My Bucket List had a book in it and I was not sure as to what and how I should be writing one. Some well-wishers suggested to write a travelogue as I used to travel for work or otherwise.
I was also lucky that I am a member of this blog group and help came up instantaneously. The sum total was the realization that I should be writing from the heart.
Encouraged by the support I decided to start writing and brought up an idea of forming the ‘Book Writers’ Club’ which was joined by a few friends. And I wanted my first few pages to be seen and reviewed by the club members.
I got a real review, ably correcting the plenty of mistakes and telling what should be taken care of from one of the members. She had one book published and here I am talking about her second and lovely book ‘Love.Exe’
If you have downloaded a complicatd software on an unreliable computer with moody internet, you get a picture of how the author unfurls the story. The story progresses like the exact stages in the software download, with the several yes/no, true/false confirmations concluding with the finish button.
That alone would make the book a hit among the tech savvy new generation. Particularly since the background is set on the dream destination for Indians for study and work – the U S A and Ivy League colleges, full scholarships and dream jobs with new gen tech and online companies.
About the Author
Manju Nambiar, originally from Kerala in India, after higher education in USA, now works in a leading frim in San Jose California and lives there with husband and daughter. Her first book ‘The Money Lender’ has been a hit.
The book is available on Amazon
The main character is a bright and beautiful girl from an orthodox South Indian family with ambition set on the typical Indian youngster intention of living the American Dream.
Marriage is what the parents think of daughters and that is what the compromise for any dream.
There is a transition from an attempted arranged marriage to love led marriage. Imagine the situation when the parties involved are the same in both the scenarios.
As a reader, I have a weakness of getting attached to the lead character. That is not the problem. The problem is that whoever is a villain to the good character (mostly heroine) has a red mark on him from me. And when the author cleverly brings the two close to where they work, I am not happy to see the villain making any gains on the heroine.
But I am unique. Almost all the others love the twist and are fascinated by the details of a real Indian experience in the campus and workplace in USA, especially when the love dominates the details. The book is a complete success in meticulously detailing every steps in the life of Indian Americans living the American Dream in the University and work office.
That’s when, though I wouldn’t like the villain coming anywhere near my heroine, all except me will be thrilled at the way the two get closer and closer and closer.
That makes a reader to get hooked on the book. That is everybody, young, old and even me.
Great romantic book and highly recommended.
This egg fruit (canistel) plant is more than one and a half years old. When the seed sprouted in a pot, it was to be taken to land for growing, where it would be about 6 ft or more tall.
But Covid and resultant lockdowns prevented it, but plant is growing slowly but brightly in the pot.
Could this be a bonsai! Perhaps egg fruits will grow in this pot.
A chance shift from using willpower to sustain an intermittent fasting schedule of 20.4 to planning and preparation is working well.
It also helps in being crudely creative like designing this breakfast emoji.
Now I plan what to have for breakfast and lunch, the two meals I have in the day. Make them to be taken at the desired time.
Bonuses are a circadian clock, better quality food and conquering the sweet tooth (I don’t know how, it just happened).
Bullseye 🎯 🍳
‘At any given time, half the population is cooking’. ‘Well then what does the other half do?’ ‘Oh, they eat the food’.
This is a quote while walking on Bangkok streets and enjoying the enticing aroma of food being prepared on the street.
One of my favourites is Green Chicken Curry. And as part of my amateur experiments in cooking, I made this delicious dish, sometime back, following an authentic recipe and doing the steps from scratch.
Recently, we bought a ready made paste and tried the dish. There’s an ocean of a difference from the right way and the easy way.
Let’s do it the right way and eat it too!
Madakkusan is a tea time snack that we used to have bought from local tea shops in my childhood days.
As such I was elated to get them from Navya bakery.
Madakku is ‘folded’ which the snack is but why san added! San is Mr. In Japanese, so it could be giving the formal respect to the item, even though it’s not Japanese.
It’s excellent, but the food preferences for me have changed. It’s made of maida (refined flour) and sugar in almost equal quantities. Turmeric powder gives an enticing food colour.
If you can and like sugar in abundance and don’t mind refined flour, then this is an excellent choice.
But I would, reluctantly give a pass.
The Economic Times’ Market Column is a must watch item on a weekday starting from 9am. It gives the stock market indexes and the day begins in a happy note depending on whether you see green or if it’s red.
In fact, in a lockdown situation, the weekends are boring without the point by point monitoring of the index and the real-time values of the stocks held.
I am actually not fully recovered from the Ruchir Sharma article in Financial Times on how the super rich soaked up the Covid cash!
And the first title you see on Economic Times is ‘SENSEX at 200,000 in 10 years! That’s 4 times from now
Literal translation from Malayalam ‘Laddu exploded in mind’
Pictures credit: google search
Follow Circadian Rhythm, eat all meals during daytime.
It’s not what to eat, it’s when to eat.
Change meal timings to take advantage of the body’s circadian rhythm.
Read the article below and watch the video in it where Dr. Oz speaks
I just read that planning and preparation along with habits and rituals are good to sustain intermittent fasting than willpower.
Incorporating circadian rhythm to the fasting schedule is a good way. In there, a method to break the fast is ideal.
Dates are considered ideal while breaking fast during Ramadan time. Dates are with high glycemic index.
Ekadashi fast is broken with a raitha made of Amla, leaves of Agathi (hummingbird plant) and curd. But Agathi should not be consumed for not more than twice in a month.
Here I am substituting Agathi with Red Cheera (spinach) which has no such restrictions.
And to make it traditional I used a stone grinder. Probably this is a good way to break the fast.
With a fasting lifestyle of mostly 20 hours in a day, I am very close to the full day fasting norm of Ekadashi. It’s then a good way for me to do one day fast twice a month aligned to it’s timing for any additional benefits.
As such my first Ekadashi fast is done starting at 6am on June 6, ending now at 7.05 am on June 7.
This is what my wife prepared as breakfast to break the fast.
She knows my favourite is Puttu and it’s accompanied by an egg, Kerala style fish curry, chicken roast, steamed kerala banana, chia pudding and coffee. some walnuts and dried cranberries roasted in ghee are added.
It’s not everyday that Puttu gets so many accompaniments, though.
Worth waiting for 25 hours.
What is common in religion, nature, science, astrology, traditional wisdom, health and medicine – Fasting
Intermittent Fasting is not a fad, it has everything natural, spiritual, scientific and good in it.
By definition it’s eating only during a certain period in the day and fasting during the other bigger period.
Actually it is something more. It’s best done observing a rhythm, code and clock known commonly as Circadian. That’s circadian rhythm, circadian code and circadian clock.
Ancient wisdom advocated the practice which is followed one way or other by all religions – Christian, Islam, Hindu, Jewish, Jain- all.
Verifications have been scientific, astrological and statistical.
Adopting it as a lifestyle, thus makes immense sense.
The tree in my hometown Thidanad, cut by authorities but treated and nurtured by loving locals is getting back to life.
The tree is at the heart of the town and perhaps the most significant landmark.
My story is about the village chief realising that everyone in the town was high spirited by evening and too unable to guide any direction seeking visitor. One person has to be sober. And I got the lot number. Hence a teetotaller.
And what better place than to sit under the tree and guide the lost ones.
Clockwise: 1. the majestic gulmohar, 2. cut 3. treated with medicines, 4. growing back now.
My blog link of September 2020 on the tree, where the tv news channel coverage is also available