Tuesday, December 30, 2008
How has 2008 treated you ? good or bad ? or still hoping for a miracle to happen at the last moment ?
I Shared a lota happy moments I am grateful for. Blessed to be in a new country; made few good friends, hobbies went up quite a bit - read some books, started blogging. And yes I sure did plant few roses in the desert- a rose tht brought joy to me as well as friends whom i treasure. Lota good moments shared online. I consider a joke well told, as a way of loving others. Yes, the lightness of laughter lifts us all. Now you all may try sharing some good jokes and check ur humour quotient ;).
There were a few bad moments too, but, all in all..another year, I'm still healthy and kickin!
To brief it up, lived as if i only had one year to live. It's nice to have a bright looking future with loads of options ahead, keeping my fingers crossed. Here am standing with open arms to welcome a grr8 yr 2009.
Happy New Year Friends, I wish you all the best of everything !!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Heat oil in a pan.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Here it is , anyways decorating season is in. I love december. It's the time to review the year as we plan for the next. I am so blessed to be able to spend my days in the web world with all of you around. I wish the very best to you all throughout the holidays!
As another year is passing by, take a moment to note down the following tips to 've a more contended future.
• Be fully present in the moment.
• Invite joy.
• Create your future.
• Surround yourself with those who love and
support your dreams and hopes.
• Eliminate the unnecessary and unimportant.
• Choose hope.
There r jus 30 days remaining, until the end of the yr. So looking forward to spread a little more christmas cheer, and gain some holiday pounds and relish the delicate flavor of chirstmas fruit cake.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
've u ever thought how life would be without these networking sites .... myspace, facebook ,Twitter, orkut ???? yea ?
a day without online chatting ? well, thts all thts happening these days. Guess i need to get some immediate medical attention for this new disorder - internet addiction disorder. wat ye say ? by the way tell me do ye all spend too much time online ? and wat do ye think is the reason for this addiction ? i think it's social interactions thts makign it so addicting. i spend time with my friends exchanging information, support, and chit-chat . But then would we ever characterize any time spent in the real world with friends as "addicting?" Of course not. Don't we talk on the phone for hours on end, with people we see everyday ? Do we say they are addicted to the telephone? Of course not. People lose hours at a time, immersed in a book, ignoring friends and family, and often not even picking up the phone when it rings. Do we say they are addicted to the book? Of course not. So ...so ...guess there is no need to create all this hoopla about a new diagnosis.
By the time i sort out this problem, let sunday clear away the rust of the whole week. enjoy ur day :).
god bless !!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
YES YES YES !!!!
I was sitting down to write a b'day card to you
I was searching my heart for the right words
And I realized tht there r not enough words to express my feelings
From the moment I conceived you
You 've been the treasure of my heart
You are my son, my dearest one
The best I can ever have.
I'm a proud mother
'coz you r my son
and I love u so much !!!
God Bless You Darling Baby :)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Though it took some time outta my sleep, it sure was a worthwhile experience. one perfect dream, hoping to enjoy a perfect sunday :)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Throwing a Frisbee may seem like a kiddie game. but u may take my word ......it's truly amazing!!! thanx to the inventor :).
I 've had lota fun playing frisbee with my neighbours in my school days. It may be the best toy I've ever played with. I totally enjoyed playing it, now my son loves it too :). We had to teach him the fundamentals of throwing. Well with no wind, ye can just throw it just perfect. you may try too, all you need is an open space and u and ofcourse the flying m/c ;).
I have found this wonder disk to be a refreshing break from the monotony of the standard routine activities. And it sure brings the family together in this electronic overloaded hectic scheduled world.
Somehow chasing a flying disc that seems to refuse to stop flying has given new meaning to an otherwise monotonous life... ..well how abt joining me for a game !!!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
My mother in law is the best one to prepare a traditional chicken curry. Am yet to master her style of preparation. well here is my version for the time being, which is not bad at all ;) ...
Here it goes....
chopped coriander leaves
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
Salt to taste
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Hard to resist, rite ??? Trust me, it tastes as yummy as it looks! 'coz i just gobbled up these crispies ...hot ...hot..Making cutlets is not @ all a tough job. If u have the patience, u may try too. Ye may ask me, if u need the recipe. By the way howz my presentation ?
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Last eve I had a great time jogging with my son, while he was riding his cycle along the path.It's very encouraging as well, though i 've to carry few stuffs for him. Thats how u get fit with your child !! So here v r ...on the run...having fun :)
I 've learned one more thing. This additional work out makes you very hungry. So once u start, don't go crazy on eating.....
