Monday, December 17, 2007

Life at a standstill (ஒடத்தில் இருந்தும் ஓடாத வாழ்வு)

makkalee...
vaazhkaiye nambikaiyila oduthu..enga ooduthu?? ellame nikkudhu..

நம்பிக்கை
எத்தனைக் காலம் இந்த ஓடத்தில் நான் செல்வேனோ??

ஓடம் நகர்கின்றது
ஆனால் எந்தக் கரையும் தென்படவில்லை

கடலுக்கு உப்பு நீர் தட்டுப்பாடு
என் விழிநீர் உப்பைப் பருகவே என்னை
எந்த கரைக்கும் அனுப்பவில்லை போலும்!!

அன்றோ, பால் முகம் பளிங்கு மனம் !!
இன்றோ, கலக்கத்தின் கலங்கரை விளக்கம்!!

அன்றோ, இமைகளுக்கிடையே சுமை !!
இன்றோ, சுமைகளுக்கிடையே இமை !!

கடவுளே!!
எத்தனைக் காலம் கண்ணாமூச்சி ஆடுவாய் ?

உன்னைக் காட்டு,
நானும் பின்னே வருவேன்!!

இல்லை உன் அம்சத்தைக் காட்டு,
நானும் பின்னே போவேன்!!

உப்புத் தண்ணீர் நிறைந்த வறண்ட வாழ்வு!!
இதற்கு முடிவே இல்லையா!!!

Makkale.. sogama irukkum podhu tamilfont keyboard minnadi ukkandhen..extemporeaa varigal vandhadhu !!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Margazhi begins

Thirupppavai 4th song is here
Surprisingly rather shockingly, I was awake since 4.30 am and did not know what to do this morning.

"Today is probably the first day of margazhi (dhanur)!!!"- that's how I got up from bed unusually (unlike switching the alarm snooze atleast 3-4 times and sleeping).

Yeh, it's dhanur maadha pirappu!! Probably, it's HIS wish and arul to do that.

Have you heard of the phrase " avan arulaal avan thaal vanangi (அவன் அருளால் அவன் தாள் வணங்கி". (I have forgotten who said this). This means you need his blessing to even pray him- Adhu dhaan pola irukku!!

About Margazhi:

Lord Krishna has said in Bhagavat geetha that " In the 12 months, I am Margazhi". What else to describe after that!!!
Listen to thiruppavai by sudha ragunathan here:
Part 1
http://www.raaga.com/channels/carnatic/movie/CL00079.html
Part 2
http://www.raaga.com/channels/carnatic/movie/CL00080.html

To know more about margazhi, read this message Courtesy:http://groups.google.com/group/tamilcommunity/browse_thread/thread/b7f0e845075e09f7

The greatness of Margazhi month

The Yugam, in which presently we are living, is called as "Kali Yugam". Other than this Kali Yugam, there are 3 Yugams that we have crossed and they are Kretha, Thretha and Dwapara Yugam. In all these 3 yugams, Sriman Narayanan has taken lots of Avatharams (incarnations) to protect the Dharmam against Adharmam (evil) and protect the life of his bhaktas. Margazhi (from mid decembre to mid january ) brings the spring season.

The month of Margazhi which is supposed to be sacred from all aspects. Thus it's rendered to the god himself in aim of attaining prosperity and blessings, hoping god showers with all good luck. The very objective this month is to get together and offer the prayers, he will surely listens to it. How to go about it? Generally Brahma Muhurtham is considered to be good time perform pooja. Early morning on all 30 days Margazhi between 4.00 am to 6.00 am is beneficial for human being while the whole Margazhi the Brahma Muhurtham for DEVAS. The Tamil month of Margazhi is of great importance because Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that he is Margazhi among the twelve months.

In this month, there are many programmes for SriVaishnavas in particular.

On all the thirty days of this month, Tirupavai Pasurams will be rendered in the early morning in all temples and houses. Adhyayana Utsavam for 21 days (10+10+1) will also be held during this month by rendering holy scriptures (Four thousand Divya Prabhandam Pasurams) at 108 Divya Desam including Sri Rangam and many other Vaishnava Sthalams.

The famous Vaikunda Ekadasi also will be celebrated in the early hours of the Tenth day of Adhyayana Utsavam the people will join with Lord in proceeding Symbolically to Swargham and on this Swargavasal will be opened in all temples. Lakhs of people gather on 3rd January 2004, the Vaikunta Ekadesi day in Sri Rangam, Tirupathi, Thiruvallikeni. Kanchi, Srivilliputhur, Brindavan and in many other temples. Saivites will celebrate Arudhara Dharshan. In Srivilliputhur, there will be "Piriya Vidai and Sri Andal Neerattu Utsavam" and followed by Sri Andal Thirukkalyanam on Bhogi Day". The Proverb in Tamil says that "Thai Piranthal Vazhi Pirakkum".

