Monday 27 May 2024




Author: Archana Doshi
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Genre:  Non-fiction  (Food &Travel)


Tiffin - refers to a light breakfast or a light tea-time meal at about 3 p.m., consisting of typical tea-time foods. In certain parts of India, it can also refer to the midday luncheon or, in some regions of the Indian subcontinent, a between-meal snack.

 The word 'tiffin' comes from the Indian term meaning 'light snack' or 'light meal'. It can also mean a packed lunchbox.

 The term originated during the days of the British Raj and was used to refer to afternoon tea. Today, the word tiffin has become synonymous with lunchbox but in India, it is used for afternoon snacks or sweet treats too.

 Here is a book TASTY TIFFIN by Archana Doshi where the author craftily carved 40 + delicious and healthy recipes for kids' lunch boxes. It is for kids, as they are the ones, who many a time unable to eat the food completely and bring back lunch boxes half-done.

 This needs to be looked after and demands attention as Nutrition acts as fuel for our bodies. It's also important during the years a child is growing up and developing into an adolescent. Proper nutrition provides the necessary nutrients and energy for their growth, strengthens their immune system, and supports brain development.

 School-age children need to eat foods from all 5 healthy food groups. The 5 healthy food groups are vegetables and legumes, fruit, cereals and grain foods, dairy and dairy alternatives, and meat and meat alternatives. Healthy foods have nutrients that are important for growth, development, and learning.

The author very consciously selected the recipes and the ingredients that go into the making. In every chapter, she briefly explains about the menu and then the recipe follows.

The lunch plans stated in the book draw focus on:

·         Foods high in protein, calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin C, such as milk, eggs, leafy greens, fruits, and lean meats, can significantly contribute to your child's height and overall physical development.

·         Snacks with fiber or protein help kids feel full longer. Foods with these nutrients take more time to digest. Fiber comes from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Protein comes from beans, cheese, milk, meats, eggs, nuts, and nut butter.

·         Make it easy for kids to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Other good snacks include low-fat yogurt, peanut butter, and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese. Serve good sources of protein, such as eggs, beans, and nuts.


A balanced diet full of essential vitamins and minerals will help kids reach their full growth potential.  Give your child something to eat or drink about every 2 to 3 hours, or about 5 or 6 times a day. This will give your child about 3 meals and 2 to 3 snacks every day.

A good rule of thumb is to start meals with small servings and let your child ask for more if they're still hungry. Avoid making your child finish everything on the plate or eat more than they want to. Use smaller plates for younger children, as adult-size plates could encourage them to eat oversized portions.

Healthy foods help in various spheres of life. Healthy food does not only impact physical health but mental health too. When they eat healthy fruits and vegetables that are full of nutrients, the chances of diseases are reduced. For instance, green vegetables help us to maintain strength and vigor.

 Teaching children about foods by reading or learning about them is an effective way to help children become more familiar with foods. Reading books that have images of foods in them, or that have a food-related theme, and talking about this afterwards is a great way to expose children to foods away from mealtime. This book TASTY TIFFIN fits well in this category.

Talk about where their food comes from. Let them help you decide on menus. Show them the joy of cooking delicious meals together to share with family and friends. Creating a positive attitude towards food and meal preparation while they are young helps them to establish healthy eating habits for life.

We flavor our food mainly with spices. We eat what we grow, when possible. The kids help, and they can see what it takes to grow a seed into a fruit or vegetable in a healthy way. They connect to the smell, feel, and taste of the stuff they have helped grow.

The book TASTY TIFFIN is sure to free parents from their worry about their kids' food and eating habits. This book will tickle the taste buds of the kids to enjoy yummy as well as healthy foods, thereby completing their meals and snacks without wasting anything.  

(This book review is a part of Blogchatter's Book Review program)

Sunday 26 May 2024



1. Wash, deseed. chop and soak dates in water mixed with soda bi-carb overnight.  

2. Chop walnuts

3. Sieve flour with baking powder.

4. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy

5. Beat eggs separately and add gradually to the mixture beating well.

6. Fold in the flour alternatively with the dates.

7. Put in a lined tin and bake at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes.


Saturday 25 May 2024



Today, in 2024, the world marks the 100th anniversary of the first international football tournament involving teams from all regions, held on May 25, 1924, during the Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

As per UN resolution, the annual World Football Day on May 25 was declared to acknowledge “the global reach of football and its impact in various spheres, including commerce, peace and diplomacy, and recognizing that football creates a space for cooperation”.

The primary objectives of the World Football Day event are:

 To celebrate the universal appeal and power of football as a tool for positive social impact.

