Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Six years ago...

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... 26th July 2005 was a dreadful date in the history of Mumbai and its citizens. A rare cloudburst occured and the ensuing floods destroyed life and property.

Where was I? You could read my account of that day here.

Also, one little thing I never mentioned in that post: I had my period on that horrible day, so you can imagine how it must have felt while wading through all that water. When I finally reached home the next morning, the first thing I did was buy a big bottle of Dettol antiseptic liquid, and added it to water for bath and washing clothes. I also got very moody for a few days after that.

Today, I remember all those who lost their lives on that fateful day. And hope their families are doing well. Also, I sincerely wish Mumbai gets an independent governing body to look after it, and for Mumbaikars to be concerned about this city's well-being.


PS: I chose not to blog on the horrific blasts that took place a few days ago because what I would've said is already done in this old post related to the train blasts of 13th July 2006.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Blogathon

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Yes, I admit it. I'm a lazy blogger. And while chatting with Lo, my old college friend, I also realised we are growing increasingly dumber thanks to the world wide web. (No offence, Internet-jee! I still love you.)

So, Lo and I have decided on a contest of sorts. She will start (finally!) a blog, and I will force myself to update this one. And we will take on the challenge of doing 31 posts in August 2011 - can be one per day, or all in a week. The idea is to post regularly. Topics are open, and there are no word limits. Poetry, photography, random scribbles - all allowed.

Oh, and the winner gets a prize too. Details on that later.

Wish us luck, won't you?


PS: I wrote this in less than five minutes. *kicks self*

UPDATE: Lo has created her blog, so hop over and check it out. Also, Di decided to join us in our August campaign. So yay!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pesto control

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Twitter has given me the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life. It's interesting - and inspiring - to see how some people have been able to pursue their passions with so much enthusiasm. For instance, food blogger Kalyan Karmakar. I don't recall when I first started following him on the 140-character platform, but I'm pretty sure his food tweets and pictures that got retweeted were enough to make me want to. 

One of my most memorable interactions with him was when I went to Dhaka on work. A packed 4-day trip, and I was super stressed out with everything going on. Everyone around me was excited that I was in another country, and more so for the fact that I was going to watch the first World Cup match live (It's a different matter altogether that I hardly watched any cricket). There I was, probably moping on Twitter because of the stress one late night in Bangla land, and Kalyan asked if I had tried any local food favourites. Obviously not. So he referred me to another tweeter (who had lived in Dhaka) who very kindly suggested a few places that I could try. Armed with that information, I did manage Star Kababs and American Burger - two places that served the best beef seekh kebabs with oh-so-beautifully-flaky parathas and the best beef cheeseburger (respectively) I've had in my life. 

Happy me!

Much later, I started perusing Kalyan's food blog on and off and quite liked his style of writing. Everything sounded simple, and delicious. And then I came across his post on pesto, and I knew I just had to try it, and got crazy enough at 2 AM sometime last month to make it. Refrigerated the mix and woke up next morning to boil spaghetti for the same. That went into my lunch dabba (minus the mushrooms). Unfortunately, I felt it lacked something in flavour. And I'm no expert, so don't know what it was. Disappointed, I took back most of the dabba home that evening... when I thought of adding canned tuna to it. Apologies, if that was a kitchen no-no, but I quite enjoyed the taste of what it ultimately turned out to be. [It's only a little later that I saw this post about a pasta-pesto-tuna combination :)]
Clockwise from Top Left: the pesto (with extra oil); boiled spaghetti; Final dish in my dabba.

The photos above are from my own experiment.

Thanks to Kalyan for inspiring. I'm not much of a cook but his blog certainly makes me believe I can try once in a while.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Wikileaks

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Here's a video I really liked... (Courtesy: @Berges)

What Does it Cost to Change the World?



What do MasterCard, Visa, Bank of America, Paypal and Western Union all have in common? They help you pay for what you want? Well, yes... that is unless you want to help WikiLeaks make the world a better place. To see the shocking details, please go to http://www.wikileaks.org/Banking-Blockade.html

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