South Indian snack varieties
Sometimes the things you want most are unreachable. It may be the simplest of things or the most complicated ones. It may be minute or humongous. But you want it, badly. You chase after it. You almost reach it. But it slips through your fingers. The harder you try to hold on to it, the further it goes. Frustration creeps in. You become surrounded by vast emptiness.
You are a traveler, trying to reach your destination. You travel for days and months and years together. The criticisms and roadblocks along the way are like stones on the path that hurt your feet or like the blazing sun that drains you of your spirit and vigor. The scorching heat can get unbearable. Like a thirsty traveler, with no water you still continue to travel. You choose different paths along way, hoping it leads you to your goal. But it is still elusive. Along the way you even lose hope of ever finding the right route. You may not be able to see the path, but that does not mean its not there. It is just covered with barriers that need to be demolished. You either give up or you run harder as one last attempt to reaching it. And after all the sprinting, running and chasing, its yours!
The day to commemorate the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu is almost here. And many homes will have already begun intense preparations to celebrate this Hindu festival.
…with crunchy masala pori a.k.a khara murmura
It started off as a mission to get rid of stuffs, stuffs collected over the years. Throw away all the junk I could see lying about. The drawers and cupboards were filled with it all. Piles of papers, most of them yellow-ed as time passed by. Pulling them out let out dust which reminded me of a genie coming out of a bottle. How I wished then it was true so that I could wish for all the clutter to be rid off with just a snap of fingers.
Shakkarpara, a popular farsaan in South India, can be either a sweet version or a savoury one. Savory ones are not too spicy but of course you could increase the spice level as per your taste. But I would suggest you go easy on the spice and salt as I found they taste better when both these are added in moderate quantities..
“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.”
A quick antidote to perk up a dull day is always a welcome. Something to chase away the doldrums. And happiness takes its place. To brighten up our day and shower it with sunshine. You close your eyes and you can feel yourself engulfed in the warmth of the golden rays. All your worries melt away.
“First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.”
Sometimes something ready in an instant seems so tempting. And so does a makeover, complete at the snap of your fingers. It gives instant gratification. Like the humble idlis that make their appearance at the breakfast table quite often. The idlis may be welcomed with great enthusiasm or may be looked down upon. But its not so when they are transformed into a spicy and instant evening snack. As then the little wedges of idlis coated with spices are well received and with great joy!
I was glad to have got some time to spend an evening with my sweet college friend, recollecting those days of carefree fun & laughter! For one evening we were back in our classrooms – we saw more old friends, our dear old lecturers whom we respect even more after stepping out of college, we saw the huge black board that were filled with lessons learnt and on some days with graffiti, we saw days of cribbing, of presentations, of exams which seemed a huge nightmare back then but seems just a simple test now, the lunch breaks we eagerly awaited to discuss and debate the morning that was!