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Short Story: Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)

Author's Note: The title is borrowed from Simple Plan's song by the same name. It was to promote awareness against drunk driving. 
Alcoholism has had adverse affects, on not only the alcoholic but the family. Alcoholic abuse doesn't always mean getting drunk and beating other people up.Sometimes the violence is completely mental. And sometimes children exposed to an alcoholic, have a hard time coping with certain aspects of their lives. 
This story is mostly to raise awareness against alcoholism. Being a social drinker might be fun, but when you become socially unacceptable for drinking - your troubles have already begun!

Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink and then the drink takes you.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

“What do you mean you won’t be at the graduation after party?” asked Ishika of her best friend, Akriti, “It’s the one night we are allowed to live a little.” “Sorry, Isha,” Akriti said with a shrug, “My idea of livin…

Short Story: Rainy Sunday Afternoon

Friendship is like a river: it flows around rocks, adapts itself to valleys and mountains, occasionally turns into a pool until the hollow in the ground is full and it can continue on its way.

- Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

Rainy Sunday Afternoon 
“I’m sitting here in the boring room, it’s just another rainy Sunday afternoon, I’m wasting my time, I got nothing to do…”
The music player was going on in full blast. Megha sat at her computer, trying to find the perfect words to describe her boredom. “Do you really think sulking in your room, listening to Lemon Tree for the hundredth time will cure you of your writer’s block?” her younger sister, Ananya asked her sister. She was lying down on her bed, staring up at the ceiling. “For my next birthday,” said Megha, irritably, “I want my own room.” “You and I both, sis,” laughed Ananya, turning her head slightly to look at her sister sitting at the computer. So far Megha had only played Lemon Tree by Foolsgarden on loop and not typed …

Award: The Versatile Blogger Reveals 10 Things You Don't Know About Her As Yet!

Hello people! :-)

Swarnali of Dreams and Drama, recently gave me a lot of love in the form of The Versatile Blogger Award.

And in order for me to accept this award, I apparently have to write a post revealing 10 things about myself, that you guys don't know.

I love Pippo. Although, people who know me already know that. And I will turn a deaf ear to every criticism that comes Pippo's way. (Even if you are just saying things to annoy me!)I will turn 25 this year in September. A landmark age, I'm told it is. 

The thought of ever having to wear glasses/contact lenses scare me. I am willing to eat carrots everyday, if they guarantee a good eye sight forever.For some reason, I tend to like guys who wear their wrist watches on their right hands. Ian Harding for one. Really love that guy! :-DI love watching Full House, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Castle, Friends, and Pretty Little Liars. All for very different reasons. I have actually experienced getting bored to death. I strongly recommen…

Recipe: Chocolate Pudding Cake

The experiments in my OTG continue. The shop had told me that I needed to use my OTG 4 times, before they'd stamp my guarantee card. And by now, I think I've used it around 5-6 times. Of course, I began making my own version of the cake recipes I'd found online. 
Chocolate Pudding Cake inspired from the classic Chocolate Mousse Cake :P
Ingredients for the chocolate cake 4 cups of flour
2-3 cups of sugar  2 eggs  400 g of butter (preferably melted) 2 teaspoons of baking powder  2 tablespoons of cocoa powder  1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

Method for the chocolate cake Preheat your oven to 200 C for 20 minutes.  In a bowl, beat the eggs, the sugar and vanilla essence together, till a nice smooth mixture is formed. Next, sift in the flour, the baking powder and the cocoa powder, stirring the mixture until the batter reaches its desirable consistency.  Pour the batter into a previously greased baking tin. Bake the cake at 200 C for 30 minutes.  Take it out of the over after 30 minutes, an…

Recipe: Chocolate Fondante - Musings Version

The History I had longed to get an OTG ever since I developed an interest in baking last year. While I searched high and low, and found amazing food that can be made in the microwave - I really wanted an OTG. Because everyone of the videos I'd watched had said the same thing,  "Microwaved cakes a delicious. But they don't look as amazing as the oven baked ones!"  Finally, I saved up (and with a bit of help from mum) I got the OTG I'd been targeting yesterday! 
This is Bajaj OTG 1603 T 
You will need: 50 - 60 g of chocolate bar  (the one I got my hands on had studded almond nuts :P)
50 - 60 g of butter, diced  2 tablespoons of cornflour  1/4 cup of milk  100 g of caster sugar  (I don't have a clue where to find caster sugar in Kolkata. So I simply turn the normal sugar into powder with the help of hand blender :P) 50 g of plain flour (I have rarely used the other kind) 2 eggs  2 egg yolks (But I ended up using 3 eggs...I haven't learnt how to separate eggs y…