Tuesday, March 24

Kellogg's Breakfast-Hog on

Who said Cornflakes can only be eaten with milk? There are so many ways to eat it and my best way to love eating the Kellogg's cornflakes is in the form of chivda and also with the yogurt salad. The taste is just out of the world and i got these ideas from Here.

I got bored of eating the crispy,golden flakes in the traditional form, cold milk and the flakes. Then i heard  so many amazing recipes that can be made out of this crunchy flakes. Healthy breakfast leads to great start of the day. So whip up the perfect breakfast for any occasion using these cornflakes.

But who said cornflakes can only be used in breakfast? They are perfect for brunch,for baking, as Appetizers, As starters,Entree and even a Desert! Most of these dishes are not only quick but also adds amazing crunch and flavour.

Using Cornflakes as a breakfast or as an appetizer is the best way of including fiber, nutrient and taste which is low in calorie, low in fat and high in taste and the best part is, these cornflakes Breakfasts are also filling.

Why would anyone miss the chance of eating different, flavourful and yummy breakfast each day!? I just love going to Gupta's for breakfast. Their recipes just take hardly 10-15 min and are so flavourful. I have already gone for the past 12 days to their place for breakfast and every day i have. had a new yummy recipe.

The way they name the recipe is also very appetizing.So i just don't think twice before barging in to Gupta's for breakfast :)

When we came to know about the variety of dishes that was made, it was only two or three people who volunteered to taste the dishes. As the news about the simple yet delicious dishes made out of cornflakes spread, there are so many people who just want to have the taste of the recipe. Poor Mr.Gupta, he is being surrounded by so many people every morning to invite them for breakfast!

I am sharing two of my favorite dishes that i got to taste from Gupta's and it is so simple that we can let even the school kinds try this.

The first one is "First crush wala nashta". When there are sudden friends coming over and when you find no time to prepare a mouth water sweet, this one comes to the rescue. Just ask them to chill in the couch for 10 min and surprise them with this delight.


I am sure every group has a fitness freak.And for those who are super conscious on every calorie they eat, nothing can beat this "Homework wala nastha" Super simple, very fresh and very light!
Homework wala nashta with a cup of cold lemon tea is a delight!


Well these where my favorites from Guptaji's menus. What is yours? Havent you visited them yet? just reach their place ring the bell and induldge in flavour Dhamaka :)

Monday, March 23

Shopping is a therapy-Save with 27coupons

Most of us love shopping but the real effort is how to make the retail experience a great one. I just love shopping online. It is like a present or a gift that is given to me and every time i get a neatly packed courier with my name delivered to me i feel so happy.

Online shopping is so very convenient. I Can shop with time under my control, with frizzy hair, with my pajamas on ,with no parking charge and even while watching The world cup.

I can keep looking at things that i love, put it in the shopping cart with out any one offering their help to choose cloths for me or even leave the shopping cart without proceeding to buy having no guilt.

There are so many amazing online shopping sites like Jabong, myntra, flipkart, yepme, zovi and so many others. It has a blend of International labels,local brands and designer labels. There is a huge variety of items to choose from ,for every age. These online retailers offer so many offers and coupons codes but it sometimes gets confusing from the wide range of coupons available. What if there was a place which had all the coupon codes neatly listed down?

Here is when 27coupons.com comes to the rescue. With neat User interface and easy navigation it is like a one point stop for finding out coupons for many websites. one can easily choose by category which is available in the bottom:



27coupons.com is a discount coupons and deals distribution platform. It displays discount coupons on offer to retail buyers from almost all Indian Ecommerce websites. It's easy 'search' lets users find coupons quickly and make a huge savings in almost all the purchases they make online. Discount coupons of around 350 stores are currently provided on 27coupons.com and the number is increasing every day. Discount coupons are categorized into Apparel, Electronics, Kid Stores, Computers, Travel, Restaurants, Personal and Health Care, Fashion and Luxury, Home Appliances, Jewelery, etc.


I was surprised to see Dominos and also ola cabs also listed. There are so many retailers providing offer codes which i dint know about and 27Coupons.com lets me find everything and helps me to have the best deal while shopping



There are several Bank coupons also available.


There are also several deals available and you can also share the coupons. Using the coupon code is very simple. I recently booked an ola cab and used the coupon code from 27coupons. I saved Rs 200. Thanks to 27 coupons :)

How to use the coupon codes:

1.Go to the website .27coupons.com
2.Click on the e-Commerce site link that is displayed
3.All the active offers and coupon codes will be displayed.
4.choose the coupons according to your need.
5. Use this code number before your payment in the eCommerce site of your choice.
6.Enjoy the discounts.




