Thursday, 3 August 2017

The Fall!!!


I wouldn’t be surprised if an egg festival exists. Set aside the pain of egg hitting your skin, the disgust that follows when the yolk bursts and messes all over and finally the most important experience of all... the smell that persists for days after (you might wonder whether I experienced it first hand to be able to describe it so. I have not gone through anything like this, but I know about the stench of the yolk well as I recall applying the egg over my head and hair. “Egg makes your hair healthy”, they say. I tried once, to not try it again๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…). Anyway let’s come back to this. So you would second me when I say that you should be very careful when you carry eggs...very careful!!!๐Ÿ˜œ
Last evening, I was outside my campus in the hopes of getting a few breakfast supplies. A general glance around in the store reminded me that I was supposed to buy eggs. I bought 13 much scrutinised round clean eggs and started my way back๐Ÿคญ. Before I could comprehend the situation, my feet tripped over a stiff, medium sized rock and I was on the jagged and stony footpath. A few bruises and scratches is all ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘, but the eggs......... I must admit, I have never seen so much yellow in a white poly bag๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ง๐Ÿ˜ง. I got up, too scared to let that yolk dripping poly bag touch me and traced my way back to the shop. The astonished shopkeeper offered me another poly bag to put this one in and discarded the same. It seemed to me later that I probably was wayyyyyyy too determined to buy eggs for I bought another set ๐Ÿ˜•. This time I trod carefully back the same path. Slowly walking with my eyes open for any silly rock that would stop me from taking eggs to my room..... anddddd I was successful in the second attempt!๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

Hard Boiled egg?

#Boiledegg #funinhostel #breakfast

those of us who proudly claim to be non-vegetarians or maybe a step lower (as the pure bred non vegetarians call it) eggetarians, having a boiled egg is a pleasure we indulge in any time of the day. When I am not at home and living in a hostel, I prefer it as a ‘treat’ during my breakfast. Aside from the immense health benefits, there is something about the taste of a simple boiled egg, be it soft boiled or hard boiled with a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper or mixed dried herbs, I for one definitely look forward to an egg most mornings.

I got my close friend also to practice my so called “egg-for-breakfast” routine. While I don’t blame her for what transpired, but this surely was a hilarious incident. Thus, making me ask you the reader, what must I call an egg as such? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜

And so the egg went into the pan filled three fourths with water. The water started boiling in 10 minutes or less and then..... It just kept boiling. With no one to observe to the poor thing, the entire water vaporised, leaving the 2 eggs to fend for themselves in the pan.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ My question... it is’t still boiling right?๐Ÿคจ Anyway, the egg continued to stay in the pan. At the end of over 45 we find a faint sweet odour around the place and a completely white egg turn into one with brown spots. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Way too over boiled if you ask me.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Friday, 21 July 2017

Me and my leaps in cooking

#learningtocook #Kitchen #cooking #catchingup

Coming from a purely academia oriented family, I have never been encouraged to be inside the kitchen for too long let alone cook a dish. This could come off for a few as weird, to the others as something entirely different which I find myself unable to name. But strangely enough, the nagging question stands to be, was I deprived of any childhood joys that most kids of my time exhausted themselves over?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค” When asked why I wouldn’t be allowed in the kitchen my mum would say, “ Honey, you would have to learn that later on in life anyway, concentrate on the things you wouldn’t get much time to develop on later.” I would just shrug and move away and run back to my room or the outdoors. Listening but finding it hard to accept. Thinking but wondering why she said so.
I am now a proud owner of a mini induction and I am fully capable of cooking basic meals in my hostel๐Ÿ˜. This time during my summer vacation at home, I learnt a lot in what you might call, ‘Kitchen handling’. You would laugh at the small yet basic things I have learnt. I have learned how to knead dough for the Indian bread. You would be surprised that I also made curd, small vegetable curries, a few fries, chicken fry is another thing I can make as it doesn’t involve much work and a few things here and there ( laugh all you want, you can even sneer at me but I already acknowledge how bad I am at it๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ). You shouldn’t confuse this with baking... hello... not at all! Baking is different. Wish someone could give me a secret on making cakes over the induction... sounds crazy but... well... who hasn’t experimented in the kitchen eh!



I am now capable of handling any kitchen in the world (a bit of an exaggeration... but mehhh something like that). Although I still find cooking as a skill that involves a lot of patience I have realised that there is nothing that time and experience cannot solve, although for me, this might take more than the required amount of time(chuckling๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ). Small leaps in cooking are what I would rename my current circumstance. Although, in my defence, I enjoy cleaning over cooking and can credit to myself to accomplishing that task extremely well. But then again, now to think of it, what use are takeouts and instant noodles for? Huh??๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