 To provide a platform for member states and stakeholders to share their experiences and perspectives on how football can be leveraged to address global challenges.



Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and has a huge following of fans around the world. He is known for his exceptional dribbling skills, incredible speed, and his exceptional goal-scoring ability.

 Ronaldo's relentless work ethic is a source of inspiration for professionals in any field. From his rigorous training regimen to his unwavering commitment to self-improvement, Ronaldo sets a high standard for dedication and discipline.


 Born in Rosario, Argentina, in 1987, Lionel Messi is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time, and his illustrious career proves why. The Argentinean footballer, who holds a record eight Ballon d'Or awards, has displayed his talent early on and has always been destined for greatness.

 From his famous quote, "You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it," to his simple but powerful motto, "Never stop believing," Messi's quotes encapsulate the values and mind-set that have led him to the pinnacle of the footballing world.


He is a former Indian footballer who played as a striker. He is from the Sikkim state of India. He is often referred to as the Sikkimese Sniper because of his shooting skills. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998 and the Padma Shri in 2008 by the government of India.

Bhutia has had four spells at I-League football team East Bengal Club, the club where he started his career. When he joined English club Bury in 1999, he became the first Indian footballer to sign a contract with a European club and only the second to play professionally in Europe, after Mohammed Salim.

Bhaichung Bhutia's journey began in a remote village in Sikkim, India, where he first fell in love with the beautiful game. His formative years were characterized by an unwavering dedication to football, fueled by an insatiable desire to excel.

Friday 24 May 2024





Coorg lies 1525m above sea level in the Western Ghats. It is one of the most well-known hill stations in Karnataka, and a preferred summer retreat in the south. Referred to as 'the Scotland of India', beyond its natural landscape, it is also known for its coffee.

 Coorg is located in the pristine western Ghat, and the distance is about 245 km from Bangalore.

Coorg does not have a railway station so most people travel either to Mysore or to Mangalore from Bangalore. The best option is Mysore since it is the closest railway station and there are over 20 buses plying on a daily basis to Madikeri and many other towns in Coorg like Virajpet, Somwarpet, Hassan etc.

 Since the roads to Coorg are well-maintained, traveling from Bangalore to Coorg by car or bike can be a pleasant experience. The best part is that you will be able to stop at will and enjoy the natural delights on the route. There is more than one route that you can take to reach Coorg.

 The Tamara Coorg is well connected by road from different cities and towns. The last 4 kms of the motorable approach road to the resort itself is a part of The Tamara Coorg experience. The road has sharp hairpin bends, and offers a magnificent view of the Coorgi hills over a steep narrow climb.

 While you can take any of the two routes, we recommend Route 1 Via NH 275. The road conditions are excellent and the time taken is less. However, it is advisable to check live traffic updates before leaving for your trip.

 The Bangalore to Coorg distance is about 250 km via NH 275. The route takes you to Coorg via Mysore. It is a relatively shorter route than the alternative second route via NH 75 that goes through Channarayapatna.

 A 3-day trip to Coorg allows you to explore its main attractions such as Abbey Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Mandalpatti, and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also immerse yourself in activities like trekking, coffee plantation tours, and boating in Honnamana Kere Lake.

 Coorg has a pleasant climate throughout the year, but it can get chilly in the evenings. Pack a mix of lightweight and warm clothing to stay comfortable.

 Kadambuttu is one of Coorg's famous foods. It is made by mixing rice flour and hot water to form a dough, which is then shaped into small, round balls. The balls are then steamed in a special cylindrical steamer called a kundi, made from bamboo.

 It is one of the most popular and easily accessible hill stations in South India, offering a blend of stunning landscapes and rich history. The panoramic views of the verdant hills, the intoxicating aroma of coffee and spices, and the scenic waterfalls make Coorg a captivating destination.

 Do plan a trip to Coorg to catch the rich aroma of coffee.


Thursday 23 May 2024




 "Life is a balance of holding on and letting go" reminding us to keep moving forward, keep evolving, and keep improving. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices. It is also about what you can and what you can't control.

 Rumi once said, “Life is a balance between holding on and letting go”. Obviously achieving this balance is very difficult.

 Remember, strength is measured not by holding on, but by letting go. Most importantly, when you feel sad or start missing that person, remember you are stronger than the pain. Believe you will get through it and be happy again.

The practice of letting go allows people to channel their mental, emotional, and physical energy in a productive manner.

 Letting go requires us to surrender to the unknown and trust that a new and better situation is coming our way. It is often said that when we let go, we create room for something better to enter our lives. The act of letting go is not only important but also necessary for our emotional and mental well-being.

 Do consider this and provide room for betterment in life.


