My Warm Welcome to the ensuing New Year 2014……

Hey friends! Here I come again on the last day of the year 2013 to bid a colorful farewell and welcome the Brand New Year 2014 with a brimming enthusiasm. On this day, I’m sure everyone has their plans set for welcoming the New Year with grandeur. It’s common amongst all of us to make a set of resolutions for the New Year and then break it after three-four months (that is what I do, and I’m damn sure it’s the same with all of you as well). But still, at the end of every single year we do make a list of our resolutions with a hope that we will follow it this new year (the optimism should be awarded).


Before welcoming another brand New Year into our lives, it’s important to be thankful for whatever good happened in the past year. Not only that, we also need to be thankful for getting the requisite courage, on time, for facing all the obstacles that stood in the path we crossed by. Nothing happens simply.  Everything happens with a good reason. So if 2013 didn’t give you many joyful moments its fine, just be very optimistic and wait for those good moments you’ve been looking forward for in 2014. The point I wish to highlight here is positivity. Be Positive! One negative thought in your brain is sufficient to kill all the positive things that await you. So never let negativity control you.

Ahead of welcoming the bright New Year 2014, I wish to thank 2013 for giving me some wonderful reasons to smile. I’ve been doing quite a lot of things I always wished to do – First and most importantly, blogging. My passion for writing took me to blogging. And I’m literally happy that I started blogging. One myth I’ve found in millions of minds – blogging is a waste of time as it doesn’t help you earn anything. ‘Is earning money the only criteria?’ No, at least for me –it is not. In this process of blogging, I’ve earned knowledge (which I couldn’t have acquired with the help of money) and I’ve got in touch with people who have a true passion for reading and writing. The feedback I receive for every single post of mine is like a Learning Curve for me.

2013 has also given me the best vacation as well. After about 5 years or so I went on a long vacation and had the best time at Hubli with my cousins, my niece and nephews. I played different roles at my vacation, dancing to the tunes of all the kids there.

The year has also made me learn some harsh lessons in between; I would call it harsh because the good lesson was taught to me in a rather harsh way. But I’m happy I learnt it that way because I know I will never forget it in my lifetime. I will, now, also ensure that I don’t treat people the way I was treated. I’m happy my sad and stressful days did not last long.

I have a lot of small things that have really made me feel very happy and contented. I’ve seen many people who keep asking me the same question very often- Why did you have to do CA if you were to lead your life like this whiling away your time! To all those people who keep asking the same question, here goes my answer- I did CA because it was my biggest dream in life (the one and only dream). You all may feel I’m whiling away my time, but I know I’m not. I’m doing things I always loved to do. Passion differs and so do choices.

My days in 2013 wouldn’t have been happier if it wasn’t for all the support from my family. So thanks to all for making my days special and happy – my dad, mom, grandma, aunts, uncles and also my extended family at Mumbai. Apart from my family I would also wish to take some time off and thank my dear friends who’ve always been there for me – Geeta, Swathi and Archana. Love you guys!! And finally, how could I not mention Mayur here – Thanks a ton for reading my posts, giving me a prompt feedback and encouraging me. Hope you continue doing the same (I know you will support me).

Thanks to all the wonderful people who’ve encouraged me.  I’ve been taking small steps towards the path I always wanted to be on and I look forward to all your support throughout.

Please Note: One thing everybody needs to remember is I will remain as naughty as I’m now, and you will surely not see changes in that respect!

With all good lessons and happy memories I bid 2013 a farewell and look forward to an even brighter and joyful 2014.

Wishing one all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Cheers!!!

Vegetable hakka Noodles – My Experiment on a Fabulous Friday

Hey friends!! How’s life going? In full speed, I guess! Just another 11 more days to go and there awaits yet another new year, ready to welcome all of us with open arms. Guess, all of you are ready with a set of your New Year resolutions. I do it every year and ultimately do not go in that direction. But I have strictly decided that I will follow it, whatsoever! It’s always a thrill for me to try out something new every time. As I’m enjoying my holidays, I look forward to do something useful, at least, apart from shopping! So when my mom told me yesterday that she would be making Chow Chow Sambhar today, I almost instantaneously told her that I will make something else as well (Chow Chow is one such vegetable, I dread eating).We always eat the authentic south Indian food. So I thought of adding spice to my mom’s lunch menu today by making Vegetable Hakka Noodles. Though it looks easy to make, it takes a lot of patience and perfection. I wouldn’t say it was perfect like in 10 on 10. But I would whole heartedly rate it 9 out of 10 (that is the rating I got from my folks who ate it).


Please Note: Bringing to boil the noodles is the vital thing here because the noodles should not stick together. It should be easily separable. So adding of 1 – 2 tbsp of oil is recommended while boiling the noodles.
So are you ready to check on the recipe!

