Saturday, May 30, 2009
One year of Blogging. Here's a post to commemorate it. Like the cliche goes, I am at a loss of words. Literally. I've been staring at this blank create page for 15mins now.
Yeah, so where was I? Its been a decent run so far. I haven't received too many brickbats so far, except for one post with spelling mistakes. Am sure you've forgiven me for that. :P
A huge round of thanks to you people for reading, all that I churn out. For keeping the nasty comments to yourself and posting only nice stuff. Being patient and running through 500 words odd articles. A commendable achievement, when most of us cant stand more than 2 pages of our course materials.
Special thanks to Soms, Neesu(esp her patience), Suddie, Sunshine,vedha, Supri, Satya, Gitu, Pri, Nithi, Alvi, Sowmie and Aishu for being regulars. Also, you random folks who drop in now and then to make that world map look nice :P thank you folks!
Now, that am done with thanking you people. Let me impart some real nice gyaan. This comes free!
Yesterday we had this lecture, on finance electives and how each one of the electives would help us in moulding our careers. The Prof is the best finance teacher, I've seen all my life. Somebody who hasn't put me to sleep in both his lectures.
Don't worry, I won't bore you with that. If you are a finance geek, you'll know the prospects. At the end of it, he gave us this piece of gyaan which is the best I've heard in a long time.
It goes like this, to be successful in life you need the following Sampaths(wealth's).
The interpretations are all mine. I personally feel, all of us should know this. Not just for career's sake, for for the journey of life in itself.
1) Kshama- Forgiveness. Forgive and forget. If you hold a grudge for too long, you'll never be able to perform well in any of your activities. Letting go is really important in life. Look at each day as a new one and make sure it is spent usefully.
2) Titiksha- Tolerance. This is something most of us lack. Be patience towards others. Let them be, accept them for what they are. Everybody comes with manufacturing defects. Dump your quality checks and look at them for what they have. Don't harp on the lacking
3) Tyaga- Sacrifice. If you desire something in life, you have to let go of a few things that come in your path of glory. Take them off your system for good, and you'll be through.
4) Viveka- Prudence. Be careful in what you say, think and feel. Don't be overly judgemental or opinionated. Plan your life, have a planned document. Try to follow it judiciously. Remember that there are 3 faces to any controversy. Yours, others and the right one.
5) Vairagya- Determination. The headstrong attitude is very very crucial for success. Just by saying "I want to do it". You cannot do it. You need perseverance of the highest order. An unshakable belief in yourself and nobody else. Stick to your guns like there is no tomorrow. Lend a deaf year to the nay-sayers.
6) Mumukshutva- Urge. There is no point in your existence if you don't have the urge for anything. There should be a driving force in your life. An ideal or a goal you should live for. Something should push you out of your bed every morning. You should have a purpose in life. Make sure you fulfill this purpose before you breathe your last.
The sources of wealth:
1) Hard work: There is no substitute to this. Seriously! Plan-Organise-Execute. When you know where you want to be, you'll know how to get there. Simply add hard work to your recipe. Its tough, but worth the trouble.
2) Discipline: Channelise your energies in the right direction. Set a goal and follow it doggedly. To get there, you need to condition yourself to certain hard truths of life. Give up on a few things, shun a few people. There is no other way to get there but this way.
3) Respect for humans: Equals or not, they have to be respected. If you think you can get to the top of the ladder, by trampling over people. You are mistaken.
This one is mine.
4)Belief in God: At the end of the day, there is a super power that controls us. Most folks will agree. Going by moral science lessons, 2 eyes always see you and 2 ears always hear you. Whatever you do, will be rewarded or punished accordingly. Karma is a way of life.
Enough of gyaan!
Thanks a lot
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
What do you do on a Sunday afternoon, when you have a model practicals in less than 24hrs? Case studies to be finished again in less than 24hrs and worst of all exams coming up?
No, this is not a Sandy-wants-to-crib post. This is actually a fun post.
To kill all these, I made Semiya Upma!