It's not a big deal friends....happy jogging !!!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Yesterday afternoon we enjoyed a great arabic meal and then we were off to the beach. A beach with fine white sand and clear turquoise water. Been longing to spend sometime in a calm and serene atmosphere.On the contrary, being a holiday, there was a huge crowd on the beach. There were many on dune buggy zooming around on the beach sand, which annoyed my sis and she was rolling up her sleeves to 've a fight with them, 'coz they were riding so close to where the kids were sitting building sand castle and stuff. Many were having fun in the sea, spinning and turning around on water scooters. I really wished to take myself a ride on the scooter and experience the thrill. mabbe next time ;). Found it to be the most fun way to travel around the sea.
Expect to spend a lil longer time in our next visit.....its so relaxing, even now i can feel the waves on my feet ;).
Sunday, September 28, 2008
How about writing about myself ? But then why would anyone be interested in my story ? well thats for yall to wait and watch. How about writing about friends, the men and women i 've known over the years and their lives. More importantly I wanna write for myself, without worrying about the language or the theme or the accuracy of details. Right now am on a research, browsing for some interesting ideas to work on, which sure should have a touch of verisimilitude, like the right amount of spices you add in to make your biriyani delicious.
Looking forward to turning raw words into something I can be proud of. Wish to create a book thats really entertaining. Will I be able to feel the words if I key them in onto the lappie, or should I try writing them down on a paper ? Hey, I got something to think on...
A good writer should be a good reader first , right ? so wat am I doing here .....lemme grab a book and read on ......b bak soon !
Hey so yall 've fun on a sunday and am hoping that my dream would materialise someday :)
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Another weekend's hangover ?
oh! learn to beat the monday morning blues
Me taking a break in between the household chores
And you amidst the piled up files
You talk about testing the s/w
And me on the menu for the day
Thus we share our thoughts
And learn a lota things each day
We have our share of laugh
And wish eachother a good day
So here I am, fully charged up for whatever lies ahead .....
Buddies, note down the tip of the day "Keep chatting and Feel Energized" !!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Well, in an online chat with my friend "D" on thursday morning, we happened to discuss abt the menu for the day. It was weekend special for us - Biriyani. According to me, a "biriyani" dish is rice with a mixture of whatever takes your fancy; in this case its chicken. The moment I mentioned the item, "D" made a request tht she wants to see a pic of my spl chicken biriyani...so here it comes.....
We enjoyed eating it !!! Have any tried this? Even if you haven't - let me know what you think abt this one !
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I 've been suffering from severe eye strain and blurred vision which no doubt is caused by excessive computer use and so now I fall under the category of CVS - Computer Vision Syndrome. well I was forced to consult an eye specialist at this point, after a comprehensive eye examination it was determined that i 've astigmatism. so am advised to wear correction glasses. 've selected a fancy featherlight frame and 've placed the order for the glasses....yaay...so am i gonna 've a Dr.k look now???((@least i can pretend to be an intellect, duh)) Now look, am not worried abt how well its gonna help me see the world, am worried abt how the world sees me !!!!
Do ye guys use ur lappie for more than 3 hrs in a day ? here r some tips to reduce strain ...jus 4 u !
1)First, rub your hands together until they feel warm (about 15 to 20 seconds). Then place your cupped hands over your closed eyes, being careful not to touch your eyes with the palms of your hands. Don't apply pressure.
2)Hold your thumb six inches from your nose. Focus on your thumb. Take one deep breath and exhale slowly. Then focus on an object about 10 feet away. Take another deep breath and slowly exhale. Repeat back and forth.
3)Sitting or standing at one end of a room, let your eyes scan around the objects in the room - clocks, televisions, doors, lights, computers, etc. The object of this exercise is to keep your eyes moving in a loose and fluid way.
4)Slowly and gently roll your head around to the left, then back, keeping your shoulders still and relaxed. Make your movements slowly, carefully and deliberately. Now repeat the same to the other direction as well.
Thats all for now.Wish me good luck friends...am looking fwd to better vision :)
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Well here is the proof ;)
My son gets bak home early from school dis days...'coz of ramadan. And am in a hurry to feed him lunch before he starts his hunt for custards and chocolates in the fridge. This is the point where me and my hubby get into an argument. He doesn't like me forcing the kid to eat. He says he 'll come to you when hez hungry. U know how fustrating it can be to try to get him to eat especially when hez a fussy eater. Anyways i was happy for being successfull this time. Excellent, he loved my daal curry, spinach as well as fish fry....surely i 'll make them again and again...otherwise its red beetroot curry thats his standard choice.
