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Upma- The ultimatum!

Each and every person in this world does enjoy having good food, right? I mean even me… Considering all the need of our gastrosexuals in the planet, I was pleasently surprisd to hear that a traditional indian dish was the deciding food in the latest season of Top Chef Masters…

Th chef in question, had prepared this so-very-simple dish and ultimately went on to win the competition…Also, Padma Lakshmi being on the panel, this definitely made my day.. but also really surprising considering the miniscule popularity the same dish enjoys here in India. Well, let me give you an idea…

Uppumaavu (colloquially known as “Upma”) is a dish that was earlier considered to be a quick-fix dish when the ladies out of the house run out of ideas on the menu for the day… Dreaded by children and working-men, scoffed at by people the now-infamous Upma has enjoyed a declining popularity amongst the people here. The dish is only the last resort if we don’t have anything left to make that leaves at the bottom of the “most-preferred” dishes…

However, now with this news that a dish that was being scoffed literally felt like me being slapped by it for mocking and dismissing the dish as one that was meant for oldies and the sickly!!! 😉

The humble upma has now gone up several notches in the popularity ratings that I now have mastered the art of even cooking the dish(the things we have to do to maintain our status.. Sheesh!)

But nevertheless I’m equaly ecstatic that a dish that is a part of my city’s cuisine charmed the likes of the western world, at a time when we tend to gorge on pasta’s and pizza’s.. Well, let me go and make some more..

Upma- From being scoffed to the scrumptious!

For all of you who want to know more about the dish in question, wiki’s helps you out:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upma

Enjoy the meal.. Bon appetit! 🙂

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I’m Back…

Hello my dear bloggers, I’m pretty much sure that many of you might get the thought of “me being back from the dead”, but I did not have much of a choice but to take a long break as I had a lot of things to settle on the personal front.

Well, I am not sure if my followers(present if any!) are still there but nevertheless I have decided to continue after quite a long time hoping to receive support from your side as well.

I am slowly getting back into the groove and you can expect some more posts from my end as regularly as possible!!!

I will also be snooping around my regular blogs that I follow and catch with them soon enough. I am not going to rant on but will do so soon, probably the weekend…

So please do keep showing your support as you can expect some changes in terms of environment from my end as I am gearing for a shift which I will let you eventually, thus until next, best wishes to everybody… 🙂

Today’s blog post deals with an interesting article that I came across in our the national dailies here yesterday.

For those of you who don’t know about the literary circuit here in India; although I myself am not that much conscious about; the annual Jaipur Literary Festival has come to a close last week bringing about an interesting take on books, literature and the written word.

Well although I don’t attend such festivals owing to my impatience to finish a full book, the irony is that I aspire to get some of my works published. How sadistic is that 😉 ! I want everyone to read my work, but don’t want to read works by others. Well, lets leave it for another blog post, shall we???

The author of the article had brought some really interesting excerpts, and other happenings that took place there. Apparently it came to a conclusion that “technology” literally reprogrammed the written word. With an extravagant presence of Kindle’s and the iPad’s, he quoted that there was a debate that revolved around the challenge these gadgets pose to books in general.

He further went to add that handheld gadgets like those above-mentioned, allow users to download e-books and “speed read” them. He went to quote Author Richard Foreman who coined up with a phrase that describes us as to how and why we prefer to flaunt our glitzy tech toys rather than the ill-smelling yet intellectually fulfilling books.

The word used in connotation with the debate was called the “Dumb Down effect”. With the advent of the Internet we as human beings “skim the surface of a variety of interests and subjects at the same time rather than delve deep into a particular discipline.

“Be a Master of one, rather than a Jack of all trades”

The above mentioned quote was what immediately came to my mind as I read on with “rapt attention”. The article also highlights that rather than aiding us, technology is making us more “unintelligent” ( Now that’s not very nice 😉 )

According to a 2008 report commissioned by the British Library titled ‘Information Behaviour of the researcher of the future” it quotes that “Deep log studies show that people exhibit a strong tendency towards shallow, horizontal, ‘flicking’ behaviour in digital libraries. Society is dumbing down”

I do in fact completely agree with the report. Gone are the good old days of poring over piles of books and journals for our research, whereas now with the click of a button we have report ready (cut-copy-paste) in a jiffy!!!

