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Olympic Games 2012

First of all, I wish to congratulate and thank the 6 medal winners for bringing home the medals, you all did the nation proud!!

sushil kumar and yogeshwar dutt winning silver and bronze respectively in wrestling and vijay kumar winning silver in 25 m rapid fire pistol shooting, saina nehwal winning bronze in badminton, mary kom and gagan narang winning bronze in boxing and 10 m air rifle respectively....

there is a reason, why I am writing these names and the events...coz prior to the medal, I didnt even know that such an event existed and india was participating in it...i only knew about wrestling and badminton...i didnt know women's boxing was making a debut....i thought it was there all these years at olympics....and I am not proud of it...we should at least know, about the events in which India participates...

Before asking the questions such as "why no gold?? why only 6 medals??? etc. let us acknowledge the hard work put in by each and every participant and of course th…

Chocolate raspberry mousse cake

yesterday was my sister's birthday....since a long time I was deciding what dessert I should make....I wanted to make something really special, something that I had never tried before...as I am a big chocolate fan, I wanted to make some type of chocolate cake....but I didnt want to make a regular cake, and mousse cake seemed too challenging as I had twice attempted to make chocolate mousse but was unsuccessful....during my research I came across David Lebovitz's recipe "chocolate idiot cake" which looked indeed very easy, and was not a traditional chocolate cake, as it was flourless chocolate cake, and which as per the author "an idiot" could make it, if they followed the instructions....and after reading the description of the cake, I was tempted to make it.

However, I thought it was too simple,so the idea struck me to make a raspberry mousse over the chocolate. after some research I zeroed in on this recipe for "raspberry mousse", again this is…

cream of asparagus

one of my favourite soups since i was a kid.....i used to wait for my aunt from UK to get the packets of cream of asparagus.....so while I am in US, anytime I see a bundle of tender asparagus, I just buy them and give myself a special treat....and everyone I am with loves this soup too...so you should definitely give it a try if you can get your hands on tender asparagus sticks..

Ingredients:

1 bunch chopped asparagus 1 medium sized chopped onion 3 pods crushed garlic1 tsp butter2 tbsp creamsalt to tastepepper to tasteany herbs for seasoning (i used parsley and fresh basil, i am proud owner of a basil plant) Method:
chop off the blunt thick one inch of the asparagus....chop the rest of it in one inch lengths...keep some of the tender tips aside for seasoning...in a saucepan, melt some butter, add garlic, asparagus and salt....after a couple of minutes add the onions....once the onions r tender, add the herbs, pepper and then water...let everything cook together and then once the aspara…

sevya

SEVYA literally means caring through service....this project was founded by my aunt and her friend....the project is to revive and preserve dying forms of art like weaving, making handicrafts etc. my aunt and her friend support roughly 2000 weavers all over India....they are members of FAIR TRADE FEDERATION...the aim of these federation is similar...to ensure that the poor weavers are not exploited and that they get good income so that the art form doesnt die out....basically making sure that the art form is carried from one generation to other...
every once in a while I get to visit my aunt at one of her trade shows.....and it never ceases to amaze me how these western, sophisticated looking items are hand made by the poor artisans in India...I am extremely proud of my aunt, she sees what the weavers do, what is natural to them and them westernizes the items...as to what will sell in USA...i get tears in my eyes, when people exclaim "this is so beautiful"....and ask where i…