My idea of offering a dessert as a reward was foolish this time :(. well the lil one didn't stop at that. He was particularly looking for his favourite choco-hazelnut spread jar. In no time he found the jar and he was like yayy....even i love it...it tastes awesome!!..oh my god....and he didn't stop with one spoon. he went on and on until he flew down the hall to the bathroom. he jus threw up !!!!This is exactly what happens when u stuff more on top of an already overloaded stomach.
Put all of those things together and you have the perfect recipe for vomiting. I wanted to scream at him but then felt really sorry for him so i gently explained to him that, although he didn't do it intentionally, what he ate made him sick. Though he felt irritated , he came bak to me saying i love u mom....love u too darling :)
Good luck mothers !!!
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Ramadan...the most blessed month of the islamic year has arrived. Days of fasting and feasting has begun.
In this part of the world, the phrase used to greet during Ramadan, is 'Ramadan Kareem' meaning 'Ramadan is generous'. So here is wishing yall Ramadan Kareem ....enjoy the month !!!!
The most prominent event of this month is the fasting practiced by observant Muslims. In addition to this, they are encouraged to read the entire Qur'an. Simi, you would be the rite person to share the significance of this month.....pls do! I still remember how you used to go and stay outside the classroom while we gobbled down our lunch during those ramadan days.
I had been to Iftar(fast-breaking) manya times.Iftar is done right after Maghrib (sunset) time. Traditionally, a date is the first thing to be consumed during Iftar when the fast is broken. A wide variety of food is also served. It is a belief that feeding someone Iftar as a form of charity is very rewarding.
So friends 've a blessed month :)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Do you wish to stay fresh and lively all day long ? who doesn't ! hers is a simple tip to achieve the same. Take a moment to relax, by closing ur eyes. Now we are cutting our senses which connect us with the world around us. Remain calm and take a long deep breath in and slowly exhale. Focusing on this process (air in and out) can help calm our mental activity. It soothes your body and mind and you feel rejuvenated. It can b done any time of the day whether you are @ ur workplace or in the midst of doing household chores or while studying. Repeat the same when u r stressed out, thus regenerating freshness in life.
So friends, try this relaxation technique - its as simple as it sounds.
've a great day :)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Whats new in iPhone ? it sure has once again refueled the raging mobile battle. Its for us to wait 'n see how these hottest competitors manage to score over iPhone.
Well thats not the issue here. me and my hubby almost suffered nomophobia ("no mobile" phobia) the last coupla days.
My 3 yr old nokia mobile is suddenly dead. it juz wouldn't detect signal. we had given it @ the Nokia care and was really disappointed to find out that it is damaged beyond repair.
Now see the kinda unity, my sweetheart lost his mobile phone while we were on our weekend outing. Though we went bak and pinned the whole place it was of no use. we did register a complaint with the security in-charge of the mall. and first thing that came to mind was to call the operator's service centre and block the simcard. we were more upset about the invaluable collection of contacts and photos that we took & never bothered to upload.
we all 've become so dependent on our mobiles that discovering it is out of charge or simply misplacing it sends stress levels soaring.
Left with no other option, we bought for ourselves Sony Ericsson Walkman Mobiles. Here it is ....take a look @ them....and my hubby announces that its a b'day gift for me well in advance.....so that means i shall not b recvn any surprise gifts for my b'day on the 17th of sept. poor me :(
Holding my new pink phone am all dressed in black still mourning the death of my sweetie-nokia flip open phone .....i miss u ...i really do!!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
-For chicken Mixture-
minced chicken 1 cup [ any meat can be used ]
Onion chopped 2 nos
Tomato chopped 1 no
Ginger chopped finely ¼ tsp
Garlic chopped finely ¼ tsp
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
Fenugreek pwd 1 pinch
Garam masala pwd ¼ tsp
Salt to taste
Saute all of the above items except chicken.Keep stirring until the raw smell disappears. And now add minced chicken and let it cook well. It should b in a dry form once it is done. Add chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves in the end.
-For Puttu -
Rice flour 2 cups; Grated coconut 4 table spoons; Water -required qty (around 1/2 cup)
Salt to taste
Add salt & water to the rice flour & mix in required consistency. It should neither be too wet nor too dry. In a puttu maker, layer 2 tsp grated coconut, rice mixture, then the meat stuff, again rice mix then grated coconut & steam till done!!
It sure is a simple recipe ...delicious too :).
Friday, August 15, 2008
Try hard as you can.......lekin bachna mushkil hain. A thoroughly enjoyable movie after a long time and a fresh one too. Just no way you can miss it.
The guy is too cool, sweet, sexy 'n smart. You just fall in love with this 'killer'(thts wat he calls himself) again and again. Really didn't expect so much from him after seeing his performance in saawariya.
