Tuesday, 12 December 2017

FENUGREEK’S FLAVOUR



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Fenugreek – bitter in taste, yellow in colour, cuboid in shape, is a herb when its leaves are used and when its seeds are used it turns as a spice.   Kitchen’s are never devoid of fenugreek it’s a must in the sambhar powder & masala powder.   Mendhiyam and Mendhiyakkeerai in Tamil, Menthulu in Telugu Methi in Hindi and obvious is the popularity of  Methi Paratha.  

Many of the well  known favours that fenugreek extends for humans are:
* Nice flavour when dry roasted and added in the sambhar .
*Smoothes hair & removes dandruff if added in the hair wash powder.
*Regulates stomach upset when taken dry seeds along with buttermilk.
*Added in the dosa batter after soaking it to get soft & delicious dosas.



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Special recipes with fenugreek are:

MENTHIYA KUZHAMBU- pour oil in a Kadai, add mustard , Toor dal, Urad dal,  Channa dal, fenugreek along with green & red chillies, roast till golden brown. Add water, cook in a pressure cooker along with vegetables like carrot, onion.  Soak tamarind and extract juice. Simmer it in slow flame for some time and add red chilli powder or sambhar powder. cook till the liquid thickens, then mix  the cooked dal & vegetables, .add salt. When blended well, serve hot with plain rice.

MORE KUZHAMBU: This is a famous sambhar made with butter milk or curd.   Pour oil in a Kadai and add Toor dal, Channa dal, Urad dal, fenugreek and green chillies.   Allow it to cool. Add coconut pieces, zeera and the roasted ingredients in a mixer jar & grind it into creamy consistency. Mix the content with the butter milk or curd, add turmeric, salt & mix well. For tempering pour oil, add mustard, red chillies & pour it over the sambar.   Vegetables like ladies finger and white pumpkin are more suitable.

NEZHUKARAMUDU: is a sambar made with special importance to fenugreek.  Roast with little oil, Toor dal & Channa dal along with fenugreek and red chillies.   Keep aside, soak tamarind.   Grind the roasted ingredients along with some coconut pieces and cook it together with tamarind juice.   Vegetables like white pumpkin or plantain bulb goes well with this sambhar.

Now, the best health benefits that fenugreek can offer:
It contains amino acids and galactomannan that regulates blood sugar
It is good for treating fever, cough and cold.
Its oestrogen –like properties ease menstrual and menopausal symptoms.
It is also used to treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory compounds
Its fibre and antioxidants aid in digestion.


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Monday, 11 December 2017

A TAKE ON BLOGGERS- HOW THE WORLD SEES THE BLOGGERS?


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In her Editor’s letter FEMINA’s Editor Tanya Chaitanya in the issue dated October 15th 2017 says “It was in 2004 that “Blog” was declared word of the year by Merriam-Webster. Of course, the first blog had debuted sometime in the late 90’s, but the early noughties saw blog appear left, right and centre on our computer screens.” She also stated that how she came to know about blogging as a career through her friend’s cousin. Why all these in FEMINA?  Because that issue was an ode to the bloggers.  Quiet a good recognition.

 FEMINA in her Big story has covered about 50 top bloggers, in the field of fashion, beauty &fitness, food, décor, art, women’s issues, poetry &literature, travel, music, and relationships. Almost all these bloggers started blogging as a hobby and it turned into a career with their “CONTENT RIGHT”.
Many of these bloggers not only write but also produce their content in various forms like video, photography, art &performances. FEMINA praised these bloggers saying that they inhabit Facebook, Insta, YouTube, Snapchat, & Pinterest. These bloggers had a fabulous chance to guest –edit the magazine. What more to ask for….?
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All these assert that blogosphere is on the top focus of many leading &established mediums.so obvious is the attention that the bloggers can get.  
In the on line scale INDI BLOGGER is also conducting many paid projects and awards for bloggers in various categories. Likewise another online brand WOMEN”S WEB has recently organised a summit &an award programme titled ORANGE FLOWER AWARDS for bloggers and the most impressive is the award for the blogger who uses TWITTER as a best tool. Use technology in a wise way.

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Bloggers can create their own style and grab the attention. These are the few initiations and inspirations to seriously pursue blogging as a career. The world looks at bloggers as the best reviewers and personal friends whom they rely upon to know how to handle any trouble some situations or buying a new furnishing. Bloggers comments &contents play a vital role in the online business. The number of likes and followers is the special feature of the blogger next to his content.

