My special Christmas Cake.

image I am a true epicurean and by this post I am making debut of my cooking on wordpress. I would be sharing the recipes of some dishes tried by me (I am an experimental cook). I hope you guys will like this. Nothing is best to start this category with Christmas Cake. If it’s a Christmas how can I miss baking a cake? Yesterday I got so busy in the celebration that in the night I realized I forgot to make a cake myself. So I rushed to the kitchen and made this quick but cute cake. Given below is the recipe. Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour 1 cup castor sugar or normal sugar (you can increase and decrease the quantity as per your taste) 1 egg 1½ Teaspoon Chocolate spread 3/4th cup of Hershey’s coco powder Half teaspoon baking soda Half teaspoon baking powder Some cherries 50gms butter <for healthy cake 🙂 > 1 cup milk Few drops of chocolate and orange essence. (Orange syrup will add some citrus flavor) Method:

  • Beat egg, milk, butter, sugar and chocolate spread together.
  • In a bowl sieve flour and coco powder and add baking soda and baking powder, mix well.
  • Now add beaten eggs, cake, sugar and butter mixture slowly in the flour. Put few drops of flavor essence. Mix well to avoid lumps.
  • Add some water if required to make the batter in smooth thick pouring consistency. And add some cherries into it.
  • Grease the baking dish and pour the batter.
  • Microwave it to 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Insert the fork to check if its bake. (if fork comes out without sticking, it’s a sign ur cake is ready)
  • Now decorate your cake as per your liking.

Enjoy it with your loved ones. Merry Christams..!!! Bon appetite 🙂

This Christmas, Let’s care..!!!

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Yoho It’s a Christmas. The favorite time of the year.

Everything looks so beautiful, the festivities brings a magical aroma all around. Market flooded with Christmas goodies, sweets and gifts. Sharing gifts and greetings not only brings happiness  but also strengthen the bond. Its a way of expressing our love, emotions and well wishes. Irrespective of the age we drop the list of gifts in the Christmas socks so that Santa can gift us. Yes, gifts has such an enchanting touch that we all become excited like a kid to get it. The festivities make us go crazy in shopping.

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This year i really wish we add on to our list of gifting something which is precious and adorable and that is CARE. Let’s start caring. I am not with an opinion that gifting doesn’t mean that you don’t care. Of Course we do care but lets start caring even for those people whom we don’t know. That could be a stranger on the road, at shopping mall or in a cafe. Or a neighbor living near by or the some familiar faces we just come across daily but don’t share any relationship with them. To be kind to someone no need to share a relationship with them. Nowadays people don’t even care for their own people as everyone is running into a race of chasing materialistic pleasure. But this Christmas not just only shower  the gifts but also bless the people with your care.

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Just imagine the people who don’t even have enough money to buy a new dress or sweets this year. Worst, not enough money to buy a warm coat to protect themselves from strong freezing waves. And think about those people who has everything but not people with whom they can share happiness. And some have their family but still secluded.

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Therefore, gift your valuable time, your concern and your care to your loved ones and even to the strangers. A big tight hug and feeling of being together gives you immense happiness that you have been successful to add magic in someone’s life. So become the Santa of happiness for others. Spread the message of love with your care.

So, This Christmas-Lets’s CARE…!!!

You don’t have to be great to start, But you have to start to be great..!!!

You don’t have to be great to start, But you have to start to be great..!!! This is not a mere motivational line, it’s a reality of life. Untitled As a corporate trainer I come across with so many people who always justify of not doing a particular thing because they lack into it or call themselves incapable of doing it. For some people the industry is new, for some company is new and for the others profile or process. Really not a single session I come across with an audience where majority of people don’t give such dim reasons for their non performance.  Be it a personal or professional we always tend to find escape board for not doing a specific task. In the past even I have given so many reasons for not doing a thing. Many of us don’t even try for once and jump to the conclusion how it’s going to result. It’s not all about incapability, it’s all about trepidation of what if I couldn’t perform well.

Some people say, “I can’t dance as I am not blessed with a flexible body.”

Some say, “I can’t give a presentation as I am not a good speaker.”

Some say. “The target can’t be achieved as figures are unrealistic.” Etc. etc. etc.

Just imagine our first day of a school or a dance class or a swimming class or our first job. We have never been so apprehensive of all these things. Rather we performed well. Have we ever given a thought why now I can’t do this at a level where I have gained so much knowledge?

The very first thing which was missing that time but now dominates our mind is FEAR.

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So, first step is to be FEARLESS. Nothing is worst than not even attempting. At least give a try and you will definitely gain something and that will be your wonderful experience.

Give it a START

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Accept the fact no one is born an expert. one has to start at some point. No one can reach at the  finishing line without even starting a race. So let get started.

