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26/11...didnt forget..didnt forgive

remembering the week where we sat glued to tv, watching our brave commandos policemen soldiers and fireman save people adn risk their lives....cant forget the horror and the fear...the first time when the city that never stops halted for almost a week....praying for those who lost their lives...

love is...

love is always patient and kind
it is never jealous
love is never boastful or conceited
it is not rude or selfish
it does not take offense & is not resentful
Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins
but delights in truth
it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope & to endure whatever comes....

taken from movie : a walk to remember

song of the day : the rose...perfect for the post!!!!

eggplant lasagna

this is recipe from one of the cookbooks given to me by karthik.......n yes he guided me thru the steps of making it over the weekend wen i was at work...so thanks to him, i made this very tasty dish i never i cud make :)...its quite simple considering the amazing taste!!!!!!! took me an hour to make...so for a novice i think it was good...n its gonna take u even less time m sure...try it...its amazing :)

ingredients :
1 medium size onion (finely chopped)
8 ounces mushrooms (sliced)
1 can pasta sauce (26 ounces)
8 ounces lasagna sheets (cooked and drained)
1 small eggplant (sliced in 1/2 inch rounds)
8 ounces cheddar cheese
8 ounces monterey jack cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
 2 tablespoon olive oil (if u dont have olive oil any cooking oil will do)
salt to taste.                                                                                                                                                                                    

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diwali 09

finally my exams and assignments r over!!!!!!! n i m free to write about my unique diwali!!!
well i dont know if u guys know or not....that i have got a job for weekends at a south indian restaurant..bhimas...n my luck as it is diwali was on a saturday!!!!!!!!! so essentially what i am trying to say is i was working at bhimas on saturday...

well initially i was not at all happy.....i was like...yeh kya hai!!!!!!!! diwali ke din kaam karneka!!!!!! n i was really missing home n family....so i was feeling little bad.......but as the day progressed....it was fun...watching families come (remembered our families get together at tunga...the only difference was that this time around i was at the other side of the table...i was serving not ordering food)...big groups of people coming....so many groups of indians n non indians...it was nice to see non indians with a red teeka on the forhead...i was like it "sab mandir jaake aaye hai lagta hai :)"
to each guest we all would go n wish the…

happy diwali!!!!!!!!!!! n saal mubarak :) :) :)

jus want to wish all of u a very happy diwali and a prosperous new yr!!!!!!
happy diwali to one n all......not a lot to write at the moment...

bhalera bhinda (stuffed okra)

ingredients :
washed and dry okra, chopped into 2 big pieces and a vertical slit made (to fill the filling)










for the filling :
roasted and crushed peanuts  1 cup
chopped cilantro and crushed coconuts 1 cup
green chilly paste, garlic paste, ginger paste
red chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin-coriander powder,
salt to taste, lemon juice ( 2 teaspoon) , pinch of sugar.
oil (1 tablespoon for binding)
Optional : chickpea floor (besan) 2 table spoons
Oil for cooking 2 tablespoon

Method:
if u using chickpea flour then u need to roast it first and add red chilly powder, turmeric and cumin- coriander powder while it is getting roasted. once it turns dark yellow and u get the aroma of roasted flour stop it and remove it in a plate (coz other wise the flour will get burnt even if u turn off the stove coz the vessel will still be hot)

for the filling :
mix ground peanuts, ground coconut, chopped cilantro.
add red chilly powder, turmeric powder, cumin cilantro powder, salt, lemon juice, sugar, ginger garlic …

from my bday in india- to my bday in california....7th oct 2009

well this yr that was a new experience....my bday celebrations began much earlier than usual n lasted much later than usual....my bday lasted for more than 24 hours...thanks to being in california!!!!!!
i received my first bday wish at 12 pm 6th oct...as it was 12 am 7th in india...n the first poeple to wish me were anu, mitu n mayur...thank u so much folks :) :) you began my bday with a bang!!!!!!!
then as the history goes i have some or the other exam on my bday...nt his one was no exception!!!!! i had a biostat quiz, so i was studing for it on the eve of my bday.... then my as the clock stuck 12...my friends from LB came to our apt with cake n gifts!!!! was a very pleasant surprise :) :) had fun with chintan sunil naimish rakesh ravi pranav darshit....n of course my dear roommates rushika teju krishma n bhoomi... calls form india had begun from 11 30 pm only!!!!! spoke with mom dad mitu devang (he is in san diego though) ushma, aniket (he sure called dot at 12 :) perfect timing )n sunj…

dont know....

