November 16, 2011

Karthika pournami

Karthika month is the most auspicious month in Telugu calender. In this month we offer prayers to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. In this month we offer prayers to god by following shower with cold water, light lamps, charities and fasting. We do fasting on Mondays, ekadashi and on the most auspicious day of this month Karthika pournami. There are two significant festivals in this month,  one is ksheerabdhi dwadashi and the second one is Karthika pournami. Ksheerabdhi dwadashi is 12th lunar day, we offer prayers to Tulasi plant.


Karthika pournami is a full moon day , this is most auspicious, sacred and extremely powerful day (this year it was on Thursday, 10th Nov). On this day in the evening timings we lit lamps in Shiva and Vishnu temples. We make the small lamps with rice flour or wheat flour and pour cow ghee or sesame oil in that we place a wick  and light the lamps. After pooja we do donations to Brahmins or scholars. In this month it is good to donate clothes to poor people. This practice is considered as good one irrespective of day or month, but ancestors have told us to do in this month because this falls in November, it is when the winter season starts. So offering clothes to poor people will help them to have better clothing in winter season.


Karthika pournami is my fav day in the whole year. This year I celebrated this festival in Bangalore. My day started at 3:50 am, I cleaned home and took shower by 4:15 am. I meditated for more than an hour, later I went to Shiva temple. In temple priests performed rudrabhishekam to Lord shiva, Rudrabhishekam is nothing but a regular abhishekam where priests chant the sacred veda mantras (rudra namakam - Chamakam) while doing abhishekam. I returned home once the pooja in temple was over. I have beautiful idols of Shiva and Balaji (a form of god Vishnu). I performed abhishekam to those idols at my home.

In the evening I lit lamps, did pooja, read karthika puranam and offered mangala harathi to lord shiva and vishnu at home. Then I cooked coconut rice and Gulab-jamun, offered it to Lord Shiva in temple and later distributed to the devotees. In the mean I lit lamps in temple as well. I made those lamps using wheat flour, rice flour and rangoli color. To make them soft and easily mouldable, I added some oil to the flour. This way I made some 70 colored lamps and some 50 flour lamps.

Before I lit the Lamps

After I lit the lamps
SOOC 
In the temple Satyanarayan Swami vratham was going on, later we attended Shirdi Baba Shej Aarathi. Later we performed all the rituals and cam back home. Night after coming to home we had dinner. On karthika pournami there is ritual of floating lamps on pond. There were no ponds or lakes near my place so couldn't fulfill that custom.

Hope you guyz had a wonderful karthika pournami as well. I close this post with a small mantra

Shivaya Vishnu Roopaya
Shiva Roopaya Vishnave
Shivasya Hrudayam Vishnoh
Vishnoscha Hrudayam Shivaha

Om namah shivaya!

November 6, 2011

My all time favorite Ads

Camilin ad:
This is my all time Fav ad, I always wonder who would be the one who has got this amazing thought. WOW! This is not only my fav Ad... I guess it is Indian's fav ad. The beauty of this commercial is, it keeps the cultural sentiments along with the humor.


This 'Change' Ad is another wonderful one, simply out-of-the-box.



Polo add:
Polo is my fav mint, I always carry one in my bag. When I have it, sometimes I remember this ad. This is very funny.


Happy dent ad
This is amazing one, a chewing gum commercial. I've seen many ads which has a similar story where a girl gets attracted to boy who has a fresh breath. This one is completely different, the outstanding shot in this ad is the chandelier one.


Center shock
In this ad, I like the expression of the old man, he is so kool. This one was awarded as best ad of the year ( I don't remember the exact year though).


Naukri.com
S is for Shameless, wow I wish I could say something like that to my employer :D


Vodafone zoo zoo
This was my Grandmother's fav commercial, it used to bring smile on her face. Very creative, I take this opportunity to thank Ogilvy & Mather agency for providing such an entertaining ads for us. The producer Rajiv Rao and Directer Prakash Verma, hats off to you guyz.


Hutch
This is very popular ad in India, the beauty of this ad is its simplicity.The dog name is 'cheeka' and the boy name is 'Jayram'. This is again shot by the Nirvana Films of Bangalore. The caption 'Wherever you go, our network follows' and the song 'You and I' have become very popular among youth. After this ad the sale of pugs doubled in India.

