Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
When asked, those who work for these mediums, say that they are bringing the real life stories to everyone's notice but by doing so are they not bringing it to the notice of those people too who are in need of those ideas in this matter? Not everyone is bad by birth. Situations make a person what he / she is. By showing something like that through a popular medium, don't you think the person who is in need of such an idea, is actually showed a path which he / she might not otherwise take it?
I also believe that these mediums are not encouraging the people to take up the wrong path. What a person turns into also depends on his / her own desire to become that. People around him / her should interfere and show the right path. But what about those who don't have anyone around them? When these people are asked why did they have to do it, they say, " Is it not how the world is?" That is when I feel that if only they knew that it is not how the world is and it is how only few people are.
Tickets for contesting the elections should not be given to those who have already committed offense in any form. Unfortunately, that is not how it happens in this country but I think it's high time we did something about it too. Whoever in authority, commits crime, should be sacked. I mean, come on, we are among the top countries in terms of population. Can't we find a replacement in this ocean of people? Finally, who is going to put this through someone's head, someone who is willing for a change like this?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
You mean I attract arrogance??
You mean I attract negativity??
I immediately retorted back.
After listening to all my counter questions she silently smiled at me and advised me to read "The Secret"and said that she has that book and is more that happy to give me that book to read. (May be she is fed up of all my counter questions).
Lazily turning the pages, my eyes fell on these lines.
"Everything that's coming into your life you are attracting into your life.
And it's attracted to you by virtue of the images you're holding in your mind.
It's what you're thinking.Whatever is going on in your mind you are attracting to you."
"Every thought of yours is a real thing—a force."
And that's it,I went on to complete the book.
I could recollect why my friend gave me a silent smile when i complained.I could also recollect few things that I attracted into my life.
For instance,In my graduation everyone told me that it was very difficult to complete graduation without failing at least in one subject.This pre-occupied my mind.One fine day came the results and i failed.What I attracted came back to me with a bang.
I never knew that thoughts are so powerful that they tend to change our lives.
I was always attracted to writing and blogging and had a desire to start a blog.I attracted it..here it is...
I will leave the post with these words....
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
This reminded me of a similar situation a month ago when I got a call from my grandmother early one morning saying that my mom was unable to speak and she's breathing heavily. My mom and granny stay in my home town, which is a 5 hour drive from where I live, all by themselves. They refused to come and stay with me for some reasons. Anyway, I had to call my cousin who lives at my home town and they took her to the hospital. I was worried all along till I got to see her. This has happened before when I was in college. My mom's a heart patient and she has undergone open heart surgery for mitral valve replacement almost 16 years back and she's on a life long medication for the proper functioning of her artificial valve.
I couldn't sleep for a week after that, juggling with the hospital shifts and also the thought that this could happen yet again kept me worrying about her. This made me wonder how we just can't accept the fact that the one we love can face a fatal situation and could not be with us forever. I think we should let go off some things after a certain time and accept everything that comes in future as a part of life. Situations like these give us the strength to deal with a lot of things in life. I believe that nothing's more important than life but it is also true that it's beginning or end is not in our hands. All we can do is live the life given to us in a way that God feels proud of giving it to us.
I pray that our friend's father gets back on his feet soon, considering he is an old man in his late 80's, he'll take some time but I really wish everything turns out well.
" R "
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
On the occasion of 50th post we would like to thank everyone who's been supportive and encouraging us with all the advice and the sweet comments. You must be wondering why I'm using the word " We " instead of " I "? Here's the secret. Its not one but two people writing the posts in this blog. We wanted to reveal it in our 50th post. Actually we have been thinking about writing a bit about ourselves since a long time but wanted to do it on a special occasion. Well what more special than a 50th post on our blog?
- Born libran, Engineer by profession, Indian to the core.
- Expressive, talkative, emotional, artistic, impulsive, romantic.
- Loves nature a lot, I always get inspired from it.
- Interested in learning languages. I know Telugu (my mother tongue), English, Hindi, now can understand a little bit of Marathi as I had move to Maharashtra, planning to learn french.
- Ardent follower of H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar My guru who transformed me totally.
- Love to go places, meet people and know their culture, enjoy reading.
- Intelligence turns me on, Dirty-politics, hypocrisy, arrogance is a BIG NO.
- Married for 4 and half years to a wonderful person on the earth who is my support in many ways. Waiting to see how life surprises me.
