If only…

If only you could see my love, If only you could ease my pain. If only you could hold my tears, If only you could touch my soul. If only you could see what you do to my heart, If only you could understand what you, do to me.   If only you could only […]

Dear 2015

Another year is coming to an end. This year personally has been a blessing as my daughter turned 1 and feeling content that as parents we are growing. We are striving to do everything in our power to be the best role model and provider for our child. I am sure this is what every couple would […]

In the name of humanity – A Poem

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children ~ JIMMY CARTER The brutality and bloodshed, The earth remains the silent witness and has now turned red. People either […]

The smaller and cuter things in life

Just when I thought marriage brings the absolute change in life… A fragile, quivering, puppy-eyed bambina changed my perception … Suddenly everything revolves around this tiny, angelic being. Thoughts all gravitate towards her health, her sleep, her nutrition, her burps, the number of wet diapers in a day….the list goes endless. Waking up in the […]

Word of Advice from a Friend: Marriage

My dearest friend, You will be embarking into a place where everything will be new and different. As you step into this world, there will be places which your feet can get wet, this is the time when your better half will carry you in his arms and take you across. Now you will have […]

EARTH to MARS

I read this article about people applying to travel to Mars… and stay there for good !! It sounds like some Sci-Fi movie minus the aliens of course! The whole project is called Mars One. Their aim is to establish human settlement in Mars by 2023. There were around 100,000 applications for the one-way trip […]

Are mermaids for real ?

My first mermaid sighting was Ariel, the little Mermaid on Television 😀 As a child, such creatures were a huge fascination especially when they look so much like us. I got interested in a claim that Mermaids can actually be real and many were spotted at different countries. The descriptions of the sighting were eerily […]

Food Controversies for Foodies

DISCLAIMER : The following videos are highly graphical and I suggest that the weak stomach and pregnant women (who have puking tendencies) to not watch these videos. Ok guys, we have all heard and read about the various “fast” food sold during the Beijing Olympics. For those who aren’t aware of it , check out […]

The Compare and Despair Syndrome

Have you felt anytime that the people around you seem to do better? A friend who recently went to Mauritius for a second honeymoon,an ex-colleague who landed up getting a better job – three times your salary, bunch of old girlfriends ‘catch-up’ for dinner. Someone attending a concert, someone having those bollywood based weddings…. etc […]

Grinch of New Year

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. The year 2012 has been a year of painful disasters, deaths and immense trauma. Yet we “move on” because these disasters, death, trauma happened elsewhere and […]

The irony

Mother Nature’s basic trait is Balance and displays it remarkably. It is the result of this balance, we live our life the way we are and some people also would support that the cosmic energies modulate the way we think and act. Why i talk about nature is to point out how just and right […]

Diary of a Die-Hard Foodie

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.”  – Julia Child

Dear Diary,

I never knew that I would end up writing a MORAL STORY FOR EVERY CULINARY ADVENTURE. My last week was quite eventful since I had a lot to learn. I tried to reinvent and refurbished some common simple recipes into culinary “so-called-masterpieces” ( LOL ).

Day 1

I tried out Brussels sprouts for the first time. As soon as I dropped the sprouts in hot olive oil, the house smelt like heaven. The fragrance was too indulgent and mouthwatering.

MORAL : Do not overcook the Brussels sprouts – it becomes taste-less. It must be crunchy !!

Brussels sprouts accompanied with hearty boiled eggs and bread

Brussels sprouts accompanied with hearty boiled eggs and bread

Day 2

Sometimes I think the only thing that prevents me from being a perfect dieter will be Noodles. To top off the indulgent “maggi” – pair it with eggs. To pardon myself for my indulgent damnation – I threw in some sauteed zucchini for the extra crunch factor.

MORAL : Always cook the eggs at the end. You dont want your eggs to be cold and soggy.

Maggi Noodles and Egg with Zucchini

Maggi Noodles and Egg with Zucchini

Day 3

Now I was addicted to Brussels sprouts and I would put it in almost everything. Today I had made pasta with cherry tomatoes, Brussels sprouts and reinvented the garlic bread with Arabic bread. A pseudo-Italian way of having pasta .

MORAL : Always use fresh garlic and not powered garlic. You end up with “garlic” fingers for the whole week.

