Zest up my life

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest. 

Christian Dior

Recalling those childhood days when I used to meet each day with ardent exuberance, my eyes used to twinkle with delight and feet used to tap as I hum the happy jingles of life, I realize that I still have that child inside me alive, I still greet each day with a smile, seek for adventure, look at the bright side of situations, for I live with enthusiasm for my passion with passion. Zestfulness is not situational but it’s a lifestyle and adopting it will unleash the hidden child in you whose eyes can see beyond the mundane masks and mind can fathom the real beauty as it won’t be clouded.

People wonder if the zest of life is related to age as it is envisaged to be, I simply refuse to accept that. However, no matter how exuberant one is, needs takes onto them hijacking the front seat. Life indeed is not a magical carnival and we have to work hard to achieve certain goals in life, we race to outshine others, we race to attain perfection, we race to race and in this race we struggle and take a lot of stress and lose the beauty of life. So, what do I do? Simple, I keep adding a little zest to my life and have a beautiful meaning to it. I Create those magical moments which makes me more lively, more enthusiastic, makes me want to breath some more and more.

How do I zest up my life : Continue reading

Adding some more zest to life

As I was taking about how I zest up my life, lets trek into it further.

1) Milky way Stargazing :

It’s not very easy in the city pollution but in remote areas which are not crowded with sky scrapers or polluted in a clear summer night, milky way stargazing is an experience in itself, it is a striking and memorable sight with a spiral arm of our galaxy stretching from horizon to horizon, casting shadows of it’s bright lights. It looks like a inklings of pearls and diamonds sprinkled across the sky.  Continue reading

Adding zest to life

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.

Norman Vincent Peale
Do everything with zest and enthusiasm, that’s the mantra of my life. It doesn’t matter how big or small or important or mundane the task is, I put my heart and soul into it and that makes all the difference.

1) Cooking and Baking :

Life has as many spices as there are in cupboard and I say in your meal too. So it’s the duty of the cook to serve the best of complementing spices and flavors in her dish and that’s what I do, when I cook, I cook it with my heart, soul and mind to zest up other’s life. I put everything I have into it and then the outcome is always satisfactory. When my family and friends appreciate the food I make, it makes my life worthwhile, I feel like flying and fill up with zest to cook better next time because each batch is an experience and learning. It encourage me to try new cuisines, invent my own flours and combination. Food is as yummy as it look so I pay particular attention to it’s presentation as well. The better it looks and tastes, the more lively I feel :) Continue reading

She is a Khasi ‘Mardaani’

Shillong, best known as ‘Scotland of the East’, capital of Meghalaya, one of the seven sister states of North East India. It’s a beauty that attracts many travellers from around the globe. Its quaint charm is not hidden even to the naked eyes and for which it attracted me even more when I heard the seven sisters (seven states) of North East calling.

Travelling is exploring, learning new culture but most importantly it gives a glimpse to the world out there and I had such similar life changing glimpse when I was travelling from Guwahati (Assam) to Shillong (Meghalayala), on National Highway 40 we took a stop to a roadside vendor selling many fruits but Pineapple got our attention.

While having a rather casual chat with the Lady who was selling pineapples, she told me she was a ‘Khasi’ woman. Khasi is a tribe of Meghayala where the status of women is a lot different from rest of the nation; they are treated with more respect, have more freedom and control over life. Having known that I was very curious about them hence I asked her about her culture and specifically status of women in their tribe. Her name was Munasha, I am going to call her Munasha the Khasi.

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Love of makke di roti sarson da saag

Dear Makke di roti,
You are like rhombic cube
the more I try to knead you,
the more you go apart.
then I have to do it all from the start.

Alas! 
Only If I knew the trick.

“Mummy, HowonEarth do you make Makkediroti?” I implored even before my mother got the chance to speak.

“Take a breath Beta, and then say, I couldn’t catch a word.” She said in her ever so calming voice.

“Oh, Yeah, umm.. Can you please teach me how to make makke di rodi? I tried to roll it and failed terribly each time.” I said

“Well, its bit difficult to roll, I roll it using rolling pin itself but I think you can do it using a muslin cloth or a plastic sheet. You have either?” She said.

