Rest

Sometimes, all you need in life is REST.

Introspection and corrections.
Relax and unwind
Pull up the bedsheet and just sleep.

One such day is today in my whole last year.

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TTP : What goes around, comes around!

TheTechPanda300x100¬†I’m a big believer in Karma – what goes around, comes around manifold. In that context, it is always wise to keep doing good, isn’t it? ūüôā ¬†Strange things keep happening to me from time to time, which further strengthen my belief that no matter what the explanation, ALWAYS DO GOOD.

This story is so important to me, that I chose to record this incident as a happy memory for times to come. Until Prateek left for MBA,  he and the rest of us managed to keep up the site very well, without any external help.  When Prateek left to college and two members of the team decided to part ways, I was still working from home and had a busy hectic schedule already. We badly needed another resource who would share our workload and be as passionate as us towards TTP.

We just had couple of days for Prateek to go and no replacement found. Suddenly, I get a call from Prateek saying that S, a guy who is involved with TTP since early days but mostly on backend saw our AD on hasgeek and called up to ask if he would be considered for the role. We were so surprised and thrilled!  We hired him immediately and he worked with us for around 4 months now. It was S & me running the show and he did his best in getting the startup stories out.  He was a twitter fanatic and maintained a really rockstar TTP twitter account.

When we thought all was well, S has some personal issues and could not continue with us any longer. We were just 3 people and such a close knit team – I didn’t knew which way we should take next. Hire Full time employees or interns? ¬†New comers or experienced? Hyderabad or Bangalore? ¬†The fact that I would be joining full time office in Bangalore from next week was a very worrying factor – ¬†we would lose all the credibility we created so far with all our hard work. ¬†2 days for Suhail to go, and we couldn’t manage to close the position. We had shortlisted few interns but I had the JD clearly in mind and wanted one single person who could manage the entire stuff without supervision from his own place.

It is said that, when you want something very badly – the entire Universe conspires to get it done for you. I’m member of an awesome community called therodinhoods.com, ¬†and whenever I get some time , I try to interview other guys that do awesome work in their respective areas. ¬†So, I was interviewing V for an app he developed, and it was sitting at #2 in ¬†AppStore. So, he called me up if I could feature his app on that day. Trust me, that was my most hectic day in all these couple of weeks – somehow, I just had things lined up both personal and professional all on that day. After V’s phone call – I decided to keep everything aside and help him out. ¬†Managed to do a feature of his app, which was well received and finally it ended up on Alok Kejriwal’s ¬†FB wall – which got it great visibility.

K, a friend of Alok saw the post and friended me on FB. ¬†K is a freelancer and with strong startup background. On the day before S’s last day, I decided to give the recruitment one last shot by posting on couple of FB groups and my own timeline. K saw it, and pinged me immediately. B, who is known to help everyone who approaches him also told him about me & the opportunity it seems. ¬†After I saw K’s CV and spoke to him that very evening – I was a very relieved person. We found replacement for S on the last day.

Today is S’s last day and K is starting to work for us from tomorrow. ¬†I strongly believe that, this is a chain reaction triggered by a simple gesture of help. What I thought would be a really difficult transition seems so easy. ¬†Universe has really transpired with me!

Although we still have really long way to go, it feels good to note that we are making progress, although little by little. Wish us good luck!!

Have a great day and keep rocking!

Recipe 22 : Roasted channa dal Laddoo / Putnala Laddoo

While sitting in doctor’s office with Saanvi every other week for her cough and cold, I make it a point not to indulge her with home made sweets. She manages to fill in with lots of choclates, which I really have a hard time avoiding. Topic for another blog post.

The other day, I had the mommy guilt of not cooking her sweets and thought of making her a really simple sweet and see how she responds. Couple of laddoos in one sitting – goal accomplished with worry accumulated! ūüôā

don’t go by my photo – the taste is quite good.

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Total Preparation time : 15 minutes

Ingredients

Roasted channa dal – 2 cups

Sugar – 1 cup

Ghee – 5-6 tbsp , as per requirement

Cashew nuts Рaround 10,  chopped

Procedure:

1. Grind Roasted channa dal finely and then sieve to get the finest powder.

2. Grind sugar.

3. Fry the Roasted channa dal until raw smell is gone, in ghee.

4.  Mix well with sugar powder. 

5.  when warm, apply some ghee on hands and make laddoos.

The weird color in the photo is because I used milk while making laddoos, afraid of adding more ghee in the recipe.  They turned out super good and you could do the same too!

Have a great day and keep rocking!

Recipe 21: SnakeGourd Gravy Curry for Chapati

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Whenever I have snake gourd at home – the usual recipes I make are a curry with coconut mix or a yogurt based chutney. As our dinners mostly comprise of chapati and a curry to go with – I was planning of experimenting with snake gourd recipe I preserved from Eenadu paper long time back. It took me around an hour to prepare the curry, but when I see my family enjoying the food – all my sweat in the kitchen is converted into happiness into my heart almost instantly.

Here you go for the recipe:

Ingredients:

Snake gourd – Cut into round thick pieces, 2 cups

Tomato paste – 1 cup

Spices : Biryani Leaf Р1,  cloves Р2, Black pepper Р4/5,  Jeera Р1 tsp

besan flour – 1/2 cup

Masalas : Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp, Haldi – 1/2 tsp, Garam Masala – 1 tsp (Adjust according to taste)

Cashews – around 15, soaked in water for 1/2 hour and ground to a nice paste

Kasturi Methi – few strands

Onions – 2 big, finely chopped

Coriander leaves – for garnish

Procedure:

1. Pressure cook the snake gourd for 1 whistle only – the shape should be intact while cooked.

2. Take kadai, add a tbsp of oil and fry the cooked snake gourd pieces and keep aside.

3. Take some more oil, and add the spices mentioned above.

4. Add the chopped onion and once cooked well, add the besan powder and fry till the raw smell is gone.

5. Add tomato paste to this and let it boil.

6. Add all the masalas and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes.

7. Add the fried snake gourd pieces, cashew paste and kasturi methi.

8. Keep it in sim for about 3-4 minutes so that the curry mixes well.

9.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

 

 

Circle of influence

Somehow, this thought has been bugging me for a while now, time to translate it into writing.

