Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Kellogg's Nashta

''Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.''
~ Dorothy Duy

I second that. Food has a way to soul but only if its taste is worth it. And ''the taste'' is hard to find especially when you are away from your home. No matter how depressed you feel, a delicious food can rejuvenate and help you to make a good start. I realized this when I had my posting in Assam. The new city, new accommodation and new people. I found myself lost and lonely. The venture to a new city was not as exciting as I had thought it to be. I was quite happy with my job and company. I didn't find myself tired in the office hours until I was posted to Assam. 

Being a diet conscious made my survival even harder. I had to compromise and I hate it. By the passing time I adjusted myself in the new environment. Things were not actually that bad. My office was situated in a grand building which was a hub of big business deals, marketing and sharing departments. A perfect environment to work and to sharpen professional skills. My colleagues were co-operative. But somehow, I was still struggling with the food and especially ''breakfast''. Every time I had to eat Bootor dali and Bhaji. I was completely sick seeing the same food in my plate days after days, months after months. 

One morning I found there was no milk for my breakfast and it was too early to spot an open shop. I was totally clueless and just then an idea came in mind. Mrs. Gupta, my neighbor is a sweet person. She have been friendly and very much helping to me right from my first day. On Sundays we spend most of the time together. We nurtured a good friendship in no time. I thought of having a glass of milk from her and prepare daliya for myself. I got ready and knocked her door. She welcomed me with a beautiful smile. I must say she is very convincing. Despite of rebuking she persuaded me successfully to do breakfast at their home. 

Within five minutes she came up with a bowl of super nutritive dish. It had cornflakes, honey, almonds, hazelnuts and everything was douse in the milk. Seeing it my mouth was watering literally. It was kind of that healthy breakfast I had been longing ever since. I wanted to ask her what dish it was actually. She told me to be silent and first eat. I had a full bowl of it and felt so good after a long time.

She then told it's Kellogg's Cornflakes which being tasty and nutritive makes it her first choice to start her day in a healthy way. The corn in it is highly rich in vitamin A and it acts as a strong antioxidant. I was impressed with Kellogg's and just when I was planning to buy one for myself, she told me to have my daily breakfast with her and there are many more Kellogg's Cornflakes dishes that she would like to serve me.    

Here's the reason why I visit Gupta ji daily.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happiness Is

Life is full of struggles. For what do we keep ourselves going through them? It's a chase towards the ''happiness''. Every one of us wants to be happy and cheerful but it is always the disappointment that mostly affect our lives. No matter what challenge life throws, all we should do is accept it positively with a smile. My nani ma's words help me to keep an optimistic attitude. She says, ''Things happen the way they are destined to be. You may plan for several things but not one of them would work until it is meant to be.'' Her words work like a booster and it instantly fills me with an utter happiness and peace. 

Happiness is all around us. Sometimes we can not find it among the chaos of life and many a times we ignore it. True happiness does not lie in having a rich legacy, having villas and lots of money. However, most of us find them a way towards the happy life. Happiness is to have people who love and care for you, the pleasure of spending some time being around nature's beauty, to laugh out loud with friends, to finish your commitments on time, warmth of affection you feel when you smile at a kid and he smiles back, the contentment of being blessed by elders and grandparents. It is there in those simple acts that have nothing to do with pretense. 

Following your heart and to have a believe in yourself are much important to find your way towards happiness. I love sketching; I take my camera every where because I enjoy capturing moments. A perfect click is enough to make my day and cheer me up. 
Copyrights @Simran Kaur My Friendship

Copyrights @Simran Kaur My Friendship

Copyrights @Simran Kaur My Friendship

   I find happiness in reading books and cooking. The journey of my cooking started with 2 minutes Maggie. Once, mom was not at home. My elder brother and I were hungry. He asked me to prepare our favorite ''2 minutes Maggie''. I happily entered into the kitchen, read the steps and prepared accordingly. In the last I added a full spoon of desi ghee to intensify its taste and aroma. When he had his first bite, he opened his eyes wide and I thought maybe I spoiled it. I asked him about the taste but he was too busy in stuffing it into his mouth. I was dumbstruck! 

