Monday, December 29, 2008

New Year = Jodhpur = Fun

2009 is not very far away. Three more days before this year bids a good-bye forever. Like always, I do not plan to spend the new year at home. So yes, I am travelling for the first time on the new year. I leave tonight for The Sun City or the Blue City - Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

Jodhpur has its own beautiful and magnificent history to narrate. A trip around the whole Rajasthan has always been a dream for me. I guess I shall cover Rajasthan in bits and pieces. I have already been to Jaipur, Ajmer and Pushkar. Now Jodhpur is the next city to visit. I am looking forward to the trip as always. Plan to meet and stay with some really close school friends. And yeah, I shall attend the new party as well either at the Air Force or the Army base in Jodhpur, if the political situation around the country remains fine. Otherwise, party at home.

Whatever happens, I am all ready to go to Jodhpur and explore. Hail Jodhpur!! Here I come to have fun...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Blog Award


I am a proud winner of an honest blogger award. Blue Mist has sent across this award to me. I have never met her in real life, but on this blogging world. It fills me with pride that in this blogging world, people do feel the honesty about the posts and the blogs. Thanks a ton for the award.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Of spices and spicy food.

Spices form an integral part of any food that we cook or eat. Though I am not a person who likes too much of spices but I do not detest them completely. For me spices should be put in the quantity that they lend a perfect flavour to the food. The spices should be put in food and not the other way round.

Of all the spices, something that I completely detest is chillies. Any sort of chilly in the food is a no-no for me... whether its white, red, black or green chilly.. I cannot enjoy or rather eat the food if it has chillies in it. A pinch (exact pinch) of chillies is still fine if it is just to provide the flavour but when there is a spoonful of chillies put, I am off. I dont enjoy masala wafers or kurkure... I have also noticed that eating chillies gives me a severe burning sensation in the stomach and it upsets my stomach as well.

One can make out if I am made to eat chillies... Nose running, eyes watery... I shall be drinking water after every bite. Though this behavior is not very nice to have, it has other problems as well. Whenever I eat out, I request for food which has no chillies. Its difficult to make others understand that I dont want chillies in the food. There is a difference between food which has spices and spicy food.. Many find it difficult to digest that food can be cooked without chillies as well. For them, if there are no chillies, the food can never be tasty. There are times when people ate food from my lunch box and found it surprising that its so tasty despite having no chillies in it..

Many a times I have eaten food at home and then went for any formal gatherings, where I know that I will not get the food which has no chillies in it. I dont eat food in my office cafeteria, even though they offer a wide variety and its free..

When I travel abroad, I never have to worry about the spicy food. Since I know the food that I get there, is perfect and according to my choice.. For me, spices do not just contain chillies. I remember an incident in one of the fine restaurant in Taj, Mumbai. We ordered food and we requested the chef not to put chillies in the food. His first question was: 'Ma'm, do you want no spices at all in the food?' Thats where we made him understand that he can put all the spices like cumin seeds, coriander powder, turmeric powder, fenugreek seeds, cinnamon or cardamom, but only he should avoid chillies of any sort. He found it strange that an Indian is asking for a non-spicy food but he was kind enough to cook the food according to our choice and believe me, it was delicious. My mum still makes that dish of broccoli and I enjoy it thoroughly.

Similar incidents happen with our local vegetable shop. As the vendor's habit is, he puts a handful of chillies after I have purchased the vegetables and I have to request him everyday not to put any chillies, since we dont use them.. Even he finds it strange that we dont use chillies in our food.. But thats how it is..

I feel its a matter of personal choice what one wants to eat and can eat. Yes, I cannot eat chillies and I dont see anything wrong with it. I do not even miss them because I have realized that I dont enjoy it. Just a hint of it is still fine, but if you put a spoonful of it, you shall see me running out of the door.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

To Doon and back

Growing up in a small town has its own advantages. As a child I used to love walking to the school, later going by cycle. I never had very high ambitions of working in a multi- national or earning a big fat salary, what I earn now. But one thing was there.. I wanted to work. I used to tell my Mom that I will not stay permanently in Dehra Dun.. I will move out one day.. My relatives used to explain that the quality of life in Doon is much better than any other city. It has everything that one can ask for, to live a peaceful life. But after graduation, I wanted to stay in a bigger city..

I still remember how much I cried, the day I got a job in Pune and never got a chance to go back to Doon.. It was because of the fact that I was in Mumbai on a vacation at that time. Applied for a job in Pune and there it was.. I could not even say a final good-bye to the city, my house, my street, my friends, my relatives... There was a time when I did not get a chance to go back to the city for 4-1/2 years... How much I missed each and every bit of the city.. Those lovely mountains which I could see from my bed.. The snow, the green trees, the fresh flowers, the birds chirping, the squirrel dancing, my pet playing, the sun playing hide and seek with the clouds.. each and every bit of Doon I missed and I miss it even now..

