Tuesday, March 16, 2010

childhood friends

As childhood friends we grew up together,
Swearing to be friends forever and ever.
Sometimes we would argue and fight,
other times we would laugh and stay up all night.

we went from playing with games and toys,
to talking and dreaming about different boys.
my thoughts and feelings to you i would confide,
never having anything to hide

friends we do remain,
things changing and things staying the same.
to each other we still listen and share,
about each other, we will always care.
            - mindy carpenter

this is dedicated to all my friends :)
m sorry i didnt have pics of all of u..else i wud have put all of the pics on the collage
love u all..each one of u has made a difference to my life in ur own sweet way...and has a special place in my heart which is specially reserved for u...now n always..

song of the day : I ll be there for you...Friends title track... NJOY!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

hope..

HOPE- a very strong four letter word...keeps us going even under the worst circumstances....the only thing we have when nothing goes right.... this word gives us the strength to keep moving on, courage to fight for ourselves when we dotn even know who are we fighting against, Hope makes a army of 300 fight against 30,000....hoping that storm destroyed half the enemies fleet....when our loved ones are away, we can do nothing but hope they are alright....when our exam doesnt go well....we just hope all our guesses are correct....how many times a day do we hope.....is there even a second when we leave it....got late for a bus, hope its 5 min late too!
          going out to shop, hope it does not rain.....getting married, hope all works well....recently broke up, hope that we can move on.......
          What happens when this word gives way......too much on stake on this mere four lettered word....sometimes its just not strong enough to shoulder the responsibility.......is there an alternative???? i dont know, no other feeling comes to my mind that can share the burden with hope....but at the same time, I am too afraid to even keep the hope up........its better to be numb n not feel anything rather than hope n feel the agony..

song of the day: this is your song by ronan keating

Monday, March 8, 2010

thai vegetable green curry

Since the day toby got rushika and me the thai green curry last week, I wanted to make some....well the lack of time proved to the biggest hurdle till now....today i was at home, and decided to make it...when i did not find the thai curry paste at the grocery store, i was dejected but then i thought, lemme check how exactly do they make the paste and how easy or difficult it is to find the necessary ingredients for it.....and as it turned out...its very easy to make the thai curry paste...all the ingredients are present in our homes almost 365 days a yr....no special, typical ingredient is needed!!!!!!!!!!!!
so here is the simple and yummy (my roommates n friends were the judges)

the vegetable thai green curry:
the thai green curry paste:
  1. 2 green chillies.
  2. 1 tbsp ginger paste.
  3. 1 tbsp garlic paste
  4. 3/4 cup finely chopped onion
  5. 1 1/2 cup chopped coriander
  6. 2 tbsp coconut milk
  7. 1/4 tsp ground cumin (jeera)*
  8. 1/2 tsp ground coriander powder (dhania)*
  9. 1/2 tsp white/black pepper
  10. 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  11. 1 tsp sugar
  12. salt to taste
  13. 1 tsp lime juice
* if using dhania-jeera mix powder use 1/2+1/4 tsp dhania jeera powder

crush all the ingredients in the food processor (the chutney mixer) to make a nice paste.....easy right :)
I used all of the above mentioned ingredients in exact quantity and proportion and it just turned out to be great......you can store the green curry paste in the freezer and use it later if u making less quantity of curry...

for the vegetable curry: (serves 4)
  1. 1 can (500 ml) coconut milk 
  2. 1/2 chopped onion
  3. 1/2 chopped capsicum (bell pepper)
  4. all the curry paste u made in the above mentioned quantity and proportion
  5. mixed vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, beans, peas etc
  6. salt to taste
  7. 1 tbsp sugar, u can add more if u like it sweet :)
  8. soft tofu, mushroom (optional)
  9. 1 cup vegetable broth (optional)/ water (you can add 2 nd can of coconut milk if you like creamy gravy)
  10. cooking oil  
method:
  • saute onions, capsicum and mushrooms in oil till they are little tender, add salt to taste...
  • add the green curry paste to the sauteed veggies, let it cook for 1 min...add soy sauce and sugar
  • add 1 can coconut milk....once it starts to boil, add the second can...when the coconut milk starts boiling add the mix vegetables and tofu to the coconut milk, and add 1 cup vegetable broth/water ( you can add 2nd cup of water if u feel the mixed vegetables are not cooked as much u liked and the curry is getting very thick)...add salt as per taste
  • (tofu can be marinated in the green curry paste and sauteed initially with the onions....i just added them to the curry at the end....)
if u like thai food...this is indeed a very tasty dish....and the best part is, even though we almost use all the ingredients that we normally use in indian cooking, the taste is totally different and unique as we use very little spices...whatever spices we use are in the paste...in the curry we hardly add any masala....and the coconut milk gives it own natural rich flavour and texture to the curry...my mouth is watering again as i write this post even though i have had my fill of thai curry and rice!!
will put the pic soon...

