Friday, November 21, 2014

A Secret Heart - Part 12

After a week, Maya came to airport with her parents to receive prithvi’s family. She was not interested in meeting them. But her mom insists her to do so. On the other hand, prithvi informed his mom that he has some important work to finish in his office and promised her that he will come to India on next flight. He dropped his mom in airport and rushed to his office.
Maya’s parents felt disappointed to see prithvi’s mom coming alone as they were eager to meet prithvi. Prithvi’s mom liked maya so much. Maya’s simple nature and traditional behavior never failed to attract anyone including prithvi’s mom.
They made the arrangements for engagement. Next day prithvi started to India. On his way to India, his mind was occupied by maya’s thought. He felt sad. But he had no other option now than marrying the girl as per his mom’s wish.
After getting ready, he reached the place of engagement on time. Everything was ready and settled. He rolled his eyes to locate the girl but he dint find her. After few minutes, maya slowly walked towards him. He felt her standing close to him. Both of them were nervous to see each other.
Prithvi took the ring and turned towards her with heavy heart. Maya raised her left hand to get the ring in her finger with teary eyes and she holds another ring in her right hand. Prithvi was too tensed and he dropped the ring on floor. He bent down to take the ring. At the same time, by mistake maya dropped the ring which she holds on prithvi’s head.
Prithvi’s thoughts were triggered the first meeting with maya in the bus. He looked up to see the girl and saw maya standing before him with worried look. Prithvi was excited to see maya and shouted “Mayaaaaaaaaaaa” in joy. Maya looked prithvi and she was speechless. She couldn’t believe her own eyes.
Everyone around them gave a confused look like what’s happening? Maya and prithvi hugged each other in happiness. Finally they exchanged the rings and officially get engaged.

                                                “True Love Never Fails”

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dowry - A Criminal Act

Dowry the most common word you hear in India before a marriage is confirmed, unfamiliar in many countries. Dowry is the payment of cash or jewels (gold & silver) given by the bride’s family to the bridegroom’s family along with the bride.
In India, dowry is like bribing the groom’s family to accept a bride. The dowry amount differs according to the financial position of the girl’s family, her age, her beauty, her color, number of siblings and family background.
Nowadays the increasing trend is specifying their dowry needs in the horoscope of the groom. I am shocked to see 5 lakhs, 100 pouns of gold jewels expected as dowry in horoscopes of the boy.
What they do with those huge amount of jewels and cash? Why do they expect it from a girl’s family? Don’t they have self-ability to earn those to live a happy life?  To the extreme, many in-laws torture and kill the girl to get more and more from her family to fulfill their money needs.
They deposit the money in bank and jewels in locker safely (without using, then what’s the purpose of getting it). In many situations, the wealth and respect of the girl’s family is calculated by the dowry they give. I totally hate it.
According to me, anything I can get in exchange of cash or goods are considered least value, at particular times zero value (not so important thing) in life except for the daily needs and I don’t want to buy a boy in return of cash.
Guys don’t sell yourself in the name of dowry. Don’t get dowry as you are worth more than that money can buy. Don’t measure your values with the piece of papers and metals. I compare dowry system to master slave relationship. One who gives is always a master and one who gets is always a slave. Now it’s upto you to decide whether to be a slave or not.
According to Indian law, giving and getting dowry (do worry) is a criminal act. Don’t be criminals.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Heart Feelings 22

Life game starts,
In auto play mode,
With no rewinds of the past,
No fast forward of future,
Stuck up by the errors in present,
Waiting to end,
Till the game is over.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Little Things Mean So Much

Too often I wait too late to say,
Those matters stay with my heart very close,
Too many times I let more,
Trifling things into my mind,
There isn’t a single part of my life,
That I would want to miss,
I count on all the little things,
Mean so much to make a difference,
A thought that puts a smile,
Little words of love in need,
Friendly help on time in deed,
Simple gestures that reach so deep,
The hugs I get when I’m sad,
Throws away all fatigue a million miles away,
All those petite things I appreciate,
Takes me a long way and stays till the end.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Vegetable Momos