Farfalle pasta with cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts and garlic bread

Farfalle pasta with cherry tomatoes, brussels sprouts and garlic bread

Day 4

I have a confession and I know you would have figured it out….. I love pasta and if I have to eat it everyday of my life I would gladly do so. Today I made pasta with turkey sausage, cherry tomatoes, capsicum and tomato sauce. It was a beautiful spread of sauce on that white pasta. I would have preferred wheat.

MORAL : It is better to mix the pasta and sauce before serving else if you are a messy eater you will end up cleaning your living room couch and yourself.

Fusilli with sausage + Red sauce

Fusilli with sausage + Red sauce

Day 5

I found this new “breed” of pasta. This multi-vegetable ( multi-color)  pasta is definitely a must-try-it-out-yourself fad. A succulent bologonese sauce with shredded aubergine . Splendid !!!

MORAL : Adding more veggies will only heighten the taste of pasta. Nothing can replace that !

Multi-vegetable Fusilli

Multi-vegetable Fusilli

Day 6

Potato Stuffing – Long task but was worth it. Stuffed potato with sour cream and chives. Yes, that is mozzarelllllla (ooh la la) cheese.

MORAL : Make sure the potatoes are cooled before you scoop out the potato if you don’t have time – always keep a batch of ice to cool off your blistered fingers.

Stuffed potatoes

Stuffed potatoes

Day 7

Bruschetta with garlic sauce, feta stuffed chilies and mozzarella cheese with hummus dipping

MORAL : You wont require any dipping once you see these hot babes popping out from the oven…. Nice and crispy

Bruschetta - Snack Away

Bruschetta – Snack Away

 

So what have I earned after all these lessons ??? A big dipper badge slapped right across my arm !

A Big Dipper Badge ! 😉

 

When old friends come back into our lives …

I had always considered myself as a loner, a person who would not stick to one kind of friend nor in one particular group.. you can say I am free-spirited when I make friends. The good part of it all is that you are surrounded by people who like you and enjoy your company.

The downside of it .. well since you are not in any group or have a particular set of friends….the tendency to be forgotten is easy. Its like the room is filled with people but you are just standing there by yourself at the corner. Trust me it is not a good place to be at !

I have to say there are some people who are always in the background.. you may have ignored them or “moved on ”. These people slowly seeps into your life for short span of time and vanish completely like the morning dew. This post is dedicated for those peeps who has always been that way but never let me feel alone.

My old friends are back and it does make a difference in my life.. I have to say I have changed.. I am no longer a LONER.

For the Ladies : Whats in my closet ?? Latest Haul

Hello my beautiful readers ,
I have seen the current trend and hype of shoes, bags, makeup and dresses (.) Can you think of anything more to add to this list? I guess some of you have not figured out what I am really talking about…
how about the finer things which gives a statement of a look to be either feminine or wild? Professional or regular?
I am talking about ACCESSORIES ladies. These pieces when put on can turn a simple dress to a chic attire. I am a accessories-freak and I believe the power of accessories can make you stand out at your workplace or dazzle at any party.
Please don’t think of this post as something that you read from the magazines where they showcase high-end jewelry which costs thousands of dollars. What I want to show here is …
SIMPLE STUFF – BEAUTIFUL PIECES – EASY ON POCKET
1. BROOCH
     Who says brooches are for old ladies. The right color and coordination with your outfit and I swear even if you don’t wear a neck piece it would look perfect. There are tonnes of ways to wear a brooch – pinned to a headband, pinned to the scarf, pinned at the waist as a  belting element.
Brooches from MAX. Tulip Brooch given to me by mom

Brooches from MAX. Tulip Brooch given to me by mom

Brooches from Max and  Splash

Brooches from Max and Splash

2. SCARVES

     I tend to choose my clothes in darker shades so I mainly rely on my scarves to add in a dash of color.
Multi-color scarves are so handy !!
Multi-color scarves are so handy !!
I just came to know a more unique and fantabulous way of donning the scarf around my neck. It is called SCARF NECKLACE @ 2:37  – Courtesy Shirley B. Eniang
 .. Loved it ..so unique …also raised few eyebrows in doubt ( What the heck – I don’t care !! )
3. NECK-PIECES
     Got a new set of Pocket-watch-chains. BEA-U-TIFUL !!!  So elegant and classic …
Beautiful Timepieces from Claires

Beautiful Timepieces from Claires

Chains from Splash and Neu

Chains from Splash and Neu

I hope this post will urge you ladies to pamper yourself with a couple of such accessories.
One caution – Be ready to receive compliments coming your way !!!  🙂
Let me know what you think !!

