Friday, January 3, 2014

Thoughts...

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."

"He who conquers others is strong; He who conquers himself is mighty. "

"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. "

"Great acts are made up of small deeds."

-Quotes by Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher

I know it's been a while since I updated this space..wanted to start the new year with quotes that resonate so well with how I have been thinking offlate.

Goals and aims are many as always, accomplishing those become very important.

A Happy New Year to those who still land here to read this..thanks..

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On the wheels ~ with Samosas and what not!

I was visiting the city after nearly two decades. I really didn't expect to remember anything from the memories that I have, it felt like I was visiting a new place for the very first time. When places change in a short span, imagine how much two decades can have an effect. Bangalore was nothing like what I remember. Until I was in my higher secondary school, visits to Bangalore and Ooty was an yearly affair. Our tours stopped when I came to twelfth grade and somehow I never managed to go back to Bangalore.

Though we didn't have relatives living in Bangalore even then, we had very close family friends to visit. Now I have my friends, and I have been planning nearly two years to make this visit. Still I never realized I would make it this time. It was sudden plan, all after seeing the Double Decker train plying between Madras and Bangalore, that we planned it just like that. From my childhood, I always had a penchant for Double Decker modes of transportation. I remember making a bus travel just to get on the Double Decker bus when I was a kid. So this train captivated my interest. With boys on their vacation, we thought would make it with Konda.

We weren't very sure we would make it as all our weekends were booked. Yet we went ahead with booking just to make sure we have the tickets, if we decide to go. Until the last moment, we weren't sure, yet I made sure I had the BM posts ready and all scheduled. However another unexpected travel hindered my plans on making the last week posts ready. So you know how I missed making the samosas as planned.








Coming back to our story of Samosas and what not, it was more a pun on the fact that I ended up eating Samosas on the train, which I tell you, is a taboo in my family. Dad being a doctor would never approve of it. And hubby dear knowing I have lived all my life without the joy of what a travel would bring upon, made sure he got everything that went across us in the journey.

We boarded the train at about quarter past seven. We had the expected pictures in front of the train, with Konda being so embarrassed at my behavior. I now know how it must be for a teen to feel embarrassed at the elder's antics. I used to be so touchy on such things during the same age myself. Being in 30's gives you a care not attitude that can't be felt unless you reach that age!

Anyway hubby dear was so happy we got the top and asked us to walk around the place to see how well it's done. Being part of the railway fraternity, gives one a sense of pride as if the train belongs to you. Well I still have that sense and feel very proud of how it's been constructed. We finally settled when the train started moving. First came the breakfast, a parcel of Idli, Vada and Chutney. Sambar sadly missing in the package, we had to settle for whatever was in the offering. Once that was done, I was playing with the camera. Konda was getting restless with the endless clicks that was in progress.

Next came a call for Samosas. Hubby dear looked at me expectedly. I hear a voice from somewhere, saying nooo. But then another voice very close by says I should atleast try. So we got a plate of that. I wanted to dissect to see what the stuffing was. To my horror, it was carrots with curry leave and mustard tempering. I am not a person who can accept fusion very easily. If one can blend it such that you can't obviously differentiate, it's okay with me. Else these mix and match is a no no in my books of cooking. Very neatly I removed the stuffing and ate the outer crispy layer, which was surprisingly very good.

So for the lack of actual Samosa recipe, I have two Samosa pictures to share with you guys!
On the row in front of us, was a family of three with a daughter almost Konda's age. All through the journey, the father ensured he got everything for the kid, making sure she was always eating non stop. The train stopped in about 4 -5 stations in between. We reached the Bangalore Cantonment at about 1 pm. My friend V, came to pick us up. She lives near Ulsoor lake and yes we had a glance at the lake and saw it was quite nice.

For all the non conforming cook that she is, she gave us a feast of typical Iyar sapadu, a full course meal. We were so stuffed that we couldn't think of anything. Though we were badly in need of a siesta, we managed to stay put and spent time with my friend's family. We had plans of going shopping in the evening.











We went to the Forum mall and by the time we managed to come back, it was raining. The mall is just as you expect, as it started raining heavily the travel from one spot to another became even worse. On the way we saw MG Road, commercial Street. I said I dont' have the patience for shopping. And I had asked for props shopping the next day. So all I was expecting was just roaming around the city.

For dinner we went to the Nakshatra, Nagarjuna Restaurants. Hubby dear sternly gave a look that said I am not supposed to take the camera out. So unfortunately I had the dinner without a single picture clicked. By the time we returned back, it was quite late and we were still feeling stuffed. After a stroll for a while, we retired to sleep.

Since my friend was running the Marathon the next day conducted by the TCS, she woke up early and left by the time I got up at 7. I was planning to make Poori channa for her daughters. So the entire morning was spend just with breakfast and relaxing in front of the idiot box.

We went out for shopping for the blog. Imagine six of us trying to pick up stuffs for the props. There was nothing that I won't get in madras, I simply wanted to have things to remember my weekend. Once the shopping was done, we roamed around trying to figure out where to land for lunch. We had to catch the 4.20 shatabdi, another of my first.

