A friendship week..

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This post is dedicated to my most closest friend Saurabh Khandagale.

This week has started with thoughts and memories of friends.. So this week is dedicated to all my friends who are as important to me in life as chocolates are.. And this week having  my best friend’s birthday it adds a lot more to this week.

It’s only been three, almost four years since I met you, but it seems like its been a lifetime. I still remember the first time I met you, we didn’t even feel like talking to. I never really thought that I would get to know you so well, in the beginning I used to make fun of you behind your back and sometimes some really BAD pranks.

It has been so many months since we left school and now we are like going in different directions.

“Wherever you may be, I just wanted to let you know that you are amazing. I wanted to thank you for everything you have ever done for me. You have always been there when I needed you, and you were always by my side when times got rough. I want to thank you for trusting me, and listening to me when I needed you to. I wanted to let you know that everything you do means a lot to me even though it seems as if most of it is trivial and stupid. I wanted to thank you for letting me help you, even though I know that you really know how to do whatever it is that I help you with. “

Dogs

The pet Saurabh loves the most..

Life ReLived: The beginning…

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In the past few months I had travelled a lot and had some great memories to cherish for lifetime.. But soon the memories were like forgotten. I love playing around with my photos which are not just some moments captured to remember but they are memories to be cherished. I felt that the happy moments which have past need to be some kind of organised and preserved..

 

I have been trying to figure out a simple strategy for myself relating to do a year long project where I am gonna document my life which i want to re-live.I’m focusing on my  daily life as a family. I’m looking at this project as a chance to tell small stories (the small stories that are essentially the big ones when you see them all together). I want to capture little details, conversations, memories.And the next year, 2012 being the last year of my school life I don’t want to forget any of the memories..
Photos & words & the stuff of life is what I am looking to collect and place inside this album.I am not stressing about taking a photo everyday.I am cool with, and looking forward to, adding in other pieces of life: notes, lists, mail,email, etc. Some weeks will be all photos and other weeks will be a mixture of the two.Think the thing that I am really appreciating about this project right now is that it feels laid back. It feels possible and fun.I am not trying to document every little thing. I am trying to capture the essence of the ways in which we live our lives from day to day. Our normal.

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Remembering The Moments

If you aren’t already playing along with similar kind of  project it’s never to late to begin. There’s no rule that says you need to begin in January.

Music is Life!!

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Through the years I have heard various artists,
but I think nothing can replace the melody a certain few
have created. Be it Queen or MJ to even R.D. Burman,
these phenomenal personalities have left their melodious
harmonies for us which no one can ever replace..

Michael Jackson : This man is the ultimate Music Legend in true sense. I would love to dance to his tunes. I remember even trying to imitate his famous moon walk at parties as a child. Be it Thriller or Billie Jean or even Black or White I could just go on and on about his music that I love. It’s very difficult to pick one through such variety and such harmonies that he has left behind for us . His death was a true loss for us all and I honestly would truly miss listening to his harmonies.

R.D Burman : Universally recognized as Pancham Da this musical maestro made an iconic name for himself through his musical talent. Be it romantic numbers like Yeh Sham Mastani or even Pyaar Diwana Hota Hain to even famous dance hits like Duneya Mein Logon Ko to even Dekha Na Haye Re his harmonies have been passed through generations and I still cannot get enough of it. According to me his music started an entire new genre for the Bollywood Industry as a whole.

Queen : This Rock Band made a phenomenal mark for themselves during the 70’s and 80’s . They had many hits to add to their credit but my favorites among all of their songs would have to be “I want to break Free” , “Crazy Little thing called Love” and even “Under Pressure”. The power in the voice and the music is undoubtedly the best I have ever heard.

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Through the years there have been many bands, many voices that have tried to connect to audiences through their musical talent, while I cannot deny that some have made a difference and are even on my playlist in loop, but nothing can beat the above voices that have certainly left a mark in my life!

Music …music is the true melody of life. When you are sad you listen to music, when you are happy you listen to music, when you are in love you express your feelings through music, when you have a heart break music makes you cry. Music is a phenomenal language, a language that universally connects to people’s hearts. To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Ancient Indian Philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Well, that being the definition of music, to me music is something that I can’t do without. It helps me emote in true sense, be it happy, sad or even excited for that matter music defines my very mood.

TEDx coming to Nagpur

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Finally TEDx has come to Nagpur, I am too desperate to attend the event. TED basically is a non-profit organization which believes in sharing “ideas that matter”.

TEDx is an inventive new way of bringing TED to the world. The TEDx program allows communities around the world to create their own independent, TED-like events. Under a TEDx license, hosts curate their own programs, combining brilliant live speakers with TEDTalks videos.

T- Technology

E- Entertainment

D- Design

TED brings people from a variety of fields together and believes in innovation.TED shares riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.

