Aaj Khaane Me Kya Banau?

So… What should I make for lunch/Dinner?

That’s the biggest question. And wait, that’s not a married women question or mom’s question, that’s the question of every individual who is responsible for their or someone’s life.

Here goes our unused or precious mind on work. Here is what our mind actually works and takes all the pressure of thinking all kind of veges / non-veg / italian / brazilian / srilankan / pakistani (Oh! Sorry!! no pakistan). And so we end up cooking very simple food or ordering from Swiggy (No minimum order).

Maggi tastes much better if we add onion, tomato, panner..

aaj khaane me kya banau?

But “Aaj Khaane me kya banau?”, what this question mean to you. (Good meaning re!! no double meaning)
— Is that someone needs your attention?
— Is that someone needs a topic to start communication?
— Or is that someone is actually worried for menu?
(I know, hunger ka saamne kuch bhi nahi)

Different situations, different story.

the point is not what we prepare. The point is how tasty we make?. You know, even karela (Bitter Groud) can be sweet, ofcourse by adding sugar. So the question is, how tasty we make?

Same is the situation with our life. Its is how we handle by adding sugar in our “Karela” life.

Some prepare food on slow flame, some on high flame. Slow cooking actually makes the food tasty. But some people are in hurry, so they need fast cooking. Same with life, some decision are slow, some are fast. Some may love the outcome, some may not. But at the end, its how tasty it was?

Some food taste good, but look very wierd. A dash of kotambir (Coriander) helps to look boring food into excellent. So,
— always keep your house clean.
— Dont forget to dress up properly.
— its not necessary to have fancy item at home, its about keeping things in place.
— everything should be up-to-date and in-place.

I understand, everyday you cant do the same stuffs. you can take a day off. But only 1 day, not 2 days.

So ask yourself, What will be the new thing in your life today (Aaj khaane me kya banau)?


Ways To Stay Top Of Stress


Believe me, they’ve helped me many days with my perspective. If you have to work out, then go take a brisk walk and get that blood flowing. It isn’t about working out to lose weight — it’s about being healthy and staying sane.

Ways To Stay Top Of Stress

Eat the real stuff.

Crappy food (fast, processed, and loaded with sugar) doesn’t help your chemical brain and body handle stress. Living food, real food, helps support your mind and body while it’s trying to deal with the million things coming its way. Every time I reach for the chocolate, I’m looking to feel something from it. Don’t get me wrong — if it’s just a little here and there because I enjoy the taste of it, great. But if I’m using it the minute I feel overwhelmed, then that’s when that food is no longer OK to eat. It doesn’t make the problem go away, and then I just feel bad about eating the food to pacify myself. Grab green food instead. Put things in your mouth that are going to support your immune function and keep you level headed.

Ways To Stay Top Of Stress


Try not to let the stress overtake you. Recognize the situations that cause the stress and notice them coming your way. You have a better shot at fending off the full effects of the stress when you can anticipate it.

Ways To Stay Top Of Stress

Get it off your chest.

Talk to a friend or partner about the stress. Sometimes just getting it off your chest can help unload some of the burden.

Ways To Stay Top Of Stress

Keep your sense of humor.

If you do have the chance to talk about it, try to see the irony and humor in the wacky bits. I think someone is dead in the water once they lose their sense of humor.


Stay grateful.

My daughter has large lungs and verbal skills she likes to display. Just when I start to wishfully think about her being quiet, I remind myself to be grateful that she can talk to me at all. In almost all of our problems are boatloads of blessings. “Oh, I don’t feel like going to the gym.”  Well, Amen that you have the means and the health to even be able to wrestle with the idea of going to work out. Make a habit of saying thank you. You will notice the sunny spots a lot more often, and not just the gray skies and storms.


Ask, “What’s the hurry?”

Have some fun. We’re always so busy going somewhere, we miss just enjoying the moment. If an opportunity comes your way to do something fun, take it.


Take a deep breath.

When you feel the stress getting to you, take a moment. Get away, even if it’s just for an hour, to be with yourself and your thoughts. Some people like to take a walk, meditate, lock themselves away in a beautiful bath, or go to church. Find the peace and the silence.


Keep it simple.

Simplify where you can. Does Junior really need to be in 78 activities at the age of 5?  Do you have to go to every little party or gathering you’re invited to?



If you’re rested, you have a better shot at handling things. Not to mention, you may not stress out as easily if you have a chance to recover at night.

Ways To Stay Top Of Stress

Drink water.

I have said it before: Americans consume 21 percent of their calories through liquid consumption. Hydrate with water. Help you entire system function better just by drinking enough water. Oh, and by the way, if you don’t think that weight loss and proper hydration have a relationship, think again. Shift the paradigm on its side — don’t think about exercise and nutritional eating just as something you have to suffer through to get into those jeans. Instead, think of them as armor that will protect you in this crazy world, with all of the bazillion details you deal with every day.

