Author: Saranya Ponkumar

Beyond the limits!!!

Fish Curry

Healthiest form of fish is to eat it is boiled in gravy…!

Ingredients:

Fish – 1 Kg (Sliced)
Oil – 100 ml
Mustard – 1 teaspoon
Fenugreek – 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida powder – a pinch
Curry Leaves – hand full
Pepper – 10 seeds
Green Chilly – 4
Shallots (small onions) – 300 grams
Garlic – 10 cloves
Tomatoes – 4
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Chilli Powder – as per taste
Coriander Powder – 3 teaspoon
Tamarind – 2 lemon size
Coconut – half
Corriander Leaves – 3 stems
Salt – as per taste

Steps:

1. Soak the tamarind and extract the pulp. Keep it aside.
2. Grate the coconut and grind it into a fine paste.
3. Heat oil in big pan (Big enough for the fish to be able to cook properly)
4. Temper with mustard, fenugreek, asafoetida, pepper seeds and curry leaves.
5. Add chopped green chilly.
5. Add the chopped shallots and fry until it turns golden brown.
6. Add finely cut garlic and fry it until half cooked.
7. Add finely chopped tomatoes and fry until it becomes soft. (Add a pinch of salt for the tomato to get cooked fast)
8. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder (as per taste) and coriander powder. Mix well.
9. Add the tamarind pulp and allow it to boil for 5 to 10 mins.
10. Add the coconut paste and add water as required.
11. Close the pan with a lid and Allow it to boil until the oil floats on top.
12. Now add the properly cleaned fish pieces into the boiling gravy.
13. Immediately add chopped coriander leaves.
14. Turn off the flame after 5 mins as the fish cooks really fast. Be sure not to overcook.
15. Keep the gravy aside for an hour for the fish flavour to get into the gravy.

Gravy is ready to be served with hot steamed rice!

The “Friend” who never hurts you…

Writing is always my passion. It enables me to be myself and most of the times it reflects me.

Rewinding my memories, I realise that I developed a passion for writing from my Dad. I am grateful to him for inculcating the habit in himself which is a great source of inspiration for me. Moreover, I started all this by journaling my daily activities which slowly built crave for writing.

Although I have stopped journaling every day, I have a dairy for myself to keep note of important moments. It is really refreshing when I look back those pleasant memories. However it is after all life, there are also sour moments which remind me to be strong and not repeat my mistakes.

I make my dairy colourful by pinning cards, dry flowers, etc. which I feel is a priceless possession.

My diary is also my anthology. I make note of all my favourite quotes and excerpts from the books I read which I feel guides me in my life.

The Diary, will always be your best friend, who you can go back to for anything and the best part is it NEVER HURTS YOU!

P.S: The diary in the header image is mine 🙂

கற்பனையில் மட்டும் தாய்

தாயின் பாசத்திற்கும்
பாட்டியின் பாசத்திற்கும்
இடையில் சிக்கி
தவித்தது
ஓர் குழந்தை!

தாய்
தன் குழந்தையின்
பாசத்திற்கு ஏங்கிய போது…
பாட்டி
தன் உலகமே
அந்த குழந்தை
என்றிந்தாள்…

தன் குழந்தையின் நலம்..
தன் குடும்பத்தின் நிம்மதி…
கருதி
விட்டுக்கொடுத்தாள்
தாய்மை உணர்வை…
கட்டுபடுத்திக் கொண்டாள்
ஏக்கத்தை..
அந்த தாய்..

குழந்தையை
மார்போடு அனைத்துக் கொள்ளாமல்
தூரம் நின்று ரசித்து சிரித்தாள்..
கற்பனையில் வாழ்ந்தாள்..
தன்னையே ஏம்மாற்றி கொள்வதை
அறியாத
அந்த தாய்…

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Trip to Rajasthan…

2016 Year End! We are all set for our trip to Rajasthan

Day 1: The trip started from Bangalore when we were all excited for the travel. We reached the airport early in the morning to avoid last minute hurry as this was a trip after all to relax. But the flight got delayed due to bad weather, however, we reached Jodhpur by noon the same day. Jodhpur in my view was a clean and calm city. The roads were quite broad and well laid. After checking in into the hotel and refreshing, we headed to Jodhpur fort. The fort was really big, but was crowded which made sight seeing less enjoyable. The collection of weapons is definitely a great cultural heritage in our country. Close by the Jodhpur fort was Jaswant Thada, a clean and beautiful place. I had my time in peace and tried a bit of photography as well. The final place of visit in Jodhpur was Mandore garden, which I felt could have been maintained better to attract tourist. The garden had some architecturally well-built buildings and all-by-itself-grown bougainvilleas.

