Thursday, July 30, 2015

Relationship Goal: Nurture It

~ Smita Kumar
This is how a relationship works... 
Let's take the example of a plant. You can't just buy a plant, water it once then forget about it. And then keep expecting it to flower and bear fruit and look all pretty and nice... 
It just won't... 
It will wither and die... 
You need to water it everyday. You must give it time, take care of it, give fertilizers, show some sun, protect it from harsh weather. Only then will the plant grow strong, bear flowers & fruits for you and look really healthy & pretty.
If you miss out on any of the above it will suffer and in turn will not be able to give you what you expect from it.  If you leave your own plant and water other random plants outside, they might give you whatever in return depending on what you've given them. But your own plant, the one that was yours, will die a slow, painful death. 
And once its dead you won't be able to bring it to life. If you abandon it and someone else takes it and starts caring for & loving it, then that person will get the rewards and you'll just be sitting empty handed.  
Similarly you can't just get married and forget your spouse. Your spouse is just like that plant you got. You must give him/her your time everyday just as you water the plant daily. From time to time, do things together for each other and that will act like fertilizer to make your bond strong.  Protect your relationship & avoid harsh statements, abuses and insults. Talk and share everything with each other honestly. 
This will prune out any misunderstandings and help you both grow.  Only then will your relationship blossom into a beautiful one. If you miss out on these then your relationship will suffer. Don't expect a lovely relationship if you've never bothered to give it your time and effort. And if you leave your own spouse and go out and have random flings, please don't expect your relationship to last. Sooner or later it will end.  And if you abandon your spouse and someone else comes along in their life, you'll be the one sitting alone with with regret and jealousy.  
So please go and care for your relationship while it's still alive and still yours!!! It will be worth every bit if you sincerely put in the time and effort. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

#BookReview: India On My Platter - The 20,000 km Food Journey by Saransh Goila

On the jacket:

Backpacking through the country, young chef Saransh Goila sets off on a culinary trail through India, where in he discovers the various nuances of local cuisine. From rural villages to barren deserts to freezing mountains, he unfolds the flavor of his destination by meeting local villagers or erstwhile royalty, picking up a tip or two to use in his kitchen. Wherever he goes, he makes sure to visit the famous eateries of that place. Through him, the reader can vividly smell the spices and taste the dishes that are described. The recipes given also present ways on using locally found ingredients. From having steaming Murthal ke paranthes to savoring tasty street food in home town Delhi, from cooking on a boat in Varanasi to cooking dishes using a bamboo hollow in Assam, Goila does it all and presents his adventures in a lucid, flowing narrative peppered with humorous anecdotes.


India On My Platter - The 20,000 km Food Journey is chef Saransh Goila's travelogue across the country and it includes some fantastic recipes. Having seen Goila cook up storms in the kitchen, on tv shows, I already expected this book to be a smasher. Adding to the fact that he seems to a simple, earthy guy I was sure to expect some very recipes of the land. It is not that one gets to travel through India at a stretch and indulge in what they love doing the most, and Goila made the most of it. Starting from Delhi, moving on to Punjab and travelling southwards via Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Maharashtra.

The language is simple. A little crisp editing could have made the travelogue more interesting. Nagpur being my hometown, seeing  Saoji's recipe made me very happy. Recipes from Kolkata were disappointing, though. Goila's travel tales are not only heartwarming to read, but also

I have book marked the recipes of sindhi kadhi, sikkim chicken curry, chocolate football momos, tofu kofta, chicken rizala, saoji curry, baghare baingan, hyderabadi gobhi musallam biryani and tomato, dried fenugreek & wine rice, to try out in my own kitchen very soon.

Rating: ***.5/5

#BookReview : The Shrine of Death by Divya Kumar

On the jacket:  Prabha Sinha, an IT professional in Chennai, is plunged into a murky world of idol theft, murder, and betrayal aft...