Maida / all purpose flour – 2 cups
Oil – 1 tspn
Salt as required
For Stuffing
Finely chopped cabbage – ½ cup
Finely chopped onions – ½ cup
Finely chopped carrots – ½ cup
Chopped spring onions – ¼ cup
Finely chopped garlic – 3 nos
Soya sauce – 1 tspn
Pepper powder – 1 tspn
Water – ½ cup
Salt to taste
Take maida / all purpose flour in a bowl.
Add oil, salt and sprinkle some water to it.
knead it to soft dough and keep it aside.
Heat a tbspn of oil in a pan.
Then add the finely chopped garlic and sauté it.
Now add the finely chopped cabbage, onions, carrots and spring onions.
Throw in ½ tspn salt, 1 tspn pepper powder and 1 tspn soya sauce and sauté it well until the vegetables are half cooked.
Now take the dough and divide it into small equal balls.
Roll them into little circles and stuff them with the above prepared vegetables mixture to make momos.
Fold the momos in desired shapes.
Now take a steam cooker and pour some water in and place the momos in steaming pan and place it inside the cooker and cover it.
Steam cook the momos for 5 mins.
Serve the momos with tomato ketchup.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy Diwali 2014

                 Diwali is a festival filled with fun and togetherness. On this day of lights, lets all celebrate a safe and accident free diwali. Today am going to share some precautionary steps to be taken while cracking fireworks to avoid accidents. Follow these steps and make your diwali a happy memory. These tips are especially for kids (must follow).
Fire works
                -Always light fireworks only in a wide open space, not closer to houses. Else it may accidentally get into houses while cracking.
                -Buy only good quality fireworks and new which are licensed for safety and quality.
                -Never let your children crack fireworks alone. They must be supervised by adults.
                -Never bend so close to the fireworks while lighting it. Run away as soon as possible immediately lighten the crackers. It may help you to avoid the risk of crackers bursting on your face.
                -Don’t buy heavy noise crackers. Diwali is a festival of lights, not noise.
                -Wear cotton clothes. Do not wear flowing clothes, silk and synthetics as it may catch fire easily.
                -Wear slippers or shoes before cracking fireworks to avoid getting burns in feet.
                -Always have a bucket of water near wherever you are bursting crackers.
                -Make sure you have a handy first-aid kit and the phone numbers of the nearest hospitals in case of emergencies.
                -Don’t light fireworks near where other crackers are kept. Make sure no inflammable materials are near your firework area.
                Don’t over eat sweets and oily foods. It may spoil one’s health. Yes I agree its festival time and we couldn’t resist ourselves from eating tastier foods prepared for that special occasion. But health is more important than a momentary happiness. Take proper digestive food supplements if you over eat festival foods.
                To keep your environment clean and pollution free, use less fireworks. Avoid fireworks if you can. The smoke and litter from fireworks cause air pollution. Noise made by crackers produce extreme nuisance to babies, elderly and pets.
                Teach your kids, diwali is about having fun with friends and relatives rather than bursting crackers and causing pollution to atmosphere. I hope these tips may help you atleast a bit to celebrate diwali in safe and joyful manner. 

               There’s always something warm and light, about this bright time of year. When everything has a special glow, hearts filled with happiness, my warm wishes are on all your ways to wish you best things in life.
                                                Wish You A Happy Diwali!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Secret Heart - Part 11

Maya and prithvi started to chat with each other unknowingly.
Prithvi: Hi, I don’t want to go long in our chat. I just want to know one thing from you. Are you really interested in marrying me? Do you like me?
                Maya dint expect such a question in an initial chat. She resumed the chat after a couple of mins.
Maya: Yes, I am interested. What about you?
Prithvi: Frankly speaking, I came to chat with you cos of my mom’s compulsion. Have you seen my photo?
Maya: No, I haven’t seen you yet.
                Prithvi wondered.
Prithvi: Then how you said ok to marry me?
Maya: Just for your name.
Maya’s reply surprised prithvi. He thinks, how a girl agreed to marry him without seeing him just by knowing his name only. He felt something.
Maya: Have you seen me? What’s your reply for this proposal?
Prithvi: I am ok too. Till now I dint even know your name and nothing about you.
                Maya thought, how come a boy accepted to marry her without knowing her name even. They both feel different. Meanwhile prithvi got a call and he disconnected from the chat.
Maya: I am maya. Atleast now you know my name.
                Maya saw her message is not delivered as prithvi went offline suddenly. She too logged out.
                They both informed to their family that they are ready to marry and proceed further. Prithvi’s mom called maya’s parents and told her they will come to meet and confirm the marriage proposal next week. Maya’s parents are happy.

                                                                                                                                       -To be Continued…