FOCUS & FOCUS

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Don’t do anything half heart. All just need is focus; keep an eagle eye on your goals. Always remember the big battles are won only by focused approach.

NO ONE is going to JUDGE YOU.

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Always remember whether you succeed or fail no one is going to judge your capability. All that matters is your attempt. What people think about you that should not be matter of concern. Sooner or later you will achieve your goals and then same group of critics will be all appreciating you.

Most important is NEVER EVER GIVE UP.

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It is the main mantra of success. If you really want to achieve something be stick to your goals. Never ever give up no matter how hard the situation is or how long it is going to take to reach your goal. Always remember none of the battle was won overnight. Just try and try and success will be yours. sooner or later.

A gift from Santa- Happiness Packed :)

Who says happiness is related to immaterial things only. Yes, I do agree that one cannot buy happiness but experiences and sense of satisfaction you get out of it really makes you happy.  We didn’t even realize with the passing years we have made our life so technology  gripped.33f7655

The above stated line is quite debatable as various pros and cons being associated with it. People think we have become slave of technology. But I don’t buy this thought as I feel my life has become an ease because of it. And how incomplete I feel without it. The people can relate to me especially bloggers. Imagine when your internet networks are weak or all together no network situation. What if your  storage disk gets crashed or your system gets corrupt and nothing is worse than missing your cell phone or breaking it. Few days earlier something similar happened which forced  me to ponder over a thought that technology has become part and parcel of our life.

17th December 2014 at 12:30 pm I was sitting in my office and working on some important project. Though it’s just first half of the day but I was feeling tired (due to work load or chilling winters) and I got an urge to have a cup of mocha. So I thought to stepped down to coffee shop. The moment I stepped outside my office a freezing wind blew against me. Coldness was chilling down my spine; it was a drastic change in weather. Instead of coffee shop I entered a departmental store to pick up some woolen gloves and socks (I still don’t know why I took such decision). So in less than 10 minutes I picked up the things and moved towards the billing counter. Paid the bills and got the packet, and the moment I opened the wallet to put my credit card back I dropped my phone (Galaxy S3).

Very casually I picked it up but after few minutes I realized that my phone screen got blanked. Still calm,I took off the battery and reinserted thinking it will start working but efforts went futile. Now that was a panic moment when I realized that I broke the screen of my phone 😦

I thought to give to a service center and get it repaired and meanwhile put the sim in black berry (my spare phone) which i got 4 years back. But an application freak like me who is active on wordpress, instagram, pinterest, twitter, fb and so on won’t get the charm to access all this on Black berry (no offence, I still love it) And that moment I realized that Breaking of phone is worst than a heart break. Sob, Sob & Sob that was all in my mind and heart.

10342889_10203103322116959_3798202613561980174_nAlthough some of the apps were running good on bb but still the sense of satisfaction was missing.  Therefore no peace of mind and result was no happiness. To clear it, I am not 24×7 on internet or social media addict but yes to a level it has become a part of my life for good.

For few days I managed with my bb but couldn’t check insta, pinterest or wordpress nor can do skype call to my family. Alas, felt so deprived. Now on Saturday the secret Santa made me decided not to get my phone repair rather buy a brand new machine which can make my days normal and bring back the happiness.

On Saturday evening after office santa made me rushed to the Apple store to check the options. We were standing in mid of the store when a sales representative came towards me. He greeted me and before I could say anything  he handed over me a bag and told that its a gift for me and wished me Merry Christmas. Clueless, confused yet excited I took out the box from the packet and it was a brand new Apple I Phone 6.  It was a gift from my Santa who was standing next to me with a mischievous smile on his face and just a glance of a box made me felt it was a moment of “Happiness packed.”

P.S.  A special thanks to my secret Santa. And this blog is posted through my new machine.

Happy Christmas season. 🙂

Essence of Life- Life’s greatest Bliss

This is my old post which i am posting again as it has my fav. story.

images (1)We get so much immersed in our busy schedule that we forget to realize our Life’s greatest Bliss which I realized a week back.

After hectic busy working week I decided to plan something good for the weekend. But nothing was executed well, rather situation got worst on Saturday night as had a fight with  my friends Agam & Neil. No one was at a fault. It was just simply out of frustration & irritation. I realized every one of us was losing control & becoming short tempered. That night I had an argument with Agam, we both were at high tone. I was hurt to hear him first time so rude without trying to analyze what he really means.Then happened a dramatic turn in the story. As usual Neil tried to act as an angel but I treated him literally as a Satin. Rest of the friends Shikha, Navdeep & Varun were trying to control the situation.

