Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Finding Your Own Rainbow

In my series of optimistic and thought  provoking blogs, the next one talks about finding your own bit of Rainbow even when the clouds are dark and grey (the weather has been acting strange lately and we are experiencing all seasons in a single day here in India)
Have you ever wondered why the sight of rainbows make us happy?
It's just a thought that things are happy and good in the world and we have something to look forward to..
similarly we need to find that rainbow within us..That particular happy spot within whenever we are feeling low or faced with any obstacles or challenges in life, personally or professionally and we don't see any ray of hope.. dig deep within and you shall seek your own happy spot your own rainbow from where you can draw strength and courage to face and overcome the odds and obstacles in your life...

Always remember that every dark cloud has silver lining and there is daybreak after every dark night...

So channelize within your inner self and draw out your Rainbow or happy place and let it give you Hope and Strength to face and overcome

Sending positive vibes your way ...
Picture credit to my Best Friend Devayani who is like a Rainbow to me 😃

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Power of Optimism and Positivity

I know that in today's highly stressful and difficult times and with the kind of lifestyles we lead, we all do need moral support and some boost to overcome any crisis or obstacles that we may face..

So generally, whenever we are faced with some crisis or at any odds in our personal or professional lives, we tend to give in to our basic instinct which is,mostly for many if not for all of us, self doubt and negativity.....because we are humans at the end of the day and we may feel weak or vulnerable at times and pressure does tend to get to us....

I say not all because there are some  of us who face obstacles and difficult times positively...with tenacity and will power and we wonder how do they do that...is it because they are stronger than us or what?

I think the secret is that those people have channelized their inner strength and positivity and we need to do the same..
The most important point to be remembered is that Each and everyone of us is strong within but it is we who need to find that inner strength to overcome the obstacles...
We need to channelize the inner positivity and optimism inside us and tap it out for it to shine through because remember You are your best support and only You are capable of pulling yourself through in dark times...isn't it true?

We must always remember that Faith, Belief and Hope are true fundamentals in our life...

We must have faith and belief in the God Almighty, our spiritual Gurus, our family and friends, our close ones who envelope us with their love, blessings and prayers and act as our shield against difficult situations....

Remember it's always important to be surrounded by positive thinking people..they will boost you in your difficult times whereas if you are surrounded by negative people they will pull you down even further so be careful whom you choose to keep company..but that shall be for another post 😁

Our own Will power and self confidence will overcome all odds and obstacles is something that each one of us must believe it and then see the difference it does.. obstacles will come and go but we must not lose our Faith, Belief and Hope

It's something that each one of us has within us so we don't need to worry..
It's just the matter of discovering it and channelizing it for good use...

So on this optimism and positive note, let us be happy and thankful for what we have and pray for Happiness and Good Health in all our lives....Pray to channelize the power within...

The optimism works wonders...

Try it to experience it and write back if you would like to share any of your personal experiences..I will be happy to hear them

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

From wanting to write biweekly or at least weekly to not writing for over 3 years.. Its been long and uneventful absence from the blog sphere.. I have been inconspicuous and how... But now I am back into my world (pun intended) and for good..

I realized that the best motivation to write regularly came from within and no amount of New Year resolutions and  push from well meaning friends and family was going to do the trick :)

I got inspired by my favorite blogger Preeti Shenoy  who has been doing blog marathons for a month every year since 2010 regularly.. Hats off to her dedication....

Her first post blog Push your boundaries is a challenge to push ourselves beyond the conformity and challenge ourselves so that we can test ourselves...

I have been miserably inactive in blogspace and have been just finding excuses to not blog..

Hence, on spur of the month, I decided to challenge myself and start blogging again though not  quite sure if I can run the entire marathon with her...

To all my readers out here... I would need your support and encouragement for blogging more regularly :)

My blog post is Wordless Wednesday : A picture from my recent family trip to Goa...

Have a great day guys and see you soon..

