Tea Time Snacks: Mini Alu Tikki Recipe

Alu Tikki, is a favourite amongst most households here in India. Adults and children like this snack equally and the best part is that alu tikkies can be combined with a lot of other food items to result in completely different delicious dishes. You can combine it with curd, imli chutney and mint chutney to make a chat, eat it along with punjabi chole or just dip it in your favourite sauce and have it as a tea time snack. Here is sharing the recipe for this versatile dish.
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New Year Decor For Your Living Room

New Year is here and we are all looking forward towards fresh, positive changes in our lives. Refreshing home decor ideas are a great way to get going and what better than a living room to make fresh beginnings. Living room… I say so because that is where our interaction happens with people other than the ones living in our homes. So, a New Year decor for your living room could be a sort of New Year greeting for your guests, friends and folks. Here is sharing a few New Year Decor Ideas for your living room.
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My Spiritual Beginnings With Paramahansa Yogananda

It began during an English class during my ninth grade. My English teacher whilst going through one of the lessons thought of teaching us some difficult words. She would regularly enrich our vocabularies by such doses but this was a special day. She gave us a small lecture on how developing a habit of reading regularly would help us build a good vocabulary. She happened to mention that we should definitely read Autobiography Of A Yogi. She added that we might not be spiritually inclined or might not believe in spirituality, still the book is a beautiful form of literature and that we must read it.

Not that I bought the book immediately but it stayed in my mind. You know just like sometimes somethings however trivial, just stay back with you.

My Spiritual Beginnings With Paramahansa Yogananda

 

 

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda

I am like many of you, who have at different points of life offered devotion to different deities asking for different gifts. Well, the fact is that most certainly god has never left any of my prayers unanswered. The ones that I thought went unanswered have been answered in much better ways, ways I could not have imagined myself. Coming to Autobiography Of A Yogi, I actually bought it later during my college years. I always wanted to purchase it but those were the days without Flipkarts or Amazons, hence I had to ask for money and go to a bookstore. Lazy as I was I kept on postponing it.

I read the book and was left mesmerised. The book is a beautiful rendering of a yogi’s life in the words of a yogi himself. It’s quite a read. Autobiography Of A Yogi, was the beginning of my spiritual journey, a journey that has really freed me in a lot of ways. I never thought I would ever share something as personal as my faith but today I just felt like. I wouldn’t get into a lot of details or suggest from my end my personal take on it. I would leave it to you guys to form your interpretations and possibly begin your journeys 🙂

I am not giving a moral or a spiritual lecture but I would humbly request all my dear friends and family to read this book. If not for spiritual reasons then for just increasing your vocabulary, just as my dear teacher taught. It could change the way you perceive life.

Inspired From The Monsoon

Published in Homes&Interiors, Deccan Herald, 13th June 2014

The rains brought relief from the blistering heat. I sat on my window as the rain dripped from the chajjaabove. At times I would stretch my hand out and let the rain wet it. Other times I just sat and watched.

The faint smell of wet earth had travelled with the blowing breeze. It is going to rain soon!,mother had said yesterday only.

Rain had changed the entire landscape. Everything appeared so fresh, new and sparkling. Everyone loved the rain; but the maybe the frogs loved it the most. Suddenly there were a large number of leaping frogs in the garden. Whether it was the cooler environs of the outside or it was their desire to mate, they were certainly rejoicing in the rain. Snails too came out, perhaps they were sticky and sweltering and wanted to wiggle in the rain.

 – An Excerpt From One Of My Stories – Of Rain, Frogs and Snakes

 

Bright Colours Of The Monsoons - Image: newhdwallpapers

Bright Colours Of The Monsoons – Image: newhdwallpapers

Revitalise with Monsoons

A fresh respite from the sizzling summer months, monsoons are a reason enough to touch up your home and bring in the freshness of nature. Whilst the nature caters for the clean up, with the trees and bushes being wiped clean of the amassed dust and dirt, exhibiting the revitalising greens, fresh blooms and the splendid joys of nature, its time to introduce a little flavour of the monsoon into your decor too.