- I have a funny bone. My words tickle people and make them laugh.
- Few things that give me pleasure like food (would like to taste every cuisine in the world - only veg)), Music, Dance and any indoor or outdoor sport, long drives, trekking, long walks into the nature, I want to try cycling as well.
- Desire to grow professionally, personally and spiritually. I will achieve everything with my guruji's grace.
- In future I would want to learn Photography, Swimming, Yoga, Meditation.
- Always ready to experiment new things in life.
- I believe that Life we lead is directly proportional to the way we think.
- I am pretty conservative in some issues.
- Love herbal, natural, home remedies rather than anything chemical and artificial.
- I am afraid of hair coloring, hair straightening. I go to beauty parlor only to get basic things done.
- I hate going to pubs, discos.
- Simplicity is my Mantra.
- I am totally a family-lady. Love to spend time with my family.
About R :
- Best friend to T, I'm also born Libran, I guess we were destined to be friends. We have so much in common. You could apply most of the above lines to me.
- I'm a Physiotherapist with a Masters in Neurology - many a times the thought occurred if I could be someone else but eventually I always loved what I am.
- Been married for 2 years and I feel that I have been blessed with more than I wished for. Thank you God.
- I had a desire to be recognised, although now I just want to help and earn my ticket to be with God. I don't want to sound like I have lost interest in life. My belief is that eventually only good deeds matter at the end of the day.
- After all the heavy stuff above, my hobbies - blogging is my newly developed hobby. Others being cooking, reading, sewing, gardening, inviting people over and hosting parties.
- My mom is both my weakness and my strength. Guess the preferences change as new people coming into life but there's always this one person who never stops loving you and caring for you no matter how your priorities change. Love you Mom.
From now on the posts would be on our pen names " T " and " R " .
Friday, April 17, 2009
Once the marriage is finalized between the two families, an auspicious time and date is chosen, called Muhurtham.
A day or two prior to the wedding day, Pendlikoothuru is performed, wherein the boy and the girl are smeared with oil and turmeric. They take bath and each wears new clothes. The girl wears flowers and bangles. The married women are presented with the betel leaves, sweets, flowers and bangles. This gifting is done to ensure the married ladies bless the to-be married girl and wishes her to become a part of their group.
Mangala Snaanam and Aarti
The bride and the groom take the auspicious oil bath on the wedding day in their respective houses. Their families perform aarti to them in their respective homes.
Gauri Pooja and Ganesh Pooja
In a Telugu wedding, after the bath, the bride worships the goddess Gauri. Gauri is the Mother Durga who symbolizes divine power, energy, woman power, fertility, etc. The boy performs Ganesh Pooja which ensures the success of the work at hand.
The bride's uncle carries her in a bamboo basket to the mandapam. The well decked bride carries some betel leaves,betel nuts, a coconut, a sandalwood stick and a red pumpkin. curtain is placed between the bride and groom, so that they do not see each other till the wedding is completed. At the end of the marriage, the parents of the bride wash the groom's feet with water that symbolises their belief that he is a form of God to whom they now offer their daughter's hand.
After the priest recites the wedding shlokas from the Vedas, the bride and groom apply a paste of cumin seeds and jaggery on each other's hands, which symbolises their belief that they must go through the sweet and bitter timings together in life.
The married women accompany the girl holding plates of rice mixed with turmeric powder. The other ladies hold plates with small lamps. The lit lamps represent sweetness and light, two qualities that the bride brings with her to this new phase of life.
The curtain between the two is removed, and prayers are offered, the groom ties the two strings each with a golden disc representing the Mangalsutra separately around the bride's neck with three knots to represent the strength of their union physical, mental and spiritual.
The groom holds the bride's hand and gazes at the pole star or Dhruva, and then other stars like Vasishta and Arundhati which symbolise an inseparable couple.
Sthaalipaakam wherein the groom slips silver toe rings on the bride's feet. To ward off the evil eye, she is asked to wear a string of black beads.
A grand feast is offered on the occasion.
Post Wedding Ritual
It is customary in a Telugu wedding, the two mangalsutras are united on a common thread 16 days after the wedding.
Yesterday when I popped into a book shop to get some books, my eyes fell on a book named "Don't loose your mind loose your weight" by Rujuta Diwekar. I Immediately grabbed the book and looked into the contents. It was quiet impressive and the price is affordable Rs 199 ( this is my First time going through a book which contains information on diet and how to eat ).
