This and That

May 30, 2012

Help the girl child!

Filed under: Uncategorized — yaadayaada @ 7:22 am

Our society believes that girl children are a liability. They have always been targeted. New born girl children have been killed and abandoned for decades. Ultrasound technology has only made this worse. Girls children are being aborted as early as 20 weeks, while still in the mother’s womb. Which is less humane, no body can tell.

Many of us feel strongly for this and due to many reasons, we have been arm chair activists. Now is a chance to be an arm chair activist AND make a difference.

Arti Home For Girls is an orphanage for abandoned girls children based out of Kadappa, Andhra Pradesh. Its founder Sandhya, has been working with abandoned girls children and women forced to abort their unborn girl children for the past 20 years. She has contributed in many levels and has made a difference in the lives of more than 1000 girl children.

Arti Home is participating in the IMPACT CONTEST. Winning this contest will give many unborn children a chance of survival, women a possibility to stand up for their girl children, educational and vocational training for the abandoned girls.

Please vote and show your support.

What to do:

– Click on the link  http://www.gwln-contest.strutta.com/entry/265634

– Right top corner will have a link to log in to FB. Give appropriate permissions for FB, if asked.

– Click on VOTE FOR THIS ENTRY.

Thanks a bunch, you have made a difference in a child’s life.

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May 28, 2012

My first race – BolderBoulder

Filed under: hiking, sports — Tags: , — yaadayaada @ 5:13 pm

Thanks to my lovely sister in law who gifted me the registration for BolderBoulder, completed my first 10 K race. It was great fun. There were hunk huggers, pole dancers, belly dancers and lots of others and refreshments, snacks cheering us. It was just so great running (in our case walking) among 50000 runners. Some of them were Olympians. It was so inspiring seeing 5 year olds and 90 old year olds running.
Here is my statistics
My Official Timex Time for BolderBoulder: MMile=0:19:32, M2=0:16:10, M3=0:16:36, M4=0:16:38, M5=0:18:03, M6=0:17:31, Finish=1:47:58 (Never mind the runners who finished in 31 minutes.. Show offs!!)

May 20, 2012

First harvest 2012 and Solar eclipse

Filed under: flora, food — Tags: , , — yaadayaada @ 7:49 pm

Harvested the first 4 cherries of the season while enjoying the solar eclipse. Usually our cherry tree produces only about 4 cherries. This year, the yield has been 5 fold i.e 20 cherries. Waiting for them to ripen. Maybe due to the little cherry tree we bought so that it has company. The rest of the cherries are still green or pink. So probably will harvest them in a couple of weeks if the squirrels and birds spare them.

Check out the cherries and the crescent shape shadows cast by the eclipsed sun!

May 13, 2012

Weekend movies

Filed under: movie — Tags: , , , — yaadayaada @ 6:08 pm

In the midst of many TV movies, ended up watching a Tamil movie and a Hollywood Blockbuster this weekend.

On Saturday watched Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Eppadi and on Sunday caught Avengers in theater.

Movie:      Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Eppadi
Cast:         Siddharth, Amala Paul
The movie was very cool and cute but for the cinematic climax. The casting isperfect. An enjoyable movie.  There are many scenes that makes one nod their head in agreement. Had a fun Sat night watching this movie!

Movie:      Avengers
After lot of deliberation between 3D, 3D IMAX and 2D, ended up watching this movie in 2D. I personally am not a big fan of 3D. The theater was full even after 2 weeks and we couldn’t get seats in the show we bought tickets for, so we were forced to go to the following screening! Well, it was worth the effort! It was an out and out super hero action movie. There were lot of funny lines that had the entire theater laughing. Kept one captivated for the entire 140+ minutes. 3D might not have been bad, but I guess this is not an original 3D but a 3D convert. So guess, we didn’t miss much! The climax though reminded me of Enthiran. Did anyone else feel that way?

Overall, it was fun movie weekend!!

May 6, 2012

Weekend food coma

Filed under: food, recipe — Tags: , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 7:56 pm

Tasty dinner to ward away the cooking and blogging slump. Gobi mussallam, Roti, Blackeyed pea and mung dhal! Followed the recipe from Tarla Dalal website. Although slightly altered the recipe by adding creamy yoghurt to the marinade. Also baked the whole thing in the oven instead of pan roasting it.

On Saturday, had cousins over for dinner, so made masala dosa, onion tomato chutney, Idiyappam and Vegetable stew. Followed the stew recipe from here. Turned out to be awesome stew.

On Sunday, a friend’s family stopped by for lunch. Made Keerai molagoottal, Beans paruppu usili, Carrot cucumber salad, Pineapple rasam, ulli theeyal, curd and rice. Ulli theeyal was out of the world. I am sure it will capture a permanent place in the weekly menu for some time.

So Sunday night dinner was a lite affair with Asparagus soup!!

Hopefully, this weekend post will get me to post about the many posts(India trip, Hyderabad visit, Kahaani the movie, various Tamil movies and Hollywood movies, etc) that I have in my brain as draft!!

 

 

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