10 Day ‘You’ Challenge: 3 Movies

A few years ago I watched Amar Prem on television and that film has made a place in my heart. 2 Adults and 1 Child, all 3 unwanted by their families and society , come together and create a beautiful relationship based on pure love. Super songs that linger in memory were an added bonus.

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna – I am an unabashed Karan Johar fan. I watch every film he makes. I was hesitant to watch KANK when it released though, as it got a lot of bad press. But watch I did and it went on to become my favorite film by Karan Johar yet, where he has explored the intricacies of human behaviour and relationship is such a subtle and classy way.

Maleficent A lazy Sunday afternoon led me to discover this film and I wondered how had I missed it when it released! Angelina Jolie, looking absolutely stunning, and playing character I could so identify with. A fairytale that had matured!

 

10 Day ‘You’ Challenge : 4 Books

 I am truly grateful that I love to Read. With a book in hand you’re never alone. I believe that certain books come to you, almost always at the right time, just when you need them. My list of favorite books is long. Like, really long. But I could safely say that these 4 books shall continue to top the chart in my list every time .

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini  is the undisputed 1st place winner in my list of favorites. I have lost count of how many times I have read it, but it manages to make me cry each time I re-read it. 

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak was a tough book to read, and I put it away midway many times, but was drawn to it every time and as I continued reading it cast its magical spell on me and I was smitten.

The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee – who is one of my all-time favorite authors. A fictional tale narrated through the eyes of Draupadi. A special mention to the gorgeous cover!

Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani This is not the kind of genre I read or thought I would. But something compelled me to buy this book and boy, was I glad I did! A positive, enlightening read that answered many questions I was seeking the answers for.

10 Day ‘You’ Challenge : 5 Foods

I am not a fussy eater and can be force fed almost anything, with a chocolate bribe for later

Kadhi-Chawal has been my comfort food for as far as I can remember. The sunny yellow of a spicy tempered Kadhi with fat Onion Pakodas peeking up from it when poured over slender, fragrant grains of Basmati Rice never fail to cheer me up.

Post marriage to a ‘Madrasi’ I have come to realise that Sambhar-Rice is what I want, and cook, when I feel the blues. Tangy Sambhar with baby onions and tubes of Drumstick mixed with steamed rice and a dollop of Ghee. Add Applam (fried papad) and a delicately tempered French Beans and Carrot Poriyal (vegetable fry) and it is the perfect meal.

In my next life I want to be born Italian. I love their food, and their good looking men, that much. Pasta in Pesto Sauce is what I nod a yes to every time, the screaming on the scales follows later. Coarsely ground basil leaves, garlic and pine nuts coating Penne, and a sigh escapes me after the first forkful.

Dal Dhokli is my one pot meal when the craving hits. A sweet and tangy Gujrati style Dal, with a liberal addition of peanuts, in which strips of flattened and flavoured dough (dhoklis) is cooked. Each mouthful is an explosion of taste!

Believe it or faint, but Khichdi is my all-time favourite. When The Husband is traveling and I am all by myself, out comes the Yellow Moong Dal and a bit of rice is added to it. As Ghee heats up I add a dash of Asafoetida (hing) and quickly follow up with Rye, a slit Green chilli and the washed rice and dal. Salt to taste and some turmeric for color and pressure cook it till done. My Grandmother used to say, ‘Khichdi ke chaar yaar, Dahi, Papad, Gud aur Achar/Khichdi has 4 friends, Curd, Poppadams, Jaggery and pickle) and I am not a fan of Pickle, but the other 3 are often accompaniments.

 

10 Day ‘You’ Challenge: 6 Places

6 Places

Bombay: My birth city, the city where I grew up and the city that shows you that anything is possible.

The Shower: All my best ideas come to me in the shower.

Mountains: I feel at home in the mountains.

My Conscience: I live there and keep it alive, kicking and polished.

In between the pages of a book, is my favourite place to be.

In peoples memories.

 

 

 

10 Day ‘You’ Challenge : 7 Wants

7 Wants

I want my Clone. Really. Someone who’ll do all my work for me, while I just read and write, read and write, read and write, read and write…you get the picture, write right?!

If a Clone isn’t possible, then Dobby ? Please? I’ll go without socks too. Promise.

Trips to Bali & Sri Lanka have been on my travel list forever, but somehow they just haven’t worked out.

A filter between my heart and tongue, as what is in my heart is on my lips, and let me assure you it is not a very good habit to have. For others.

To become a Tech-pro. Hahahahaha, kidding!

I want to start writing columns again. Oh, how I enjoyed the topic discussions, the submissions, the rush of going against deadlines, and finally seeing my words in print! I miss all that!

To learn a dance form. Believe me, for someone who can’t dance to save her life, it is one lofty ambition to have!