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For more information go to : www.tedxnagpur.com

Devil’s Food Cake

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Forget the name, this cake is heavenly. The crumb is tender, the filling and frosting luscious.  When I made it one friday, I expected my children, resident food critics much in the mould of the Grim eater, to find it too dark, too rich, not sweet enough: you get the gist. Instead, I came down on Saturday morning to find nothing but an empty, chocolate-smeared cake stand and a trail of crumbs. You may prefer to prepare this the other way round from me, and get the frosting underway before you make the cakes. Either way, read the recipe through before you start cooking (I shouldn’t have to remind) to get the shape of things in your head, not least because the frosting is softer, stickier than you may be used to.  While you’re making it, don’t panic. The mixture will seem very runny for ages once the chocolate has melted and you will think you have a liquid gleaming glaze, beautiful but unfit for purpose; leave it for about an hour, as stipulated, though, and it will be perfect and spreadable. It never quite dries to the touch, but this is, in part, what makes the cake so darkly luscious. Goo here is good.

Devil's Food Cake

Ingredients:

      For the cake:

  • 50g cocoa powder, sifted
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 250ml boiling water
  • 125g soft unsalted butter, plus some for greasing
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

         For the frosting:

  • 125ml water
  • 30g brown sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter cubed
  • 300g dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 2 x 20cm sandwich tins

    Method:

Serves: 10 – 12
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Line the bottoms of both sandwich tins with baking parchment and butter the sides.
  3. Put the cocoa and 100g  sugar into a bowl with a bit of space to spare, and pour in the boiling water. Whisk to mix, then set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and caster sugar together, beating well until pale and fluffy; I find this easiest with a freestanding mixer, but by hand wouldn’t kill you.
  5. While this is going on – or as soon as you stop if you’re mixing by hand – stir the flour, baking powder and bicarb together in another bowl, and set aside for a moment.
  6. Dribble the vanilla extract into the creamed butter and sugar – mixing all the while.
  7. Keep mixing and incorporate the rest of the dried ingredients for the cake, then finally mix and fold in the cocoa mixture, scraping its bowl well with a spatula.
  8. Divide this fabulously chocolatey batter between the 2 prepared tins and put in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  9. Take the tins out and leave them on a wire rack for 5–10 minutes, before turning the cakes out to cool.
  10. But as soon as the cakes are in the oven, get started on your frosting: put the water, 30g sugar and 175g butter in a pan over a low heat to melt.
  11. When this mixture begins to bubble, take the pan off the heat and add the chopped chocolate, swirling the pan so that all the chocolate is hit with heat, then leave for a minute to melt before whisking till smooth and glossy.
  12. Leave for about 1 hour, whisking now and again – when you’re passing the pan – by which time the cakes will be cooled, and ready for the frosting.
  13. Set one of the cooled cakes, with its top side down, on a cake stand or plate, and spread with about a third of the frosting, then top that with the second cake, regular way up, and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides, swirling away with your spatula. You can go for a smooth look, but I never do and probably couldn’t.

My Comments:Heavenly Devil’s Cake!! Yes, it is and I completely vote for it. Not because it me only who loved it but also a whole lot of people. It’s simple, made of things easily found in the kitchen, gives you immense satisfaction  and completely divine. Head’s up: Frosting takes time to thicken, so prepare in advance and be accurate with its measurement.

source:nigella.com

Living With a Rebel Within

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onewayYour true mind is a mind of joy, free from all suffering. That is who you really are. That is the true nature of your mind and the mind of everyone. But your mind doesn’t just sit there being perfect, doing nothing. It’s at play all the time, creating your world.

If this is true, then why isn’t your life, and the whole world, perfect? Why aren’t you happy all the time? How could you be laughing one minute and in despair the next? And why would “awakened” people argue, fight, lie, cheat, steal, and go to war? The reason is that, even though the awakened state is the true nature of the mind, most of us don’t see it. Why? Something is in the way. Something is blocking our view of it. Sure, we see bits of it here and there. But the moment we see it, something else pops into our mind — “What time is it? Is it time for lunch? Oh, look, a butterfly!” — and our insight is gone.

This busy mind is who you think you are. It is easier to see, like the face of the person standing right in front of you. For example, the thought you’re thinking right now is more obvious to you than your awareness of that thought. When you get angry, you pay more attention to what you’re angry about than to the actual source of your anger, where your anger is coming from. In other words, you notice what your mind is doing, but you don’t see the mind itself. You identify yourself with the contents of this busy mind — your thoughts, emotions, ideas — and end up thinking that all of this stuff is “me” and “how I am.”
When you do that, it’s like being asleep and dreaming and believing that your dream images are true.
On the one hand, we’re used to our sleep and content with its dreams; on the other hand, our wakeful self is always shaking us up and turning on the lights, so to speak. This wakeful self, the true mind that is awake, wants out of the confines of sleep, out of illusion-like reality. While we’re locked away in our dream, it sees the potential for freedom. So it provokes, arouses, prods and instigates until we’re inspired to take action.

You could say we are living with a rebel within.

Moments in Life!

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There are moments in life when you miss someone
so much that you just want to pick them from
your dreams and hug them for real!

When the door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often times we look so long at the
closed door that we don’t see the one,
which has been opened for us.

Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
because it takes only a smile to
make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile.

Dream what you want to dream;
go where you want to go;
be what you want to be,
because you have only one life
and one chance to do all the things
you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong,
enough sorrow to keep you human and
enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily
have the best of everything;
they just make the most of
everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always
be based on a forgotten past;
you can’t go forward in life until
you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying
and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so at the end,
you’re the one who is smiling and everyone
around you is crying.

Don’t count the years-count the memories………..

memories

Best memories of past :)