Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

The first thing that strikes me about ‘green’ is nature. I am surrounded by natural greenery everywhere: the advantage of living in a town. I live in a hilly area. So you would be seeing a lot of hills. Besides, we get rainfall most part of the year and the wettest place on earth is just a 292 km away. I have tried to incorporate some of my thoughts in the following images- like flowers with leaves, army man, green vegetables. Hope you like it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

The white mountain top

Snow covered mountain top always excites me. This picture describes it all. It’s like a glittering peak surrounded by different shades of grey. It’s just so different and more pristine than the rest. Though, it looks so distant, it’s a challenge to reach there and conquer it. But the clear blue sky adds more visibility and gives hope a chance :)

Yellow

The picture of this yellow hibiscus was taken in the morning. It was a bit cloudy and the light had not fallen everywhere yet. It’s a bit erratic. But against the little glow the flower is not overcast by the morning sunlight. Yellow is a very vibrant color and it defines energy to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

This is a beautiful little version of the original wooden ‘clog’ which my cousin got for me. It has a ribbon depicting the flag of Netherlands. He tells me the locals dance wearing these kind of heavy wooden shoes. Must be some sight. Love to experience it some day.

Buddhist Prayer Flag

If you have visited a Buddhist monetary/temple, you are bound to come across these colorful flags. The first time I saw them swaying on the mountain top I thought they look gloriously beautiful. The five colours represents different elements of nature.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy :)

Rumbling midnight nonsense

It’s really bugging when there are thoughts in your mind and the right words are so hard to put together. Like you watched a movie, that you have watched probably couple of times before, but it’s never enough. You seem to learn something new every time or maybe it’s just the recollection coming together again. But one thing is for sure, it’s always bound to trigger something positive in your mind.

Generally in movies, the examples adapted from real life, that somehow relates with your own, can trigger a lot of questions. The movie usually have happy endings, with the protagonists having achieved something out of life. It doesn’t always have to be in a Hindi movie; even, English movies have softer yes-yes endings too. I am not talking about a boy proposing a girl kind-of-a-thing, where the movie ends in marriage: with both families finally reaching a cordial agreement. Not necessary. More of that sort, that plays with your mind and makes you think about the decisions that you probably might have taken in the past relating to future goal. Something that strikes the inner self. You sort of become transparent. It’s not a great feeling to know that you haven’t given in your honest ‘try’. But, you have to keep in mind, putting the movie time frame and the build up of the plot,  its lot easier in movies to accomplish the goal comparatively.

Other times what happens is that, you are pretty good at many things, that when you see an easy and faster step towards success (success= financially stronger) : you jump upon it. It’s great actually when you are that adventurous and when it’s your kind of thing. But, when it’s not, the realization starts to drag onto you and you end up feeling wasted. You either decide that you are a bloody lazy person who is born lucky, or that you lost your focus too soon. I have dreaded the later most, though I think the former is also true. So you look up to the sky and ask why?

The answer is again an issue because even if you think you have it, it always unreliable. I think physically preparing you, is lot easier that mentally or emotionally preparing yourself to any task. It’s like you know what to do but not sure how. And again even if you know how, you still aren’t sure from where. But the hunger for that small taste of satisfaction should be able to drag you out of your bed and start putting things into perspective even at the dead of the night. If that is not happening or short-lived, god knows what then.

Well, in that case I think its back to more movie viewing and reviewing; probably to make some sense and pull yourself up. How dumb it sounds. But Jack of all traits should also be a master of something. Or else life would remain as dull as plain Jane. There are no short cuts to success in life. It has to be honest, at least with oneself. Success is not always about increasing bank balances or starting a family ( I guess most would quietly agree); but, more of waking up in the morning, feeling excited about work or sharing a breakfast with some one close and making stupid jokes. Yes, having money is important for all the luxuries to enjoy. But you can only feel it, if you have earned it rightfully. Family is important too. But only with the people who value your presence.

Experience has taught us many things but we usually like to ignore them. Like, hard work and patience pays. But with age always making a faster run, the race gets tougher; ultimately, relying on lady luck to do the trick. Wishing for the past is always a depressing situation to generate for yourself. It’s lot easier being in school; atleast, you have a guiding teacher there. In real life it’s a tough call. Sweet-sour experience. Life is never easy for those who have a dream. Too many branches without one straight defined branch to the top. Sigh!!

Dilemma on eating right?

I guess when the worst strikes you; it’s usually the final alarm to realize that something is terribly not right and that it needs your attention now. Generally, we are too busy or some how lives with the feeling that we are some sort of invincible being; that, what’s happening with some one else can not happen with us. And then, the ignoring part continues. But the question is why wait for the worst.

I suffer from low hemoglobin count. My doctor tells me it’s because of my poor diet. I have always been very finicky about food and the greens have not been my favorite since I can remember. Sadly, I am too lazy to cut myself a fruit. I think indulging upon a fruit requires diverting a requisite amount of time in which time I could have easily had a packed of chips or a biscuit. Couple of months back, I discovered that my hemoglobin count have dangerously gone low such that, my doctor suggested I get a blood transfusion. That’s when it kind of kicked me. I have been a sport enthusiast since a child and most of the time when I feel too fatigue my mind kinds of drag me on. But, yeah I have to confess, I get grumpy in all that. Instead of going for a blood transfusion, I decided to continue with a different set of medication and work on my diet. I enjoy cooking for the sake of producing something beautiful and tasty. I can’t be too positive about the nutrition part in it. I guess most of us eat for the taste and well, keeping tap of the nutritional value can be mind boggling.

With a renewed vision that eating cannot be always pleasure some; but, it’s the need for the healthy state of body that, I have started embracing some of the ugliest and not so yum produce. On the other positive side, with various internet sites and programs on the television, cooking has become crazily fun. And the idea of turning those not so favorite food items into something you can enjoy by adding your own piece of secret weapon is hmm, promising. My patience has paid well and though I am still on medication I have raised to a normal hemoglobin count as for now. And with that I would like to share a recipe ideal for the summers and for those who think eating melons is not fun. This is a recipe improvised from the BBC Goodfood (Indian edition). The original recipe does not have lemon. But, lemons and summer go so well that I had to add it to my recipe.

Melon with Lemon Granita

    Ingredients:

Half a melon
One lemon
Sugar (accordingly)
Water

     Method:

Peel the skin of the half melon and scope off the seeds. Then cut the melon into small pieces so you can blend it. Do blend it properly, taking care to check the little pieces hiding below. Put it in a bowl.

To make a smooth paste pass the blended melon through a sieve thoroughly while collecting it in another container. Put it aside.

Now add the juice of one lemon to the melon sitting aside. Add water to it such that the mixture does not look to heavy or thick. But don’t make it runny.

If you are using the normal crystallized sugar, blend it to make a powder.

Add the powdered sugar to the melon-lemon mixture according to your taste. (At this juncture I would like to remind you that if you want a more tangy taste then, you could try adding salt or a little chaat masala, it’s an Indian spice, instead of the sugar: or, add a bit of both sugar and salt accordingly). Mix it properly.

Refrigerate the mixture for 3 hrs. After 3 hrs take the mixture out and scrape it with a fork properly so as to get that icy form. Then refrigerate it again for another hour before serving it. Garnish it as you want.

This is great with other summer fruits. Feel free to use your imagination and let me know your version. Happy eating :) .