Bloggers with their reach, influence and content rule the digital world. The voice of the bloggers are not only heard but also echoed in different forms. They need to bear more responsibility and caution before planting any idea or results. A career with a bonus of making your home a work place too, converting your passion as a career, your own set of timings and full rewards to you only. Keep blogging.



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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A POEM FOR CRY FAVOURITE POEMS OF FAMOUS INDIANS


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A book of 86 poems, just amazing to read and enjoy the poetical rhythms and rhymes. A poem for CRY is an anthology of poems by varied poets across the globe and these are the favorites of famous Indians. Forward by Amartya sen adds more fragrances to this beautiful bouquet of poems.

This book is compiled and edited by AvantiMaluste and Sudeep Doshi. This was published in the year 2006.In the preface, these two shared about the motivating factor for this book I quote “The motivating antecedent for this book was LIFELINES, a bestseller during th e1980s. LIFELINES was the brainchild of a group of students from Wesley college in Dublin who,over several years,collected poems from global celebrities for the benefit of charities around the world.”

In 1979, Rippan Kapur, a young airline pursuer, along with six of his friends decided they had to do something for the countless disadvantaged children whose lives they could no longer ignore. Starting with a mere Rs.50, they laid the foundation for CRY (Child Rights and You), which has today become the largest movement for child rights in India. Buying his book or gifting it to someone, helps support CRY and its important work for the underprivileged children of India.

Poetry says Shelley, “in a general sense may be defined as the expression of the imagination”, it is says Hazlitt, the language of the imagination and the passions”, says Leigh Hunt,” the utterance of a passion for truth, beauty, and power, embodying and illustrating its conceptions by imagination and fancy, and modulating its language on the principle of variety and unity.

In Wordsworth’s phrase, it “is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge”, and “the impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all science.” According to Matthew Arnold, It “is simply the most delightful and perfect form of utterance that human words can reach.”

The collection of poems in this poem fits well into all the above said definitions. The poems  of various poets on innumerous subjects, themes and messages is the soul of the book. To know the favourites of the famous personalities, many of to whom we are fans, creates a crazy like enthusiasm to get into the details and reasons of their likes.

Rudyard Kipling’s “IF “is a favourite poem for as many as five people. Actor Shah Rukh Khan’s favourite poem is Abraham Lincoln’s Letter to his son’s Teacher by Abraham Lincoln. “WE ARE SEVEN” by William Wordsworth is the favourite of Raman Magsaysay award winner and first Indian woman to join police service-Kiran Bedi. Like these there many, for the poetry lovers and surely it make a worth &good read.

I QUOTE – A word of practical advice on a matter of detail may be added.  ”The art of Printing”, as prof. Butcher has pointed out, “has done much to dull our literary perceptions. Words have a double virtue- that which resides in the sense and that which resides in the sound. We miss much of the charm if the eye is made to do duty also for the ear. The words bereft of their vocal force, are but half alive on the inward ear, comes as a faint echo.”

 The moral of this is clear. If poetry is “Musical Speech”, if it owes much of its beauty, its magic, its peculiar power of stirring the feelings and arousing the imagination, to its verbal felicity and its varied melodies of metre and rime, then its full significance as poetry can be appreciated only when it addresses us through the ear. The silent perusal of the printed page will leave one of its principal secrets unsurprised. As much as possible, therefore, we should make it a practice to read our poetry aloud.

Monday, 4 December 2017

ATTRACTIVE ARRANGEMENTS @ THE WEDDING RECEPTION (BUFFET)

                                          
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Wedding is a big event in the family and the Wedding reception gets more attention as many other than the family attend, which demands more perfect and impressive way of receiving &serving the guest. The joy and the happiness should not mar under any circumstances due to a wrongly made service.

The team of organiser will check all the requirements beforehand to avoid last minute rush. Now a days even the host is more alert to confirm about all the arrangements that are being carried out basing on their theme, style and other specific needs. Extra care is a must in the buffet section too, after the suitable menu is finalised, the method of service is also decided &it is done under close supervision. Here are some of the points that seek definite attention before the buffet gets started…..

@ The buffet itself should be placed in such a position that it is on view to all guests as they enter the room, but within easy access of the service doors for ease of clearing and re stocking.


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@The buffet should be clothed up correctly in that the buffet cloth should reach the floor and both ends should be boxed neatly.

@Behind the buffet and in the service areas duck-boards may be used on canvas to avoid walking on wet ground or in mud and carrying it into the main part of the marquee.

@The buffet may be spilt into three sections for ease of service of food, alcoholic & non -alcoholic beverages.

@ The food should be presented appetisingly and attractively on the buffet and the cutlery, flatware &china required should be placed conveniently near the service points and in a decorative manner.

