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Plunging the mind

What we do always ,what we think as a lifestyle,a normal co existence in life is not always a style of living we deserve. Sometimes life breaks rules. Sometimes we create something that does not belong to our regular lifestyle, still very much known. It is an emptiness, a dark grey heavy cloud of nothingness that occurs occasionally in people’s life. Everything is time bound, as I felt. Each moments will come and would go…….. surprising, yet true. Only we can take a plunge in deep down our mind. So many mysterious thoughts, moments and memories are there. Even we, the so called master of our soul, can not recognize each of them.
going deep down through the memory lane I have a winter morning memory.. I was with my father in a bi cycle. My father was taking me to school and I saw a violate flower beside the dusty road … I can never forget that cold morning and the ecstasy of beauty. I wish my last breath would have been taken away cherishing that old bi cycle ride with my father while I was a little girl . Once my parents were talking about something. I can not remember the topic as I was too little. But I remember she had one of her clothes in hand and shook it. My brother was so innocent when he was a child. Once I did something wrong and my Ma scolded him, because it was him who usually used to do such things. He did not tell my mom that I did it. He said nothing and just looked at me. Still now I can not forget his eyes which were telling me ‘ Didibhai (sister), please tell mom that you did it, not me.’ And his silence told me everything I could never forgive myself for that moment of life. And still that moment when memories started to grow up till now I have so many unforgettable moments. I f feel blessed to have such wonderful world with family and friend… without whom I am nothing. For being loved, respected, recognized, accepted … I am grateful to this world.

Blog-writing for a Beginner

My quest brought me at the same place I began from.  I was really curious about blogging and started this blog with an intention of having some exposure to the outer world. People like me always want an open window to share thoughts and words. It is surprisingly cool to get in touch with so many great bloggers. Though I personally never could brag about myself…I mean I could never found something to brag about me. May be, I have set up a higher standard which I could never achieve personally . This is another issue to discuss.

 

So…. I was talking about my search. It was something about entertainment for me and my readers and also a probable business idea as time goes by. I must admit that I was not so regular for last few months. I lost motivation,was busy with life and just had no specific ideas for new posts. Well, I am back again and trying hard to get back to my very few readers and mentors. I know, it takes time to grow and expand in all aspects of life. Being focused and motivated sometime is the biggest challenge for a new blogger.

Then comes inspiration,content and style. Whenever I see an excellent blog ,excellent post I feel that how much I need to learn and grow myself. Always always be open to criticize your own work and you would be rewarded with a better and cleaner post. 

Another very important thing is the habit of reading. Nothing can enhance your power and style of writing like good books. I used to be a so-called book-worm in my childhood. Now-a-days I can hardly finish a news paper from first page to last one. But I am feeling happy at this moment that I still love to write.

Niagara Falls- A LifeTime Experience

Think Big !

This long weekend (2011,sept2-5) made a life long memory to cherish.  We went to visit Niagara falls, Buffalo, New york .  It was almost  901 miles from Rochester, Minnesota. We rented a car and  started from home on friday evening. After a long drive and one night stay in   Hammond,Indiana and another longer and eventful drive on next day we reached Niagara  on saturday. The cloudy weather and scattered rain  fall could not make the 7 musketeers feeling blue.

Me, my husband, our two kids, and three friends – no doubt we made a perfect group. And I must admit that my kids (3.5 years ) are excellent traveler.  The main attraction points are all located side by side in the Niagara State Park.  There is sufficient parking spaces (paid) for cars. State park offers their own trolly service. We took several rides to avoid lots of walking. The main attraction is’ Maid of the Mist’.  This is a cruise tour that will take you near the falls.  And you will get soaked all over.

Other attraction points are cave of the wind,goat island, 3 sisters island, terrapin point etc.  Niagara (means thundering water ) is so huge and vast that I can not even describe my feelings in words. This is something you have to see if you want to get the true feeling of its beauty.Somehow I felt that even my senses are not able to behold its beauty and  vastness. This amazing creation of nature will compel you to feel  respect towards mother nature.  Standing in front of Niagara I just could thought that how small we are before this universe.

Every night Niagara falls are illuminated with lights and there is a fireworks show in every month.  For detail information you can visit here .

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Red Velvet Vegetable Curry

Ever wonder- what to cook with beet roots? I have recently bought lots of red beets from farmers’ market.  Today I have used the half of it and made a red velvet vegetable curry. The name ‘Red Velvet Vegetable Curry’ is given by me . This dish is so gorgeous in looking. I have learned this recipe from my mom-in-law. You can make this dish with beet roots , some common vegetable and spices. I found it tasty, healthy and easy to cook. Red velvet vegetable curry may be a quick addition to your lunch or dinner.

