Thursday, March 29, 2012

A book,A week # 11 " Sea swept - Nora Roberts"

    I purchased a couple of books from a thrift store nearby for  $0.50 each and i find this book worth the money that i spent on it.I may be biased, because I have read Nora Roberts' MacKade brother series, but the Quinn brothers seemed to me nothing more than a reduction of the four MacKade brothers to three Quinn brothers. Of the three Quinns, Cameron, featured in Sea Swept, was my favorite. I enjoyed the relationship of Seth to the men, and the brothers' interactions were amusing, if not as in-depth or believable as some of Roberts' other brotherly interactions.

I couldn't get behind Cam and Anna's relationship. No matter how objective Anna says she was, a woman who would willingly compromise the safety and security of a child, (Seth) shouldn't muddy the waters. Her behavior just didn't make sense to me; moreover, it made me doubt the validity of Anna's character, her devotion and her motivation to being a social worker; and the entire social services system.( i dint want to judge)A Fiction should give us a reprieve from reality, especially the feel-good, happily-ever-after genre of romance.This book surely was lacking it, and its my say!

The only good thing about this book was Seth. Not a bad read, I suppose, but not Roberts' best effort or may be i am not the right person to review a book of this genre :P 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Choosing the right dog!!

It has been 4 long months since 'J' and i got married, and since the big move, I am home alone for almost 11 hours a day through 5 days a week. In the beginning it was all great,I got to have a lot of "me-time", which seemed awesome,, but as days passed, I realized that I slipped into the "underpants syndrOme", which seems nice when it actually is not :P without being in touch with an another being can get you really frustrated, trust me on this.

So "J",the most adorable and understanding hubby on earth decided to get us a dog. We began our search the very minute, but there are about a million breed, what do we do?? Lots of options equals confusion. We had to break down the list, and set up a strategy, of course.

border collie 
       What do humans want in a dog? Playful, obedient, trustworthy, good with kids, kind of a dog. Well, I just defined a DOG :-P ... But I went a step ahead and let "J" know what kind of a dog that I do not want, and that will be ... A small,very hairy , cute looking dog or A gi-normous,loud, scary, dangerous, hibrid or a mix kind of a dog.. This way we are left with a very few options that we are aware of. One of us wants a border collie and the other wants a Labrador.

If you happen to have more choices for us, please let us know by commenting below, or by mail.. We would also like to know the pros and cons of these breeds

PS: we live in an apartment in columbia, SC right now and we are planning to adopt a young dog that is houseBroken already... Neither one of us has never owned a dog before.!

Be happy and ciao !!!!!

photo courtesy : google

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chicken Hariyali kebab

    I went out for dinner with family to this restaurant called "The Banyan" at the heritage resorts, madurai.We werent that hungry actually but i was very much keen on hogging that particular day, since i had nothing else to do.. :P we ordered some X, Y ,Z along with some chicken hariyali kebab.. i was waiting waiting waiting,,, 10 minutes gone and still waiting, then there i see the waiter with X,Y,Z and my hariyali kebab... :D that was the awesomest kebab ever.. it looked HARA(green ofcourse) , juicy and gorgeous, along with the orange and white salad, and a greener pudina chutney... YUM :D That was when i caught the green fever, everything i saw and thought of, was green.. so i decided, why not make my own hariyali kebab.. so i surfed the "gooooogly" and found the following recipe. I also ended up making two sets of hariyali kebab today, the first set dint turn out well (am bad with microwave cooking, timing is something, that just doesnt happen for me), where as the second set was yummy and looked divine :P .. you are so welcome in my kitchen.. here is a sneak peek of my hariyali kebab, and the recipe for it.
500 gms of chicken boneless
1/2 cup chopped coriander
1/4 cup chopped pudina/mint
50 grams of curd
some salt
2 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 green chilies
1 tsp finely ground garam masala
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
half a lemon squeeze


1) Grind the coriander, pudina/mint,chillies into a fine paste
2) Add curd, salt,ginger garlic paste,garam masala, lemon juice and pepper powder to the ground pudina/coriander/chilli paste. mix all the ingredients well
3) marinate the chicken with the mix, and keep aside for a good 2 - 3 hours.
4) take a non stick frying pan, add 3 tsp of oil , when the oil is hot, fry the marinated chicken pieces in it.
5) serve it with onion rings and pudina chutney...