Semiya upma, if you ask me is the easiest thing to make after thayir sadam. Of course people don't "make" thayir sadam. It's really simple because, all of us have been through the two-minute noodle making procedure. Making Semiya Upma is just the same, with a twist in the tale.
This is easy to make, light on the tummy yet yummy . You can have it any time during the day, all you need to follow is these simple steps!
Disclaimer: Am not a professional chef, am a good foodie and so, I guess cooking comes naturally to me. Or so I believe :D
What you need:
3 cups of roasted vermicelli.
6 cups of water.
1 tomato (optional)
1 small piece of ginger
2 green chillies (as you like it, add more chillies if you like it hot)
2 tbsp of oil (lesser the better)
salt to taste.
Jeera, mustard seeds and thoor dal for tempering.
Here's how you make it:
Step-1: Heat oil in the kadai. When the oil starts heating up, add the mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add jeera and thoor dal. Let them roast for a while.
Add onions, green chillies and ginger to this. Fry them until the onion is golden brown.
Step-2: Add 5 cups of water, and then the veggies. Cook them on a low flame. Add vermicelli little by little, when the water comes to a boil.
Keep stirring, to avoid the clumps.
Mix them all together and let the mixture cook for a while.
Step-3: Once the mixture comes to that half cooked consistency, add the rest of the water.
Note: Excess of water or too little of it can ruin your recipe.
The apt mixture would be: 1 cup vermicelli=2 cups of water.
Step-4: Keep stirring the mixture until it cooks fully. You've seen noodles cook right? This one will look just like that!
Voila! Semiya upma is ready to eat.
For the accompaniments:
You can eat it with plain thayir or little pickle or some spicy vengaya vatha kozhambu! :)
Me has even put up a nice picture of it on a plate. Arrangement inspiration: Nithya!
PS: Try out the recipe and send in your experiences.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Before we begin the post, Say Hi to my newest friend :D
This post is dedicated to him and his brothers.
There are a bunch of 6 really cute looking puppies in my block. These pups are the cynosure of all eyes. Anybody who passes the library spends a couple of minutes admiring these cutie-pies. I am not an animal lover. As a matter of fact, am animal-phobic. Used to be the same, until this happened.
On Tuesday production sir was solid 90 mins late. I had time to kill, after picking up a finance book; I decided to play around with the pups. Was a bit scared in the beginning. I had never been close to animals. These pups make you feel really comfortable mind you. Thus it all started. I and a friend were around for 30mins playing with them, calling them names, petting them, then we realised we had to get back to class.
After that I have been going to the library enclave, during the breaks, lunch hour and every time I get out of the class. When anybody asks me- "Where are you going?", I say "I'm going to the dogs!" :P Such is the lowes!
These cuddly canines are too cute to be missed. Am still scared to lift one of them, am pretty sure it will happen very soon :P
So this is what happened. Whilst playing with them, I was so much in love that I even named a pup after a guy. Even went to the extent of naming them like the scientist in Cadbury's Gems Ad names planets after himself. Subru-1 subru-2! :D
It's been almost a week now. The pups have become a part of my college life. Every morning I go to their tiny little abode and pet them! They drink anything from water to my college's cutting chai. Particularly relish Good-Day biscuits according to a friend.
From Monday, yours truly will be carrying Milk-Bikis for milk shakti.. :P I still address the pup by the same name. Only problem is all of them respond to the same call. I don't make my call really loud, lest somebody realize the truth that yours truly is mad. Actually lots of people know that I have named this puppy. The one after it is named will never know of this incident!
This is the story of the dogs in my life.
If anybody wants to name these little pups, please send in your entries. Only guy names please. These pups will grow up to be dogs and not the other way round. I don't want them to grow up with an identity crisis. Am sure you understand! :D
I had an idea of drawing up similarities between these pups and guys. But the idea is still in its drafting stages. Until I post it, you can drool over my little pups, even think of sexy names for them.
Here are the pictures!
Water Break :D Lol!