Ingredients You Need:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5)  2 teaspoon butter,   ( 6)  1/2 tablespoon oil,    (7) ground black pepper,   (8) 2 green chilli,    ( 9) salt,  ( 10)   sugar

Start with adding butter and oil in pressure cooker. If you do not  have  pressure cooker use a  pan with lid.  Turn the heat high. Add onion and green chilli. Add potato  and stir until it changes color slightly. It should take 2 minutes. Now add the tomatoes and fry for another 1 minute. Add the beet root cubes and fry. Add salt,sugar and pepper according to your taste. Now add 1/2 cup of water and cover the lid. It should take 5 to 6 whistles to fully cook  the vegetables. If you are using a pan with a lid, just cover the lid, turn the heat in medium low and let it be cooked for another 10 minutes or until the beets and potatoes are tender.

My red velvet vegetable curry is ready to serve.

Red Velvet Vegetable Curry

A Place to Visit – Maple Grove HinduTemple

Lazy couch time, friends, some good liqueur, good food– sounds a perfect weekend. The Saturday  was well spent after busy weekdays. But we were hovering to drive and looking for a place to visit outside the town. We decided to visit the Hindu Temple in Maple Grove near Minneapolis on Sunday morning. It was near about 2 hours drive from our home.

 

The weather was partly cloudy ( I find it most romantic and  a mood maker). Kids were up and we were ready to start.  I obviously took my camera. I heard that the place is really beautiful. We reached there at about12.30.  The temple is really huge and very beautiful.  This hindu temple very much resembles the south-indian temples in architecture and style.  I took some pictures which you can see here. But unfortunately photos and videos are not allowed inside.  Therefore I could not take snapshots of the beautiful interior.

The Entrance

The area was very clean and tidy. The greenery outside gives a sense of peace. The feeling of tranquility was an extra gift.  The main hall which consists the idols of Gods and Goddesses from each part of India  can accommodate 865 people. We took lunch there. You can buy ‘thali’ [Plate full with different veg items with Rice and Puri(one type of bread)] . It costs $5 per ‘thali’. Kids are free.

It is really a good place to visit. Even if you are from other religion  or among a non believer , you may visit this Temple in Maple Grove as   a tourist spot. I am sure that you will find this place  somehow attractive. For address and driving information look  here . This temple has its own  website  where you can find more information.

A Splash of Color

It is in our nature to feel good by making our surrounding beautiful.  Adding a little splash of color to your room should not cost a fortune always. Go, get  outside. Pick some colors from nature and display to cherish.

To keep in touch…

Friends, just a quick post. So busy that could not make time to write a fresh one. But had a very intense feeling to make a new post. I will be back in form in a couple of days I guess. This is just to give my readers a reminder that I am not lost.
Happy Weekend friends. Enjoy your time.

Love, being in the seventh heaven

Today I was chatting to one of my friend (read as ‘brother’) in Facebook and  found him in seventh heaven.  Before I asked him, he said that he is about to fall in love.  Now a days kids are much smarter than we used to be. They are able to  think the pros and cons of any situation they are going to face. Even if it is the big event like ‘falling in love’.

This young fellow is smart,intelligent ,recently joined a pretty good job.  The common goals, that average educated people want to achieve , he is successfully performing in his life with a ‘who cares’ type attitude. The reason I am giving a little introduction about his personality is to keep my readers aware that love is not only for ‘sentimental fools’.

My young friend told me how did he met that girl, why he likes her so much and what makes her really beautiful in his eyes.

I was reading his words and thinking that even after decades someone will feel the same way as he is feeling now . At least once in a life time each of us experienced this ‘euphoria’ . May be we expressed differently,we reacted differently. But ‘to be in love’ is really one of  the sweetest, silliest and oldest emotion we inherited from our ancestors.

Dear reader, please wish the very best to the new lover. Hope they will find each other truly complementary in their lives.

Long Live Love 

Goodmorning Friends

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Another beautiful day is about to begin

Another wonderful day has been started . I woke up today a little early. This bright and sunny morning makes me smile. Before getting indulged in everyday work just thought to spend few minutes for myself.  Sitting with a cup of tea I am writing this post and watching the sunshine outside. Morning walkers are already out. Some of them are walking with pets. My new address is just beside Soldier’s Field ( the biggest park in Rochester; those who are familiar with Kolkata, think about bigger,  cleaner and greener Maidan).  As I live just beside the park ,I can watch people enjoying their morning and evening outside activities. Sometimes I think I am getting lazy. Now-a- days Iam watching more, thinking more and ‘DOING’ less.

May be getting lazy sometimes is just like pampering myself. I enjoy it. Usually ‘Moms’ are always in action. Have you ever seen a mom with a young kid (don’t forget I have twins) sitting idle? My kids are still sleeping. I am up to my household activities . Whether you are reading this post from your work place or from home,  just embrace this beautiful day with a big smile.

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