Sold My Car with a Heavy Heart

It was a tough decision. Finally the day has come when I had to part with my first ever purchased car and that day was today. Since I bought second car, I found that I was not using the older one and it was left unused for months. Every other day my father would remind me to use it or sell it because not using it will only degrade it. One day I tried starting it and it wont start because of dead battery. Charged it battery with my own handmade battery charger and the car started like a champ. Posted its ad on OLX, few people came to see it and tried to bargain. I did lower the price a bit but still could not sell. After few months I again posted an ad and this time with much lowered price. Now I was getting better response, two people were very much interested to buy it and one lucky person came and took the car. I was surprised the even after not using the car for several months, it was running just fine. One last parting shot



I found my Love – Got Engaged

DSC_0553Few months back I wrote an article after getting frustrated  from matrimonial websites and totally disappointed with my life. 2015 a year that gave me my first job in January, also gave me the love of my life at the end in December.  Today I got engaged with a girl whom I fell in love at first sight. The first sight was a very formal meeting at her place with her and my parents presence. We saw each other and at the first I was like Wow .. what a beautiful girl she is. We exchanged few words, and this gave me some chance to look at her for some more time. I said yes but I was still unsure of what she was thinking about me.  However I didn’t see any sign of discontent on her face that day either.

Today at the day of engagement after exchanging rings, we had some time to talk to each other. While being interrupted persistently by photographer and other people, I managed to talk her as much as I can. It was a big moment for me, she was sitting on my right side, close to me and I can say that for that moment I was the happiest person on earth that day for sure. I didn’t wanted to leave her even for a second. She was looking drop dead gorgeous and wearing almost 3KG Lehnga which she carried happily even with a neck pain that day.

Sana, whenever you read this, I want to tell you that you are the love of my life and I will love you till my last breath. heart


Airtel 4G – Speed Beyond Imagination

brandlogoWhen it comes to internet, I say either you should have a faster connection or you should not have internet at all. Being a user of internet from the days of 56k dial-up, I am molded to the pain of slow internet speed. I can still remember how much limited the productivity was when there was no fast internet access available in our city. Websites would take ages to load and we often returned from cyber cafes without getting any work done because of slow speed.

Then days got better when various broadband service providers started their service in my city and finally I was able to enjoy the internet like it should be enjoyed. However this fast internet access was limited to my home only and when I got my first smartphone, I really carved for a good internet plan that could allow me to be online all the time using my smartphone and also doesn’t cost a bomb. These were the 3G days and since I was a user of Airtel, I tried with 2G first because it was very cheap and my friends told me that its sufficient for mobile phone internet usage. And to quite an extent they were right, it was not bad for the money I was paying but I needed higher speed. Various apps like facebook and Gmail required faster connection to work properly, so I switched to 3G. Ever since I switched to Airtel 3G, I have never ever tried to look for any other ISP, its simply the best. I could now upload images on my facebook page, attach heavy attachments in email and browse websites without much waiting to load. I also use my Airtel 3G as a backup internet connection in case my home broadband goes down and it works better in terms of speed than my Wimax broadband connection.

Recently I felt the need of upgrading my smartphone and went for Huawei Honor 4X which is a 4G phone and with this phone I received a free 4G enabled Airtel SIM card. I was already a user of Airtel so switching to this new SIM was a breeze, all I needed to do was compose a SMS with new SIM number and send it to Airtel, and within few minutes my number was transferred to new 4G SIM. All the instructions are given at the back of SIM card pack on how to activate the new 4G SIM or transfer your existing Airtel number to the new SIM card. Airtel has not yet launched 4G in my city but I have heard that it will be available very soon. I can’t imagine how fast this 4G will be when even their 3G is faster than other popular broadband services.


