Took My Breath Away


This post is written for  BLOGESHWAR and ANUBHOOTI .

He was ecstatic to finally have me all to himself.

We made love that night.

It was something we had never experienced before.

Our bodies, hearts and souls melted into each other.

Something possessed us.

He held me tightly in his strong arms, afraid to let go, and kissed me full on my mouth.

It was a long passionate kiss. I closed my eyes and let him take control.

My fingernails dug into his muscular back.

In all that excitement, I forgot to breath.

Suddenly he let go

desperately trying to feel my pulse

I died in his arms that night.

Or  Maybe

he simply took my breath away .

Thursday Photo Challenge


I love to post for Thursday Photo Challenge and with Technology as theme I decided to do a little fun post  and add a video also .

World’s 1st Speaking Newspaper Ad in Times of India For VW Vento

One day my morning ritual of reading newspaper came with a big surprise . The moment I settled down with a hot mug of coffee and opened the paper it began to speak. Shocked, I almost spilled the coffee and said WTF ..and turned the paper to find the culprit 😀

Then followed a lot of fun. I think it was a very imaginative innovative  piece of technology.

“German Auto giant, Volkswagen, delivered a distinct advertisement campaign in the Indian newspaper History to promote their latest Vento Sedan. A black audio device, pasted on the left side of the page, starts playing the audio advertisement automatically when a reader turns a page to see the advertisement of Vento. It turns off immediately as the reader goes to another page. This ground breaking campaign is being seen for the first time in India, debuting in the mainstream newspaper ”Times of India.” ”

I posted the video so that all those who missed the fun can click on it and enjoy :D.

Laal Salam to Com. Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 103 Birthday


Bhagat Singh (September 27, 1907 – March 23, 1931)

“He was a clean fighter who faced his enemy in the open field….He was like a spark which became a flame in a short time and spread from one end of the country to the other dispelling the prevailing darkness everywhere”.

To make the Deaf Hear: Ideology and Programme of Bhagat Singh and his comrades- S .Irfan Habib

While the political parties wait to cash on to  the Ayodhya verdict and the govt. tries to clear the mess created  by CWG,  I decided to pay a tribute to Legendary Bhagat Singh on his 103 birth anniversary. The nation is in grip of one controversy after another and seething with anger over the incompetence of our leadership. In such times my thoughts go to a visionary, a great thinker and revolutionary whose words still

I am a great admirer of Shahid Bhagat Singh  and his philosophy. A political thinker who fought not just for freedom from foreign rule but also to bring radical changes in the society in favor of common man . He was just 23 years old when the British Goverment Hanged him along with his two other conmrades TRajguru and Sukhdev.

Bhagat singh was 16 when he joined the Naujawan Hind Sabha (Hindustan Republican Association) , a mass organisation of the youth that worked against the exploits of British colonialism.Later in 1928 he changed the name to The Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. His revolutionary viewpoint was very evident from all his writings.  He believed in“no exploitation of man by man and nation by nation” and wanted qualitative changes in the society. He thought that the Gandhian philosophy would only result in the replacement of one set of exploiters by another and somehow I feel that it is proving true in the society we are living in.

He said ,“There is no use of that independence wherein the power will switch over from whites to our own people. The real freedom is that which has justice and governance in the hands of a common man.”

He was a veracious reader and inculcated this habit of reading and thinking among his associates.

Bhagat Singh was intellectually engaged to Marxism and we all know how he had asked the warden who had come to take him to the gallows to wait until he finished what he was reading.

In his short life span he transcendented from a romantic idealist  to a true revolutionary. A revolutionary who continues to inspire even now.

Why I am an Atheist is one of the pamphlets He wrote during his stay in jail before execution. Among his many writings this one remains my favorite and a must read for all those who admire him.

The British authorities treated him in the most cruel manner but still they couldn’t  crush his spirit.He knew that the struggle for liberation couldn’t be completed without an armed revolution against the imperialist power and by the age of 22 the British were terrorized of him.  Punjab was a politically charged state in those days and this provided much inspiration for him.

Bhagat Singh in Jail – Age 22

He was the iconic figure of the the revolutionary nationalist phase of the freedom struggle.

Indian freedom struggle was universally acknowledged as a non-violent movement and because of that these heroes of the revolutionary nationalism and their great contribution against the British Raj remained unsung but it left a great impact on the youth and for us they are the real freedom fighters. I feel it is sad that Bhagat Singh’s birth aniversory is not given national importance or accorded official patronage reserved for national heroes.

The elite who rule the nation today maybe feel uncomfortable about his questioning philosophy about the imperialism and economic exploitation.His choice of violence as a method of resistance or his idealistic heroism for which he is rightly wasn’t  as significant as his contribution in  trying to formulate a revolutionary philosophy and a course of action, taking into account the travails of colonial subjection, on the one hand and the character of internal exploitation, on the other. The youth was disillusioned by the non violent methods of the Indian National Congress and they groped for an alternative path – the revolutionary path.

Here are some  articles I found online and they really impressed me .

