05 October 2022

Run to Gym smoothie - Cheers to peace !!#HandshakeWithAMilkshake

smoothie
A milkshake/smoothie made up of Honey,Pistachio,U-NO chocolate bar,and milk


Dear Ladies and gentlemen!๐Ÿ™

Who dares to listen to another loooong lecture /free gyan with a cup of my special smoothie for a smooth read !!๐Ÿ˜Š

To all those who would dare,I share for once and all!! 

Ready for an eye and ear sore ,TMI, and blah blah blahhhhhhh....??? Do you have what it takes ??๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

After much thought and consideration and sequence of events to stain me and mainly my family, led to this post.




Some revengeful,soul-less, low-grade people made many rumors to harm me by their words and actions to ruin my image and especially the “Running to India for a wrong reason “  one  #BadKarma4You...I don’t believe in explaining myself to anyone or needing anyone’s approval anyways because I know the truth and people who matter to me know the truth ,divine in holy places know the truth but just so you know…..
Some facts may sound repetitive /ear sore ๐Ÿ˜Š…


AMEN TO THAT !!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™

Some people may say why to share your personal info in public ?.. Well, usually I only shared positive aspects I am grateful for but circumstances insisted me to share positive and negative as well and it is also my way of saying, life is not perfect for everyone...Everyone has ups and downs in life and relationships !! I don’t want anyone’s sympathy but that’s my whole point!


FYI…The summary !

RAVAN-NITI

Dear sadists!

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I went to India on a VACATION with my doter for a couple of months because once she joins school here, we won’t get a chance to stay in India with her grandparents, etc for long as always it will be a quick, unsatisfied visit as we live in different states in India and also, my mother has health issues and she was not getting a regular maid. My old father and bro were helping her.So, I being a doter, my close friends know here that I had been planning to go to India for the same to help my mother...

My hubby was anyways traveling for work . And my toddler doter had probs like not sleeping at night, waking up from time to time and it was havocking my sleep and I had my health concerns. She is at times a handful being a kid. So, I decided to take a well-deserved break and spent time with my old parents back in India, our doter gets the authentic taste of the traditions of India and I wanted my doter to have amazing memories with them when they are alive since we live so far.


It was during this time I got this attention from celebrities and I did give a small hint to my hubby, especially about Unni sir but I didn’t tell him all the attention I was getting from celebrities as I feared what if he stops my blogging/vlogging forever and since I am not used to lots of attention especially such elite’s attention,it was verrry overwhelming for me. 

So,it was also one of the reasons that made me grateful, smiling yet very uneasy, and just disappear for a while...but not at the cost of abandoning my blog/vlog,it is a work-in-progress dream of mine after all…. I thought they will forget and ignore me gradually….I don’t want to encourage them but I will always be grateful for all elite people’s attention and excuse me for all problems from my end ...I tried my best to ignore them first, taking all gossip lightly and simply responding to their personal attacks /misunderstandings in a funny way (teasing them back)...So, that it doesn’t escalate to worse but it did !๐Ÿ’


Divine knows the truth - Only that matters!

My hubby was neither interested nor had any leave to go to India back then .He hardly listens to me.So,he asked me to GO with my doter for a while.For which I was very mad at him ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜Š and he said he might try to join us in India after a couple of months to see his folks as well but then Corona hit.We didn’t want to travel and take risks with our little doter.So, we stayed back.

In fact, we wanted to return to the US after taking vaccinations only like after a year as it would be so risky to travel with my toddler with her tantrums alone but since my hubby was alone,my parents insisted me to go back to the US ASAP as we were hearing horrible news happening in the US because of Corona and since traveling with my handful doter during a pandemic would be inconvenient and to make it riskless,they asked my hubby to come over when it is safe to travel and either work from India or if it is not possible then return back together. Or just stay in India permanently as they were scared of the consequences of corona in the US . However, my hubby prefers US,so he came to pick us up and we came back together.

(Having said all this ,even my parents do not listen to everything I say ...They all are the same (ellam kannakka)..No one is my best confidant !..Well, they all are not perfect, they all have their own justified reasons as well ..even me )...



Anyways,I can’t thank Corona,it was a blessing in disguise for me and my doter.I knew it was once in a lifetime kind of vacation.Usually, we go to India for 2 – 3 weeks max.I am sooo happy that my doter and my parents have some amazing memories for life to cherish.We were able to share our respective loads with each other.My hubby was alone here in the US busy with work etc and he is an adult who can take care of himself.It was not a big deal for me and it was our mutual decision for good!

When I was in India, all these celebrities were cheering me up somehow and it was again overwhelming for me, especially actors flaunting their bodies for fun to something silly I wrote in my blog .So, I was writing this and that on my blog indirectly to my hubby in the US to make sure that when I and my doter are away from him, he can utilize that time to do some exercise/bodybuilding, take care of his health, prioritize whatever matters the most and surprise me and these celebrities as well.


YES, this is a truth that I wished (which I knew was “Mission Impossible !”) if I could see Unni Mukundan sir somehow for once “as a fan”.I remember commenting on his picture I think when I was in India,if he could do his movie promotion in my town so that I can meet up with my friend/cousin/Dad by my side. 

Like I've mentioned before,I really felt a past life connection with Unni sir …. Maybe he was my baby boy at my previous birth ..who knowss????? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Also,I always wanted to have a small dimple on my chin all my life and it coincidently happened after he came into my life as he has dimples...#ChamatkarHiChamatkar

Because of this past life connection thing I felt with him ,I wanted to utilize my long vacation to see him in person somehow of course with my parent’s approval only.I didn’t even have a crush on him (we all fans love all the celebrities !) but I felt a strange familiarity which I believe is called a twin flame journey/soul connection and many tarot card readings confirmed that there is a possibility that we indeed had a past life connection together.


Though he is very handsome ,I really didn’t feel any special attraction towards him (Well,all celebrities are good-looking and out of our league !) and also he is surrounded by amazing women too (So,I didn't have any special stake )...Though he is a well-respected, renowned actor in Mollywood,I’ve till today not seen all his movies ...and he looked totally different ..If my intuition is correct he felt the same spark but he thought it was just another physical attraction . Being a celebrity he was always extra cautious yet playful! I always got a friendly vibe ...That was certainly a matter of attraction….

