Why I am not reading a Chetan Bhagat book again!!!

Yes Yes I know that I had promised a lot many things in my previous posts like recipes, movie reviews and what not, but trust me the motivation for writing is missing somewhere, or Β to put the same thing in a much better way…..the experiences are too personal to share them on a public forum like a blogpost….but nevertheless after a lot of pestering and pushing myself I am here with my first book review……..not literally review…….but a little something about the book i read.

I love to brag and so i go again “I rarely read Indian Authors” πŸ˜› but Chetan Bhagat is one author who writes things one can relate to (?) (lets miss 3 mistakes, revolution 20-20, night at call center…..I am just saying!!). So i was eagerly waiting to get my hands on the book, but it so happened that everyone around me had read it before me and didnt have anything interesting to say about the book and to add to that, I read the book reviews where not a single person admired the writings, the story or the author, but since i had spent 150 bucks buying the book online I gave in to read it.

After 3 hours (divided over 3 nights of reading before I slept) I have the following reasons as to why I will think twice before picking up a Chetan Bhagat book again!!!

  • He is a classicist……yes you read it right……..the class divide is very evident in the characters that he presents in the books he writes
  • Delhi is the only city in India mind you where students from Bihar find opportunities (Excuse me Mr. I am Mumbai University, Pune University, BHU, etc………….CB: Sorry who???)
  • Erotica is so very essential to establish a relationship ……. oh yes, somehow the word platonic doesnt exist in my dictionary. I mean really? Do you always have to, have to make the lead protagonists sleep with each other? I mean for erotica I would rather read E.L James…………….
  • Love is blind they say…………but also dumb in the books I say…. For which straight-head female will leave a life in Delhi to go and stay in Dumraon???
  • Travel to US is like a weekend trip to Lonavla from Mumbai
  • And so is the internship with UN every year for 3 long months……..and i thought getting into UN was very competitive
  • Life is all about Happy Endings people….here i agree……but fairy tale style not so true…….

I am not being judgemental, for the guy is a great author…..it takes immense imagination to write ( And guts to quit a promising job and switch to writing as a career) …..but somehow I feel the intellect with which FPS was written is missing and I would wait to read his books till that comes back!!!!

So Mr. CB…..why dont we give bollywood scripts a break and take to some serious writing?

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Laccha Paratha

 

Indian bread which usually goes with many Paneer Sabjis and Daals. Favourite order when at restaurants and equally easy to beΒ made at home. So next time you fancy eating out, save some dough and try this one at home πŸ™‚

What will you need:

  1. Maida (all purpose flour)
  2. Water
  3. Oil
  4. Ghee
  5. Refined oil
  6. Dry pudina or methi leaves

How to start: (you will have to be as imaginative as possible while reading this part since I do not have pictures to post. I mean one either cooks or clicks pictures, right? I did the cooking :P)

  1. Take the flour in a bowl.
  2. Add very little refined and knead the dough by adding water slowly.
  3. The oil is added so that the dough stays soft.
  4. Since we are using all purpose flour, it will be a lil sticky and not like the usual roti aata. This one will stretch. So do not panic, you are doing it right πŸ™‚
  5. Cover the dough with wet muslin for about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Make small balls out of the dough and roll it out into a roti.
  7. Now apply ghee all over this roti and sprinkle some dry pudina or methi leaves ( this is optional). Roll it like you roll your stuffed rolls, pressing the ends together.
  8. Make the ends of the roll meet and keep repeating till you have a folded ball. (You can also roll this one up like how as kids we used make snake out of playing clay, remember? I opt the snake method :), the appearance it gives to the paratha when cooked is phenomenal :))
  9. Roll it out into a roti and cook on a tawa by applying refined oil.
  10. Serve hot with Paneer gravies or daals.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

 

Paneer Lababdaar

On being insisted for it by FB followers, here’s the recipe:Image

What will you need:

  1. 2 onions
  2. 2 tomatoes
  3. 4-5 green chillies (I usually take more sinceΒ  hubby loves it spicy)
  4. 1 Tbsp fresh cream
  5. 1 tsp cornflour
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 250 gms cottage cheese (cut in cubes)
  8. Red chilli powder
  9. Turmeric powder
  10. Coriander powder
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Refined oil

Cooking Apparatus: Kadhai (Non stick would be better)

How to start?

