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Musing: The Year in Review Part II

This post has been long overdue...those who have read the first half of my year in review, wondered what had happened in the following six months of 2013... here's the story now...

The month of July began and I decided that I had just about enough of holidays. I wanted to start working, interning or doing anything...that would stop me from turning into a lazy lump of corruption. From friends I learned that Hope Foundation was taking in volunteers and interns. I became a volunteer to a Hope Coaching Center and you can read about my experiences there here and here.

This was also the month when I attended a wine trail...which was a blogger's event. I met a lot of bloggers and I must say that was a pleasant experience. Both the wine tasting and the fact that the people whose blogs you've been reading, suddenly come alive in front of you. Swarnali, was the one you introduced me to this event.

This was also the month that our MPhil list came out and to my surprise and delight, …

Musing: The Year in Review (Part I)

Warning: This blog post might come across as a "little personal." If you have anything against blogs containing personal writings, please feel free to ignore this post. Those of you who do not have a problem with letting someone write their hearts' out, do go on... 

"Anything is possible, when you believe it."
- Anonymous 

On 1st January 2013, if someone had told me that I would be living through probably one of the best years of my life, I would have laughed at them. 2012 had ended on a very bitter note for life had collapsed, most of my relationships were in turmoil and something in me had simply died. It was an effort to even drag myself out of bed and go through the day. At twenty three, I felt like a hundred year old...with hardly any desire to live. 
January was one of the bitterest months that I've ever lived through. Without the presence of my friends and a very darling like, Pippo, I don't believe I could have even managed to get out of be…

My Liebster Award

Thank you so much, Bharati Singha of Interesting Things: Interesting things on Earth, for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I am pleasantly surprised that you found my blog interesting enough to be nominated for this award... ^_^ Thank you, thank you, thank you...

The rules of Liebster award:
1) Each nominee must thank and link back the person who nominated them.

2) Answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominator.

3) Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.

4) Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

5) Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by notifying them.

The questions from Bharati.... (which I've answered, which are hopefully interesting answers... :P )
1. Why did you start your blog?

I started a blog way back in 2008...but back then, I used to mostly document my poetry in...and till 2011, I kept using my blog as a place to write poem rants. From 2012, it all changed.... I discovered the perks of blogging than…

Recipe: Simple Way Pizza

A conversation with a friend from the University, made me search high and low for a possible way to make/bake a pizza without the help of an oven. Then I found the best method ever: The Stove Top Pizza.
It really easy a very easy recipe and the pizza turns out well, (no matter how much you expect it to become a roti it defies you: you are going to end with a good looking Pizza!!!)

Ingredients  2 cups of flour (maida)  2 cups of wheat flour  Salt  2 tablespoon baking soda  1 tablespoon sugar  4 tablespoon of olive oil 1 and 1/4th cup mix of water and milk (lukewarm) Cooking oil 
Method:  Add the two flours and salt together, and mix this together. Next, add the baking soda and the sugar. Now, add all these dry ingredients together.  Add the olive oil, and then the lukewarm mixture of water and milk. Mix all this together till you get the dough. If needed you can add more lukewarm water. You can knead the dough, sprinkling it with flour, to make it very smooth. It should not stick to y…

IndiVine Post: Dove's Guessing Game with my Friend!

"Best friends are the sisters God forgot to give us!"  ~ Anonymous 
My best friend and I have not been best friends forever. Even though we met when we were 5-6 years old, we did not hit it off at all. It wasn't till 2004, when we were both in 9th standard, that Soumma and I started becoming really good friends. Friendships are not born in one day...and I can bet anything we're the proof of that. 
But we're also proof of being crazy, weird, funny and having a world of our own - which makes us both get so wrapped up with each other, that sometimes our other buddies prefer not to meet the two of us together. Despite knowing Soumma for the last nine odd years, it's funny that we never went out shopping together. Nor have we ever discussed jewelry. That has been a more recent development. For some reason (don't ask me what), we discussed the clothes and jewelry part of our lives with other friends. 
And yet, it would be wrong to say we've never dressed up …

Book Review: The Homing Pigeons

Details of the Book  Publisher: Srishti PublisherCover: PaperbackNo. Of Pages: 328Date of Publication: 2013Language: EnglishISBN 13: 9789380349916ISBN 10: 9380349912Year Of Publication: 2013Author: 

About the Book: In the middle of the catastrophic 2008 recession, Aditya, a jobless, penniless man meets an attractive stranger in a bar. Little does he know that his life will change forever.

When Radhika, a young, rich widow, marries off her stepdaughter, little does she know that the freedom she has yearned for is not exactly how she had envisioned it.

They say homing pigeons always come back to their mate, no matter where you leave them on the face of this earth. The Homing Pigeons is the story of love between these two unsuspecting characters as it is of lust, greed, separations, prejudices and crumbling spines.
About the Author: A hotelier by education, an ex-banker and a senior executive in the outsourcing industry, Sid gave up a plush career in the outsourcing industry to fo…

Recipe: The Heart Shaped Brownie

It's just the 15th of November 2013, and yet my goal for 2014 is still being realized. So this evening, was another one of my cooking experiments. This time I decided to modify a recipe I'd come across online called, "Brownie in a Mug", to make my very own "The Heart Shaped Brownie".

Ingredients  100 g of flour  100 g of sugar  3 tablespoon of cocoa powder  A pinch of salt  4 tablespoon of olive oil  6 tablespoon of water  3 tablespoon of milk 
Method  In a mixing bowl, add the flour, the sugar, the cocoa powder, the pinch of salt, the olive oil, and mix this all up, add the milk in order to make your ingredients become a plain batter. Be sure not to let any lumps form. 

Now pour this batter into your mould (or any microwavable bowl). Make sure it settles down well, and remember to grease your mould beforehand. You really don't want to scrape your brownie out!!! 
Microwave it...for around 5 minutes. I suggest microwaving it 1 minute at a t…

Recipe: The Cake in a Cup (with a twist)

A few days ago, I made a to-do list for 2014. One of the things on that list is, to learn how to cook. I have been making Pancakes since the time I was 14, but I really want to branch out and learn how to cook other things. And not just cheese omlettes and such cliched food. I had been struggling to make a proper cake for a long time, so imagine my surprise when I learned there is such a thing as a "Cake in a Cup" which takes approximately 2 to 5 minutes to bake. 

The Cake in a Cup (with a twist)  Ingredients:  1 Coffee Mug/Any Microwaveable Mug  4 tablespoon of flour  2 tablespoon of cocoa  1 egg  3 tablespoon of milk  1 tablespoon of butter  1/4 tablespoon of sugar  Vanilla essence 
Method:  In a bowl, mix the milk and the egg well. Then add the butter, and keep on stirring. Then add the sugar, mixing it all very well.
Add the vanilla essence. 
After mixing it, add the flour and mix again. 

Now you can put a part of this mixture into your mug and microwave for around a mi…