Non smoking Ad
Indian Cancer Association's campaign against smoking is a must-watch. The tag line is kool.... check it out.


Airtel
'Har ek fren Zaroori hota hai' it is the ringtone of almost half of my frenz, and this song is dedicated to me by few. This is very kool and I have added it becoz it is my personal fav.




Mint o gol
You should see the girl's fren smile at the end, it is worth watching. And you will meet the boy 'Rocky' who is handsome, romantic, smart and intelligent.


Aamir khan Tata Sky ad
The ad is simply brilliant....the monologue played by dual characters portrayed by a Aamir khan  is simply outstanding. 'Tata Aur Sky ek saath' is tagline and this ad.



Maruthi suzuki
Maruthi has stormed the televisions yet again, this ad is not just for the particular car it is about the company. The advertisement lasts for some 30 seconds, even after watching the final tagline 'kitna deta hai' you will not realize it is a car Ad. It has changed my husband's view towards the cars,that's fuel consumption is more important than style of the car.

Imperial Blue
This is my husband's fav ad.....check it out. It's true Men will be Men!!


If you have any personal favorite please feel free to share, I will update to the list.

Cheers,
Vrinda.

October 28, 2011

Pav Bhaji

Hi frenz....


    Hope you had a blast on Diwali. This was my first Diwali in Bangalore and I enjoyed to the tee. This was the one of the best Diwalis in my life. Me and my husband were together and enjoyed the evening to the fullest. Now you might be wondering that, the title of the post is pav bhaji and I'm talking about Diwali.It is because, this Diwali I made Pav bhaji as a special evening dinner. Yes, I made it for the first time that is the reason why I'm excited as it turned out very well. Without wasting more time, I will come to the r

Ingredients:

Onions --> 1 cup (finely chopped)
Tomatoes --> 1 cup (finely chopped)
Cauliflower --> 1/4 cup (Clean it well in salted hot water)
Coriander leaves --> 1/4 cup (finely chopped)
Beans --> 1/4 cup (chopped)
Capsicum --> 1/2 cup (chopped)
Potatoes --> 4 to 5 (peeled and chopped)
Carrots --> 5 (peeled and chopped)
Peas --> 1/4 cup
Green chilies --> 4
Oil --> 2 spoons
Butter --> 50 gms
Cumin seeds --> 10 gms
Cumin powder --> 1/2 tsp
Pav bhaji masala --> 3 tsp
Chilli powser --> 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder --> 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder --> 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic paste --> 1 tsp
Lemon juice --> 4 tsp
Salt --> 2 tsp
Pav buns




Procedure:

1. Pressure cook all the vegetables ( Cauliflower, Capsicum, Carrots, Potato, Beans and Peas).
2. Simultaneously, take a pan and add oil. Heat the oil, add cumin seeds, onions and green chillies. Fry the onions till they turn brown in color, now add Ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone. Then add Tomatoes to it and keep frying.
3. Meanwhile, take the cooked vegetables from Pressure pan and mash them.
4. To the onion and tomato, add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilly powder, pav bhaji masala and mix well.
5. Now, add the mashed vegetables. Simmer the stove and allow the contents to cook for about 20 mins.
6. Add lemon juice and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
7. Slit open the buns, apply butter. Toast the buns over a skillet till golden brown.
8. Serve hot with bhaji, onions and lemon pieces.

The tempting pav bhaji is ready, serve it hot. Trust me it is very easy to cook.


Cheers,
Vrinda.


PS: The pic of Pav bhaji is taken from Google Images, I did not get time to take the snap. 

July 2, 2011

My Garden

Hi Frenz,

     Gardening has always been one of my hobbies, though I never mentioned it to my frenz. I always like flowers on the plant than plucked and made in to garland. I usually like spending some time in garden while I'm really stressed out, it's a great relaxation therapy. Presently I stay in an apartment which has a small  balcony. Luckily there is enough space to place few pots and I planted plants in them. I feel so happy when flowers bloom in my garden. I take snaps and share it with my frenz and family members. Today I thought of sharing them with all my Blog frenz.