  1. Grind together the onions, tomatoes and the green chillies into a smooth paste.
  2. Heat some oil in the kadhai and add the above paste.
  3. Add the red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder and salt.
  4. Cook till it starts leaving oil.
  5. Now add the cream and blend well. Cook on low flame till you see a layer oil surface.
  6. Mix the cornflour with the milk well and add this mixture to the paste in the kadhai. (the cornflour and milk mixture will give a good creamy texture to the gravy)
  7. Bring to a boil and add the paneer cubes in it.
  8. Garnish with fresh cream and coriander leaves. (I skip the cream for garnish).
  9. Serve hot with lachha paranthas or plain rotis.

Do try this one and let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

 

Pizza Bread

As promised in the earlier post I will share a few recipes…here comes the first one….as the name suggests its full of veggies πŸ™‚

Pizza Bread

Serves: 2 (you can increase the quantity as per the persons you wanto to serve)

Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 2 mins

Ingredients:Β  (Please remember, cooking is not an experiment, so whenever you are sharing or writing a recipe you never never never say or write requirements, these are ingredients :P)

Bread slices (brown or white doesnt matter)

2 Finely chopped Onions (medium sized)

1 Finely chopped Tomato (medium sized)

1 Finely chopped Capsicum

(You can use as much veggies as you like)

Semolina (Sooji) – 1 tbsp

Fresh cream – 2 tbsp (to be specific, thick malai that forms a layer on the milk, the thicker the malai the better :))

Salt, Black Pepper – According to taste

Oil – 0.5 tbsp per slice (very lil…..low fat recipe this is :P)

Procedure:

1. Mix the semolina and the fresh cream and let it stand for 1-2 minutes for the semolina to soak and swell well in the cream moisture.2. In this mixture, add all the finely chopped veggies and add salt and black pepper according to taste. Mix well.

3. Take the bread slices and and apply the the veggie mixture on it. Make sure you dont make the layer too stuffy.

4. Now heat very little oil on a tawa (The normal Chapati tawa suits me best) and place the slice on the tawa with the veggie side first. Heat it till you know the veggies are crisp (dont burn them :P). Change the side and heat again without oil.

5. Serve hot with Ketchup πŸ™‚

Enjoy…..and do comment letting me know how well it went πŸ˜›

Cooking and More :P

Damn its been a year….and so far no good reason to come back and write again unless a day before when i was scrolling through a friends blog….. and so this new post ……Thanks to Bigsna Gill!! More about her in some other post but for now lets just focus on the title πŸ˜›
My tryst with cooking started on a serious note after I got married and it continues!! (sigh)…… My hubby is a foodie…not like those food traveller sorts but like homely type……each day a fine meal (three meals a day minimum :P……Hubby’s gonna kill me when he reads this) with good taste and simple dishes suffice :P.

So when I first started, it used to be calling mom-in-law and asking “Mummy ji, Kadhai gas pe rakh di and gas jala di hai….ab kya karna hai??” (LOL ……. mom-in-law is an angel and i will never forget her laugh at the fact that I once had kept the milk in the refrigerator to let it curdle :P). So from that stage till the time i took to writing this post, I can manage cooking well and some people who will read this blog will testify πŸ™‚

I know its a hard time for someone like me who only knew making Maggi before marriage, from there to preparing a full course meal really is a big deal. I am not an expert and can actually make only a few dishes well (to be specific only those which hubby loves :P). And on the days when he gets bored with these few dishes he puts it this way “Aaj kuch majedaar khane ka mann kar raha hai, ban sakta hai kya??” and thats when my innovations start and in theseΒ  days of being marriedΒ  I have come up with a few recipes ….. nothing exotic or with long preparation times…..simple to make……and NO these wont be included in the cookery shows or recipe books but What the Heck…..Hubby loves them :P.

So in the following posts I will list down these recipes and I dedicate these post to all those married/bachelorette/single girls who face the trauma ofΒ  “Ab aaj kya banau??” πŸ˜›

Cheers πŸ™‚

 

You give love a Bad Name!!

