D fOOdiE AwaKens!!!

Disclaimer: A warning to all those who are suffering from dangerous diseases like diabetes and blood pressure. Reading and re-reading this post might prove fatal for them contributing to even death 😉

 

It so happened that I got a chance to visit a Gulf Country this summer to spend my vacation. Needless to say about the wanderer I am, it was a delicious experience for my taste buds, never missing a chance to revamp themselves with luscious foods. These yummy treats were hard to pronounce of-course, that I missed out many other dishes only becuase of their names. Somehow I manged to showcase the three most exotic favourites of mine. So thought of taking you all through the same exquisite journey and do taste em all for I got you some 😛 (just visual treats)

  1. KUNAFAH or KUNAFEH or KUNAFA:  

GENRE: Desert served hot.

People don’t confuse it with Kunfaaya , because that’s what I read before. Lol. Whatever. It is a three layered delight with saffron colored vermicelli at the top layer. A super- cheesy crust at the bottom with an anonymous layer of something in the middle. The powdered pistachio and walnut toppings leveraged the taste to another level.

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A virtual KUNAFA!! Taste it 😛

I entered into heaven, while eating it. As if a juicy-cheesy-chewy-honey filled appetizing eatable had filled my entire mouth. The color itself is very seducing FYI. Sweet-toothed friends and foes just control your feelings as of now.

If you loved seeing it as much as I did, do try it for here is the recipe and send me the samples 😉  IT is a diabetic threat though.

      2. MAJBOOS:

GENRE: Mixed rice.

This belongs to the briyani family perhaps. Less spicy-light-more colorful and definitely super-delicious. Briyani fans (Myself one too) do taste it once for sure. As far as Majboos is concerned, it’s aroma is sufficient to kill a person. The mild spiced non-veg that is added along, is simply destructive. A suitable synonym for this dish would be silent assassin. 

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Briyani’s little brother!!

I call it Briyani’s little BRO. It came with a tomato and potato kinda curry for its combination. On the whole they were an explosive combo. Should try making it someday with some additional help.

3.ZAATAR BREADS:

GENRE: Breads, Savory .

First I thought it is dried spinach that had been sprinkled on a pizza base. I refused to eat. Then GOOGLE told me that is a herb out of which spices are made in Middle East. The taste was like a new flavor of Pizza sans cheese. The taste is quite mysterious and hard to explain.

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Yumma-li-cious …

For its recipe click here. Sad I never managed to click any of the original pictures of these delicacies while I was consuming it. Because I was so damn busy relishing it that I din’t want to miss out those memorable moments 😉

P.S. This is my first date with food on my blog!! Hope your mouth watered and stomach burned.

P.P.S. Thanks ReXXavi for making it possible:) I know its delayed a bit!! But yayy I finished it ending my procrastination !!!

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Beyond MARKS……

Dear parents,

One by one all the educational boards across the country are shooting out results of higher secondary examinations and, it’s a stressful matter to cope up with because it’s you who freak out rather than your kids. In some boards achieving 95% might not suffice, whereas in others getting 75% itself is a mammoth task.The mad race for marks continues in our country even though, everyone knows that the people who changed the world were not toppers at school. For those who do not make to the expectations of their peers: This is not the end!!!

Exams are a wrong way to judge a person’s capabilities (not for all but for most of them). The one who comes first in class doesn’t come first in life too.

And one exam cannot decide your child’s future.  Marks are insufficient criteria to justify the latent talent in a student. The world looks up to you for your talent not for your marks!!! These mere figures never really contribute to the number of digits in your salaries. One of our school toppers those days, whom I expected to be a scientist, is a fashion model now. Our school’s Sachin Tendulkar is now in IIT-Kharagpur. You never know where life takes diversions, but it’s all for good.

The grave mistake most of the parents do is they ‘COMPARE’.Comparisons are always drawn with the best ideal students in the circles. This lets their kids down and discourages them whenever they try to come up on their own. Medicine and engineering are not the only professions to cope up with for a respectable position in the society. Everyone doesn’t conjure the same talent. What a child is gifted with, maybe someone else may not have. If a child is not extraordinary, be happy that he or she is exceptionally ordinary!!

There's a life beyond exams and marks..

There’s a life beyond exams and marks..

Dear children,

Be socially active (not restricting to social networking sites alone). Try to learn rather than study. Live as if you have to die tomorrow ,and learn as though it is forever. Grow up naturally and learn to be self-dependent. Learn to be passionate at what you think is right for you, rather than following the beaten path again and again. Don’t waste time by repairing your past or constructing the future. Live the present. There are no big teachers in the world other than experience and failures. Smart people learn from their mistakes and fools repeat them. Remember none of the great men from Albert Einstein to Bill Gates had a successful story in school and college. But now the whole world looks back at them.

Discover and explore yourself. Reveal the hidden personality in you. Some people meet their destinies early and some reach it just a few decades later.  Enjoy every minute, every second so that you don’t regret later.  Dream big and work to reach for it.

The fulfilling experience…

It was the fifth day of our NSS camp when we decided to educate some kids from government schools with basics of computers and MS Word. The kids we chose were studying class nine in a government school from Kunnam , a sleepy little village in Sriperumbudur ,Kanchipuram district. Accompanying them in the bus travel I had a chat with many and  noticed they were in high spirits. There was a rare sparkle in their eyes and a promising smile on their faces. Most of them said that they had never seen a desktop in their lives before. So we had start things from the scratch. We entered our college’s computer lab and made them settle down. Initially we instructed them how to hold and drag a mouse. I took charge of two girls who were very keen to learn. I had to hold their hand which was swaying away on a mouse whose cursor was aimlessly drifting on the screen. To fix the cursor in a stationary point it took us a few minutes. Then I had to explain them the meaning of a ‘click’ as I noticed one of my students was scrolling the page relentlessly. It’s the rarest thing I had ever encountered in my life. The feel was almost the same as teaching a kid how to hold a pencil and make them write the alphabets during the beginning of their school life. Earlier I had experience of teaching kids only atomicity, maths and English, so I was a novice in this task. My students had become well versed in handling a mouse now as we successfully traversed the START button to All Programs and then finally MS Word. A blank white page was now in front of us. The first task at hand was to type their names. I watched them passionately searching for the alphabets in the keyboard and type their names with joy. They keenly watched the meticulous magic of formatting effects on their names. Never in my life before, had I seen children with such high levels of grasping power. Three hours flew away like anything, and every person in the lab, from the students to their instructors (we) had thoroughly enjoyed every moment of both teaching and learning. It was time to wind up and we had a small feedback session. A girl among the little crowd stood up and said that she never dreamt of even touching a computer in her life. Her words were ringing again and again in my ears. All of them thanked us for being so patient in handling them. I had an accomplished feeling as if I had achieved a great feat in my life. The main aim of education is not only acquiring it, but also to impart it to those who are in dire need of it. The satisfaction I had cannot match up with any fruitful thing I had done before, in the past. I made it a point to continue this in future, helping all the underprivileged ones in the society, the least I can do to spark a change.

Curiosity rekindled..

Curiosity rekindled..

My students!!!

My students!!!