dont know why i think abt u..
dont know why u can make me smile
dont know why i feel like i feel
dont know why i remember u wen i am happy
dont know why i remember wen u sad
dont know why i wanna share everything with u
dont know why i feel i have a right on u
dont know why i see u in my dreams
dont know why the i wish the dreams i saw came true
dont know why u cant feel the same
dont know why i cant be ur stressbuster
dont know why i cant make u smile
dont know why i cant talk wit u
dont know why i worry
dont know why am afraid of u
dont know if being away is fine
dont know if not talking helps
dont know how much distance is fine
dont know if its good to be jealous
dont know if its good to express my mind
dont know if its good to care
dont know what creates the distances
dont know what erases the distance
dont know what am going to do tomorrow
dont know whats good for health
dont know what makes me ME
dont know why i am writing this!!!!!!

lol....heard the song dont know why i love u....n i thought l…

vicky cristina barcelona

i saw this movie soemtime back. ideally i should be writing this post in the movie review...but i am writing this here because i have more to say abt the theme of the movie rather than the movie itself!!!!

i didnt like this movie as a movie!!!!! what i want to say it is, it was not entertaining in anyway nor we feel that the movie makes a lot of sense while watching it...and neither can we gather where is it leading to...and if u dont give the movie a second thought u ll jus forget u ever saw it....
many of u might want to watch the movie for Penelope Cruz (she got an oscar for this one)...

well as the story goes, vicki and christina are childhood friends...they are best friends and love and care for each other a lot...but besides their friendship they have nothing in common...
vicky (rebecca hall) is a grounded, practical girl who is stable, happy in the life she has chosen (meaning the job she does and with regards to the fiance (doug) she has chosen), cristina (scarlett johannson) is m…

once again...its greys anatomy time :) :)

today rushika and i started watching the the greys anatomy season 1 episode 1 again......well enjoyed it even though i have seen the entire series twice already....n i owe it big time to aniket for making the cds for me....at times when the days seem long...wen i have nothing to do...and when no one is around, these cds sure get me thru :) :) :)

well well...i think i wud love to write the review for each episode...lemme start with the first one and lets see how i follow it up or not!!!!!!!!!

so now as the first episode goes...the interns get introduced to each other and dr bailey!!!!! (love her 5 rules)
meredith realizes that her one night stand derek, is actually her boss and that she is not gonna get rid of him easily....
cristina and meredith begin their acquantaince with sharing secret, bugging each other, and then sorting it out!!!! wow an awful lot to happen within first 48 hours of meeting each other.....
george has managed to rub dr burke the wrong way.....almost killed a patient …

As I've Matured...

As I've Matured...
I've learned to not sweat the petty things, andnot pet the sweaty things.



I've learned age is a very high price to pay for maturity.


I've learned that I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy it.


I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon and
all the less important ones just never go away.

And the real pains in the ass are permanent.



I've learned that we are responsible for what we do,

unless we are celebrities.




I've learned that 99% of the time when something isn't working

in your house, one of your kids did it



I've learned that there is a fine line between genius and insanity.


I've learned that artificial intelligence is no match for natural

stupidity.



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musings of a tired mind.......

sometimes i wonder why dont we fall in love with a photograph.....photograph is so soothing to the eye.... so pleasant on the eye.. our days get brightened and clouds of despair shy away makes us smile wen we are depressed we can talk with it for hours and it wud jus listen, we cud hold out our heart and it wud not reject, jus keeps on smiling...as if it can see u too as if it understands what we are saying
why is man so complex turns simplest of situation into a nightmare always runnnign after whats not to be found and dont value what we have got, why are we like the musk dear, running all around for the musk not realizing that the fragrance comes from within
why dont we value what we have got, whats the difference between the animals and us!!!!! does elephant realize the value of ivory, do the sheep know the value of the wool, have the bees ever tasted honey???
we wander for love and peace and happiness.... but we fail to recognise it even when handed on the platter, no wonder we are the smartest creatu…

distant dream...