The book gave right definition of dieting. Dieting is not starving but eating food at right time. Author provided some real time examples how people ate? What they ate? How did they starve to loose weight? In many examples I could see myself, as I too happened to carry those myths in my mind regarding getting into shape some time back. The examples portrayed typical Indian minds.
Author beautifully said that eating local food will help us remain fit and healthy. The foods include upma, idli, poha, momos, parathas etc.. (these should be home cooked and eaten in small quantities). She also explained how we should relish the food, by touching the food (only hands not by spoon or fork), by seeing the colour of food. She insists that while eating we should sit cross-legged keeping our body, mind at one place unlike having your food watching T.V or talking to someone on phone. She says this is an absolute no-no.
The book explained beautifully how to control our intake by reading our stomach, importantly where to draw a line between eating and over-eating. How to say no to junk food when our best friends insists us to have. She also gives ideas how to fake a tummy ache during late night parties. Author ended the book by breaking all our myths on exercise and saying that eating right should make us look good, toned and healthy not skinny, unhealthy.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I am almost following the words of the author.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
This rangoli was made by us right in front of our apartment building and this is how it looked like basically. We didnt like the way it turned out completely as it looked incomplete, not that the colours are missing but we wanted it to look complete with everything in it. You can see the Diyas / lamps and the clay pots with balls in it and bananas ( which dont look like bananas but we gave them that name, they were supposed to look like sugarcane sticks but never mind ).
This rangoli was made by my cousins at the other entrance / gate of our apartment building.
- 1 Blog I write.
- 2 Years of marriage and still trying to figure out where the 2 years went? Guess a lifetime is not enough to spend with the loved ones.
- 3 Siblings I adore - Krishna, Karthik and Tanuja.
- 4 Things I started doing this year - making candles, sewing, gardening, writing my blog.
- 5 Things I can't live without or stop doing - cooking, blogging, giving advice, talking, reading.
- 6 People with whom I share everything with - My mom, Nani, Hubby, Brothers, Mother - in- law, my Best Friend.
- 7 Years since I have been living in this apartment and plan to live on in the same apartment for ever, if possible.
- 8 Years since I have been associated with the field of medicine - for those of you who don't know, I'm a Physiotherapist with Masters in Neurology.
- 9 Occasions / Festivals our family celebrates - New year, Sankranthi, Holi, Ugadi, Sriramanavami, Rakhi, Sravanasukravaram, Diwali, Dussera.
- 10 O'clock at night is the time I call it a day.
I would love to tag my old friend " T " and my new blogger friend Rose.
One of the recipes I love is vadiyala charu. It is very easy to make. I have seen only my parent-generation making this dish. May be our tastes changed due to globalisation. We tend to forget our good old recipes which our parents, grand-parents used to make. These have less calories as compared to the ones which we are eating and good for health.
For Vadiyala pulusu:
- 2 onions.
- One tomato.
- Tamarid size of a small lemon (Soak it in water for 10mins).
- Vadiyalu (Fry them in oil).
- Jaggery or sugar (I prefer Jaggery)
- Cumin seeds ( Jeera ) : half teaspoon
- Mustard seeds ( Rai ) : half teaspoon
- Asafoetida ( Hing ) : half teaspoon
- Red chillies : 2 broken into half
- Curry leaves
- Dry Red chillies.
- Oil for making tadka.
- Salt to taste.
- Turmeric powder.
- Cut onions into very small pieces.Fry them in Oil.Wait until they turn light brown/golden yellow.
- Cut tomato into small pieces.
- Add tomato pieces to fried onions.let tomato get soft.
- Now add tamarind water to it.Let it simmer for few minutes.
- Add Jaggery,salt,pinch of turmeric powder to the boiling liquid with low flame.
- Now add Fried vadiyalu to it.
- Now for tadka heat some oil (spoon) add cummin seeds,mustard seeds.
- Add curry leaves and dry Chillies to it and later add some asafoetida to it.
Pour this tadka / seasoning into the simmering liquid. Serve the recipe with rice.
