Food Recipe #3 : Bajra Khichdi

Bajra Khichdi is a scrumptious dish with an earthy flavour and serves as the perfect meal.

Ingredients :
Bajra – 1/2 cup
Yellow moong dal – 1/2 cup
Ghee – 2 tsp
Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of asafoetida (Heeng)
Salt as per your taste

Method :
Soak bajra for 8 hours, wash it properly, strain the water. Put bajra in a cooker, add 4 cups of water and salt as per your taste, cook till 6 whistles. Now add moong dal to it, give 2 more whistles.
Heat ghee in a pan. Add jeera, now add tumeric and heeng. Add khichdi to it and cook for 2-3 minutes. Bajra Khichdi is ready.
Serve it with raita, papad and pickle.

The recipe serves four people. Relish your meal with this dish.


Food Recipe #2 : Schezwan Thread Paneer

A delicious snack prepared in minimum time.

Schezwan Thread Paneer

Ingredients :

Paneer – cut into long sticks (250 gms)
Schezwan sauce- 3 tsp
Soya sauce – 2 and a 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli sauce- 2 tsp
Salt- to taste
Black pepper – 1 tsp crushed
Oil- for deep frying


Mix all the sauces ,salt and pepper.
Marinate paneer sticks in it for 20 mins.
Add some cornflour in boiled noodles.Take one piece of marinated paneer.
Wrap noodles around the paneer.Deep fry it.
Schezwan paneer thread is ready to serve.
Serve it with tomato ketchup.

It serves four people. Relish this with a cool drink.


Food Recipe #1 : Bihari Style Mutton Curry

Mutton Curry in a Bihari Thali

Bihari Style Mutton Curry :

Mutton – 1 kg
Onion – 1/2 kg
Garlic – 2 pods
Ginger – 1.5″ piece
Bay leaf – 3
Black cardamom – 2
Green cardmom – 3
Black pepper – 8 wholes
Cinnamon – 1/2″
Whole red chilli – 2-3
Salt according to your taste
Cumin powder – 4 tsp
Coriander powder – 3 tsp
Tumeric powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder – 2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp or according to your taste
Mustard oil 100 – 150 gms and 50 gms for marination.
Raw papaya – 2″ piece or betel nut – 1

Method :

Roughly chop onion,crush ginger and one garlic pod roughly. Mix it with mutton.
Add all masalas except whole garam masala and garam masala powder, salt and oil in the mutton. Keep it for half an hour.

Heat oil in kadai. Add whole garam masala. put marinated mutton in kadai. add one whole pod of garlic in it.
Cover it with the lid. Mutton will start cooking in its own juice. keep storing in between. You can cook it in pressure cooker.

Raw papaya will help mutton to cook properly. you can use betel nut instead of papaya. cook it for 50 min. to one hour. Add garam masala powder. cook for some more time.
Mutton is ready to serve.

It can be cooked in earthen pot also.

It serves 6 people. Experiment with your skills and enjoy this delicacy from Bihar.

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Book Review : Love, Loss, Life, Laughter And More by Ritu Kakar


Format : Kindle (Ebook)

Length : 72 pages

Genre : Short stories, fiction

Publisher : Self-published


Love, loss, life, laughter and more is a small collection of stories on emotions each one of us has either experienced or seen in life. You could know or be Rami or Niti or Mahi or even the man who got duped. Every story has something for you which may be nostalgic. How they end or what happens next is either for u to decide or could let me know and I will bring in some more.

My Review :

Love, Loss, Life, Laughter And More by Ritu Kakar is a collection of 10 short stories on various emotions like love, tenderness, trust and happiness.
The stories almost deal with every theme whether it be self love, family problems, friendship, freedom or loss.
Something which I really liked about the book is that most of the stories are women oriented with strong and smart female characters and how they don’t hesitate to make a decision.
The main theme in each story is well explored and the characters were written finely but the narration was not very compelling and had scope for improvement. There were also grammatical errors, which hindered the reading experience.
Some stories had me greatly interested whereas some couldn’t appeal to me.
One story which I really liked was ‘Soulmates’, it was a delightful story with well written characters.
The book includes stories with themes of cheating and some with description of sensual scenes which might be set-offs for you.
This book is a light and fine read but could have been better with a more well-planned execution.

My Rating


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Book Review : Once There Was Me by Bobby Sachdeva

Once There Was Me by Bobby Sachdeva is an autobiographical and part fiction account of the author being a survivor of 1984 riots in India and his life after that.
‘Hum kyun chalein us raah par
Jis raah par sab hi chalein,
Kyun na chune woh raasta
Jis par nahin koi gaya.’
These lines are mentioned in the book and are the most suitable lines about the author.
The book primarily talks about the 1984 Sikh riots in India. The book pursues the journey of teenage boy, being the survivor of the riots, the effect of the riots on his life.
Religion is a delicate and crucial issue, and is something that everyone has different views about. The author talks about religion, faith,god and godmans in a way that makes you question your belief. The book also talks about religious discrimination and social injustice.
The writing style is the highlight of the book. The events in the author’s life are written in a very interesting way. It keeps you hooked and makes the book a page turner.
The author’s journey is very inspiring. From being a riot survivor, and also goes abroad, he goes on to become a successful business man and finally becomes a writer.
This book does talk about sensitive issues like religion, violence and corruption, which might be triggers for you.
Poignant, powerful and emotive. Once There Was Me will definitely give you a one of a kind reading experience.
Rating : 4.5/5

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Book Review : The Story Begins at the End by Sujay

The Story Begins At the End by Sujay is a collection of 16 short stories about love, trust, fondness and warmth.
Love is something we all look at differently, have different perspectives about. This book is just like that.
About different people with different outlooks about love. The stories cover many aspects regarding love.
The collection also has a few stories with a military background.
The highlight of the book is the unique nature of each story. The stories don’t seem repetitive. The language used is quite good.
The characters are well written but I felt that the narrative could have been more compelling. Some stories could not grab my interest.
One story I liked is ‘Rainbowed’, about two people who share a special connection. The story has philosophical quotes which I particularly liked.
This book is a fresh read, do read it if you are someone who likes reading romance.