its nice to hear ur voice,feels good to hear u laugh, its difficult not being able to hold ur hand..... its very difficult when i cant reach out to u... never imagined life could be so cruel.... but if u promise u there at the end of tunnel.. i can walk thru the storm n face the thunder to come to u.. i dont mind the silence, i dont mind the distance, if i know at the end of the road u waiting for me..... the road seems unsurmountable very steep and high, m afraid to look down, feel dizzy of the heights, i know u there not to catch me now, or to hold me now but is the hope there, that someday u ll stand by me if we make it thru... its tough wading thru the ocean, the tides are against us, nothing seems right except the tiny flicker of light at the end... i want to believe in rainbows, and i want to find my pot of gold.. it seems like a mirage though like a distant dream.. waiting for the sun to come up, and waiting for the snow to melt, so that the earth can nourish the seed, and the help the leaves to uncurl.…

reached USA...

its been a couple of days i have reached NY now....had nice relaxed weekend...it was good that palakdidi was home from manhattan....got to spend some good time with her....feels good meeting ba who has recovered wonderfully post angioplasty....its good to see the way she has bounced back....

mostly we are goin to visit philadelphia over the next weekend....
and flying to SF on 6th after celebrating raksha bandhan....mota mama is coming to NY with mami sachika n sashreek on 29th july...awaiting their arrival....
this trip surely is gonna be one of its kind....gonna be tying rakhi's to saahill n sashrik for the first time....n also to raja in a long long time.....

more later
ciao :)

11th july...7/11

this day comes every yr....n will keep coming every yr...we cannot erase from the calender even if we wished....i just hope not many dates join the fatal date list....it is a reminder of what happened 3 yrs back...reminder of what the world is turning into....

on this day almost 200 hundred innocent people lost their lives in 7 MUMBAI LOCAL TRAIN BOMB BLASTS...destinies of 200 families changed in a fraction of second....

let us remember the victims and their families in our prayers....

also this day is a reminder of how unpredictable life is...your loved one who goes to office or college might not turn up in the evening....let us learn to appreciate our life, our family and friends....

let us live life completely...
let us learn to set right priorities....
let us not get disappointed easily...
let us be thankful to god for giving us each new beautiful day....
let us learn to be happy...
let us smile more often and make others smile :)
lets see the silver lining...
lets see the glass half full...
Excerpt from the Speech given by Chetan Bhagat at Symbiosis.


Life is one of those races in nursery school where you have to run with a marble in a spoon kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first. Same with life, where health and relationships are the marble. Your striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited and alive, will start to die.


One thing about nurturing the spark - don't take life seriously. Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500 weekends.Do we really need to get so worked up? It's ok, bunk a few classes, goof up a few interviews, fall in love. We are people, not programmed devices.


Start Enjoying fromthismoment......
good quote :Its A Beginning! Don't be Serious, Be Sincere!

love and marriage...

Start where you stand.....

Start where you stand and never mind the past,
The past wont help you in beginning new,
If you have left it all behind at last
Why, that's enough, you're done with it, you're through;
This is another chapter inthe book,
This is another race that you have planned,
Don't give the vanished days a backward look,
Start where you stand.

The world won't care about your old defeats
If you can start anew and win success,
The future is your time, and the time is fleet
And there is much of work and strain and stress;
Forget the buried woes and dead despairs,
Here is a brand new trial right at hand,
The future is for him who does and dares,
Start where you stand.

Old failures will not halt, or old triumphs aid,
Today's the thing, tomorrow soon will be;
Get in the flight and face it unafraid,
And leave the past to ancient history;
What has been, has been; yesterday is dead
And by it you are neither blessed nor banned,
Take courage, man, be brave and drive ahead,
Start where you stand..

-Berton br…

BEGIN AGAIN...

Begin again..

Begin to see yourself as you were
When you were the happiest and strongest you've ever been.
Begin to remember what worked for you
(and what worked against you),
And try to capture the magic again.