Right from the beginning,his industry was portraying him as if he was a goon ….I wondered, is it because as he is not a star son, they are treating him like that ??...I didn’t like that and I didn’t get that vibe , though not sure how he truly he is in his personal life....That’s why I was harsh on him in the previous posts, wishing and praying that he proves them all wrong and flourish in every way ..He certainly has got what it takes !

I am only mad at him and his partners in crime for hacking my personal information and using it against me to ruin my image in every possible way….I’ve no problem with his lifestyle or any woman in his life but I am concerned for his well-being like for any other human being….I hope no one will ever say “Well,he is a thalipoli afterall!” ...That’s it ! ...

(By the way, I don't believe in nepotism as I think star kids may have a upper hand but eventually,it is always about the survival of the fittest / the IT factor flourishes )

Well,when you have that past-life connection feeling,how can one not feel like meeting them once in a lifetime for sure?



So, I had this urge for the first time in my life to meet a man for once for sure..Like I wrote to him,I was praying to God, meditating for long, and running hard on my treadmill (as that is my sure shot way of clearing my mind !) but that urge was persistent..It was complicating ..I deactivated my social media accounts..I asked my hubby to plan for a mini vacation here twice to clear my mind of this dilemma forever but he was then very busy at work .So,that was also one of the factors that made me go to India.

Since all the people with revenge mentality and no conscience people were just tagging us along for some cheap pleasure/personal motives,I must say YOU ALL brought us more closer ,I do have a special soft corner for Unni sir but since Mollywood was hacking and stalking me,I had no other way than to be mad at them,to kinda expose them so that they can stop . Though I tried my best to do lovingly first ...

Thanks to all "ChanakyaThanthram"

I even showed my mother a picture of his childhood with his family and I asked her if she feels any familiarity with some Malayali family from my childhood back in North India ..She said No.So,my father and bro became suspicious as I sent him a “Thank You” gift (from a fan) but my parents know me well .So they never questioned me .I told them about all celebrity's attention I got. However,my super-strict bro was alert and serious about it and wanted me to return to the US ASAP.๐Ÿ˜ž


Indirectly in my case!

If by God’s grace,I would and I will get an opportunity to meet Unni sir in person (I would have my hatta katta brothers as my bodyguard),it would have been something like movie 96 (starring Vijay sir and Trisha Ma'am)  , the only difference being we are not former classmates/lovers, just a celebrity and a spiritual fan who would wish the best for the well being in every way of the celebrity she felt a soul connection with !He is neither someone who can be trapped with tricks and treats nor in scarcity of any amazing woman (young,talented,fertile,gorgeous etc) around him and I am married with a child and a small blogger...For timepass,it is quite easy nowadays to get in touch with any men I believe via the internet/ social media friend requests etc...Which is not my thing..



This is it! ….So,it was a well-deserved long vacation I prayed for...I am not single or childless or was madly in love with someone, irresponsible/impulsive to do something seriously stupid ….I would never run to some stranger that too towards a celebrity..for what?..I heard a case something like this in one of his interviews though,so someone got inspiration from that scenario perhaps ..Not exactly my story ! By divine’s and parents' grace,I am well educated, have a logical mind and good heart by almighty’s grace! ....

My moral principles are strictly against the modern way of affairs.I literally have no interest in any illicit matters.I am old school and I am proud of my traditional upbringing. This special spiritual bond I felt with Unni Mukundan sir definitely shook/questioned my beliefs and principles though.I believe in pure love,arranged marriage (because my parent’s blessings were always a must !),hate people who elope with someone,not having a boyfriend, and sleeping with only my husband is a feather in my cap,parenting,household stuffs ,divine,and chasing my passions and living a simple life describes ME rest all blessings are just bonus by Divine's grace.

I don’t have anything special that he can’t get from anyone else ..

(By the way,no offense to people who are way too modern and westernized and I am not saying that I am better than you but this is how I am -Traditional yet modern with rules! )




My parents asked me to come back and stay for a year and go but I told them then it wouldn’t be safe to travel ….

We were always taught to count our blessings than stressing and be grateful regardless.Life is a roller-coaster ride, not rainbows always. I have no problem speaking my truth and fighting for myself with the divine by my side!People who hurt me in any way,I will pray to the divine to forgive you. But as per my past experiences,I don’t think so as my intentions are always good! No, I am not trying to scare anyone,but that’s how karma works when people mess with people good at heart and that’s the kind of bond I’ve with almighty! Karma won’t spare me too but I try my best not to hurt anyone knowingly or have ill intentions towards anyone as I am Divine fearing!



So, this is the truth, Believe it or not,I don’t care! Spread rumors and face your karma sooner or later!

Meanwhile ,take a chill pill or drink this specially made for all rumor makers ,spreaders ,sadist audiences , a smoothie that is tasty and yet good for health .No trick only treat !An edible peace treaty!

I’ve named this drink: Run-to-the-Gym Smoothie (Handshake with a Milkshake !)




My humble request to Unni Mukundan sir 

Dear Unni sir,

Hope you are doing well !๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

This post is my way of peace/goodwill offering! With all balls thrown at me,I took them all with the courage to extend you  - An open invitation for a smoothie in India in the future someday with no strings attached..just to be on good terms!

I don’t know what exactly is called “A date”...but for me, I just wish to meet and erase all rumors/stains and give justice to the connection I felt....Cheers to a good friendship offering!


Though superman in Marvel movies is a man with super values

All this heartbreak (out of misconceptions and revenge mentality) happened because of miscommunications and misunderstandings!!

Hacking, stalking , backstabbing aatha hai,ek baar baat karkey clear karney ki koshish ki hothi ..Unnecessary drama,misunderstandings,shaming ,accusing ,hurting and staining would have been avoided .That would have been the responsible and accountable (mature) way of dealing with such situations I believe.If I were U !

For all the mess created by your filmi folks in my life for the past two years and to do justice to the spiritual bond we perhaps share,I would humbly request you to please stop hurting us and stop people from creating more mess and spreading baseless rumors.



Dear sir,with the permission of the star woman/women in your life and with the permission of all my folks (my hubby and my parents especially and my bro-bhabhi) ,when I will come to India,I would like to meet up with you one day for a cup of tea biscuit :D and then you can go your way and I will go my way .

