Sunday, April 19, 2009

....continuation of time

Maandag, Lundi, Montag, Somvaar, Getsuyobi, Pazartesi...I think by now you must have figured out what I am talking about. If not, well thats how Monday is called in different parts of the world in different languages. Hmm, the week has started on Sunday according to USA, Canada and Japan. For me the week begins today, the blues begin today which decrease through mid Tuesday and start diminishing by Wednesday, then by Thursday the anticipation of the weekend starts and transforms into eagerness by mid Friday and converts into pure pleasure by Friday evening. Viola! the weekend finally. Every learning child, college going teen and workforce look forward. Well don't give me looks, I know some schools and colleges and offices make us work on Saturday. The mood is a lighter weighing against any other weekday.

The weekend was great with respect to events and tried my hands on Hariyali Chicken. You can sure try this green dish with no much pain bothering about exotic ingredients,

Ingredients1/2 kg chicken boneless
1 cup mint leaves
2 cups coriander leaves
1 1/2 tbsp ginger, garlic paste
3 green chillies
Whole masala (3 sticks cinnamon, 5-6 pods cardamom, 3 tsps jeera)
2 sliced onions
2 tsp oil
2 tsp butter

  • Wash and cut chicken into pieces.
  • Boil chicken with 1/2 cup water, add ½ tbsp ginger garlic paste and little salt for 5 mins.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a pan, add cinnamon and cardamom, add onions and saute till golden brown.
  • Grind mint and coriander leaves in a grinder with a small onion and green chillies.
  • Put some butter in the same pan, add jeera and when they splutter, add this paste, mix well, reduce heat and cook paste for 5 mins,.
  • Add boiled chicken (check salt) and continue cooking till chicken done and gravy thick. (you can add lemon juice if you want to)
  • Garnish with onion rings and serve hot with naan.
 I tried and can assure you it tasted succulent and appetizing.:)

Ok, let me get back to where I left my last post unfinished. The people who achieved a lot at a blossoming age to lay successful foundation for a life ahead, who managed to get most of time. I wrote about Sania and Lewis(yeah, my buddies) and today I continue with another two examples.

Gary Kasparov

Well let me introduce Mr.Gary to people whom it still dint strike a cord. He was a world champion in the game of chess. He is regarded by many as the 'greatest chess player of all time' he has many victories to his wizard name. He started playing chess at the age of 5 with his father and at 7 years of age he started his training in the game. He started a serious study of the game when he had to come to a solution for a chess problem proposed by his parents.

(Can you believe that! At the age of 5 when I asked my mom what I was doing? She said she doesnt remember much except for my tantrums .Oh my god, my family tells me i am an expert at it. So does that mean I have spent so many years specializing in it..ha ha ha)

Gary Kasparov went on to win the junior soviet championship in chess at the age of thirteen. He was already a chess master at the age of 15 which convinced him to choose chess as his career. By 22, he won the world championship to become the youngest chess world champion.

He continued to bag victories and he became the highest rated chess player continuously from 1986 to 2005.Kasparov holds the record for the longest time as the #1 rated player.Even when he was retiring from the game of chess, he was considered number one player.What can one say, only marvel at human ability. He is now a active writer and political activist.

Elton John

Who doesn't know this British musical legend, one of the most successful artist of all time. If you search his house you will find five prestigious Grammy awards, one academy award, a tony award and a golden globe award. Probably you will also find lot more trophies and medals, just guessing this one.;)
Travelling down my nostalgia, I remember the admiration in my eyes when his live song Sacrifice was churning out emotions in my head, during his concert in India. My all time favorite are 'sacrifice 'sorry seems to be the hardest word'. Though 'Candle in the wind' was much speculated, it did not go well with my taste.
Elton john could play piano at the age of three and his mother once noticed that he was playing a famous number at that time, which he had just picked it up by ears. He started taking piano classes by the age of seven and continued to show great musical aptitude.When he was eleven years old, he won the scholarship to the Royal academy of Music.
He father was not supportive of his music career but his mother was contributory to his interest. A local pub hired him as a weekend pianist when he was only 15 years. He then never looked back in his musical career and is still standing through his continuous fame and fortune. He has sold over 200 million copies of his records and considered one of the top song writers in UK.

Well that's all for Lundi meaning Monday in French which happens to be one of my favorite language.

Keep smiling, be loving, look adoring:)