Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Adieu 2008

Another year is about to elapse, Leaving memories of the past.
Offering way to New Year, Holding new dreams to cheer.


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

(Time Pass) Thoughts !

Do they make any sense [or not] ?
  1. Don't be irreplaceable. If you cant be replaced, you can't be promoted.
  2. Never argue with a fool. People might not know the difference.
  3. Doing nothing is very hard to do. You never know when you are finished.
  4. Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
  5. When I was born i was so surprised I didnt talk for one and a half year.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Oh! SNOW


I have experienced snow before, but then I was not old enough to remember it. So this was my 1st actual snowfall experience & I must say, I was so looking for it until I happen to say ‘Snow is good only to look’. A pleasant white, calm, sheath atmosphere to gaze, however as soon as it says ‘Hello, I am here to stay’, OMG, it becomes excruciating(at least to me), especially when you are stuck at home, eating [only if u are intelligent enough to stock up supplies] and watching movies. I didn't even read.

At last it snowed after a week long weather forcast. And I was disappointed to see just 1-2 cms of snow flakes. Least did I know that I will have a different perspective after few days.

Day 2 of snowfall was 'such a fun', I just cherished it, went out with as many clothes as I could on, had snow fight, slipped all over. It was clean, unadulterated white, spotless, bright 5-6 inches snow. Those who dared to take cars out were skidding all around. Temperature was below -6 C.

Come day 3, it snowed a further 4-5 inches. As it snows only 1-2 inches in this part of the world, everyone expected it to stop and resume there daily chores by next day or two. But this time snow had its own plans and didn’t want to leave early. Last time when it had snowed this heavily here was way back in 1989.

It was almost 1 ½ feet of white deposit in the morning of day 4. And the best part was I had an appointment with doc which I didn’t wanted to postpone, since getting next appointment immediately was not impossible. As doc was about 1.25 miles from home we went walking. Main road were cleaned but all the snow, which by now had turned black, was dumped on the walkway and roads had turned into ice trap. Ha!! I will never forget this walk.

Then there were day 5, 6......... untill finally it stopped, ice started melting and we went out to get some fresh air & to re-stock, just in case snow feels like visiting us again this year :)

This snowy condition lasted for 9 days. I felt like I was under a house arrest. Had never expected that snow can be so depressing. I heard people saying that they will never complain about the rain[since here it rains for 7-8 months] after this snow season. Needless to say everything was paralyzed coz city was not prepared for this much of heavy snowfall.

According to some environmentalist Global Warming has resulted in this extreme climate change. I don’t think I need to say who is responsible & answerable for this.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Book; A Rather Curious Engagement

Lighthearted romance & suspense, a stay-up-all-night read.
I am not very sure that if guys will like it but girls will definitely love it.

To know more about the book, click here.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Laughter is by definition healthy :))

"Laughter gives us a distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on." - Bob Newhart

Laugh, laugh & more laugh........................

Better Drivers: M or W?

It’s so annoying when people drive as though they are the only one using the road. Using cell phone from one hand and drinking cappuccino from other. Helloooo, your call and drink can wait.

I, like most people, I believed that men are better drivers than women, until I
read this article which proves, with statistics, that I was wrong. But to be honest, I am still not convinced, as I have seen women drivers committing blunders when behind the wheels.

Searched this topic and got some interesting information:


Drive Safely. Other safety & yours , on road, depends on how you drive.

Be Mr. LATE than LATE Mr.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Book; Prologue

"The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page."

Back during school days, I used to read a lot.

Then through 4 years of collage, apart from my curriculum, I had read just 2 ½ books, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and Five point someone by Chetan Bhagat. I remember i was admitted at hospital and was reading The Da Vinci Code, when the doctor visited & said "By the time u will finish this book, u will be fine". Wondering what this ½ is about? Well, I started Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, but never had patience to complete it and my sis narrated me the rest of the book :).

Past collage , when I was working, I had no time to read; rather I never made any attempt to buy some time to do so.

But now, since last 5 months, I have got addicted to them. Some of them are good and some of them are bad & by the end of a day, I would have read even the crappiest volume. Believe me this is the best time pass activity you can do.

I was scanning my blog and realized that there is not much of what I have penned down. Then it struck me that I can write about the books I read. I am not a critic or a reviewer. It's just how i feel about the book, no offence please.