We finally landed in UB city, a class of its own. Finally a place you can fall in love with. It is beautifully constructed and reminded me of those outdoor cafe shops I saw in SFA. We booked table in Rajdhani, an authentic Rajasthan joint. The kids played in the fountain that was there in the center.















For a food blogger, it was a delicious sight. For people like my husband, it is surely not a place to eat. They serve about 10 different subjis, 3 sweets, chats and starters. Hubby dear can't eat such small servings of so many varieties. Since I had the camera ready, I had a fun time clicking away the dishes.

Everything tasted great. Of course as expected I didn't remember anything in the end. However it was a memorable lunch.

We had just enough time to reach the station. We bid our friends and thanked for their hospitality.

Boarded the train at 4.15 and settled in Shatabdi. I always wondered how I missed travelling by this train. Since the trains's introduction, I never travelled in train much. So this experience was wonderful. With the food being part of the fare, you get endless items to give you occupied. They served Samosa for snacks and I clicked a pic of that.
Since there is no stopping in between the travel time is much less and we reached home at about 10 pm.

Coming back to an empty home made us miss the boys.

Guess what when they saw the pictures, both of them started saying we have to take them soon. So another trip surely awaits us!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Designs on lifeline ~ Mehindi..

It's not everyday I indulge in this activity. Infact it's been years, since I felt I could do this for myself. That is getting Mehendi done on my hands. My niece, who does an excellent art work, found an interesting model this time, unlike the many years that have passed.

This January during our yearly visit to my sis-in-law for Sankranthi, this is something that happens without fail. However I am getting done this for the first time by her. After nearly 40 days, I can still see some hint to the hands that had Mehendi done, the memories are still fresh and that does remind me of those many years during childhood, when we used to grind and do a typical Indian way of applying!

Having got this done, I was so hesitant to get back to work! My colleagues thought I had gone for a wedding and so unlike me. Well it does get funny to shock people I felt.







Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thoughts...

Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop!

I know I haven't updated this space in so many months! Let's say I was preoccupied. So many things happen in life that you think you hardly have time for other things. Those things are meant to happened else we don't call this life a life right. Anyway, the moment I thought I must pen my thoughts, I happened to read this quote above in green. Nice one to begin another chapter in updating this Journey called Life!

From the last post until now, I have had a long resting period, when all I did was lying down and watching videos and reading from my mobile. Never thought I would put my BB to so much usage. Me and my BB one inseparable duo. That's the last thing I look at and first thing to glance again, of course after checking on my kiddos.

Then followed a period of uncertainty when I didn't know what to cook. Meaning I was really caught up with getting back to normalcy and wanting to cook something new for the blog at least. Those things never happened, else you would've read new posts right. Diwali came and went, and first time in our history we simply let it pass. There was nothing prepared to welcome nor was the interest high enough to push me to make something special. Yes we spent quality time with the kids, playing with them. I think that really matters and it also helps that they are not so much into sweets or snacks that are attached to Diwali. That really helped!

And during the last couple of weeks, my obsession with certain one thing got lessen and I am hoping I will spring back to action and get the blog see some new dishes. I had a old friend visiting, along with the visit came so many old memories and voices. Well I realized I had to give some time for those memories to settle back. The passage of twenty years felt in span of couple of years is too much for the soul. Still I managed.

In between I also managed to meet couple of blogger friends. It was a real treat to actually think you met somebody over a virtual space and finally you put a face and a voice. That takes friendship to a new level.

All said and done, here I am, all set to get the shop open again.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Reflections...

As the car slowly slides on, you look out to see the bright blue sky. With clouds moving in slow motion, it feels like you are on it, slowly gliding away. The bright light beckons you to look out, as you look on the reflections on the glass is more dominant than what's outside. The reflections of things within you, things that one should look more deeply and ponder. You are always given two choices, either you do or not. A very thin line always separates what's good and not.

With daylight so bright, you still wonder why it's gloomy inside, only to realize it's just your thoughts. Sometimes there hardly seem any scope for inspiration. You still should go on, checking in places where you would least find inspirations, those timeless moments comes when you least expect. And this journey is all about just traveling the best way possible.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Bonded by love...

For the Raksha Bandan yesterday, I got the Rakhi for Konda to tie for her brothers. Just as Hubby dear predicted, Chinnu ended up asking why there were two for daddy and only one for them. I had to explain the reason behind it. I think he was fine with the explanation or rather he was distracted with the chocolates he saw on the plate. Thereafter his attension was only them and wanted to know who gets what.
After the rakhi tying ceremony, the boys showed their hands for a joint click.
Since we knew the boys don't eat any sort of sweets, hubby dear said that chocolates would be the best bet. As he said they really loved having an unexpected treat.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Those moments..

There are moments in life when you feel the want of inspiration to just go on. Moments like this are so hard on you that you just want to give up and dig in. Instead of giving up, if you just look around yourself, you may just get back the vigour you need to get back in track.
 
While all these thoughts were running riot, I happened to meet a spinster. She has many problems that really count as problems. Yet I have always seen her with a sunny smile however always a hint of pathos lingering around. But that's only obvious if you observe. Else none would ever say she shoulders so many responsibilities or pains.

People such as her, inspire you lot more ways than you care to know. It makes you know that hardships we think as such are never so!