Five a Day

Youโ€™ve being exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?

  1. Pizza
  2. Pizza
  3. Pizza
  4. Pizza
  5. Pizza

That is, assuming all different flavours to make them ‘different’. And not to forget water, milk and chocolate, since they aren’t classified as food but essential to survive. ๐Ÿ˜€

The life saver at 2 AM

Here is perhaps (one of) the best examples of a 2 AM photo.

ImagePardon me as I’m not much of a social climber you see, and hardly get communication in the day let alone at 2 AM, well except for when some have some work to get done by me in that case you can make the scenario out.

Besides since it’s phoneography month going on, and since I still haven’t able to figure out how to take a screenshot in my relatively new phone Lumia 920, I decided to go with something more realistic as usual. As I already stated above, this is well suited for it. It’s a picture of Maggi noodles (the most common/standard one, Masala flavour) which I cooked around that time last night as I was extremely hungry out of not eating anything the whole day which wasn’t great in any case.

In India if there is something and probably if it’s the only thing that a person knows to cook, it must be this. It is such a huge part of food here in India, that people just consider the word ‘Maggi’ as the instant noodles (and adding prefixes/suffixes for the other flavours) despite the fact there are other branches of food stuff like sauces etc. available too. Heck I can easily say 90% to perhaps even 99% if I may that barely someone even knows it’s manufactured Nestlรฉ. Many might even think it’s a national or even local thing. It is perhaps in the heart of every Indian, because of being relatively cheap and extremely handy, it stretches out even in small parts of the country. There are so many recipes using this.

I’m no exception here. When I was in another state in a crap of place for 2 years of study, Maggi was the safe haven for me and millions of other students even today. Even at home right now when there is nothing and whether it’s in the afternoon or late at night when nothing is available, no money, Maggi comes to the rescue for the hungry. Especially for a hungry demon person like me who can manage to eat the equivalent of three regular people and at times is usually hungry! Just like it happened yesterday among countless other times. In the packets, behind they print small stories of people with their various stories which they have to say, like how it has come to the rescue late at night at work, or for preparing something for unannounced arrival of guests. Stories of daily life with Maggi.

Cooking Maggi is one of the most done things by me (and so many like me) perhaps in my life. And especially after sort of literally living on it for 2 years, I’ve become the Maggi expert who can measure and put together the ingredients and water just with a glance (getting the amount of water wrong, more or less is the biggest pain in the ass which can totally ruin it you know). Heck people specifically make me cook it at times. Thank you Maggi for being for the hungry stomach all these times. And writing this has made me even hungrier now, I might just go and cook another bowl for myself!

Local Flavor

There’s this place called Fizzy around the place I live, it’s a local cafe which serves a variety of soda, juices, (great) cold coffee, hot beverages, ice-cream, grilled sandwiches, frankies and stuff like that. The cold cappuccino is my all time favourite. If this place ever became a ‘tourist attraction’ or if you’re not from here and simply come around this part, this place you should go. Would make for a great destination.

WP_20130403_004While it’s not a big place run by a multi-national corp of some sorts, this is the big happening place here. I’m coming to this place since literally the first day it came up about 10 years ago! Time flies so fast. I remember being a school kid coming up with some friends and witnessing the opening which was a small shop back then which is now a big cool cafe where for people, friends to hang out, for couples to make out and that sort of thing ๐Ÿ˜›

I still come here almost everyday, and have my cold coffee before heading home. Sometimes Many times I just head out there to have one. Even the owner of the place knows me very well, well that was in a way a no brainer. And dam I mentioned this place before in a previous challenge post and still don’t have any picture of this place. Time to rectify it!

The Mother’s Perspective

“You don’t eat anything. You just waste food and money.”

“But… “

“You aren’t eating properly. You are ruining your health.”

“But… “

“And when you do, you just consume junk. Still not good for your health.”

“But… “

“Not to mention wasting money and food.” (again)

Write about the last disagreement you had with a friend or family member โ€” from their perspective.

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This is my response. The above is from my mother as the title says, with the usual helpless me. This just happened some minutes ago as I typed this.

I always live usually tend to agree to disagree. More or less.

All you can eat!

Here is a small account of the most satisfying meal Iโ€™ve ever eaten.

This is post I had written in relation to that awesome restaurant where I had it (in Dec ’12) where you can find the name, map location and a picture.

Now coming to the splendid meal thanks to a friend who gave me and another a treat for his birthday, we decided to try that restaurant since we heard quite a good deal about it and besides always on the look out for trying new places when possible.

There it was a buffet system. And since it was a sunday, there was more variety in the menu that day because of that, and well at the same time being more expensive per person (about 750 INR per person). But no worries since I was in for treat. ๐Ÿ˜€

The ambiance of the place was great. Moreover, there was a festival going on at that time on the theme of Hawaii so it was a greenish atmosphere. The starters were simply amazing, and as was the word some of the best there was. Good variety in both vegetarian and meat. Several varieties of grilled and juicy chicken, mutton, fish, prawns, was simply mouth watering, and also fried potatoes, cottage cheese and paneer (which were the only veg stuff we had), all on countless multiple rounds. We were kind of full on the starters itself, but well all of us were demons when it came to eating (and well, drinking).