@The section set up for the service of beverages like tea,& coffee should have all the relevant equipment close to hand.

@The section of alcoholic &non-alcoholic drinks must have all the correct size glasses for the drinks to be served. Plus ice buckets for white, sparkling and rose wines to be chilled.

@Service salvers, waiter’s cloths and all the ancillary equipment required for mixing drinks and cocktails should be ready so as to provide correct form of service.

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@The floral arrangements are an important aspect of the decoration and helps show off the room to best effect. A large centre piece of flowers may be placed in the centre of the buffet and other smaller arrangements of flowers placed  at intervals around the room on the occasional tables.

@The front of the buffet cloth may be decorated with some greenery, one may also use purpose made pleating to enhance the front and overall appearance of the buffet. This pleating may be purchased in a variety of colours.

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@The wedding cake may be used as a separate focal point away from buffet and should be placed upon its stand with a knife on a special table clothed –up for the purpose.

@ This is a very important aspect of the dressing of the room, as the main formalities of the function take place at a certain stage of the proceedings, around the wedding cake. It must therefore be in full view to everyone in the room.

@ The bride’s and the bridegroom’s banquets are often placed on the table around the base of the wedding cake, together with any telegrams of congratulations that are to be read.

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@ occasional tables should be placed at regular intervals around the room and clothed up in a suitable manner. Groups of chairs should be placed around each table ensuring there is still space left for people to walk around and meet each other.


@ The majority of the brigade on duty can be either serving drinks or clearing used items. The rest should be involved in the service of the food from the buffet and two or more chefs should be there to look after carving if any.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER BY ISHMAEL BEAH


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Ishmael Beah was born in Mattru Jong, Bonthe district, Sierra Leone in 1980. In 1991, when he was eleven, a brutal civil war broke out in Sierra Leone. After his parents and two brothers were killed in the war, Beah was recruited to fight as a child soldier. As a child soldier, he fought for almost three years before he was rehabilitated by the UNICEF. In 1998, he was fortunate to get an opportunity to move to the U.S. where he completed his high school. In 2004, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in political Science, simultaneously working on Advocacy campaigns for the plight of child soldiers around, speaking at the UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, serving on a UN panel with secretary General Kofi Annan and discussing the issue with dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton.

A LONG WAY GONE: MEMOIRS OF A BOY SOLDIER (2007),is a recollection of his own traumatised experiences as a child soldier and his subsequent struggles to revert to a normal and dignified life. He currently lives in New York and works for Human Rights Watch.
“I live knowing that I have been given a second life”, author Ishmael Beah, and one of the war victims of sierra Leone, told an interviewer, and I just try to have fun, and be happy and live it the best I can.” This shows that Ishmael Beah is a true optimist in every way.

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This novel has about 21 chapters and they all revolve around the life and struggle of Ishmael Beah and how he overcame his difficulties and tough times of his childhood.

The sierra Leone civil war began in 1991, when a small band of men called the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), under the leadership of Foday Sankoh attempted to oust the corrupt APC party which was in power. Fighting continued in the ensuing months, with the RUF gaining control of the diamond mines in the Kono District and pushing the Sierra Leone army back towards Freetown.

When Ishmael Beah was thirteen, the civil war that had been going on in Sierra Leone since 1991, came to his town  Mogbwemo and changed the contours of his life.

Tens of thousands of people died and almost one-third of the country’s population displaced during 11 years conflict. Ishmael Beah lost his family in the war and wandered about alone but with the determination to find safety. Since he was in pursuit of food and protection, he felt that it was safe to be with Sierra Leone Military Forces who provided him with nourishment and a place to sleep. The military in dire need of people to increase their number forced all the boys in the village to join the army and Beah had no option but to join.

 The sight of blood and the crying of people in pain, trigged something inside him that he didn’t understand, and made him lose compassion for others. He lost his real being and his sense of self. After crossing that line, he was not a normal kid but traumatised one. At that point, he was unaware of the dangerous and crooked road that his life was taking.

He was taken out of the army and put into a psycho-social therapy home, three years later by UNICEF where he was rehabilitated. The process of rehabilitation was very difficult as former child soldiers began readjusting to normal life. Beah found his peace through music and song writing which eventually led him to rediscover his lost childhood. Unfortunately many others were not able to recover from the trauma of being child soldiers.

Ishmael Beah’s memoir is a moving story of a small boy, his slow recover from his trauma and beautifully flowering into a matured adult. This read will make us realise the conditions across Nations and to be happy in a simple way.
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