Day 2: We started from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. It was a long journey. Jaisalmer is one of the under-developed cities whose major source of living is tourism. We had a lunch and visited Gaddi Sagar lake. It was a pleasant lake for boating and it was a totally refreshing experience. It is a good place to shop, the lake had a few shops which had a good collection of dresses and Rajasthani stuff at reasonable prices. That evening we spent at sunset point. It was a breathtaking view of the sunset with a lot of photography explored.

Day 3: The most expected day of the trip. The day started in the War Museum, Jaisalmer. It is a tribute to all brave soldiers who lost their lives to save our country. Excellently maintained. After which we headed to Sam, on the way we visited Kuldara village, an abandoned village which looks haunted. We reached Sam. We visited Desert National Park, which in my view was a useless place visited during our whole trip. We did not even spot one desert animal. Next was the most exciting and thrilling jeep safari in the Sam Sand Dunes. Finally, we checked in into Desert Camp the most awaited part of the trip. It was a well spent evening with the sand dunes, sunset and Rajasthani folk dance.

Day 4: We started to Bikaner, which was again a long and tiring travel. We visited the Bikaner fort around noon. The fort was very well maintained. It had wonderful interior architecture and a large collection of weapons displayed at the museum. We checked in at the hotel and we need some rest so did not plan anything for the evening.

Day 5: We started to Jaipur, our final destination in the trip. We directly visited Amer fort where we did some shopping as well. We went via Hawa mahal, but did not stop there. The day was done.

Day 6: The day started off with our visit to City Palace and Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar had awesome scientific astronomical instruments which were built in the 18th and 19th century. Next was our visit to Jaigarh fort from where we had a good aerial view of Amer fort. Close by was Nahargarh fort which had a wax museum of celebrities. The wax models were really good and looking real. ALL DONE for the trip! We had lunch and headed to Jaipur airport for our return to Bangalore.

December is the right time to visit Rajasthan. Hope this helps to plan your trip!!!

 

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பெண்ணாக என் பயணம்…

அழகிய குடும்பத்தில்
மூத்த பிள்ளையாய்
முந்தி பிறந்தேன்….

வீடு பள்ளி
தவிர வேறு இடம்
தெரியாமல் வளர்ந்தேன்…

குழந்தை மனம்
ஆசை பட்டாலும்
பெற்றோருக்கு
சுமை கொடுக்க
மகள் மனம்
தடுக்க..
தடுமாறி..
பின்
நிலை கொண்டேன்…

ஒரு நல்ல தோழி
தங்கை என்று
உணராமல்
சண்டையிட்டு
பொறாமை கொண்டேன்…

அன்புத் தம்பியை
அரவணைத்த
தோழி ஆனேன்…

படிப்பை தவிர
வேறு கலைகள்
அறியேன்..

பள்ளி
படிப்பு
பட்டப்படிப்பு
பண்பு என
உயிர் தோழியை
பின் தொடர்ந்தேன்..

சோம்பேறியென
பட்டமளிக்க பட்டு
எதனாலென்று
புரியாமல் வியந்தேன்…

காதலில் சிக்க கூடாதென்றாலும்
மனம் தடுமாறிய சில நொடிகளை
வென்று வந்தேன்….

படிப்பில்
அலுவலில்
வெற்றி கொண்டாலும்
மனையாளாய்
வெற்றி காண தவிக்கிறேன்..

கணவனே
காதலனாக
தோழனுமாக
கர்வம் கொண்டேன்
வாழ்க்கையை
அவனிடமிருந்து
கற்றும் கொண்டேன்…

என் அடையாளத்தை
என்னால் மட்டுமே
மாற்ற முடியும்
என்றிருதேன்..
என்னை மாற்ற
எண்ணுக்குள்ளிருந்து
ஒருவன் வந்தான்..
என் மகனாய்!
மாறினேன்..

யாரையும்
புண்படுத்த கூடாது..
அனைவரின் சந்தோஷம்
என் சுயமரியாதை விருப்பத்திற்கு
இடையில் சிக்கி
இன்னல் வெளிப்படாமல்
இனிமையாய் சிரித்தேன்…

ஒவ்வொரு
அவமானத்திற்கும்
காலம் பதில் சொல்லுமென
காத்திருக்கிறேன்….

கண்ணீரை
ஆயுதமாக அல்ல!
என் மனஜன்னலை
உடைத்து
கொட்டினேன்…

வெற்றிகளை
மனதில் கொண்டு
முயற்சிகளில்
சோர்வுகொள்ளாமல்
பயணிக்கிறேன்…

நேற்றும் இன்றும்
எப்போதும்
உண்மையான நான்
யாரென தேடுகிறேன்…

சரண்யா பொன்குமாரக
பிறந்து
சரண்யா சங்கராக
பயணிக்கிறேன்…

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