The three ladies look great and sure has given their best shot, be it Minisha Lamba, Bipasha Basu or Deepika Padukone.
You can see Kunnal Kapoor in a cameo. And no doubt Hiten Paintal has done a good job.
With Exotic locations, melodious songs and rite amount of fun and sentimental stuff its sure to hit the chart.
"Khuda Jaane" magnificently picturised with Ranbir and Deepika is the best romantic track. Also loved "Jogi Mahi" which is a foot-tapping and peppi number. The title track "bachna ae haseeno" creates history with raps added in b/w giving the song the much needed zing for the generation next!
So guys.....wat r u waiting for.....go 'n 've some fun.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I never knew how to cook a decent meal until i got married. My husband is my biggest admirer. He has always appreciated my innovations and thats what motivates me to experiment more delicious and interesting recipes.
The secret of Indian cooking lies in the blending of spices and your instinct. That is why one would notice that the same dish prepared by different people, tastes different. A well-cooked meal is simply a vehicle to deeper friendships, fascinating conversation, family together time 'n so on....
Here is something special(sambar 'n Avial) from my own kitchen prepared today exclusively for my preggy neighbour......
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I luv vacationing. But looks like i need a vacation to recover from the vacation ;). This time it was too short and hectic too. I'm really exhausted. The one big tip that i wanted to share was this - give ur health first priority when u have those hectic vacation schedules.
Sure had fun meeting up with friends-long time friends indeed.Moments .......wonderful! hope u gals(LAKSHMI,MANJU, DEEPA 'N SIMI) feel the same. do add in ur comments pls... I know that I'm not the only one who looks back on my college days as a wonderful time in my life. My college years are yellow with time and age, but I remember them as being the best of my teens .Without a doubt I had a blast. This day we 5 met was truly a wonderful gift. Believe it or not, though we look different now, we still sound the same. Hey gals, how fun it was juz to discuss philosophical issues into the evening.
I will write soon about what I saw and took away from my trip besides just having fun in rain.
I'm really looking forward to my next VACATION......
Lemme get some rest ..bi for now.....b bak soon ......
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Brush your hair regularly before going to bed each night.
Take a calcium supplement or drink two glasses of milk a day.
Add iron and minerals in the natural form in your diet.
Restrict blow-drying your hair. The process of blow-drying is harsh on hair as it robs it of moisture.
Use mehandi (henna) as a conditioner and colouring agent.
Trim your hair once in 7 weeks to avoid split ends.
If your hair is oily, cut down on fried food and fat. Drink plenty of water.
Normal hair is shiny yet not greasy, and fairly easy to manage.
Greasy hair looks good for a day or two after shampooing, but then quickly becomes lank.
Dry hair is difficult to control after shampooing, looks dull and has ends that are dry and split.
Greasy dry hair is usually fairly long and the hair nearest the scalp is greasy while the ends are dry.
1. Use a hair oil with Vitamin E which has a vitalising cause on hair.
2. Avoid sleeping in hair accessories such as clips, head bands etc.
3. Avoid shampoos that having sodium laurel sulfate, or sodium laureth sulfate.
4. Drink coconut water at least twice a week. It is good for hair.
5. Apply egg white once a week, it gives ur hair a shiny look.
6. Lemon juice mixed with water can also be used as a last rinse to give ur hair a shiny and bouncy look.
Friday, July 4, 2008
1 kg chicken, washed,cleaned and cut into small pieces
4 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup onion sliced
1 1/2 cups tomatoes sliced
2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves chopped
1 tablespoon ginger paste
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon pepper corn
1 tablespoon kashmiri chilli powder
2 tablespoon coriander powder
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste
Thoroughly clean the chicken and cut into pieces.
Heat oil in a kadai. saute onion until light golden brown in color.
Add pepper corns,red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder and salt. Mix well.
Add tomatoes, ginger, garlic paste and cook until the tomatoes become tender.
Grind the above gravy by adding lil warm water, to form a thick gravy.(meantime u may pressure cook the chicken adding lil of salt, coriander pwd and chilly powder)
Add the cooked chicken pieces to this gravy and mix well
Reduce the heat. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes (or until fully cooked).
If you have copper base kadai then transfer the contents to that. Heat for a while. Then garnish with chopped coriander leaves, saute onion cubes,tomatoes w/o seed and capsicum.
and serve hot.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Anybody there who wish to know more abt salsa ?
1, 2, 3......high energy Salsa, an energetic dance form which is becoming increasingly popular in the Indian metros in an astonishingly short time.