Here is what my hariyali kebab looks like :P

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A book, A week # 10 " Even silence has an end - Ingrid Betancourt"

     You spend a little over six years in captivity in the Colombian jungle ,tortured, sick, and hopeless .you’d think that, once you’re free, all you’d really care about is the fact that the nightmare has finally come to an end. But, in a day and age where surviving an especially shitty chapter in your life almost requires that you write a memoir to forever document this painful period in your life, it’s really no surprise to find a book like Ingrid Betancourt’s “Even Silence Has An End” — but what’s surprising is that one of her fellow captives, an American who was part of a drug surveillance operation, publicly bashed Betancourt in his own memoir and claimed she was “worse than the guards.” The recipient of multiple international awards, Betancourt was one of the more famous political prisoners and was taken hostage in 2002 by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia ), while she was running for president. 
      I came to know about the existence of this book after i watched an interview of the author on the Oprah show! I was very impressed, and i was looking to get hold of the book when i accidentally stumbled up on a  certain comment by Stansell, an American intelligence analyst and ex-Marine, who claimed that Betancourt was  “the most disgusting human being I’ve ever encountered.” I was shocked but i still thought i should give her  a chance :P So, having read about all of this prior to picking up Betancourt’s memoir, I couldn’t help but look at her account of things with a grain of salt. 
     But you know what?  You read her book and you can’t help but understand both sides of the stories; I mean, think of our high school days, it helps you understand that, in some situations, when you’re stuck with a bunch of other people under circumstances that aren’t in your control, this ugly side of you starts to emerge the longer you’re in that situation. I know you might not agree, but the beast in you does.. :P
In her memoir, Betancourt recounts a number of attempts to run away. She even stood up to the guerrillas on a number of occasions, displaying what I thought were remarkable shows of courage in an attempt to stick by her principles; but it seems that some of her fellow captives saw her as nothing more than a troublemaker who made things more difficult for them in the short term.
    Reading this book, there were moments where I felt like I was being held captive right along with Betancourt — and I don’t mean that in a good way. The writing was okay — if a little grandiose at times — and I didn’t find it difficult to slough through…but still, reading it, I could only begin to imagine what it was like to actually go through what she did.
   At one point, she writes, “The flatness of life, the boredom, time that was forever starting over again just the same — it all acted like a sedative.”

    I must say i liked the dramatic rescue mission and i thought the description of the rescue could have been longer than the depressing captivity.And This is the first E-book that i read..

conclusion : The book is too long for a memoir.I was hoping i could get over with it soon........... 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

lil horsey ...

          This is a little horsey that i sketched when i was in school :P i found it in one of my math notebooks from when i was in 8th grade.. i hope you guys like him :D like i said in the previous post, am going to be choosing a lucky winner every month for my give away... so keep reading and keep winning.. it could be a make up brush, or a wallet or a book or anything... !! :D


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

kanthari peppers from sirumalai

         The world's most tiniest pepper/chilli, called kanthari chilli. It grows in certain parts of kerala and tamilnadu, originally from korea.I also learned they are ivory white in colour before turning green. I was really fascinated by their size, they are uber tiny and i can relate to their hotness only after touching a bruised one.. it is extremely hot, my fingers are on fire, even after washing them a couple of times..

Best things come in small packages, dont they?? :P

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Signs of aging!!

         I see the signs of aging in me, almost every single day. It gets me sometimes, who wants to grow old right??.. you know it when you experience the following

1) wrinkles, dark spots etc.. etc..etc.... ..... ....  .... etc (use ponds age miracle eh :-P)
2) You dont feel like talking over a pedestal fan anymore, to listen to your robot voice... damnnn i miss it
3) listening to old songs, classics..
4) watching old movies...
5) The Sun becomes the worst enemy.. you hate him so much.. trust me..
6) Stressing over what kind of "vadai" to serve, when there are people coming over..
7) the superman toy is just a piece of tin.
8) Travelling in a bus is impossible
9) The languages spoken are , Sarcasm,humor,  Narcissism, Pun,ego, money, hypocrisy
10) You "sushhhhh" the kids around.


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Inspired by.. !

     I came across this picture today (source: Ananda vikadan 6.7.2011).  A mom supporting her gay son in the LGBT rally at chennai pride 2011.  Such parents are rare and a great role model that we dont often get to see.. Is there a plan or a blue print to fall in love? love is good, however be it! With the support of parents,any kind of issue gets nano in size, but without their support even the smallest issue can seem behemoth.... I am proud of this woman, the mother, a great inspiration..

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I laddered today :D

      My house is getting babed up big time, the curtains got a chance to shower, the grills got a makeover, they are pampered like never before.Avva washed the curtains today, and she rest them on the clothline, since the season is windy, the curtains got blown and blown away by the wind.And oh yeah!! they dint stop there, one of them, flew and hid on the sunshade below.... My driver is on a rock tour(just kidding :P), he was so totally absent on this "curtain on the sunshade" day and mom made me climb the ladder to get the curtain..So i climbed down and up the ladder just to rescue my curtain from crowshit !!.... and i feel oh so great, for i am not that useless :D i should have taken a picture right?, oh just that i was shaking with fear and forgot about the rest of the world and i should have asked my mom to take a picture right ?. Oh just that she was holding the ladder for me and cheering up.. I FEEL LIKE A FIREFIGHTER now :-P .... LMAO