Saturday, July 23, 2011

Recipe of the month - Samosa

This weekend, I thought I’d make samosas at home from scratch. I love samosas and usually eat them whenever I’m out at Indian restaurants. I generally feel quite lazy to prepare them at home! On the occasions that I have prepared them at home, I’d take the easy way out by preparing the filling and then use the store bought samosa sheets to wrap them in. This time I thought why not do everything myself. It was not as time consuming as I thought it would be. In fact, I’d say it almost didn’t take much extra time or effort :)

Here is my samosa recipe. This is the way my atthe (mother-in-law) makes them. If you notice, the filling is very simple and I actually prefer it that way. I don’t like a hundred ingredients crammed into a samosa. I also don’t like samosas with fillings that are an alarming shade of yellow or orange! But then again, something like a samosa filling is very subjective so you can modify the recipe based on your preferences. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Social Networking - the good, the bad and the ugly!

"It's not what you know but who you know that makes the difference" 


I am a self-confessed social networkoholic! I wouldn't go to the extent of calling myself an addict because I'm confident that I can bear the trauma of all my connections to the world of social networking being severed! Although I must admit that on occasion, I do have to keep myself in check to prevent myself crossing the fine line into addiction. I used to be a member of several social networking sites but when it started eating away my free time (which was not much to begin with), I restricted myself to Facebook. I often wonder how I used to spend the time that I now spend on FB  before I got sucked into it. I think that my life must have been far more productive back then. The worst phase of it was when I was hooked onto a motley assortment of games at the same time. I used to fervently go about tending my make-believe crops, fish and restaurants on a daily or sometimes even hourly basis! But after a while the whole ritual started to tire me out. Not to mention the annoyance at seeing all the invitations and news feeds by similar idle people. I decided from then onwards that I would not waste my time on such pointless applications. For a while after that I began to play more mentally stimulating games like Word Challenge and Geo Challenge but that slowly lost steam as well. On the upside, they did contribute significantly to my vocabulary and geographical knowledge. Hey, I can correctly identify the flag of Lesotho you know....hahahahaha. Anyway, if games weren't enough to distract people from their "real" lives, absurd and trivial status updates are considered useful tools to provide an alternative route of escape. Hey, I'm guilty of that too! I remember that I actually used to call my friends more often and e-mail them from time to time. Nowadays it is just so convenient to just write on someone's wall or send them a message on FB. I often even wish my friends and family for birthdays or anniversaries on FB and then feel guilty about not making a greater effort. After all, its not as if you need to do to jog your memory cells with remembering a friends birthday.....FB will even do that for you! Seriously, it is so tempting to become lazy since the advent of these social networking sites.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Movie review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)

If you have read some of my previous posts, you will know that I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan. I have read each book more than 4 times and watched each movie umpteen times! The books are far better than the movies though; there is no question about that. I have always felt that a movie can never do justice to a writer’s brilliance. I can’t help but wonder if people who haven’t read any of the books can really understand what’s going on.