Literacy expert Maryanne Wolf says that the style of reading promoted by the Net puts “Immediacy” and “efficiency” above all else. She also goes to add that the Net may be in fact weakening our capacity for the kind of deep reading that emerged when an earlier technology, the printing press, made long and complex words of prose commonplace.

The Internet has extended to be a part of our cognitive thinking in modern times, that we completely rely on it for various needs. Never has any other such communication system exerted such an influence as the Net.

Harvard educated author Nicholas Carr argues that the Internet grants us easy access to unprecedented amounts of info but a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that, with its constant distractions and interruptions, it is also turning us into scattered, superficial thinkers.

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The advantage of having information at our fingertips does indeed come with a price.

“The Net is a fulfilling partner but a dangerous one,lulling you into a false sense of security.”

The Net offers the ultimate distraction, you can be alone and yet amidst a crowd, isolated but still part of a community.

Recent studies conducted by scientists depict results that are worrisome. Studies show that those who read text studded with links, as on the Net, comprehend far less than those who read traditional linear text. Also, people who are continuously distracted by emails, alerts and other messages absorb less than those who are able to concentrate.

The common factor is division of attention rather than undivided attention!

The depth of our thoughts, memories and even our personalities sticks on our ability toi focus our mind; when we’re constantly distracted and interrupted, we become processing units collecting disjointed bits of info.

While some argue that intelligence has in fact increased the level of intelligence even amongst the illiterate, others counter-argue that the literates have now “dumbed down”  ( Ouch! 🙂 )

In the never-ending contest between the text typed or the written word, the written word is now taking a backseat while technology is basking in the glory created by the awe of millions of people around the world. However as a popular saying goes “What goes up, must come down!”, there might be a situation wherein we lose access to technology at some point of time in the future. We will then be able to come to a conclusion.

The article concludes with the following quote: “A Paperback now has now ‘wow’ factor; A kindle or iPad does!”

And I completely agree… Don’t be Dumb 😉

PS: Oh, and this post was written by a person who wants or aspires to purchase an iPad sometime in the near future 😉 !!!

As always, I found out that it is a common notion amongst many of us to review the year that passed by. The year 2010 is soon coming to an end and 2011 is all set to be born this weekend. Thus, I too decided to bring out a sort of review of some the major happenings and situations that took place across the world this year.

Wikileaks: Confidential No More!!!

The latest news that is emanating from the United Kingdom is that Julian Assange is being a whopping GBP 1 million for his personal memoir. The smart man that he is, he is using this payment to substantiate his legal costs that he incurred while he got out on bail for a criminal charge. Wikileaks has taken the world by storm this year and will in all probabilities continue to do so. The whistle-blower website is on the lips of millions of citizens and “netizens” across the world so much that Assange has his group of loyal followers( I wouldn’t want to include myself, but I guess he is smart and doing something to clean the political system, in a way)!!! Wikileaks has become a source of an impending headache for almost all the countries across the world as it reveals “confidential” secrets to the view of the public. It totally shocks me that countries can be so cheap behaving like “catty actresses” bitching about others and manipulating people. However, I do have to admit that some secrets are definitely too sensitive to be revealed and the consequences, if the info falls into the wrong hands, can be devastating. Nevertheless, the “joy ride” of Wikileaks is all set to continue next year as well… Keep watching this space…

BP Oil Leak- When will we ever learn???

The year also saw one of the most horrible environmental disasters of all time. An underground pipeline carrying crude oil burst open in the Gulf of Mexico thus leading to major oil spill, one of the worst ever recorded in history. Rapid industrialization will definitely lead to some sort of abuse to the environment. It is completely unavoidable, however it can be reduced to a massive extent. Eco-groups around the world protested and were angered by this “accident” that saw a huge amount of money being spent on repairing the pipeline. Several species of birds, animal-both marine and terrain were affected by this. It still remains to be seen as to when do we get a solid solution from scientists to avert such incidents from taking place in the future.

