Friday, 24 June 2016


The rain & its sounds give them much delight.
As they revel in its wonders, dance & do rap,
It doesn't mean much to me as I'm a xerophyte*.

What's celebration for them, is taboo for me,
Their requirements have been different from mine,
That monsoons are nature's gift I very much agree.
Yet, despite rain-deficiency, a xerophyte like me is fine.

Monday, 20 June 2016

I Am Enough

I noticed her presence some years ago.
She watched me whether I was high or low.

Every move I made, she analyzed with glee.
I tried to confront this girl & reveal the mystery.

But, she always disappeared & I couldn't locate,
Irrespective of my quick reflexes & mental state.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Dads Of Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. And Chinky

The movie Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. is special and the protagonist is one of my favourite movie characters.

On Father's Day eve, I watched the movie for the umpteenth time and noticed the adorable Dads in the movie:

Dad#1- Munna Bhai/Murli Prasad Sharma's father - Hari Prasad Sharma - played by Sunil Dutt

Dad#2- Chinky/Dr. Suman's father - Dr. JC Asthana - played by Boman Irani

Dad#3- Dr.Rustam's father (who loves playing Carrom-board & is always  after the Queen!)

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S., 2003 Hindi film poster.jpg

In the movie, there are heart-warming and touching scenes between father and "child" & Dad#1 & Dad#2 shed silent tears.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Time To Learn!

He travelled back in time when his daughter handed him her winner's trophy again.

It seemed like yesterday when he was trying to learn to play the Piano, in vain.

Copyright -John Nixon
Picture-prompt -John Nixon
Though he was a really serious & sassy student, who took a lot of effort & pain,

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Spill The Beans

"Spill the beans!" they demanded of me urgently.

I had no beans to spill actually, couldn't they see?

I just know how to cook & eat beans tastefully.

I had wandered across the border unintentionally;

But, the adamant police just didn't believe this refugee...

44-words poem
Linking with-
dVerse Quadrille11

Alien Invasion!

After she woke up, she was surprised to find her living-room in a mess with the sofa’s covers taken off and the cushions strewn all over.

Though it looked just like a scene out of her nightmare that she had shared earlier with her husband, on seeing the CCTV footage, they were convinced but couldn’t figure out how the aliens had actually reached her home.

100 words about a Brave New World
photo by Scott Dougall 

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Victorious Visitor

She was fed up as no matter how much she tried here, she could not change anything.

She yearned to discover a new planet for herself that would have her own rules.

TLT week 19 – space
photo by NASA
Victory was hers when she succeeded in her mission in her dream, and paid her dream planet a visit like a victorious visitor!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Welcome To Cafe Karma

Indian Bloggers

Some time back, I borrowed money from my friend.
As I just needed a few extra rupees to spend...
Though I believe- "Never borrow & never lend,
If you want to keep a friend", yet I took from my friend.

Later, we moved to separate cities & were not in touch,
But, I did miss & remembered her many times as such.
My guilt of having borrowed, though amount wasn't much,
Nibbled my conscience; my repay-commitment was staunch.


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Special Movie Characters

Indian Bloggers

Being a HUGE movies fan, I love movies and characters from movies. For me, some movies are impressive because of the messages they impart and some characters are memorable because of their roles.

The following are some of the characters from movies whom I have loved over the years:

Superhuman characters- Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Supergirl...

Common Man with extra powers- Birdman, Mr.India...

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Chhena Poda - Uncommon Food

The state of Odisha in India boasts of many unique dishes. Chhena Poda is such an uncommon food that interests the foodie in me. Not just to mere mortals, Chhena Poda appeals even to Lord Jagannath of Puri as it is the Lord’s favorite sweet! 

(From L to R)- Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra & Lord Jagannath
In Odia language, Chhena means ‘cottage cheese’ and Poda means ‘burnt’. Chhena Poda literally means ‘burnt cheese’. When one thinks of home-made soft cottage cheese, one can never think such an uncommon dish can be prepared out of it, unless one has tasted Chhena Poda and the other similar uncommon foods. While Chhena Poda is available in many places in Odisha, it is yet to have a national presence and identity unlike the Rasagola that was born in Odisha too and has links with Lord Jagannath, Maa Lakshmi & the Puri Temple, but is very famous.

Chhena Poda looks like a soft, caramelized pudding or cake with brownish black covering. Don’t go by its burnt looks as it tastes divine. Some prepare it traditionally, baked with coal. Many places in Odisha still follow the same centuries-old recipe and process. These days, Chhena Poda is even prepared using the modern gadgets- microwave, oven & pressure-cooker...

Ingredients for the Chhena Poda:

For the Chhena or Cottage Cheese:
1.5 Litres milk
Curd or Lemon juice

For the Chhena Poda:
2 cups Chhena or Cottage Cheese
2 cups Sugar powdered
4 tbsp Semolina/Sooji
4 Cardamoms powdered
1 tbsp Cashew nuts
1 tbsp Raisins
1 tbsp Sugar for Caramel
2 tbsp Ghee

Preparation of Chhena:
Boil milk. When it starts boiling, simmer and add curd or lemon juice. Milk curdles and Chhena separates. Boil for a minute and switch off the flame. Sieve the Chhena through a strainer. Tie in a muslin cloth and let the water drain out.
Preparation of Caramel:
Melt Ghee on a low flame, add the sugar and twirl the pan around to spread the Caramel evenly.
Add the Sugar, powdered Cardamom, Raisins & Cashew-nuts to the mashed Chhena. Knead them all together. Place the mixture on the Caramel, and bake. 

Method of Preparation of the Chhena Poda:
Knead the Chhena and Semolina (added to bind the dough.)
This uncommon soft food is the result. 
Slice and serve it hot or cold & eat!

I feel Chhena Poda needs to graduate from being uncommon to being available everywhere. An enhanced shelf-life will help. With its great taste, Chhena Poda has a great potential to entice all and earn the adulation and fame it deserves.

I went on a trip down the memory lane recollecting uncommon foods thanks to the culinary stars, Vikas & Vir, talking about their #FoodventuresVir’s video featuring Nakchi Bokum and Vikas’s video with Shankalu Salad inspired me to embark on my #Foodventures. You too can share your #Foodventures and stand a chance to feature in a video with the celebs.

Have you ever tried Chhena Poda? Which is the uncommon food that you have experienced? Please share your views in the comments below.
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