Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Kellogg's Waale Guptaji ka Nashta

"Suhani you think the ending makes sense?" Suraj looked at me expectantly and I just nodded because I was already filled with so many emotions. Suraj has given a very heart touching twist to our story, the story we both have been working on for the contest, we have to submit it by noon today itself and till yesterday we were stuck at the middle. We both decided to stay up whole night and complete the story but at some point I slept and when I woke up I panicked but Suraj said he had written the complete story. A whole lot of four thousand words by himself. I haven't known Suraj for long and I don't really know how good he is so tentatively I picked the laptop and started reading the story and to my utter surprise, it's awesome. It's so heartfelt and emotional that I am in love with it already.

"I am in love!" I exclaimed.

"What?" He said is a shocked tone.

"I said I am in love," I looked at him with a smile then added "with the story, It's awesome."
He sighed "So you like it... I mean love it. Thank god, I was so worried. When you slept, I couldn't wake you up because you have been writing this non stop and we had to complete the story so I did that. I wasn't sure if you would like it or not because ending matters the most and I am new to this story writing line. So I am relieved."

"You did an awesome job Suraj." I reassured him. He smiled.

"Common I am hungry now. Lets have something to eat, it's already 8 o' clock of the morning, breakfast time. Let's go and have samosa somewhere."

Breakfast suddenly reminded me of Kellogg's Waale Guptaji ka Nashta, they are known for their delicious breakfast and yesterday when for inspiration I was surfing online, I found their facebook page with so many recipes and I know which one will suit this occasion, Guptaji's 'first cruch wala nashta", yes that's correct Suraj is my first crush and it calls for celebration too. So I think I am going to have Guptajis 'celebration wala nashta' too.

"Let's go to Kellogg's Waale Guptaji's house and have their famous breakfast!" I told Suraj.

"Kellogg's Waale Guptaji?"

"Yes, you don't know them! Then we will have to go to their home like right now! Shalu aka Mrs Gupta makes awesome healthy filling breakfast for every occasion, you name it and you have it. She knows around hundreds of recipes and today is the day to be celebrated after all you wrote an awesome story in time so we are going to their home for 'celebration wala nashta'. You In?"

"Sounds interesting! Of course I am in and it seems she makes healthier breakfast. Let's hit it." Suraj replied.

I love cooking and this seems like the opportunity to learn more delectable breakfast recipes and  meet their sweet family too. Suraj and I am just the reason to celebrate.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Little things that make me happy

Life is nothing without splashes of happiness, it’s the main essence of our existence. Be it small or a big thing that makes us happy, being happy is being happy, no term and conditions attached. I am going to share the things that make me happy.
  1. Cooking: I love the smell of spices and food. I feel alive when I cook, the aroma which is as good as its taste is the best thing in this world. The sizzling of vegetable is the best noise and the waiting time when I cover the lid and let it cook is the sweetest waiting. Cooking makes my soul sing.
  2. When someone praises my cooking, I cook with all my heart and when someone likes it makes the efforts worth everything. Especially when I cook for specific people and they love it.
  3. Experimenting with my cooking and being successful in it. Mixing up different flavours that tastes wonderful is an amazing feeling although many times the experiment doesn’t work but when it does, it makes the whole difference.
  4. Having an enough sleep through the night, without any stress and tension.
  5. Sunrise is like a miracle that absorbs the dark and makes everything shiny. I am not an early riser when I rise early and see a sunrise; it gives me hope for everything better.
  6. I love my hair and a good hair day makes me super happy. It boost my confidence and makes me happy and bouncy.
  7. Getting appreciation emails from my manager.
  8. Finding money in my handbag, i have many handbags and when I find the money in them that I have forgotten is like winning a lottery.
  9. Making people smile with my talk, acts or being silly at times. I love to makes people happy specially those who are sad.
  10. Snuggling in bed and reading in cold winter nights.
  11. When I eat a new delicious dish that makes my whole day also it inspires me to cook it.
  12. Meeting the people I love
  13. Getting a text from my boyfriend that puts that lovely smile on my face.
  14. Spending quality time with my family and friends.
  15. When someone gives me a cute adorable nickname.
  16. Playing in a park, going for picnic
  17. Wearing new lovely clothes I love for the first time. 
  18. Receiving and giving homemade cards. The touch of care and love is the best thing.
  19. Eating ice cream without planning it.
  20. Baby animals are super adorable and innocent looking. Looking at them makes my soul happy.
  21. Tight hugs
  22. Spending time on my laptop makes me happy
  23. Hot chocolate tastes delicious and is one of my favorite drinks.
  24. Giving and receiving surprises tells that people around you are loved and you are loved too.
  25. I love art and seeing art of nature is very serene.
  26. Enjoying a bright sunny day on a beach with friends and enjoying it to the fullest.
  27. Fireworks are like magic, they burst and spread beautiful lights. It's a symbol of celebration.
  28. Playing a new game on my brother's play-station with my brother.
  29. Replaying my favorite song over and over again, singing along with it.
  30. Smell of freshly baked bread. Yummy! 