Then he said, what magic you added in this? I never had such a delicious Maggie. I couldn't believe his words so I had it myself and it really tasted so well. It continued for sometime and his appreciation helped me in gaining confidence about my cooking skills. I started trying out new dishes and luckily most of them came out very well so far. 

Cooking is an art and has a close relation with love. While cooking for my family, friends and relatives I put all my dedication and love. The satisfaction it gives when they appreciate and enjoy my handmade food is matchless. I must mention that dad is an expert cook. Despite of so many responsibilities he cooks scrumptious food and there is always a great demand from my friends. It's because of him I started cooking seriously. He says, ''Cooking is expressive. It strengthens the bond and increases the love for each other''.     

Dad and I do so many experiments with cooking. I'm sharing a few of them here. 

Chole Bhature 
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Chettinad Egg Curry
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Watch this video. It might have a reason to make you happy! 

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

I Stood Tall

Life brings up so many challenges and winning over them is not always possible. A failure may let us down but hope within should remain kindled, always. For, where there is hope, there is life. When we are in doubt, in pain or in a sad mood we feel like sharing our hearts out to feel better and see things from different perspective. In everyone's life there is someone close to heart to whom we idolize, trust and share secrets. 

In my life, it is my dad to whom I adore and love the most. He usually has solutions to all my problems. I give no second thoughts in sharing anything with him. He listens, understands and guides me on how the situation should be dealt. Since my early childhood I have been a great art lover in one or the other form. When I was ten years old I had participated in a drawing competition. It was a grand competition and students from different schools had participated. I was nervous after seeing the crowd as most of them were senior to me but still I was confident about my skills and headed towards my seat. I happily took out my crayons and started filling colors as beautifully as I could. I was a bit slow or maybe too much careful to not let my colors out of the border. And, the drawing sheet was snatched from me when I had done only half of it. I was broken and deeply hurt. It was hard for me to accept a failure. That day and for many days I cried a lot. I felt worthless for not bringing a pride to dad and a prize for myself. Dad was observing all my activities but for someday he chose to be silent and wait for me to overcome my anxiety. By the passing time I forgot about losing a drawing competition but it had surely affected my attitude towards accepting new things. I had my confidence low. It was an essay competition in our school. My teacher and classmates suggested my name for Hindi and English from our class. I denied it immediately and my teacher was disappointed after seeing my reaction. She told me to think over it, decide and report to her the next morning. I was ready with my answer, No! 

That day in evening I asked myself what's stopping me. I love to write and somehow I manage to write well but maybe I was afraid of not standing up to the expectations of my school and teachers. I decided to share my state of dilemma to dad. He smiled at first and then said, ''Those who try they have two options either they win or lose but the ones who doesn't try they have no other option except to lose''.  I was awed by his words. Believe in yourself. Give your best and rest leave everything on God. If you don't participate, it will really let me down seeing my girl walking away from challenges. 

His words weaved a magic over me and the next day I gave my name to the teacher. She was happy and wished me luck. I had a week's time to prepare. Fortunately, my essay in English won first prize and Hindi essay won consolation. It was an unexpected surprise for me. That incident changed my perspective from ''impossible'' to ''everything is possible''.   #together #lookup

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

My Bold Step! My Friendship!

A positive idea can bring a big change in one’s life. I, too, was influenced by one such idea four years before, that brought a big change in my life.

It was a busy evening, when couple of my friends, spoke about blogging, its benefits and its addiction. I was a passive participant in the conversation till I questioned my friend, “What is a blog?” Her answer drew me into the conversation and we spoke nonstop for an hour. Almost shouted in the mid of a park, where kids were playing innocently without bothering about the dreadful word “Tomorrow”. The outcome of the conversation was the birth of much confusion inside my head: “Should I start blogging or ignore the idea and concentrate on studies?” “Should I speak to my Dad?” “Will blogging be a spoilsport?” “Will I lose my marks if I start blogging and get addicted to it?”

