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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

[Food] Rasam



Rasam.. no, i am not talking about the liquid made with tamarind and daal that we eat with rice, but am talking about this cool Restaurant run by Shri Krishna Sweets at Purasawalkam in Chennai.. years ago(must have been 2-3 atleast), mom dad and i had gone to this restaurant and had dinner ( back then it wasn't called Rasam, and they served some interesting stuff like Oothappam, baked dishes,etc) and then it closed down and now the doors are open once again...and Rasam calls itself an authentic Kongunad restaurant, serving food famous in those parts of TN (erode, coimbatore, salem and so on).. remember it is a PURE VEGETARIAN restaurant., so dont go asking for Chicken or Fish... :)

Me, my friend A and her hubby V decided to go there for dinner on Saturday... drove down to Raja Annamalai road, which is bang opp Dasaprakash hotel n this restaurant is right next to the Reliance Fresh outlet on that road.. Walked up the one light of stairs and found ourselves a table tucked away in a corner.. this place is an old home converted into a restaurant, so there are rooms with seating areas in them.


The service is polite, quick, yet not intrusive, but they do take a bit of time to bring the order. The ambiance, is very inviting, and cozy, feels more like the well-done-up home of a cheerful acquaintance than a restaurant.

The place is however not cheap, or a budget hotel.. a wee bit steep, for the kind of food they serve... the bill for the 3 of us came upto nearly Rs700...

Here are what we tasted and my comments with rating on them:-

Complimentary:
As we sat, the waiter brought a small plate with a triangular piece of what looked like Puri and a brown gooey thing.. he said it was Peni (a south indian sweet puri) and a spoon of Panjamirudam(made using various fruits/dry fruits/sugar/honey, and couple of other interesting stuff)

Soup:
A kind of a rasam with loads of coriander, and onions.. quite nice.. ****

Starters:
Thulasi vadai - was good, tho it tasted just like masala vadai, probably cos of onions and garlic***
Kuzhi paniyaram- was really good, not oily at all, and came with 3 kinds of chutneys (coconut, tomato+onions+red chillie & finally coriander+gr chillies+mint).. ****

Main course
Vegetable kothu parota- it was quite nice, not very spicy.. looks like a parota has been murdered, chopped up with a few veggies sauted with it.***
Masala dosa- kinda wierd, it was small thick dosa, with a mixture of onion,tomato, carrots beans dunked in loads of spices n masala inside..*
A kind of idiyappam[sorry,forgot name]- it was nice, again, the idiyappam had been cooked wiht veggies, and a bit of spice and looked more like sevai. **
Biryani - it was made using beetle nut leaves and garlic, was really yummy, but a wee bit on the spicey side [ had my eyes and mouth watering] ****
Kara kulambu - Absolutely irresistable except for the spice part.. was made with garlic, and kothavarakai vathal ( a kind of thin beans that has been dried and is usually fried n eaten like chips) ****
Since food was spicy we asked for curd, which unfortunately was pretty sour, and then we sent it back.. but never saw it again.. tho the waiter politely brot some onion raita, which was not so bad and calmed our tongues and taste buds... :)

Dessert:
Ilaneer payasam (tender coconut kheer)- was smooth and delightful.. very nice..
Karupati payasam with jevarisi( a diff kind of jaggery, made from palm sugar based kheer with sabudana in it) - dark in color, but again had a lovely texture, and mild sweetness..

All in all a fun experience.. just wish they would tone down on the spice/masala factor a bit... :)

Oh.. how could i forget.. the finger bowl at the end of the meal had a brown colored liquid. A got it first, V n i wondered what it was.. and then when we got ours, i asked the waiter, who said "its tea extract served with lemon, so it removes oil from our hands".. cool na.. ;)

Service: ***

Ambience:****
Availability of seats: ****
Menu: ****
Price: **

Pic courtesy:
Pic1 -http://www.bluebellflorists.com
pic 2:http://chennai.metblogs.com

Monday, April 28, 2008

[fun].... men and shopping.. ;)


This is why women should not take men shopping against their will.

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunately, my wife is like most women - - she loved to browse.

Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Wal-Mart.

Dear Mrs. Samsel,

Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Samsel are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they weren't looking.

2 . July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away.'

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.

6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.

7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'

9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked t he clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the 'Mission Impossible' theme.

12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.

13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled 'PICK ME! PICK ME!'

14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!'




And last, but not least.......................

