Life’s pattern or puzzle! #Writebravely

Ding-dong…Ding-dong…The pattern of door bell ringing at 6 in morning! Mr. Hubby opens the door lazily. On rare occassions, I do get up with sleepy eyes to welcome the house-help.

‘Didi, what should I cook for breakfast & lunch’, asks the cook everyday. And, as my sleep is broken from the consistent door bell, I try to recall all the ingredients in fridge. After much hassle & efforts the breakfast is done and lunches are packed. Mr. Hubby rushes for his office, while I head back to my unkempt bed to catch up on some sleep. Alas, I am reminded of my office soon and the struggle continues!

The day in office passes in a jiffy with coding, meetings, blah – blah. Heading back home to cook’s same query about what to make for dinner. And, the life circle continues with the same pattern day in & day out.

Throughout the day there are many instances, which can upset my daily routine. Maids not arriving on time or being stuck in traffic jam. Code not working or a heated discussion within the team.  Yet, all of these small instances fit in like a puzzle and complete my day.

Is life really a set of patterns or the pieces of puzzle? What do you think?  Do share your thoughts with us. 🙂

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Awaiting your arrival… #MyFriendAlexa

I know you would be coming soon. There is so much to prepare, so much to complete. Each day is spent awaiting your arrival. Some people ask me when you are arriving & I only smile and move on. If only I knew the exact moment of your arrival.

Tic-toc of the clock serves as a reminder of time passing by. Maybe you need more time. It’s okay, I will understand. Take your own time. No hurries!


Just want to let you know, that I am eagerly waiting. Waiting to meet you, to know you more. And, be assured that once you are here, we will have the best time of our lives. See you soon… 🙂


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Recipe for crunchy Cream rolls! #MyFriendAlexa

I have a love-love relationship with food where I love savoring on different snacks everyday. One of these days, I had craving for cream rolls. And, not just any ordinary cream roll, I had the urge to make them at home. It will sound crazier if I tell you that there are three bakeries just outside my society to relish cream roll.

Without much thought, I searched for all the ingredients available at home.

Ingredients

  • Maida flour (Finely milled wheat flour) – 250 gm for 4-5 servings
  • Whipped Cream / Fresh cream
  • Icing Sugar
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Cooking oil
Recipe for roll –
  • Knead the dough from Maida flour. Add 1 teaspoon cooking oil & pinch of salt to the dough preparation.
  • Divide the dough into 4-5 smaller balls.
  • Flatten the balls with help of rolling-pin in circular shape.
  • Cut the flattened dough vertically in stripes.

    Cream roll preparation
  • Prepare cylindrical rolls from aluminium foil that will be used for grilling purposes.
  • Start placing each stripes one after the other on the aluminium foil roll.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of Maida floor with water to prepare a paste.
  • Gently rub small amount of paste along the edges all over the roll to keep them from falling apart.
  • Grill it in microwave/ oven at 220°C till the roll turns light brown in color.

    Grill the roll
  • Cool down the roll for sometime & crunchy rolls are ready.
    Crunchy rolls
     Recipe for cream –
  • You can use whipped cream available in the market as a filling.
                     Or follow below steps,
  • Place chilled fresh cream in a bowl.
  • Add icing sugar and vanilla essence to it.
  • Whisk the mixture till the volume reduces and soft peaks are formed.
  • Put the whipped cream in refrigerator to cool it.

    Chilled whipped cream
Final Step
  • Add the cream to the prepared roll and serve it fresh. 🙂
Ready to eat!
The preparation is time taking process and definitely worth it.
Do you like cream rolls? Do share your thoughts on the recipe. What other snacks are your favorite? If you liked the post, let us know by commenting & sharing. 🙂

 

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Familiar yet unfamiliar- Deja vu! #MyFriendAlexa

As a kid, I had lived in this city years ago with my family. I used to play in these streets & go to the school located at the corner of street. My best friend lived next door & we used to walk to the school together. We shared same interests & followed each other whole day. Neighbours called us the mischeif-duo. We had explored this area together. Were lost so many times and yet found new roads.

I remember her voice clearly as if it was yesterday when I had last talked to her. Her habit of making faces at people is still fresh in my mind. And, I laugh every time I recall stories of her silly fights with her elder brother. He was so notorious or rather a hooligan as our teachers used to say.

As fate would have it, I am revisiting this city after 20 years for my cousin’s marriage. On reaching the venue, I recognize the similar shops in the side lanes. I plan to visit my childhood home located not too far from here. I am excited at the prospect of meeting my childhood friend & visiting my school.

To my amazement nothing has changed & I can spot my friend just outside her home. I shout her name and then she looks back. I wave and move towards her. But, there is no sign of recognition on her face!

Suddenly, I hear a familiar voice calling out my name. It’s my elder sister who has followed me till here from venue. She catches her breath & with a confused look asks, “Where exactly are you going? And, why did you leave the venue alone in this new city?”

I respond with amused looks,”Don’t you remember our home? We have lived here for five long years.”

Nothing could have prepared me for the reply that my sister gave, “But,we have never lived in this city and are visiting it for first time.”

I was surprised & confirmed it with my other family members. Only after assurance from my father I realized that I have never lived in this city as a child. The memories itched in my mind are figment of my childhood imagination. The familiar sights & sounds are actually unfamiliar to me.

How is it possible? How could I feel so connected to this place and what about the girl I saw? Is it my past life or a parallel universe? Or is it deja vu – familiar yet unfamiliar?

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A day in Mussoorie! #MyFriendAlexa

I had visited Dehradun & Mussoorie over a long weekend. We had travelled from Delhi via road in our own vehicle. You can read my earlier post about Dehradun trip here. I only had few hours to spend in Mussoorie before starting my return journey to Delhi the same day.

Places to visit in Mussoorie

Camel’s Back Road – It is a naturally formed stretch in shape of camel hump. Good for trekking or horse-ride in early morning or late evenings.

Mall Road – It is centrally located marketplace. You can indulge in shopping & food. Almost all hill stations that I have visited have a similar named road. 😀
Shop at Mall Road
Lal Tibba –  This point is located on the highest peak in Mussoorie. You can view snow-clad Himalayan range from a telescope established here.But too much rain may act as a spoiler!
Kempty falls – These falls are located approx 13 km away from Mussoorie. You can reach here by hiring a cab. The falls are easily accessible and you can enjoy the water. Unfortunately, due to time constraint I was unable to visit the falls.
Cloud’s end – It is a colonial bungalow converted into heritage hotel. The surrounding area has dense forest covers which offers tranquility.
Cambridge Book Depot – If you are a bibliophile then this place is a must visit for you. Author Ruskin Bond visits the bookshop on Saturday to meet & greet people. 🙂
Mussoorie – the Queen of hills has lots to offer to its visitor. My personal experience was not so enchanting due to excess crowd over long weekend. Over commercialization & influx of vehicles lead to hours of jam on narrow hilly roads. Maybe, I will visit again on a quieter day & enjoy the beauty.
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