Author: Saranya Ponkumar

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Joda vs SimpleDateFormat

Java developers who are used to Joda date time library has surprises while switching to the date library provided by Java. Here are few things to be aware while using SimpleDateFormat.

SimpleDateFormat is not as strict as a Joda date formatter. While parsing a string as a date given a date pattern Joda expects the date to be valid (E.g: 31-Feb-2017 is an invalid date), but by default, SimpleDateFormat can parse invalid dates defaulting to some values. However, the parsing can be made strict by using setLinient() method. When this flag is set to false, the parsing becomes strict thereby return null dates when parsing invalid dates.


Even when the setLinient is set to false, the parser will parse irrelevant characters after the length of the required date format.


Please refer to the below example.

import java.text.ParsePosition;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Locale;
import java.util.TimeZone;

public class SimpleDateFormatTest {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		/*Linient Parsing*/
		final SimpleDateFormat formatterLinient = new SimpleDateFormat("M/d/yyyy", new Locale("en"));
		final ParsePosition posLinient = new ParsePosition(0);
		Date dateLinient = formatterLinient.parse("02/31/2016", posLinient);
		System.out.println(dateLinient); /* OUTPUT: Wed Mar 02 05:30:00 IST 2016 */

		/*Strict Parsing*/
		final SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("M/d/yyyy", new Locale("en"));
		final ParsePosition pos = new ParsePosition(0);
		Date date = formatter.parse("31/02/2016", pos); //Passing an Invalid Date
		System.out.println(date); /*OUTPUT: null */

		/*Ignoring characters after the required format*/
		final SimpleDateFormat formatterJunkchars = new SimpleDateFormat("M/d/yyyy", new Locale("en"));
		final ParsePosition posJunkchars = new ParsePosition(0);
		Date dateposJunkchars = formatter.parse("02/03/2016JunkChars", posJunkchars);
		System.out.println(dateposJunkchars);/* OUTPUT: Wed Feb 03 05:30:00 IST 2016*/



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நீ என் 
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என் வேலையெல்லாம் 
நீ செய்ய, 
ஒன்னும் தெரியாதவ
எல்லா வேலையும் 
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உன்ன வருத்திக்காதடி!

Fish Curry

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


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


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 🙂

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ஓர் குழந்தை!

தன் குழந்தையின்
பாசத்திற்கு ஏங்கிய போது…
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அந்த குழந்தை

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

மார்போடு அனைத்துக் கொள்ளாமல்
தூரம் நின்று ரசித்து சிரித்தாள்..
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தன்னையே ஏம்மாற்றி கொள்வதை
அந்த தாய்…

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