I am saying this in public that “THANKS” for the idea ,now I am planning for sure to run to this gym / meet up with Unni Mukundan sir by almighty’s grace , a public declaration.When and where also I will inform at my social network handles if it happens by God’s grace.This way it will be safer and nothing phony or secretive. Besides, it was on my bucket list .So, Thanks again for the idea rumor maker!๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ

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Dear Unni sir and his fams ,I don’t have any ill intention or any expectations, just chit-chat and you go your way,I go my own.I don’t want to force you but I am requesting you.Hope everyone will agree to that happily ! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹And anyone other than us who will stop this union by anyway,will face the bad karma (Read:Irreparable loss !!)by my faith in God.After all,we both with our families went through a lot for cheap motives.That's unfair and unjust !!

Just in case, dear moral police,nowadays,I believe,it is super easy to find someone to sleep with,for that no one has to meet up with a hard to get ,celebrity !๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜’..Well,who wants a bull when you have got a lion at home ?๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š

Hoping for a positive response from Unni sir and his folks ! I only need my folk's permission and I will pray to the divine that they all will understand and agree for sure.

Aaj tak mein kehthey rehi,aap sunte rahey,aur sab kahani banathey rahey,takleef banathey and badathey rahey..Everyone’s effort should not go waste,NOW I WISH TO HEAR FROM “U” IN PERSON and would pray to give this special messy bond we share a proper closure, a happy ending to cherish forever! I don't know if it is possible but I think ,THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO ! I know kahan aap,kahan mein ...Hope you and others will understand my viewpoint and agree with me,in same page = The justice league ๐Ÿ˜Š…

Lots of mud were thrown at my family indirectly,So,I wanna redeem it !!..Hope the universe will help me to fulfill this wish on my bucket list.(Fingerscrossed !)


I respect other's time as well !

This was too much for me to bear it strongly with a smile . Thanks to the divine in Holy places,Almighty was my armor ...mein ek aur dushman anek ...Divine got my back !! So, thanks for making me the strongest !!I want to take the risk to extend an offer to meet me in person (with any of my bodyguards/family memer by my side)whenever I am in India.This is not me...not even in my wildest imagination I would have thought to even dare to think like this ...especially extending an offer to meet a celebrity lol...From my point of view,this is a fated connection that’s why it got dragged for so long and the whole universe knows about it (touchwood!)...There is something special about it ! Hope the divine will give us a chance to purify and celebrate it ...

(Reminds me, one of my classmates would always ask me to meet up with him whenever I visit India,since my classmates in India always have get-togethers and I am not able to make it ...I remember pulling his leg and saying for that you have to change your gender ...and his name is Ravi and his wife’s name is Sangeetha,lagtha hai Ravi ka shraap lag gaya mere ko..Khush toh bohut hongey tum Ravi !:(๐Ÿ˜”..Karma is real !) )

I want to share our pictures by Divine’s grace on social media one day for sure! By Divine's grace !:))

Somehow I feel like writing around all Navaratris it seems.๐Ÿ˜It all started in MahaShivaratri and this is my positive decision to reconcile especially in person to be on good terms and to do justice to all negativity that happened to ruin our respective reputations and others on Dasami 2022 .

Lord Vishnu relates to the number 8 they meant..#Typo


Unni sir sounds like a good idea ?? ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š...Hoping to be on good terms !!

Thanks a lot for reading and tolerating it ! Now, breathe in and breathe out , peace in and peace out !!

Hope you all are ALIVE,safe, and sound !!๐Ÿ˜

Take a break,rest in nest! You are welcome ! Hope to see you back later !! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜Š

Naam toh suna hi hoga,๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

Love and light,





P.S : Coincidently, there is a reason why I say these two men (one in my real life and one in reel life)are my connections made by the divine who would play a vital role in the elevation and the expansion of my life on a postive note.My hubby’s birthday is on August 2 and Unni sir’s is on Sep 22 and together 2+22 = 6 ,my date of birth ! Also,Navaratri started on Sep 26 and ends today on 10/05/2022 !Miracle for me ! HAPPY DUSSEHRA !!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

Though it is risky to have a baby now,by almighty's grace we do have our embryos stored in and out of the country as well.It is a costly and challenging process though !! I was before going to India quite desperate to plan for another baby but my hubby was not ready .Now,finally after all these baby dramas created by outsiders , I finally got closure,my doter is as of now enough !!

Enough is enough,I just wanna do the right thing..for all rumors and staining me and others alongside.Rest assured to critics/defamers, I am not desperate/addicted/with any hidden motive! It’s in fact my way of proving I am not , I do have the guts to prove to you that I ain't that type !... 

Eventually, time and actions show us how a person truly is and he is certainly not my type ...and I am neither his type ! So, I am not a threat to his woman/women !!


FYI...

Also, thanks to this spiritual connection,I came across a tarot reader who told me that all these defamations and staining are the result of two black magic practitioners/witches in my family. It makes sense when I recall many incidents that happened in my life since marriage.Right from the day I got married ,these ladies were secretly making sure that I don’t flourish in my life in any way .So,I had problems in conceiving,losing jobs,other health issues, and eventually, staining me and generated enemies for me in every way in evil ways. Even my FIL became sick because of them,my family was also targeted,my doter initially used to refuse to go to my MIL’s hand and one day she seriously fell ill in India.We didn’t inform about pregnancy or doter’s birth.So,it was a huge surprise for them and after that, I started getting unexplainable mood swings….eventually, I had to leave our home and go to India and all these issues are the result of black magic....Some choose light and then some choose dark to destroy that light !

I am writing all these about them because they were enjoying all these issues I was facing so far.It has got nothing to do with cars etc that I mentioned before .Actually,when my father-in-law was on death bed, while doing a video group call with his relatives, instead of being sad about him,these people were indirectly mono acting and indicating me ,”Now that the maama which also means matchmaker in Malayalam is gone,why don’t you also leave ?”




When my hubby was in India for his father’s funeral last year around this time,he was always reminding me of the life insurance policy because of their torture as I and my doter were alone in US then.As I was talking to my nephew ,he showed me his father/my brother-in-law/MohanDas chettan who was showing me a riding motion .That’s why I mentioned Lord Shiva and Nandi bull in the previous post ...(My sister-in-law’s name is Nandi ) .Divine gave me a chance to show them to taste their own bitter medicine..and my MIL was telling me many times,he/P is my son afterall,meaning her husband is dead and her son’s wife , everyone is killing her. They were secretly rejoicing that all their black magic worked successfully.

