A Wishlist

I made my first wishlist some 4 years ago and lost it and did not bother to write one until few days ago. My first wishlist had long-term goals/aspirations etc etc….nothing that could be achieved in the foreseeable future so this time I made it a point to add some short-term goals. For example, one of the items’ on my wishlist is to watch an Indian ODI match and hopefully, it will happen this August. We’ve already bought our tickets and now hoping that it doesn’t rain in Manchester that day 😀 If everything goes well, I’ll be able to strike that off my list and I will start working towards the next one.

Another item on my wishlist is to experience eagle-flying. For me, an eagle is one of the most majestic creatures’ ….regal and warrior-like. I am presuming it won’t be long before I fulfil this wish of mine. During Summer, many Zoos in UK will give its visitors an opportunity to experience this first hand. So now, it’s a matter of change in the seasons 🙂

Some of the other things on my wishlist, both long-term and short-term…

A Rolex for S

Diamonds and Rubies…my favourite gem stones. A necklace will do just fine 😀

My one and only ‘love machine’

A World Tour for the family

and last but by no means the least……

…..128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond Ring…which the husband can buy for me 😀

Hopefully, I’ll be able to strike out a few items before I am 50???

Do you guys and girls have wishlist that you’d like to share?

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Sreesanth, Karan Johar and Telangana

Poor poor Sreesanth…always getting a dress down from his team-mates, from the crowds and the umpires. Are we being unfair here? Why do we love to hate him sometimes? After all, he only sledges and ocassionally crosses the line but who doesn’t? The Aussies do it, Proteas do it, some English players and Pakistanis too. So why is it that we do not support our own? Aren’t we tired of being the nice boys of cricket? We’ve always been the quiet ones. We take everything with a smile on our faces. Nothing wrong with showing some agression on the pitch. Sure, Sreesanth does annoy me sometimes. He comes across as being arrogant and childish. He is ready to give but not ready to take. For eg; when he said something to Bhajji and Bhajji retaliated with a tight slap, he cried and how!!! I mean, if you are ready to abuse people you should be ready to take it aswell. The most interesting part of this whole incident was Dhoni giving Sreesanth a piece of his mind in the dressing room later. Apparently, he did not appreciate Sreesanth abusing Smith’s mother and told him to control his errr tongue 😀 Poor li’l chap! I guess, silent aggression is the most productive…like Zaheer’s gaze, or a cheeky smile or a gesture but mouthing a few abusive words…I am not sure.

Karan, Karan Karan…where do I start??? I was watching SRK’s interview on Koffee with Karan this morning. Karan was curious to know how SRK manages to be happily married inspite of being in a film industry filled with gorgeous women. Apparently, Mr Johar does not believe in the institution of marriage since married people around him just do not seem to be happy. They are either divorced or are persistently faced with marital problems. Why doesn’t he just come out of the closet and accept the fact that he is Gay?? I know Indian society doesn’t provide enough support system for its gay population to come out and get married but that doesn’t mean you sit on your comfortable couch and pass judgements against the institution of marriage. I am not saying marriage is easy but if you really love someone, you over-come any number of obstacles. I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true. Mr Johar works in an industry where there is lot of money, lot of choice and less of trust. Most actors have to stay away from home due to their shooting schedules. There is a lot of scope for marital problems to arise but what matters is how you sort them out. These days, when women are more independent and make their own decisions and are not scared to walk out of an unhappy relationship, it does take a lot of effort from both the sides to have a healthy marriage but just because marriages around you (aka the posh localities of Mumbai) are crumbling, doesn’t mean the majority of the Indian public is suffering the same fate?

There were just two things I was sure of in my life and one of them was getting married to S. We have our good days and bad, ours lows and highs, but what I cherish most is the companionship we share. He is my strength when I am down and out, my sunshine on a gloomy day. I am most happiest when I am in his arms. No amount of money or jewellery can give me the same happiness. I could not have imagined my life any other way. Life is just more beautiful with him by my side.

Karan Johar reminds me of some of my friends, who in spite of having girlfriends for years and years together are simply scared to commit and instead of addressing their fears, they say marriage is a waste of time. I laugh at such poor souls.

So the Telangana verdict is out and surprise surprise…TRS is not happy because they wanted the report to agree with the ‘Telangana Vaadulu’. So what is their plan of action? More burning of public properties, more student killings (I will not call them suicides), and more masala for the NEWS channels. When will we learn to live together in peace? The Sri Krishna Committee report is out and there’s no going back. So just shut up and get on with your lives and let us get on with ours!