Rose: This is the first plant I bought for my garden. This is the only flower it bloomed to that plant. It died after  1 month, as I was away from home for long time. My husband couldn't take care of it well (I don't blame him for that though)


Button Rose: This is one of my favorite plants. It was presented to me by my mom. She actually bought this for her garden, but again felt it's worth giving to me. Yes I've reached her expectations when she found 22 roses bloomed to that pretty small plant.


Gazania: This plant has a tendency to bloom in late spring or early summer. But in Bangalore it bloomed almost the whole summer. Right now I have 4  flowers in my garden, very beautiful flowers.  I especially like the color combination of the petals.


Lilly: I actually taken a root of this plant from my neighbors with out their consent. I planted it and by third day the bud rose up from the root with barely one leaf left to the plant. After long gap last week we found another flower. Pink is my favorite color and the combination of yellow and white is surely beauty.


Queen of Night: This is my favorite of all. This flower has a very short span compared to all the flowers I've seen till date. It starts blooming at evening at around 8 pm and shrivels by 5:00 am in the morning. The beauty of it can by enjoyed only at nights. There will be a very mild aroma at the surrounding area of this plant when flowers blossom. I really like this flower, it's so beautiful.

Apart from these I have plants of Jasminum Sambac ( famously known as Malle puvvu  in Telugu), Butterfly Gardenia (known as Nandhivardhanam in Telugu), Marigold (Banthi) and Chrysanthemum (Chamanthi) in my garden. I couldn't take snaps of these flowers, but I will upload them for sure in future. Hope you all enjoyed my garden. Posted under Macro flower Saturday and Flowers on Saturday.


Cheers,
Vrinda.

June 25, 2011

Creative trials....

Hi frenz,


I recently moved to Banlgore, I'm very bored staying at home alone thorugh out the day. Initially I was quiet busy, cleaning house, arranging things etc etc. I was always preoccupied by some work. Now after 2 month I hardly find anything to do at the day time. I finish my house hold work, browse for sometime, help my cousin in her project work, then.... nothing else to do. Today I came across empty bottles at my home, I have acrylic paints and brush too...what else???? I just started painting on the bottles.

Though I'm not very good at painting (to be frank I'm worst at it :( ). I just wanted to give a try, when I did this is what turned out.  






After looking at these paintings my husband has seriously decided to join me in  Art classes. It's not because he's impressed, but to encourage me, so that I can create more beautiful work ... hmmmm. 


Hope you guyz like them....shoot your comments on these.




Cheers,
Vrinda.

May 9, 2011

Love is....



        I've seen many Love quotes, sayings, poems etc. Many explains the deeper meaning of it, few has  complexity in their explanation. This one quote explains it all....I love this one. I know this is most familiar and most used quote. So I wanted to present it a beautiful way, here it is.....


Pic: Edited using Textures by Ruby blossom Flickr link.
Posted under: Wordless Wednesday


Vrinda.

May 8, 2011

Miss you amma...


Happy mother’s day!

Last year on this occasion I posted a post on my grandmother and her love towards me.  One  year after the post I’m only left with her memories, she left me on 15th march of this year. I miss her so very much, I miss her unconditional love, I miss her beautiful shyish smile, I miss her love towards me....I feel like crying out and call her back. I have many more feelings filled in my heart which are really tough to express here.

I donno where she is, but where ever she is I wish her to rest in peace.  


Vrinda.

PS: To check my previous post, just click here.

April 7, 2011

Yes we did it!!



We  are World champions!!!!! ooooh hoooooo!!!!

30th March 2011 and 2nd April 2011 are the days I can never forget in my life. Such a wonderful feeling, that we are world Champions, we have beaten Australia (3 times world champs) in quarter finals and Pakistan (a team with extra ordinary bowling line) in semis. It was the proudest moment for each and every Indian. What a game!! truly exciting and breathtaking.

Each and every team member performed excellently (except Sreeshanth). My family members are great fans of Sachin Tendulkar. We all were praying just for the sake of him, we wanted to see him lift that beautiful trophy. I enjoyed the match more and more because my parents came from Hyderabad to Bangalore on visit. They were present for both the exciting matches. Those two days are memorable days in our life.








  

The whole nation salutes you guyz!! Jai hind.

~ Vrinda. 

