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So far, a lil’ bit of fun…

Phew !! Can’t believe it’s past mid-March day already. With the current fiasco of events, I guess the change of colours was one of the last things on my mind. Well, time to rectify it. Here comes the spring in its full glory….

One of the main festivals in India was celebrated over the last week. The festival wherein a riot of colours are thrown, even at the unsuspecting passers-by (that’s the fun….the festival spirit!!); to mark the beginning of basant i.e. spring and it marks the love and brotherhood ( and sisterhood !!) of the season. And so we all said hello to “vibgyor” !!

If there is one thing that is welcome before the hot dry days set in, is the rain. Yes, it’s been the fresh spring rains here, more of a drizzle actually. Quite pleasant compared to the downpour of the monsoons.

Well that was quite a bit of the weather talk…Can’t avoid mentioning it, especially after hours were spent cleaning up the colours !!

On a different track, with my experiments in the kitchen ongoing; I have so far managed to bake a batch of biscuits, a little crumbly but home-made.

And yes, currently I have taken up karate, on full swing. (I gave a miss on yoga; somehow I can’t imagine myself sitting down for long!!) Due to the hectic work schedule (as always, nothing new in that!!), I have been allotted my own instructor and shorter training hours (did I mention about the privileges which goes with the job!!)

It feels nice to get rid of all the stress, even though the sessions are only twice a week. Earlier I used to take up walking, but hey breaking a board and throwing someone down sounds more destructive and more fun!! On a second thought, I could do with a little bit of self-defense. It’s not Goldilocks’ land anymore; these days one can’t even afford to open their doors to a salesman (sorry guys, better safe than sorry!!). Anyways, since I have just started with the training, I must say there is more to karate than just self-defense. Goes for all the martial arts too, I guess. (Need to ponder over that bit…)

Changing tracks again, I guess it’s time to wind up for this evening. Not before, you pour over this story…

and yes, to wind with the last say, Happy St. Patrick’s Day !!

That’s all for now I guess, need to do some thought-gathering….


In the process of getting back…

Over the past week, there were couple of things I had learnt from introspection and the words of wisdom emailed over; but the most important thing was to find myself. Or simply put, to get back on track !!

Yes I am still waiting for the outcome, but meanwhile I’m really tired of waking up and dreading each day. So I figured that it was time to get creative and so started with…

“My experiments in the kitchen”… Now why should I miss a chance to have fun with chocolate !! Though so far my progress has been limited to just finishing off the cookie batter, I must say that my evening turned out to be pretty good yesterday. Minus my on-call days, I guess the kitchen is a good enough place to have some fun..

Next on the “to-do” list is to get back on track with my reading and writing. Not just the blogging bit but the entire set of novels and blogs, that I have not been reading for a while…. Or maybe play with the colours and paint my bedroom a riot of shades…. Or just laze around the day watching the good ol’ movies and mindless snacking ( and grow real huge, nah maybe I have to cross that one out !!)…Or just long walks and sit in solitude..though I have been doing that for the past one week…

To be honest, I haven’t really figured out a plan to find myself; but one thing that I do know is that I have to start soon…

Maybe what I really have to do is to resist the urge to feel like you’re the only one going through this.

As said in the “In Invisible Man”, Ralph Ellison summed this up well: All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.

And maybe it goes beyond finding some meaning in life; maybe it has something to do with making a meaning out of life…

And I hope that, I would soon find my way back on the road…

Fettucine alfredo anyone ?!

It’s officially midnight and my stomach is driving me nuts !!!! The options were few; takeout – na don’t wanna get out and I am tired of all that chips and cookies. Where did that packet go ? I do remember getting some five of them !!! There is cheese though !! Alright, time for some midnight cooking ! Fettucine alfredo anyone ?! Or at least it’s variant.

The fastest dish for me to make, considering the fact that I permanently short of time !!! M not kidding. Does the name sound so elaborate !! We all make it on a regular basis- macaroni and cheese !!! It’s the one of the best comfort food in the world- next to coffee and chocolate.

Well, the name above may sound unfamiliar but this is how it started out. These days, macaroni is in different shapes: I personally like the coiled up one. The simply cool thing about this combo is that it can be made in a sec. Especially with the premade mac & cheese packets. For all those nutritious folks out there; make it the macroni, top it with all those veggies and low-fat cheese- voila !! Caution: don’t expect it to taste the same as the “non-nutritionally compromised” ones.

A fav’  food; it can be easily changed or blended according to our personal requirements. Experimenting with Mac and cheese is fun !! And each time, no matter what the ingredients of experimentation are, it is palatable unless the mac gets burnt. So even the amateurs or non-kitchen friendly folks don’t have to eat out every night or stick to canteen meals. The best part, it is less messy, less fussy, a quick meal and can be both elaborate and simple.

Thank god, that this little  “packaged” invention has saved us hungry souls !! So got to get that midnight snack ready now !!

P.S. This was posted post-hunger pangs !!

Cookies and Milk…..

It’s around midnight, and the hunger pangs began. Rummaging through my dorm, I came up with the world’s best combination of comfort food– cookies and milk.. Guess my luck didn’t run out, after all !!! This was and still is one of my fav foods. The best mood changer ever. Dunno, what’s so cool about, but it does soothe my mood to the more “happier” times….

There is something about the way the different cookies come out, the shapes, colours, and the various combos….you can take your own pick and never get disappointed.  School times, sleep overs, “family bakes” and growing up, all these memories are embedded in the cookies.

“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. – Barbara Jordan

Personally, I kind of agree …somehow life seems like “all these cookie times”. You get to taste the different varieties of cookies- the simply scrumplicious and delicious ones…yummy !!!!, the crunchy ones, buttery ones, weird ones….But the flavour is yours to choose!!!! You get to make “your own” right combo. The awesome part is that it goes in every season – ‘xmas, exam times, parties, tea breaks, lover’s corner….May be life ain’t so hopeless as it looks….!!!!