And here I complete One Year….

Hello friends!! So I’m back again within a very short span. As I’ve been bugging all of you’ll since the past few days, I complete one successful year of blogging today. What’s new – The appearance of my blog? Yes, very much. I’ve shifted my blog from blogger to word press. I wasn’t basically comfortable with the templates offered by blogger and always felt that the appearance is boring and monotonous. You must’ve noticed that I have been changing the appearances every now and then. Thanks Anupama for planting about Word Press in my mind. I feel blessed with the new blogging experience.  I’m pretty excited about the new look of My Space. So basically I’m here today to celebrate My Space’s First Birthday.

When I started of blogging one year ago on this day, I’d never ever dreamt that I’d complete this milestone. I just started off because I loved writing. I never expected people to read it also, to be frank. But when I started getting positive encouraging responses I was really thrilled. That is when I started improvising my blog. I started off with just giving book reviews. At that point I just couldn’t think of any other skill I had that I could actually share with the world. But gradually, I realized that I could do much more than just reading in my free time. That’s when I decided that I’d try my hand at cooking. After all if anything can go wrong, it’ just that the final product wouldn’t be edible. But that was fine. I was ready to take up the risk and the associated critical reviews.

There was a time when my folks probably thought I’d be a complete failure in cooking, as I was very lazy to try or do anything. From somewhere I got the energy and determination to try my hand at it. And I must say I’m thrilled today at the response I get for my recipes. The most viewed posts on my blog happen to be my recipes. Wow, that really sends a chill down my spine. When my friends ring me up to ask me about some recipe I’ve posted on my blog, I feel happy to the power ‘n’. That’s when I run to my folks and tell them, what a mark I’ve made today!

For quiet sometime I was juggling between book reviews and recipes, when my friends suggested certain topics. I’m happy I could write something about it. But still I feel somewhere that I could’ve done better. There’s always scope for improvement, ain’t there! Apart from these posts I’ve been writing on General topics as well. My general topics have been quite a hit amongst readers as well.

When I asked for suggestions last week, I’ve got quite a lot of topics from friends as well. I promise I will not disappoint you’ll. I will at some point cover the topics you’ve put forth. Of late, I’ve introduced two new segments in my blog. One being photography and the other one being movie reviews. I’m patting myself as my new segments have done well. I never expected responses for the same but it’s been great to see responses for the new segments as well.

Overall, my blog has given me many reasons to smile. One being, of course, the encouragement and the support I’ve received from all of you. The most important reason for my smile is the changed me. Along with my blog completing one year, I’ve seen myself evolve as a completely different person. Before I had a very bad time management, but now, at least for the sake of my blog, I plan my tasks and try to complete it before hand. Though I still have a very long way to go, the changes I see in myself is quiet satisfying for me. Exactly a year ago I used to just read. But since the past year I’ve tried my hand at different things – cooking, sketching, photography, etc. Hope to add on much more to it in the future.

There is a list of people whom I have to mention here because without you guys my blog wouldn’t have reached the first milestone – Geeta for inculcating the reading habit in me and also supporting me in my blogging venture; Akshatha for suggesting topics for my blog; Sneha Das for promptly following my blog; Megha Bhat for encouraging and supporting me (Megha you’ve also been a great inspiration for me throughout); Coming to my family, I’d like to thank my mom for reading my blog regularly, of course, with me forcing you to; my aunt Vineetha for reading my blog; my cousin Aamodh for tasting most of the recipes I’ve tried out bravely; of course, how can I miss you out Mayur – you’ve been a great source of encouragement and support – The suggestions you’ve given so far have always been a hit. So keep suggesting. Lastly, I thank my family, extended family and friends for being supportive in whatever I’ve done so far. Hope to receive the same encouragement and support in the future as well.

So with tons of thanks, flashbacks and other stuffs, here I wish My Space reaches new milestones in the days to come.

Cheers!!!

My Review on the movie “Hasee Toh Phasee”

Hey friends! I’m back again. This time with a brand new segment as a part of My Space’s first birthday, that’s due this Friday, a movie review (ok don’t panic guys, it’s surely not Hrithik’s movie). I introduced a new segment on photography recently (which has possessed the greater part of me, of late). I was obviously getting bored to post just recipes, book reviews and general posts every now and then. As My Space promises, I wanted to bring in something new since long. But wasn’t able to come up with it because I was just too busy reading books and trying out recipes. As a part of what can be rightly called my New Year resolutions, I decided that this year I’m surely going to spread my wings by making use of my time very effectively, not just for the sake of doing, but for my own happiness as well. That’s how I brought in the segment of photography and similarly, I’ve come up with this movie review as well.

My friends might be wondering if I’m sick or something, because it is pretty unusual of me to post something related to movies minus Hrithik in it. I can’t remember the last non – Hrithik movie I watched in the theatre. I make it a point to watch every other Hrithik’s movie exclusively in the theatre and the rest I watch at home, probably a month after it releases. I’m glad I watched Hasee Toh Phasee in just the second week at the ‘cinemas’, thanks to the person who accompanied me. I wouldn’t have watched it at the cinemas if it wasn’t for you.


