Friday, 21 July 2017

Me and my leaps in cooking

#learningtocook #Kitchen #cooking #catchingup

Coming from a purely academia oriented family, I have never been encouraged to be inside the kitchen for too long let alone cook a dish. This could come off for a few as weird, to the others as something entirely different which I find myself unable to name. But strangely enough, the nagging question stands to be, was I deprived of any childhood joys that most kids of my time exhausted themselves over?🤔🤔 When asked why I wouldn’t be allowed in the kitchen my mum would say, “ Honey, you would have to learn that later on in life anyway, concentrate on the things you wouldn’t get much time to develop on later.” I would just shrug and move away and run back to my room or the outdoors. Listening but finding it hard to accept. Thinking but wondering why she said so.
I am now a proud owner of a mini induction and I am fully capable of cooking basic meals in my hostel😏. This time during my summer vacation at home, I learnt a lot in what you might call, ‘Kitchen handling’. You would laugh at the small yet basic things I have learnt. I have learned how to knead dough for the Indian bread. You would be surprised that I also made curd, small vegetable curries, a few fries, chicken fry is another thing I can make as it doesn’t involve much work and a few things here and there ( laugh all you want, you can even sneer at me but I already acknowledge how bad I am at it🤣🤣🤣). You shouldn’t confuse this with baking... hello... not at all! Baking is different. Wish someone could give me a secret on making cakes over the induction... sounds crazy but... well... who hasn’t experimented in the kitchen eh!

I am now capable of handling any kitchen in the world (a bit of an exaggeration... but mehhh something like that). Although I still find cooking as a skill that involves a lot of patience I have realised that there is nothing that time and experience cannot solve, although for me, this might take more than the required amount of time(chuckling😃😃). Small leaps in cooking are what I would rename my current circumstance. Although, in my defence, I enjoy cleaning over cooking and can credit to myself to accomplishing that task extremely well. But then again, now to think of it, what use are takeouts and instant noodles for? Huh??😜😝

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

PhD Pep Talk for all those out there who need some advice on managing time

(Disclaimer- I am fine.. just needed to address this issue to all those who stay away from home... besides I like writing.. so enjoy reading) 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
You might be one who is crowded by friends at all times, or one who has multiple groups and is busy. You could even be holding the top position or be married to the love of your life. You could also be busy enough not to think much on what I write now... but mark my words friends, we, at some point feel alone or lonely. Most big shots hate to admit it, but at some point you just feel... alone. Can we rely on the ones who love us dearly to give us company at all times? I am not sure you would do that. But even if you do, you cannot expect to get all that you do for others to get back in return. You cannot expect them to be you. The feeling of being lonely can eat at you. It can bother you and pester you so much that, you tend not to be yourself. You might even break down in tears.😥😩😖
To all the above, I urge you to delve into more productive ways of channelling that energy. This isn’t a yogi or a guru or a ‘speaking tree’ talking. This is one who has realised after 6 years outside home and has been in the presence of friends who acknowledged feeling the same way in all these years. When you realise that you are beginning to feel alone, try to divert your mind into something you like to do. This isn't some new advice, but a gentle reminder isn't harmful either..(😉winking!).This could be watching a movie, baking (I’ve realised that, this is one task that is just so comforting..... high five to all the bakers out there), reading a book, playing music, painting, anything. It could be countless number of things that come to your mind.
Why text up or call a friend? Take charge of yourself! Take charge of your life. Grab this as a chance to know yourself and improve yourself a step more. Most of these things you would realise later usually take a back seat in your busy life. Take an opportunity to dig them out in times like this. You feel accomplished, fulfilling and much better.
At the end of this, are you the same person who had their faces drooping? Or instead, are you one who was exploring yourself in the name of loneliness? I’d rather go with the second. You should choose to better utilise your time for yourself instead of tagging it loneliness, because you aren't lonely, you are simply exploring your potential and working out the creative side inside of you.
Say that to yourself next time, "(screaming)..I am not lonely, I know how to be by myself!!!!! (😆😆😆haha...)".

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The 100 year plan!!!

While each one of us thinks about the future and wants to be prepared and planned for the next bunch of days, nay, next bunch of years, some people like to go over the top on their planning. To add on to this, they do so without hesitation. Now why did I say so is owing to my immediate neighbor, a married old couple of over 70 years. The beginning of this year saw them employing a huge machine to pulverize their home... their sweet old home that had seen the best and the worst of days raze to the ground. Why did they do so.... their reply, softly if not with stern looks back at us tells us that they intend to construct a better house?
What can I say, our residential area in this part of Dehradun comes with a package of an amazing and beautiful locality, but also to those who do not realise the slope of the land and build their roads and houses without proper planning face monsoons brimming over with hassles. What hassles to such a lovely weather you might ask. Well, this refers to the rain water unable to exit the house itself!!!! (Well, don’t worry, we of course do not face such issues).Now would you imagine, instead of raising the level of the road or trying to play around with the slope of the land and the water table, investing in a proper drainage for the rain water to exit would be a wise decision on anyone’s part. But no..... probably constructing a new house that is raised high is the better option. I wonder... few thousand bucks versus lakhs of rupees...????
The reasoning doesn’t end here. Over the period of the last few months we have been silent observers to the laying of the foundation. I was surprised to see that their floor starts where the top of my window overlooking their plot ends!!! That high! I know I have heard of 5 year plans of the government, students themselves have plans for the next couple of years.... but this!!!!!!!..... I am sure for the next 50-100 years this house shall be on the highest platform in this entire colony!!
Cheers to the future... why didn’t I think of something like this (chuckling)!!!