Using honey as a natural sweetener

honey-spoonHoney is one of those miracles of nature that is known to be good for us since many years. Its not an unknown fact that honey not only taste good, its good for our health too. Add a little honey to your lime water instead of sugar and it comes a perfect detoxifying healthy drink. Sugar is no evil thing but the process of cleaning sugar at refinery which gives you super sparkling white sugar adds some unhealthy things to it. While honey is extraction process is simple, it just requires centrifugal force to separate honey from honeycomb and you get ready to eat without any further processing needed. Also honey does not get spoiled which means it requires no addition of preservatives etc to keep it from spoiling. Packaged honey available from brands like Dabur are very good source of pure honey that you can get which are free from any kind of preservatives.

Honey is a natural sweetener and you can use it in almost every sweet dish or just as extra flavoring substance in your food or drinks. While making any kind of beverages where you need to add sugar, you can always replace sugar with honey to make your drink healthier. Honey is not only good for eating, it is also considered a good antiseptic and speeds up wounds recovery. It has been proven it it speeds up the recovery of burnt skin. Just apply a little bit of honey over the burnt skin and it will give instant relief and work as an antiseptic.

People who want to lose weight, honey is a perfect ingredient to consider. In your Honey Diet you should include lime water with honey before doing to jogging or exercise. It will promote fat loss and also give you energy to do your exercise without causing much exhaustion. Honey does have slightly more calories when compared with equal amount of sugar but honey is denser and sweeter than sugar so you will always need less of it to make food item sweet. Honey dissolves very quickly in water so you also don’t need to spend much time stirring like you have to do it with sugar. I am a lazy person and I do like this fact that I won’t need to keep moving that spoon for endless time to completely dissolve the sugar. However when you are making any dish that requires heating or frying, do not add honey at the beginning but add it at the end so that honey is not cooked with your dish. You do not want to burn it and caramelize like sugar, although pure honey does not caramelize but it changes its texture when heated too much. Pure honey can get solidified, if that happens just place it in warm water and it should be back to liquid state.


Simple things you can do to make food more delicious

me-cookingI am a foodie and I always try to get the best kept secrets of chefs of making tasty food. When invited to a buffet, I always try to get a sneak peak of what chef is making and more important are the ingredients list that he has. Here are some of those tips that you can use to make your daily food more tasty.

Making rich and tasty gravy: If you are making any main course dish with gravy, I have noticed that some dish call for thinner gravy while others need thicker. For thicker gravy you need to have some bulk to make the content thick. Some people would use onion paste but I have found that one should not fully depend on onion paste alone but add a secondary item with it that goes well with the dish. And these items can one or combination of one of these:

1. Cashew nut paste

2. Coconut paste

3. Heavy cream

4. Curd

5. Tomato purée

While cashew nut and heavy cream do not have a strong taste, curd and tomato purée does have a sour taste so the amount of these should be added with caution otherwise you will make your gravy too sour which is not good. Cashew nut paste or heavy cream should be added at the end of the preparation of dish and add them gradually till you see a good colour and consistency of gravy. There is no fixed amount for these, the more you add, richer the gravy is. Coconut paste go well with non-veg dishes, it just need a little bit cooking so it should be added along with other items like onion paste.


Making pooris more crisp and tasty: To make them more crisp and tasty, just add a little bit of sooji and maida to your wheat flour. Maida will give it a little rubbery texture and sooji will make it crisp. You can experiment with the amount of sooji and maida to get the right type of poori you want. And always deep fry your pooris and pour hot oil over the pooris while you fry them using any big spoon, it makes them puffed and gives good colour.


Avoid overcooking: There is a temperature range for cooking all types of food items, if you overcook vegetables or meat, they taste horrible. This is the biggest mistake people do while cooking at home. Chicken fox example when overcooked becomes dry and hard. It also looses its taste of cooked too much. Similar is the case with vegetables, if cooked too much, the lose the taste. When making gravy dish you can avoid overcooking of vegetables by first stir frying them and then adding them to the cooked gravy at the end. This helps in retaining taste and this is how they do it in restaurants.