Bhagat Singh Internet Archive ( Awesome collection of his works)

A tribute to Bhagat Singh on the occasion of his birth century

Bhagat Singh and the Revolutionary Movement

I think that Bhagat Singh’s vision of a secular India is more relevant in today’s times than it was maybe during his days.

I wonder how many of us remember  his birthday and death anniversaries and ponder over  the path he showed.

The Hindutva brand of communalism which is plaguing the country today makes us think of what he said in his writings on communal violence.

Calling upon the Indian people to remain steadfast and dauntless in the face of the communal menace, he wrote:

“The Indian people should not lose heart in face of communal riots; instead they should harness all their resources and potentials and exert by all possible means to create a new ethos and climate where recurrence of communal riots becomes impossible.”

[This excerpt is from Bhagat Singh’s article Sampardayik Dange aur Unka Elaj]

Bhagat Singh’s worst fears have now come true, and the future of India appears as bleak at the hands of its  political leadership . I hope the youth gets inspired from the philosophy of Shahid Bhagat Singh and wakes up to raise their voices against the evils that rock our nation.

The relevance of Comrade Bhagat Singh’s dreams cannot be ignored  in modern day India . Let us  not just pay a lip service to him and make make his philosophy of life our own.


On October 7, 1930 Bhagat Singh, Sukh Dev and Raj Guru were awarded death sentence by a special tribunal. Bhagat Singh was hanged in the early hours on 23rd March, 1931 with fellow revolutionaries Sukhdev and Rajguru.


[Pix courtesy Google images ]

Thursday Photo Challenge – Fun


The theme for this time is Fun. (Festival, Fair, Carnival, Party, Playground, Dancing, Laughing,…)

The picture I am posting is all about friends having a time of their life over drinks, food, laughter and music.

When I joined FPR the Forty Plus and Rocking Community on Orkut I had not realized the number of friends I will make and actually meet. Internet friends are normally virtual friends but here  we had regular meets of the Delhi Chapter  of the community and the friendships have crossed the boundaries of Orkut and virtual life  to become deep everlasting bonds with many  of the people I met. Some are blogger friends too and others from various walks of life. Everyone with same magical charm .

All the Meets we had were fun and unforgettable. They had all the elements of what makes being forty so rocking 😀

The three Indibloggers in the front 😀

Cheers!!!!!!!!!!

Cottage Cheese, Spring Onions In Arrabiata Sauce


Arrabiata Sauce is one of my favorite sauces and I use it for pasta especially Penne  and for many other dishes. It is healthy, full of texture and color and easy to prepare.

Arrabiata goes very well with cottage cheese and my boys love it.

Cooked or heat processed tomatoes contain more lycopene, because cooking helps to release lycopene from the tomato cells.

Lycopene is fat soluble, so it helps to cook it in oil, such as olive oil.

The main ingredients for Arrabiata are tomatoes and garlic. Those  who love garlic like I do can use it as a main flavor in this recipe.

Presence of peperoncino (chili flakes) gives it a defining characteristic (and a lively kick). I add basil and coriander to enhance the taste.

The basic ingredients for the Arrabiata sauce  I make for this particular dish are :

Tomatoes- 1/2 kg ( grated)

Garlic- 10pods ( peeled and finely chopped)

Onions – 2 large

coriander –  5 table-spoon ( finely chopped)

Crushed red pepper flakes – 1 tea-spoon ( optional)

( I use finely chopped green chilli )

Olive oil – 2 table-spoon

Black Pepper – finely crushed 1 tea-spoon

Cumin Seeds – 1Teaspoon

Salt – to taste

Tomato Ketchup – 6 tablespoons

Other Ingredients :

Cottage Cheese – 300grms

Spring Onions  2 fresh and finely chopped springs

Method :

Heat a non stick heavy bottom pan. Add olive oil. keep the flame medium low. Add cumin seeds . When they splutter add onion and garlic. Stir till golden in color. Add tomatoes and keep stirring  till the mixture begins to thicken. Add salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes/ green chilies  also add tomato ketchup.

Keep it covered on low flame for sometime till the excess water gets absorbed and the sauce gets a smooth look.

Add chopped spring onions and half the quantity of coriander.

Stir in cottage cheese cubes .

( I cut the cottage cheese in small cubes and place them in hot salted water till ready to use. It makes them remain soft)

Cover the pan and cook for sometime  till the cheese and sauce blend beautifully.

Remove from heat and add rest of the coriander .

Serve hot .

I use it for filling sandwiches  or on bread pizzas as topping too apart from eating with hot roties or parathas .

Dor


एक धागा है

एक नाज़ुक रेशमी डोर

जो मुझको ज़िन्दगी से बांधे है

वक़्त के साथ मैंने जाना कि

उसका एक नाम भी है


– माँ

BlogJunta Editor Choice Award : BATOM14 Post – Return


Blogjunta Editor Choice Award

This came as a big surprise and swept me off my feet. What an awesome way to begin the day . My post for

BATOM 14 – RETURN

got selected for Editor Choice Awards by BlogJunta . I really appreciate this recognition for my work and thank the team Blogjunta for this honor.

The site is wonderful and it is a pleasure to be associated with it.

Congratulations to other winners and Cheers to Blogjunta one more time,

Yay!!!