How to make food look good even if it may not taste that spectacular ?

Go ahead, follow me till the end

South Indian Food - Idli and Sambar

South Indian Cuisine – Idli and Sambar

North Indian Cuisine - Rajma ( Red Kidney Beans ) and Rice

North Indian Cuisine – Rajma ( Red Kidney Beans ) and Rice

Dal ( Lentil Soup ) and Paneer (Indian Cheese ) - Capsicum Mix

Dal ( Lentil Soup ) and Paneer (Indian Cheese ) – Capsicum Mix

 

A Closeup of Paneer and Capsicum Sabzi

A Closeup of Paneer and Capsicum Sabzi

 

Beetroot Youghurt

Thadathil Cuisine – Beetroot in Youghurt

Pasta Pie

Pasta Pie

 

So, how to make food look good even if it may not taste that spectacular ?

Presentation and close-up shots  😉

Anyone hungry ?? 😀

 

 

How I “whipped up” my Easter with Betty Crocker :)

First of all, this post is all about the little stuff happening in my life. I want to acknowledge it right now because I believe that small things really matter at the end …..
One of my childhoods sweetest memories are of my mom’s freshly baked cakes ….. the endless waiting to get a chance to lick off the leftover batter and cling onto it until I nearly clean the vessel sparkling neat .
I am sure we all have had our share of such exuberance.
My mom and dad would run around the house to get these ingredients together, alternate to whip up the cake and call out for the ingredients one by one like a doctor asking for the instruments during surgery. I would just look up into the oven and witness the creation of a perfect circle of love called CAKE!!!!
( I just realized I never took a picture of mama’s cake…… DANG!!!!! )
I always truly-madly-deeply wanted to follow the tradition of cake baking but I never seem to find time like my mom. I know I cannot compare myself to her – she is a supermom who would work on shifts as a Nurse and yet made surplus-scrumptious-succulent cakes.
Miss you Mom !

Miss you Mom !

In a shameless tribute to this baking tradition – I thought a good help will not be a sin this Easter. So I chose the Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix. As promised it didn’t take more than 15 minutes to whip up!!
Work - In - Progress

Work – In – Progress

While I was waiting for my husband from work, all I did was add a little extra bit of my touch in this brownie ( does aesthetic beautification count ? ) and I knew I could make a perfect Easter for me and my sweet-toothed better-half  😉
The rest of the evening ended with a pleasant chat with my folks, a wonderful time out with my husband and ended perfectly with a healthier choice of food –
Poached Shrimps - ripe mango salad

Poached Shrimps – ripe mango salad

I know no matter how much or how little I did this Easter – memories are always in the making…

My Whispering God

“I told you everyday and showed you in a thousand ways, but you were too busy to listen…How loudly must I whisper before you hear Me ? ~ Chris M Hibbard ”
I have this phrase printed and kept right in front of me in my workplace.
It reminds me of a patient God who is waiting at the door for me to open my heart to him. a gentle God because I know he will be knocking at my door constantly with persistence. the Father who is willing to stay by my door to guard me from the dangers lurking beyond it….. as he waits for me to answer. my Father who would take His liberty to comfort me even though I haven’t called to him.
Even though I know all this, I can keep writing on and on about what God is for me and how He is there to wipe my tears away … I can  start a whole new blog on this alone but questions lingered as I begun this post –
Why is that I keep doing these things I do ? Why is that I don’t open that door to Him ?
Why is that I keep my God waiting ? Why is it that writing all these things are easy and tough to follow ?
Even when I know I can hold on to Him, why is it that Satan never stops trying?
I know that the tone of this post took a total U-turn, but this is what we need to ponder upon I realized.
Words maybe the best thing to express ourselves but for God it is our actions and what we don’t say matters.  Words play very less importance in our relationship with God. I am sure you have faced it when you begin to pray, you are left with no words but tears, but those tears bridge those gaps in your prayers.
I am not inferring that prayers are not necessary – prayers are what keeps us sane. But, what I am trying to point out is that our conversations with God must go way beyond our human talk. Our God is receptive to our emotions far more than we can imagine. Our emotions are like whispers to God.
I can imagine God whispering by even clanging all the bells of churches worldwide – will we hear Him ?
As I put this point out to all the readers, a thought goes to my God –
” Keep whispering Father, Keep Whispering…  “

