June 30, 2009
June 29, 2009
I never thought much of our minister for HRD during his earlier stint as Minsiter for S&T. But I must admit, I do admire his latest proposal to scrap Class X board exams. This is indeed a very progressive, bold move... The kids have the XII boards anyway... why have one at class X at all... I must admit that I will remember this minister for many years to come if he is indeed able to push this proposal through quickly... I recently read an article by Ms. Renu Balakrishnan, a creative writing expert (whatever that means:-)) and couldn't agree with her more on this subject!!! You can read her article here.
Children deserve to have fun in their childhood and school should be a fun place, not one boring, cramming session followed by another!!
June 26, 2009
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June 18, 2009
I must introduce you readers to the concept of raw food. I happened to attend a raw food class conducted by Mr. Philip Clegg who works in British Council but pursues cooking as a hobby and he is extremely knowledgeable in the subject. He eats only only raw food and I was amazed to find out that there is more to raw food than mere salads... he taught us starters, soups, main courses, and yum desserts.. I will share some of the recipes with you all. Chocolate nut brownies is an amazingly simple and quick and yummy dessert to dish out... Ah yes, all his recipes have no sugar, no milk and requires no cooking... Surprised! Well read on and try them out..
Chocolate Nut Brownies
Serves 16; 32x20 cm dish
1.25 cup de- shelled walnuts
3 cups almonds
1.5 cup dates
1 vanilla pod
3 Tblspn coconut oil (cold pressed)
1 cup raisins
1 cup cocoa powder
1 pinch Himalayan crystal salt
1 pinch cayenne (chilli if not available) powder
1 pinch nutmeg
Put all into a food processor, use a S blade until it sticks together. Be careful not to overdo, as nuts in the oil will separate and make the mix too sticky and oily. Empty contents into baking dish and press down to form a compact even surface ( you must press well or they will crumble later at the time of making pieces). Put in fridge and keep for 2/3 hours for it to set. You can keep it overnight. No harm. Alternatively, you can make tight rounds of these and call them chocolate nut brownie candies. Alternatives: Try using other nuts.
Extremely yummie and healthy too!!!!!!!!
"Even though Jordan may be a small hamlet next to India’s mega-metropolis, we welcome India’s emergence as a great world power for the twenty-first century… because we believe you have a key role to play in shaping the future we share. … India is everywhere, as anyone who attended the World Economic Forum in Davos can attest. Today, you have an historic opportunity and ability to influence other nations. But I respectfully submit that with that ability comes a special responsibility: At a time when other global powers are preoccupied with their own challenges, India can lead in bridging the divides that have held too much of the world back for too long."
"After all, you know what it means to be a developing country in a globalizing world – trying simultaneously to manage policy reform and to meet your people’s rising aspirations. … India today has the credibility and humility to exert the kind of leadership that puts people… humanity… and peace… at the heart of the world’s agenda. I have said, in the past, that I believe the greatest challenge we face is not religious divides or technology gaps or divisions between the developed and developing world, but the hope gap that separates people, from birth, into those who have a future and those who do not. The hope gap opens when our very youngest are denied what they need to thrive – health, nutrition, and literate mothers who can pass that value along. The hope gap widens when schoolchildren lack for books, technology and support – including teachers with training and access to global communications tools. This is unacceptable. We have to do better. Our hearts and our heads demand it."
"That is why, though it is fashionable to speak of India as an emerging economic power, I am convinced the world needs you to be a moral power as well. India can play an historic role in narrowing the hope gap – and, in so doing, build a brighter future for humanity as a whole."
June 15, 2009
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I do particularly like it when the media is put in place:)
June 5, 2009
To the uninitiated on kadai dosa, put a little oil in kadai, when ready, place a laddle full of batter, spread and leave the laddle over it to ensure the dosa spreads evenly. And in this case, ensure, there are enough moru mollahas in each dosa. Alternately, spread the dosa batter and insert the moru mollahas into the dosa in such a way that every piece you eat will get a bit of the chilli. Turn it over and ensure both sides are done well. And volia... tasty dosas ready to down, with no side dish required. Polish off with some buttermilk to have a complete fill.
Those of you planning smaller cocktail dosas can also try this one out! Do let me know how it turns out!