Saturday, March 21

Ramayana-The game of life: Shattered Dreams


I have grown up listening to Ramayana. Have watched the Ramayana serial religiously when i was young, but never found the chance to read the great epic written by Valmiki or even the poetic version of the Kamba Ramayana.Now that i found a book that was written in a simple language i just wanted to read it no matter what.

Ramayana-The game of life Shattered Dreams: Book 2 is the sequel to the book raise of the sun prince.The book elaborates every small detail and throws light to the characters that always had to part away with one chapter or just one episode.

The book begins with Dasarathas attempt to make Rama the next Ikshvaku king of Ayodhya. It gives us a glimpse of the king of Lanka, Ravana and later about the evil schemes of Manthara and how Rama goes to exile.The book ends with the trio leading southwards towards the Dandakaranya jungle and with the question if the decision could be changed!

This book has the essence of Ramayana written by sage valmiki and also along with few anecdotes from kamba Ramayana and connects us to the original sculpture.

This book beautifully describes Ramayana not as a story but as a way of life along with the foot notes that describes the narratives and how it is embraced in our day to day life.

I really like the columns where there are several question and thoughts to ponder mentioned along with the explanations eg:

"Can negative emotions be tools to display positive love?",
"triple virtues"
"four roles played by a self confident wife"
"Four gems"
"Six solutions to success"
"Test of ego and dedication"
"Ramas five management mantra"
"What is true communication"

and answers to it.The footnotes alone can be read as a separate self help book. The relation that is made with Ramayana is good.

The book is simple yet elaborate for the casual reader or the first time reader of the Ramayana to understand. But for those who have already read Ramayana and who are well versed, the foot note may seem to be quite long and lead you to think in the same page as that of the author.

This book is authored by Shubha vilas who is a spiritual seeker and a motivational speaker.holds a degree in engineering and law with specialization in Patent Law. His leadership seminars are popular with top-level management in corporate houses. He also helps individuals deal with modern-life situations by applying the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and other dharmic traditions.

Book Details:

Title: Shattered Dreams, Book 2
Series: Ramayana: The Game of Life
Author: Shubha Vilas
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Mythology/ Self Help
ISBN 13: 9788184955316
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 387
Price: Rs 350

Verdict: A crisp and a detailed rendition of the Ramayana with beautifully sculptured columns to ponder our thoughts on the characters.


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Wednesday, March 18

Digital India Vision


E-governance is a wonderful tool to bring transparency, accountability and Whistle blowing ability. It gives access to people by giving them access to information. It is the  "E-asy, E-ffective and E-fficient governance".

Why  e-governance:

"To Make all Public Services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets and ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability of such services at affordable costs to realize the basic needs of the common man"

Any decision that is made in the Parliament should be sent as a message or can be updated in an app. For example the budget session information and the tax related information which is applicable to all should/can be made available in the form of text messages.

The E-governance should also let the employee and the people the possibility of accessing information regarding the compensation, benefit and the civil right laws.

Single point of access for the citizens will  help in travel and E-India initiative can be made to support online government.The main focus should be to provide public information,allow customers to have access to basic public service and to simplify the online procedures.

With tight cyber security and privacy laws it will be easy to control the corruption at every level as it will be accountable.

The beauty of E-governance is that with few key strokes, it lets us get the information and also save time and also effective transparent governance with less bureaucracy.

It not only saves time but also saves trees in an butterfly effect.As the governance is electronic it saves a lot of  stationary like the paper.

The expenditure that was being appropriated towards the stationary can be saved, Thus saving the cost and the money

It is also more convenient to sit in front of the system and apply for the disability funds and other such kinds rather than standing in the long queue and it also prevents the loss of data.

The e-governance would be successful only if the Internet penetration rate and the computer-person ratio is high. Else taking this initiative to the rural and the low income group area will be difficult. And the E-Governance website and the app created must be accessible even to those who lack computing skill thus it should be easy and user friendly.

Once all these things are taken care of , the e-governance through technology can accelerate the vision of #Digital India!

 E-governance is by the governed, for the governed and of the governed.




Aage badega India jab Digital Banega India!!!!