song of the day: honey i am home by shania twain ;)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Religion..

this is in response to vishal's post "NO FAITH".
I dont quite agree to some points he has made in his post, n i would like to give my opinion on the topic he has written. My opinions have come around from what I have seen, and heard for better part of my life.
      One of the things he mentions is that, religion was created for power. I kind of have a different opinion of it. I believe religions were created for finding the peace of mind (i know, its ironical, that in todays times the very purpose of how the religion might have come in existence is lost, but i believe that this is the reason it came about to be). I dont know about hinduism, how it came about to be, n i believe no one does, thats why its called "sanatan dharma" meaning, it was always there, no one knows who started it. But as far as most other religions go we do know a particular who was an inspiration to it. But my question is, did Jesus say follow me, or i want to start a religion called christianity....did Gautam Buddha say, let me start a religion called Buddism, so on and so forth....the answer is NO...these great people did not start religions. they had a way of life, and they had something to teach to their fellowmen.They were highly learned people, who lived an exemplary life, and they had no ill will for anyone. Being with them gave other people peace of mind, being in their company made other people happy. And they were such wonderful people, that more and more people started coming to them, to learn from them, how to get happiness in life, to learn how to live a happy and fulfilling life. The vision of these people was so great and the teaching so effective, that more and more people were drawn to them and then it was the followers, who made the religion, said that whoever wish to spread the message of this great men should join in....or that whoever wishes to follow the principles this person lived on and wishes to be call himself as a his follower can call him self a christian or a buddhist etc.....
               Religion is essentially a way of life. A path to climb on the spiritual ladder...without religion u can climb on the path of spirituality, its just a lot tougher....religion simply cuts out a route for us, gives us options that u can do this or that to achieve moksha or nirvana (thats the ultimate goal to be achieved) as per the hindu scriptures.....Bhagwad geeta is not a book about god or religion....if u try and read it, and see what it says, its just about learning how to achieve happiness in life....again i ll say it talks about how to live a good life....thats what is religion....
         but yes, it does bring in power, coz when a person is able to command someone else, not one or two but hundreds of them, yes there is power, and though the founders of religion didnt want the power it was given to them willingly and coz they were so great they were not affected by it, coz they were the knowers of the truth, they never got blinded by the power or wealth....but not everyone is great and not all the followers have reached the same level spiritually as their master. This brings in the imperfection, NO RELIGION IS PERFECT, COZ MAN IS NOT PERFECT.....not because of the founder or because of the teachings....what is taught or told by any religion, or a scripture, was/is unfortunately not in a language understood by common people, and so the common man had to rely on other so called learned people to know what was told by the scriptures.....and some of these people in their hunger for power or just out of lack of understanding, misinterpreted the scriptures....
        religion is important...it is like the banks of the rivers, keeps the water within...and till the water remains within the banks, it is nurturing, useful but when the water overflows the banks, it becomes destructive, causing calamity....
        misinterpretation of the religion, has caused a lot of problems which we are facing today....and common man even today is ignorant of true teachings of religion..and this is true, i believe for most religions, but is true for hinduism for sure......and as far as my knowledge goes in history, it all started with Aurangzeb who broke temples, and forcefully converted people in his kingdom to adopt islam.....and in todays times, whatever goes on in name of religion is totally unexplainable....and yes, if u have been a victim to it, if u have lost ur near n dear ones in a riot or in terror attack, u tend to develop hatred for those people...
       but all i can say is, its better if we don't generalize anything.....each individual is different, lets not punish the majority for the crimes committed by minority.....it is indeed sad if we in our day to day dealings discriminate against people solely coz of his/her religious practices.....
           lastly, all i can say is, the only way to know what is told in actually in religion, is to read the scriptures....read the interpretation of the scriptures by great people.....there is no easy route...knowledge alone can dispel the ignorance....darkness is not an entity by itself.....darkness is merely absence of light...similarly, ignorance is jus absence of knowledge...
      
song of the day: rind posh mal from mission kashmir...just love this song and hrithik's dance :)