i am ritu garg
The female of the Species
I am christened the better half.
I am the seed in a heap of chaff.
In me lies all the matter.
I am the spirit and I am the letter.
All worldly affairs engender from me.
I am Sita, Durga,Parvati and Draupadi
I commit like Gandhari
I renunciate like kunti
I am pure like Sita.
I am the essence of Gita
I am an artist’s muse
I am a king’s ruse.
I am gregarious
I am imperious
I am a danseuse par excellence.
I am blessed with wisdom immense.
I am an actress
I am a seductress
I am the goodness incarnate
I am the love and I am the hate
I am complex and I am Spartan.
I bewitch with utmost elan.
I am a worshipped deity.
I ensure my clan’s safety.
BAPPA-YOUR MODAKS ARE HEALTHY NOW —
“We fast and we feast. We remember our mythological and historical past with a repast”
I quipped when someone asked me how Indians celebrate their festivals on a trip to Iceland four years back The question was quite unexpected but I was surprised at my own answer.
Next one hour, I kept reflecting and rejoicing vicariously on the collective feeling of festivities that these festivals bring.
So September is here, and almost every house in Mumbai is gearing up to welcome Bappa.
Bappa, you have become quite health conscious I reckon. I saw a few of your idols sporting six packs- Bappa super-it is never too late!
Bappa, you know corpulence suits you- after all you are called lambodar and vakratunda, you see.
Your unique disposition makes you so endearing–
Packs and no packs ,you seem to be always. smiling and gracious.
i do not believe in engaging dieticians for weight loss- you see- I would do that if she could starve on my behalf-
Bappa this year, I promise you , I will fill my pantry and refrigerator wilth all low glycemic index products.
so that my lips enjoy and hips do not curse me.
and you know, I found this place called Mystique Confections. They make beautiful healthy stuff.
I will airdrop you their address , if you want.
Their modaks are made with dry fruits an banana flour- traditional Prasad with a contemporary twist.
and they are super tasty-
you know Bappa, banana is so auspicious and pure for Indian festivals–
and banana flour provides requisite fibre to the body and is completely gluten free.
Bappa , you are my conscience keeper from the time I heard this song as a child from the movie Dard Ka Rishta where Sunil Dutt is going for immersing your idol in water and his ailing daughter is really critical and the song that is played is Mere Man Mandir Mein Tum Bhagwan rahe, mere dukh se tum kaise anjaan rahe–
truly bappa, let me absorb your goodness, confidence,determination to be glowing and smiling like you
– you inspire me to pray
-you inspire me to keep my promises.
so this year my promise to you is that I will achieve fitness not by starving but by choosing my foods intelligently and cautiously. I will make new recipes with banana flour and loose my weight by looking forward to eating–
and I know that you will bless me this year with determination to do so and mental strength to carry out my promises to you–http://www.mystiqueconfections.com
“Let me take you far away—.“ This number from famous Scorpions means a lot to me . This song can turn even the messiest of places romantic and sensuous. It transports one in an angelic space where everything mundane seems to pale into insignificance and what remains is just energy of love and desire. after all , this song makes one feel wanted, desired and sought after
It uplifts one from the rough and tumble and shows the world from a nascent, wanted, fresh feeling.
I thrive on music but will die without food-
Pals! Good and soulful music can repair and rejuvenate a grazed soul but not a grazed tummy. I sincerely believe that the genesis of true happiness is a healthy and satiated stomach.
Mind and spirit also feed on healthy food! You see! And not alone on good thoughts and wishes!
Mind is an ingredient too!
The following tips will help you ENJOY your food–
-Eat your food with absolute mind consciousness- every bite counts— like every penny counts–
-Train your mind in getting satisfied with less.
-Choose Balance over Abstinence
-Now is as important as the Then-
-Health and Taste are not mutually exclusive–
My Diet Rules- never throw the baby with the bath water
My Discovery of the year
I am sure that we all have our own soul foods and they help us in a very holistic way.
So I will share my soul food, my whole food with you here.
whenever I have a tummy that rumbles , I reach out for this healthy, happy, unassuming, humble fruit called banana and it soothes my tummy and seems to sing- “let me take you far away—“
There is more to banana, then simply eating it as a fruit.
Raw banana can be made into flour and can be used as a perfect alternative to wheat and refined flour
And this raw banana flour removes the following from your diet
BANANA FLOUR- JOURNEY FROM GHAR TO GASTRONOMY
Bakers can rejoice at this new discovery-now they too can join the healthy food club. For the longest time, baking has been the bane for the ingredients that are used.
While bakers enthusiastically kept working up the gluten by beating their batter skilfully, dieters and health food experts continued to beat the bakers for using unhealthy ingredients.
Bakers have been really trying to bake their cakes in a healthier way .
Sugar has been replaced with raw sugar and other healthier alternatives – but it was the grain part that was a challenge.
But there is one Baker in Mumbai who is set to change the face of baking —
yes, she has a range of products under her kadhali range , where you can see her amazing range of gourmet treats made with raw banana flour.