Ways To Stay Top Of Stress

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – Motivation & Inspiration Quotes

Here are some Motivation & Inspiration quotes of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

  1. All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.

  2. Dream, Dream, Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result into action.

  3. We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.

  4. Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.

  5. Life is a difficult game. You can win it only by retaining your birth right to be a person.

  6. Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.

  7. Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.

  8. Love your job but don’t love your company, because you may not know when your company stops loving you.

  9. Failure will never overtake me, if my definition to succeed is strong enough.

  10. To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.

  11. Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

  12. God, our creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.

  13. You have to dream before your dream can come true.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam – Motivation & Inspiration Quotes

March 2016 – The Festive Month

So, March 2016 is one of the most festive month. We just celebrated Maha Shivratri and now its time to celebarte Holi.

Oh wait, After Holi, Its Good Friday, and then Shivaji Jayanti and then Eastern Sunday and last but not the least Rangapanchami.


Holi – March 23, 2016.

In Mumbai, you will experience this festive 1 week before its starts. Young kids (even elder) throws ballons, filled with water. Now-a-days, It has been replaced by small plastic bags.

Maximum people don’t like this custom, coz now-a-days, people are mixing bad water and other harmful colors, which not only effects human being but also Animals around.

Though Government has applied many rules on this, but still, we get to see such incidents every year.

To know more about Holi click here.

March 2016 – The Festive Month, Holi

Dhulivandan – March 24, 2016.

This festival marks the beginning of Spring season, which is why it is also referred as the ‘Spring Festival of India’. The main attraction of the festival are lots of colors, fun and fervor.

To know more about Dhulivandhan click here.

To check out Dhulivandan real snaps click here.

March 2016 – The Festive Month, Dhulivandan

Good Friday – March 25, 2016.

Good Friday is observed on the Friday before Easter Sunday. There are a few theories about why Good Friday is called ‘Good Friday‘ probably because ‘good‘ is used to mean ‘holy‘ and that terrible Friday is called ‘Good Friday’ because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death and sin and the celebration of Easter, the very pinnacle of Christian celebrations.

To know more about Good Friday click here.

March 2016 – The Festive Month, Good Friday

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti – March 26, 2016

Birthday of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated in Maharasthra as Shivaji Jayanti. As such, Shivaji Jayanti is celebrated on 19 Feb. But according to Hindu customs, Jayanti (Birthdays) are celebrated as per Lunar Days.

Chhatrapati Shivaji is a hero not only for the people of Maharashtra but for those of India as well. On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti several processions are taken out and people dress up like Shivaji and his associates. The birthday is celebrated on a huge scale and various programmes remembering the achievements of the great ruler are organised.

March 2016 – The Festive Month, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti

Sankashti Chaturthi – March 27, 2016

Sankashti Chaturthi  also known as Sankata Hara Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. On this day, the devotees observe strict fast. They break the fast at night after having darshan/auspicious sight of the moon preceded by prayers to Lord Ganesha.

Observing this fast is believed to reduce your problems as Lord Ganesha symbolizes the removal of all obstacles and supreme lord of intelligence. Before moonlight the Ganapati Atharvasheersha is recited to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha.

March 2016 – The Festive Month, Sankashti Chaturthi

Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian churches.

Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross.

March 2016 – The Festive Month, Easter Sunday

Rangapanchami – March 28, 2016

Rangapanchami is celebrated on the fifth day (Panchami) in the dark fortnight of the Hindu lunar month. This bliss is celebrated by throwing colours in the air. Thus, Rang Panchami is a symbol of victory over raja tama.

The festival is particularly popular amongst fisher folk. They celebrate it in on a large scale and revel in the festivities by singing, dancing and merry-making. This special dance provide them means to release all their repressed feelings, needs and desires. People also utter sound through their mouths in a peculiar fashion by striking their mouths with the back of their hands.

The festival of Rangapanchami is also associated with Holi festival but is not very popular as it is more of a traditional festival and is limited to Maharashtra. Some people confuse Rang Panchami with the Holi festival that is celebrated with colors the day after the lighting of fires. The Rangpanchami festival is more closely associated with rural Marathi culture.


Love is expressed in the strangest ways
Sometimes I just don’t get it –
(We should have rules to say what’s done
And then, like jelly, just set it).


Take for example my mixed-up cat
He sleeps throughout the day
And when it’s night, he’s wide awake
And meowing and wanting to play.


He loves me most so when I’m sleep
He runs over my hair and head
And with unleashed claws prods me awake
Then hides under my bed.


Why would TV show cartoons all day
If they were not meant to be seen?
But my mother allows me just one hour
“That’s love, my dear! I’m not mean!”


My Teacher gives me pages to write
A job I’d rather shirk
“When you’re grown and people admire your hand
You’ll thank me for setting you work!”


Shops stack goodies shelf upon shelf
But my father does not agree
That all those goodies have been kept there
Especially for me.


Love is expressed in the strangest ways
And though I don’t always get it
I’m sure when I’m big, it will all make sense
I may as well wait and just let it.