It didn’t make me happy to write all these but what difference will it make otherwise.I am not someone who loves to snatch or keep their son or bro away from their family.I may have indifferences and disagreements but I try my best to bring them close only.Even though my FIL was bedridden,I forced my hubby to bring my in laws to the USA ,which was his biggest wish and I am happy that though I didn't get a chance to take care of them in India ,I was able to take care of them ,do my bit and spent some quality time together here.It may look like I am defaming them but this is my only cheesy way of saying that I was deeply hurt by their actions !!

So,this spiritual connection was an eye opener,otherwise ,though a few astrologers did mention it indirectly in past but were not so clear.Finally,it makes sense !! I wouldn’t have come across that Astro friend who highlighted this. What people who go for black magic,spells etc for evil intentions perhaps don’t know is that it works like ,”What goes around, comes around 10 fold !” ..I will never get a chance to say all these on their face anyways...

Hope they all will change for good and family is family after all !!

02 March 2022

Achappam /Kerala Style Rosette Cookies (Eggless NO Rice Flour tastes AUTHENTIC)

Achappam

 Appo oru riddle aayalo/Riddle time ? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

QUESTION/RIDDLE -Think of a snack that is known as a cookie but it is not exactly one ...Think of a fritter-y snack that looks like a flower and has the name of a flower ..

ANSWER - Achappam A.K.A Rose cookie/Rosette Cookie

Whoever knew already (well,you would have guessed by the blog post title still ) ..You see,I was checking if you are paying attention or not ๐Ÿ‘€.....So,clap clap to all Intel inside ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€..who didn't guess...Don't worry,be happy..Hi10 I do have my attention deficit episode at times as well and my G.K. also needs improvement worse than Alia Ma'am ! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Even I didn't know that they have an English name ,rosette cookies . After all, I am a certified friend in need no pretense,straight from my heart ...๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

What is Achappam?

Achappam is a quite popular traditional Kerala snack . "Achu" means a special mould and "Appam" means food made with flour. Achappam is a well-liked snack ,popularly called a "naalu mani palaharam" (meaning an evening snack in English) made with flour, eggs, coconut milk and deeply fried into a flower-shaped snack using a special mould . Achappam is also called a rose cookie.

KERALA-ACHAPPAM

Wikipedia says,"Achappam is a signature Syrian Christian food believed to come from Dutch influence and has spread to South East Asia also known as kuih loyang (brass), acuan (mould), cap (stamp), bunga ros (rose flower), bunga durian (durian flower), goyang (shake), kembang loyangstruvor in Swedish, demir tatlisi in Turkish, flores manchegas in Spain, shirini panjerei in Iran ,chebbak el-janna in Tunisian cuisine,in Afghanistan, they are called kulcha-e-panjerei (window biscuits),in Bangladesh its called Fuljhuri pitha or Fulkuchi pitha,in NorwegianrosettbakkelserosetterDanishrosetbakkelse; and Finnishrosetti

In South India, they are called "Gulabi"๐Ÿ˜ฎ, achumurukku in Tamil Nadu. In Spain, they are called flores manchegas ("Manchegan flowers"),in SriLanka, it's called kokis and rose cookies among Anglo Indian,East Indian and Goan people.. ." 

achappam-recipe

To my surprise, I found that Achappam's twin version called rosette cookies are quite popular in the United States which has got a Scavindian origin and is also a popular traditional Christmas snack here as well. Both require special moulds and almost similar recipes for the preparation. I didn't know that and I never got a chance to eat it or I never saw them here in shops till now but this is what the internet says.Playing hide and seek with a big-time foodie !!Fair and lovely yet unfair !๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Likewise,Achappam is also a special snack for Christians during Christmas or marriage ceremonies and so is for Hindus during Onam, Vishu, etc in Kerala as well. 

Interesting how food connects us around the world and makes us feel one , simply split all over the world...

Homemade-Achappam

In short , as long as one has teeth to crunch, everyone will probably love Achappam. These Achappams can be seen neatly stacked and packed and sold from small shops to big bakery shops all over Kerala .

These Achappams taste best when they are home-made . However,it is not an easy task when you are preparing all by yourself . Hence,nowadays people prefer to simply buy from bakery shops.

Memories/Flashback

At my home, during my childhood days,my mother used to always make nallu-mani palharams /evening snacks for us for sure. Our little storerooms used to always have jars of snacks or tins filled with snacks like ACHAPPAM etc not only for us but also for guests.I loved whenever my amma would prepare snacks at home ..It used to fill our little kitchen and house (Company quarter) with that gentle yummy aroma that would make anyone excited and looking forward to.No wonder why I was always gol-matol /chubby..๐Ÿ˜

Those days I don't remember how painstakingly my amma would prepare all these snacks and neatly store them in a huge tin in my storeroom but I do remember how comfortably I used to walk in and out of the storeroom with two-three Achappams in my hand and munch it happily every day and it was not fun to watch my brother competing with me for the same either...Mr.Salty huh...๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜

how-to-make-Achappam

I also remember how my mother would distribute among our neighbours during festivals (who belonged to different states in India)..Now that we are settled in Kerala,she still does the same  ...I always tell her to buy and distribute as it is not a child's play to prepare batch after batch all by herself and she doesn't have the same stamina as before...But from whom did I get my stubbornness and temper after all ? ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜†

During my last long vacation (Thx Corona ! ๐Ÿ˜„) to India on the eve of Onam ,I finally paid attention to how my amma would prepare those Achappams and I realised this snack is going to be quite challenging for me...Trial and error = A game of thorns !...Anyways,my mother got me an Achu/mould to take with me to the US so that I can make some homemade Achappams for her son-in-law one day for sure as she knows all these snacks are his weakness...I kept it as a treasure for long ...until one day,I decided,it is time..to take that leap of faith..that I can too make Achappams...#IBelieveIcanFry

homemade-pancake

How to prepare Achappam at home ?

Traditionally,it requires rice flour, eggs, coconut milk, oil and a very special mould with lots of patience and enthu.