I have now realized that no matter wherever I go, I would always want to go back to Doon. Every time the engine pulls the train into Dehra Dun, there is an excitement and joy in my heart.. There is a strange feeling of peace.. I feel safe.. I feel as if the city always welcomes me with its open arms... I generally reach Doon in the night and still there is no fear. I know that this is my city. I have grown up there, studied there and made myself capable to face the world outside.

Now when I am staying in a big city for the past eight years, first Pune and then Gurgaon, I realize how much I miss Dehra Dun. For me its still the place I want to run back to, after a day's hard work. I know I dont go often to Dehra Dun - time constraints do not allow me to do so. I am at a stage where I want a holiday for a couple of weeks and spend in Dehra Dun. I want to experience the life again. I want to meet my friends, teachers, relatives, walk, run and live all over again.. I want to experience its winters, rains and summers again. I want to experience the warmth of the sun in the winters, the cool breezy evenings of the summer, the little rain droplets, the spring, those small lanes, the local market, the bakery, walking past my school, college way upto the Rajpur Road.

I had never thought that I will miss Doon so much once I leave that city. It may be because of the fact that the city made me, what I am today that I miss it so much. It has given me everything that I would ever want from life. It has given me friends for life, education, love, peace, security. I want to rest in peace in Doon forever...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Randomly

Life has been a on roller coaster ride since the past few days. The weekend that just went by was expensive in more than one way. A very close friend has supposedly got engaged - someone who was one of the most eligible bachelor among the crowd. Someone who has a golden heart, who can make you laugh at any time, someone who knows what love and care, is all about. Absolutely adorable and lovable. Well, the news was a shock and a surprise in its own way. I had mixed feelings on hearing the news. I still need sometime to digest the news.

Now the literal part. There was too much of shopping this weekend. Not that anything was planned. It was all on the spur of a moment. The list is elaborate as well as expensive. Whenever there is an upcoming function in the family, it gives more than a reason to we - women to indulge in shopping. There is an engagement function which I have to attend the coming weekend. Not that I wanted to buy anything specifically for it. When I reached the market, I ended up buying a suit reluctantly which was murderously expensive. Another shop - two suits for mom, another shop - a sweater for Mom and one for myself, which is bought just for style and not for warmth, a pair of sandals for mom, a flower vase for the house, some fresh flowers.. all this along with a lunch and a cup of coffee....

I came back in the evening and since I knew that I have spent more than I should have, ended up totaling the amount, for the first time. The amount shocked me beyond imagination... It was more than 11 grands!!! Obviously the most expensive one was my suit... I am thinking whether I should be happy or sad about the expenditure I did on myself... Again mixed feelings and I am unable to decide...

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Heal the world...

A song that is going on in my head since the past few days...

There's A Place In
Your Heart
And I Know That It Is Love
and this place could be Much
Brighter Than Tomorrow
And If You Really Try
You'll Find There's No Need
To Cry
In This Place You'll Feel
That There's No Hurt Or Sorrow

There Are Ways
To Get There
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
Make A Better Place...

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

If You Want To Know Why
There's A Love That
Cannot Lie
Love Is Strong
It Only Cares For
Joyful Giving
If We Try
We Shall See
In This Bliss
We Cannot Feel
Fear Or Dread
We Stop Existing And
Start Living

Then It Feels That Always
Love's Enough For
Us Growing
So Make A Better World
Make A Better World...

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

And The Dream We Were
Conceived In
Will Reveal A Joyful Face
And The World We
Once Believed In
Will Shine Again In Grace
Then Why Do We Keep
Strangling Life
Wound This Earth
Crucify Its Soul
Though It's Plain To See
This World Is Heavenly
Be God's Glow

We Could Fly So High
Let Our Spirits Never Die
In My Heart
I Feel You Are All
My Brothers
Create A World With
No Fear
Together We'll Cry
Happy Tears
See The Nations Turn
Their Swords
Into Plowshares

We Could Really Get There
If You Cared Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
To Make A Better Place...

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

You And For Me
Make it a better place
You And For Me
Make it a better place
You And For Me
Make it a better place
You And For Me
Make it a better place
You And For Me
Heal the world we live in
You And For Me
Save it for our children
You And For Me
Heal the world we live in
You And For Me
Save it for our children
You And For Me
Heal the world we live in
You And For Me
Save it for the children
You And For Me
Heal the world we live in
You And For Me
Save it for the children
You And For Me
Heal the world we live in
You And For Me
Save it for the children
-
Michael Jackson