My Rating : 3.4/5

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Book Review : Flipped : School Stories/ Sports Stories by Various Authors

Flipped : School Stories is the third book in the Flipped Series. It is an anthology written by various authors with two themes : School Stories and Sports Stories.
You get two covers and two sides to choose from,how cool is that? Just flip the book for a new story. Each section has 6 stories.
School time is the best time of our life,some of us didn’t like going to school but now all of us miss it.
The School Stories are witty, interesting and cover a diverse range of topics right from the fear of an exam to a school sleepover, how nice is that!
With going to school comes Sports and most of us had the PE and Games period as our favourite.
The Sports Stories are well detailed,they show how joyful it is to be associated with sports in some manner in your life.
The book is very engaging and relatable.Being a mother of two school-going girls, it was pure joy for me to read this book. The tales also cover the most important theme of our school lives – Friendship.
The book is well written with intriguing tales and appealing illustrations by Shamika Chaves which add to the overall charisma of the book. The book also has a enjoyable comic strip with a good message.
Clever and charming,do read the book to take a trip down the memory lane.

Thank you HarperCollins India for the review copy.

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Book Review – Quirky History : The Swan Car of Nabha & Other Unusual Stories from History by Mini Menon

Quirky History : The Swan Car of Nabha & Other Unusual Stories from History is a purposeful book that emphasizes on the fun and unusual events from the history of India.
Live History India is India’s fastest growing digital platform dedicated to the subcontinent’s rich history. The stories have been written by LHI’s team of reserachers and the book has been curated by LHI’s curator – Mini Menon.
Divided into 7 sections,these fun stories cover a wide range of topics,right from the Nawab of Junagadh who hosted a wedding for his dog which was attented by over 700 guests to the story of the delicious food items Khichdi and Biryani. From stories about animals to the stories of games like ludo. From the chronicles of India’s treasure trails to accounts of India’s Spectacular Journey and also the tale of the man behind the Shampoo. The stories are so knowledgeable yet so lively
Belonging to a family of philomaths,this book was really enjoyable for me to know about some bizzare and hilarious tales from history. The best part of the book is that it is really diverse and covers accounts from every part of India.
Writing History is a courageous read. This book is a fresh and entertaining narrative on India’s history with with witty tales. There are lovely illustrations by Anitha Balachandran which compliment the tales very well and add a lot to the charm of the book.
Do read it if you are looking for something super fun and knowledgeable to read.

Thank you HarperCollins India for the review copy.

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Book Review : Cloudburst by Wilbur Smith and Chris Wakling

Cloudburst written by Wilbur Smith and Chris Wakling explores the story of Jack Courtney who has spent his life in London. He is headed to Congo,Africa with this parents and friends,Amelia and Xander to attend a summit.

He has an adventure of a lifetime there,his parents are abducted by mercenaries.Now,Jack and his friends have to go to the tantalum mines to find his parents.

Smith mainly writes about the nature involving adventure and this book is quite well written.

“Life is an adventure and that is best lived boldly.”
Jack personifies this quote and is a wonderful character who is clever and considerate.

But my favourite character has to be Amelia. She is a wise person and has information on everything which reminds me of my twin daughters.

The book has a great flow and you don’t get bored even once.The mystery in the book is written quite brilliantly. It keeps you hooked.Smith explores themes like friendship,love,environment and power in an excellent way.

It’s set in the rainforests Africa,and the location keeps changing so it is quite intriguing to read different incidents happening at different locations. Nature is nicely involved in the story.

The character development is good. Every character gets his/her space. The narration is compelling and the story has a strong base. The plot is well detailed and fast paced.The way the mystery unravels in the climax is appreciable.

Do read it if you are looking for an adventurous and action-packed story.

Huge thanks to HarperCollins India for the ARC

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Book Review : Dream Beyond Shadows by Kartikeya Ladha

Dream Beyond Shadows is a travelogue written by Kartikeya Ladha. I love travelling and this is one of the best travelogues I have read.

The cover is very beautiful. The shades of pink and purple are beautiful. The cover is really attractive.

Hellen Keller said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”
This quote sums up the book.
The author left his scintillating job to explore himself. It is very courageous to leave everything and follow your heart.

He goes to Amazon forest in Peru to experience Ayahuasca and in this journey he experiences working in an NGO to working as a bartender in a hostel.
In every destination he finds something new about himself. He also meets new and interesting people from whom he learns something.

The book is part autobiography,part travelogue. There are also wonderful poetry pieces.

What I really liked was this is not some typical wanderlust story but a story about truly exploring yourself. The story reminded me of a quote by Rumi “What you seek is seeking you”

The author’s writing style is such that the book keeps you hooked from the first and keeps getting more interesting as you progress with the reading.
The language is lucid and you can easily enjoy the book.

Spiritual,Stirring and dynamic. I recommend this book to everyone.