These days, people talk a lot and listen a little. Read a lot and implement a little. A lot of my Facebook feed comes with quirky quotes, inspirations and agitational thoughts. Few of them strike a balance with me, and get my response too. The same goes with blog posts and articles in influential media with well- supported pictures.It is safe to say that I have few extreme opinions and a lot of theoretical gyaan I could give to the world. But, whenever I try to sit down and write something – my heart questions me – can you practise 100% of what you write? You die one day, what you write lives on forever. Why bother spamming other people with fickle thoughts that come to your mind?

I always think that, your circle of influence however small – should be extremely powerful. Every interaction you make – be it verbal, non verbal or written , it should be dedicated 100% to the recipient and with a whole heart. Your mission is then successful.

Have a good day and keep rocking!

Bangalore : Finding a rental

Wednesday being a holiday, me and Vinod spent the whole day roaming around the Bangalore streets. This post is just to record my experiences in finding a rental apartment to stay.

Our office, being at Bhashyam circle – all of our management has been insisting we take the rental flat at malleshwaram. I spoke to my colleagues at work, to get a list of areas to hunt down a house. Later that night, we searched few properties in common floor.com and got a few posted by the owners. One of them called back and we scheduled an appointment for Wednesday morning 7:55 AM. The flat was at hebbal, 6 km from my office. The house was neat and the area was good. Rent was 15,000, which looked negotiable. The owner was a young guy, and he took us in his own car to view the house. A very good beginning to the day!

Next was a series of houses at malleshwaram, which ranged from bad, worst to pathetic. The area resembled koti in Hyderabad – congested lanes, shops and eateries all along and lot of temples. Pakka business area. The houses were very old and. Even lacked the lift. After viewing the houses for several hours, we were exhausted. And disappointed.

The last house we saw was at R T Nagar, a 3bhk in White House apartments. The moment I saw it, I knew this is my home! With 600 flats in the community, the apartment complex hosted a gym, swimming pool, temple, kids play area, senior citizens chatting area and much more. The area looked very peaceful and had lots of kids. Perfect for saanvi. The flat was very spacious and well lit. We had 2 agents coming with us – from our side, and from the owner’s side. The negotiation started at 20,000 rs per month and a monthly maintenance of 2,200 extra. We deferred the decision to Thursday, but deep down my heart I was convinced that this is where I would stay in Bangalore – clean and lively.

Today, we went to the owner’s place in sadashiv nagar. The experience I had at their place is the main motivation behind this blog post. We sat down for negotiation and were stuck at 18,500. We demanded 18k and the owner’s grand father wanted to rent at 18.5k.

The grand father is an old man, in his eighties and had his entire family with him to talk about the rent. I had to face a whole lot of questions about our personal lives and the kid. One middle aged lady bought us tea and biscuits. I was amazed by their hospitality – we were not even their tenants ! As we further negotiate, an old lady – the wife of the grandfather come with a plate. It has haldi, kumkum and a flower garland. I took kumkum, haldi and the garland. I took blessings from her. This gesture won my heart, and I was reminded of both my grand mothers. Further down the discussion, we agreed to 18k rent and agreed on the rent agreements. As Vinod took out his wallet to pay the token advance, they denied stating that today and tomorrow were Inauspicious for taking money. They further said that they trust us ūüôā we walked out really happy.

The flat would be ready by Monday, and I really look forward to stay in Bangalore. Hopefully, TTP would see some good days too!

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Attarintiki Daaredi : Movie Review

I watch movies because I enjoy vinod’s company. ¬†With no special interest in movies, movie stars and anything related to do with them – you can safely assume my review would be neutral. Let’s go into the review.

 

Plot : Wafer Thin. Has been told umpteen number of times in movies before.

Actors: ¬†Pawan Kalyan, true to his name, he mesmerizes audience with his non stop humor and brings joy to all the audience. ¬†Nadiya, a smart move by Trivikram in the role of aunt. Samantha, Pranitha and the rest of the cast – Doesn’t matter who plays them, you’d have the same impact on the audience.

Music : If not for Devi Sri Prasad, the movie’s flaws would have been highlighted much more, and it wouldn’t have been the blockbuster it is now. Hats off!!

Things that work: ¬†Pawan Kalyan’s trademark mannerisms, dialogues and dances, ¬†Trivikram’s punches and Music

Things that work against the film : The unconvincing track between Samantha and Pawan Kalyan, A Lot of Illogical scenes like getting the railway station empty for Pawan Kalyan and lots.

I think, a movie should be judged based on where it is made, for whom it is made and by whom it is made. I think Trivikram Srinivas is a man with brains and one’s brains don’t diminish with size. ¬†Even a very talented film maker like hits in between, and Attarinitiki Daaredi is that attempt. ¬†I think the director and the actor know that they need to rely heavily on music for this one to become a hit, and hence the result of massive musical blockbuster.¬†

Somehow, deep down my heart РI believe that the so-called flaws in this movie are intentional moves. I did enjoy the movie a lot, and my 2.5 hours are well spent.  Waiting for the masterpieces from Trivikram Sir!

Have a good day and keep rocking!