After a while we all became normal. Next day we all decided to go for a movie My Name Is Khan, Agam couldn’t accompany us as he was busy. It was tough to get the tickets but finally we got. I was so excited for this movie coz my all time favorite trio was there together after such a long time.
I was there at security check in waves where I noticed a simple sober lady dressed in pink suit. She was alone & I found that she was feeling bit uneasy. Her confused moves caught my attention & I started looking her ardently. I couldn’t understand what she was saying to the security guard but her confused moves were still there. By now it was clear to me that she was in a kind of problem. She was asking security guard, “plz take me to my husband who is standing near eating zone”.

I thought something went into her eyes or something else. Security guard replied “aaiye madam is side aaiye” (Madam plz come this side). But it was to the extent of my astonishment when she said to the security guard that I cannot see I am blind. Ahhh I was touched, I was standstill I went to my friends & narrated them everything & was searching her. I just wanted to see that lucky lady’s husband, that gentleman who took her for movie. I was happy to see her again but couldn’t find her husband as it was crowded i just moved here & there trying to have a look.
300sFinally my struggle for the search ended & I saw him.  But still there was a guard with them & I could see that Gentleman talking to him. May be he was thanking him. But the next scene shook my soul when guard took that man to the washroom holding his hand.

And my reaction was Oh My God!!!!! Me & my friends looked each other and there was silence & only silence. As if we were asking to each other, what that couple is doing here? After sometime the couple hold each other hands and made move to the screen.

It was a mixed feeling I was sad to see that couple was blind, same time happy to see someone is enjoying their life irrespective of anything.

But that evening I learned A Big Lessons of Life. No matter what you have & what you don’t but you have a right to enjoy every moment of your life.

Keep our spirits alive. If we can laugh together in good time so do we can in bad times.

Togetherness itself is bigger reason for the celebration. I realized My Life’s Greatest Bliss is My Life Itself.

Thanks Almighty, my family my friends. Love You All. 🙂

Thinking Hats – Creative Problem Solving

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During my corporate training session i encountered with questions to provide systematic process for problem solving. So after lots of research i discover six thinking hats theory which could be applied to the different degree as per the situation to get the solution. So here it goes.

The notion of six thinking hats comes from Edward De Bono in 1985. The thinking hats technique helps to experiment the different ways of thinking and to see the situation and ideas from different angles. It is a simple and effective  system that increase productivity.There are 6 metaphorical hats and each defines a certain  type of thinking. You can put on or take off another.images (4)

Benefits of Thinking Hats

  • It provides creative solution / decision making to a given problem or situation.
  • It is applicable on an individual as well as in a group.
  • Helps to move out from habitual thinking style.
  • Helps to provide the 360 degree view of the situation.
  • It allows necessary emotion and skepticism to be brought into what would otherwise be purely rational decisions.
  • The technique also helps, for example, persistently pessimistic people to be positive and creative.

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THINKING HATS

Six thinking hats in a nutshell:

White Hat = the facts & figures.

Yellow Hat = the positive side

Black Hat = the devil’s advocate.

Red Hat = the emotional view.

Green Hat = the creative side.

Blue Hat = the organizing view.

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STRUCTURED SEQUENCE TO USE THE THINKING HATS

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White- Present the facts of the case

Green- Generate the ideas, how the case could be handled

Yellow- Evaluate the ideas- list the benefits

Black- List the drawbacks

Red- Get everybody’s gut feelings about the alternatives

Blue- Summarize and adjourn the meetings / solutions

CHOPSTICKS AFFAIR (cont…)

As i promised in my last post to come back with some facts about it. It is always advisable to have a detailed information of all the things for which you developed inclination. I being a neophilia get excited to gather some interesting facts about chopsticks and its related imp information. I hope this post will help people who asked me to guide how to use chopsticks and some point to keep in mind while using it.

Asian countries originated the use of chopsticks. Due to cultural differences, there really is no one rule for handling. The correct method for handling chopsticks in Japan, might not be appropriate chopstick etiquette in Korea or Japan. With that said, we present first general chopsticks etiquette followed by regional differences.

Universal Chopstick Etiquette

  • Do not use chopsticks to make noise, draw attention, or gesture.
  • Do not use chopsticks to move plates or bowls.
  • Generally, do not use chopsticks to impale food.
  • Do not leave chopsticks standing vertically in a bowl of rice or other food.

Steps for Using Chopsticks

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  • Place one chopstick in the webbing of your thumb and rest the other end on your curled third and fourth fingers.
  • Place the second chopstick between your first and second fingers, and hold it down with the tip of your thumb.
  • Make sure the chopsticks are even from top to bottom.
  • To grasp food, move only the top chopstick, and leave the bottom one firm and steady. Do not allow the broad ends of the chopsticks do not make an “X” as this will make it difficult to pick up food.