Wednesday 22 May 2024



Yesterday I watched the film THE FAMILY STAR on Amazon Prime. It is a must-watch film for all age groups. It will entertain you a lot. Vijay Devarakonda and Mrunal Takur chemistry is good. Throughout the film, the hero character is so connected with today's family culture.

The film has a connection with the subject of Anthropology and that led me to write about the influence of the subject in real life.

 Anthropology is the comprehensive study of human development, culture, and change throughout the world, past and present. Anthropology can also help us imagine and design futures that attend to human and environmental complexity.

 Anthropology is the systematic study of humanity, with the goal of understanding our evolutionary origins, our distinctiveness as a species, and the great diversity in our forms of social existence across the world and through time.

 This understanding helps address today's challenges related to globalization, human conflicts, preservation of cultural heritage, and changing environments. Anthropologists work internationally and deal with global issues, but also work in local communities and deal with common, everyday problems.

 Studying anthropology fosters broad knowledge of other cultures, skills in observation and analysis, critical thinking, clear communication, and applied problem-solving. Anthropology encourages us to extend our perspectives beyond familiar social contexts to view things from the perspectives of others.

 It has the power to transform us, to unlock our assumptions about everything like parenting, politics, gender, race, food, economics, and so much more, revealing new possibilities and answers to our social and personal challenges.

 Anthropology gives you a high level of cultural awareness. It helps you to empathize with different cultures and understand how to interact with people from different backgrounds. This social and cultural understanding can be invaluable when you are communicating with people in cross-cultural settings.

Tuesday 21 May 2024



The Divya kshetram TIRUKAARVANAM is located in the prakaram(inner ring) of Ulagalanda Perumal temple in Kanchipuram In Tamil Nādu. Details regarding the original temple, sthala Vrisksham, and Pushkarini (sacred water) are not available except from the pasuram of Tirumangai Alwar.

It is found that the presiding deity is kalvar in a standing posture and the Goddess is Kamalavalli also called Taamaraiyaal. The sacred water is Gowrithadakam and the sanctum sanctorum is Pushkala vimanam. The Ustava Murthi is found at this kshetram.

Monday 20 May 2024



  In 1987, James Kouzes and Barry Posner identified five characteristics of what  they call exemplary leaders:

1. Leaders challenge the process. Leaders search for opportunities. They experiment and take risks, constantly challenging other people to exceed their own limitations.

2. Leaders inspire a shared vision. Leaders envision an enabling future and enlist people to join in that new directions.

3. Leaders enable others to act. Leaders strengthen others and foster collaboration.

4. Leaders model the way. Leaders set the example for people by their own leadership behaviour and they plan small wins to get the process moving.

5. Leaders encourage the heart. They regard and recognize individual contributions and they celebrate team successes.

Sunday 19 May 2024





Growing up in the urban areas in the plains led to less exposure to the woods and wild as well.  But the encounters with the small beings were not less than the ones with the wild.

Rodents – the attackers in our neighborhood who invaded the godowns frequently to have a sumptuous treat of grains and other things that lay around the pucca houses with maximum people.

Rats were predominant and they roamed around the house with full freedom day and night. In the dark, their operations were carried out with full potential leaving the house bizarre. Rats even grated the toenails, heels and many bleed unknowingly with the scrapes made by the rats. A rat trap cage was an essential weapon placed at numerous spots to catch the attackers red-handed. But the rats were so clever that ate masala vada, chips, and any snack that was kept in the cage and slipped off smoothly without being trapped inside the cage. They were unconquerable.

Next to them were squirrels that were the occasional guests near our windows to have a feast of fruits and nuts that were placed on the table or in the basket. They travel even upside down in the cloth lines or string or any ropes many a time in the telephone wire or cables. They bite into bits with their tiny teeth holding the fruit or nut in between their legs and eat it till any human sound interferes with their activity. Sometimes we stand at a distance to watch what they do. But mostly they carry out their job as a secret mission.

Cow and bull were the masters of our street and they roamed around together as Romeo and Juliet always in pairs sometimes giving lift to crows. Their friends' buffaloes, standing in the center of the road were fondly talked about as BRAKE INSPECTORS monitoring every pass byer. Streets were spread with many patches of cow dung and urine making it hard to cross over.

Then were the Monkeys- the Monarchs of the region settling in banyan and pipal trees that were dense and strong. They swing in the branches and snatch the things from the walkers. Entering households from the backyards. Sometimes they drink water stored in buckets near the well and quietly go off. Vendors of fruit, vegetables, and flowers, were their targets,  they would straightly jump into the cart, pick whatever they wanted, and run off in a jiffy before he took out a stick to ward off them. Nobody can go near them, their sound of anger “GO, Ga, Ga” was very severe, ferocious, and frightening.