Achappams are one of my hubby's favourite snack.So,last year I tried for the first time to prepare Achappams by myself ...I tried different recipes ...And I found my own version of Achappam recipe that is not the traditional way because I made my Achappam without using any eggs or rice flour...So,YES,Achappams can be made eggless and with no rice flour , the quintessential flour of Kerala and you won't find any difference in the taste.That's the highlight !

Achappam-no-egg

I bought the mould couple of years back though. Even though I didn't expect it ,though a few of the first Achappams came out just the opposite of the mould I used ,different shapes like the crippled version of Achappams,the next batch looked lovely to look and good to digest .

I can't tell you how excited I was when I made a well-shaped Achappam for the first time,it was like some kind of huge acheivement in my life..mere dil mein sachh muuch laddoo futt rahe theyy meaning manasil laddoo poti yennu ...Eyes popping out,mouth wide open,hands covering it in awe,tears of joy in my eyes as if I've been crowned Mrs.culinary Universe /the tasty queen ..๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ˜

Rosette-Cookies

But whenever I get too excited in my life,something goes wrong ..likewise,my next one and the next one thereafter were hugging to the mould and refusing to detach...That moment when I saw a mould and batter madly in love with each other, inseparable and I realised, damn I am the villain in this edible story now...However, that rumble and growl in my stomach gave me the ultimate push to do the needful , be less excited and more mindful thereafter....I've given up on being too over-excited in all...๐Ÿ˜’

And then,they kept getting better after every try. And when I made Achappams non-traditionally without using any eggs or rice flour and they came out well-formed and authentically tasty, imagine my happiness..YAYYYY..๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’ƒ Well, the idea to make this Achappam batter came out of using the super-ripe Banana covered with marks all over without wasting it (which are in good condition to use)

And with the leftover Achappam batter,I made some delicious Pancakes as well.Oh,they are delish beyond words !

pancake

So, here is my homemade Achappam recipe eggless and without any rice flour yet tasting authentic.

Achappam recipe

Makes 20-30 

Ingredients

For making Achappam batter

All-Purpose Flour  3 Cups

Powdered sugar  3/4 the Cup

Baking Powder  1 Tsp 

Thick Coconut Milk (I used readymade )  1/2 Cup 

Banana, Ripe  1 No.

Milk  2 1/2 Cups


Black Kalonji /Black Cumin/Karinjeerakam - 1 Tbsp

Oil as needed for deep fry

Wide Pan/Kadai

Achappam Mould 

Tall Mixer Jar (to prevent any overflow)

Lots of patience and enthu..


Preparation of Achappam batter

  1. Transfer all dry ingredients into the mixer jar followed by all wet ingredients (all ingredients written in BOLD) and grind into a smooth lump-free batter. The batter should be neither thin nor thick but of pouring consistency.
  2. Taste a sample of the batter to make sure the sugar is enough.
  3. Pour the batter into a long container and add the Kalonji /Black cumin or black sesame seeds.Mix well.
  4. Keep the batter in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes for all the flavor to blend in well.The batter kept in the refrigerator makes sure that the batter will stick to the mould and releases with ease while frying which is the most important step to make a well-shaped Achappam.
  5. After 10 min,let the batter sit for a few minutes outside.Then stir well.
  6. Pour oil into a Wide pan/Kadai for deep fry.
  7. Add a little batter into the oil and if it springs back to the top ,the oil is ready for deep frying which is very very important for frying apt Achappam .
  8. Then put the Achappam mould into the oil and keep it for a minute or until hot.This is must ,this step prepares the mould for making sure the batter sticks to the mould when dipped and releases and gets fried properly.
  9. Then remove the mould from oil and dip it into the batter BUT make sure that the mould is not immersed fully ,immerse only 3/4 th of the mould with batter ,this step makes sure that the achappam slides easily into the oil for frying.Count 10 secs,to make sure the batter sticks to the mould properly..
  10. Now the batter will stick to the mould if it was hot and ready and then transfer the mould into the oil but not place the mould into the oil .Hold the mould stick and mould just covered in oil for frying ,shake the stick after a minute or two gently and the achappam will slide it into the oil OR before the achappam gets fried on the mould itself,using a skewer stick try to GENTLY release the achappam into the oil.If the achappams gets fried in mould itself,it will be very difficult to release it into the oil and to remove the achappam in shape from the mould aptly.
  11. Most of the time, the first few Achappams will not come out good.But continue frying and they will get better.
  12. Once the achappam slides into the oil let it fry until they get light golden colour and then turn it to fry the other side using a slotted spoon until light golden colour on low -medium flame.Put the mould into the oil (med-high) for making the next one.This is very very important to fry the next one aptly.
  13. Once Achappam is golden brown on both sides. Transfer them onto tissue paper to absorb all oil. As they rest,it will become more crisp .
  14. Repeat and fry all Achappams and store them in an airtight container .
  15. Enjoy with a cup of tea or like me whenever you wanna munch something ,which is most of the time.
NOTES:

1.If the batter is too thick,add coconut milk little by little to make it a not too thick batter and if it is too thin add little all-purpose flour little by little until it becomes thick .
2. Thick coconut milk is a must for that authentic taste.
3.When a new mould is used for the first time,the Achappams may not turn out well.But the more the mould is used it will get better and better.After use wash it lightly with water so it remains oiled and seasoned for next use.
4.Since I am not using eggs ,I am using baking powder and Banana instead.
5.I always use the super-ripe Banana with marks all over ,good to use though .

Here is the demo to show you how to make Kerala style Achappams eggless and with No rice flour



So,I am happy that I finally nailed Achappam or Kerala style rosette cookie in a non-traditional way that tastes just like the achappam made traditionally. This was mission impossible at one point in time but just because there are thorns doesn't mean I can never smell the rose ...So,if you don't like cookies but love snacks or if you love cookies with a crunch, that will make you wonder wow, then this is for you, Kerala style rosette cookies, in my mother tongue, Malayalam, Achappam...Fry it,try it and enjoyyy it!

Bye for now ..Till next time..Take care,be well,be happy...

Love,light,food,good vibes,๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜Š





02 February 2022

Sweet Pongal/Chakkara Pongal/Sakkarai Pongal and Ven Pongal/Khara Pongal

pongal-platter
Idli,vada,sambar and Pongal - ANYONE???


 Exercise? I Thought You Said Extra RICE! ~ Honey P. 


