Occasional Chef !

V watches lots of food channels over Television and Internet , browses food related stuff and has also got the itch to experiment with new and different kinds of recipes. He twists and tweaks the original one as per his food preferences and mixes with whatever comes to his mind. Owning to our good fortune or his talent or whatever, they mostly come out well !!

Here’s one such dish that got crafted in the mind and hands of V on one fine weekend and got devoured by all at home.

No fancy ingredients ! Cut the big brinjals into slices . Mix besan with spice powders of your choice and enough water to be able to dip these cut slices in it and then finely coat them around with. On a tawa, shallow fry these, keeping them covered with a lid for some time, so that they get cooked properly.

Have them when they are super hot !!

Inspirational !

There are some people who inspire you with every act of theirs. It’s like, they are one beautiful package, with all the qualities you admire. They make you try and become a better version of what you are, just by setting an example ! One such personality is my friend.

She was my senior at college and we stayed in the same hostel, but I hardly knew her. And then I joined in the company she was working at, and she became my colleague. She became a good friend over time, but it was very little that I got to know about her then. We parted ways after a while and as luck would have it, I got to re-join the same company. This second period was a bigger one compared to the first one and we got to spend some good time , getting to know each other little more, sharing the changes of our lives and bonding over that.

Like everything is unpredictable, I had to move out again and re-join only after quite a gap.

The third period has been quite different, partly because I assume that I have got little more maturity over the years and partly because of working in close quarters with her .

She who had been only a friend until then, started becoming a little more as days passed. She is an excellent manager and I feel lucky to have her as mine, giving me opportunities to learn more than I could think of . She has been very very inspirational and motivating with every act of hers.

She manages so many things at her level, with so much patience, never showing a sign of anger. She makes seemingly impossible things or quite challenging things at work, very simple. She always has a helping hand ready to extend to anyone in need, be it at a personal or professional level. She manages personal and professional lives extremely well and is yet so humble. She cracks things by connecting minute dots in a way that makes you go spellbound. She processes too many things and does so much of multi tasking that I just watch in wonder. She is so good at heart that you feel good about having known her. Sarees, Crafting, Cooking, Dancing, Fitness, you name a thing and she does it in a jiffy with so much perfection ! She really cares about everyone around her and is reflected in her actions. She’s always ready to listen to what one has to say, making it easy for the opposite person to let out their frustration and always ready to suggest or advice in the ways she could.

Dear N, you are my constant inspiration and I hope to absorb at least some of the many qualities that I admire in you.

Keep rocking as always !!

Children’s Day

Used to be celebrated every year at A’s school, with teachers performing for students and a special lunch being served for the students.

This year for some reason , the former activity was cancelled and only the latter one was present. So A wanted us to compensate for that and asked us, me and V, to make greeting cards for her. She, being an understanding girl, gave us an additional time of weekend and asked us to gift her the cards by Sunday evening.

I took to task on Saturday morning, taking advantage of the fact that A has gone to school for basketball and wasn’t at home and started making a card using all the material I found around. V was confident of what he would do and just gathered some stuff and kept aside, only to start on the next day.

I kept aside all the stuff before A came home and resumed it only on Sunday morning, when A went to school again for the practice. V wanted me to help him a little with the drawing part of his card and I did so. Once that part was done, I picked all sorts of art and craft material and used all my creativity to make something in that limited time. It was after a long long time that I really did something like this. And I enjoyed the activity quite a lot. Quilling, drawing, colouring, writing , sticking and everything about it.

It was nice to watch V ask for different kinds of stuff and look at him colouring with so much of concentration.

Finally, these were the cards that we came up with !!

This was mine !

And this was V’s card !

I leave it to you to decode our creativity 🙂