Peace!

Life ante….vedi vedi pakoda with chai….

….annantha simple ga unte entha bagundu 😀 Sorry…I had to write this post in telugu and english to retain its essence. The weather could be the reason behind this post…or the lack of noise on the streets…or the chatter of people. It’s dull, it’s gloomy….almost dark…and it’s just 4 and supposedly the middle of summer. Just one of those days when I miss home 😦

Podunne pani pilla sarduthu chese sabdam tho lese feeling okati…pin drop silence tho lese feeling inkokati. Mummy kitchen lo help cheyii cheyii ante cheyyanu cheyyanuu antu maha rani laaga day begin ayyedi india lo. Manchi coffee tho news paper browsing….tv channels marchinde marchi…suthi kottinantha varaku…anni channels lo almost yoga gurincho lekapothe lucky stones and best Gods gurinchi. Naalugu thitlu thitti vallani….mummy tharimithe freshen up avvatam. Evaro okaru vachi vellatam…vallatho kaburlu…friends…eating out…walking on necklace road…going to the near by mall…to a book store probably…cursing the traffic…the auto drivers…the guys who purposely rub themselves against you while walking…so on and so forth. Rojulo oka vanda sarlaina politicians ni, TV channels ni definite ga thittukovatam….maali ade tv channels chudatam 😀 Flats lo unte adi inko sarada…evening kalla poolu amme vaadu…snacks amme vaadu raavatam….vaadi venta watch man padatam ‘kaiku aaya re yahaan…kisne permission diya teruku’ antu 😀

There are so many things wrong about India. I can point out at least 10 different things just about today. I sometimes tell S that I never want to go back..that is how angry I get. My parents tell me not to come back. They say life is difficult in India…’manushula manasulu roju roju ki kalushitam authunnayi’ – mummy’s wise words 😀 But day’s like today….I miss home so much 😦 I miss the gulmohar trees…I miss the Irani chai with biscuits…the pani puri…I miss the smell of earth after the first drops of rain…I miss standing in our balcony and looking at road that is ever changing…we could once see the Hussain Sagar from our balcony…but all I see now are tall buildings. A new fly-over’s come up…feel like it’s right outside our flat.

I have forgotten what it means to have neighbours. Here, I do not know who lives next door…there’s no exchange of curries 😉 no bringing babies over…no checking out each others shopping. Aren’t we supposed to be social animals??

We’ll be travelling to India next month…just for a few weeks though…and it’s will terribly busy…but looking forward to it.

May be tomorrow, it it’s sunny, you might see a really cheerful post from me 😀

Ciao 🙂

Onion, Chicken and Cheese Pizza

No special story for this one…just thought I’d try making Pizza at home…from scratch…as in preparing the dough and all. Frankly, it wasn’t that tough…pretty straight forward. The best pizza place in town is Pizza Express. Luckily for us, it’s just 5 min walk from home 😀 We absolutely love going there after a movie, after a walk or just like that…for no reason at all 😀

So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Quantity Basic Pizza Dough*
  • Plain Flour for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, for oiling

Topping:

  • Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Onions (sliced into rings) – 250 gm
  • Garlic Cloves (crushed) – 2
  • Red Pepper (deseeded and diced) – 1
  • Chicken – 100 gm
  • Mozzarella Cheese (sliced) – 100 gm
  • Tomato Puree – 1/2 a tin or can be made at home by using 2 medium-sized tomatoes
  • Jalapeno Peppers – 2 Tbsp
  • Rosemary springs for garnishing

*To Make Pizza Dough:

(makes 1×25-cm/10-inch pizza)

Ingredients:

  • Plain Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • salt – 1 tsp
  • easy-blend dried yeast – 1 tsp
  • warm water – 6 tbsp
  • olive oil – 1 tbsp

Method:

  • Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and add the yeast. Pour in the water and mix the dough. Finish off with olive oil. Knead for about 5 minutes, then leave in the bowl until double in size. Covering the bowl loosely with cling film helps.
  • Knock out the air from the dough after then knead lightly.
  • Roll out on a floured work surface, ready to use

Toppings for Pizza:

  • Using a rolling-pin, roll out the dough to form a square shape, then place it on an oiled baking tray, pushing out to the edges until even. The dough should be no more than 1/4 inch thick because it will rise during baking
  • To make the topping, heat the olive oil in a heavy-based pan over a low heat. Add garlic, red pepper and chicken pieces and fry for a couple of minutes (chicken does not have be completely cooked as it will baked later)
  • Spread the tomato purée over the pizza dough, then spread the chicken and pepper topping evenly over the pizza base. Finish off with onions, mozzarella and rosemary.
  • Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6, for 20-25 minutes. Serve the pizza hot!