On completion of Margazhi and commencement of Thai, there would be better future and there is a way for happiness and good omens. On Bhogi day, people not only cleans the houses, burn the old things and but also purifies from bad things & thoughts or situation by rendering prayers. Elders and music lovers also visit to the Sabhas in the evening to listen music, attend dance programmes and other cultural activities throughout Margazhi. This month is familiarly known as Margazhi Maha Festival. All musicians, Vocalists and dozens of singers will gather together at Thiruvayaru and render Keerthanas of SriThiyagarajar.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

haa haa haa..ooh hoo hoo hoo..last examaa?? Exam kadhai..

Scroll down for exam kadhai..
Silar siripaar..silar azhuvaar.. naan azhudhukonde sirikinren:)-
Raja part rangadurai paatu..

adhu onnum illeenga...

Tomorrow, between 10.30 to 12.30, I have an exam to take..ohoo hoo..hoo kavalai..

Between 12.30-2.30, I have an exam to give ( to the undergrads). ha ha ha laughter

Today, I was at a prof's office asking my doubts for my exam at the last minute. Outside his office, there were undergrad students waiting for me to ask me doubts at the last minute..


Avanga question papera naan pathuiruken(set pannum podhu) but avanga en questionsa paakalayae :)-

romba padichutennu nenakaadheenga.. ippo dhaan arambichen.. adhukulla blog poda aasai vandudhuchu..Hopefully, this is the last exam of my education. Paapom..Ipdi dhaan ovvoru degree vaangum podhum nenachen..

Atleast, the last exam of Ph.D irundhaave podhum:)- adhuve periya vishayam..pudhusaa rule kondu vandhu extra course eduka vekiraanga pa ovvoru timemum.. andha vedhanai!!

Okay.. Oru vazhiyaa ' I am done with the last exam'- that doesnot mean that phd is over. Only the coursework.

This morning, my roomie was going to India. Examukku 1.45 am varaikum padichen. Got up at 4.00 am..Then helped her carry her baggages to the ground floor and another friend of us, dropped her. I just came back and tried to sleep.. Aniyaayathukku thookame varla..Howsoever well I prepare, I need to sleep atleast for 7 hrs before exam. Illati ellam kozhambidum- apdi oru nambikkai..actually, selfpity masked inside nambikkai!!!

But thookame varla.. 5.00 aachu..6.00 achu.. 7.00 achu.. Ezhundhu padikalaamna selfpity on the way.. "Come on priya, how come you deprive yourself of your sleep". Pasi vayatha kodaiyudhu..No milk..no buttermilk..no snack.. no thing was at home..Went and ate some chocolate cake that I made last week with 1.5 eyes closed so that I can protect the sleep feel in my eyes.. appayum thookam varla..

Summave thookam varlanaa thoongardhukku zandu balm thadavara category naan. Finally, got reminded of that idea. ZANDU BALM appinen and it worked.

A phone call at 8.45 woke me up. It was my roomie who missed her purse somewhere. She called from denver and wanted me to check at home. Thookathula ezhupinaa naan "maada" vida mosamaa miraluven.. Apdi mirandu poi purseaa thedunnaa.. hmnn.. thedinen kedaikala..unmaiyaave kedaikala..

aprom, tima patha ore shock...

A guy in my class wanted to revise the portions between 9.00 and 10.30. Also, he had a doubt that the exam might be at 10.00. So, we agreed to meet at 9.00am for which I had to get the bus atleast by 8.35 am. avanukku call panni plana cancel panna, he says " dont worry, there is a lot of time"

Enna mattum yaaravadhu pathu " cool cool "naa naan apdiye cool aagara category..

Amma seevi singarichu bussa pudichu ponaa, it was 10.20 when I was near the university. I was thinking
" why go 10 min earlier to exam hall? Every body will think that I am a geek"

Then, priya's mansatchi said "Priya, ne ella clasukum guest entry kudukra. One day minadi poi dhaan ukkaren?"

Finally, I agreed with manasatchi and went to the hall..Poi patha orae shock..Class was full..

Ellarum exam ezhutharaanga..including my friend. Enna paathu sirika vera sirikaraan. Exam arambika poguthunnu call panni sollalaamla..andha arivu enga pasangalukku

I bursted out aloud with an exclamation" Oh my God!!!".

The prof was a cool guy " Oh priya, the exam is small and I am sure you wont need that long"

For the first time, I went late to an exam. Hmnn..During the previous exam, I was the one who completed the last - took 30 min extra time for writing as my handwriting is big and I write slow.

Kizhinjadhu krishnagirinnu - apdi yosichinde q paper pathaaa " adhisayam!!!!! aanaal unmai"

What I properly studied alone was asked in teh exam. That was a pleasant surprise and so, ooruku minnadi exama mudichutu papera kuduthuthu oooodi vandhuten :)-

Avlodhaan...

Monday, December 10, 2007

After a llllooooong time..





Guys,


Again a post on food..
After a long time, I cooked a grand dinner for 4 people(Including me) here. Meeting 3 friends at a time in El Paso is a big thing for me. Unlike in lex, I play myself silently and not participate in any cooking activity..