March 8, 2011

Capcicum Masala Curry


Hi frenz,

I’ve been posting recipe of sweets so thought of posting some thing different spicy and delicious curry. Then I remembered my favorite Capcicum Masala curry, this is very easy to make and very delicious too. This tastes best with chapathi, pulka and rice too.
 
Ingredients:

Capcicum – 250g (chopped in to small pieces)
Onions – 2
Chillies – 2
Mustard seeds (half spoon)
Cumin seeds (half spoon)
Turmeric powder – ½ spoon
Garam Masala – ½ spoon
Chilly powder – 1 spoon
Ginger garlic paste – 1 spoon
Bhuna chana powder – 3 to 4 spoons
Salt – 1 spoon
Coriander leaves
Grated dry coconut

Procedure:

  1. Heat oil in pan, fry mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds for a minute.
  2. When they splutter add chopped onions, chilies and turmeric powder in it.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until they turn brown.
  4. Now add capcicum and fry it for 15 mins in medium flame.
  5. Once it is fried well add chilly powder, coriander powder and salt in it.
  6. After 2 mins add Bhuna chana powder, Garam Masala and mix it well.
  7. Once you find the whole thing mixed well just add grated dry coconut and let it be on the flame for just 1 min.  
  8. Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.
(you can't find coconut in this pic as I forgot to add it :D)

Bhuna chana Powder preparation:
 Take split chick peas roast them on medium flame for 3 mins and cool it. Later put it in mixer along with 1 spoon salt, fenugreek seeds and 3 flakes of garlic.  Make it in to fine powder, take it in to bowl then add 2 spoons of chilly powder and mix it well. You can store this for 1 year too, it can be added in all the fried dishes for taste. 

If you make it exactly as I said, you can make very delicious Masala Capcicum curry. Try this and share your experience ….



Cheers,
Vrinda. 

February 25, 2011

Blue


This week entry Live every moment theme is Blue.


Vrinda.

February 24, 2011

T is for Time

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is referred to solar time at royal observatory in Greenwich, London. I’ve been to this place in the year 2008 on my B’day. This pic is little blurred, as I cropped it and made some changes for a better view of this clock. 


Greenwich clock with  standard measurements down there.

There is a meridian line where you can at a time be on 2 different poles of earth (North Pole and South Pole).

If you are in UK and never visited this place, then please go and visit it. If you are visiting UK then don't miss this place. It's fun to be here, esp for kids. This post is posted at Alphabe- Thursday.

Cheers,
Vrinda.

February 17, 2011

S is for Sky Scraper


When ever I hear this word one thing comes in to my mind immediately is, the New York City. Apart from being my favorite place, this place has also added some beautiful memories in to my diary. I can never forget the Friday evenings I spent in that city. Sometimes with my friends (most of the time by myself) we used to walk down the street just like that. Have fun talking on the roads, looking at the people from different nations, eating food what not? 

One Penn Plaza
 I used to work at Manhattan (heart of the city) in One Penn plaza. It is 54 storied building,  shares the same street with Empire state building.  It was fun working in a desi company, but surrounded mostly by Mexicans. They are very friendly people though, very sweet and believe me most of the girls are damn gorgeous.


 Macys was adjacent to my work place, I used to get in that tall 9 storied building and spend some hours walking around the displays. I have bought many gifts for my parents and my husband (then my boy friend) from this mall. As my office was in the 15th floor, this building was quiet visible from my desk place. So I was always updated with the events taking place there.

    
It is fun being surrounded by so many people. I know many say it’s crowded, busy centre, jam-packed with people etc etc. But I can assure you it is much fun than walking in desert feeling deserted by the whole world.


I met many nice people in this city who have become my friends for lifetime. I also learnt the value of time and money after staying here. The city teaches you many lessons which are surely helpful in your life.      


 One place I couldn't visit in New York is Statue of Liberty. Yeah I know that is not the place to be missed. Next time when I go there I will surely visit it. 


Fav places in NY are 42nd street, Cold stone Ice cream Parlor, Time square, Wall street, Macys, Cafe 34 (pizza corner), Subway located at 52nd street, WTC, Brooklyn bridge.
This is posted at Alphabe- Thursday.

     
Cheers,
Vrinda.

PS: This post is dedicated to all my frenz whom I met in NY. 