“I do have plastic bags, wait a second, and let me grab them.” Continue reading

Salsa with Amigas (Friends)

Amigas ( English translation – friends)
My friends are the people to be found
even when I go around.
They are here to stay
and are as weird as me anyway :P

There is nothing better than spending time with your friends, even the most mundane of things when done with my amigas (friends) become extraordinary for me, from talking to dancing to shopping to eating. With FIFA World cup going on and two major latin American teams making place in the semifinals then it calls for a party (Read Parthy :P ) latino style and my Amigas love all-things-latin, be it music or food even latin attire (yo mi chica salsa ^^’ ) is the way to go. So we all barged into one of my cousins place who is mastered in Mexican cuisine. Mexican food have its own flavorful kick by the use of fresh aromatic ingredients and colourful presentation it’s pure heavenly. So we are here for a yummy tummy Mexican time consisting Enchiladas, Taco chips with salsa and Corn kernel salad. Mmmm Am all set to have salsa with my Amigas.

Amigas ( English translation – friends)
We are señoritas.
Over Mexican Platter
Let’s start our tatter Chatter,
whether it rain or shine
we know where to find
the paradise, the Mexican paradise. Continue reading

Crimson peachy rusky dance in the rain

 Then there was a drop,
Teeny tiny drop
On my peachy cheek
No, my eyes didn’t rain but
the clouds started the game
Oh Yeah, they did.

Then there was rain,
the sky wore the misty veil,
So pretty, that even my stilettos did’t complain
got a smile on my face as I started to dance in the rain. Continue reading

Love for animals

We are blessed to be born into the most developed and evolved species and a true human is that person who uses his blessing in the most positive manner to its optimum level. But most of us do wrong to the species which cannot speak for themselves, or they do speak but we are unable to understand them. Yes I am talking about animals. Most of us treat them like dirt, for us they have no value; they are a means of our entertainment or for guarding us, we hurt them, trap them, and imprison them. But how many of do actually see them as a species with heart, bones and soul.

Being an animal lover myself I highly respect those who respect and love the individuality and freedom of the animals. I recently came in contact with an uncle who is a businessman by profession but a helping soul by passion. He have a farm, once when I was visiting it I saw hundreds of monkeys around the farm. I asked him if the monkeys hurt their fruit trees. He told me most of them are rescued by him so they stay around and never hurt any single tree of his farm. I was awed, not only by the information that he have been rescuing animals all his life but by the knowledge of how much a monkey understands. Continue reading

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan ~ A role model

Being a Philosopher at heart, if there is someone I really look up to, it’s Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Becides being the first Vice President of India and the second President of India, he is one of the best known scholars. He is one of those who worked as a bridge between eastern and western education by keeping the decorum of eastern education intact.

It’s very easy to get influenced by the different education system but a balanced intellectual mind will always pick the best and fruitful qualities of other education system and restrain from criticizing. I learnt that from Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.

He was not just a thinker but also an acute decipherer of Indian tradition as it is established in the Upanishads , bhagwat gita etc. His clarity of thoughts were commendable, he never shied away from expressing his philosophical thoughts along the Indian tradition and Hindu philosophy. He was what he was, he never pretended to be someone else, he learnt English in spite of his father’s disapproval at the same time he never forgot the teachings of his father. He taught me all this as so much more about life and being oneself without hesitation. Continue reading

STATE.com

“And my followers count is, 4K you see that!”

“Oh my God, I just crossed 300 likes, you see that!”

Yeah Yeah I see all of that but do I look like I care about your followers or your likes. If you stop screaming then I just might not unfriend or unfollow you.

How many times do you feel that. Sharing moments is awesome but bragging about them is not so cool and when there is unnecessary competition, people start to judge even if you are not bragging. But does that mean you should stop sharing about the cool stuff you do, the breath-taking places you visit, the yummyliscious food you cook. Or stop posting about the ideas you have or the opinions you make about the current government, or the FIFA world cup or how loud your neighbour’s doorbell rings. No, because life is about sharing and giving opinions. And I am personally all about speaking my heart and mind and do like to hear what others have to say about anything and everything so when I first heard about the STATE.com from Blogadda I was pretty intrigued. Continue reading