Friday, August 29, 2008

Time Flies!

mmm i didnt even realise that its meen almost more than one month since ive been in this beautiful city called sydney.i dont know where and how 6 weeks have flown by ....

Friday, August 15, 2008


since its 15th august, Indian Independance Day, though of posting a 2nd post and this is going to be some of my favourite quotations on this Great Nation that is.

This is indeed India!
The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday's bear date with the modering antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the oQuotationsne land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.~~~ Mark Twain

In religion, India is the only millionaire......the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.
~~~ Mark Twain (American writer)

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.~~~ Albert Einstein (German Physicist)

When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.~~~ Albert Einstein

Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?~~~ Abdul Kalam (President of India)
She (India) has left indelible imprints on one fourth of the human race in the course of a long succession of centuries. She has the right to reclaim ... her place amongst the great nations summarizing and symbolizing the spirit of humanity. From Persia to the Chinese sea, from the icy regions of Siberia to Islands of Java and Borneo, India has propagated her beliefs, her tales, and her civilization!~~~ Sylvia Levi
If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India.
~~~ Max Mueller (German scholar)

There has been no more revolutionary contribution than the one which the Hindus (Indians) made when they invented zero.~~~ Lancelot Hogben (English mathematician)

India – The land of Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.~~~ Wheeler Wilcox (American poet)

India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most astrictive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!
~~~ Mark Twain (American writer)

The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity is of wonderful structure, more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin and more exquisitely refined than either.~~~Sir William Jones (English scholar)

A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
~~~ Gandhi

India is not an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay~~~ Shashi Tharoor (Indian author . In his ‘The Great Indian Novel’)

It is not only a country and something geographical, but the home and the youth of the soul, the everywhere and nowhere, the oneness of all times. ~~~ Herman Hesse (German poet and novelist)

Perhaps in return for conquest, arrogance and spoilation, India will teach us the tolerance and gentleness of the mature mind, the quiet content of the unacquisitive soul, the calm of the understanding spirit, and a unifying, a pacifying love for all living things.
~~~ Will Durant ( American Historian)

INDIA@61-What a great Glorious Nation

Date:15 August 1947:"At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity."
quoted Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru , who eventually came to be the first prime minister of a free and independant nation that is INDIA today.India was once upon a time ruled by first the invaders-the mughalsfor alm ost a thousand years or more,by the british for almost 200.
Yet today, despite being supressed and oppressed, India is amongst the largest in resources,manpower and probably the most powerful economy in Asia today. Not even Nehru could have envisioned this back in 1947.
India, has always been rich in Human Values over all the civilisations and cultures of the world.
The worlds first civilisation took birth in India.And it is not very surprising that India has become a leader where human values,spirituality,economics ,modern urban villages ,a plethora of religious beliefs, people of different races,colours, linguistic families ,etc co-exist harmoniously and peacefully.
India, today is home to the maximum number of millionaires,the worlds largest IT and spirituality hub, home to the worlds largest and fastest growing Media Industry,secon largest in manpower resources and its a very loonog list. India ,today with all its multicultural social systems has still maintained her values thanks to its traditions of spirituality and strong value systems in a world where almost all is lost.Today , we have an Indian Diaspora in practically every nook and corner of the globe, a temple, a buddhist shrine,gurudwara or a number of yoga centres in every nook and corner of the world. Today the Indian Bhangra dominates the music scene and a Shahrukh Khan Movie almost grosses as much in London as a hollywood multistarer.
Indian Men and Women have made their mark in every aspect and sphere of Human life.Be it Indira Nooyi or Mata Amritanandamayi, Amartya Sen or Shri Shri Ravishankar. Today these are regared and respected and Honoured as the great daughters and sons of the Indian soil.
India at 61 is still young. It is still strong and steeply immersed in the philosophies of Krishna,Nanak, Buddha,Allah,Adi Shankaracharya,Jesus and still moves on in a bustling world raring to go.
On this Independance day , all Indians should remeber and feel the gratitude to their forefathers and the modern indians who have built and are still building this great glorious nation
We should also salute our personal independance and freedom and also salute the youth who are taking this great nation forward by leaps and bounds.
Some of My Favorite quotes on this Great Nation that IS:

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. While the world sleeps a dynamic and a pulsating India is emerging. Its time to fly India. ~ Bhavin Rawal,London)

India is probably the best country in the world, both scenic and peaceful, it truly is god's country. ~ Kobe Bryant
If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India. ~ Romain Rolland (French Nobel Laureate)

With one foot grounded in time-honored traditions and the other fervently striding into the entrepreneurial e-age, India embraces diversity passionately as few other countries on earth could.
- Lonely Planet (Travel guide book)
It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. There are perhaps very few nations in the world with the enormous variety that India has to offer. Modern day India represents the largest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity unparalleled anywhere else. ~ A Rough Guide to India (a travel book [1])

Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?~~~ Abdul Kalam (President of India)

Monday, August 11, 2008


I was recntly watching a talk by Rishi Nityapragyaji on Choices.Well, i could apply every aspect of the talk to my life. What i like about Guruji and Rishiji's talks is that they are very practical to the modern day and age..
What rishiji was basically saying was that people generally make choices based on comfort and convienience and therefore have short term happiness and donot lead a high value lifebut he also said that those who make choices based on challenges tend to lead a higher value life in teh long term.heres the link to the talk...
it is a must watch for not only those of art of living but for everybody....

Tomato, Basil and Pine Nut Pesto

this one is quite easy:
heres what you need:
2 ripe fresh tomatoes roughly chopped
sundried tomatoes cut into about 8-10 strips
fresh green olives about 8-10
a handful of pinenuts well if u dont have access to pine nuts use almonds as a substitute
sunflower or olive oil
pepper and mixed herbs you could also use fresh basil leaves as per taste
a few drops of lime juice
garlic (optional tough i dint add any)but it makes the pesto quite tasty
whirr all the ingredients together in a mixie or hand blender and voila the pesto is ready you could use this as a dressing ,as pasta sauce,on bread or as a dip...ill put a pic up really soon..

Friday, August 8, 2008

Quick and Easy Tomato and Cheesy Pasta

hmm i decided to try this recipe last night for dinner.. its quick and easy pasta as the name could use leftover boiled pasta (if you use pasta made of durrum wheat or whole wheat like i do then its just healthier and cuts out half the calories as there are other ingredients that make it rich)

here goes the recipe:

pasta boiled

tomato puree 2-3 tbsps for a big quantity for 2 ppl(make sure its either organic/homemade or sugarfree)

mixed pasta herbs

cream cheese dissolved in 2 tbsps of milk and boiled for 2 mins..

salt ,pepper


procedure:you could also toss this one up in the microwave including the cheesy i did..

in a bowl /pan add some butter and let it melt for 2 mins.. plunk in the pasta and add the tomato puree,cheesy sauce ,salt ,pepper and herbs tossit up and then cook on a medium for 2-3 mins. if doing it in the microwave,use a microsafe bowl ..

heres a picture i know its not that gr8 ba pic but tasted yummm..

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