A hunger to cook many no of dishes was pushing to find a day and do it. Murugan Thirukalyanam - the day after Kandhar Shasti was the day I picked. Theme- Swami Kalyana saapadu!!

Menu: Palani Panchamritam, Mor Kuzhambu, Sadham, Lemon rasam, Potato curry, Appalam, Vadai, Payasam, home made Lemon-Pickle, Beans Kootu, cucumber pacchadi and Bahala bath.

Wanted to upload this even before 2 weeks.. But edho velai..My photos may not appeal so much. My roommie made a collage with whatever snaps we had. We forgot to take pics of some other dishes..
Look at this link and go to the food links of her friends and the drop down menubars that she has given..Its awesome.. Mannn.. Aniyayathukku pasiya kirali vidu indha site.





Friday, December 07, 2007

One thing out!!!



Yaaahooo... Finally, I made it. In the list of things that I am trying to improvise the taste, look and smell, the cocoa chocolate is out. I am so glad..yaaahooooo...

Okay, let me tell you the reason behind my excitement. There are some dishes in my list whose cooking conditions have to be optimized to get the exact taste of mom's or the best preparation. Some are not bad but that exact taste is missing. Some dishes come into and go out of the list very soon. Some stay forever in the list showing my inability, lazyness or its own complexity.

Recently, the list contains(/ed) mom's cocoa chocolate, sujan's bisebela bhath, prabu's sambhar vadai, mom's mor kozhambu, my periama's thakkali thokku . Recently, mor kuzhambu and bise belabhath are almost out of the list. But, finally, yesterday, the chocolate came out of that list..

I finally optimized it w.r.t. the u.s butter sugar and milk powder. This is a dish wherein I did all the mistakes and learned the right procedure by my meticulous efforts. Well, you will never know where you will be dumb!! I have succeded like Mohammed of Ghazni or ashoka after several trials.

Here is the recipe to make cocoa chocolate (not a pastry) in just 15 minutes.

Cocoa Chocolate
1. Cocoa (Hersheys cocoa powder)- 1 cup
2. Milk powder (Dry milk) - 2 cups
3. Sugar - 3 cups
4. Butter stick (land of lakes brand-unsalted- 1lb)- 3/4 of one stick

Easy.. the amounts are just one, two, three. Remember sugar is the max.

Before you start,
1. Mix the milk powder and cocoa evenly. Break the small milk powder granules by crushing between fingers for atleast 5 minutes. This is very important as the milk powder is not very nice (granulated) here in U.S
2. Just melt the butter. Remember, the butter should not boil. Just melt and have 3/4 cup of that. If you dont melt and add it as butter in the recipe, it does not set.
3. Take square shape plate or box and grease the bottom (full) and the wall (about 2 inches) with butter. Why not a round plate?? It's because you will get a lot of bits and small, uneven pieces when its a round plate.

Recipe:

1. Add water to the sugar just enough to cover in a thick bottomed pan and place it on the stove. Set the stove in 4 or 5
2. The sugar dissolves and it goes to a thicker state in 5-7 minutes. Dip a laddle and take a small amount between two fingers (index and thumb) to see if it forms a string. Please be patient. Let it form a proper string. I tend to hurry here. Don't do that
3. Now add 1/2 cup or a little more of melted butter. You will see white bubbles. Stir the pan. Remember, the more you add, the longer it takes to set
4. Add the cocoa and milk powder mix to the pan. Stir in a circular way around the periphery till you see all the mix is dissolved with the liquid
5. Stir, lift the laddle and drop into the pan to see if the mixture falls like a typical flow in chocolate ads. (Nalla madipu madipaa vizhanum). You can see slight thickening/shrinkage of chocolate at the perphery of the pan
6. Pour the chocolate into the tray
7. When it is warm and molten, cut into pieces. It may not look like pieces. Eventually it will.

Modifications:
1. You can place a cashew/almond on each piece when it is molten.
2. This is just my own idea - If you have a egg tray (refrigerator), grease and pour in that and place an almond or cashew. It comes out hemispherical and it's so pretty!!

Trouble shooting:

I am an expert in this section.

1. If it solidified before pouring, it means it was too long on stove. You can avoid this by looking for solid chips at the edges of pan. You can slightly make-up by addiing a small amount of boiling water, put it back in the pan on stove and then pour back. Do not leave on heat for long. It may or may not work depending on how much you spoiled.

2. If it did not set, leave it in freezer for a while and then put it out. It will solidify before next morning. But, dont forget to make cuts horizontally and vertically when it is molten.

3. If it did not set at all,
1. Probably, you did not let the sugar form a string (Paagu varla). Keep it on stove for longer and then pour again
2. It may also mean it has less sugar. Take some sugar in a water, boil and add to this chocolate in a pan, heat and then pour
3. If its chewy like "kamarkat", a) leave it overnight. It will get fine many a times.b) it has too much sugar or butter that is not letting it set. Put it in a freezer and if it still did not get better, give it to children wrapped with a paper. They will love it.



Okay.. But remember, if you eat in plenty, "one thing is not out". I mean it causes constipation :)-