Letter to Dost- 5

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When we were still at school, I remember I was the connecting link between Pink and another one of my close friends (you know who). It was because of me that they ‘tolerated’ each other. Though, they never liked each other but since each one of them was important to me, they had the patience of enjoying each other’s company.

This was long back. They do not even talk to each other now. In fact, the other friend didn’t even attend Pink’s wedding, which was the first wedding to happen in our group. But, still I am sure of the fact that they have never spoken ill of each other.

I feel back then, friendships were unadulterated. They were real, more understanding of the other person’s situation. When today, I sit and count the number of people I can call or depend upon, I only have one name, yours. I know no matter what, no matter how and no matter from where, I know you are just a message away. You will come leaving everything behind, and maybe because of having somebody like you in my life, I feel I have a very colorful and pretty picture of friendship in my mind.

You know I have met people who have great expectations from me. Can you imagine that? One wanted me to consider her as a very close friend though I have known her only for sometime. She even went ahead in her love for me and copied one of the letters I wrote to you because she had a problem that I don’t write about her on my blog proving to me that she has great respect for a person’s privacy and that she is the coolest shallow person I would ever know. And don’t even get me started on others.

Talking about expectations dost, what kind of expectations we have from each other? I mean do we even have any? I don’t remember. What I remember is you being a constant support throughout my drop year. Your trust in me that I will definitely make it to the college of my choice and will land with a job before passing out. We had shared dreams, hopes, values and most importantly, trusted each other. But, I do not remember us pushing or forcing each other to do or not to do something because of our own personal beliefs.

And because of all this, today I am writing to you to tell you that please go ahead and build your dream business the way you want it to. Do not get upset as things go wrong every now and then, and if they don’t you will never learn to face a crisis. You are a strong and determined person. Above all you are realistic. A businessman needs to be one.

I believe in your capabilities and I believe that whatever it is that you feel needs to be done for the growth and improvement of the business, nobody else can plan it better than you. You have nurtured the dream of taking it forward from a very long time. I am sure dost, because I know you will make right decisions and you will even retreat as and when required. You strongly hold onto your ideas but you have the patience to listen and accept the other person’s opinion as well. I believe in you, in your dreams please don’t stop believing in yourself, after all we still have that restaurant to open πŸ™‚

Love and lots of good wishes πŸ™‚

Mini Pepper Idli’s :)

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Idli Sambhar is one of the favorite dinner time food in our house. And there is nothing better than instant idli’s. Momsy prepared idli and sambhar for dinner and I made pepper idli’s from the leftover for breakfast next morning. You can read the recipe from Sharmis Passions. It turned out to be delicious πŸ™‚

Here is the picture πŸ™‚

True Delight :)

True Delight πŸ™‚

For the love of Corn :)

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Being a corn lover, I have been eating corn in various forms from childhood. Be it roasted corn or corn ka kiss or corn pakode or corn sabzi or corn pulav or corn salad :).

So today out of no where, I decided that I want to prepare corn salad which is terribly easy and quick to make. I have watched many videos on youtube for preparing corn salad, people add a variety of things to it. But, since I live in a small town I can’t find a lot of stuff. Therefore, the corn salad I prepare at home is the simplest with the simplest of ingredients.

Ingredients:

3 Cups of Cooked Corn

2 finely chopped Green Bell Peppers

2 finely chopped tomatoes

1 finely chopped onion

2 finely cut green chillies (you can add more)

1/2 cup of finely chopped coriander

1/2 cup lemon juice

Salt (according to taste)

Chaat Masala (according to taste)

Black Pepper (according to taste)

1 tbsp of butter (I used home made butter)

Mix the cooked corn, chopped capsicum, chopped tomatoes, green chillies in a bowl. Heat a pan and put butter. After a minute or two, add the mixture of veggies to the pan. Add salt, Chaat Masala, black pepper and lemon juice to the mixture. Keep on mixing the salad until the juice of the tomato is soaked. Next add coriander to the salad and serve πŸ™‚

Colorful Corn Salad :)

Colorful Corn Salad πŸ™‚

 

 

Methi Leaves Yogurt Curry :)

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This afternoon, Momsy said that the refigerator is stocked with methi leaves (fenugreek) and she is going to make methi ke paranthe for dinner. I am always up for any vegetable paranthe. In between this converation with Momsy, I switched on my laptop and found this recipe on Edible GardenΒ recently posted.Β 

I told Momsy why not give this a try, it would be a fresh departure from the regular paranthe πŸ™‚

I am not writing the recipe because it is given in easy steps on the link. And I have also realized that I suck at writing recipes. You can find the recipe on the link above. The curry turned out to be pretty good. Here is the picture of the curry I prepared πŸ˜€

The curry is a bit more green because I added large quantities of coriander. Otherwise, it would be yellow :)

The curry is a bit more green because I added large quantities of coriander. Otherwise, it would be yellow πŸ™‚

2014

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Another new year has arrived. So, what does this year has to offer? Let me see a job (the first job) to join, a new city to settle down in, new people, new experiences, goodbye to the college of 5 years and greetings to a wonderful and exciting (I am assuming this) life.

The last year taught me lessons in learning to let go of people, behaving maturely and keeping a calm mind. I have also learnt a few other lessons (about myself) which I am going to (try to) always remember and apply whenever and if the need arises.

I have learnt that you should never let people behave the way they want to with you by virtue of the place they hold in your life. In other words, if they can’t earn it, you don’t need to pay for it.

I have learnt that you should never be with people who are sentimental fools. Never be around people who’s rationale keeps on committing suicide.

I have learnt that cooking may not be therapeutic for me. But, it is surely fun. Also, it helps you keep your stomach full which is very imperative.

I have learnt that as we grow up, we should very cautiously choose our friends. It is okay to be friends with a person who doesn’t value your friendship, when you are six. But, it is not okay when you are 23 going on 24. I believe that your friends are your introduction, and I have also heard that first impression is the last impression. So choose wisely and you will not have to suffer through it.

I have learnt that if you are patient and somehow manage to have a strong will power, nobody can take away from you that which you deserve.

I have learnt that maintaining long hair requires hard work. A lot of it actually.

I have learnt that maybe I won’t be able to do routine. Maybe, I am not going to follow the college, job and marriage sequence.

I have learnt that I need to read a lot more and travel far more than that.

I have learnt that I don’t want to fall (or rise) in love. I want to kiss a lot of guys, dance with them, roam around and get back safely to my room. I over estimated myself when I thought I am person who believes in love. I don’t. Very clearly I don’t.

I have learnt that over thinking costs you a lot. You should just follow your heart every time and it is going to be alright.

And, I have learnt to believe that if you still have the chance to make things right, to be with the person you want to, to do something which brings a smile to your parents face then you probably should. Second chances are rare, and not everybody is lucky enough to grab them.

I hope 2014 teaches me new (positive) lessons. Yes, because I have also learnt to know that experiences are invaluable. And, if they don’t per se make you a good person, they will definitely make your life better than what it was yesterday.

Happy New Year fellas !! πŸ™‚