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

That time with my Family

It was when I got my result of IITJEE, it was my dream to do graduate from an IIT and I had spent my high school years in competitive exam preparations. I was devastated when I didn't make it that year and I remember that I cried a lot that day. My family was trying their best to calm me down but I wasn't listening to them, I locked myself in my room and refused to come out, I was so hurt  that I couldn't even look at my books. I refused to talk to my friends, didn't speak with anyone at all. I just kept crying because I felt like there is no future. I blew up my chance real bad. Today when I think about it, I kind of find it funny how different my perspective used to be but that was the age when losing something felt like end of life, it was like life has no meaning now and only IITs are the colleges worth studying in. I am very talkative usually but those were the days when I started to talk less and felt like a big looser. I was really depressed, my family was trying to boost my moral and were telling me that there are many other colleges and other competitive exams to look upto but again, I wasn't ready to understand. I just wanted to left alone.

I think it must have been couple of days after my IITJEE result when my father and mother took me to Kanha national Park for a mini vacation, I went with half heart. As I mentioned I just wanted to be left alone but being close to nature calmed me alot. Those were the most memorable time of my life, it changed me lot also my perspective too. Seeing carefree wild animals in wilds walking like they owe the world was a sight of its own. And being away from city relaxed me enough to be reasonable. My parents were my biggest support and their care and love for me made me realize that may be not getting into IIT isn't that bad. May be I should consider other colleges too. That vacation gave me a much needed break and that time with my family was a much needed nudge in right direction.

Today I am happy from being graduated from a decent engineering college, I am very content with my life and thankful for that vacation that made me think clearly. Many times when we are not thinking, our family's presence make us think the right things. We make right decisions and stand again with their support. I don't mind falling again as long as I have support of my family because I will be rising again and be ready to fight again.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The Weekend

This is going to be a long weekend, I thought as I drove to my Uncle's house. He recently bought a new home and the coming weekend he have a house warming party plus pooja. I don't have any aversion to the coming event, my only concern is my relatives, the long gossip session and praises and criticism which doesn't seem to end. I just want this weekend to go by super fast. 

"Suhani beta, can you pick up Nidhi on your way to Delhi?" My Aunt called me for this tiny favor, I am m happy to oblige but the tiny problem is I am coming from Noida and she lives in Gurgoan. Can't she take a metro or something! It would be rude to make that suggestion hence I drove to Gurgoan first to pick up Nidhi. I haven't met Nidhi in years, she is my first cousin. Don't get me wrong, I love her and everything just we got out of touch and haven't spoken in 3 years. I guess work does that to you. 

Nidhi is doing her graduation and is in final year, when I reached her place I found her not waiting alone but she had her neighbors kid as well who was apparently travelling with us too. 

"Hi Didi, this is Jay, do you mind if he come with us?"

"Of course not. Hi Jay." I said to the kid.

"Hi" He said shifting on his leg then taking the back seat of the car.

"Thank you Didi for making this detour, Uncle wants Jay to come too and mummy is worried of me traveling in metro with Jay, he is only eight years old though he looks older for his age." My cousin said while Jay was smiling sheepishly.

