. You have been to Big Chill at-least once.
8. When a car accident occurs, instead of solving the problem quietly, either one of the drivers would start with.. “B******, meri gadi maar di, ab tu ruk, mein teri marta hoon” or something kinda.
9. In the 90′s you have been to India Gate and around 2000-2002 you have been to Ansal Plaza more times than you can count.!
10. Mocha,CCD,Barista,Hookah,24×7 are like your favorite hangouts.
11. You just love socializing.
12. You speak or hear the word “setting” or “jugad” at-least once a day.
13. When you stare at a school bus, you see students talking of the phone, care free OR Chilling out listening songs on the Ipod.
14. A meter working in a Auto – Miracle! And hear statements like..# Gas nahi hai# Gaadi waapis dene ka time ho gaya# Wahan se waapis ki sawaari nahi milti# Wahan jaam (traffic jam) mein kaun fasega
15. All guys have at-least been to Pallika bazar and they all know why. Well, even the girls are starting now.
16. This is the place when you actually feel like slapping the same traffic policeman who caught you yesterday… Because today he’s on his bike without a helmet or talking on the phone…
17. Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Lotus Temple are just for tourist. You havnt been to more than two of these.
18. You are bored of looking at the LONG queues at the CNG stations! And yeah. It add’s up to the traffic.
19. You have an example of Delhi being unsafe for women after Midnight. And now even for men.
20. You wont be surprised if you find some old lady bargaining at a SALE.
21. Young or Old, You have played street football in the rains and have ended up breaking some glass.
22. You first abused real bad when you were around 10 years old.
23. Your Dad’s really good friends with at least one Public Figure.
24. Library is virtually non-existent unless you go to British council or American Library or Max Mueller Bhavan
25. Deepavali means every house is illuminated to such an extent that you wonder if its a competition of illlumination and cracker bursting is so continuous that it is diffiult to imagine one moment of silence on Diwali.
26. You have had the most RANDOM plans. Like reaching for a movie show which starts at 1pm, at 12:55pm and just hoping that gods left some tickets for you and your friends.
27. You have been warned by your parents at-least once that going at public places like Malls, isnt safe, Cuz there might just a BOMB in that place.
28. You’ve had a ride on the cycle rickshaw – have haggled over the price but pity the rickshaw wallas’ condition.
29. You glare at people who call Gol-Guppa’s- Pani Puri!And you always ask the vendor “Bhaiya yeh Gol-Guppe Aate ki hai ya Sooji ke?”
30. If in school, Your conti got busted by cops, teachers or a combination of both.
31. You’ve had school cancelled due to cold, summer vacations preponed due to heat and have atleast thrice evacuated your school building after tremors.
32. You’ve hit 120 kmph at Nelson Mandela Marg.And after crossing it, you might end up saying ” FEEL AA GAYE”. OR, You have raced up the DND and taken the U turn back.
33. You have been to a wedding in a Mehrauli farmhouse and have hit Nasha later on.
34. You have taken the 10 rupee Call Center cab/ Qualis from anywhere to Gurgaon/Noida.
35. You have seen a child with crutches begging on the Red Light RUN fast when the light turns green!
36. Almost every Delhi-ite understands Punjabi to an extent. May he belong to any region. P
37. You call the waiter in the restaurant “boss” & tack on “yaar”/ “bhai” to almost every sentence.
38. Gulati has got better chicken than Taj. You’ve atleast tried it once! And you just might see a BMW, a Porsche OR a Peugeot parked outside it!
39. You have surely heard of “Chor Bazar” but never been there.
40. You use the word and have described practically every other person on the planet as “Vella”.
41. ‘KAROBAR’ = ‘Car-O-Bar’ i.e. drinking in the car….Hell yeah! thats what we live for!
42. You often see Middle Aged Aunties wearing Gucci shades and holding LV bags having Gol-Gappas in GK (Near Prince Pan) or Bhelpuri in South Ex along with Diet Coke !
43. Miranda house and CJM are two places where u’ll see people from different school/colleges hang out.
44. In the 90s, movie at Chankaya, momos at Yashwant Place and Hot Choc Fudge at Nirula’s = ULTIMATE Fun.
45. School students here, have gone to school, soo early in the morning, it being Dark!..REAL Dark And you’ve attended those 3am GROUP tuition’s during your boards!Haha.. Spookky! Lol.
46. Almost every Delhite has witnessed a DTC bus brawl turning into street fight.. Yet fun! OR the DTC bus overspeeding/breaking traffic rules/ or disc breaking.
47. You have probably been to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib @ 4 in the morning. Or even at 6 ‘cuz you were out on a day-bunk!
48. When everyone from the Auto Driver, Vegetable Vendor, Grocery Store guy, Watch-man, Salesperson to just any ‘guy’ is referred to here as ‘Bhaiya’
49. You refer to East Delhi as Jamuna ke Us Paar.
50. You refer to AIIMS as Medical.
51. You dont buy tickets for a music concert or cricket match, but try to take the help of your friend’s Dad, who happens to be the PA to the under secretary of the deputy secretary of the chief secretary of the Minister of State for Khadi.
52. You overtake everyone from the wrong side and stare into his/her eyes while doing so.
53. You call Gurgaon & NOIDA as illegitimate cousins of Delhi!
54. Most of you have at least two cars; your drivers have scooters and mobiles.
55. As soon someone tells you abut an important political development, you whip out your mobile and whisper into it as if you have access to the Prime Minister’s OFFICE!