There are several versions of the salsa. The most popular one is Club Salsa, the Cuban version.Salsa is a very vigorous dance, the mere sight of girls doing the twirls and the swirls on six inch heels is enough to go "ouch!". There is a lot of toil, sweat and pain (not necessarily in that order) involved in acquiring some level of proficiency. To pick up the dance or at least the basic steps one would need a couple of weeks.
Passion is the key.One has to have a lot of that if you are going to be dancing on six inch heels (for the women) for a couple of hours a day. Dancing in high heels is tough, but footwear is important for the look and feel of the dance.
Besides being an interesting form of dance it is good exercise as well. The movements are vigourous and 15 minutes into each practise session you are drenched in sweat. This is a very good workout regimen as well, plus you are learning a dance form. Its more like a social dance. People salsa because it's exciting.And because it's addictive. But mostly because, there are few short cuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.
You may learn it online too. Its a great way to start learning, especially if you are shy and feel awkward learning around other people
anyone wish to b my dance partner ? what are you waiting for ? Time to put on your dancing shoes. wait.....b4 tht lemme learn the steps myself first ;)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
that life offers each day
Be ready to accept the best and the worst
no matter what you gain
Once I wished to live longer
with you by my side
Now, after days of grief
I turn a deaf ear to the inner sobs
escaping through my breath
You came to me seeking forgiveness
repenting with hands outstretched
I hate the moment, I hate the day
I whispered a prayer in my mind
Oh Lord, please forgive him.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
When we think of play today, the first thing that comes to mind are toys. But then should one waste money on useless toys ? One should go for some creative learning toy like a jigsaw puzzle. There are lota online interactive activities for various age groups, which kids would love to do.
Couple of days back when we went out shopping, sang bought for adi, Monopoly- junior edition. Thats' his first monopoly board game. Its really a fun game for children to play.It helps kids learn to take turns, follow directions, and learn basic counting skills. In many ways the game is just like Monopoly. The goal is to end the game with the most money. Cheers to Parker Brothers for reaching not only out with trendy variations of its flagship product (Star Trek, Pokemon Monopoly, etc.) but to the youngest players who would enjoy and learn from this beloved game.
Major advantage of the game being it could go on for hours and is sure to become a family favourite. I feel no home should b without it.
wish to pour in some idea ? share in the comments!
Happy Playing :)
Friday, June 27, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Now I think I should go around ,fetch a book to read, or do something, but in the middle of the dark night, when all you want to do is sleep, it's hard to think straight. how about a coffee break ? guess wat am drinking a cup of rich-brewed coffee at this very moment. Its a known fact that caffeine can also interfere with normal sleep. but then sorry...i couldn't help it.
well I shud get back on track ...my morning workout routine. The past few weeks i 've been in a real slump. I will try harder t'row.Its mainly 'coz of sang's night shifts; he 'll b sleeping and I 'll wake him up if am on my elliptical. I 've noticed that when u workout regularly, you set the pace for the rest of your day and will get a good nights' sleep. Remember my instructor's advice on how practice of yoga can help u sleep better. lets see how i go... pls friends keep me motivated....thank u all in advance.
Lemme sing a lullaby 4 myself...
come this way.
Let me sleep,
So I can start a new day...
Friends now its time to say good night, sleep tight, wake up bright :)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Its one of the most satisfying habit tht i 've developed over the years.
i 've tried all kinds of yummy chocolate...u name it , i 've tried them all. The more i tasted the more i became addicted to this unique thing. I remember , during my childhood, dad used to bring dairy milk chocolates when he returns frm work and how i would eat them all in one sitting. wow how it dissolves 'n liquefy in the mouth.....u gotta experience it ..allow the chocolate to slowly melt on the tongue.
My hubby is the one who introduced me to umpteen brands of great tasting chocolates.Quality street chocolates are really yummy. All the flavours make my mouth happy.
Even while reading a book, u can hear the gentle nibbling noise and may find a secret stash of chocolate bar under my quilt. don't b surprised ;). And that there is no particular time associated with eating chocolate as all hours of the day and night are fair game. Am i a chocoholic ???? well praise the choccie god for that matter ! For anyone else out there with the same default habit ,then I hope reading this gives you inspiration.
Hats off to cadbury. Thats my all time favourite. The 'Real Taste of Life' campaign had many memorable executions, which people still fondly remember. However, the one with the "girl dancing on the cricket field" has remained etched in everyone's memory, as the most spontaneous & un-inhibited expression of happiness.Hey how can i miss out on cadbury 5 star....its another delightful experience.
gimme more..i luv it to death. anyone wish to join me for a research on how various chocolate tastes ......i assure u its a most enjoyable course of study.
I can go on and on and on...........to b continued....
Thanks for reading and I intend to keep writing as time allows.