Well, can't blame him, being an Indian, and to top that, being a south Indian, rice is a staple and comfort food. Rice and curries keep us grounded and rooted in our Indian traditions, rekindle so many childhood memories, literally a taste of India being away from the homeland, ensuring that feel, being at home, wherever we are...



BUT there is a catch, we find it very difficult to eat less and easy to skip exercise ..You see, for me, "Health is wealth !". It is not about having an amazing body, it is all about having a healthy body. (The entire wealth of Mr.Steve Jobs couldn't save his life (with due respect and honor..RIP!), it did hurt to see his health deteriorating than his Apple Phone doing well in the world market for me...That's why I bite the Apple fruit and Honey P prefers the Apple phone more, hence the emphasis !)

And Rice is a high carb food that when consumed too much daily can lead to weight gain and other diseases. So,I am a tad scared about rice yet it is one of our favorite go-to meals, easy to make, and goes well with all south Indian curries like fish and other seafood especially....

Story of my life !

However, the good thing about my hubby is that he doesn't like desserts that much,he can control the urge but I can't ๐Ÿ˜”...Sweets are my weakness!๐Ÿ˜‹ But I know how to avoid them as much as possible...But what is a life full of dietary restrictions,I like to break the rules BUT for the right reasons....For instance, during festivals or once in a while for sure...And I love to make something that I can enjoy with my hubby, to eat alone is not fun...

He orders, I make...And I am very thankful that he loves everything I make for sure and so do my friends, my little one loves it too (Touchwood and the entire tree !)....Of course, sometimes it is a sheer disaster but practice and passion to cook make one perfect right ?.... One of the main reasons how I fell in love with food, cooking, and then blogging = My simple NIRVANA!

Lord Krishna gave me his zodiac star as a confirmation that I am his Kaliyug ki Meera (uncomparable to the original bhaktha/staunch fav. devotee MeeraBai (with due respect !)๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ™) because my hubby is for sure Mr.BhojRaj ,(MeeraBai's original husband's name) (Bhoj means "Feast/Food" and Raj means "King" )...Makes sense ??eeeehaa..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‹

Anyways, my hubby who is not a dessert fan, recently told me, try to make that payasam (a south Indian dessert), that brown one made with rice and Jaggery that we usually get in temples in India especially ...We usually call it Ambala Payasam/Temple Payasam. Since this Payasam needs Jaggery for the sweetness and the authentic flavor than sugar, it was quite a turn-on. Jaggery is comparatively healthy.

Sweet-Pongal

As I started experimenting with making this /perfecting this Payasam,I came to know that they are in fact called Sweet Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal or Chakkara Pongal (Where Sakkarai,a Tamil term, and Chakkara,a Malayalam term means Jaggery)

For me, this Pongal dish reminds me of my childhood days in North India during the eve of Makara Sankranti and Pongala functions in Kerala temples participated by women especially ....

What is Makara Sankranti /Pongal ?


Makara Sankranti is a popular Indian harvest festival celebrated in different parts of India around mid-January and also around Asia. Kerala calls it Makara Vilaku,Tamil Nadu calls it Thai Pongal, Andhra, and Karnataka - Sankranthi, Gujarat, and Rajasthan - Vasi Uttarayan, West Bengal - Pousha Sankranthi, Punjab/Haryana/Himachal Pradesh - Lohri/Maghi, Assam-Magh Bihu, Nepal-Maghe Sankrant, Thailand-Songkran, etc...Like the names, different ways of rituals/ceremonies and practices are carried out to celebrate the festivals in different places accordingly...It is usually one of the most famous Tamil festivals celebrated by Tamilians all over the world...

tamil-pongal


Significance of Makara Sankranti 


Makara Sankranti or Pongal is usually a harvest festival where farmers thank Mother nature,cattle,(Sun and rain) God for an abundant harvest and for continuous blessings likewise, celebrating with family and friends thereafter,starting a fresh ,reformed/renewed/priority-oriented, prosperous and blessed life. 

Generally, people celebrate by cleaning their homes, decorating with kolams/Rangolis/floral designs made with rice powder, making sweet dishes especially with Jaggery, sesame seeds, ghee, rice, lentil ...and praying to the almighty for peace, harmony, and prosperity, exchanging gifts, and celebrating with kiths and kins ...

Save-the-Farmers
Save the farmers ! SALUTE and PRAYERS!๐Ÿ™‡๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ’–



But for me, it is a festival to thank the FARMERS, MOTHER NATURE, CATTLES/KAMADHENU, THE DIVINE (taken for granted and exploited in this KaliYuga) and spending quality time with the near and dear ones and making memories ...

Pongal is the main dish of Makara Sankranti festival .


What is Pongal?

Pongal means "to boil over" or "overflow" .It is a ceremony to prepare a traditional dish of (a new harvest) rice with milk and jaggery/sugar and offered to the divine. It is called Pongala in Kerala.


What makes Pongala stand out all over in Kerala or the country (India) in particular/spectacular, is the way the Pongala function is celebrated in one of the largest pilgrimages and the annual huge gathering of Hindu women at the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple near Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala (India), where women gather in and out of the temple premises, they pray and cook together in a pot the sweet Pongal and offer the Pongala dish to the Hindu temple goddess / Bhagavathy (aka Parvati avatar, Durga-Kannaki ๐Ÿ™). 

The Attukal Pongala has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gathering of women in the world, featuring an estimated 2.5 million women including celebrities..Hence Attukal temple is considered to be Sabrimala for women ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™#AmmeNarayanaDeviNarayana๐Ÿ™‡

Attukal-pongala
PICS CREDIT to the owners :Google Images


Two types of famous Pongal dishes that stand out in South India (especially in Tamil Nadu, the place Pongal originated from) are Chakkara/Sakkarai Pongal,a sweet version, and Ven Pongal/Khara Pongal,a savory version.

Pongal dish is quite flavorful and delish and easy to make and one of the most famous naivedyam meaning a food offered to Hindu deity as part of a worship ritual during festivals, regular pujas in the temple and also in many South Indian homes as an offering to the divine...Divinely finger-licking for devotees as well!

What is Sweet Pongal and how is Sweet Pongal prepared at home?


sarkkarai-pongal



Sweet Pongal is a sweet dish /dessert like a thick porridge consistency made with rice, jaggery/sugar, lentil (optional), milk(optional), and garnished with cashew nuts, raisins, etc in Ghee. Traditionally they are prepared in an earthen pot or in a pan on the gas stove like how we prepare rice,then adding the rest of the required ingredients to make a Pongal dessert...