Diary of a Confused Kidult ( Kid + Adult )

Dear Diary,
I used to spend copious amount of time just looking out of my window. Making stories of how I would meet the right one.
I come back to senses when I find my mom patting my shoulder asking me if I have listened to anything she said.
My mother tried to break my shell of seclusion and was worried about me.
She even questioned me if I had a best friend and I wondered what the hell that meant. Life was so less complicated before that.
This question lingered so much in my mind that I blurted it to my friend over the phone. She replied to it saying “It’s not something you should ask …”
I again found myself in a confusion asking myself now what the hell was that ?
Going from school to college, I learnt and went ahead with whole new hope and aspirations. Made friends with a whole new bunch of people but being a common friend between two enemies ( bad idea )
I found myself in different situations leading me to ask myself what shit am I in?
Surviving the emotional turmoil of adulthood, I go for my masters in Germany. I am in this foreign land with foreign people speaking a foreign language. I stand at the bus-stop in the middle of nowhere thinking where the hell I am??
A boy steals me of my thoughts, my brain refuses to work and I refuse to hear to my heart and ask myself over and over again,
Why the hell am I feeling this way?
In my life, I have had my share of confusions leading to reality-checks,
but it made me what I am today.

The life’s ups and „downs“

Life holds a lot of lessons – sometimes we get the privilege to learn from another person’s experience or we earn it the hard way

We take oaths during our wedding that we will stand by each other through sickness and in health and we enter into the life of matrimony.

This weekend, was a test of how far I could endure the part of “stand by each other through sickness “.

This can sound silly, but Men become high maintenance when they fall ill. It’s like they have all this demands, weird gruffs, puppy-like looks and endless requests.

Yes, my husband was not well – a tooth extraction plus a root canal. It may sound small or insignificant, trust me I did too but I was wrong.

Initially I didn’t really understand the true need of “being there for him”. I was just upset and angry with all his demands and it drove me crazzzeeee !!!!

There was a part where he called me just to re-fix the pillows under his head ( Can you beat that ! )

It took me a while to “suck it up, do what I am suppose to”.

I may not be a perfect wife who is dotting over the husband when he is ill but I have learnt my first lesson to bring out the best in me so that I can support him when he needs me.

This is what marriage is all about I realized and it took me almost a year to understand the true meaning of selfless commitment –

I, the lung of the smoker say….

Tania Speaks

Reporter: ” Mr.Lungs I was looking for a story and thought I would write something about you. Would you help me with this ? “

Lungs: ” Sure, I think it is very important for youngsters to know about their body before “… *mumbling*

Reporter: ” Mr.Lungs, I dont understand what you are saying ” ….. ( i was immediately interrupted)

Lungs:

” I was young so filled with fresh air, every second I filled myself with so many scents. I could never be so alive and being a part of my family I am so grateful to be one of the most important member of that family. Miss.Heart always advised me to hold the air a bit longer as it would benefit all and I always listen to her. But Mr.Diaphragm whose ways I find bossy, due to the very reason that he pushes me up and down and…

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Thadathil – Style of Vacation

Usually I forget to be thankful for the lovely things I have been bestowed upon.
But this vacation is one thing, I am forever grateful to the Almighty above.

I was super excited for my vacation to India especially to meet my folks and the new angel which was gifted to our Thadathil family.

My anticipation to meet my niece exceeded so much that I kept replaying her video again and again until I can still hear her chatter in back of my head.

My arrival was supposed to be a surprise to my family but I would give the credit of destruction to my darling brother – who flopped the whole planning in a matter of seconds.

So, Lets fast forward the day of my brother’s arrival with his family.

I had all planned…

Taking a video of new grandparents meeting their grandchild for the first time;
The cries and laughs …….maybe a group hug…blah ..blah…

An epic sentimental movie I can make of it,so I thought.

But in reality,

the baby ended up being a victim of a tug of war
Bro and sis-in law being left out at the terminal…
(thank God nobody taped that mess) :S

Like all vacations, this one month vacation also ended very quickly and I only remember a few precious moments when I go through all the pictures and videos I have taken furiously.

Our house is a ancestral home of the Thadathil Clan…A quick tour into my world..

A peek into the surroundings

A peek into the surroundings

This veranda holds a lot of memories I have with my grandfather. Hence, this is the favorite part of my house which I will always hold closest to my heart.