PhD Pep Talk for all those out there who need some advice on managing time

(Disclaimer- I am fine.. just needed to address this issue to all those who stay away from home... besides I like writing.. so enjoy reading) ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
You might be one who is crowded by friends at all times, or one who has multiple groups and is busy. You could even be holding the top position or be married to the love of your life. You could also be busy enough not to think much on what I write now... but mark my words friends, we, at some point feel alone or lonely. Most big shots hate to admit it, but at some point you just feel... alone. Can we rely on the ones who love us dearly to give us company at all times? I am not sure you would do that. But even if you do, you cannot expect to get all that you do for others to get back in return. You cannot expect them to be you. The feeling of being lonely can eat at you. It can bother you and pester you so much that, you tend not to be yourself. You might even break down in tears.๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜–
To all the above, I urge you to delve into more productive ways of channelling that energy. This isn’t a yogi or a guru or a ‘speaking tree’ talking. This is one who has realised after 6 years outside home and has been in the presence of friends who acknowledged feeling the same way in all these years. When you realise that you are beginning to feel alone, try to divert your mind into something you like to do. This isn't some new advice, but a gentle reminder isn't harmful either..(๐Ÿ˜‰winking!).This could be watching a movie, baking (I’ve realised that, this is one task that is just so comforting..... high five to all the bakers out there), reading a book, playing music, painting, anything. It could be countless number of things that come to your mind.
Why text up or call a friend? Take charge of yourself! Take charge of your life. Grab this as a chance to know yourself and improve yourself a step more. Most of these things you would realise later usually take a back seat in your busy life. Take an opportunity to dig them out in times like this. You feel accomplished, fulfilling and much better.
At the end of this, are you the same person who had their faces drooping? Or instead, are you one who was exploring yourself in the name of loneliness? I’d rather go with the second. You should choose to better utilise your time for yourself instead of tagging it loneliness, because you aren't lonely, you are simply exploring your potential and working out the creative side inside of you.
Say that to yourself next time, "(screaming)..I am not lonely, I know how to be by myself!!!!! (๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†haha...)".

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The 100 year plan!!!

While each one of us thinks about the future and wants to be prepared and planned for the next bunch of days, nay, next bunch of years, some people like to go over the top on their planning. To add on to this, they do so without hesitation. Now why did I say so is owing to my immediate neighbor, a married old couple of over 70 years. The beginning of this year saw them employing a huge machine to pulverize their home... their sweet old home that had seen the best and the worst of days raze to the ground. Why did they do so.... their reply, softly if not with stern looks back at us tells us that they intend to construct a better house?
What can I say, our residential area in this part of Dehradun comes with a package of an amazing and beautiful locality, but also to those who do not realise the slope of the land and build their roads and houses without proper planning face monsoons brimming over with hassles. What hassles to such a lovely weather you might ask. Well, this refers to the rain water unable to exit the house itself!!!! (Well, don’t worry, we of course do not face such issues).Now would you imagine, instead of raising the level of the road or trying to play around with the slope of the land and the water table, investing in a proper drainage for the rain water to exit would be a wise decision on anyone’s part. But no..... probably constructing a new house that is raised high is the better option. I wonder... few thousand bucks versus lakhs of rupees...????
The reasoning doesn’t end here. Over the period of the last few months we have been silent observers to the laying of the foundation. I was surprised to see that their floor starts where the top of my window overlooking their plot ends!!! That high! I know I have heard of 5 year plans of the government, students themselves have plans for the next couple of years.... but this!!!!!!!..... I am sure for the next 50-100 years this house shall be on the highest platform in this entire colony!!
Cheers to the future... why didn’t I think of something like this (chuckling)!!!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Food



Well, I realise it has been sometime since I blogged... I owe it to my terribly busy schedule. Now on vacation, I find myself looking back at the past 4 months that didn’t whizz by. I think I would rather agree to the term, snailing away, every moment making me realise how tough it was to get through. The details of the toughest of the past 4 months I shall leave it for another blog. 
This blog, well, I dedicate to my friend who can make the best of dishes in a hostel setting with the limited resources, and yet an absolutely smacking delight... I think it is more due to the love of food she holds, she can whip up the whole thing in less time. I honestly acknowledge that I do not, at any cost hold talent in cooking. I need help and I cannot do it alone. I also need good company, one that is encouraging and one that can overlook my mistakes and smile back and say “it was lovely!” I think I would survive that. But this, my readers, is an absolutely different person. No mistakes, an awesome cook!!!!


Good food when you get back to the room after a tough day in lab from one so lovingly made, gives you peace and consolation, the peace to let go of your troubles for the day and pick them up again tomorrow. That’s what good food does to you.  That’s what being around awesome friends like this does to you.

Reminds me of  the movie "Ratatoullie"... if you have seen it you can relate to it.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

POP!!!!

Just a while ago I was talking to one of my dearest friends. She mailed me asking about my health and how things are at the university. Well in reply, all I could say was, "I’ll become a POPCORN in less than 2 months."

You guys might wonder, popcorn??? 2 months??? Well here is the answer.

I live in one of the hottest and driest places in India, Hyderabad, the city of the Nizams. The temperatures have been soaring since 3rd week of January and still continue to do so. Right now, it is almost 40 degree centigrade. It is expected to touch 45 to 47 degrees centigrade by April-May. That set aside, the work load and submissions and seminars that are lined up to be finished before the semester finishes is ....... overwhelming!!!! I really wish I could say that this is all there is to it, but, sadly it isn’t. To top it all, we are facing acute water shortage. I’m surviving on packaged drinking water is the proof. But biology says that man is a complex being, it learns, it evolves. 

Hence , here it is-

Heat  + Pressure  + no Water = POPCORN!!!!!!

Come April and here I am, the popcorned version of myself.... :P :P :P :P :P :P :P



Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!