Chinese Chopsticks Etiquette

  • In China, it is normal to hold the rice bowl up to one’s mouth and use chopsticks to push rice directly into the mouth.
  • It is considered poor dining etiquette to point rested chopsticks towards others seated at the table.
  • Serving chopsticks are used to take food from serving dishes. These chopsticks are to be returned to the dishes after one has served oneself, and are often a different colour from individuals’ chopsticks.

Hong Kong and Cantonese Chopsticks Etiquette

  • Wait for the eldest family member to hold his or her chopsticks first.
  • Do not use chopsticks backwards, except to stir or transfer the dish to another plate (but only if there are no serving chopsticks).
  • When finished eating, place your chopsticks on the top of your bowl. If you are not finished eating, place your chopsticks on a chopstick stand.

Taiwanese Chopsticks Etiquette

  • Do not transfer food from chopsticks-to-chopsticks.
  • Do not rest chopsticks on the table. Use a chopstick rest or place them sideways across the rice bowl. When finished eating, place your chopsticks flat on the bowl.
  • Do not bite your chopsticks or keep them in your mouth too longer.

Japanese Chopsticks Etiquette

  • Do not transfer food from chopsticks-to-chopsticks.
  • Place the pointed ends of the chopsticks on a chopstick rest when the chopsticks are not being used. If a rest is not available, make a chopstick rest by folding the paper case that the chopsticks came in.
  • You may reverse your chopsticks to use the clean end when moving food from a communal plate, but it is considered better to ask for extra chopsticks to transfer the food in this situation.
  • Do not cross chopsticks on a table, or vertically stick them in the rice.
  • Do not rub wooden chopsticks together after breaking them apart.
  • Place chopsticks in a right-left direction – with the tips on the left. Do not place chopsticks diagonally, vertically or crossing each other.
  • At the end of the meal, place disposable chopsticks into the wrapper they came in.

Korean Chopsticks Etiquette

  • Chopsticks commonly are paired with a spoon.
  • Do not pick up your bowl and bring it close to your mouth. Leave your dishes on the table.
  • Never lay your chopsticks down to the left of your spoon.

Vietnamese Chopsticks Etiquette

  • Raise your bowl to your mouth and push rice into your mouth with your chopsticks.
  • Always use both chopsticks together, even if only stirring something.
  • Food should not be picked up from the table and placed directly into your mouth. Place all food in your own bowl before eating.
  • Do not place chopsticks in a “V” when you have finished eating.

I hope you people enjoyed this post. 🙂

CHOPSTICK AFFAIR

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One day my friend had a stressful day and was in awful mood so I invited her at my place to have home cooked Chinese. Though she wanted to add another chapter in her learning cook book but she was too tired or rather in a reluctant mood to entertain any of my plans to merriment her mood. But somehow I convinced her. So after giving confirmation on wats app we thought to planned this dinner in a better way.

This cooking session was unlike our regular cooking which is always full of fun, conversation and lots of gossip. My friend was quiet rather her eyes were stuck on the watch as she wanted to go back home early.

I figured it out it’s not just like another hard day for her rather she really needs to vent out her feelings. So what’s the better plan to get her involved in conversation and spending more time with me?

If I am going to ask her to stay for long she will definitely refuse it. And if I am going to dig out the reason it would be making her more irritated.

So I served the noodles and brought my new packed chopsticks. My friend never tried chopsticks before so she urged to use the fork (although I am also a decent user of chopstick) but I insist to use chopsticks only.

So the first try went futile as she struggled to make the best comfortable hold of sticks. After a while she managed, now the next challenge was to pick the noodles with a point of such a small dimension tool. We Indians are quite comfortable eating with spoon, forks and knife as it gives enough space to hold the good amount.

After lots of demo and practice she manages to get the best bite with chopsticks. While the trial and error session of slipping noodles and funny gestures of making efforts to eat it, the best part was it brought the smile back on my friend’s face and she starts adding the humor to the learning session of usage of chopsticks.

The best line of my friend I would like to quote, “the first bite gets digested while you prepare for the second one.” And, yes it’s the magic of chopstick for new user that it gives you much time to enjoy the company and developed the inclination for chopsticks.

It was fun experimenting with chopsticks and my objective was served that it takes time to get herself diverted to something which lighten her mood and give her space where she can discuss her problems and eventually it happened so.

At the end my friend was successful to learn eating with chopsticks and I was successful to change her mood and got to know her problems and provided the solution for same.

And this entire chopstick affair added spark to our evening and bonding.

P.S. such magical tools need to be known well and its usage. So do check my next post for some important info.