Sunday, March 15

Memories of good old days

We always recall the memorable moments of our life. Just thinking about those moments gives us joy and titillation. All the good things that has happened to us, all the achievements that we made in our school and collage and all the good deeds that we have done becomes great memories for life long. And one thought about these brings a thousand watt smile and glorious gratification. We wish for those good old days to come back.

I have many fond memories from my childhood. The birthday celebrations that were a gala fest at home by inviting all the kids from the apartment and also from the neighboring flat is the first thought i get when i think of the childhood.Cutting cake, serving rasna, cousins taking up the role of the DJ, and the endless wait for all the guests to leave to open the colorful wrappers of the huge pile of gifts was merry.

Eating tons of Ruffles lays and uncle chips to collect the tazoos and exchanging the tazoos for a shinier ones was the first trade that we learnt.

Tazoos

Playing blindman buff,langda-langdi, chuppa chippi was the ultimate aim for every evening after school. Learning how to cycle and getting your own cycle was no less than a multi-million dollar acquisition.

Nothing is more memorable than the smell.The scent of the mud while it rains always brings back the thought of playing in the mud, getting drenched in the rain and getting high fever, nevertheless again going back to the same mud pool the very next day!

The happiness and the satisfaction that was got after building a bird house, and after becoming an organ donor is incomparable. It just made me feel so proud of myself.

Even the worst situation that we face today becomes a memory that teaches us something, Or the worst fight with friends or family later becomes a thing to laugh about.Once something is memorable, it is living and you are using it.

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.” ― Virginia Woolf



Tuesday, March 10

Change is always good

I cannot think of any philosopher or those people who have achieved something in life, not talk about change.Being engulfed in the euphoria of doing things in the traditional way will never lead us anywhere. Change is inevitable and is the Law of life. The trick is to make use of the best out of the change that comes and to formulate it to lead the life that we have dreamt of.

No person is an excemption to change. For some it happens soon and for others it happens a little late.The first change for me was the decision i took to move to hostel for my collage after my high school.New place,new city, new people and new friends.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.-Barack Obama

The first big step to be alone after being in the cocoon warmth of parents brought in some jitter. But this was also my first step towards being independent. The first step to learn so many new things, to face so many new situations, to take ones own decision, to know the real meaning of saving, to meet people who made to think,value and transform the view of life.

The next big change was the decision to enter the corporate world. The next chapter in the book called 'life' has kept me on the toes.Fast,speedy,quick,rapid,swift can be the perfect words to describe.This is where we learn leadership, mentorship,speakership and every other"ship" to sail on for the rest of our journey.

Dealing with uninvited change is often difficult. But whatever it is knowing how to cope up with it and to pick the best of the change is nimble.



   


Monday, March 9

Are you Lucky or Unlucky?

When the rain stops when we step out without an umbrella,when there is green signal all at a row,
when we reach our office in just four minutes, where there is a meeting scheduled at another five minutes,when we do the presentation awesomely well, without the slightest preparation,
when we win a lottery, and become rich in a day and so many surprising things that happen without expectation is when we think we are lucky.

We go back to the start of the day thinking what made the day so much better.We also start thinking that the day was good because of the two teaspoon sugar that was put in the coffee or because of the pet cat blackie that crossed the way when we woke up.

We try to bring back the lady luck again with the sugar and by making blackie cross and alas everything goes crosswise.

There is the rain, red signal, late to the office, presentation is screwed, and we even pay a fine. So the day is horrible bad and from being lucky 24 hours before  we suddenly become unlucky! What a paradox!

Well Being lucky is a skill one has to master in their life. Every person is born with equal quotient of luck and the way the person chooses to use it increases or decreases the luck count.

Its the action in pursuit of the goal,positive attitude, confident outlook, venturing to the unknown territory that  attracts what one thinks of the most.

George Bernard Shaw may have said it best: "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and, if they can't find them, they make them."
We have to wake up the luck. And its the thought and optimism that acts as an alarm.

What is optimism? Dictionary.com says:
1.a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
2.the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.
3.the belief that goodness pervades reality.
4.the doctrine that the existing world is the best of all possible worlds.

This is what the people have been saying for centuries in the name of religion. It just talks about being positive and bringing luck.Being lucky and being a less lucky is in our head, in our thoughts

Even the things which may be considered in significant can pull luck and surround us with the positivity shield. Starting a day with a smile, greeting the security at the gate,looking at the flowers bloom in our garden,cooking our favorite meal will do wonders.

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.-Allen Klein