Today, you won't recognize the place. It has developed into a busy town.
But during 80's this place was happier, cooler and pleasant.
Each plant ,weed or trees seemed happy with their own unique flowers and fruits.
People were innocently happy. Festivals had a special charm as people open heartedly indulged in merrymaking.
How a child looses his/her innocence? I think when he is exposed to rough and complicated experiences.
My childhood was confined to my school, cousins and my friends at the neighborhood.
That Asoka tree with big branches at my neighborhood, I remember , always had flowers...... and why not? They say that Asoka blossoms at the touch of "Kanya" (virgin).
Sounds funny right? But it's an old belief better not to question it! It is an important tree in the cultural traditions of the Indian subcontinent and adjacent areas.)
Me and my 4 girl friends along with my little brother played under
We children made the model of temples and decorated the stone deity with wild flowers.
There was a pond and lots of different varieties of mango trees.
During summer vacations,we used to get three different varieties of mangoes.
Saraca Asoca (Ashoka Tree)
But I realize now that I always had an inner world, much more colorful where I pretended myself to be different characters from my favorite stories.
I had my own secret place in the backyard of my house among the coconut trees.
Near the Bamboo and the pineapple bushes I discovered a strange tree with white trunk. I felt the place had a mystical charm. I chose the place to sit and dream.
During November or early December, the place got dried up, the wind was fierce, the leaves were rustling. I had no objective dreams. I enjoyed those days in ways that today's children can never fathom.
We had the sense of existence of nature and of the super power that controls us.
Today human beings have forgotten the Nature and consider
themselves as creators of their own destiny. People want "big things"
now a days; but inside all are empty ,frustrated. You will know this from
their pretentious nature and from the topics they choose to converse. The nature even has turned unpredictable. November wind which used to
be the characteristic of my place, has subsided.
Monsoon is uncertain and untimely. Roads are crammed with vehicles. People are competing with each other, temples are crowded with grabby people who have come to please the God to get their work done. Incredible India!!! When the parents are minding their own business, we can not blame the young generation getting perverted.It's shocking to know that in the God's own country, using drugs is so common, even available near schools.
It's a mockery that alcohol is banned here. School children buy
the narcotic gum and parents are unable to find out.
Strict law should be enforced to stop the selling of these substances
and anyone violating this must get dreadful punishment. Today, children step into adulthood so fast without
enjoying the bliss of innocence. What can we do to protect this young generation from these
social malice? 1. Primary schools can give strong awareness programs using movies or any audio visual methods. We must enforce the values in children at very young age. 2. Make groups and let school children make skits or dramas on alcoholism and drug abuse. 3. Reward and appreciate those children who work for this good cause so that others too get inspired. 4. Restrict the pocket money and try to keep good communication with your teenager, as often as possible. Little bit of love and care can do wonders.
5. Last suggestion is really tough to implement : include one subject
in the academics to provide insight and awareness about spirituality. Let our children live an insightful life rather than giving way to
momentary pleasures! But now one question remains. Who's responsible for all these degradation in values????? As a social being none of us can run away from this question. ######## ((This post is being written for the #BachpanWithFlinto blogger
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How about some spicy Chicken Curry with Ghee rice?
Fall has given way to winter.It's early winter this year.Pleasant climate almost all over the world...though there is worry and concern for the natural traumatic events in many parts of the world,life has to go on... Culinary world is one of those places where you are serene;here people are not prejudice in any ways nor there is thoughts of devastation...
So for the next few minutes let's bask in some real cooking..
This time of the year is perfect for something spicy---This spicy Chicken curry is well known to many,but deepsrecipes is trying to simplify the method. Recipe for spicy chicken curry---Ingredients
Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp
Freshly powdered Garam masala-2tsp
Coconut oil/cooking oil-2 tbsp
Mint leaves-4-6 tbsp
Meat Masala powder-1 tbsp
Coriander powder-2 tbsp
Chilly powder-1 tbsp(or less)
Pepper powder- 1 tsp
Green chilly -slit into half-1 no
Majboos is an Arabic rice dish with lamb or chicken. In the traditional method,they boil water in a big pot and after adding all the spices and onion into the boiling water,they add full chicken.Once the chicken is done, take it out and rice is cooked in the same stock. But I have changed that method a bit. Here I am partially frying the chicken first and then cooking the rice and fried chicken together in the same pot. All Arabic dishes are very healthy;Majboos is a very tasty rice dish like biriyani.You can serve it with raita or any other accompaniment of your choice.I serve it with Pomegranate raita. Ingredients Long grain Basmati rice-2 cups Chicken-500 g Dried Lemon-5 no (If its big sized lemon ,use 3 no) Pepper powder-to taste Olive oil- 1 tbsp Whole spices-Cardamom (2),Cinnamon(1/2 inch),Cloves(2) Bay leaves-2 no Onion-2 big Water-3 1/2 cups Salt-to taste Method of preparation Marinate the chicken pieces with salt,pepper and cinnamon powder. Fry partially in 1tbsp Olive oil. Now in a big pot boi…
Banana fool.A fool is an English dessert generally made by mixing pureed fruit,whipped cream, sugar, and possibly a flavoring agent like rose water. Ingredients
Biscuits - 6
Rose Syrup Method Of Preparation
Peel and mash banana.
Beat cream and sugar.
Fold in mashed Banana.
Now take a long glass.
Put some coarse biscuit powder .
Add some rose syrup .
Then add cream banana mix.
Top it with Crushed biscuit and rose syrup.
Chill and Banana Fool is Ready to serve! Substitute Banana with berries or any other fruit . Easiest dessert ever!!! Enjoy!