After a lot of hogging munching on the starters, came the time for the main course. There was about 5-7 dishes in non-veg and 10 in vegetarian, so there is no worry for thinking of not worth it if you don’t eat meat, it is great. That was the first time I had crab, it was okay, along with chicken, mutton and the others, overall making it good. And the best/most favourite came at the end, the desserts. Dam awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Unlike most other humans these days, I don’t think about to click pictures of what I’m about to eat. I just dam eat it. And more. And more. Now this is one of those plenty of reasons I’m glad to be a ’90s person who well still retains some of the sensible aspects. That’s why I took just a picture with my garbage phone after half into my dessert because I knew I might blog about it sometime, and not just stupid share and #hashtag it saying what I had.

Oh the funny moment was, I and my friend ordered drinks and paid for them ourselves as already it was going too much for the poor party giver, as he always later regrets why he gave in the first place. ๐Ÿ˜› And besides he didn’t drink, and the waiter who went to ask him for his and upon getting the reply that he doesn’t drink went into a shock who exclaimed “Not even a beer?!”. He said nope. Funny how beer had become a non-alcoholic non-drinker’s drink these days. Well kinda true, more or less.

I think I should head there again on my birthday since it’s been awhile. On the other hand, I might not, I’m already poor. And now my mouth is watering and tummy making those noises remembering that awesome food. Goddam.

Best thing since sliced bread?

Most of us have heard the saying, โ€œThatโ€™s the best thing since sliced bread!โ€ What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?

ImageAlright, quite honestly, this is the first time I’m reading this phrase, prior to this daily prompt I never knew about it. Another reason to love this community, learning something new everyday. Funny as I don’t recall reading it anywhere nor seeing it in a movie or television. Perhaps it’s fame didn’t go beyond US or I really live in the dark realm.

Either ways, I did the first thing which one might do, googled (yes that’s really a modern word) it. Courtesy of the other best friend wiki, sliced bread was first sold in 1928, advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.ย Otto Frederick Rohwedder of Davenport, Iowa, USA; invented the first loaf-at-a-time bread-slicing machine (A prototype he built in 1912 was destroyed in a fire and it was not until 1928 that Rohwedder had a fully working machine ready). This led to the popular phrase, “the greatest thing since sliced bread“.

The ungodly technological advancement. Ranging from what the military and rocket scientists to the common consumer use. Internet. Connecting with people and things (no Nokia pun intended). I could go on. Hard to point towards just one. Image

And since we spoke about sliced bread and in my mind food floating making me hungry, speaking about food I would have said Pizza, but well that existed about a millennium before sliced bread. Although the word pizza was documented the first time in 977 in Gaeta and successively in different parts of Central and South Italy, which now the world famously recognizes it as an Italian dish, the history of the dish itself is not very clear or well documented. There are indications that it originated in Greece much before that.

Well that just means, for me ‘the best thing after sliced bread’ actually was invented millennia before that, which is Pizza ๐Ÿ˜€

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Helplessness

Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did I last feel like that? I must have lost count of such incidents which have occurred with me in my life. And what did I do whenever this happened? All of them had this in common- feeling crap about myself and the situation, say ‘fuck it’ and move on. What else could be done?

Several times during my growing up, from being the ‘be careful with that kid’ to the screw up currently (sort of) several moments I have faced a moment which I felt completely helpless. One of them which I can re-collect now is a (one of the several) terrible accidents which happened with me is in 2009 where I managed to get my jaw broken and hanging, traveling with the hanging jaw about 890 km from Kota (where I was studying that time for 2 years) to Mumbai, have a 3 hour surgery and for the next 2 months ranging from early January till March, (which also consumed some of my good friends’ birthdays and my own in February) during which I couldn’t/didn’t eat a single morsel. My appetite after that was totally ruined and I actually lived the plea of so many humans in our planet who live without food. I lived only on soups, juices and milkshakes and was really miserable. So much for my love for ‘liquids’.

As I said this was just one incident which dawned onto me now since it happened around the same time 4 years ago. Well nothing life changing happened, except for the fact that I have just 30 teeth now instead of the regular 32, my ‘wisdom’ teeth being pulled off (which are actually the useless/not required in out mouths and stupid myth of its namesake) and learning quite bit about dentistry. I’m quite normal now (speaking in this context purely) and eat/drink equivalent of 2-3 people as I always did. ๐Ÿ˜€

What did I do? Just moved on, as I said above. That was not the first or last time some shit happened with me, that is life after all, there will come moments/situations in which we will feel like a complete idiot and helpless, but it is our ability to choose how we react to these which makes all the difference. We always have a choice, that is what makes us different from the rest of the animals in the planet, that which makes us human. This must have been told by hundreds of people over who-knows-what-times, but just don’t listen, act, as do I.