January 23, 2011

Conversations (1)



She: How is the home?
He: It’s nice, 2 bedroom apartment. In fact far better than all those previous houses I’ve seen till date.
She: Is it! Then tell me clearly how it looks.
He:  2BHK
She: How about Bathrooms?
He: Both the bathrooms are western, one has geyser too.
She: You must be excited then why you sound so dull?
He: I’m bit disappointed about flooring, its mosaic flooring. You know I prefer marble flooring.
She: Hmm… just flooring na... Its ok we can adjust. But tell me about the kitchen.
He: Everything is good in kitchen. The house is very good, I guess we can’t find better house than this in Bangalore in such a short span. 
She: I know, but tell me about ….
He: Heyy...I’m tired now. I will call you tomorrow and let you know more.
She: OK bye… J

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Next Day 

He: Heyy wassup??
She: Hi… I was waiting for your call.
He: Yeah tell me…
She: You tell me… How is the house?
He: It’s gud. But I’m only disappointed about its locality.
She: Why what happened, is it located in a slum!!??  
He: No no….It’s not located in slum. But the area is kind of not so posh locality like you were expecting.
She: I didn’t ask you to find a home in poshhhhh... locality, all I asked is to find in a decent locality
He: Ok! lemme put like this, it is not located in a very decent locality.
She: First you were telling that all you were worried about is flooring, now about locality. What else you gonna tell me later L
He: Don’t worry that is all. Just flooring and locality, that’s it.
She: Ok. How big is the kitchen?
He: Errr....kitchen is small. Heyy there is a very big balcony, forgot to tell you. It covers the whole length of the house.
She: Balcony! Nice, I can have a small garden there.
He:  Do what ever you want. 
She: Now tell me how are the Bedrooms?
He: ofooo!! You are asking about kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms….You are not asking me about the main thing. RENT!
She: Yeah tell me how much?
He: $&#@ Per month (frowned), plus 10 months rent in advance and 1 month rent to broker. 
She: Come on you must have saved some amount, pay it from that. What’s the big deal?
He: Yeah, your mom has given me 10 crores dowry. I saved it in swiss bank, now I will pay it from that.
She: Heyy…why are you pulling my mom in to this?? She has given my hand in yours, you are lucky to get wife like me, as precious as Gold.
He: Yeah I know. I’ve been looking for 50kgs Gold, where as I got 70kgs. Really I’m very lucky.   

to be contd.....

Cheers,
Vrinda.





January 17, 2011

Book Review: 'I too had a love story'

Author: Ravinder Singh

Aah this is my first book review. I just finished reading this book and immediately thought to write a review on it. 



'I too had a love story' is a true love story of Ravinder singh. He happened to fall in love with a girl named Kushi, whose profile he found in shaadi.com. In no time he was deeply, madly and truly in love with her just by communicating with her through phone. He gets a chance to meet her and spend the most beautiful hour of his life before leaving to US for an onsite trip. After returning their parents fix their engagement on Feb 14th the Valentines Day. Just two days before their engagement she meets with an accident.

What will happen to his shonamoni

Will she get back from the hospital safely?    

If so, then why is this book named as ‘I too had a love story’?

What will be the ending of this beautiful tale?  

 The story is told in a very simple and neat manner. The flow is so smooth that you never know when you started reading it and when you finished it. The time flies while reading this book (I was about to finish this book in one night, but again my granny intervened and made me put down the book and go to sleep). The first half of the book goes very nicely, I was connecting my love story to it throughout (I guess this would be the case with most of the readers).Few incidents like, Ravin being desperate to see the girl with whom he is madly in love (I was going through the same when I was returning from US after 2 years being away from my boy friend). The phone calls at nights, gifts and surprises are which audience can easily connect it with. Where as in the second half not completely but most of the part was predictable. It might be because I was thinking too much while reading this book. The end of the story though it is tragic and really heart touching. While I’ve been to Ravin’s website I could see many praising him for being such a wonderful boy friend. In contrast, to popular opinion I will say that Khushi is a great lover who has made such an impact on Ravin. She gave him tremendous amount of love which has given a ray of hope for his future.     


All I would say that if you are in love, then this is a book you must read. I have a feeling that this book cannot make much market in the international arena. I guess I’m being too liberal at rating it :P.
Rate: 3/5


Cheers,
Vrinda.