Quotes

Some quotes which, if u think about, are so true.
[is being updated regurly]

  1. The world steps aside to let any man pass if he knows where he is going. -David S. Jordan
  2. One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
  3. Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. -Greg Anderson
  4. Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers
  5. Its a painful thing to look at your own trouble and know that you yourself and no one else has made it. – Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)
  6. Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records .-William A. Ward
  7. Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.- Napoleon Hill

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mind-boggling; On Mumbai Blasts '08

Worth watching:


The PATTERN

This is the pattern terrorists have followed:

13 May: JAIPUR
June
26 July: AHMEDABAD
August
13 September: DELHI
October
26 November: MUMBAI
December
13 January: What Next?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mumbai Blasts [Nov, 26 2008 - Nov, 29 2008]

Nov, 26 2008, 23:00 IST, yet again, the city of Mumbai was attacked. Terrorists targeted the Taj Palace, Oberoi hotel, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal (CST) railway station, Nariman Point, BMC office, Cama hospital, hard to accept as truth, that even the hospital is not spared, Colaba Causeway, Cafe Leopold leaving about 200 dead and more than 300 injured. These are the numbers which are out, but all of us know that the damage to human lives is much more than this.

ATS Chief Hemat Karkare shot, Encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar killed, Havildar Gajendra Singh dead. What are their families punished for?
And then there is a statement form the Kerela Chief minster on Monday, Dec, 01 2008, to the family of NSG Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan , after the father of the officer refused to meet him “if it had not been (Major) Sandeep's house, not even a dog would have glanced that way." How can anyone make such a statement when a nation has lost one of its brave soldiers saving his and mine life? Ridiculous!

Taj Operation called as Operation Cyclone lasted for 3 days. While families in different parts of world were celebrating thanksgiving, in India families were torn apart. And our adored politicians, Member of Parliament, in charge of safe and security nation, didn’t even realize what was happening around. It’s time for a desperate change. No use cribbing and whining because it’s we who have given them these powers.
The distinction between this attack and the pervious ones is that this time they have targeted the influential elite people. This will be a game changer, as i can say that there is no worth of the common man’s life in India. Couple of days later, as seen after every attack, everone will forget the entire thing and until this outlook is changed people will go on dying and families will keep on suffering.

Let me not forget to point out the media. All they call for is is the TRP rating. How can they show the positions of the snipers when they knew that the cell phones were still working in the hotels? What I saw in one of the news channel was awful. Instead of helping a victim who was hit by a bullet, they were focusing his bleeding hand. Grow up guys, you are supposed to be cooperative in such situations and not create the mess.

The next thing in the row is the Blame Game, political parties blaming each other. Common guys, stop making it a political issue. Be united at least in such circumstances. Let’s not keep on blaming our neighbors & other political parties for this massacre. What are we doing about all this? D network key members holds influence in the docks of Mumbai, continue to function with impunity, even after the November 26 terror attacks, his smuggling racket remains unrestricted. Despite strong indications that it provided backing to the attackers, the police claim there was no local support.

My heartfelt condolences to the families of victims. Sincere THANKS to NSG and MACROS and all those who lost there lives saving ours.
And Mr. PM MMS please wakeup................ You have a country to look after.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tips & Tricks

We will have countless things at home and in general we have a propensity to use them for a specific things only. However, there are a lot more handy & remarkable uses of those household stuff apart from there primary purpose.
Here is the list of some of them [Will keep updating it]:

  • To get rid of burned-on food from the badly burned pan, sprinkle baking soda and water on it. Leave the pot overnight, scrub it next day without any struggle.
  • Vacuum Smells Musty? Simply add the following to the dust bag or cup before you vacuum: a fabric softener sheet, or a cotton ball moistened with a bit of your favorite essential oil, like lemon or cinnamon.
  • If you have a fireplace, sprinkle spices, herbs (fresh or dried) or cinnamon sticks onto a burning fire. The smell will waft into the room, filling it with these lovely smells.
  • Don't throw the extra bit of leftover cheese. Melt the cheese with skim milk. Add your favorite seasoning. A tasty cheese sauce for vegetables or a dip is ready
  • Suffering from acidity and dont have anti-acid at home, no problem, just put one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass full of water and drink it.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Is trouble troubling you ??

Troubles are like washing machine.

They twist, turn & knock us around, but in the end we come out brighter than before.

A Good Day !!

From couple of days, my friend and I were planning to meet. At last we met yesterday for lunch. It was drizzling and I just love walking in the drizzle. Because our meeting point was not very far from my home I preferred to walk. I just cherished it, given that it was after long time that I got to walk in the rain.

We met, had lunch and decided to get back to my home. Since my friend is pregent, we had to take a bus. We boarded the bus and it started moving. As we had met after fairly long time, we were busy speaking. Past couple of minutes, I asked her what’s taking us so long to reach home [since she is a bus champ & I have just started traveling in bus here]. Its just 5 minutes drive from the transit center to my place. We thought that may be its taking a different, longer route and continued chatting. After about 20 minutes driver says, that "this is the last stop" and that last stop was the point from where we had started. We had nice laugh. We had boarded the right bus number but from a different bay which goes on a different route. This was fun. The following conversation was what the driver would have though about us; dumb girls, who have no work ;)

We took the bus once more, but this time from a proper bay and reached home in less than 5 minutes. We had planned that we will have dinner together at a restaurant. But then she didn’t felt like eating at restaurant again. We decided that we will have it at my home.