So, after a real long absence i am back again and this time writing for my Ex-roomie who i keep missing all the time. But ungracious and thankless that she is, I am sure she wont call even after reading this one dedicated exclusively to her πŸ˜›

As you would know reading from my earlier blogs, I met Parul at IIFM (the best two years of my life) not to forget I met the Love of My life here and now he is my Hubby!!!!!!!!!! Let me not get diverted here and make this about TSM……more about him in following blogs πŸ™‚

I thought of dedicating this blog to Parul because she visited me recently in Chandigarh and for all those IIFMites of 2008 batch who are not in Delhi…you would be very glad to know that Parul is no more the same gal we knew at IIFM (appearance wise)…she has gone extremely thin…..I mean she actually gave me a complex…beat that….and I believe that she is strictly following a skin regime too….for she was glowing…..Now the question for her to answer is “Is it Dove or is it Love” πŸ˜€

So after she left, I have been thinking about all the days that we spent together at IIFM, how we were two different individuals with different likings of music. My days started with Sad, Soft hindi songs and she on the other hand woke up listening to Bon Jovi. I can also remember her enact jamming while listening to “Ranjha Jogi Ho gaya”……. she wore glares while reading out slides from the laptop so that eyes dont get strained (dont kill me for writing this :))

I keep thinking of you always Parul and more so after you visited me. Waiting eagerly for the Big Β D Day in your life …..I dont know what customs you follow and what music you play, but me for sure would sing your Favourite Bon Jovi Song:

Shot through the heart and you’re to blame, Darling you give love a bad name!!!!

I can already imagine you enacting playing guitar decked up in bridal attire to that like you did borrowing Arjun’s at IIFM πŸ™‚

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Eventful Delhi!!!

Yeh Delhi hai mere yaar…..Bas ishq mohabbat Pyaar!!

Time and again I have said that I am in love with the city…..i love the vibrance and feel of the city as much i love Mumbai…..

I have been planning my delhi trips since the day i arrived in Jaipur for the fact that it would only be a 4 hrs drive and i can spend ak  my long weekends with friends and revive the memories at IIFM, but alas, this doesnt happen that often and my life drags in Jaipur 😦

So in a whim of taking a break and being with my ex-roomie for a few hours i planned a real short trip and did the funniest of things!!

Took a bus that made me reach close to 10 pm in Delhi, Doc said itni late kyun aa rahi hai??? That sent a cold wave down my spine…though i love the city safety of gals is a concern where i rest my defence. Was in touch with TSM and Parul enroute the journey and after some time my cell phone gave up. DAMN!! I panicked again…..now how do i coordinate with doc and parul when i actually get down???

I decided dhaula kuan would be better cos thebus would take its own time to reach BKH in city traffic…..but nature had other thinfs in mind. For when the bus entered Gurgaon it was raining cats and dogs…all my prayers for the rains to stop temporarily were in vain

Over friendly co passengers gave their advice (unwanted one) that i should rather get down at BKH for dhaula Kuan will not have autos in this weather and also wont be safe (another one for the safety)

But when Dhuala Kuan actually arrived, i saw many autos lined up and so got down in the heavy rains to save on time. The auto agrred to take me to Kalkaji for 150 bucks and i couldnt negotiate 😦

When i reached Kalkaji i didnt have the right address and the auto guy simply refused to go any further searching for the same….my tantrums also didnt work and there I was on my feet treading through ankle length water searching for Parul’s abode….and before i could realise there was an African guy following me (nailbiting, praying, all together)……..VERY VERY FILMY πŸ˜€

Thankfully for my stars and some good karma (??) i found a dispensary and ran into it looking for help…..very sweet doctor aunty lend me her phone and i had Parul to pick me up from the dispensary………..and i was only a block away from Parul’s house!!!

And then i had fury on me from everywhere, Parul, Sunil, Doc, Varna…all yelling at me for travelling this late and not having cell phone charged and getting off at Dhaula Kuan πŸ˜€

But then…….i guess it pays to meet up with a friend after a gap of two years, doesnt it!!!

I am now eagerly looking forward to my next Delhi trip and hoping that it would be more eventful, this time pleasant ones πŸ™‚ so that i can sing again……

Masti hai Mastano ki Delhi Delhi…..gali hai deewano ki Delhi 6