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Happy New Year 2015 !

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Wishing all my friends a very happy and prosperous New Year 2015 !
Thank you for reading my blog .

Good bye 2014 !

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31st Dec 2014 : 

So it's time to say #Goodbye2014 !
I thank each one who took time to read my monologues, recipes and stuff...

This year was truly a roller coaster ride for me. I had set off on a particular journey back in 2007 and this year I can say that I am in the right path. It has been 7 years of struggle to find myself , my true aspirations and dreams. Some strong impacts from some unexpected sources came as some miracle, helping me out in this process. I bless them all who came as angels when in pain and uncertainty .
But life is really quirky with its own rules and plans ,so I am here to take up anything life has got in store for me.

I got a bundle of new friends and colleagues,  and lost a few . But I believe, that those who truly love me will stay there unshaken .
I got up today morning to find myself in a mood to write a poem.. yes, those who wanna run away can do it now before I start . It goes like this --------( Needless to tell u all that I am not a poet and I humbly seek my apologies to all real poets)

 An Ode to 2014


" Dear 2014, I never invited you but still you came ,
I wanted you to stay forever but you are leaving ,
painting a few graffitis on the wall of my heart
But let me ask you ?
You really came or I was just hallucinating ?
cuz, who named you 2014?
The unworthy human in his strenuous acts to acquire 
own will , money and power ,
named things as per his convenience ."










Happy New Year vs. Bang Bang (HINDI MOVIE REVIEW)

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Watched HNY yesterday- And read some of the very sadistic reviews from the critics about the movie too. That is the reason I felt to take time to write down my opinion of the movie.
I have noticed that 95% of common people get affected by reviews from influencers. One so and so director liked a review written by any x or y on FB, TADA…that creates an opinion in some ‘poor’ fellas.
I can tell you my honest opinion as I am not biased to anyone not even SRK.
India is different from any other country-We have colorful celebrations all throughout the year-so are the Bollywood movies. Most of the Hindi movies make no sense now days-
HNY is a Desi Diwali Bash for the people of India -the movie also tries to induce patriotism .


First important character in the movie HAPPY NEW YEAR is Atlantis the Palm Dubai Hotel & Resort. The majestic Atlantis is an eye candy which should be enjoyed only on the big screen. Kids would really love their favorite spots for example, Dolphin Bay in Atlantis and the New Year celebrations that happens here.
After the interval, I felt, people enjoyed more as I noticed the entire audience in  ‘Reel Cinemas’ (Dubai mall ) burst out laughing .No critic can influence the hearty laugh from unbiased people in the movie hall .
SRK didn’t show any talent other than his 12 pack body-which too is of course a treat to people of India. :-)

The pun intended scenes in the first half, I found as a taunt referring to the inside movie scoops in Bollywood- especially SRK-Salman fights and the petty Bollywood movie scripts-Match fixing trend in India etc. Many non Hindi speakers won’t digest the humor as these are region specific-Marathi girl’s sentiments ,Desi accents etc- some lines are included just to satisfy SRK fans. As HNY  has a sensible plot for robbery-  is better than Hrithik Roshan’s “Bang Bang  “- which banged our brain with a pseudo Kohinoor Hira robbery story –
I have found the script of most of Hrithik Roshan  movies adapted from Antony Horowitz children’s books-but Pathetically screen played without giving credits to the English author for the great concepts. These are my opinions not referred from any “GREAT” critics so I can only suggest to read the books first before you bang on me to defend .I feel sympathy for some who have supported the criticisms without watching Happy New Year movie-I am not saying that HNY is a CLASSIC but it is absolutely a 100% entertainer -   Before you encourage some crap reviews, you must think of your responsibility towards the society –kindly watch the movie before you show your opinion.
I give 6.5/10 for HNY and 5.5/10 for Bang Bang. 









Life is okay...

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Be the change you want to see

"Wishing you all Indian friends out there,a swach & safe Diwali...!"
Diwali's concept is : Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya-which means:Lead Me from darkness To light" .
We all are seekers-and must be.Some thoughts from a seeker: 
Please bear with me. :-)

Have you ever wondered why some people dislike you irrespective of your efforts to be nice to them ?

7 points to remember  :

1. Avoid discussions about fitness , beauty or religion to your so called friends .These are some of the "sensitive" elements -Most people have hidden insecurities about at least one of these factors which in turn may hurt them leading to aversion for you .

2. It is better to listen first - no need to show excitement which unknowingly may lead the conversation again to those sensitive factors,poking their insecurities .

3.  Now a days , there are a lot of manipulative people who just are nice until they get what they need from you . So listening only can help you understand others .

4. Do control your thoughts and feelings ; after all you too are human . Reform and maintain yourself with the best of your attitude even nobody is watching you. Positivism  is not to show  to others  ,it is an attitude towards your own thoughts -

5. Stop pondering on matters from the past or already gone . If some thoughts are not going to guide you or improve you , cut them at the very roots .