Here is my quick and easy sweet Pongal recipe that can be prepared instantly and it tastes so authentic like the traditionally prepared sweet Pongal that you will keep on licking your fingers or the serving bowl or spoon for sure.


SWEET PONGAL/CHAKKARA PAYASAM/SAKKARAI PAYASAM


Ingredients

Rice (I used Sona Masoori) - 1 cup
Water - 4 cups
Jaggery powder - 2 cups
Salt a pinch or two

Ghee - 1/4 th - 1/2 cup
Cloves - 4-5 Nos.
Cardamom, crushed - 5 Nos
Cashewnuts a few
Raisins a few

PRESSURE COOKER

To prepare sweet pongal/chakkara payasam/Sakarrai Payasam

  • Wash and drain the rice.Keep it aside.
  • Place the pressure cooker onto the flame.
  • Pour the ghee ,add the cloves and cardamoms and saute for a minute on low flame.
  • Add the rice and saute on a low flame.
  • Add the jaggery and saute for a minute or two. (Adjust the Jaggery as per the sweetness you prefer,but the more you add, the more flavorful the payasam will be. You can also use sugar but the taste will be different)
  • Add the water into it and stir well.
  • Add the pinch of salt to balance the sweetness. (It can be avoided)
  • Cover the lid,put on the weight (I mean pressure cooker's :D ).
  • Pressure cook on high flame for 1 whistle, medium flame 1 whistle, and on a low flame the last whistle.(Keep in mind that the cooking time for rice may vary from the types of rice used to types of pressure cooker used)
  • Put off the flame and let the pressure get released slowly.
  • Then carefully remove the weight and open the lid.
  • If there is any liquid left, let it get absorbed a bit on low flame, stirring in between. (If you prefer the payasam to be little liquid consistency,then leave it as it is (put off the flame) because once it cools down, it will still thicken up )
  • Then put it off.
  • Pour leftover ghee in a pan,add the cashewnuts and raisins and saute for a minute. Then put off the flame.
  • Pour this tempering into the sweet pongal/chakkara Payasam/Sakkarai Payasam/Nei Payasam.Give a gentle stir.
  • Let it sit for awhile. The more it sits ,the more flavorful it becomes. It also thickens up.
  • The good and dark quality of Jaggery and more the authentic ghee makes sure that the sweet Pongal is in fact finger-licking and delicious.
  • That's it my quick to make yet authentic to taste Sweet pongal/chakkara Payasam/Sakkarai Payasam/Nei Payasam is READY !!

What is Ven Pongal and how is Ven Pongal prepared at home?


Ven-Pongal


Venn means white in Tamil and Pongal is the traditional savory dish made with rice, mung dal/lentil, and spices like pepper, cumin, etc, and garnished with cashew nuts, raisins tempered in ghee. Ven Pongal is also called Khara Pongal.

Like sweet Pongal, traditionally it is prepared in an earthen pot or in a pan on the gas stove like how we prepare rice ...But here is my quick and easy way to prepare Ven Pongal that tastes very authentic and simply delicious exactly like how ven Pongal is prepared traditionally.

Ven Pongal/Khara (Spicy) Pongal
Ingredients

Rice (Sona Masoori) 1 cup
Yellow Mung Dal  1/2 cup
Cumin seeds 1 Tbsp
Pepper seeds 1 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Water 4 Cups

For tempering:

Ghee 1/4th cup - 1/2 cup
Cashew nuts as you wish
Raisins as you wish
Curry leaves a few (optional)
Dry red chillies 1 or 2 (optional)

PRESSURE COOKER

To prepare Ven Pongal at home :
  • Wash and drain the rice and dal separately and keep them aside for 10 - 15 minutes.
  • Place the pressure cooker onto the gas on a low flame.
  • Add 1/4 th cup of Ghee.
  • Add 1/2 Tbsp of cumin seeds and pepper seeds and saute for a minute on low flame.
  • Then add the rice and dal and keep on sauteing them for a minute or two on low flame, making sure they don't get burnt.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Add the water and stir well.
  • Cover with the lid and the weight.
  • Pressure cook everything on high flame for 1 whistle, on a medium flame for 1-2 whistles and on low flame for 1 more whistle or until the rice and dal gets cooked.(It will depend upon the rice and the pressure cooker used)
  • Put off the flame and let the pressure get released by itself.
  • Then carefully remove the weight and the lid.
  • Meanwhile,heat ghee in a pan on low flame.
  • Add remaining cumin seeds and pepper seeds (adjust as per your preference as some people don't like to bite onto peppers a lot )
  • Add the red chili and curry leaves.
  • Add the cashewnuts and raisins and saute everything well for a minute or two.
  • Put off the flame.
  • Pour this into the cooked rice-dal mixture and gently stir . The more ghee is added, the more flavorful it will be. So, use as per your preference.
  • That's it quick and easy to make, authentic to taste Ven Pongal is READY! Serve it hot as it is or with hot sambar ..YUM!!!!

MEMORIES /FLASHBACK/FLASHNOW

how-to-make-pongal


During my childhood days in North India, Bokaro, Jharkhand, it used to be quite chilly during winter especially around December, which is not at all my favorite season in any way ๐Ÿ˜ฐ. However, what made this chilly season pure joy was the eve of Makara Sankranthi and the celebration of Makara Vilakku in one of the famous temples, the Ayyappa temple in Bokaro.

Ayyappa-temple-bokaro
Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa (Pic credit : Google images to respective owners..THX!)

Usually, we would go to the temple once in a while during the evening time to attend the deep Aradhana /the evening puja. But during Makara Sankranthi, almost all Malayalees and other South Indians and everyone who had a devotion towards Lord Ayyappa would spend the entire day in the temple itself ...I used to look forward to that joyful day - wearing my favorite dress and the new sweater and heading to the temple with my parents where almost all my Malayalee friends would also come over ...๐Ÿ’ƒ

venn-pongal-recipe


It was a special feeling to visit the temple in the morning, the temple decorated all over like a beautiful divine bride and groom into one, the strings of garlands of yellow and orange flower especially Marigolds hanging all over the temple, the fragrance of agarbatti/incense stick swaying in and out,far and wide ,the pious sound of temple bell that can diffuse any negativity all around and far, the excited devotees visiting the temple one by one with a long queue of scooters, motorcycles, cars outside the temple premises....It is a dreamy pure day of bliss to witness and experience...

