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My Life Right Now…

Published June 30, 2014 by Bingo's Mom

…is boring. I was busy since March. I stayed in Tamilnadu for 2 months and visited many relatives, attended a close relative’s marriage and shopped almost everyday. June month was busy too as I went again to TN, Bingo’s school started and in-laws went to UK. They stayed with us before leaving to UK. Now, I left alone at home. I know, this was our routine earlier. I used to enjoy me time then. But now, I feel guilty that I am wasting my time. Bingo leaves at 7.30 a.m. and BD at 10 a.m. Bingo comes back at 2. So, I have 4 hours in hand. I finish household work within an hour. In the past three days,

  • finished Udaiyar (part 1)

  • started reading A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • Re-arranged cupboard

  • Did some small works that are pending for a long time

  • Started watching 2 serials

  • Skype session everyday with in-laws

and…

doing something weird like this:

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wish me luck to do something fruitful. sigh.

Liebster Award

Published June 29, 2014 by Bingo's Mom

As I mentioned, I am taking the award from EM with heart full of happiness. I read her through the blogging marathon. She has a beautiful space. If she is eloquent I am just the opposite; inarticulate 🙂

Rules of the Liebster Award: (copied from EM’s blog)

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
1.     Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2.    Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3.    Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4.    Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5.    Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6.    Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7.     List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8.    Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

My Answers for her questions:

Q1. If you had to give up one of your personal favorites forever (like a favorite fruit / food / belongings), what would it be?
Papaya. This is one of my favorite fruits but, given a chance I will give up eating this.
Q2. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Ha. I love this question. Superpower eh, I want to read people’s mind when they think opposite to what they talk and I want to display those ‘actual thinking’ on their forehead; in bold letters.
Q3. Who has been your biggest inspiration in your life? Why?
There are many people in my family itself. Ignoring them, I would say it is my professor ‘A’. She identified the other person in me. Her encouragement, love, guidance, anger and care made me the person that I am today. I am glad I am maintaining the same relationship with her till today. Given a chance, I would love to have her with me, always.
Q4. If you could choose to view one of the world’s most historical events, which one would you choose?
There is no such event but, I want to live in those days where kings ruled. Okay, I want to live in those days where Chozha’s ruled. This is purely because I read Ponniyin Selvan. I know my knowledge is very limited. But, I am in awe with Chozhas.
Q5. Tell us one goal of your life you are working toward.
To show my anger instead of keeping quiet.
Q6. Jewelry or money? Why?
Money.
Q7. What is one song you cannot get out of your head?
There are many, if it should be one then – Ninnukori varnam…
Q8. If you could bring back one dead person from your life (like a friend or family member), who would it be? Why?
My paternal Grand Mother. Why – reason unknown even to me but, i want her back.
Q9. Name the happiest moment of your life so far.
When my MIL told I prepare the best pav bhaji.
Q10. A day trip to a big bustling city or a walk in the countryside?
er… both.
Q11. And last but not the least, how long did it take you to write this post? 😉
One hour.
Giving random facts and nominating bloggers:
I have already bored you all enough with my details. There is nothing new about me.
And, I am nominating this award to whoever read this post with the same questions I answered 🙂 🙂

Riddles

Published June 28, 2014 by Bingo's Mom
  1. What goes around the world but stays in a corner?

  2. They have no flesh, no feathers, no bone, no scales; yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?

  3. You hear it speak, for it has a strong tongue but it cannot breath for it has no lung. What is it?

  4. I give you a group of three. One is sitting down and will never get up. The second eats as much as is given to him, yet is always hungry. The third goes away and never returns.

  5. Whoever makes it tells it not. Whoever takes it knows it not. And whoever knows it wants it not. What is it ?

Answers will be published on Wednesday.

 

ETA: You might have got multiple notification of this post in your reader. The post came in the form of picture initially, for the reason unknown to me. I tried changing it in text, hence you have got multiple notifications. Sorry for spamming your reader.

Pumpkin Chutney – Parangi Kaai Thogayal Recipe

Published June 27, 2014 by Bingo's Mom

I was born in a village and was there till I complete my 5th Standard. During summer holidays we would be going to our grand parents’ place which also a village. So, I have tasted almost all village special dishes and we will be getting farm fresh vegetables those days.

My grand father used to say only Naattukkai (நாட்டுக்காய்) (veggies like pumpkin, ash gourd, plantain, bitter gourd, drumstick, ridge gourd etc.) is good for health and he prefers that only than veggies like carrot, beans, cauliflower etc.

Pumpkin Thogayal is one of my favourite and it is easy to prepare too.
Pumpkin Chutney (6)
Ingredients:
 
Pumpkin – 1/4 kg
Tamarind – Marble size
Urad Dhal – 3 tbs

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Red Chilly – 4 (adjust)

Salt – to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
 
Method:
 
De-skin the pumpkin and cut into small pieces. Heat a pan add 1 tsp of oil and add the mustard seeds, urad dhal. Saute till the urad dhal becomes golden brown. Add red chilly and saute for 10 seconds. Turn off the heat and keep it aside. In the same pan add 1 tsp of oil and add pumpkin and cook in medium heat till soft. 
 
Once it comes to room temperature add pumpkin, the Dhal mix, Tamarind and salt into a mixer and grind to a smooth paste.
 
Serve with hot rice, topped with gingelly oil and enjoy.

Bingo Times

Published June 26, 2014 by Bingo's Mom

BM – What’s in your hand?

Bingo – Moon

BM – Moon?! What are you going to do with that?

Bingo – I am going to fix the moon on the sky.

BM – How?

Bingo – I will cup my hands and say 1…2…3… then I will throw the moon high. so that, it will reach the sky.

BM – You cannot reach sky. You are too small.

Bingo – I will use a ladder.

BM – What if the moon falls down again?

Bingo – I will bang it with hammer.

BM – !!!


Bingo’s Grand Father (in a shopping area) – What do you want?

Bingo – I want biscuits.

BGF – Mummy will scold me if I get you biscuit.

Bingo – I want…. I want…..

BGF – I could not see any biscuit shop here.

Bingo – I will search and find out.

BGF – How?

Bingo – with my eyes.

BGF – !!!