Wednesday 22 October 2014

From Japan with love via Singapore

I love traveling and exploring new places and meeting new people as I feel it is the best way to learn about various cultures and countries. However I am not the typical traveller who focuses on just the main tourist attractions. I am more the type who likes to explore the by lanes to experience the life as it exists and feel the pulse of the city.
On one such trip I was visiting the beautiful country Singapore. I had heard a lot about a Japanese restaurant and wanted to try it out. It was the last day of my stay and I was keen to eat at this Japanese restaurant which happened to be really very far from where I was.
By the time I reached there it was close to ten at night . It was just a few minutes before the closing time .The restaurant was very particular in not entertaining guests after ten. I told the manager that I had heard much about the restaurant and having come from India wanted to try out the food. Seeing me so excited she let me in despite the fact that it was well past the time they let their last guest in.
They served hot Japanese tea and brought the menu. I confessed that it was my first time at a Japanese restaurant and needed help in ordering food as I was a strict vegetarian. She looked perplexed and went to the kitchen .She came out accompanied by the chef  Patrick who wished us with a smile and asked “from India?”.
Yes I said?
Jain? He asked
No. But we are strict vegetarians.
To this he explained even the vegetarian dishes that they prepared used a stock that would be considered as non vegetarian  from Indian parameters so we would not be able to consume them.
We were really disappointed and were about to get up and walk out
Then he had a brain wave and he said. “If you give me some time I will prepare something vegetarian for you”
It was his closing time and the chef Mr Patrick was eager to prepare a meal for total stranger.
I waited, and through the glass window he was visible frantically mixing ingredients and preparing dishes .I could see all his assistants busy helping him in the kitchen.
I witnessed all this frantic activity while sipping hot Japanese tea .
Flat twenty five minutes later he arrived with trays upon trays of variety of food.So on our table lay an elaborate lavish Japanese meal spread. A meal so special and personalized keeping in mind my vegetarian diet.
Later he told us quite a few of his colleagues were working as  chefs in India .
Finishing our dinner I could not thank him enough for the wonderful Chefs special meal.
Just as I was about to leave He came back with a box of sweets that he handed to me saying from my side. Adding Indians like to have sweets after meals
This floored us once more .
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Saturday 18 October 2014

Dabur Chyawanprash secret to Healthy Life

Coming to this topic I could'nt agree more . Being the first born of the family I got all the undivided attentation love of entire family. My grandparents i.e my Nana & Nani took great care of me . As I began to go to school I began to  come in contact with a large number of kids of my age group and we use to have a gala time playing games and having fun together. However it had its flip side also. If anyone in the class would have a cold or a flu soon it would spread to more members of the gang and one by one a lot of us would be knocked out of action. 
           When I used to catch a cold or fever my whole household used to come to a standstill and everyone would begin to tend to me. When I could not sleep due to a blocked nose my Nana would stay up all night to be with me. My Mom & Nani would prepare steam for me to take inhalation and apply balm on my chest, back & nose. However my being sick disrupted the  schedule of the entire family. The working members of the family i.e my Dad & Nana would go to their respective places of work with red eyes due to  lack of sleep as the previous night as they were all awake tending to me.It also meant no going out to play,no cold drinks, or ice milk shakes. all this made me glum and grumpy and this got rubbed on to my family as well.
         Then my Nani introduced me to Dabur Chyawanprash the immunity booster that my Nana & Nani used to take with milk.
Earlier I was fussy in drinking milk but after adding Dabur Chyawanprash my milk used to taste much better and it also became part of my daily milk shake. This turned me from a fussy milk drinker to a milk lover. However this was not the only advantage. Slow the ingredients in Dabur Chyawanprash boosted my immunity and I became more immune to coughs and cold. This meant no missing out on school fun,outings and ice creams.
It also gave me more energy and stamina to play longer and harder and concentrate better at studies. It has played an important role in improving my grades and level of alertness and multitasking abilities .

When my younger sister was born the focus shifted to her ,our little bundle of joy and when she began to grow and faced the challenges of life we were armed with Dabur Chyawanprash in helping her prepare for the challenges of life ahead.
Today its our armor of protection for giving our family the much needed immunity boost . I could say that it is our family secret but it has rightfully earned its place of honor sitting on our dining table with a promise of giving our family a 3X immunity boost.

Diwali My Best Time


Diwali is the most special time for me.The biggest festival in our family.This is the only festival when all of us, me, my parents,my cousins and extended family members get together however busy we may be.One is allowed to skip the birthday or anniversaries but Diwali time there are no excuses.It like a law in our family. We dont like laws but this is the best law in the whole world.Diwali is the time to have full masti and fun.Me and my cousins flaunt new clothes and jewellery.We start our preparation from Dusshera.First we start cleaning the house.Its the worse part I bet, but after the cleaning is done the results are excellent which motivates us and our spirits.The house gets a new look and new style every Diwali.The walls are painted.The curtains get changed.We all discuss together the color theme.Its a team Job and its fun too.Each and every thing is discussed among us from house paint color to jewellery and clothes.Choosing clothes is a very tricky situation as we cousins are very particular of having similar color theme of clothes.We cousins start raiding the markets for all the stuff.Buy dress material and then give our favourite style to our tailor.Then various home made beauty tips are discussed.We try new things and then share the result.My father prepares a long list of presents to be bought for Diwali for family and friends.We have a tradition of donating clothes,food and sweets to the needy so we buy presents for the children and visit different places to deliver to them.Its a great feeling and I am proud of my family who think about others happiness and needs.We prepare our own Diwali sweets and namkeens.We make besan ke ladoo,Gujiyas,Namak Pare,mathi and nariyal ki barfi for prasad.We are eco friendly so totally avoid crackers and use fresh flowers and rangoli to decorate our house.The flowers make our house look like a new bride.Then on Diwali Day we all wear new clothes.And in the evening we all together perform the puja and offer prasad to Maa Lakshmi.After satisfying our tummies with yummy prasad we all light earthen diyas and candles.The whole process is very special.We all get Diwali gifts and everyone opens his/her gift and its a delight to see each face as they lit up to see their favourite articles as the gift.I never understand how my father always knows what we all wanted as if he is a mind reader.Then we play games,sing and relive our old good memories.Diwali is indeed a very special festival.Its a celebration of Lord Rama coming back to home.But for us its a time of our family members coming back.Each moment spent together is very precious and divine.
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