6. If you are successful in the above step 5, then your face will reflect it when you interact with others . Trust me , if you send good thoughts towards a person, he will respond in the same way - try it .

7. Most important point -Respect everything and every one unconditionally - move on doing your work and aspirations -not to please others but to satisfy YOURSELF !

Success is yours !!!

" Do not sit and lament that the world has changed instead , Change yourself to see a better world around you " .

Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

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Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

 deepsrecipes tries julia child cooking


bonjour !

Inspired by chef Julia Child’s cooking that had well celebrated in the movie “Julie & Julia” ,I decided to plan a French combo meal. (Being my favorite cuisine, I  have plans to buy Julia Child’s cook book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”) You know,how good movies affect us positively. :-)

So, as a result, here I am ,to share with you all, this recipe of ‘Chicken in butter and cream.

I have followed the traditional recipe (courtesy: videojug) in all the ways, except for the measurements of ingredients.This recipe,I found is divine,with rich, creamy sauce with tender juicy boneless chicken. 

Recipe demands a lot of butter and cream, so if you are trying this, you have to forget your diet rules for one day.
Mushroom is really nutritious though some people are allergic to this fungus.

 I recommend a special method of cleaning for Mushrooms.

  • Wash mushrooms under running water, carefully, not allowing them to disintegrate.
  • Now coat mushrooms with salt, turmeric and all purpose flour. Keep aside for 5 minutes. Wash them with fresh water and Voilà, there you are! Mushrooms are ready to go into any gravy.

Ingredients for Chicken in butter and cream with Mushroom

  • Chicken Breast – 200 g
  • Mushrooms- 100g
  • Fresh cooking cream- 5 tbsp
  • Butter- 2 tbsp
  • Thyme- 1 tsp
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Shallots- 4 no’s
  • Garlic- 2 cloves chopped
  • Parsley- To garnish
  • Mustard paste- 1 tsp
  • Sherry wine- 2-3 drops 

How to prepare Chicken in butter and cream with mushroom sauce?

In a sauce pan,add butter .Add  chicken breast in to this ,sprinkle salt and pepper .After 2 minutes flip the chicken pieces and sprinkle  salt and pepper on the other side too.
After 3-4 minutes,remove chicken into another tray.Yes,I know, chicken is not done yet. We will cook it in the sauce later.
Now to the same pan, add mushrooms sliced and cook for 2 minutes. Add thyme, Shallots and garlic.
Now stir in cream and let it boil for a minute. Add mustard paste and mix well. Add Sherry then add lightly browned chicken breast pieces into this gravy and simmer and allow to cook until chicken is fork tender.
Garnish with Parsley and serve with French Spaghetti and Crostini.

 Chicken in butter and cream with mushroom sauce

bon appétit !
 



Happy Onam

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This video depicts every thing about the grand Onam festival of North Malabar .Each shot is one childhood memory for me .Sharing the spirit of Onam with you all ..
And Happy Onam To All Who Celebrate!
Onam

Onam feast -




श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः|

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Happy teachers day ..
Among the glitz and glamor ,crime stories,strikes,price rise ,porn stars ruling the media , today is the day for teachers /Guru who are the real strength of a civilized society . My Parents are teachers ,taught me at school , support me always ,consider me a winner irrespective of any thing ....And some of my teachers whom I remember often gratefully ...
श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः||

Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral,Macau.

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History has got many strange stories.Macau old town is the Historical center of Macau with the unexceptional architecture of the Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.17th-century Portuguese cathedral-a perfect fusion of western and eastern cultures(church was caught fire for the third time when a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835)
Really quirky,right?

Sharing some pictures...


 Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.




 Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.


 Ruins Of Saint Paul's Cathedral.




My First encounter with the Buddha

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Breath taking panorama with the divine presence of Buddha .The giant Tian Tan Buddha statue covered with mist.
Lantau Island in Hong Kong is a must visit place for a serene and spiritual experience.
This majestic statue symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth.

Below the Big Buddha statue , there is Po Lin monastery main temple.
Tian Tan Buddha, a giant Buddha statue completed in 1993, is an extension of the monastery.


Vegetarian food is available near the temple. But if you are not a big fan of traditional Cantonese delicacies, it is better to avoid eating out here.

Visiting the temple was an intriguing experience . The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.
Nature was at it's best with heavy showers .What more can one ask for?

The place displayed a unique tranquility as the majestic Buddha statue slowly got covered by thick mist . It was one of my life's memorable moments.
At the MTR station ,Hong Kong.

