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July 2015

MONDAY MISAL PAV WITH RITU-Served on JULY 27, 2015

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.

Anti-climax

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. tablas-1446408-m

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.image  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!

Heard about  Ministry of New.? check out or ask me in comments. or share with me what you found out.

so hope you enjoyed the misal , please spike the misal with your inputs. your comments will add flavour to this misal.

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'My teenage daughter just has to dress differently, just like all her friends.'
‘My teenage daughter just has to dress differently, just like all her friends.’

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AAJ KAl KE BACHHE
Everyone seems to have an opinion on teenagers’ behaviour and tantrums. And the flavor is often critical and regretful. Their labile moods, their unkempt mane,their weird wardrobes, their cultish obsession with some symbols and charms and their constantly rebellious attitude sends unsuspecting parents into a tizzy and they generally start questioning the value system and emotional intelligence of generation which is very rightly  being called Millennials.

The social get-togethers where parents meet their fellow parents or other adults who are directly or tangentially involved with teenagers tend to reverberate with this common catchphrase UFF! AAJ KAl KE BACHHE!!
Well, only pervert would disagree that teenage years are indeed very tough years for kids themselves and as well as for parents and guardians. But the key lies in understanding that teenagers themselves don’t realize the changes that are going on within their bodies. Their bodies are flush with hormones making them moody,even a bit sadistic sometimes, judgemental and unreasonable. Their physical appearance also is raw and yet to undergo grooming of a young man or a young woman. Ironically, this is also the time when they start becoming conscious of their looks and sexuality and start seeking social acceptance, making place in peer groups, develop infatuations and get exposed to information beyond their capability to process it in a balanced manner. At this time, the process of individuation also begins, where children start feeling very wise and capable themselves.They tend to resist adult presence physically and mentally in their lives.Their interactions become need based and many a time they find adult presence unsolicited and jutting out.
Adults must be very wary of the timings and should know when to be at the left, right and centre of their teenager’s space  and when to completely back off and do a disappearing act.This really helps the relationship.
The research has brought out that a certain part of brain in teenagers becomes very sensitive turning them into a bit selfish and unreasonable by societal and familial standards.
They probably don’t even seek to correct their so called unreasonable behavior as they have has yet to learn the finesse of the so called societal good behavior. But adults do and therefore it is a natural corollary that if correction is required and is possible anywhere, it is in the behavior and attitude of adults who are interacting with them at that point of time. It will be worth their while if adults don’t indulge into unleashing a spiel full of nuggets of wisdom which are extremely patronizing in nature and condescending in attitude.
The most undesirable thing an adult can do to a teenger is to indicate to him that how messy his behavior is and how he needs a serious rehabilitation.
Adults must use their discretion in putting forward their experiences in front of their kids. Generally we tend to glorify our generation ad nauseum starting from how we paid respect of obsequious levels to our respective adults, never raised voice or argued,never wasted time and resources and so on.
One such attempt of mine was met with a rebuttal of this type.”Why on earth you had to be so demure and self-effacing. You were no better than a loved pet or a tethered goat. Well taken care.Voicing an opinion is not disrespect.It is confidence and self –respect. Charity and tyranny both begin at home, Ma.”

And then I nearly said ,’ Uff, aaj kal ke bachhe!!!
Yes, Aaj Kal ke bachhe are very capable. They are creating robots, they are chess champions, they are math wizards, they are spelling bee champions, STEM wizards and junior journalists. They are authors, poets and bravery awards winners.
They are Malala ,Eric Finman of Botangle.com, Jaden Smith ,Flynn McGarry . They are Mark Zuckerberg, they are Deepika Pallikal, Saina Nehwal and Pankaj Advani to name a few.
Yes ,let us take pride in our aaj kal ke bachhe. They are sharp and hardworking and prodigious. They are dynamic and are set to become true global citizens supported by technological revolution. They are free from shackles of caste, colour, creed, breed and gender biases. They are indeed true EARTHLINGS set to bring Change .Let us celebrate them and take pride in GENNEXT.

 

 

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT-FANCY AND HEALTHY MEET IN BANANA BOAT

FANCY VS HEALTHY

Will the twain meet?–

Fashionable Food

Millennial is going to witness a seminal revolution in food.And this revolution has two interesting facets-One is the increased emphasis on the fanciness of food and the other is the  the increased emphasis on the healthiness of food. Will the twain meet?

The whole concept of food is experiencing an international dynamism inspiring the chefs and restaurants to make their recipes more and more inclusive and yet exclusive. The chemistry has entered the kitchens adding fashion and fusion to native foods. As much thought is going to palate as to plating.There is molecular gastronomy leading our humble jalebi and kulfi and vada pav to be part of a fine dining experience. Chefs are a new breed of scientists using liquid nitrogen to create out of the world palate experience.I could not believe my taste buds when I dug into the high profile  caviar jalebis in one of my food sorties.food is no longer for tongue-it serves the eyes, the ears, the touch.

twain pic

Medicinal food

While on the one hand, food is getting fashionable, on the other hand,there is a population of health enthusiasts who are compassionately reviving the whole dictum of health by exhorting that food can be medicine if chosen right.The biggest consciousness that is being created is for gluten free foods. we have quinoa and polenta  , super foods like kale , super seeds like nigella and chia. we have stevia leaves as a replacement for sugar.We have whole food plant based diet.we have free range eggs.

But there is a new alternative for people who want to go grain free.  And that requires changing the very face of the kitchen where wheat flour seems to dominate the grains.

RELAX-YOU NEED A RIDE INall you need is a Banana Boat  BANANA BOAT

Bananas have an uncanny knack of creating amusing stories around them. Some are mythological, some spiritual, some are simply comical but whatever, bananas evoke a feeling of fun, fables and farms around them.As a child, I studied sanskrit and I still recall that in sanskrit we used to call banana, kadali phal. kadali was the name of maharishi Durvasa’s wife. Maharishi Durvasa is known for his anger in Indian Mythology .He once got very angry with his wife Kadali as she woke him  up from his sleep and cursed her to turn into a banana tree. Kadali sought pardon. Durvasa granted her relief saying that Kadali tree will be worshipped in all Hindu religion as an auspicious fruit and so will be its leaves.

Banana is part of every pooja thali ,prasadam and naivaidyam in Indian religious ceremonies.

BANANA SPLIT-YELLOW AND GREEN

YELLOW BANANAS – The Humble hands   If en yellow is greenthen green is

Bananas are packed with nutrients and are extremely filling but they have never been able to achieve the status enjoyed by other fruits like apple , mangostein, passion fruit, durian,mangoes.kiwi and cherry.

Their abundant supply and cheap price have made them a poor man’s food.

Bananas are the fruit of the hoi polloi! They have been. an integral part of a dieter’s meal and indicative of austerity and purity.

GREEN BEFORE YELLOW- The healthier fellow

Banana is one fruit which is amazingly versatile in its usability .Before it turns into a yellow,fleshy ,sweet finger,raw banana offers itself to be used as one of the most nutritious alternatives to a gluten free and grain free diet.

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he biggest factor in this is raw banana’s starch resistant properties. It is extremely colon friendly and absorbs in the blood stream slowly without spiking the blood sugar.

YOUR CAKE AND ROTIS  CAN BE ALL BANANAS NOW

the final banana flour image

It is neutral in taste but filled with health and replaces wheat and maida completely to make rotis and various items of baking.Now .Now you can eat guilt fee,strain fee ,and weight gain free.

go for it with

http://www.mystiqueconfections.com/kadhali/

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