Tag Archive: Culture


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! 🙂

“Life is not an iPod that plays only your favourite playlist, it’s a radio that we need to adjust the frequency according to the situation!”

No, the above-mentioned quote was definitely not crafted by me, although I wouldn’t mind taking credit for it 😉 , but lets just say it was quoted by an anonymous individual.

Although the above mentioned quote does strike a chord in my cranium, I do have to admit that at times I do definitely listen to only a selective songs on my iPod as well.

Based on further tweaking of my nerve strings, I did come up with a conclusion that people who are sort of having only a limited amount of songs and only from their favourite bands/singers tend to be more of an introvert and are a bit averse to any sudden or rather unexpected changes.

And people, I am actually ashamed to say this, but I am that sort of person. I do have friends who have thousands of songs on their portable music devices, albeit reclusive me has a mere 350 only, but nevertheless for me it is an achievement.

However on the bright side, I did notice an observation that although I don’t have that many songs listed, I quite lip sync most of the songs and quite know the lyrics to the T!

Yet, we do need to understand that Music does not need any language as long as you’ve got the ears for it!!!

It is definitely uplifting to listen to a set of songs when you feel happy, sad, depressed, anxious, nervous, etc… To calm your senses down and think more clearly and in a rational way rather than making a hasty decision.

 Yet, why do some people take so much time to either recognize or adapt to a certain song ( or in literal sense- situation!), it maybe more psychological by nature.

It may involve how the person has been brought up, how they behaved or taught to behave in a situation, genes, etc.. and this has an invariable effect on the individual’s likes and interests and eventually how the person reacts to a certain situation.

Different people have different interests, which is good. After all as they as “Variety is the spice of life!”

But the main problem arises when there is a sort of “out-of-tune” approach between different individuals and they are not “in-sync”! It does take time to gel with people and eventually strum up a good number, but with practice you can be a STAR!

Until next time, Happy Blogging…

PS:I wonder what my blogging friend, Ava the musician/singer would think of this post!!!

Hello my fellow bloggers and readers, I do hope you’re doing well and I apologize for my absence for the past week. However, as I sat down on pc to surf )or rather waste 😉 ) another few hours aimlessly, I stumbled upon an article that talked about the human body language.

Curious to know more, I started to read it and found out that you cannot trust a person who scratches his/her nose, as they are bound to be lying! Hmm, now how do you say so? Well according to the article, it the person has the urge to cover up the truth, it would be to obvious if we tell it on the face, thus they resort to scratching their nose as a camouflage!!!

Now, I was wondering what would the person be saying if he digs his nose? Hmm… I don’t think I want to know as yet!!!

Nevertheless, I did find out that people are now becoming judged and judgemental these days. We always take note of what people think of ourselves- the way we look, talk, walk, behave, etc… and we too judge other people on various categories…

Apart from the way you dress and speak, the process of judging a persons intellect is through his online presence.

What we write, blog, scrap, tweet, post, etc have all come under the scanner and this is most prominent in the case of a prospective employment.

Employers nowadays look at the candidates’ online and virtual presence. Their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog, Discussion Forums, etc.. are all being examined to see if the person whom you wish to recruit is trustworthy and loyal enough.

There have been many cases of public spats that have taken an ugly twist because of the wrong things said or rather “written” online!

It has now come to a point where the Internet is now a solid proof of evidence in legal impediments. Since we are now actually “published” ( God, I hope that soon happens in Paperback or Hardbound as well 😉 !), the things we write or speak can now be officially taken as evidence of our wrongdoing, if any.

Thus, it has become a valid point that we need to exercise caution while we are on the wire. However critics ( and by this I mean, my ever-thinking brain 🙂 ) argue that it now has hampered the freedom of speech.

With the invention of the internet, there was a great hullaballoo over the increase in the freedom of speech amongst the common man. But over the years, with the spate of developments, I personally feel that it has hampered our growth and now is questioning even our basic right of expression.

Concluding, each has his/her own view-point with regards to this issue. The Internet is by far the strongest tool to bring about social change ( proven in the Case of the Egypt Uprising) but What do you feel?

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.

Image Courtesy: Typedesk.com

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 😉 !!!

Hmpf, SHOW-OFF!

It truly involves a lot work delving deep into the pages of psychology to really understand how a human behaves! And although you assume one thing, it actually ends the other way altogether! We do some actions that either or actually are in fact inspired by others. No-one can have a REAL and unique action,thought,behavior,etc.. because we all have transcended generations by learning from our ancestors.

Yet, you know in some situations we or more to say, I, simply don’t know how to react.. Should I tae it in a positive way or a negative way.. Yet, I simply don’t know why, I tend to look at the negative first rather than actually learn to accept the positive thing of a situation first!

I do admit that it’s a bad habit, but I guess I do enjoy and hope that other people too accept the fact that they too are like me!

However, now let me bring forth the reason why I chose to blog about this! I got a mail this morning from a friend of mine who happens to be owning a Blackberry!

Now how did I know? Well apparently for every message that I send my friend happened to send a reply that contained not just the message but also this line displayed prominently: “Sent from my Blackberry

Image Courtesy: Puremobile

Now, every human has a level of patience right? I mean how many messages can you handle from a “Blackberry” than my friend! So I bade my friend a “cheerful goodbye” citing a fake reason that I had other work to do and finished my conversation.

However I was actually in two minds.. I mean although initially I was just so pissed with the incessant messages pouring into my inbox from a mobile phone, yet I was actually getting  a bit put-off from the fact that my friend had a “Black Berry” while I,sigh,still had an old-fashioned phone to keep me company (But I still like it, Hello Moto! 😉 )

Apart from the human psyche to feel a sense of greed and envy on seeing another person flaunt something that you don’t have, but I also came to a conclusion that its nothing but a “neat marketing trick” by the company!

Now, you can question, how am I saying this?

Well, how many of you do agree to the fact that after falling prey to the trick in discussion, attempt to get hold of that “Blackberry” or any other smart phone?

I’m sure most of us would raise our hands in acceptance to the question!

Wow, am I brainy or what? *Applause*

Oh, another think I forgot to add was that I also received a message from the “Facebook email id” of a friend of mine! Now again should I think that it’s another marketing trick of Facebook or was it a devious way of my friend to brag about his new-found fascination or blame it on my ever-doubting brain? Hmm.. I’ll leave you guys to guess that!

Image Courtesy: Idealog

Alright, I’ve ranted enough!No more charge on my Apple iPhone! Needs recharge! 😉

Until next time, Happy blogging…

%d bloggers like this: