Year 2015 started on a sad note with sudden demise of my Father-in-law due to “Sepsis shock”. We lost him on Jan 2nd 2015. P and I went to India to perform his last rites. Usually, we Hindus mourn the death for thirteen days, performing various rituals on each day.
What makes “Indian Food” so delicious?
I recently came across this interesting article on “Washington Post” which explains how researchers at Indian Institute of Technology in Jodhpur have figured out the math and science behind what makes Indian Food so lip-smacking! They have crunched data on thousands of recipes available on famous chef “TarlaDalal.com”.
Synopsis: Western food comprises of ingredients with overlapping flavors; whereas, in Indian food, the ingredients do not have overlapping flavors, or have minimum overlap in their flavors. Hence, in Indian food, your taste buds can easily sense and differentiate the flavor of each ingredient involved in making a delicious Indian meal!
This 90 seconds video takes you on an interesting journey of how FASHION – hairstyles, bindis, veils and mehendi; evolved in INDIA from 1910 – 2010!
All of us crave for sugary food. It tastes delicious and gives us a feeling of satisfaction! But, is eating too much sugar “healthy” for your brain?
Check out this TED talk about “How sugar affects your Brain”!
This is a breath-taking video of the mighty HIMALAYAS taken by a drone from 20,000 ft!
I came across this interesting TED talk where the creators have created a video game to make physical therapy fun. Instead of performing hour long, boring exercises to heal your injury, you can now play exciting video game and get healed!
As Humans, it is natural to expect love, care, affection and empathy from our loved ones including family and friends. A child expects unconditional love and affection from parents.; A parent expects his children to acknowledge his sacrifices done for their upbringing; A friend expects her best friend to be there for her always through thick and thin; In marriage, one spouse expects unconditional love, care and support from the other spouse. At work, the boss expects his employee to perform exceptionally well; An employee expects his hard work to be acknowledged and well rewarded.
Expectation is life’s viscous cycle. All the above mentioned characters have the right to expect what they are expecting. They will be happy as long as their expectations are met. What begins to hurt is when Reality is not equal to their Expectation. This is where life becomes unhappy, unfulfilled and relationships turns sour.
This is a TRUE STORY which happened few years ago, when we lived in downtown.
Seema and her husband Ravi lived in the same apartment complex, facing the river Mississippi, as ours. Seema was newly married and had just arrived from India. She had no idea about the norms and regulations about living in the US!
Usually, in India, every morning, women clean the front porch of their houses and apply rangoli (designs using chalk powder). It is an age old tradition which has been practiced in India since ages. Having no clue, Seema set out to replicate the same thing in front of her apartment door. For Rangoli design, she drew a Hindu Swastika using red chalk.
Swastika has been a sacred auspicious HINDU symbol since eons ago, which symbolizes “Prosperity”, “Sacredness” and “Good fortune”. Co-incidentally, this symbol was used by the Nazi army which symbolizes “terror”, “hatred” and “death” to the Jews. Nazi influence of this symbol has overshadowed the HINDU influence of this auspicious symbol in the West.
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
“The Lowland” by #JhumpaLahiri A captivating story of two brothers Subhash and Udayan set in the 1960s during the rise of naxalite movement in West Bengal. Even though Subhash and Udayan resemble each other, they have conflicting personalities. Subhash is silent and subdued; while Udayan is rebellious and demanding. Udayan is against the agrarian culture and is attracted by egalitarian ideologies. He becomes deeply drawn and becomes active member of the uprising naxalite movement and CPIM in Calcutta. Subhash on the other hand, leaves to US for his further studies.
Tragedy strikes their family, when Udayan is killed by paramilitary forces, in front of his parents and pregnant wife Gowri, for his involvement in naxalite movement.Subhash visits India trying to pick up ramshackle pieces of the tragedy that just ripped their family apart. He feels sorry for Gowri and entrusts himself with the responsibility of providing her a good life, by marrying her.
Back in Rhode Island, USA, Subhash selflessly strives his best to provide a great life to Gowri, and her new born daughter Bela, only to be abandoned selfishly by ungrateful Gowri to take up a teaching job in California.
Story emphasizes on Subhash’s sacrifice and selfless life which revolved around providing a great life to woman, who was his brother’s wife; a daughter and grand-daughter who weren’t his.
Author: Mary Kubica
Intense than “Gone Girl”.
A fast paced story of kidnapping gone wrong; as narrated by victim’s mother, cop and the kidnapper himself!
Unexpected turn of events with motives being met, but at the cost of innocent being a “pawn in the game”!
Author: Lisa Genova
A heart touching story of Alice- a highly accomplished Harvard professor of cognitive psychology who get diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s at a age of 50 and how her life changes with the diagnosis !!
Author: Paula Hawkins
Creepier than “Gone Girl” with unbelievable twist at the end! A regular train commuter gets unknowingly accused in a murder case when she is trying to sort out things with her past; what unfolds later is an unsuspecting murderer who makes your jaw drop!
Story of 3 women whose lives are full of love, hatred, lies, cheating and deceit and how these women are connected to each other by one common entity!
Author: William Landay
A murder mystery thriller revolving around father’s unconditional love for his son, who fights “tooth and nail” for his son, who is indicted in a homicide, believing that his son is innocent.
As the story unwinds and plot thickens, you will be in for great surprises.
Loved the ending! Never expected it!!
William Landay has a new fan now 😉
Author: Erich Segal
A beautiful love story about Oliver- belonging affluent family, and Jen belonging to working class. Harvard Law student, Oliver falls in love with Jen, a music student at Redcliffe.
They get married against Oliver’s father’s wishes and strive hard to make ends meet in their minimum salary.
A great love story which leaves a message “Love means never having to saying sorry”!
Author: C.S Krishna
Review: “Mother of all sarcasm”! Laughter riot about Indian political parties, leaders and their fiascos which will make you cry with laughter!