Ingredients

2 packets of SAMS Hakka Noodles boiled (egg less)
A small bowl each of vegetables like capsicum, cabbage, carrot and spring onions
Powdered white pepper and black pepper (it is available as a taste maker inside the noodles pouch)
2 tbsp of Weikfield Soya Sauce
1 tbsp Hot and sweet tomato ketchup
2 tbsp of oil
Salt as per requirement
Method

Take oil in a large bottomed pan. Add the vegetables one by one and fry it for a minute each. Then add the taste maker, salt (just check on before adding it as the taste maker has salt in it). Put in the soya sauce and the tomato ketchup and fry nicely for a minute.  Finally add in the boiled noodles and mix it very well (I struggled through with this process as the quantity was a bit large- so I got a bit of help from my mom).

Tasty and Yummy Vegetable Hakka Noodles is ready to eat!

I’m sure all noodles’ lovers out there would surely try it as you can have a control on how much oil you use and stuffs. So, why wait, just rush in and give it a try this weekend.



Cheers!!!

Sago Vada – My Experiment on a Super cool Sunday

Hello! So what’s cooking at your end? Christmas is fast approaching and so is the New Year! There must be some set plan to keep you occupied during the year end. The weather down here seems to cool up.  So during the chilling weather it’s always awesome to have a cup of hot coffee or tea with something spicy in the evening. That was my idea exactly when I thought of making Crispy – Crunchy Sago Vada (also popularly known as the saabudhaana vada). I happened to go through this recipe some days ago. I wanted to try it. But the venture, I thought was a bit risky because Sago Vadas are very famous for being very oily. From health point of view that happens to be a drawback. But at the same time I wanted to eat it at any cost. So I decided to get into the venture. I had the help of my aunty as well, who happens to be a very good cook. I’m sure many of you would go forward trying this one as it is really very tasty!


Ingredients

250 gms Sago (Saabudhaana)
5 boiled and mashed potatoes (medium to large size)
Coriander leaves (1 bunch- finely chopped)
Curry leaves (about 25-30 leaves –finely chopped)
4 big green chillies finely chopped
½ big sized lemon juice
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt as per requirement
Oil for frying
Method

Wash the sago very well with water and then soak it in water sufficient to cover it and keep it aside for about 2-3 hours. Take the well soaked sago, mashed potatoes, add coriander leaves, curry leaves, green chillies, turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt and mix very well. Refrigerate the mixture for about 20 minutes. Remove the mixture and then make round balls and flatten it and deep fry it in oil till golden brown. Remove from oil and serve hot with sauce or pudina chutney.

Tip: The mixture (or the dough) is refrigerated so that it does not absorb a lot of oil in the process of deep frying the same. Sago Vadas are mostly known for absorbing oil at peak.

The recipe is simple. It does not take much of your time. It’s just that you need to give a bit of patience to it. The end result, I promise, is really – amazingly tasty.

So why wait!!! Just rush and treat yourselves to the Crispy- Crunchy Sago Vadas this winter.

Catch you all very soon with something interesting.



Cheers!!!

My First Blog Award

Hey all.. I’m back again in a day- this time with something really different as I promise every time. This unique post wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for MEGHA. My dear friend from Mysore Megha, who is now settled at Singaporehas bestowed upon me ‘Liebster Award’, to encourage me to continue blogging. Megha happens to be one of the awesome bloggers I’ve come across. She blogs at ‘Me in Blogland’ (http://meinblogland.blogspot.sg). TheLiebster Award is an award that exists on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The word ‘liebster’ can be traced back to have a German origin. (Liebster means beloved). Liebster Award is an award to a fellow blogger whose attempt at blogging you love. It’s a gesture of encouragement. Thanks Megha for the kind gesture of encouragement.

I have been blogging since February 2013 and the encouragement I’ve got from friends and family with regard the same is astounding. It feels really great to know that people read what you write as a passion and give you feedback on the same. I mostly write reviews on books and recipes I try out generally. I feel overjoyed to know that my friends actually read the books I review about and try out recipes I post. I started off blogging for the passion I’ve for writing. Today, after about 10 plus months it feels great to know that people take some time out of their busy schedule from different parts of the world and get back to me with a positive feedback, every time encouraging me to do something great. Blogging needs a lot of time and effort, mostly a lot of patience. It’s not just that you write something and post it. You need to review what you write as people come to see a piece of your work with a lot of enthusiasm.

This Liebster Award attaches with it a chain. You accept the award given to you and in turn you pass on the same to fellow bloggers whose work you appreciate. The choice lies with the person who gets the award – you either Accept it and pass it on to fellow bloggers, else Ignore it and cut the chain.