"So what do you do jay?" I asked for the sake of making conversation.
"I am in 4th grade. And I love football." He said looking at my Manchester United cushions laying in the back seat. I like the kid already, may be this won't be that bad.

Me and my cousin were making small conversations, I don't know why but I am feeling this strange tension between us. We drove in silence then got stuck in heavy traffic.

"UGH! This is going to take forever!" I screamed in frustration, we have been stuck for twenty minutes now.

"Suhani Didi, why don't you see this time to resolve the tension between you two. And catch up." Jay said with beaming eyes. Looked at the eight year old boy , so he repeated.

"I mean, either you can curse the traffic or utilize the time. I suggest later."
I kept starting the boy, how this little boy is making so much of sense where we two elders are just getting frustrated.
Then Nidhi apologized for being mean to me many years ago and I finally let go of the grudge. 

"So I told you it wasn't that difficult. Now, let's play games while we are stuck here, " Jay said in upbeat tone. I looked at him again and in that moment I realized how beautiful life can be if only I see the positive sides of a situation rather than the frustrating angle. If we have a generation like jay then our country sure have a bright future and I was filled with so much happiness and hope that this weekend is going to be fun and memorable. Totally different from what I thought.

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Starting a new life after break up

Love is a most beautiful emotion, it's one element that binds the people together. It's the strong power that can control and govern others decision and doings. Love is a savior that awakens your soul and let you breath the fresh air. When you truly love someone, you give them the power over you. Power is often misused and that's what happened with me. I loved someone very deeply, I loves with all my heart and trusted him with my life but my world shattered when I came to know that he was cheating on my. How easy it is for one person to lie and betray without even thinking twice! The consequences of betrayal can be earth shattering. 

My friends used to tell me that he isn't faithful but I always chose to believe him over others. But the moment I was acquainted with the truth I broke up with him. Coming out of a long relationship isn't easy, I was used to of his presence, I was used to of telling him everything that happens during a day, every good or bad news I would share with him but after break up I felt dejected, I was completely hopeless, I felt lonely in this world brimming with people. Suddenly I stopped listening to music and stopped hanging out with friends because I saw pity in my friends eyes. I was surviving but wasn't happy then one day while driving my Scooty I almost run over little adorable puppy, I realized how my absentmindedness almost led me to killing a life and that moment I decided I am going to take control of my life, I am going to start a new life.

Firstly I needed to let my emotions out so I started writing, I wrote my feelings down then I called my best friends and made plans for weekend movie and catch up. My best friends were my great help, we all joined aerobics class, it not only helped me in releasing my pent up emotions but gave me a better shape. I got a new haircut. And in 2 weeks I was a new me. I decided to learn from my past and move on. I even joined a reading club and made new friends, reading gave me a new dimension, it gave me new imagination and hope, hope for a better future. It's better to not be in a relationship than be in a wrong one. I opened up my heart to absorb all the fresh energy in my surroundings. I made new friends, I started to socialize more and gradually found that this new life where I was giving time to myself is far more better than my previous one. It wasn't easy to make this decision but I took it, I gave it a stop and succeeded. I am happy that I decided to start a new life because I live with a big smile on my face and I love the new me. 
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Tandoori Aloo recipe

Who doesn't like tandoori dishes, from tandoori chicken, tandoori paneer to tandoori roti, everything that's cooked is tandoor is always tasty. The specialty is it's smoky flavor. But I don't have tandoor at home so I cook in microwave oven. And today I am gonna try tandoori aloo.

  •  14-15 small (baby) potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of hung yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kasuri maithe
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of chat masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black peper
Method :

  • wash and pat dry baby potatoes
  • do not peel the potatoes
  • boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle
  • cut potatoes into halves
  • not take them into a bowl and add hung curd to it
  • add all the spices to it and leave it to marinate in refrigerator for half an hour
  • now grease the oven tray with some oil and spread the potatoes on it
  • now let it bale in over for 20-25 minutes at 180 degree C
  • take it out then sprinkle some salt, chat masala and red chili powder it and serve hot.