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Doon Special : Marathi Play : Indeed Very Special

From my resolution of wanting to write biweekly or at least weekly blogs regularly to actually not writing for over 3 years.. Its been long and uneventful absence from the blog sphere.. I have been inconspicuous and how... But now I am back into my world (pun intended) and for good..

I realized that the best motivation to write regularly came from within and no amount of New Year resolutions and  push from well meaning friends and family was going to do the trick :)

Instead of waiting for a special occasion or perfect day to write again I choose to write today & coincidentally as Face Book memories reminded me that it is Siblings Day.. Happy Siblings Day it is...

So this post is dedicated to all my siblings...

The Festival of Colors ascended upon us in all its colorful splendor.. though the celebrations were low key this time due to the water problems faced in Maharashtra....

Thursday being holiday on account of Holi and me having recently recovered from foot fracture due to freaky rick accident, I decided to step out and watch a Marathi play with family.. after a gap of four long months....

We decided to watch Marathi play "Doon Special" due to rave reviews and the long list of awards that the play had won in MIFTA , Zee Natya Gaurav and MaTa recently...

The play based on H.M.Marathe " News Story" is produced by Atharav Theatre and Mishri Theatre & is  written and directed by debutante Kshitij Patwardhan, music by Anmol Bhave & sets by Pradeep Mule
The star cast includes superbly brillant Jitendra Joshi and lovely & beautiful Girija Oak Godbole

The play has lot of firsts... It is first production of Jitendra Joshi who returns to Marathi theatre after long gap and director Kshitij Patwardhan's first play and also marks debut of Girija Oak Godbole in Marathi theatre

The list of awards won by the play in all departments like music, sets , best actor, best actress, supporting actor, best director and best play were announced in the beginning of the play setting our expectations even higher...

The play, set in 1989, is a chronicle of events which occur in the life of Milind Bhagwat (Jitendra Joshi) who is Chief sub editor working in night shift in a newspaper office in Pune.. The incidents unfold with Bhagwat coming face to face with his ex love (Girija) after 10 years and occur during the night between 9:30 P.M. and midnight to be precise..

The tagline of the play that it would transcend the audience from the laptop era to the typewriter era in a special way holds true..From the film posters in the background to the advertisements on DD and radio the play takes you back to 1989 and gives you nostalgic feeling of seeing the era gone by....the typewriters. the loud ringing phones... the sets all are an integral part of the play and can be considered as a individual character which is an integral part of the play and one of the important contributors in the the play's success

The trump card of the play is superb acting by the lead actors, the immensely talented Jitendra Joshi and the effortless natural Girija Oak Godbole.. They are ably supported by Rohit Haldikar...

The crisp and fast paced story line and the natural and effortless acting by the cast make this play a winner on all fronts...

My recommendation for indeed Very Special play which should not be missed.. "Doon Special "
this play takes place in a newspaper office in Pune between 9.30 pm to midnig - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/marathi/don-special-marathi-play-preview.asp#sthash.vuZtkQ0K.dpuf

Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy New Year !!!!!

Wishing everyone A Very Happy & Prosperous New Year !!!!

My New Year Resolution this year has been to write regularly .....which effectively translates in my blogging regularly.......

So, without any further ado, here's what I plan to do.....

My goal is to write at least 2 blog posts every week .....Yes,yes.... all you wise people shaking their heads out there..... I know I am being over ambitious......... but then as my mother always quotes, Not failure, but low aim, is crime. in the words of  Lowell, James Russell.

So lets aim high and try harder to reach the goal .....That's my motto for 2013.......

I intend to review or rather express my views on books I read, movies I see or some current topic or issue...... I also intend to blog about the dishes I cook or restaurants that I visit.....

My next week blogging plans include review of Preeti Shenoy's "The Secret Wishlist" and review of Sudha Murty's "The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Stories from Here and There

So watch this space for more...........

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Oats Dosa

The dish for Day Two of Blogging Marathon 2 under the theme Low Fat/Low Cal Break fast is Oats Dosa.