She is even making mithais called laddios using raw banana flour–
She is right now the master of my pantry and leading me to a wholesome living—
“Ha! Don’t cringe, just singe” Unruly, unsightly, dry, rough..
I will burn them.. Flame them .. Tame them.. They will do well with candle therapy.., you see .”She croaked and her red eyeliner made her look more and more crimson , almost. Dragon in fashion… Femme fatale..!!
For once, I thought she was inebriated and may be sleep deprived. But indeed she was not. In fact, she looked all charged up and her colour ombré of green and red bangs added density and layers to her disposition..”
. Her freshly done colour ombré with green and red bangs..Belle, I am going to go to Brazil to learn velaterapia.. ”
Ah,” I interrupted, you wanna learn dance.. Some Brazilian dance..?” I questioned..
“, Nope, Ri,I don’t dance.. Life itself is a dance.. No need to learn.. I want to learn to burn to earn..”
“You know Brazil gave us keratin and protein treatments other then coffee and banoffee , . And while we experiment with that..
They are already rediscovering therapies.”
she was now giving an impassioned speech.
“Yes velaterapia is a therapy for damaged and stressed hair due to chemical treatment..
Iron them, dry them, burn them..,”
Velaterapia is a process in which the hair is separated into small sections, twisted, and then put under a flame. The burning causes the damaged parts of the hair to stick out: They are then trimmed, and the rest of the hair is given a deep, conditioning treatment. The burning supposedly opens up the hair follicle, making it “more receptive to nutrients, in turn making the conditioning treatment even more effective. It takes three and a half hours, and loyalists get it done about every four months. No word on the smell.
So the Friday began with a lexical serendipity which later happened to be biological and then pathological and then quite logical. Ha! This happened while I was sitting with my GP and explaining to her my malady and she quipped,’ You seem to have Plantar Fasciitis. “And I interjected with an air of palpable over-confidence,” No, doc, I don’t have any such plant in my house…..” She hurried to correct me.”No, I meant in your foot.” I stood up with a startle thinking there is an insect in my foot with that name.” She was exasperated by now but putting her best self forward, she said,’Ri, you are inflammed in your right heel and medical term for that is PF. “ We both shared a smile and she genuinely went head over heels to advice me on rehabilitation and healing of the affected heel.
So I am supposed to be grounded for 6 weeks minimum and only walking allowed is to deal with matters of utmost necessity which you all know what they are.
With me being grounded, my lofty plan got grounded too. Ha! You see , my newspaper last week reported how people at workplace are being encouraged to stand and work , it helps them not turn into office potatoes , a term coined by me.So, I was wondering how it is going to work with writers.
Can one stand and write? May be, we will have Writing kiosks in the future. I was amused with the moniker of Mr Standie given to a person when he was mostly seen standing at work.
I am supposed to rest my heal and not lament the lemons and instead make a lemonade. . So I surrounded myself with my unread newspapers, magazines and decided to peruse them. Well-wishers suggested the option of watching TV but I am not longer into listening while seeing mode.
I am thinking of ways of saving me from turning into a couch potato and then I thought of one of my dear friend’s innovative start up with the name Couch Tomato. I loved the name. Healthier. Lycopene Rich. This website brings home entrepreneurs and households together . I downloaded their app and savoured some proud moments which come when someone known to you starts something so innovative and useful. And then I checked out their Wellness tab. It offered me a high that they have categorised content writing in wellness! I have got work. I am going to register on my friend’s webbie.
I played the ethereal music of Massan on my laptop. Varun Grover actually took a boat trip in Ganga in Benares to get inspired. Wow, Bollywood! Sanity over vanity. Music bowled me over but I landed safe and sound.
I made copious notes while sipping my adrak chai and reading newspaper . Once in a way, I looked outside the window, the sky was overcast but did not translate into the rains which the month of July is known for.It seemed to me a case of infected bladder of the sky.Urge to pass but not coming full throttle.
And then I clicked a few selfies. Since the time our Prime Minister started the selfie campaign for daughters, I find taking a selfie more than a time pass. A simple act of self indulgence seems politically affected.And to add to it this statement on selfie by Zine Jezenel -‘ Selfies are not empowering . They are a high tech reflection of the fucked up way society teaches women that their most important quality is their physical attractiveness.”
with so much riding over selfie, I decided to spend some time on moment cam. Their is lightness in making your own cartoons!!
The newspapers are always flush with articles on Marriage. It was pleasure to read about weddingmoons. Yes, a holiday taken together by the couple before marriage to know each other !
Has it become so difficult to make a marriage success?
Some amusing pieces caught my eye. The humble salt is getting haughtier and hottier. Yes after being a bête noire of doctors, it has found a safe haven in salt spas.
The meditation world is getting fancier and fancier. Read about Gong Shower. The mention itself acts as a release. I reached out to my own gong which I use for my Buddhist chanting and moved the stick over the brass urn. The vibrations released were beautiful. It was extremely therapeutic.
UNDO SEND! Yes, Gmail has gone one step further in user friendliness. You can undo send of your email which you sent by mistake or in a moment of desperation. You can call it back. It is no longer kaman se nikla hua teer!
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