15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here!'

happpy shopping~ ~ ;)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Yet again... Ouch... Tagged.. ;)

Vishesh has tagged me, once again... darn it~!! Now, if only i had oodles of time, i would have done this 1st.. lolz.. but, i must say, tags are fun.. they help me unwind, and get my mind off work... the 4 letter thing that is sitting in front of my face.. even now.. that i shall attack once am done with this tag... ;)

1. LAST MOVIE YOU SAW IN A THEATRE:
The Bucket List [ awesove movie... 6/5]

2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING?
Collected plays of Mahesh Dattani[ the guy who created Dance like a man...] :)
3. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Has always been, will always be, and is- SCRABBLE...[ yipee doo deee... loweee it]

4. FAVORITE MAGAZINE?
Anything with paper.. but errr, Frozen Thoughts, At a Glance, Savvy, New Woman and so on...

5. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Smell of varnish(the thing they use while painting), petrol, the smell in the air before it rains.. lowe it....

6. FAVORITE SOUND?
Music, music and some more.. plus laughter ...

7. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
Being surrounded by people, and feeling LONELY...

8. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE?
Whoa, its day already???? ;)

9. FAVORITE FAST FOOD PLACE?
Hmmm.. not too fond of these, but Gangotri, and Calcutta Chaat [Spencers plaza]

10. FINISH THIS STATEMENT. “IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I’D…?
I'd travel all across the world... and freak out...

11. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Nope, never did... just a cushion... :)

12. STORMS-COOL OR SCARY?
Cool, esp since i get to cuddle up with my Cowardy custard Floppy [err.. my doggie]

13. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
dont got one... :(

14. FAVORITE DRINK?
Coffee, tea... vodka ;)

5. FINISH THIS STATEMENT, “IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD…
I would be soo much more happier, more time to do things i wanna do... sigh.. 24hrs just aint enuf [ vishesh, wanna send me some of ur free time??? :P]

16. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI?
Yep... i eat em all... jus pick out the worms.. :P

17. IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE?
Oh, its there already.. Burgundy... ;)

18. NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS YOU HAVE LIVED IN.
Hmmm.. let me see... Madras, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirunelveli, and now back in Madras which became Chennai... ;)

9. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Cricket.[ esp if Aussies are playing] , Football, Basketball, Snooker, Gymnastics, Bowling, anything n everything.. except WWF[yuck...]

20. ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU.
Has an amazing way with words...

21. WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED?
Dont got a bed, mattress on the floor ;0

22. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE BORN AS YOURSELF AGAIN?
just me... love me... :)

23. MORNING PERSON, OR NIGHT OWL?
A Night owl indeed.... can stay up till 5 , but cant wake up at 5[unless am catching a flight or train]

24. OVER EASY, OR SUNNY SIDE UP?
sunny side up… [doesnt it look pretty??? :)]

25. FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX?
anywhere with friends around

26. FAVORITE PIE?
Appleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..[ yummmmy in the tummy]

27. FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?
Strawberry, lychee[ love it , jus luv it]
28. OF ALL THE PEOPLE YOU TAGGED THIS TO, WHO’S MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?
Hmmm.. dont really know, cos i am not really gonna tag nobody.. anyone who finds this interesting can take it up... :)

have a fun day~!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Am a Sucker for Mehndi.... :)

Dont know when it started
but i loveeeeeeeeeeee Mehndi...
Anywhere, any friend or family getting married.. i mite not attend the wedding
but Mehndi party.. no way, i shall not miss.. lolz.. :D

infact most of my close friends also know it
to a point where if i announce "a wedding is happening"
they would be like 'oh, so we shall soon get to see some more mehndi pics.."..hehehe.. [they are jus jealous... is that possible? considering most of em are guys??:P]

There are good mehndi's.. ok ones and ofcourse the few that i wish i could scrape off right after getting it applied.. alas, not possible. traces remain.... :)

here are some of my mehndi pics(of my hands filled with color...)




and then we went to Dakshin Chitra on Sunday, in 2 cars with uncles, aunts, and some cousinsss... walked around, totally bored, ooh'd aaah'd at some bangle ladies, sneered at the Kuri josiyam lady(cos she was faffing the same S%#* to everyone), not to forget melted in the blazing sun.. literally melted in our skins.. and were ready to freakkkk , when we saw this Mehndi lady sitting on a lone chair in the middle of a ...

well, nowhere.. there were pictures n portraits of jesus, mary and another section of the room had nothing but bells and door knobs... wierd na... anyways, we decided to give her a try and get our mind offf the HEATTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.. Gawd, i hate this city for the climate... sigh.. anyways, here is what i got done there.. i know i know.. dont say a word... jus sigh... that is good enuf.. heheh....


Oh,well, guess every time is a experience.... now, i shall have to remember to not show my hand around wherever i see a mehndi cone.. but will i be able to resist ????? :) hmmmm.. something to ponder about...


Friday, April 11, 2008

[tag] Fun with Musique

Came upon this tag on Kavitha's blog, and seemed like fun, so taking it from there... :)
[yep, got some spare time to kill..actually have work, but just putting it off.. ]

here goes... this is how you go about it...

