Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mouthpiece # 7

State of Devoutness 
Life continues to move at its pace which often appears pretty fast especially when we review it from the rear view mirror. All along the way, we tend to feel the need or rather often long to have in our lives those pair of eyes those set of ears and that heart who watch and listen to us patiently no matter what. Continue reading here...
What's Brewing? - Sabudana Vada
Sabudana - 1 cupPotatoes - 2 boiledPeanuts - ¼ cupGreen chillies - 1 finely choppedCoriander leaves - 2 tbsp (chopped)Salt - to tasteOil - for deep frying
Recipe here...

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mouthpiece #6

Bhakti-marg, Gyaan-marg, Karm-marg
I am definitely not an atheist, though I am not a spiritual person in the real sense of how we all understand the meaning of this term. I do not follow many rituals and traditions, but I don’t follow any, is not true either. Some are ingrained in my being as I have seen them being followed and being performed since I was a child so continuing with them is what comes naturally to me.Continue reading here...

floral pattern on white dupatta


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mouthpiece #5

Perseverance
It was during one of the college years that I happened to read this story by Swami Vivekananda. It has inspired me every time I have thought about it. Want to share it with my readers here…andInitial Understanding of SEOFlavour of Punjab : Kabuli Chana/Chole

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mouthpiece #4

Forgive and Forget
Forgive and forget, the words seem to be so simple yet they sometimes become the most difficult impediments to surmount in moving forward. Some harsh words spoken against one, a situation where one felt completely alone or left out, a setting when someone spoke ill of one’s loved one, or similar such situation. Mostly in all these cases, one is not able to retaliate and the reason could be anything.Continue reading here...

Mouthpiece #3

Introducing pauses in fast paced life...
How gentle breeze can caress the nature, fierce gale can never. While living in the world where senses are constantly being subjected to hyperactivity, it takes special effort and awareness to push break pedal occasionally. Because as they say, ‘Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not just the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.’Continue reading here...

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Book Review : Brida

Title : Brida
Author : Paulo Coelho

Birda is a book that explores the theory of occult and that of soulmate. Twenty year old Brida is in search of a teacher who could guide her to learn magic. She wants to be on a spiritual journey of self-discovery. Her search leads her to a man, The Magus, who recognizes Brida as his soulmate but  does not share this realisation with her. He puts Brida to a test which she completes and the wisdom that she takes out of that test stays with her for the following steps. She is then led to another teacher Wicca who happens to be Magus's ex-lover but follows a different tradition of magic. On the day that is ascertained as Brida's initiation day, she gets to understand that there  is a possibility of meeting two soulmates in one lifetime as well.

While I highly appreciated 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho, the same cannot be said about Brida. The first point where the disconnect starts to surface is when the author mentions the tradition of Sun and the tradition of Moon but never explains what they exactly are, which is sure to leave the readers guessing and intrigued. As the narrative progresses, the missing link never gets repaired and hence it keeps losing the readers. However, one continues to read through it with the hope that since it is Paulo Coelho's book, eventually it will lead to something really grand and special, but that never happens. The storyline is sketchy and jumps from magic, mysticism, auras, gift, to soul mates making it a potpourri of daze and confusion.


However, there are some quotes worth mentioning here which salvages the book to some extent :

"Nothing in the world is ever completely wrong. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."

"Judging oneself to be inferior to other people is one of the worst acts of pride, because it's the most destructive way of being different."

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Mouthpiece #2

This issue of the newsletter contains...
Faith
Faith - we talk about it, we hear about it, some of us relate to it some do not, some view it as their strong anchor while for some it is insignificant, some lose it while some gain it while confronting different vicissitudes of life, for some it keeps wavering while for some it remains steadfast. But what exactly is faith and what does it do to an individual?Read more here...
Some fuel for the bodyWhile rice kheer (rice pudding) is a common Punjabi dessert, not many have heard about phirni which has almost the same ingredients. It was traditionally set in kasoras (small mud pots) for best cooling and garnished with silver foil. Continue reading here...
Joy of Creating




fabric painting : tribal dance on khadi grey kurta




and the back...

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