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Being a wife is like being a master juggler.

Needless to say, with no prior experience, I landed myself in a big mess. In my good old maiden days, my mom decided what I would wear to work, and my dad did the ironing. My shoes always shined, and I left for work after having a five course meal for breakfast.

Looks like I missed the train and I’m stranded at platform number 9¾. But, I’m getting better at it, everyday…

One and half years into this new life, I can do a lot of things simultaneously. Sometimes I wonder if little elves come and cook me the finest delicacies, while I’m busy doing other things.

I guess not. Your mind just begins to work mysteriously to speed up your life and restore the fun back in your system.

The other day, while doing the laundry, I suddenly realized that my husband and I wear the same color to work. Strange! That’s what twins do (or are forced to do), not man and wife. I was confused. Despite my conscious effort to break the trend, I just couldn’t.

And, suddenly I knew why. Not so long ago I used to spend a lot of time sitting in front of the wardrobe deciding what to wear (not only for myself, but also for him). Now, I simply pull at whatever color catches my eye. That’s done in a minute. And, it’s easy… spares me a lot of time to have romantic breakfasts to begin my day. 🙂

And, why did I name this piece “Ami bhule gechi ki chaitam, aar tui ki bhalo bashti”? It’s because I was listening to this wonderful song when I unveiled the mystery of the matching colors. (I’ve modified the words slightly, to match the moment…)

Moreover, forgetting what you like to get what you love is sometimes a BIG DEAL!

Here’s a picture of my “Eureka!” moment.




 

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It took me 3 decades to prepare my own birthday dinner!

My parents freaked out, constantly asking me if I could take it on.
Well, I did… and here is how it went:

Ingredients

  • Chicken – 2 kg
  • Curd – 500 gms
  • Basmati Rice – 1 kg
  • Onions – 250gms
  • Garlic – 100 gms
  • Potato – 1 kg
  • Chilli powder – according to your taste
  • Cardamom – 10 gms
  • Cinnamon – 10 gms
  • Jaifal – 1 pc
  • Jeytri – 5gms
  • Alu bokhra – 20 gms
  • Milk – 250 gms
  • Mitha attar – a few drops
  • Kewra jol, Rose water – 1 teaspoon each

This is the first time that I could mention the quantities with some amount of precision. But the truth is, I hardly follow it. You’ll know why very soon.

3-4 hours before cooking, marinade the chicken with curd, ginger garlic paste, grated onions, cinnamon and cardamom paste, salt and chilli powder. If you are making mutton biriyani, make it 7 hours.

The next step requires you to overcome disgust. 1 hour into the marination, I dip my finger into this, taste it, and if anything is missing, I add it.

I decided to take a nap after lunch before heading for the kitchen at 4. When my husband came to wake me up at 4, I asked him to give me 30 more minutes. Well, at 4:30 I did the same thing. Finally, at 5 he shook me out of my slumber fearing the biriyani may not come by at all.

Back to cooking… Boil water, add 5-7 pieces of clove, 5 pieces of cardamom, and the rice. Add some salt. After the rice is half cooked, strain it and keep it aside.

What is a biriyani without an alu? (Well, there ARE some who think adding pedestrian potatoes is an insult to the royal biriyani…) Anyway, take as many of them as you want. Half boil them in water by adding salt and a little bit of colour.

Fry finely chopped onions (2) until brown. Crush 1 jaifal.

In a bowl take a little milk, add a pinch of saffron, a few drops of mitha attar (biriyani scent), 1 tbsp of kewra jol, 1 tbsp of rose water, little bit of colour and mix it.

Oil the bottom of a cooking pot, much like greasing a baking tray. You may put some bone pieces in the centre (a small area which will be on top of the burner) or sacrifice a handful of rice. Choice is yours. Add a layer of rice. Put the potatoes on top. Sprinkle little bit of salt, jaifol, 1 jeytri and the milk mixture. Drop 1 alu bokhra. Add another layer of rice. Place the chicken on top. Sprinkle salt, jaifal, 1 jeytri, 1 alu bokhra and milk mixture. Add the remaining rice on top, sprinkle salt and the milk mixture. Place the fried onion on top. Sprinkle the remaining jaifol, add 1 jeytri and alu bokhra. Add a little bit of refined oil on top. Close the lid and seal it with dough.

Put it on high flame for 10 mins, and then on low flame for 30 mins. And you may spend these 40 minutes in your bedroom watching a movie while the biriyani cooks itself.

Shake it up a little before serving.

A special thanks goes to my friend Faisal’s mom for sharing this recipe with me. I simply added a little tweaks here and there. It looked great and tasted even better 🙂

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Let’s Go Fishing

Stuck are you?
Doing things
You aren’t meant to do?
Come with me
There’s much to see
Life is good
So, break free!

P.S.- Me, the Rancho wants to be a photographer & I need to figure out a way to take self portraits 😉

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Life’s Like That

I wake up in the morning
With the sun on my eyes
I slip into my shoes
To walk a mile
I’m tired and refuse to rise
I didn’t know
That I was in for surprise
Splashes of green
Pop out on my face
I lose myself
In the lure of the lakes
Squirrels say ‘Hi’
And birds fly by
Oh, where am I?
Pandora?
Imax?
Life’s like that
I guess
It slipped my mind.

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Monsoon

Bye Bye Sunshine, it's time to rain

I love the rain

And, I love the feeling of it on my face.

Thank you, says Kolkata 🙂

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Alien Invasion: Part II

Maybe you are wondering what happened after the alien invasion. We didn’t spot a single one until my chance discovery today.

So that’s where they were hiding? In the white coffee mugs of Capgemini. They’re taking over our minds through coffee! That’s why you feel squeamish after drinking a large cup of Joe…Smart move!

Why do people call a cup of coffee a “cup of joe“?

Josephus Daniels (1862-1948) was appointed Secretary of the U.S. Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his numerous reforms of the Navy was the abolition of the officers wine mess. From that time on, the strongest drink aboard navy ships was coffee and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as “a cup of Joe”.

And, why do I call this cup of coffee a “cup of joe”?

Because I see the face of an alien in it.

Have a nice weekend 🙂

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Taste the COOL side of life

Focus 90% of your time on solutions

And, only 10% of your time on problems.

I took both these pictures on my way to office. While taking the second one, I was completely blinded by the sun. I didn’t see what I captured, but the result was amazing. Special thanks goes to Capgemini for dragging me out in this heat. I always complain about that, but apart from the cash, it is giving me regular supplies to keep this blog up and running. So, let’s enjoy the cool side of life.

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