Hydrabadi Biriyani

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Original recipe from Chef Mehboob Alam Khan

Chicken biriyani no ghee

Ingredients For Special Hydrabadi Chicken Biriyani (No Ghee) recipe

Rice - Tilda Basmati rice- 2 cups

Saffron in Milk - 1/4 cup

Chicken - 500 g (medium sized pieces)

For Marinade

Fried Onions- 1 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 heaped table spoon (for 500 gm chicken)
Turmeric Powder - 3-4 tsp
Chilly Powder-  2 heaped Tb spoons 
Hydrabadi Biriyani Masala - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Green Chilly Paste - 2 tsp
Lemon juice- 2 tsp
Coriander leaves -
Use 1 tbsp oil to fry onions(2 nos) and add fried onion along with the oil to the chicken.

How To cool Hydrabadi Biriyani?

1. Marinate chicken after adding all the ingredients .Keep refrigerated for 1 hour.
2. Add 1 cup water to 2 cups rice .Cook this until water is evaporated. Rice should be raw ,only 30 % cooked.

3. Now heat a heavy bottom vessel (non stick) or big  copper vessel if available.

4.Add 2 tsp oil and layer raw ,marinated chicken .
5. Now add rice (30% cooked ) . Mix well with chicken .Now pour in 1/4 cup of milk and saffron mixture.
6. Cook it on slow fire with a tight lid on for about 45 minutes.

Serve hot with your preferred side dishes.

Healthy Biriyani Hydrabadi


Ramadan Kareem!



India 2014

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INDIA 2014-


(Soliciting genuine views/opinions from creative writers / people who are reading this-) 
We all believe that India has got a reformist with Mr.Narendra Modi (NaMo) who can fulfill India’s yearning for economic and social development for the last 67 years.
Not sure whether it is a sheer coincidence or NaMo has deliberately done all the strategic planning for Governance, based on Mahabharata(the ancient Indian Epic ); (only NaMo can answer this question)but upon deeper contemplation, we can see that what was written about this world, in the Great epic ,is now coming to be true and the creator for all that would be Narendra Modi. 

My indication is towards the fact that many "Prophets" claim: India would be the superpower by the end of Kaliyuga.

Let us compare the current Indian situation under the helm of NaMo and the  Mahabharata, below:

According To Mahabharata—Duties of an ideal king

(Source: Mahabharata, the Great Indian Epic: Economic and Political Ideas----Ratan Lal Basu, Copyright 2011 Ratan Lal Basu, Smashwords Edition)
  •      Protection of the subjects and ensuring their happiness is the first and foremost duty of the king.·
  •          The happiness of their subjects, observance of truth, and sincerity of behavior are the eternal  duty of kings
  •  Make peace with those foes with whom (according to the ordinance) peace should be made, and wage war with them with whom war should be waged.
  •  He should feed those that have not been fed, and inquire  after those that have been fed.
  •   Taking the wealth of those that are not righteous he should give it unto them that are righteous. ( NaMo’s  investment policy)

So I feel, such a governance depicted by Mahabharata,exactly reflects in the agenda for 100 day action plan by Indian Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi:-

The top 10 priorities for Modi, according to Times Now are
•              Build confidence in bureaucracy
•              Welcome innovative ideas & babus to be given freedom to work
•              Education, Health, Water. Energy & roads will be priority
•              Transparency in the government. E-auction to be promoted
•              System will be placed for inter ministerial issues
•              People oriented system to be in placed in government machinery
•              Addressing concerns relating to economy
•              Infrastructure and investment reforms
•              Implement policy in time bound manner
•              Stability and sustain ability in government policy
There are many more things we can be interpreted from Mahabharata, but we must wait and see the results and consequences of this change in India.
Yes, wait,minimum for a 100 days …let us wait not as mere spectators,but let's also be a part of the Government …….

Deep Krishna



Vegetarian Cacciatore Recipe

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deepsrecipes version of Italian vegetarian cacciatore
Vegetarian Cacciatore
Cacciatore is a classic Italian Sauce..( basic recipe Courtesy : Laura Vitale.)

Ingredients

Bell pepper : (Yellow) -1 no
Onion -1 big cut into cubes
Egg Plant- Cubes 1 cup
Garlic- 4 cloves
Red Wine/veg.stock - 2 tbsp
Italian Tomato pureed- 1 cup (I used  Sacla Italia )
If it is not available,just puree 2 big red tomatoes.
Fresh Basil-
Salt & Pepper-
Olive Oil

How To prepare this tangy nutritious sauce?

Heat a sauce pan and add 2 tbsp Olive oil and lightly fry eggplant pieces and onion slices. You can add some salt and basil at this stage.
Once it is half cooked add garlic and bell pepper cubes.
Once everything is browned add red wine,if you are using.Or else you can add the tomato puree.
Mix well and allow to cook with out lid.Add salt and pepper as required.When the sauce is thickened ,it is ready.GArnish with chopped basil.


Boil water with salt and cook your favorite pasta/spaghetti.
Serve veg Cacciatore with spaghetti.

Buon Appetito!

 
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