Thursday, 18 May 2017


Well, I realise it has been sometime since I blogged... I owe it to my terribly busy schedule. Now on vacation, I find myself looking back at the past 4 months that didn’t whizz by. I think I would rather agree to the term, snailing away, every moment making me realise how tough it was to get through. The details of the toughest of the past 4 months I shall leave it for another blog. 
This blog, well, I dedicate to my friend who can make the best of dishes in a hostel setting with the limited resources, and yet an absolutely smacking delight... I think it is more due to the love of food she holds, she can whip up the whole thing in less time. I honestly acknowledge that I do not, at any cost hold talent in cooking. I need help and I cannot do it alone. I also need good company, one that is encouraging and one that can overlook my mistakes and smile back and say “it was lovely!” I think I would survive that. But this, my readers, is an absolutely different person. No mistakes, an awesome cook!!!!

Good food when you get back to the room after a tough day in lab from one so lovingly made, gives you peace and consolation, the peace to let go of your troubles for the day and pick them up again tomorrow. That’s what good food does to you.  That’s what being around awesome friends like this does to you.

Reminds me of  the movie "Ratatoullie"... if you have seen it you can relate to it.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016


Just a while ago I was talking to one of my dearest friends. She mailed me asking about my health and how things are at the university. Well in reply, all I could say was, "I’ll become a POPCORN in less than 2 months."

You guys might wonder, popcorn??? 2 months??? Well here is the answer.

I live in one of the hottest and driest places in India, Hyderabad, the city of the Nizams. The temperatures have been soaring since 3rd week of January and still continue to do so. Right now, it is almost 40 degree centigrade. It is expected to touch 45 to 47 degrees centigrade by April-May. That set aside, the work load and submissions and seminars that are lined up to be finished before the semester finishes is ....... overwhelming!!!! I really wish I could say that this is all there is to it, but, sadly it isn’t. To top it all, we are facing acute water shortage. I’m surviving on packaged drinking water is the proof. But biology says that man is a complex being, it learns, it evolves. 

Hence , here it is-

Heat  + Pressure  + no Water = POPCORN!!!!!!

Come April and here I am, the popcorned version of myself.... :P :P :P :P :P :P :P


Thursday, 10 March 2016

Handling Spice!!

I'm not blaming the delicacies or the food preparation of the place. I blame my sensitive taste buds!! It can be really difficult for me to take in too much spice with food. The hostel mess that I take food from does exactly the opposite; it prepares the spiciest food possible. How I survived the last 5 months, I don’t know (as this happens to be my second semester in this university). On the other hand, I am quite assured that they have started putting in a lot more than usual.

On that note, I always imagined them to be throwing in sack full of red chilli powder and then another sack full of green chillies. Probably they cook it or they throw all these in raw. At this point of time, I don’t care and neither do I understand as due to the spices my brain is up in fumes, my digestive system is up in fumes........ I am in fumes.

Last night the boundaries of tolerance were crossed. I could barely swallow the food. Tears flowing down my cheeks and the fact that I can literally feel the spice down the food pipe made me keep the food aside in despair!!!

I rushed back to my room, washed my hands and rinsed off the remnants of the spice in my mouth and hurried to my room. I shopped up a musk melon that I had ordered online (buying groceries, fruits and vegetables can be so much fun and keep you at ease now) and I finished the whole thing in less than 10 minutes! The melon was like approximately 900 gms and i was shocked at how fast i finished it. I ate till I regained my calm again. I ate till I was at peace. I ate till I felt cool again. Only then did I realise that I would have to keep back up fruits or anything good enough like the awesome musk melon if I have to survive the hostel mess. I’m glad I have cornflakes and sandwiches for breakfast, which by the way I prepare myself!!

Can’t imagine anyone or anything spoiling the first meal of the day

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Too much oil!

This semester is pretty busy for me... we have classes on Saturdays as well. Well apparently a lot has to be done is few less a time , so just eat up the holidays. Slog!! Slog!! Slog!!. As an individual I honestly never preferred a weekend schedule. My definition of weekend is complete relaxation and rewinding. I would sleep well, finish up pending work, blog,  read a lot, listen and record some songs, etc. but this semester, I didn't do any thing at all. Sunday is spent at Church so very less time for myself.

Today I got back from the lab by 8:00 pm. It had been pretty hectic day for me and I was just exhausted. As per Indian tradition I decided that I would oil my hair and then shampoo my hair. Now, this is done by pouring the oil in your hands and gently applying it on the scalp and massaging the hair.

What did I do??? I defined the heights of laziness, I went ahead and poured the bottle directly on my head ( the bottle has a small hole so the oil drips gently and evenly spreads out). My idea-  As the oil comes out on my head onto the scalp I would be able to massage better and finish the entire process in a few minutes. I went on pouring, never once resting the bottle on the table. To my surprise, the oil bottle (which was 90 percent full) is now down to 35 percent. Where did all of it go???? I poured it all on my head.

My mistake- I didn't realize that I would shake the entire oil off the bottle and empty it on my hair. Now my hair is all oily and I think I would require half a bottle of shampoo to remove the oil off. I was so lazy that instead of going the long way I took the short way. I do agree with the saying that the shorter route is more difficult to travel but I think you have to be proportionally smarter to be able to travel when you decide to take a shorter route.

I for one am not going to do this again and even if it takes me half an hour to oil my hair, I would rather do it gently than make my hair go through a crash course on oil nourishment!!!!...