Begin to remember how natural it was when you were a child-
To live a lifetime each day.

Begin to forget the baggage you have carried with you
For years:
The problem that don't matter anymore,
The tears that cried themselves away,
And the worries that are going to wash away
On the shore of tomorrow's new beginnings.

Tomorrow tells us it will be here every new day of our lives;
And if we will be wise, We will turn away from the problems of the past
And give the future- and ourselves -a chance
To become the best of friends.
Sometimes all it takes is a wish in the heart to let yourself...
Begin again...

-Collin McCarty

song of the day: radha kaise na jale...love saroj khan's choreography and very well executed by aamir khan and gracy singh...lyrics is cute n fun..

Units of LIFE......

these pics r taken from a calender....love each and every of those pics....
MITOCHONDRIA....powerhouse of the cell....basic unit where energy is produced
THE BEGINNING OF A NEW LIFE.....sperms around the ovum just prior to fertilization
THE NERVES EXITING FROM THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM TO INNERVATE EACH AND EVERY TISSUE...EACH AND EVERY CELL OF OUR BODY...
THE LYMPHOCYTE (white blood corpuscle)....soldier of our body....
CHOLESTROL MOLECULE....FRIEND OR FOE???
ERYTHROCYTES( red blood cells)...tirelessly supplying every cell, every tissue of our body with OXYGEN
song of the day....ironic by alanis morissette...love the lyrics....

kadhi..

this one is for u chitra....i am sorry putting up this recipe almost 2 months after you requested it...but better late than never na :)

i am putting up punjabi kadhi and not gujrati kadhi....

ingredients:
for kadhi:
1 bowl of curd2 tablespoon besan (chick pea flour)
chilly ginger pastechilly powder, turmeric powder and salt to tastefor tadka:
1 tablespoon oil
one dried whole chilly 2 or 3 cloves garlic (crushed/ finely chopped)
rye (mustard seeds)jeera seeds (cumin seeds)kadhi patta (curry leaves)methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
procedure:
for kadhi
add a glass of water to curd and make buttermilk.add the chick pea flour to the buttermilk along with red chilly powder, chilly ginger paste, turmeric powder and saltcook the kadhi on medium flame for ten min.for tadka:
take oil in a small vessel and heat it on medium flame.once its heated add mustard seeds, mustard seeds will begin to crackle soon if the oil is heated else it might take some time, wait till all of the crackling is over.add cumin seeds,…

JAI HO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

finally m back to my blog....n now i ll be regular (hopefully)....missed u my blog...

first topic after my hibernation is of course SLUMDOG MILLIONARE....loved the movie....n loved the fact it got 8 oscars....thank u Danny Boyle...N thanks to A R RAHMAN n Resul Pookutty for putting making India proud....sorry to the other oscar winners whose videos i cud not find...congrats to the entire Slumdog Millionare team....

JAI HO.....

kids at the red carpet :)


Slumdog cast on red carpet

Resul Pookutty (Best sound Mixing)

DANNY BOYLE

A R RAHMAN...Best music

Best song..JAI HO...A R RAHMAN & GULZAR

Rahman's Oscar performance...

Best Movie..

Rahman's performance at Jay Leno'S Show

Rahman at post oscar party

happy birthday....

Rahul Dravid wont bring a song to a spectators heart. He can even be sometimes tedious to watch. But he is the kind, whose presence every team is grateful for, in hours of crisis. The true indications of Dravid's greatness come when batting is more than driving on the up, when the ball curls in the air and fizzes off the pitch, and when survival becomes an end in itself. To India's enormous fortune, just about every time a situation has called for a batsman to stand up and be counted, Dravid has been there. Almost always.

Some are born to greatness. Rahul Dravid has acquired it. In some ways that is a greater achievement.

new arrival...1/1/09

m very excited n happy to announce new arrival in our family.....rujudidi has given birth to a baby boy....so i am masi all over again....m very excited that its a boy...coz i feel there r too many girls in the family...his rashi is G ,S...anyone who comes up with some names pl post it in the next one week....the naming is going to be done on 6th jan....

and of course HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL.....

todays song is for the baby.....n didi....welcome to the family sweetheart...n thank u didi....