— Little Ravikiran
— Created and complied, with love by Archana Savnal & Jyothi Divgi
— Published in ‘The Chitrapur Sunbeam’, Vol. No. XXIII, Issue No.2, February 2016


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Mumbai – The City Where Mumbaikars Are Proud to Be Foodie

Well, everybody knows that Mumbai is a Dream City. People come to Mumbai, because Mumbai never sleeps.
Whether it is a terror attack or floods, very next day, Mumbai is always on track.

This Mumbai City does not need any introduction. The word ‘Mumbai’ is enough to say what do you want to mean.

The Best of best thing I love about Mumbai is the ‘Food’. In every corner, you will see stalls and people willingly eat such Street Food.


The very first favorite food is not at all healthy, But you cant ignore it. If you have one, then you will feel to have one more & more & more. It is none other than ‘Vada Pav’. This Vada Pav does not need any introduction. Vada Pav is ‘D-Great-Vada-Pav’.

If you have Vada Pav from Jambo Vada Pav Center Or Surbi Or Jain, then you are wasting your money. You Should eat Vada Pav made at Stalls and those are really awesome at taste.

Mumbai - The City Where Mumbaikars Are Proud to Be Foodie

The second favorite food item is again not so healthy, But this one also you cant ignore. It is none other than ‘The Paani Puri’. Again if you having this Paani Puri under big brand names, then you are missing that taste. You should have Paani Puri at stalls with Ragada or Moong, Very Spicy Green (Pudina) Paani & Dont forget to have “The Masala Puri” at the end, for free.  Girls usually say, “Bhaiya, Paani Puri aur spicy banao”.

Mumbai – The City Where Mumbaikars Are Proud to Be Foodie

The next is Sev Puri / Bhel Puri.  This stalls is more in numbers than Paani Puri. But Mumbaikars prefer Paani puri, more than Sev Puri.

The next in queue is Sandwich, Dosa and Ragada Pattice.  Mumbaikars will eat such items at any time.  You will get at least basic items of Sandwiches and Dosas. People often have Sada Dosa, Onion Dosa Or Masala Dosa in their Lunch time. So non-mumbaikars don’t think that such stalls will not do business during day time. In fact, They do business a lot during lunch & dinner time.


And at  Dinner time, you will get to see ‘The Pav Bhaji’ Stall. Mumbaikars do have Pav Bhaji in restaurant but if you see Pav Bhaji stall, then you will surprise to see the crowd waiting for their plates. Such stalls even offer Masala Pav, Khada Pav Bhaji & Rice Phulav.

Such stalls do more business then the food court in the Mall. If you have opened your stall outside Mall, and you are offering at the same rate, but with more quantity & taste, then Mumbaikars will come to you.

Mumbai – The City Where Mumbaikars Are Proud to Be Foodie

If you are non-mumbaikar, then you will surprise to see Puri-Bhaji stall, Chapati / Paratha stall, Chaas (butter milk) Stall, Home-made Chicken Gravy & Rice Stall, varieties of Egg, varieties of Franky, Shawarma etc.  You will even see momos, Juice stall and many other stall. Even some places have Non-Veg Khababs Stall.


If you visit Mumbai’s beaches, then you will see ‘The Gola Stall’. The multi-colored and multi-flavored ice. You will re-birth the child within you, while having this. And the best part, no one cares when you make that funny noise (Ssssuuuuuuuuuu) while having this. Everybody enjoys making that noise.

Mumbai – The City Where Mumbaikars Are Proud to Be Foodie

How can you forget the main stall. The only stall in Mumbai, who does more business and his stall will never fail. and that stall is none other than – ‘The Tea Stall’.

Mumbai – The City Where Mumbaikars Are Proud to Be Foodie

If you are in Mumbai, you will never be hungry. You will get food at every corner and at every place.

Now I am Hungry. My all time favorite is the Vada Pav & Chai.



Wisdom In The Forest

There was a young traveller,
who journeyed far and wide
he pondered over words he heard
and sights that he espied.


He travelled to those places
Where rich and poor both stayed
Where silks and jewels jostled among
Cotton clothing frayed.


Men were separated by
The tiniest of things –
Wealth or Education
Or what ‘different thinking’ brings.


None seemed to be aware –
They shared sun, wind and sky
their dreams and fears were all the same
the same things made them cry.


He travelled through the jungle
where animals had their home
Where lion as the uncrowned king,
And deer and bison roam.


He came to their watering hole
To see a gentle sight –
Both lion and the timid deer
Drink in fading light.


Around the muddy edges
The animals gathered free
knowing that they were all safe
in this sanctuary.


None was king, none was prey
As equal each one stood
Greatful for the Watering Hole –
The Giver of the Good..

Wisdom In The Forest

— Little Ravikiran
— Created and complied, with love by Archana Savnal & Jyothi Divgi
— Published in ‘The Chitrapur Sunbeam’, Vol. No. XXIII, Issue No.1, January 2016