The film revolves around the life of Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) and Nikhil (Siddarth Malhotra). Both are extraordinarily brilliant, but they are not the ideal children their parents want them to be. At a wedding, Nikhil unknowingly helps Meeta run away from her house. In the same wedding, Nikhil meets Karishma (Adah Sharma) and falls for her. After few years, they are engaged. It’s only after his engagement does he realize that Meeta is Karishma’s sister. Karishma’s father doesn’t approve of Nikhil as he feels he is this lazy lad type. Series of events take place and Nikhil is forced to help Meeta with accommodation as per Karishma’s instructions. As Nikhil is not satisfied with any other accommodation, he takes her to his house. Meeta has these weird habits of popping in anti depressants and stuffs. Slowly Nikhil realizes what Meeta is going through and he helps her get out of these habits, gradually. Thus, follow various twists and turns. Obviously, I wouldn’t reveal it here!

I have not been such a great fan of Parineeti. I had previously followed her in her 2 other films, Ladies vs Ricky Behl and Ishaqzaade. I felt she was good in Ishaqzaade.  But still wasn’t the so called great fan of Parineeti. After watching the movie Hasee Toh Phasee, I’ve surely become her fan. You must watch the film for her acting at least. She has done wonders in the film.

The film is overall a nice one, a must watch one, I’d rather say. I liked it. A very sweet love story framed with exact proportions of love, laughter and emotions. You don’t feel that it’s too much in any part of the movie because it is that subtly made.There’s no reason why you shouldn’t go and watch it. I’m sure you’ll be entertained. When I can love the movie (me being the typical ‘hrithik’ fan), I’m damn sure all of you’d love it. Give it a try atleast. Do not miss it.

Will be back again this week…


Till Then, Cheers!!!

My Review on Sidney Sheldon’s “The Sky is Falling”

Hey all!! It’s me back again sooner than before. This month has been really too exciting for me to be silent. Amidst all the busy bee works I somehow sneaked in my time schedule to complete a book. It’s been a while since I gave a review. I have been looking forward for the same for a while now. So, as soon as I completed the book, I wanted to come up with its review. And giving a review about Sidney Sheldon’s books has always been my pleasure because every book of his offers something new. It doesn’t make you feel monotonous at all. Trust me! Once you pick up one book of his, I’m sure you’ll never stop until you’re done with his entire collection. I’ve read few of his books and I’m damn sure that I’ll complete the collection sooner or later.
If you’re a Sheldon reader you’d very well know that his books always have a female protagonist. The same with this book as well. In case you’ve read his book “The Best Laid Plans” you would have surely fallen for the strong female protagonist Dana Evans (I’m damn sure, you’d have fallen for her character). The same female character has been continued in this book as well. After reading The Best Laid Plans, you’d surely love to read another book with Dana Evans in it. This was the enthusiasm with which I started off this book and I must say I’m surely not disappointed. And Yes, Sheldon will surely not disappoint his fans (having read a few of his books, I can vouch for that).

The story begins routinely. Dana Evans has now become pretty famous after she covered the Sarajevo blasts in the book ‘The Best Laid Plans’. She brings along with her a kid who loses his parents and sister in the war along with one of his arms. She is juggling between her news reporting and the boy, Kemal (who happens to be a devil at school), when suddenly a person is killed in what is called as a shootout at home during robbery. But Dana feels that there is something more to it when she happens to hear that he was the last guy in the family alive and the rest of them had been killed in different ways within a year’s period. She’s pretty sure that the family has been wiped out deliberately though the family’s deaths appear like accidents. She takes the permission of her boss to find out in detail about what happened to each one of them. He gives her the permission but also warns her to be careful. She starts off with her investigation. She gets leads, but then ultimately the leads get her nowhere and she gets disappointed when she finds something very informative. She keeps juggling this way.
In between the story revolves around Dana and Jeff, her long time boyfriend who also happens to work with her in the media company. They decide to get married when Jeff’s ex- wife calls him up to be with her as she’s been diagnosed with cancer and she has no one to be by her side. Dana sends Jeff to be by her side. In the meanwhile, she carries her investigation that takes her places and she finally lands at Russia, she feels that something is truly wrong. That is when she gets to know that she’s being watched over. She realizes that her life is in danger. With leads taking her nowhere she returns back. Then the suspense breaks in the last 40 pages.
What else do you need? A perfect mystery, a suspense thriller and also a sweet love story! A perfect blend of everything at one place. Then what is it that’s keeping you away from trying this book. Just go ahead and give it a try. You’d love it in case you’re mystery lovers.
See You Soon..
Cheers!!!

My ‘Date’ with ‘Photography’

Hey friends. Hope the days are treating you’ll well! It has surely been treating me good.  I’m back as promised with a ‘new segment in My Space. I have so far brought in recipes, book reviews and general topics in my blogging. I’m here today with something different and new. The title of my post speaks a lot. I could also call it my tryst with photography. So far I had not chanced upon many opportunities to click, even if I’d got, it wasn’t that interesting one as my mobile would somehow give way. But with my lovely Xperia I couldn’t ask for anything better. Though the clicks in the interiors aren’t that impressive, the ones I’ve clicked outside have been quite amazing for me, though not marvelous.

