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January 31, 2009

RIP Nagesh

Filed under: movie — Tags: , — yaadayaada @ 4:25 pm


He is one of the few who brought so much laughter in my life! What a great comedian/actor! After Manorama and him, so far no one has done justice to comedy!  Thank you Nagesh and we will miss you!

January 21, 2009

Superstars of Dance

Filed under: Rant — Tags: , — yaadayaada @ 4:26 am

Looks like the media is really running out of ideas. If not why would they have a competition like this? What next? What is the best fruit in the world? They would have judges judging the fruits, apple vs pineapple, orange vs Mango! How can one compare the  salsa dancing to bollywood dance to tap dancing to ballet to African tribal dance to Kathak to Barathnatyam to and the list goes on.  I tell you it is rather an insult to all the dance forms of the world!! The judges are judging by their own personal preference than skills. And one cannot blame them since you cannot expect the judges to know all the international dance forms. It is just a sad program I tell you!

¬†If you are wondering, why I am watching this…¬† Because India is participating.¬†And I was curious. ¬†And I am so disappointed. There are 1000s if not millions of great dancers in India and they picked some bay area desi kids to represent us (other than the professional Baratnatyam dancer) against world class dancers. ¬†And to add insult to injury, the Indian judge, Shirish Dayal , ¬†doesn’t do anything to promote the Indian teams. Shouldn’t he be passionate like the other judges and educate the other judges about our dance forms! God.. When will we ever learn!

January 14, 2009

Happy Bogi and Properous Pongal!

Filed under: recipe — yaadayaada @ 2:54 am
Pal Poli Vadai
Pal Poli Vadai

Paal Poli

Ingredients to make 8 polis:

Maida / all purpose flour 1/3 cup

Rava 1 tablespoon

Water to knead

Salt pinch

Turmeric pinch

Cardamom 2 pods

Saffron 4-5 strands

Sugar 1/3 cup (Can add more depending on your taste.)

Milk 4 cups

Oil to fry


Mix Maida, Rava, salt, turmeric, a teaspoon of oil, water and knead into a stiff soft dough. Add water little by little so that the dough is stiff. Then roll them out into small poris. Then heat oil and deep fry these poris.

Boil the Milk. When it starts boiling, add sugar and keep stirring until it dissolves completely. Add saffron and powdered cardamom to the milk. Once the milk is reduced to 2 cups, pour the flavoured mik over the puris. Make sure all the puris are covered will milk. Leave it aside for an hour for the puris to soak up the milk. Turn over the puris after half an hour. Serve it hot or cold depending on your preference.

Paruppu Vadai

Ingredients to make 10 small vadas:

To grind

Channa dhal or split peas 1/4 cup

Toor dhal 2 tablspoon

Red chilly 2

Curry leaves 3-4

Asofoedita/hing 1 pinch

salt to taste

turmeric 1 pinch

To fry



Soak the dhals for 3 hours. Grind all the ingredients into a coarse paste with very little water. Heat oil make the paste into small vadas and fry until they are golden brown. Your vada is ready.

Note:You can add onions, mint, saunf to the mix if you want to turn it into masal vadai.

Pongalo Pongal!

Pongalo Pongal!

January 12, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Filed under: movie — Tags: , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 1:14 am

Have been planning to watch this movie for a month now. But somehow or the other kept postponing. Finally caught Slumdog Millionaire in the theatre yesterday! Glad I watched it in the theatre. Even after a month of the release, the theatre was half full. Impressive. The movie is very good and the music dramatic. Madhur Mittal as Salim is wonderful. The kids too have done a terrific job! Sad that Oscar doesn’t have a category for child artists! The casting is very impressive. Overall very well-made movie.

Edited to Add: ARR wins the golden globe award!! Cool!!

January 9, 2009

Rome Part 2

Filed under: travelogue — Tags: , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 6:27 am

On Day 2 which was a Sunday, got up early and headed for Vatican to climb the St Peter’s Basilica Duomo. We were there at 8am and had the entire place for ourselves. No one was there, so had a nice climb. The stairs are very narrow and claustrophobic. But it was fun climbing it. Awesome view of the St.Pietro plazza and Vatican from the top. Since no one was there spent some quiet time soaking up the beauty and got down.

St Peter Square from the Duomo

St Peter Square from the Duomo

From there walked to Vittoria plaza. Went inside Vittoria palace. It is a war memorial. From there went to Campodiglio and witnessed the side view of massive Colloseum. Then walked to the Colloseum. Since we had the Roma Pass got in without the standing in the winding queue. The elevator was broken so climbed up the stairs and were awed by the massive structure.  We were remembering the Gladiator movie while standing there. No picture can justify the beauty of it. 



Got out after an hour, escaped the fake gladiators but couldn’t escape this¬†one. Bought some chips and filled ourselves and headed for the Forum. Forum was even more impressive with its temple ruins and palaces. Spent more than couple of hours there. It started drizzling but since it was not heavy enjoyed walking in the drizzle. Got very tired since we had skipped lunch in all this excitement.¬† Forum is another witness to the intolerence of religion.



Then walked back to the hotel with some gelato to keep us going.  Took some rest and headed to a nearby pizza place for dinner. The food was not so great. After the dinner headed towards Pantheon to see the night view of Rome.  Pantheon and Piazza Navono were buzzing with people. From there headed to Vittoria. It was majestic at night. From there went to Campodiglio, Colloseum and Forum. The columns in Forum were a treat to see at night in the moon light.

Columns at night

Columns at night

Coloseum was even more impressive. It was buzzing with newly weds in their wedding gowns and tuxedos taking pictures at the backdrop of Coloseum. We had fun people watching. The entire night walk was magical. Took the bus back to the hotel and slept like babies.

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