Month: February 2008

My Lil Tadpole!!!

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Its been 5 posts now..n i My son will kick me if i donn introduce him ..Yes..I have a Son Named Yuvan..who is 2 years n 2 months old..


Yuvan Means -Young Man

So he is a very very active toddler..Luves To play with balls..a lot.!!like to play outdoor.. go for a walk…now -a days his latest passions are his new tricycle n his own Badminton racquets..Plays all the while inside teh home with his racquet in his own way..keeping the racquet down on the floor,then on to it the shuttle n then lifts the racquet n swings..n he luves it!!n does it again n again until he is tired of it..n then goes cyclinggggggg..

Itz been a month since he started his play school..got new frens n the teacher says all the four Indians at the playschool has formed a “GANG” n all all “active” i pity the teacher!!
He luves going to school..carries his own back pack..walks all the way to school n back…mmmm

He was stressing me a lot on his language part until 3 months back..But now after a2 months vacation to India n now to playschool..he has started a quite a lot of words..tries to communicate more with words rather than gestures!!
his recent inclusion to the vocabulary are “come,give,tub”
Forgot to mention..His fav cartoon charachter in Mickey Mouse..he’s mad behind MM i shd say,..he chose his water bottle with Mickey n Minnie..sleeps with Mickey Plush toy by his side!!Luves to watch n dance like mad for Mickey Mouse Club house!!!

He can understand every single thing v speak In English or Tamil..so when v want to say something which Yuv doesn’t wanna know we spell the words inbetwn a sentence.. how funny??!!!

So will b posting more on my Lil Tadpole soon…planning to post on his growing up too..lemme see how well i can do it!!
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Fidel Castro!!!

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F-I-D-E-L C-A-S-T-R-O!!!

One of the few “Dictators” quite a lot of people liked(forget abt US..for the record according to Cuban Intelligence ,The US tried to assassinate him 638 times…n all failed attempts!!)including his country men (n women ..??- i have always felt there shd b be a term called Country women or rather call in general Country-people???-do i sound very feminist???)
I Liked reading abt him a lot rather saying i liked him a lot!!( and all these info are compiled for what i read abt Castro thru various sites)
What tempted me to blog on Fidel Castro?The news that 81 year old Castro resigned after 5 decades of his rule as Cuban President (citing medical reasons)Successfully coming thru the economic embargo Imposed on Cuba until now..
But he did open 10,000 new schools, erasing illiteracy and building a universal health care system.
But liberties like right to strike by labour unions were taken away,independent newspapers were shut down and religious institutions harassed. Hundreds of thousands of Cubans have fled Castro’s rule, many settling just across the Florida Straits in Miami.
But Still Cuba survived as a Socialist State which he declared on April 16,1961.
And i shd say he has Accomplished what he wanted for Cuba,being born n brought up in a rich family amid poverty surrounding most of the Cuban Families in twenties”
He went on to Study Law at the University of Havana n offered free legal services For the poor ..n then he was involved as one of the 150 warriors in Throwing out Batista…But the attempt resulted in a failure..then he as tried and jailed for 15 years..then he came out on amnesty after serving jus two years!!
Then he went to Mexico..as he had planned to train n group his men to throw Batista out of power.He met “Che” Guevara.. ,( My another admiration – reading abt him..will blog a lil later..may b next??)from where there was no turning back.. very interestingly he is not only a revolutionary icon but also a President who was always linked to some or the other controversies!
To cite a few..
1.I have read that he used to open up the borders to let Cuban people cross over the waters mostly to Florida..like in 1980 he let 125,000 people flee to Florida by boat through the Mariel port, west of Havana,when Soviet Union split n sent Cuban economy in to bad shape he again opened up the Borders!
2. He also ran a rough run with the Catholic church until recently in 1998 Castro Invited Pope John Paul II to Cuba..

3.In 1999, Castro launched an anti-U.S. campaign for the return of Elian Gonzalez, a six-year-old Cuban boy rescued at sea after surviving a shipwreck that killed his mother. Gonzalez then returned to Cuba in 2000 after his father flew to the U.S. to claim his son.
so But I have always have had an admiration for this Cuban President who smoked cigars in public,had 8 children with four women!!

Resource for Reading: http://biography.com/
Fidel’s Letter of Resignation
All ABOUT Castro


"Mother " Understood!

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For the first time in the recent past..i read a forward again and again and it made me feel every time more in a familiar territory!!!
sometimes i felt great.. awesome..sometimes happy to know that there’s been people to forward nice things that indirectly tells what really a mother Means when v look back…

Personally,when i read the forward ,i pictured my MOM first n then Me in the same Scenario..I felt our Mothers have done all these more than us n very interestingly …v as Kids have not bothered much to acknowledge them ,in a proper way!!Though v have always realised to a certain extent n Jus love our Momzzz…!!

