Monday, April 14, 2014

Fried Potatoes With Cumin Seeds

Today I wanted to have some potatoes but I wasn't sure how to cook them. Our Pahari (Himalayan mountain area) maid said she will make amazing "aloo" (potatoes) and we will have them with "chay" (tea). "Badaa mazaa ayegaa!" (It'll be fun).

So, the recipe is very easy and suits to bachelors, housewives who can't cook, those who want to have a little different tasting "aloo" (potatoes) and everyone else, of course. It takes about 20-30 minutes to make because potatoes take time to fry.

"Fried Potatoes With Cumin Seeds" 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Prem Granth" (1996)

"Prem Granth" by Rajiv Kapoor was released in 1996 and starred Madhuri Dixit and and Rishi Kapoor. You can buy this movie on amazon or flipkart.

As many of the India's population cannot read or write and never went to school (especially women) and those who read prefer films to books, Bollywood movies have a great role as educators and messengers in India.

I was attracted to this film because it had Madhuri Dixit and Rishi Kapoor in it. I think this was the first film I watched with Rishi Kapoor as the main hero. I simply was drawn to the stars rather than the name "Prem Granth" - "Love Texts" or "The Scriptures of Love".

The movie location seemed to be Rajasthan. The hero Somen (Rishi Kapoor) was the son of a Pandit and belonged to a rich and famous family. He fell in love with the girl Kajri (Madhuri Dixit) who was from a much lower caste - the one who performed at the melas (fairs).

"Beqasoor" (1950) Hindi Film

These days I am experiencing an interesting stage of my life in India. I watch as many Hindi movies as I can. The older the better. It's nice to see the old Bollywood and learn about how people dressed, talked, loved and behaved in '50's, '60's or '70's. So in order not to forget the movies I've seen, I decided to write their reviews on my otherwise empty blog.

The last movie that I saw was "Beqasoor" by Khetarpal Amarnath released in 1950 and featuring Madhubala
The screen shot captured from the YouTube where you see this movie for free (provided by Cinema Scope Movies)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

What to Buy In India?

These days I rarely blog. I might have got used to India and less things surprise me. I might still be appreciative and happy when walking in the streets or shopping but the passionate excitement has dimmed a little. 

While cleaning my room in the mornings, I tend to dust and find all sorts of things bought in various fairs and trips in India. I decided to take photos of these things and upload it on my blog. If someone wonders what can be bought in India as souvenirs and gifts, these are a few examples.


Plastic bangles and dancer's anklets (payal) for children.
My daughter used to attend dance classes in her nursery so my mother-in-law bought her these children's anklets. They are soft and are tied to the ankles. The 30 metal ghunghroos make sounds similar to cymbals and are a part of traditional Indian dance such as bharatnatyam and khatak.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Marrying Indian in India? Feeling Scared? Read This.

I have received many messages (3-4) where foreign girls ask how should they go about things when marrying an Indian in India? What to wear, what to talk, how to behave, how not to get sick, how to handle the complicated marriage ceremony?

Demonstration of clothes during weddings (left), museum in Ludhiana (right top),  b-day (function) 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Why am I Petrified to Let my Daughter Go to School

It seems that the only reason of why I created a blog on India was only to share my worries with the world. Actually there are many to listen but not many to feel what I feel.  To tell the truth, living in India was my choice, but I never thought it'll be so scary. Why scary?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Traveling, Routine and Soaps

A little more than a week ago we came back from my husband's trip in Gujarat and Maharashtra. We boarded the plane thrice and that was enough to overcome the flight phobia and turn it into the wild excitement. Yes, I want to learn to flight a plane! 

In Maharashtra we visited "Indian Disneyland" - an amusement park called "Imagica". According to my guesses, it's located somewhere near Monsoon Mountains in the little town called Khopoli, halfway from Mumbai. It was based on a high hill where the sun was so hot it burnt my skin.

"Zoo in Pune" by me