A Feather

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Can you see the dawn or the sunset?
The fire or the ashes it leaves?
Perhaps the dry old leaf or the new one that will replace it?
Can you see the deep blue ocean or the crystal clear lake?
Do you see the dark coffee or the golden scotch?
Maybe you see the sapphire or the emerald instead.
What do you you see when you behold the simple feather?

2016

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!

Hope your 2015 was good and wishing your 2016 will be even more fabulous.

I had a good year last year and am looking forward to 2016. This post is just to list out things I think of getting done or just goals in general. I probably will come back here and update as and when, also good to know that I have somewhere written down all this so I can stay on track.

Reading Goals!

Goodreads sent me an email asking me for a reading challenge, and so I did. My goal is to read at least a 100 books this year. I normally do read a lot, last year I managed some 200 books, this year I shall try to hit as many but a 100 seems doable.

I do want to mix up categories and make things interesting. For this, I depend on lists that are available online or feeds and reviews on Goodreads. I do not have many lined up this as yet for this year, but these – Shakespeare (complete works), Ibis Trilogy, Meditations, The Indian Epics retold, some Wodehouse, some of  Georgette Heyer, HG Wells – are books that I mean to revisit this year. As of now, I have only these in my to be read list, which continuously grows.

Studying Goals!

Yay! So this year I mean to finish a lot. There is a business course that I enrolled in that I will complete this year. I also mean to start new languages on Duolingo or Memrise. These websites have been amazing. I loved both when I was learning French and Spanish.I will also try to do some MOOCs. For this, I rely mostly on Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Codeacedamy. Also, another place to learn new stuff is Learnist. In case you are wondering about something new to learn, have a look at some of the above sites, you will definitely find something to your liking.

Hobbies!

Crochet was something I learnt in the psat few years. Indulging in the hobby was a bit of problem because, I couldn’t find a good  place for yarn and needles. (I learnt the craft using twine, and size 4mm hook my grandma had.) Last year I discovered two websites that, ItsyBitsy and PonyCraftStore. Loads of stuff for most hobbies can be bought here.I bought some yarn with which I plan to crochet a blanket. One row a day is the goal, let’s see how many rows it takes to finish it.

So far, that’s about all the goals I have in mind, but We still have 364 days left.

What are you planning for this year?

5 months… What!!!!!

It’s been almost 5 months since the last post! Where did all that time go??? Like they say, time does fly! Sigh… if only we can as well.

5 months may seem like a life time to some, and not much to others, to each his own. What’s happened in this time??? Not much really. :( Life has been happening happily and I have been a happy person on all most all days.

Did you know that Chennai, where I live had rains unlike any seen in a century! We were flooded, basically it was a mess. People can place the blame on anyone they want to, but let’s face it, no one could have stopped the rains. We could have been better prepared yes, but a city that is normally sunny couldn’t have imagined 3ft of water flowing through its streets (in some places it was reported to be over 10 ft). I am not blaming anyone or anything, nor I am glad that people suffered. We must though realise that every dark cloud has a silver lining and my City landed on its feet helped by all of its citizens. As with any experience all of us learned something from it as well. And we hope that our leaders and authorities have as well.

In other news, I read a few books, discovered new music, have tried to keep up studying and stay committed in that area though it has not always been possible. Also workouts have been sporadic :(, but this past week has been awesome in that regard.

I know I keep making a promise to write more, I do try. Now I have to rush off to go grocery shopping (Yes, trying to behave like an adult sometimes) and therefore stopping this here.

Hope all of you have great Week!!!

 

Movies! – Jurassic World, DeMonte Colony.

Alright, getting one off the to-do list. :)

I watch few movies, and recently I have watched just two new movies – Jurassic World (English), and De Monte Colony (Tamil).

Now, I am prejudiced to Jurassic World. I remember having gone to the theatre and watching the t-rex rip eveything apart, and feeling the chill in my bones. My baby sister, who was then a toddler wailed right when the t-rex dropped the goat leg and she and my uncle spent the rest of movie sitting outside. But it was a revelation of epic proportions! Having only vague ideas from museums and school text books, to actually seeing the dinosaurs walk the earth on film is incredible – no matter what.

Jurassic World is yet another movie featuring these reptiles, only its bigger on all scales. Monstrous beings! As any other Jurassic movie, this movie also has the same plot. Dinosaur island – people walking freely – security systems fail –  dino  eats people –  dino eats dino – hero saves the day! Perhaps its a similar story line, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I mean, there’s great imagination that goes into making these movies. And for that reason we can go see it once. There a new and improved dinosaurs featured, gadgets and gizmos etc. But honestly, Jurassic Park  will always be my favourite of the lot, for having initiated us into that world.👍👍👍

De Monte colony – well as many of us who live in Chennai have done, I have gone through the street, if only to get to TTK Road. It is a legend, like so many other places in Chennai. But this  movie does not qualify as a horror flick. at all ever. I watched this movie with my mother, grandmother and my sister. My grandmother is a sort who will watch any movie, no matter what! But at the end of De Monte Colony, she looked at us and said it was a hopeless excuse at being a movie! 👎👎👎👎👎

Procastinating….Note to self.

Well, I decided to write … and the things I have lined up for to be written about are,

* movie review de monte colony and jurassic world

*book reviews of a bunch of Georgette Heyer, and Scion of Ishvaku. Though I do have floods of fire lined up to be read.

I have put this on hold for about 3 days now, so I am looking forward to finishing it this coming week.

Update as on 19 July’15 –  This post is still in the making. Honestly, it just flew by my head and I didnt get it on my to-do list at alll. So (Hopefully, Fingers Crossed, etc.) I wlll get this done this week. :)

Pain.

Pain can be of many types. You stub your toe and it hurts. You get a burn or an open wound it’s going hurt more later than in the beginning. But the worst is when your heart is hurt.

I recently heard two people talking, about me. They were under the impression that I was not in the vicinity, unfortunately I was. The crux of that conversation was that I am pretty much a useless,good-for-nothing, who will never amount to anything. Perhaps so, only time will tell.

Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions, and so they had theirs pertaining to me. So then why did it hurt me so? I realise that no one wants to hear that one amounts to nothing,but this specially hurts even more so, because one person of the two was supposed to have my back no matter what. That’s what family does, doesn’t it? Also that instead of telling me that I must change myself and my ways to become a better person, they go talk about me when I am not around.

The disappointment and agony is more because this was so much beneath them. I never thought they were capable of such gossiping.

I shed a few tears, then I realised it didn’t matter if I don’t amount to anything. Who cares, they definitely don’t!

Heartbroken -Yes. Defeated – Not.

Prawn Curry (with kudampulli)

Renu's Recipes

Prawn Curry Prawn Curry

Ingredients

  • Onion – 1 (The onions are to be sliced fine.You may cut an onion into 4 and then slice them to get very small fine slices.You also need some to be finely diced to add for tempering.)
  • Tomato – 1 (sliced)
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece (julienne)
  • Green Chillies – 4 (slit)
  • Kudampuli – 4 pods. (it is also known as malabar tamarind or brindle berry.)
  • Coconut – 1 cup grated.
  • Cumin – 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic – 2 pods. (finely diced)
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder – 1.5 tsp
  • Prawns – 20-30 nos.
  • Curry leaves – a few
  • salt to taste.
  • oil as required

Method

Grind the coconut and cumin to a fine mixture (buttery texture) and set aside.

In a vessel pour 2 cups of water and set to heat. When the water is boiling add the sliced onion, ginger, tomatoes and slit green chillies. Add turmeric…

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