It’s a picture clicked late in the evening and I’m surprised that the scenic beauty that has come about has left me Wow. The picture holds a special place in my heart and soul for many reasons. So I just wanted to share my photography click with the world as well. This is not my first try at photography, though. With my earlier nokia, I have tried capturing the nature at its best and have felt the thrill. But this click, being the first capture of nature from my Xperia gives me the required encouragement to try my hand at photography as well along with the numerous other tasks.
This much being about photography, let me state a bit about the place as well. This is the Kukkarahalli Lake located in the heart of Mysore City which covers a shore length of maybe, approx. 5 km. I was a visitor at this lake, maybe, about 9 years ago. Ha ha!! I’m sure most of you’ll who belong to Mysore are laughing at me. Being the typical lazy sit at home girl, I’ve never found it interesting to visit this place, probably because I didn’t have a perfect company. Last week when I was browsing for places to visit in the city, I thought why not give this place a try. But, I wasn’t sure if it’s apt for a walk. After visiting, I’m glad I did. It’s this typical calm – serene – tranquil place to spend an evening with your loved ones.The silence and the sound of the breeze in the composed environment makes your evening special.
You can either walk alongside the shore or sit and enjoy the cool breeze blowing your hair off your face. I’m sure, either of it would make your evening a special one. But, make sure you leave the place soon after sunset as you will attract a lot of tiny insects after dark.
In case, you guys plan to visit Mysore for sight -seeing, make sure you drop in at least for sometime (I’m sure you’d stay for much longer than ‘sometime’).
Hope this first step in photography ensures I get a lot of opportunities with regard the same in the near future. Looking forward to post more and more ‘nature at it’s best‘ photos in the coming days.
See you soon.
Till Then, Cheers!!!

Ragda Pattice – My Delicacy on a Thrilling Thursday

Hello friends!! I promised I’ll get back with a different post, but I’m here with a recipe yet again. I was casually chatting with my mom yesterday when she said she would make Ragda Pattice today. That is when, bingo, I got an idea. I insisted that I’ll make it. She agreed. The recipe is basically my mom’s tried and tested expert recipe. She’s been making it since ages and I’ve been eating it since ages. But till date, I’d never chanced upon an opportunity to make it. Finally when I got the opportunity today, I grabbed it. In the course of making it, I had my mom’s continuous guidance as I didn’t want it to go wrong.  And thus, I came out with a fool proof –delicious Ragda Pattice.
I usually dedicate my reviews on novels to the people who suggest the novels to me. Today on the eve of Valentine’s Day, I wish to dedicate this delicacy to Mayur. Mayur, this dish was made just with you on my mind. That’s the reason probably it turned out to be perfect (that’s the feedback I received, especially from my dad, who is my food critic). Now let’s just rush to check out how the delicious Ragda Pattice is made.

Ingredients
 
1 teaspoon Jeera
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 teaspoon chilli powder
2 Tomatoes finely chopped
250 gms Chana (boiled)
Water as per requirement based on the consistency
Oil – about 1 ½  tbsp
For the masala
3 medium sized onions (cubed)
3 big green chillies
5-6 cloves of garlic
2 inch Ginger piece
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
2 teaspoons amchur powder
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
Salt as per taste
 
For the Pattice
3 big sized potatoes boiled
6 bread slices (soaked in water for about 1 minute)
1 Teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon garam masala Powder
1 teaspoon Jeera Powder
Coriander leaves finely chopped
Salt as per taste
Oil for shallow frying
For Garnishing
 2 onions finely chopped
Coriander leaves finely chopped
Method
Take all the ingredients that go into the making of the masala and grind it into a fine paste. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and add jeera to it and fry it for a while. Then add the garam masala powder and fry it. Then add in the ground masala and fry nicely till it sheds it raw odour. Add salt, chopped tomatoes and boiled chana to it and mix well. Add water as per your requirement. Pressure cook the same with one whistle only. After about half an hour bring to boil the pressure cooked mixture.
Mash the boiled potatoes finely. Add the soaked bread by squeezing out the water completely. Add in the powdered jeera, garam masala powder, turmeric, chopped coriander leaves and salt and mix well. Make small round balls, flatten it and shallow fry it on both sides in oil.
Now that your Ragda Pattice is ready serve it hot with the garnishing.
So, would you guys try it out? Give it a try for sure. The list of ingredients may scare you (when my mom told me the ingredients and method orally yesterday, I swear I didn’t catch a single ingredient in it). But once you try your hand at it step by step, you’d end up telling “That’s it, it’s really simple”.
Without wasting your time, treat your loved ones with this yummy dish.
See you soon again soon…
Let me remind you again, I’m celebrating my blog’s first birthday this month end> So you’d be seeing a variety of posts in the days to come.



Cheers!!!