Playful Linen - Image: in7colors

Playful Linen – Image: in7colors

Bright Upholstery And Linen

The rain laden clouds do bring in a whiff of fresh air loaded with intoxicating wet earth fragrance but the forever overcast skies can sometimes become a mood dampener. This doesn’t mean that you have to detest the monsoons! Introduce bright colourful accents in your decor to balance the moods. Vibrant cushion covers, colourful coffee mugs, a small potted plant, eye-catching table runners and arresting crockery are a few ways to brighten up the interiors. Vibrant bed sheets, multicoloured bathroom linen and something as meagre as a nice bright bathrobe can pep up things. Talking of bed sheets, there is nothing like cotton for the lazy afternoon slumber time.

Splendid Bathrobes - Image: thecompanystore

Splendid Bathrobes – Image: thecompanystore

One thing that makes or breaks the deal is the drapery. Heavy curtains that don’t sieve in light are a big no no, as they add to the gloom. Apart from this, heavy drapery tends to absorb in moisture and promotes the growth of unwanted fungus that you will not want. Light coloured , see though curtains not only keep your house connected with the outdoors but also help maintain the hygiene. Same goes for thick woollen carpets that soak in moisture, which can be easily replaced with dhurries and rugs that are easy to clean on a regular basis. It would also be a great idea to cover up your expensive sofa upholstery with sheets or covers and bring in a few plants that can’t take the excessive rains. Do not go overboard though, because in general monsoon is good for plants and keeping them out will keep the mosquitoes away too.

Bright Rugs - Image: Decoist

Bright Rugs – Image: Decoist

And Just By The Way

Placing charcoal in your shoe cabinet is very likely to absorb the moisture off your shoes and adding rock salt to your mopping bucket in addition to a floor cleaner will keep the flies away. Also don’t forget to seal the gaps in your doors and windows with sealants like plaster of paris, white cement or rubber linings. Make sure that all the drains, pipes and culverts in and around the house are clean, sans any accumulated leaves, plastic bags etc. Clean your garden of dry leaves and wilted blooms keeping them away from your drainage system, else these tend to flow back to the drains with the water flow. Trim down the tree branches that are anticipated to fall during a thunderstorm or a heavy downpour. See to it that the drainpipes from your roof are working efficiently, which if overlooked can lead to seepage in your ceiling and walls.

Happy Rainy Monsoon

Colour Inspirations – Image: Dazzling wallpapers

 

Monsoons has also inspired the colour palette, as it moves from the summery pastels to the multi-hued and bright tones. Fresh greens of the grass, the reds and yellows of the bell peppers, and other colours of the fresh and crisp, revitalised mother earth have inspired many a designers and homemakers. I do agree that these colours have to be used sparsely, a bit here and a bit there, but nevertheless they need to be there.  You might not have viewed it that way, but those newly purchased colourful flip-flops and umbrellas are very much a part of your decor and colour scheme as are the colourful cupcake moulds.

Wind chimes are a great way to let the cool monsoon breeze play its music and placing one near your door can infuse your home with positive vibes. There isn’t a slightest doubt that the smell of monsoon is intoxicating. Adding a bouquet of fresh flowers or scented candles is a sure shot way of accentuating the high! The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans can be big turn on too!

Sanju the pakodas are ready! ,called mother from the kitchen,Get Radha too!

The smell of hot onion pakodas sizzling out from the kadhai ,accompanied by imlisauce and the sound of rain on the roof made the entire mood very indulgent.

– An Excerpt From One Of My Stories – Of Rain, Frogs and Snakes

Colour Palette Of The Week – Decor Inspired From Cassia Javanica

Cassia Javanica - Picture From Black Diamond Images

Cassia Javanica – Picture From Black Diamond Images

 

Cassia Javanica, also known as The Pink Shower Tree, native to Indonesia, provides inspiration for this week’s colour palette. This gorgeous canopy of pink and lush green is in its full bloom from spring to summers, providing shade from the searing sun. So go, blow off the heat and get inspired 🙂

Images From: Pinterest, Moddik's blog, Seasons for all at home, Kitchencove, Oh So Girly, Decor4all, Karren Haller

Images From: Pinterest, Moddik’s blog, Seasons for all at home, Kitchencove, Oh So Girly, Decor4all, Karren Haller