This was my experience with my so-called wild neighborhood in real life which is very mere when compared to the ones I enjoyed and learned through books.

(This blogpost is in response to a prompt : MY WILD NEIGHBOURHOOD)

Saturday 18 May 2024


The God of Small Things, a novel written by Arundhati Roy, and published in 1997, vividly and poetically recounts the downfall of a family while exploring issues regarding politics, race, religion, and class. The ambitious work is Roy's first novel, and it won the Booker Prize.

 The God of Small Things (1997) is a family saga that is considered Postmodernist and Postcolonial. The novel won the Man Booker Prize in 1997, making Arundhati Roy the first female Indian author to win the award.

 The novel The God of Small Things is essentially a novel by a woman about women and it has been seen through the eyes of a woman. It is a women-centered novel in the sensibility of pity and fear. It brings out before the readers the state of fair sexes in a specific social milieu.

 The God of Small Things is a work of fiction but some critics have tried to find autobiographical parallels in the novel, while at the same, warning against drawing any simplistic connections between the novel and the writer's life.

 The main themes of The God of Small Things are love, caste, family, politics, and social norms in Indian society. Narrative structure determines how the plot, characters, and themes are presented to the reader. The author breaks many formal conventions in her use of narration and narrator.

 The title "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy signifies the importance of focusing on seemingly insignificant details that hold profound meaning in the intricate web of life.

 The novel explores how small, seemingly insignificant occurrences, decisions, and experiences shape people's behavior in deeply significant ways. The novel also explores the lingering effects of casteism in India, lending a culturally specific critique of British colonialism in India.

 Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things is about two fraternal twins in India whose lives are dictated by tragedies in their past. Significant themes include family, loyalty, forbidden love, colonialism/post-colonialism, education discrimination, and social class inequality.

 God of Small Things- is a story about two children, Esthappen and Rahel. This was Arundhati Roy's debut novel, in which she throws light on certain facets of life in Kerala, highlighting issues of the caste system, Keralite Syrian Christian lifestyle, and communism.

 Though The God of Small Things is a work of fiction, Roy took inspiration from her own life when crafting the story. In the book, much of the action takes place in Ayemenem, India, the village where she grew up and saw the archaic caste system firsthand.


Roy, to narrate the novel, uses literary devices like- defamiliarization, similes & metaphors, repetition of words and phrases, epigrams and paradoxes, irony, oxymoron, metonymy, synecdoche, pun, saying versus showing in her writing, and flashback narrative technique.

 The God of Small Things is a literary masterpiece by Arundhati Roy that highlights the unconventional style of writing with a gamut of literary techniques employed using the non-sequential narrative and meticulous use of dialect that serves to highlight the differences present between the various social groups.


The God of Small Things therefore alternates between several narrative layers, both as regards temporality and perspective. However, the analeptic, proleptic, and elliptic movements that characterize it are by no means limited to shifts between these temporal levels. Given time sequences zigzag as well.


Gender discrimination, untouchability, corrupt police administration, problems and clashes of culture all are the best examples of social realism. The theme of the novel is the confrontation between 'The Big Man' and 'The Small Man'. 'The Big Man' stands for lantern and 'The Small Man' stands for candle.


Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things unfolds a unique dimension of reality in general and Indian reality in particular with 'extraordinary linguistic inventiveness. Imbued with poetry, her narrative style dismisses the monopoly of 'established reality' to define what is real in a way.

 In conclusion, "The God of Small Things" is an unforgettable journey of heartbreak, redemption, and the power of the small moments that shape our lives. Arundhati Roy's debut novel is a triumph of storytelling, and its impact on the literary world is undeniable.

 “The God of Small Things” is not just a book; it's an experience. Arundhati Roy's storytelling prowess, combined with the novel's compelling characters and exploration of deep-rooted themes, make it a timeless classic. If you're seeking a book that will both enchant and challenge you, look no further.


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Friday 17 May 2024



1. Break eggs into a bowl with sugar and place bowl over boiling water being careful not to let the water touch the bowl.

2. Whisk until stiff and creamy

3. Sift flour and baking powder into the mixture folding in the flour carefully. Add hot water and fold in.

4. Pour the mixture into a greased "Swiss roll" tin and bake at 205 degrees Celsius for 10 -12 minutes.

5. Quickly turn on to a paper dusted with sugar

6. Remove lining paper on top Cut off the stiff edges. Spread jam and roll with the help of the paper

7. Cool on paper.


      Author: Archana Doshi Publisher: HarperCollins India Genre:  Non-fiction  (Food &Travel)   Tiffin - refers to a light breakfast ...