Friday, March 18, 2011

Movie recommendation - Udaan

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Udaan is a 2010 hindi movie directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, written in collaboration with Anurag Kashyap. I watched Udaan recently, having never even heard about it until the awards season began. After noticing that it was bagging awards left, right and center, my curiosity got the better of me and I has to see what it was all about. Udaan is a small budget movie with no star cast (most of the actors are from television or newcomers), no exotic locales and no song and dance routine. In other words, it is anything but your typical bollywood fare. That is exactly what makes the movie work! The lack of stereotypes and cliches makes it refreshingly different from all the run of the mill movies that are churned out every year. The simple and realistic approach that the film makers have taken in showcasing the story of an adolescent boy who attempts to break free of all the shackles preventing him from living the life he had always dreamed of is incredibly relatable and heart-warming.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day - Saluting the spirit of womanhood

"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water".
                                                                                                                                         - Eleanor Roosevelt

This is one of my favorite quotes on women. For every instance that a woman is ridiculed for being physically weak, impractical, irrational and emotional, there will emerge another who will silence all the naysayers by demonstrating extraordinary strength and resilience in the face of great adversity. I read somewhere that when the question was asked as to why there is no man's day, the instant reply was, "isn't everyday man's day???" I thought to myself how true that statement was! This is a man's world and I don't know if a day will come in the future when that skewed equation will change. 

I consider myself to be a liberal feminist. I believe in equal political, economic and social rights and equal opportunities for women. After all, women are the the source of life, the heart and soul of every family and the emotional backbone of any relationship. It isn't easy being a woman - multitasking, putting everyone else's needs first and juggling different roles and responsibilities throughout a lifetime of constant prejudice and judgment is something our gender can never escape from. In spite of that, I can honestly say that I am proud to be a woman and I wouldn't have it any other way! The bonds that a woman forges during her life, be it the one that a daughter shares with her parents, a mother shares with her child, a sister shares with her siblings or a friend shares with her best friends is something a man can never surpass. Somehow, every relationship gains more depth and becomes more heartfelt when a woman is involved. It is true to a great extent that a woman thinks with her heart rather than her head.....but is that such a bad thing?? Maybe that's just the way the creator intended it to be!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Recipe of the month: Goli Baje (Mangalore Bajji)

Conversation 1

Me: "Hey hon, what snack should I make when we have guests over for dinner this weekend?"

Hubby: "Goli baje"

Conversation 2

Me: "It's one of those rainy evenings....wouldn't it be nice to munch on a fried snack with coffee? What would you like?"

Hubby:"Goli baje"

Conversation 3

Me: "We're leaving to India in a few days. What special dish are you going to ask your mom to prepare for you?" 

Hubby: "Goli baje"

Conversation 4

Hubby: "Babe, you know what you haven't made in a long time?

Goli baje!"

Me: ***rolls eyes***

Now that you've read these snippets of conversation between me and my hubby, no prizes for guessing what his favorite fried snack is! 

Goli baje is popularly known as Mangalore bajji and it is something that is prepared regularly in my family. This is a really simple snack to make and you will find that the ingredients for it are something that are commonly found in every Indian household. So, in addition to being easy to make and delicious, there is the added bonus of not having to rush to the store during those fried food cravings.