Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Aamrakhand - Mango Shrikhand


I believe nobody can say no to Mango. This is the most awaited fruit. 


Curd - 400gms ( I used the mother dairy brand here)
Sugar - 3 tblspn
Elaichi - 1 piece
Mango Puree - of 1 mango


1. We need hung curd here. So the first step is to put the curd in a muslin cloth, tie and hang it around for some 3-4 hours. I remember my mom leaving it overnight and preparing shrikhand the next morning. 

2. Once all the water is out of our curd. Remove it in a bowl.

3. Grind sugar along with 1 elaichi piece.

4. In the grinded mixture add the mango puree and give it one more grind.

5. In the above grinded mixture add our hung curd and again give just one more grind, inorder to get all the things mixed togather evenly.

6. Yay!!!! Its done... Remove it in a bowl and serve chilled....

Friday, January 26, 2018

Finally, Happy New Year 2018...........


I understand everyone must be thinking me to be crazy to wish Happy New Year instead of Republic Day today. Well I feel the year didn't start on a good note. The violence in Pune which hit Mumbai too was not a cheerful thing to start the new year with. Infact even after that incident nothing seemed to be good to me on any front hence I stopped reading the newspapers. But yesterday while taking out all the newspapers to give it to the raddiwala, I felt to go through all of it once ( well... I usually do that).

And to my surprise there was something which was really good or should I say 'The Best'...  And I finally felt  the New Year has arrived.....

Below are few pics which speaks for itself....

Isn't it a wonderful thing to read something like this early morning. It not only makes my day but also flushes out negativity from within me and make me more motivated, positive and hopeful for a better future.... Thank you Times Of India for publishing this...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Hare And The Tortoise - New Version


Finally something compelled me to write today. It is the story we have been reading since our childhood. Today I read a different version of it in the newspapers. Well... its not published in today's newspaper but sometime in the end of December last year. Today while sorting out the newspaper to give it to raddiwala that I came to this story and immediately thought of posting it here. 

"Work Smarter So That You Can Perform Better"

- Newspaper column written by Promod Batra

A tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and set off. The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for sometime. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he fell asleep under a tree. The tortoise overtook the hare and soon finished the race, emerging as a winner. 

Moral 1: Slow and steady wins the race.

The hare realised that he had lost the race only because he had been over-confident, careless and lazy. If he had not taken things for granted, the tortoise could not have beaten him. so he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed. This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles. 

Moral 2: Fast and consistent will always beat the slow and steady. It's good to be slow and steady, but it's better to be fast and consistent.

The tortoise realised that there's no way he could beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted. He thought for a while and then challenged the hare to another race, but on a slightly different route. The hare agreed. They started off, in keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran at top speed until he came to a river. The finishing line was a couple of kilometres on the other side of the river. The hare sat there wondering what to do. In the meantime, the tortoise got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking, and finished the race.

Moral 3: First, identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency. Working on the basis of your strengths will not only get you noticed, but will also create opportunities for growth and advancement.

The story continues. The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become good friends and they did some thinking together. They decided to run the race again, but this time, as a team. They started off, and this time, the hare carried the tortoise till the river bank. Then, the tortoise took over and swam across with the hare on his back. On the opposite bank, the hare again carried the tortoise and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of happiness. satisfaction and success. 

Moral 4: It is good to be individually motivated and to have strong core competencies, but unless you're able to work in a team and harness each other's core competencies, you'll always perform below par, because there will always be situations in which you'll do poorly and someone else will do well. Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency in a situation take the leadership.
Note that neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failure.

Moral 5: The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could. Sometimes, you just have to change strategy and try something different. And sometimes it is appropriate to do both.

Moral 6: When we stop competing against a rival and instead, start competing against the situation, we perform far better.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer..... Not Some...More... Please


Its being very tough this year it seems. Summer is refusing to go and to top it, all the water woes.... Huh.... Night before last we faced severe electricity fluctuations... And after some while the power went off.... Ohh gosh... When at home I find it still bearable in the day time but it gets very difficult at night. I think staying nearby sea side has its own disadvantages. Without air conditioners we are sleep deprived and I realized this only that night. Till midnight I was wide awake praying hard for the power to come back soon.

My prayers were answered too but not before teaching me a very valuable lesson. That night I remembered someone who once discussed how he doesn't sleep till 5 in the morning as the temperatures are still hot and when there is a power cut - which is very frequent at their place, it becomes even more difficult. Only after 5 in the morning when climate cools down the sleep returns too...

I have faced the power cut at night only once since summer started but it is a recurrent thing at their place. That night I could actually feel what he and his family with small kids goes through.... There are many such people who are going through the same difficulty. Many cannot even afford an air conditioner while some might afford to buy but later find it difficult to pay the enormous bills...

This incident taught me to be thankful to my Rab for providing me with such benefits and it also taught me patience during power cuts. I really get hyper at such times.... But there is still one more thing which has occupied my mind since then..... During the cold winters we distribute blankets to the poor. But what should be done in summer???? I couldn't find an appropriate solution, only that every night say a small prayer for all those out there who are suffering this problem. Sometimes somebody's pain is waiting to ease out with somebody's prayers. And that somebody may be you, isn't it???? And yes plant some useful trees this monsoon and to use water very carefully the coming year....

May Rab provides ease, relief and happiness to everyone.... Ameen

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Because I Smiled At Them....


What it feels to blog after a long time only one can understand who has been through it. When you really want to blog but just dont know what to write. Sometimes you just sit with your laptop with new post page open in front of you and staring at it blankly. Sometimes there were so many things but just couldn't decide what to write first. After a long sunshine weather when life takes you for a short while to a rough weather and everything feels chaotic around you I have realized just smile back.

An overpowering story compelled me to write today. I woke up in the middle of night yesterday and was later sleepless. I decided to read some moral islamic stories and googled for it on my mobile phone. Then I came across one story which changed my perspective to certain things. No matter what life does always smile back at everything.

I would like to share this story here.....


The Sultan of Arabia had grown very fond of Mulla Nasruddin and often took him along on his travels. Once, while on a journey, the Royal caravan approached a small nondescript town in the desert. 

On a whim the Sultan said to the Mulla, " I wonder if people would know me in this small place. Let us stop my entourage here and enter the town on foot and then we'll know if they can recognize me."

Accordingly, they dismounted and walked down the main road of the town. The Sultan was surprised to see that many people smiled at Nasruddin but ignored him completely. 

Irritated and a trifle angry, he said, "I see that the people here know you but they don't know me!"

"They don't know me either your excellency", replied the Mulla.

"Then why did they smile at you only?" questioned the Sultan.

"Because I smiled at them." said Nasruddin smiling.

Reflection, courtesy and respect are mutually reinforcing. 

If some doesn't greet we should greet them. You are not going to lose anything.

Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: " If you have nothing to give, give a kind word or even just an affectionate smile." 

" You cannot treat people by means of your wealth, hence, you should treat them by means of your moral conduct." 

---- A lovely story isn't it?