But i started realising all the intricate feelings of a mother only when My LIL Baby Boy started growing up on to a Toddler!!!

Quite interesting though…v realise things only when v actually are in that particular shoe rather than “thinking to be in their shoes” n reacting…realising for a matter of fact though..

Now on to the Forward i received sometime last week which made me feel Phenomenal!!
Though ..i always do a run through on the forwards i recieve keeping one finger on the Scroll Key…!! 🙂
My frens dont send Forwards on n off as i used to write them back..” Hey__________, How dare u are sending me useless forwards.?????.”so they Think Thrice not Twice before clicking that FWD button to me..he he he

Now Enjoy The Forward ……

Mum and Dad were watching TV when Mum said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed”

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches.Rinsed out the dogs bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and added all the mixture to the bread maker for hot bread for the next morning.

She then, put some wet clothes in the dryer and a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom.

She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under a chair.

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store.She put both near her purse.

Mum then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out, “I thought you were going to bed.””I’m on my way,” she said.

She put some water into the dog’s dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on.She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV’s, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the laundry, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework

In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added 3 things to her 6 most important things to do list.She said her prayers and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular.
“I’m going to bed.”And he did…without another thought.


Anything extraordinary here?
Wonder why women live longer…?CAUSE WE ARE MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL….. and we can’t die sooner, we still have things to do!!!!


The Forward ended on a funny note though…

Please send this to five phenomenal women today… they’ll love you for it! I just did.THEN, GO TO BED!

Hope U Felt Phenomenal!!! — if u were a Female…Sorry For Males..but hope u guys feel Phenomenal for what a Woman u’r MOM,SIS N Wife are !!!-:)

Dhal Chutney

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MMM…tried another new chutney..

Recipe Resource : Mallika Badrinath’s “Samayal Samayal”

Ingredients:
Channa Dal – 1/2 cup
Garlic – 4 cloves
Red chilli – 2/3

Method:

1.Dry roast The channa dal n the red chillies until the Dhal turns golden brown.

2. Allow to cool,add the garlic n required salt n coarse grind.

3. Goes well with Idli,Dosa n with Rice as well!The original recipe required 6 cloves of garlic..But my Hubby found it too strong..so i suggest to add 4 only as mentioned above!!

 

Mysore Vada

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M a foodie in all ways…Love More of Non-vegetarian..but i do like cooking vegan n jus luv eating any type of vada!!Tried this recipe over the weekend.. Reciepe Resource : Mallika Badrinath’s “Samayal Samayal”

For long i wanted to try this out..but every time i end up making my favaourite “channa dal Vada (in Tamil paruppu vadai)” or My hubby’s favourite the “Urad Dhal Vada (in Tamil Ulundu vadai)”

But Finally decided to test My taste Buds as well my hubby’s n my Toddler’z as well..

here u go …..
Ingredients
Channa Dal – 1/2 cup
Toor Dal – 1/2 cup
Yellow Moong Dal split – 1/2 cup
Urad Dal – 1/4 cup ( original recipe indicated 1/2 cup..but when added half a cup or in other words as equal to the quantity of other dhal the vada gets lil harder..)
Green chilli – 4
Garlic- 2 cloves
Curry leaves
Corainder leaves

Method
1.Soak all the Dal after thorough washing for abt 3-4 hours.
2.Add Green chilli and the garlic to the soaked Dal and grind with minimum water.
3.Add finely cut curry leaves n Coriander leaves n required salt ( salt can be added while grindng also) and mix well.
4.Make lemon sized balls of it ,pat a lil on u’r palm and fry in hot oil..
5.Serve hot

Note:
Goes well as a snack when served with Coconut chutney or Sambar
Adds as a Side dish when u donn wanna cook two vegetable side dishes..n wanna make a weekday lunch special !!!!!

 

A Title Worth comtemplating??

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I was wondering what do i post in my first blog? Then..as an after thought..i decided it shd b about my choice of the title…
Yeah..i have been thinking a lot about blogging for a while..but then couldnt decide on what particularly i should blog..I love reading a lot..right from magazines..short stories..story books..newspapapers a lot…writing poems..(offcourse reading a lot too)a avid follower of day – day news ..have a great passion for Indian cooking ..and now a great deal trying a lot of recipes for my Two year old Son…
So i thought i should have a Blog wherein i can write whatever that interests me – impacts me – i love doing -wherein i rekindle back my interests in writing on whatever i think i Shd!!
Then evolved the name ..Suhee – My Nick name shortened from my Actual!
Brain Wave – Anything that’s in My “………………….”- wat do i call it????
here i go from now onn…
i hope to make it worthy reading n more enjoyable!!