The general rules of the Liebster Award are:
*       Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them
*       Display the award on your blog
*       Answer the 10 questions given to you by the person who nominated you and create a list of another 10 questions for your fellow bloggers whom you wish to nominate
*       Choose 5- 11 people for the award – go to their blog and tell them about it
*       No tag backs to the person who nominated you

Here I go answering the 10 questions given by MEGHA to me:
1.     What motivated you to start blogging?
*       My love for writing since childhood is the reason I’m blogging today
2.     Who would you like to be stranded with on a deserted island?
*      With Mayur – the love of my life, of course
3.     Who is your role model?
*       My family! To be specific, my dad – I attribute whatever I am today to him completely
4.     What is your favorite cuisine and why?
*       North Indian Cuisine  – for the tempting taste
5.     If you were free the whole day without any work or family commitments, what would you do?
*       I would prefer treating myself with the pleasure of reading a mystery novel
6.     Which is your favorite television show? 
*       Castle on Star World which I started watching very recently
7.     If you were given a 100$ spending money, who would you spend it on?
*       I would spend exclusively for my family
8.     If you could go back in time and change one event in history, what would it be? 
*       I would not let the India-Pakistan partition happen as hundreds of lives were lost in the event and even to this day we see so many people losing out lives. The value of one’s life is irreplaceable as it is valuable than any precious stone
9.     If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
*       India only – no other place in the world can replace this place for me
10.  What do you think is the most amazing invention that mankind has come up with?
*       It is the laptop/computer – if it wasn’t for this amazing invention I wouldn’t be blogging

Here goes my list for the ‘Liebster Award’ –
2.     Megha Patil – http://livelivealwaz.blogspot.in/
4.     Swapnil – http://swapnilnayak.blogspot.in/
5.     Autie and Jen – http://icandy-handmade.com/
6.     Nandita – http://saffrontrail.blogspot.in/
7.     Nischala – http://nipmu.blogspot.in/

In the list above, few of them are friends whom I know personally and the others are the ones whose blog I love reading. Accepting the same is optional. It’s just that you guys have been doing a pretty great job. Here goes the list of questions for you guys:

1.     What made you blog for the first time?
2.     What is your favorite holiday destination?
3.     5 years from now, where would you like to see yourself?
4.     What is one such object without which you do not leave your house?
5.     What is your favorite pastime?
6.     What is your favorite food?
7.     How would you summarize yourself with just three words?
8.     If you are given a chance to change something in your country what would it be?
9.     Which is one such movie which you don’t mind watching 100 times?
10.  One happy memory of your childhood which you cherish even to this day!

Thanks to all who follow my blog and give me continuous feedback.Thanks again Megha for the encouragement. Keep encouraging and I promise that I’ll not disappoint you.

Cheers to all from Vaishnavi!!!

My Review on Mary Higgins Clark’s “Pretend you Don’t See Her”



Hello friends! Here I come again. As I had promised, I’m back with a review. Being hands on and busy, I didn’t have time to sit and read through a book continuously. But somehow, I managed to complete the book I’d started off maybe some two weeks ago. Previously I’d read one Mary Higgins Clark’s book and the book seemed very different and I liked it. So when I chanced upon this book I just didn’t think, I was very sure that I wanted to read it. The name “Pretend you don’t see her” also sounds very interesting (am not sure if you’ll find it interesting, but I found it very chilling). A typical murder mystery fan would love it.



Being a typical murder mystery, the book doesn’t start off with some introduction and stuffs, it begins straight with the story and within the first two – three pages the murder happens. The incidents that follow are amazingly weaved into the plot. The heroine, being an employee of a real estate agency happens to be the sole witness of the murder. She informs the police immediately. But before she informs, the victim signals to her a journal lying with blood and tells her to give it to her ex- husband. The journal has some lead which brought the victim close to the murderer of her daughter and put her life in danger. The heroine takes the journal herself and doesn’t tell the police about it.  She wants to keep up her promise she made to the victim. But somehow police get to know she is hiding the journal from them.  She is warned to return it. The intelligent thing she does is make a copy of the same (the importance of this is understood by us in due course).


The heroine being the sole witness, her life is in danger as the person who committed the murder for a certain person is a hardcore criminal, whom the police thought had died long ago. The heroine is kept under a witness protection plan in a far away city in disguise and is allowed to talk to her mom and siblings once a week and is not allowed to reveal her hiding place. However, once by chance she reveals a small piece of detail to her mom and then lands herself in neck deep trouble.


The way the plot unfolds then, is something mind blowing. The heroine is running in the process of trying to save her skin from the killer and the police as she feels the police aren’t doing their best to get hold of the murderer.


The book is a typical murder mystery. The murder happens initially, but the actual murderer (that is the person who got the mom-daughter duo killed) is revealed in the last page. The last 100 odd pages keep you so hooked on that you will surely not put the book down without completing it at a stretch (that is what I did last night). It has every ingredient of a perfect mystery. It has murder, a mystery, a plot, emotions, relationships, love, etc. There is no too much of anything. Everything is as much as is required.


There doesn’t seem to be a need to think twice before getting your hands on this book. Just grab the first opportunity and read it, I’m damn sure you’d LOVE IT.


See you all soon with something interesting as always. Till then take care.



Cheers!!!