Saturday, 16 June 2018

My dog Pogo on Skype with my daughter
Ever since he had entered our home on 11.11.11, Pogo my pug had been the darling of the family. Whenever we look at him, involuntarily a smile appears on our face. Whenever he sees us, be it even after a gap of just five minutes, he wags his tail happily, looking at us adoringly with his round brown eyes.
He is just our shadow. Never for a moment he prefers to stay, play or sleep alone. That feeling of companionship he gives to us is a great stress buster.
As dependant as he appears to be on us, he had never been a bother when we have to go out of the house for long spells and leave him alone. 

Of course he looks forlornly at us from the window pulling out heartstrings but he never complains. He is such a smart guy that from whichever part of the home he may be and at whatever time, the moment the door lock opens he will be there, either to receive or ready to come out with us.
Even if we go out for a minute on any small errands,he loves to accompany us. But when we have to leave him while going out, the trick is to tell him that we are going out for five minutes. The moment he hears the word five minutes, he understands that he is not invited and stops in his track.
The incident that I'm going to show now called for this brief introduction!

Rashmi had been the US on a month long trip in 2015. Closely as he is attached to her, he was missing her a lot. Whenever we uttered her name, his ears would straighten and he would look around expectantly. Of course, she also missed him a lot and one day decided to have a Skype call with him.
And here comes the video of their adorable interaction. Pogo was thrilled hearing her voice and started searching for her at every corner of the laptop as she spoke with him, finally scolding her for hiding!
Look at this beautiful interaction that touches your heart.
And don't forget to share this post if you have a smile on your face as you watch it!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Banana Mango Tango
Mango, the king of fruits is everyone's favourite. There are as many recipes as the varieties of Mango. One can never refuse or say enough for eating a mango. We drink mango juice, eat the fruit. Now I am sharing here with you a delicious yummy recipe of mango tango which you will eat as well as drink! 

Preparation Time : 20 minutes

Ingredients :
1. Raspuri Mangoes               6
2. Badam Mangoes                2
Spotted banana                   1
Sugar                                 1 cup ( depends on the sweetness of the mangoes )
Roasted Cashew Nuts           1 teaspoon
Roasted Almonds                 1 teaspoon
Roasted Pistachio                 1 teaspoon
Dry grapes                          1 tablespoon
Milk                                    1 cup
Salt                                    1 pint
Preparation :

  • Squeeze the mango juice - aamras - from the Raspuri mangoes and set
  • Remove the skin and cut the Badam mangoes into fine cubes.
  • Peel the banana and cut into fine cubes.
  • In a vessel add the Mango juice, mango and banana cubes, all the dry fruits, sugar,salt and milk and mix well.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar and milk according to your taste and liking.
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to give an added taste and serve.
  • PS : You may put elaichi powder if you like but personally i don’t prefer as I want the mango flavour to dominate.

  • If you have other variety of mangoes, you can use them as well for mango cubes but for juice raspuri is the ideal variety.
  • Wednesday, 6 June 2018

    My sleeping Dog
    Whenever my two children demanded for a pet dog, I had resisted. With both of us working, taking care of the children and managing the household work made us refuse to give in to the children's demand. But once the children grew up, with the son becoming a software engineer and the daughter also aspiring to get into the software field, our tensions and worries had reduced. And when the daughter assured me that she will take the full responsibility of the dog, I had no reason to refuse. For a few days there were discussions, arguments over the selection of the breed, selection of the name for the new arrival, about his food, bed, sleeping bag, with thrilled sounds of laughter and shrieks of disagreement. Ultimately it was decided that we will have a month year old pug.Thus POGO arrived at our home on 11.11.11. 

    Saturday, 2 June 2018

    Weekend with Bangalore - Ramakrishna Ashram

    Weekend with Bangalore - 01.05.2016 This weekend was at the blissful abode of Swami Vivekananda, the Ramakrishna Ashrama.Blissful with its serene atmosphere, the silent vast expanse, a place worth spending your evenings.
    But there was a disappointment.Till 7 PM, we had the freedom to silently move around, do dhyana and pranayama and pray.
    But when the Prayers started at 7 PM, the security there insisted that we sit either on the chairs near the prayer hall, or somewhere around.
    Unobstructedly,we were sitting by the tree inside the entrance but the security wanted us to move in.He insisted that the swamiji would be watching through CCTV camera and its against the rules for us to sit there.

    Seriously??? The guru shishya of Sri Ramakrishna and Vivekananda, who were the symbols of austerity would be turning in their graves looking at the Swamijis being driven around in Mercedes-Benz and not letting people to meditate peacefully.

    On a lighter note don't they have confidence in their singing of the bhajans or like politicians, the audience is forcefully being dragged near the stage?

    Totally unwarranted and unbecoming of a place like ‪#‎Ramakrishna Ashram‬.