56. You know that a famhouse has nothing to do with cattle or farming.
57. You used “contacts” for everything, from getting movie tickets to restaurant bookings to playschool admissions.
58. You didn’t find ‘Monsoon Wedding’ funny. And Laughed your ass off when you watched ‘Dilli 6′
59. You’ve probably used the word ‘Tota’ to describe ANY Random-Hot-Chick that just passed by! ‘Phew!
60. You have had Anda parantha outside Vikram hotel and Bun Omelet at Dhaula Kuan at least once!
61. When Aunties go to drop their kids to the Bus-Stop in a Night Gown with a Duppatta.
62. When you think EVERY South Indian comes from ‘Madras’. No Offense.
63. When you have an uncle in every SARKARI department!
64. When If your side of the road has a traffic jam, then you start driving on the wrong side of the road.
65. You think If there is a queue of many people, no one will notice me sneaking into the front as long as I am looking the other way.
66. You feel, If I indicate which way I am going to turn my vehicle, it is an information security leak.
67. When the only time you went to the Chidiya Ghar (Zoo) was on a school picnic.
68. One of your favorite yummiest ice-creams was “ORANGE – BAR”
69. You have been stuck in ‘Nariana’ due to the traffic for over 4 hours! ‘Phew!
70. When you feel lucky enough to have around 10 LOCAL FM STATIONS! Woho.!
71. When you wonder… ‘Ki Delhi Mein passes chapwane ki kya zarurat hai? Yahan Sab to VVIP hai!’
72. Almost anyone exept a Delhi-ite is a “Ch***ya”.
73. DESPITE of all the goods and bads. You still Love Delhi. =]
February 9, 2010
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As I mentioned Mom got diagnosed with Asthma yesterday. She was unwell most of yesterday. The wretched day ended with Dad slipping and falling, thus hurt his left foot with blood oozing out and a terribly swollen foot. All in a day.
February 8, 2010
February 8, 2010
February 8, 2010
Mom wasn’t able to breathe properly the whole of last night. We went to the doctor today. She was diagnosed with – Asthma. Had she gone alone to the doctor, she wouldn’t have told anyone at home about the diagnosis. She asked the doctor 10-12 times if it was actually asthma. She is still living in denial.
I know that a lot of people these days have Asthma but seeing your own parent suffer even a bit is enough to make your throat choke.
I wanted to cry but didn’t want to in front of her. I was trying to humor her by cracking silly PJs… and maybe somewhere was trying to control the tear that was wanting to come out.
Two years ago when dad suffered a major heart attack and we were in and out of hospitals for close to two months. I never cried in front of him. But I did cry a lot when I was alone. And that again was February and he had the attack just a day after my birthday. I am beginning to dread my birthday month now.
Seeing mom in the slightest of agony and pain, kills me.
Doctor said that since it is just the onset of Asthma and since it is in the early stages, it can be controlled to a great extent with proper precautions.
As of now, its allopathic medicines. But is that the only way? Is there something that can be done about it by means of ayurveda or homeopathy?
February 8, 2010
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~Please avoid reading this post.
I have been posting forwards and recipes just so that I could divert my mind. And also because I somehow deliberately avoid talking about all the grimness in one’s life.
But when everything is grim, dark and endless, I could help but write this crap.
Life has been dark for quite sometime now. They say that every dark cloud has a silver lining to it. I am searching for mine. I haven’t seen it as yet. If you locate it, let me know.
I wept myself to sleep last night. I didn’t want to. But did so. Moreover because it was dark and I was alone. I didn’t want my loved ones to know about it.
Nothing seems to be moving. And even if at times they move, it seems as if they are moving in the wrong direction. When problems come, they all come together. Just when you feel that you may find the solution to one issue, you get another one. I have also read and heard that what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. I don’t know how strong these problems want me to be.
Life these days looks like a dark never-ending pit. And I am unable to get myself out of it.
February 8, 2010
Made Aloo-Paneer-Matar bhaaji last night. Turned out to be decent enough given the fact that I am a novice when it comes to culinary skills.
1. Cut the paneer into pieces/cubes. Deep fry them in a kadhai. Take them out and keep them aside.
2. Get a few potatoes. Peel them and then dice them.
3. Put some vegetable oil in the cooker. Let the oil heat a bit.
4. Add jeera.
5. Add tomatoes. You can either cut it into small pieces or just into four parts if you are in a hurry.
6. Add the potatoes.
7. Add matar (green peas)
8. Add turmeric, red chilli powder and salt.
9. Stir it for a while and add half a katori of water to it.
10. Close the lid of the cooker and let the cooker take on from there. Keep checking after every 2 minutes. Once the water goes dry and the potatoes are cooked, add the paneer that you made in Step 1 and stir it for another 2 minutes.
~ You can eat this with phulka, chapati or plain paranthas.
February 8, 2010
You can’t turn around in tunnels…Once you’re in them – you’re in them…You can only move forward…Sometimes life is like that…And it might make you feel stuck at first until you realize…As long as you keep moving forward…You keep living.
Got this as a forward. Thought of sharing.
Trying to instill some positivity in myself in this dark month. I know its my birthday month. But there are things that I don’t blog about… may be I will some day. Maybe not.
February 7, 2010
Yeah thats the song on my mind today!
What else can happen if PA ends up dreaming of this song last night?
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