She is an excellent cook, who can cook any sort of dish within no time & I am just a beginner. But still dinner was good, though I took her help. I just can’t believe that some one had dinner at my house and I prepared it. I feel so good & hope that they enjoyed it, as they said.
Now I am kind of confident at my cooking and would like to thanks the internet & few of good recipe websites.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

TrusT & FriendshiP"

A good friend of mine asked me one day
" WHAT IF I BROKE YOUR TRUST SOMEDAY..........".
I just replied
"TRUSTING YOU WAS MY DECISION & PROVING ME RIGHT IS YOUR CHOICE."

Peas [Matter] Curry

I am not a great cook but this recipie is the one which I learnt from mama, very easy to prepare, yet so delicious. Give it a try...

Ingredients:

Garlic – 2 bulbs
Peas [Matter] – 2 ½ cups, fresh or frozen
Red Chilly powder – According to taste
Cilantro [Dhanya] – 1 teaspoon
Ginger powder – ½ teaspoon
Salt – According to taste
Tomato – 1 small
Onion [chopped] – ½ cup

Method:
- Make puree of tomato and keep it aside
- In the pan, add oil and put onions & chopped garlic. Stir untill onions are cooked
- Add chilly powder, salt & about half a cup of water . After 1-2 mins add tomato puree to it. Wait till oil gets separated
- Add peas and ginger powder and cover it. Cook for 10 mins
- Garnish with chopped cilantro

Serve with rice, but if you want it to have it with roti, then make it a bit dry ie reduce the content of water.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Las Vegas

“A SIN CITY”; perfect name, but I don’t believe that. I would rather like to call it A HONEST city. Wondering what I am telling, but just think what ever happens there is so open. People don’t cover and pretend to be goody goody and naive.

Few weeks back, during Labour day weekend we had been to Vegas. Since it was a long weekend, city was packed. We were there for 3 days and still could not see the entire Vegas. There is sooo much to see/do in there, hence if your planning to visit Vegas and enjoy Grand Canyon too, as most of people do, then you will not be able to enjoy Vegas until you are on vacation for an entire week.

We had been to a show named as cirque du soleil- O at bellagio. Trust me this show is breathtaking and worth the money. Packing bags for Vegas, this is something you should not miss. Visit
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2113172.cms for more info.

Hard rock café fans, don’t worry you have Hard Rock Café Hotel there.

Kids there is some thing for you too 4 floors of M&M outlet. Though i dont think that Vegas is the place for the them, kids of course.


There are plenty of free shows, so if you are tired of walking or gambling ;) [As me and my hubby, both dont how to gamble we used to sit on the slot machines and try out luck, only when we were tired of walking and wanted to rest for few mins] :) or just go to one of these shows which lasts for not more that 15-20 mins.


While walking on the strip, you will find ample people handing over brochures about the late night show and all. Everything is legal here and that is the reason why I mentioned it ahead that I would rather name it as a TRUTHFUL CITY. Vegas is not the only place where illegal things happens, it takes place universally and may be at much more larger scale than Vegas. Hats of to the this city for its earnestness. Hey, i dont deny that since everthing is legal here that why its open, but then why quote it as a SIN CITY.

It’s such a entertaining place to be. It seems like a total world in itself. Hey, lemme tell u that you have drive-in weeding chapels too, so wanna get married within few mins, Vegas is calling you..But there may be waiting time ;)

So if you are headed to Vegas, have a pleasant trip and may you come back home with at least some credit ;)
Have fun !!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

In The US

It’s more than a month since I moved to the US from India. Everything is so different here - people, culture, food, rules, etc, etc…….. Although I have no problem with any of these, what surprises me is the attitude of the Indians staying here. I had heard of it, but as it goes, ‘it’s hard to feel/realize until you feel the pinch of it’.

No doubt that life in US is comfortable, cities are much cleaner than India, traffic regulations are followed strictly[need not say anything about traffic & rules in India :), but then..... lets not forget, its we who don’t follow it there], one gets to see people ONLY in shopping areas ;)…still nothing is as good as India, you don’t find roadside pani puri wala’s here, don’t know when I will get to eat those yummy pani puri’s next, people honking at each other for no reason :), suing people for every other reason [Can't even imagine if we start doing so in India] etc etc..........

As it’s always said, ‘WE HAVE 2 CHOICES ---- - +ve & -ve; AND ITS UP TO YOU WHICH ONE YOU CHOOSE TO PERCEIVE'.

Monday, July 7, 2008

At Last !!

Hello
I always wanted to blog but then didn't, call it laziness or starting problem. But at last, the day has come when i am actually doing so...Will have to wait & see how active i will be.....
ALL THE BEST TO ME ;)