Njoy!!

Recipe: Nasi Goreng

I get bored preparing the same old Indian recipes at home…so S and I have been experimenting with some other cuisines. I made Nasi Goreng, an Indonesian Rice dish couple of weeks ago. Absolutely loved it. I love anything with rice in it…except probably octopus and other similar creatures 😀

I moulded the recipe according to our taste…but not much…just a bit of chillies and bit of salt..

Here goes the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Rice – 250 (g) {I used Sona Masoori but Basmati is fine}
  • Boiling water – 1 (lt)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 (tsp)
  • Vegetable Oil – 3 (Tbsp)
  • Spring Onions – 1 Bunch
  • Fresh Root Ginger – 2 1/2 (cm) finely chopped
  • Green/Red Chillies – 2/3
  • Chicken Brest Fillet – 500 gm/thinly slice
  • Garlic Cloves – 2/crushed
  • Soy sauce – 4 Tbsps
  • Prawns – 200 (g)/cooked, peeled, defrosted if frozen {If you want to get rid of the sea smell, cook prawns in some ginger+garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt}
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Coriander for garnish

Method:

  • Cook the rice in boiling salter water, with turmeric added
  • Leave it to dry completely (to avoid rice becoming mushy (mixing with a fork occasionally helps quicken the process)
  • Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a wok or any heave based pan
  • Add half the spring onions, ginger and chillies and stir fry over low heat for 2-3 mins until softened.
  • Add remaining oil and increase the heat to high
  • Add chicken and garlic and stir fry for 5-7 mins
  • Now add rice in 3 batches, stirring after each addition to mix well with other ingredients
  • Add soy sauce and prawns and stir fry for 2-3 mins until hot
  • Transfer to a bowl and mix in lemon juice
  • Sprinkle with remaining spring onions and garnish with coriander

Suggestions:

You can add green peas to and vegetables like boiled carrots and beans  to make it more nutritious.

Enjoy!!

Songs of the Day

One of the most romantic songs ever

and a dance number

both from the movie Karthik Calling Karthik. Heard the movie is quite good…though the media gave some dubious reviews.

And the Most Farcical Awards are…

Couple of days ago, I was browsing through the NDTV website when I came across something called the ‘GR8 Women’s Achievers  Awards’. These were new to me but apparently Kelvinator has given them for the last 2 years. I was browsing through the photos of the event to see who got the awards….some inspirational stories maybe?…stories of women who achieved something against all odds…who contributed positively to our society…?NO! But who do I end up seeing…Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Bhagyashree (yup..the one from Maine Pyar Kiya), Diya Mirza (she’s every where these days), Yuktha Mookhey, Aarti Chabria, Zarine Khan etc in their beautiful sarees showing off their blouses and some in their skimpy clothes showing off their well-toned abs and yea..how can I forget….Shabana Azmi..she’s all things feminist isn’t she?

I was so disappointed…there was no one who I could admire, who actually contributed something to our society. Did Kelvinator conviniently ignore people like Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, the founder of Prajwala and many other women who are aplenty in our country? Do GR8 Women Achievers all have to be bollywood starlets? Dr Sunitha Krishnan, the founder of an NGO called Prajwala, who was gang raped at a young age fought back her horrors to become a psychiatrist and help children who are severely abused and sometimes sold and trafficked. Isn’t she inspirational to other women? Isn’t she deserving of this award?

What exactly have the bollywood startlets achieved may I ask? Most of them were models before they became actors or progeny of stars. They get paid crap load of money for their work…live in posh homes, drive extremely comfortable cars and dress in designer labels. For me, a GR8 Achiever is someone like Dr. Sunitha Krishnan…who is ACTUALLY doing something good for our society against all odds.

She is the only one I can think of now but this doesn’t mean there is no other woman in our country who is helping another. I am sure you will find one in every street corner. Such awards should carry some value…give it to people who really deserve them, to encourage them, to motivate them, to recognise their efforts and to show to the world what they do so that their organisations/NGO’s get the much-needed support. It doesn’t matter if you don’t give these awards to actors, they will still be fine…they won’t be missing out on anything. Who will it be next yr? Katrina, Kareena, Deepika etc?

Shame On You Kelvinator and the GR8 Women’s Achievers Awards panel!