There were many more questions that added the fuel to the fire, but finding out the answers became a headache. I thought, “I was not ready to take such a big step, blogging and studies, might not work out.”

That night I had my dinner at around 8’o clock and slept at nine. I slept peacefully. (Did I?)

The very first thing I did in the morning was to switch on my laptop, logged on blogger.com, and created my first blog, the first big bold step I took in my life. I named the blog “My Friendship”, as it denotes my friendship with everyone and anyone I meet in the virtual world. I was the happiest girl alive in the world that day.

I started blogging to express myself in terms of poetry. It was something I inherited from my Grandma, an unknown poet to this world. Whenever my poetry was appreciated, I used to be very happy. I used to fly to Cloud Nine.

It’s been four years now. I’ve made many good friends and won a few blogging contests. And from blogging I entered into the world of publishing. I got my poems published in online magazines at first, and now, I’ve contributed in a few anthologies and novels that are currently available in book store. I also excel in my studies. I have a good grade in all my exams. I have a perfect balance between my personal life, blogging life and social life. That’s what make everyone awe. More than that my family members and friends are happy and proud of me. I am the happiest girl in the world. My bold step brought a big change in my life and helped me start a new life. Find my story inspiring? Get inspired by watching this excellent video by https://housing.com/.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Roots of My Success

Everything has two sides, one positive and one negative. Life is no exception. If it is beautiful today then it had been full of struggles too. There comes many moments and instances in life that break us to an extent that we find there is nothing worth left to live. We get so much depressed and disappointed in a way that everyone around seems to be mocking and criticizing for no reason.

 Life signifies of moving ahead and we must go with its pace but for that we need to find optimism enough to kindle the ray of hope for future. Today I will share one such uplifting and life changing moment of my life.

In my early schooling days I used to be very careless regarding studies. An average student, who did not even dream to top in the class. Inside my heart I wanted to shine but maybe I had already accepted it as an impossible task. It is a customary at our school that before P.T.M students get to see their exam answer sheet and review if there is any question left unchecked or if there is any counting mistake. It was my 4th standard half yearly exam answer sheet my class teacher was trolling with in the classroom. This time she was telling the marks of each student. I was afraid to face the shame in front of the entire class. My heartbeats were fast and I was sweating in nervousness.

My teacher called out my name and said, she has got the highest marks in English this time, clap for her. I was taken aback. She patted on my back and said, Very good, girl. I know your capabilities. I smiled at her and said, thank you, ma'am. I was so happy that I wanted to hug her but then I controlled my emotions. When I reached at my desk I realized tears in my eyes, tears of joy, happiness and success. For the first time I felt confident about myself. Since that day, I started working hard in studies; especially in English and excelled in my academics.

I was in 8th standard when I composed my first poem in English, ‘’Life is Like A’’ and around the same time I started blog, ‘’My Friendship’’. Initially, I used to write poems or quotations just to post something daily. I am a lucky blogger who got 3 avid readers right from the first day. They appreciated, pointed out my mistake and shared their suggestions on how I can improve. I took their feedback positively and started working more on my vocabulary, thinking and writing skills. I started reading articles, blogs, dictionary, magazines and whatever that could help me to do better. Gradually, I found an ease at composing poems and writing articles. I got many more readers and made some great friends in a blog-o-sphere.

 Writing has become an essential part of me, an identity. It is the same passion that today I am part of an International English Poetry anthology, got my five poems published in different books and various poems in online magazines. Had my teacher not praised me that day I couldn't have reached so far.           

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Book Blitz: Saved in Sri Lanka by Devika Fernando

Book Blitz 
Saved In Sri Lanka 
Devika Fernando

Some People Are Destined To Meet 
Some people are destined to meet. It sure feels that way when Sri Lankan tour guide Sepalika meets Daniel. The mysterious tourist from Ireland steals his way into her heart and makes her question everything her life is built upon. Instant attraction turns to love – but does he feel the same? And what about the secret she’s hiding from him? 
Follow the two on their quest for a happy ending amid the beauty and wonders of the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka.
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About Devika Fernando

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.
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