Category: The Week That Was

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:

Enjoy the meal.. Bon appetit! 🙂


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 😉 !!!

Although am not a supposed “fan” of social networking, not as a concept but as a method! I was not in a position to refuse an invite to go watch “The Social Network” along with my colleagues, since it was my last day at work, so I just went ahead with it!

As always, gathering up all my colleagues together was a humongous task. I always wonder why when we have to go a social gathering as a group, everyone literally “acts” up just now! They remember about that ever-important phone call to make or mail to send!

Well anyways, battling the building traffic we managed to reach just 5 minutes before the movie was about to start. So as the movie progressed, I just “watched the movie” as opposed to my colleague from the tech department, who was “noting all the technical details with regards to the construction of Facebook”!

The Social Networ(th)?

As the movie did get over, I must admit that it did leave me pondering over a few facts that I happened to notice. One major fact that I learnt is that, never take credit for some other’s work, however desperate you may be! There is no point in doing that as you’ll just be inviting trouble at a later stage.

Secondly, never underestimate even the smallest amount of help that you receive from a friend/colleague. Their small help can actually be useful/fruitful to you, so never shy away from helping them back!

Thirdly, whenever you work in a tea, do keep all the team-members informed about any decision taken or you intend to take! Not informing them can lead to serious consequences, possibly even a lawsuit!!!

Fourthly, never betray! How much ever we try, as human beings we are inbuilt with the feelings of ego,envy and jealousy! Try not to show them out, but you can always plan revenge secretly 😉 !

Lastly, one important thing I learnt is to THINK! We human beings have been given the sixth sense as opposed to other living matter! Never hesitate to put good use of the grey matter that has been bestowed upon us!

Well, I now have to work upon some plans to take action against a friend of mine who has been getting on my nerves lately.. Until next time, Happy Blogging!!! 

Oh and by the way, am not sure if you’ve noticed it, but it’s snowing on my blog! Well it doesn’t snow in my place, so I felt we could usher in the festive spirit by at least let it snow on my blog.. Seasons Greetings to all my readers…

Jimena Navarrete

 These two women represent the symbols of beauty, as a quality to me.. Both of them are beautiful in their own respects.. On August 23rd, 2010, at Las Vegas, USA, Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, was crowned the new Miss Universe 2010. Beauty paegents look for the physical aspects of beauty of a women apart from “intelligence”. Although, I do have to say that it has been alleged by many people that these contests have been “biased” towards some countries.

It has been seen that only certain countries make the cut, irrespective of some blatantly foolish answers. Yet, no one(Not even me 😉 ) Can deny that they are beautiful.

Yet the true sense of beauty lies in the heart irrespective of looks or fame, and a really good example, would be none other than Mother Teresa. A symbol of hope and love to many-especially the destitute, her birth centenary was recently celebrated last week. Being a foreigner, and giving her entire lifetime to charity in India, She truly according to me is truly “A Beauty of Benevolence”.. Although I may be too young to comment on her, she is to me a role model. Her canonization is still in discussion by The Catholic Church, however to all souls in India, she is a Saint to the World..

May her blessed soul rest in peace..!!!

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