The benefits of having oats for breakfast are many. Oats is low calorie food, providing high level of fiber, low level of fats and high level of protein. Diet consisting of oats is very helpful for any weight loss.Oats stabilize blood sugar level and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.Beta-glucen in oats helps reduce cholesterol. It contains lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer.
Oats Dosa is easy to make and is extremely delicious to eat.

Oats Dosa

Ingredients :
Oats - 3/4 tablespoon
Salt - as per taste
Curd - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1/4 teaspoon 
Cumin powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander leaves - few

Method :
Take oats in a bowl and mix well with curds. Buttermilk can be used alternatively.
Keep it for 10 mins at least.
Add red chilli powder, salt, coriander leaves, cumin powder, coriander powder and mix well. 
Add water if required to make batter to good consistency.
Heat non stick pan / tava / girdle
Spread the mixture on it and flatten it.
Cover with lid and let it cook.
Flip the side after it gets cooked from one side.
Cook without lid.

Notes : Vegetables like carrots, onion, tomato can be added.
Use buttermilk incase curd is not available, In that case, do not add additional water.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Oats Thalipeeth

We begin Blogging Marathon today and the theme that I chose for this week is Low Fat/Low Cal Break fast.

Today is my personal favorite Oats Thalipeeth.

Regular readers of this blog would know by now that "Thalipeeth" is one of my favorite dishes.
I have already blogged about Carrot Cabbage Bhajaniche Thalipeeth and Sabudana Thalipeeth in earlier Marathons.

Today, I would be blogging about a healthier version of Thalipeeth i.e. Oats Thalipeeth.

Nowadays, everyone is extremely fitness and health conscious. One is always counting calories before eating any dish.
There are many theories on the way one should lead healthy lifestyle. But noone has debate that a hearty and healthy breakfast plays an important role in ensuring that we lead a healthy lifestyle.

When one joins any gym or goes for any diet related counselling, one of tips given is eating Oats for breakfast.
Most of the people eat oats with milk like porridge or cereals. But personally, I am not very fond of eating oats with milk. So, I would always be on a lookout of different recipes with oats especially savory recipes as I do not have sweet tooth.
I have collected some oats savory recipes and would be sharing 3 such recipes with you for this week's Blogging Marathon theme of Low Fat/Low Cal Break fast.

Today on the first day of Blogging Marathon, we have Oats Thalipeeth.

Oats Thalipeeth

Ingredients :

Oats - 1/2 cup or 5 tablespoons
Onion - 1/2
Tomato - 1/2
Coriander leaves - few
Salt - as per taste
Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Water - for binding
Oil if required incase of using non stick pans
Sugar - pinch (not necessary)

Method :
1) Finely chop onion and tomato.
2) Wash and finely chop coriander leaves.
3) Wet the oats using some water gently with your hands. (Use minimum water. Do not soak the oats in water)
4) Let the oats rest for atleast 10 minutes.
5) Take oats in a large bowl and add chopped onion, tomato and coriander leaves
6) Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt.
7) A pinch of sugar may be added as per choice and preferance.
8) Mix all the ingredients well.
9) Add slight water only if required to form dough for thalipeeth.Dough should not be hard.
10) Make a ball and flatten it with your palm on a non stick pan.
11)Place the flatten dough on heated girdle/tava.
12) If nonstick pan is not being used, ensure that some oil is spread on the girdle before you place the flatten dough so that it should not stick.
13) Cover with a lid and let it cook for sometime on medium heat.
14) When it starts crackling, that is an indication that thalipeeth is cooked from one side.
15) Flip it on the other side and let it cook uncovered.

Oats Thalipeeth is ready to be eaten with tomato sauce or coriander - mint chutney.

Notes :
Unless bhajani thalipeeth or sabudana thalipeeth, the dough of oats thalipeeth tends to be soft and mushy.
Use soft hands for making the dough and flattening it.
Oats Thalipeeth may require more time to finely cook as compared to the normal thalipeeth
Oats does not have any individual taste hence ensure that seasoning is adequate otherwise the oats thalipeeth would be bland and tasteless.
 You could add carrots, peas or garam masala for enhanced flavors.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 20