Knowledge is not power it is fear!

I booked a flat yesterday. After a lot of “site”-seeing, I bought an apartment in Nandi woods finally. I did not have much knowledge about Vasthu except that the house should not be south facing. I never considered vasthu as a major factor for buying a site but I was very specific about the light, wind, spacing between the 2 buildings. This flat is a corner flat with 3 sides open and east facing. So I immediately booked it. now I’m studying Vasthu and reading about the concepts and applicability of it. South east kitchen and east facing house constitute 80% of vasthu compliance blah blah… !! So applying this the flat that I have booked has some 3-4 main key points which are perfect vasthu compliant but the other 30% is not. Now that I’m quite knowledgeable about the vasthu concept the fear and regret has conquered me. So knowledge does not always mean power!
Anyways, I discussed this with my mom and she convinced me that a vasthu pooja before occupying the house would do good and definitely negate all the negatives that could have been caused because of non vasthu complaince.
So I have got my knowledge-power back now! Any new house surely I’ll apply my vasthu knowledge and then buy/build it.
Internet made me powerful !!!

Bengal Porridge (chane dal kichdi)

One day I happened to go home late from work and decided to take takeaway instead of cooking and apprently my FIL thought of helping me out and he had cut vegetables for stir fryand also kept rice and dal in the cooker. That was really sweet of him but since I had got take away dinner we decided to save the veggies and dal for the next day and stuffed them in the refrigerator.
Next day I saw that rice and chana dal were kept in the same bowl and cooked together. I did not know what to make out of it. For pongal or khichdi we use moong dal(split green gram). I could have tried making chanadal payasam out of it but the proportion of rice should be less than chana dal but here it was the inverse proportion. so I asked him what do I make out of it. he asked me to prepare spicy khichdi out of it. I was lost. As usual I called up mom for help! she asked me to use the same ingredients as pongal (pepper corns, ginger and cumin seeds) and mix the seasoning with the cooked rice and heat the whole mixture. However while cooking I added spices/garam masala items along with the other items to it and it came out very well.  And these days I make more of  Bengal Kichdi than Moong kichdi and love it. Accidental discoveries!

Ingredients :
Rice - 1 Cup
chana dal(bengal gram) - 1/2 cup
green chillies slit length wise - 3-4
Chopped ginger -1 tsp
curry leaves - 7-8
Bay leaf -1/2 leaf
Cinnamon- 1/2 inch stick
cloves 3-4
Pepper corns 7-8
grated coconut 1/4 cup
chopped coriander leaves

Wash rice and chana dal and drain .
Heat oil add bayleaf, pepper corns, cloves and cinnamon. fryfor 1 minute. Now add green chillies, chopped ginger and curry leaves once it is fried add the drained rice and dal. Fry for 2 minutes and add water and salt and close the lid of the pressure cooker. leave for 10 minutes.
Once cooked, add grated coconut and coriander leaves and serve with hot ghee. If needed squeeze half a lemon to give it the tangy taste. 

Since in my case, the chanadal and rice was already cooked I added the seasoning to the cooked grains and then mixed well and garnished with grated coconut and coriander leaves served with ghee.

Hopes or Nopes

Ver well said - "Hope is the reason for living" !!! I always wake up in the morning with a hope that the day will go good. does it end at that? No. Hope continues to rule my day over each activity. I hope that the pancakes I prepare turn out good, I hope to reach office early,I wish to get less work atleast on friday so that I can leave early. All is hope for this living.
But it is also said that "Desire - the reason for unhappiness" ! I equate hope to desire. If I dont hope that the pancakes I make to turn out good and if it goes bad, then I would feel really bad ; true ; but had I hoped for it to turn out good and if it went bad then I would have felt really reallly bad!! so that is the toll hope takes on us. It is better to fall from a chair than from a wall and even so from a building. So the take is - Higher the expectation, higher is the disappointment for not meeting the expectations.
Is it as simple as it sounds? Dont hope. live life as it comes. No... it is really a hard thing not to think of one thing that makes me feel happy about. But just imagine the joy you experience when you do not expect anything and it comes to you on its own.. ! It is like somebody giving to you the most costliest designer wear you always wished for, dreamt of, spoken of , for FREE. Isnt' that overwhelming joy boundless? Yes it is!
So the moral is "Always start with a hope that you would not start hoping for the best start!"

Politically political

Vote is on my mind... vote is in my soul... !! Ever since I found out that my name is on the voters list, I am really excited about the whole idea of ballot, voting machine and of course getting my nail painted black!
Now that the voting day is closing in, I'm getting kinda frantic about who is the most deserving candidate, which party I should be voting. I cannot ask anyone for their opinion because that it is a totally private info and should not be revealed. I checked over the internet about the various candidates and all I could get was a sheet with age, name, party and home address of the candidates from my part. Also the soft copy of the affidavit signed by each of the candidate, the copy of the receipt for the payment they have done to get some form etc etc. Why do I need that information? whether they have signed some affidavit or not or whether they have paid the dues or not how would I be benefited? government would have already validated that information and given them the ticket to stand for election. By posting those docs I do not get any information about the ability of the candidates to be an able leader in future.
what am i gonna do with their address? I wont go marching to their house and judge whether he deserves my vote or not by gauging the size of his house and the no of car he owns.
It would have been such an easy task for voters to choose their leaders if govt would publish in one place name and place of all the candidates and their qualification, achievements politically or otherwise, good work done for the area they represent and a small write up about what their plans are for their area if they get elected as the leader.
I do not mind the hoardings of party leaders or the series of party flags lined along the street what I do mind is bursting crackers in the middle of the road in the name of party publicity there by creating traffic jams in the city known very well for its jams. I do not like the fact that villagers are lured with alcohol to come to the city for party demonstration. They are brought in local buses stuffed even atop buses and made to spend the night on road sides. Poor guys agree for all that cause they get alcohol as compensation.
Anyways the whole election process is a big budget movie with good actors and confused,fooled and disappointed audience!!!
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