1. Put your iPod/Winamp/music-player-of-choice on shuffle mode.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write the name of the song no matter what. No cheating!

Questionssssssssssssssss:

"If someone says 'Is this okay?', you say?"
"here i am - Bryan Adams" [seriously... :)]

"What would best describe your personality?"
"Friday - Daniel bedingfield" [hehehe]

"What do you like in a guy/girl?"
"Unbreakable- westlife" [woww...]

"How do you feel today?"
"I finally Found someone - Bryan Adams n Barbara Streisand" [ so coool]

"What is your life's purpose?"
"In Dino.. Life in a metro"

"What is your motto?"
"Katrin Mozhi - Mozhi" [ so totally love this song]

"What do your friends think of you?"
"partha mudal naale - Vettaiyadu vilaiyadu" [ hehehe...]

"What do you think of your parents?"
"every other time - LFO"

"What do you think about very often?"
"hum to aise hain - Laaga chunari mein daag" [ wonder what am thinking about ;)]

"What is 2+2?"
"1000 miles - Vanessa Carlton" [no kidding..what kinda math is this?]

"What do you think of your best friend?"
"we dont need no education - pink floyd" [whoa.. how... how on earth...:)]

"What do you think of the person you like?"
"pidichirukku - Ullam ketkume [ sexy number]

"What is your life story?"
"rock this party -Bob sinclair feat Dollarman & Big Ali" [ life sure is fun]

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"Kholo Kholo- Taare Zameen par" [what a track.. do i gotta grow up??? :P]

"What do you think when you see the person you like?"
" para tu amor- Juanes" [ smooth .... ;)]

"What do your parents think of you?"
"move your body - Johnny Gaddar"

"What will you dance to at your wedding?"
"light my candle - RENT" [oh,my...]

"What will they play at your funeral?"
"100 years - Five for Fighting" [ ya,,right, i die n they play a song saying 100 years...fate~!]

"What is your hobby/interest?"
"Fellowship of the Ring Theme song - Enya" [ music,. rings, what the devil??? :P]

"What is your biggest secret?"
"Clarity - John Mayer" [oopsy]

"What do you think of your friends?"
"Little moments - Brad paisely" [oh,yes, totally]

"What should you post this as?"
"i am 16, going on 17-- Sound of music" [hehe.. wat can i say???:P]

Phew.... that was fun... :)

I'm not gonna tag anyone - but if any of you reading this feel an urge to take it up, go ahead~~ have some fun... :)

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Dad turned 60... and we had celebrated in style...

Am back.. after a brief stint of goin invisible, things have settled down and we are all back to routine... was away from net/blog for abt 5-6days... :) a lot going on at home...:)

This time it was Grandpa's health [ he had to undergo surgery] and ofcourse Dad's 60th bday functions...
Turning sixty is a social-religious event in India especially in south.Shashtiabdapoorthi is a family event , when a 'remarriage 'of the couple, is performed .This unusual custom marked by rituals, reverberating with the 'mantras ' is spiritually and mentally rejuvenating for a couple who are 'graduageing' .[Shasti' being 60,'Abdam' the year, with Poorti signifying the completion of 60 years in a man's lifetime]


My dad's star bday was on April 8th, which is when his function was set to happen.. the previous day was when we had the Ganapathi homam and Rudra Ekadashi ... Since granpa was just back home after his surgery [ he is doing well, and on his way to normalcy], we dint invite a lot of people and decided to keep it simple... just close family was invited and the function was all set to happen at my Grandparents' place [since granpa couldnt move around much and the house was bigger than my parents' apartment]

Absolut chaos at home
Getting all the items ready
Shopping for groceries
Buying mom n dad gifts [ me and my sis got em mobile phones]
Arranging food
Ordering for veggies
Calling for flowers
Making arrangements for Milk[this was a killer]
and ofcourse since it was at home, had to get the rooms cleaned out, furniture moved out, and place all set to fit in abt 25-30 people.. and for the homam[puja.. havan]....

7th n 8th dawned bright and early for us. we were all up by 4 and ready by 5.. cos Priests started trinkling in by 5.15am and the function began around 5.45... it was fun... it was tiring... and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see your parents tie the knot all over again.. its like God had made a plan that since kids are not around during the 1st wedding [ ya, right, obviously ;o)], he created this 60th bday functions... :)

anyways... touch wood.. it all went off extremely well.. all were happy.. mom n dad were overjoyed that things went off smoothly.. no hiccups, no hassles, no sudden unpleasant surprises... :)

here's wishing them many more years of togetherness n happpinessss...
loads of love n hugsssssssssssss