We all, at home ,getting ready and hopping onto our Vijay scooter, Acha driving,amma and bro (till he was a teen) at the back of the scooter and me standing in front, holding strong onto the scooter's steer/handle like the little guard ๐Ÿ˜„, enjoying every twist and turns heart full of joy...


(Here is the demo /video to make sweet Pongal and Ven Pongal quick and easy my way and making a Pongal Platter as well..on a snowy day...wearing one of my saree from my wedding day....as it is our wedding Anniversary...๐Ÿ˜Š

AND I felt superpower around the world giving a blow to all the culprits indirectly and supporting me ..our Namaste and kisses from my little one to them!.. Thanks to the divine for being there for me !! 

The way you came to my rescue, similarly, when you will be in trouble and for the right cause,you will be protected by the divine as well !! MARK MY WORD !๐Ÿ™‡

The moment we enter the temple, I would jump with joy to see my friends too, enjoying the delicately decorated temple premises, climbing the stairs (pathinettam padi/18 Nos. of stairs) into the temple, the holy sound of the temple bells ringing, the holy aroma of incense sticks and sambaranis,women gathering in groups, chit-chatting with joy and making malas/garlands for God, devotees offering prayers one by one, Priest performing pujas and preparing for the main ceremony for the evening, volunteers preparing lunch, children running around the temple up and below or playing in a corner, a perfect place for all family friends to have a memorable get together ...

Pic credit : Google Images .Thx!-- To our glorious golden simple childhood days 

Next to the temple stood my first school, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, and the newly build Ayyappa school, filled with nostalgia.

I would look forward to playing with my friends avoiding all my Malayalee teachers at any cost and any interaction with my parents๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™ˆ #ThatHolyCowMoment....Blushing at all my crushes,(my classmates have no idea but I had a crush (healthy) on every boy ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‰ because they all were innocent, cool, and friendly and I can't imagine my school days without every one of them for making it memorable)...#Hi10ToMyClassmates๐Ÿ‘ซ

The first and foremost highlight of the festival celebration would be the lunch - the sadya,the traditional Kerala feast,a mishmash of rice, and numerous finger-licking curries served on fresh Banana leaves....That day I ate all the vegetables for sure, they tasted divinely delicious with family, friends, and strangers around...all happy faces...๐Ÿ˜Š

sadya
Pic credit : Google images



Then we (myself and my parents ) would take a short break and visit a nearby family friend across the temple to take some rest and get ready for a special night at the temple thereafter...

In the evening ,we all would get fresh and wear another set of new traditional dresses and head to the temple to participate in the thaalapoli procession,a ritual ,where girls and women would carry a plate with coconut, flowers, and lamp and stand in a queue in the temple premises to celebrate the deity, Lord Ayyappa with prayers,chenda melam/a special kind of drum beats carried out by experts especially during auspicious occasions like this, the priests would carry the deity around the temple and once every devotee have a darshanam (have a peek of divine and his/her default blessings) , the deity is carried like a baby and placed with utter devotion into the main temple , followed by prayers, and the final darshanam once again after the main puja with a pious and sweet ending when the priests would distribute the chakkara pongal /sweet Pongal/Nei Payasam to all devotees..

pongala-function
The treasure is inside...


There is no word to describe how heavenly that payasam/dessert tasted and the leftover payasam would be left in a super-large urulis/heavy brass utensils for the devotees to take back some Prasadam with vadas ,malars etc if they wish (And everyone did!).....

So, for me, the mere mention of chakkara pongal /Nei Payasam reminds me of those memorable days/nights spent at Bokaro Ayyappa temple during Makara Sankranthi .....

In Kerala also ,we get similar prasadams in temples ...

ven-pongal-recipe

After coming to the US,I got the first taste of Ven Pongal in temples over here and it is also so yummy, healthy, and filling...Finally kinda mastered my version of ven Pongal too....Tastes authentic made instantly...

Honey P is also happy it seems. (Isi khushi mein)So, by all powers vested in me, his new name is Honey Pongala !! ...I am sweet and he is the salt version ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™Š...(Shhh...secret between me and you )...After all, he gave me the idea to overflow...๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜

Also, I believe rice is a staple in most of the countries around the world ...So, dedicating this post to "Unity in diversity and overall prosperity !" and most importantly to all the unseen and unsung heroes - the hardworking farmers especially from India and around the world for being the ultimate source to bring the rice, etc to our plate. 

When we already have rumors about the invention of plastic rice and the scary repercussions, I would pray to the divine that may every farmer's hard work and hardships may never go unnoticed. May every farmer be celebrated like a world citizen and have a decent livelihood, not only feeding the nation but also may be able to feed their family, themselves as well. 

May their demands be heard and taken care of by the higher power vested in people we trust around the globe! 

nature-vs-man


Reminds me of my all-time favorite movie "Swades" , where my most fav. actor,SRK sir (Mohan in the movie) said," Main nahi manta hamara desh duniya ka sabse mahaan desh hai. Lekin yeh zaroor manta hoon ki hum mein kabliyat hai, taqat hai, apne desh ko mahaan banane ki .."Jai Hind !๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™

I WISH..I had the capability and money to do something like he did in the movie and make a huge difference in people who are unseen and unsung heroes for real....like farmers/villagers..

After all, like Gandhi ji said,"The soul of India lives in its villages and agriculture is the soul of our Indian economy and farmers are our Annadaata "...With the increasing number of farmers committing suicide frequently ,it hurts to even imagine his state of mind and life that leads to such a heartbreaking decision, hard to hear and digest helplessly...destroying his family indirectly as well....

Make the most of this human birth even if it is a small contribution for a right cause....



They say,"Where there is a will, there is a way!"..Hopefully, one day, maybe divine will show me a way and means to make a huge difference in such unseen and unsung heroes as well....Fingers crossed !! Amen to that!

For now,all I can do to comfort my grieving heart is to pray to the divine and say ,"Aaaal is well" ...The justice will be served eventually....A change takes time...till then, with a deep sigh, I will try to comfort myself by venting here and there and donating now and then when possible...

Love and light,
Take care ๐Ÿ’