P.S:I will learn how to prepare vadiyalu and post it.Till then i have the picture for you.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I grabbed the attention of every person near the traffic signal ( this is the first time i got sooooo much attention that I literally blushed). Of course, I got the privilege to do this as I am part of " Art Of Living " family. People were very eager to read what was written on the placard and some people expressed their appreciation in the form of thumbs up. I did not notice the time until a gentleman came to me asking whether I am okay carrying a placard for such a long time. Then i noticed that i was carrying it for the past one and half hour. We even distributed pamphlets which spread awareness on voting. I had great time doing this as I was looking forward to do this.
P.S :I came across some hilarious captions on T.V and radio like "DOT hai to HOT hai" and "VOTE ya VAAT".
I hope at least a couple of people got inspired by our campaign and will take time to cast their vote.
Friday, April 10, 2009
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
These are the bangles my Mother-in-law got me from Kolkata. These are the bangles worn by the newly-wed girls in bengali community. Ain't they beautiful ?!!!!!!!!!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I thought very few people have time and inclination towards their life and that she is living her life to the fullest. To satisfy myself, I thought that may be since she is single, she is able to perceive many things, but later I realized that these are the things she is passionate about and nothing can stop her from learning.
She then asked me my interests in life and I opened my list of things which I would love to learn. We had a great time together sharing our interests.
These activities gives us immense pleasure and we can be with our true self. What say?? Am I right??
Monday, April 6, 2009
View from our resort
After staying for a day in Morjim, we decided to move to Baga. Baga is much happening place in Goa. Water sporting is the main event there and you can also find rides near by beach Anjuna via sea. We took a ride on the speed boat and My God!!!!! it was a terrible experience. I was literally petrified by the sight of huge water body and the speed of the boat. People seemed to be having great time but I found it hard by the sight of huge sea around.
I had a chance to visit a flee market called Ingos Bazaar which is generally on wednesdays and saturdays. This bazaar opens at 8 at night and closes at around 2 a.m. People around the world come here to sell their goods. There were many stalls selling handmade jewellery, beautiful fabrics, hammocks, ethnic jewellery, Tibetian stuff..etc. We came across budding musicians playing music on the stage.
There were many stalls selling great North Indian, South Indian and English food, you name it they have it. It was like fusion of the world.
People listening to music at Ingos.
I really had a great time at Ingos. The creativity is at its edge there. I have never seen such a market which had great creative stuff from all around the world.
We have been to a spice farm http://www.sahakarifarms.com/home.html near Ponda. We were welcomed by a garland and flowers. The guide took us on a tour into the spice farm explaining about the spices in the farm and their medicinal values. The farm even sell concentrated herbal oils which have medicinal values. The spice farm tour was very informative and interesting as we came to know about different types of spices and their uses.
This spice farm takes care of Elephants as well. You get a chance to spend time with Elephants as well. I have taken a snap of a lady giving nice wash to Elephant. Elephant splashed water on this lady whenever the gentleman instructed the Elephant to do so. It was worth watching.
At the end of the tour, farm provides us a good buffet with traditional delicacies.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I heard many interesting stories about nadi pariksha and thought of giving it a try. One of the stories is that the Nizam of Hyderabad, once thought of getting nadi pariksha done to his wife. As we know, there was "purdah system", where in women were not allowed to be seen and touched by any man other than her husband/family. So nizam tied a small thread to her hand (where the pulse is felt ) and passed the thread to nadi vaidya ( the doctor) . He checked the pulse of the queen through the thread and prescribed the medicine.
The other interesting fact about nadi pariksha is that if you want to know the health condition of any of your family members, say your mother/brother/sister or any other person in your family, and for some reason they can't make it to the doctor, you can still find out about their health. The doctor would ask you to think about the person, who's health you would want to enquire about, and would tell you about the concerned's health and would also prescribe the medicines.
Today my Mom-in-law and I went to get nadi pariksha done. The doc checked my pulse for few seconds and said that my pitta levels are high. She also said that everyone by birth has some nature (vata,pitta,kapha). By her examination, I found out that my nature is pitta. She described that people having pitta nature have very sharp features, are intelligent, have leadership qualities (hmmm felt very nice listening to these) and also are short-tempered, lethargic..etc. They even forecast our health problems and suggest us to take certain foods which pacifies our imbalance.
My mom-in-law wanted to know about my husband's health and it's issues. The doctor just told her to think about her son (my husband) and she told about his nature (hmm quiet interesting). Now I started using ayurvedic medicine which she prescribed..will let you know the results...may be in a month's time.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009