Nostalgic Place

Nostalgic Place

Now my father thrones his “rightful place” in this chair – only reserved for him except for one small exception –

I rule !!

I rule !!

My parents are really into gardening and dad has made a huge “greenhouse” shelter for them. It is remarkable how much they dedicate their time and energy to these seasonal flowers which bloom and later fade gradually.

A snapshot of it all

A snapshot of it all

Most Captivating

Most Captivating

No matter how much and how long I will drink and eat my mother’s food , there are few things I will really miss – EVERGREEN

Mom’s Cup of Tea – It is everything like how my mother’s Love is : Energizing at the same time Comforting. It is something I would like to unwind myself along with a good novel.

Cup of Love

Cup of Love

Mom’s Payasam – (Why my dad in the picture ?)
The main reason associated with my liking towards payasam is the look my Dad has as he savors every spoon of his share of Payasam with ultimate indulgence in his eyes. The contentment in his face is just priceless.

Payasam with Dad

Payasam with Dad

In this month, we have evolved and played many new roles with the addition of a person in our family.

Life is all about change !

Life is all about change !

My parents into grandparents
My brother into a father ( Seriously !! )
Me into an Aunt

Now, I am no longer the youngest one in my family or the pampered one. But I am happy to give away my place to the one that followed me.

Thank you God for the little things and pleasures in life. Life would never be the same without your mercy.

XOXO

Diary of a So-Called-Perfectionist

Dear Diary,
I have had it with today!!!! I have been a slob and I have to evolve into a “new” me.
I immediately tore a paper and jotted a plan for the next day :
  1. Wake up early
  2. Drink green tea
  3. Exercise a bit
  4. Read newspaper
  5. Take shower at ease
  6. Eat breakfast
  7. Get ready for work
  8. Reach work on time
At work :
  1. Be efficient and do daily follow-ups.
  2. Customer re-kindling and gentle reminder and follow-ups
  3. Fix appointments and go for meetings
  4. Make stats on my current projects and targets
  5. Eat healthy lunch and climb stairs
  6. Drink green tea and continue effective working
At home:
  1. Prepare dinner and lunch for tomorrow
  2. Prepare my clothes for tomorrow
  3. Have a restful evening
  4. Pray and sleep early

In reality

*tringggggggggggggg

*Snooze

*tringggggggggg

*Snooze

*tringgggg

Yikes, its 7:30 already!!!!

Jumped off the bed, hit myself on my shoulder as I wrestle myself through the door. Showered, brushed and I look at the clock at the corner of my eye as I apply my eyeliner..

“Shit, its 8:10 already????”

I make a hasty run towards my car with papers flying off my arm and almost spraining my ankle as I lose my balance over my heels.

*Ouch!

I limp and enter my car and accelerate towards my work.

AT WORK

Good Morning !!!

“Good Morning Julie “… I mumble

I take my place and I close my eyes to collect my thoughts..

“Ok, the day has just started and I can still do as I have planned, try to do my work with atmost diligence and hardw..

Suddenly interrupted by the phone,

“Good Morning , Trisha speaking “ as I faked a happy tone easily covering my disappointment for being interrupted.

“Good Morning ”

“How can I help you?”

“I am calling from Phoenix. I wanted to know why the materials haven’t been delivered to us as per your proposal? “

“Err… Phoenix ..What materials are you referring too ? “

“Do I have to tell you this? Don’t you even know what you are quoting or are you doing your work blindly??”

Growing red with embarrassment with anger burrowing as I speak

“I know there is some misunderstanding. I request you to kindly tell me which material you are talking about so that I can help you with it “

“The item is a machine filter, do you know how important it is especially since it is a critical item..”

I cut him short replying “I understand Mr. X, just to tell you that I am not incharge for this delivery and will connect you to the concerned department incharge”

“Am I not talking to Ms. Trinita?”

“Nope, this is Trisha with you”

A short oh escaped from the other side with a request to transfer the phone to Trinita.

I shut the phone down with a bang silencing the busy office as everyone turns their head towards my direction.

“There goes my day….”

The following day was quite eventful;

I burnt my tongue while drinking Green Tea

Had a feast of a lunch

Used the lift profusely

Paper work piles, lots of deadlines and zero appointments

AT HOME

I retired to my couch and my eyes fell on the same list of nearly-impossible things

I tore it into bits and threw them in the bin.

😀