Sports 2010

2010 was also the year of many famous and rather “infamous” sporting activities taking place around the globe. We saw the exciting and rather nail-biting finish to the FIFA Football World Cup 2010 held at South Africa with Spain winning the cup. (WAKA WAKA!!!) Although there were some controversies involved in it with regards to using the 3rd referee technology, South Africa managed to pull it off!!! We also had the sporting events being held at the 2 rising super-powers in Asia, India and China. The Commonwealth Games 2010 at Delhi and the Asiad 2010 at Guangzhou were held with much fanfare and excitement. Albeit the infamous corruption charges that put the CWG on the anvil, the Games finally did manage to take place without any tension. And I was also happy that India did very well compared to the past at these 2 games. Jai Ho!!!

2010 at the Movies

I’m not sure if I am the “apt” person to talk about this part. This is because I hardly step into a cinema hall/theater to watch a movie. My lazy butt always stays at home with the notion that “Anyways this movie is gonna come on Tv sometime, I’ll watch it then!”

But nevertheless I did manage to catch few of them. Although I have read all the books in the Harry Potter Series, the last movie I managed to watch was the Order of the Phoenix! I did watch Salt ( Since am a fan of Angie Jolie, WoW! She is the action babe!) but it did disappoint me. There was the action but the story just went haywire! Maybe Angie is waiting for a script of mine 😉 ! I also did manage to watch “The Social Network”. As described in some few posts back, ugh, I hate these tech movies!!! However, the emotional part of the movie did get me thinking! Rounding off with the massive blockbuster of the year INCEPTION. I heard that it was an awesome movie from every Tom,Dick & Harry and that I should definitely watch it, but alas I’ll wait till it comes on Tv. Anyways Alice in Wonderland that released this year, is being telecast on Tv next week, so how much time can Inception take right???

The year 2010 has been an eventful year of sorts for the world. We are also coming down to finish a decade and 2011 will mark the beginning of a new year, a new decade, a new Beginning! However, do keep your eyes peeled for how 2010 was for me as a person/individual and what are my plans for 2011! You too can share your experiences of 2010 and goals for 2011, would like to hear them!

Until next time, Happy Blogging…

PS: Oh, and the images used in this post were created by me, so I don’t need to credit anyone and don’t have to worry about any copywright issues 😉 !!!

Leak Proof?!

How much ever we can boast that we are developed and moving towards a better future with many technological advancements.. Yet, there are some instances that actually show the vulnerability of such developments/advances..

The Wikileaks’ controversy that is enveloping the whole world, has created quite a flutter across various countries..

In my opinion, actually it shows that Governments’ across the world are vulnerable, discreet and cannot be trusted at all.. The dirty laundry is now stinking in the public view of the world..

And another point to be noted is that, I appreciate that Wikileaks’ is taking the initiative to educate the citizens of the world, as to how their Government acts and behaves..

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Our hard-earned money is being discreetly used in many different ways, without our notice.. And I’m glad that Wikileaks’ has brought it out into the open..

Yet, I do have to accept that some information may have gone overboard.. I’m referring to the outcome of such “vital information”..

Possible situations that could arise include mistrust, question of loyalty, bitter fights, strained relations,etc..

The word “privacy” does have no significant meaning in this day and age! Our personal info could be read by some person or the other located in any part of the world..

With other problems plaguing the world at present, this adds more fuel to the fire burning within the citizens of the world..

Personal security has now become another essential need for a human being, however when your own government doesn’t take it into account, what can you expect..

Be it social networking sites like Facebook, etc.. or the data sharing pacts between countries, it all has one thing that needs constant attention- privacy!

The expose just shows how similar the government officials behave like celebrities.. Taking digs at each other, bitching behind the back, plastic smiles and friendships, double-meaning statements, false promises, etc.. are just some of the qualities that they both share in common..

All in all, Shakespeare’s quote is the apt description of the current situation:

“All the world’s a stage, and we are all players in it!”

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