Short story : Little Hari

Before I get to the actual point, let me take you quickly through a really short story. After all, before conveying a piece of boring advice, it is always good to include a story!

Little Hari wanted to play with other boys of his age. Whenever Hari asked his dad, his father always said that he couldn’t play with the boys outside. Little Hari didn’t understand why.

One day while Hari was desperate about going out and playing with the boys, his dad kneeled down and grabbed his little shoulders and said “Son, you know why I don’t let you play with them?”

Teary eyed, Hari asked “Why daddy?”

“Because you are not like them. You cannot run like them. Look at your legs. You are not safe there.”

Hari convinced dad that he would go just once and if anything happened, he wouldn’t ever ask daddy to go out and play. Hari’s father held his hand and they came to the place where the other kids were playing. Out of overwhelming excitement, Hari left dad’s hand and joined them.

The kids were perplexed at first. Then they made a circle around Hari and started throwing the ball gently to him. Hari loved every moment of it. He giggled, ran and enjoyed his heart out. When it was time to wrap up the games, everyone called Hari and told “See you tomorrow Hari.”

Hari smiled and replied “Sure.” Nonetheless, his happiness knew no boundaries.

This one is based on an important lesson I learnt during these recent days. While we must accept others for their flaws, it is even more important to embrace our own imperfections. Imagine if a person was not at peace with his own state, how would he give himself a chance to go out, experience and feel the happiness? The truth is that we feel insecure about our weaknesses, and instead of working on it, we tend to focus more on hiding them from others. By this, we also never allow anyone to help us and continue to suffer alone.

An important take away: Perfection is an illusion and there is no one perfect in this world. It’s all about confidence,
how you feel about yourself and how you deal with your weaknesses. This makes the whole difference in your own and other’s attitude towards you. This world is still full of beautiful people and all we need to do is to open our arms and take a step forward.

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A wonderful tea time chat!!!

I never thought a quick tea time with my friend could be so wonderful.

“Why would you want to be with a girl like her?”
“Why would the guy want to be with you?”

Society questioned their relation, but he knew what was right for him.
“She’s not from a different caste, religion or status. Hell, I’m sorry that I have to bring these while reasoning with you. Why are you having a problem?”

“She’s differently abled! Can’t you see that!”

“Is that why she does not deserve the love and happiness which every other person can rightfully own?”

“She can never make you happy! She will always be a burden to you and your family.”
He chose not to answer.

Only he knew, how much she mattered to him. Her guileless laughter on seeing him every week took away all his worries. Her innocence was something to be cherished. When she held his hand in crowded streets, he felt deeply satisfied in his heart. She would save her the last cookie for him every weekend as a surprise gift.

She was beautiful. Her soul was beautiful. Only a fool would leave her. He was in love with her. He wasn’t someone to give up on her.

That night, he received a letter from her. “You complete me. You are my support. You make me believe in
fairy tales. I love you!”

His eyes glistened with hope amidst all the social restrictions.

He could only think of one thing at that moment. He took the letter, held it close to his heart. Tears of joy could be seen in his eyes.
“I love you too!”.

#love #is beautiful.

Quote Love: Height of randomness

This is a warm up post after a long gap. So lately, I have been using this app called YourQuote. I am not a regular user, but found it interesting to accept the word of the day challenge and come up with some quotes once in a while. That is exactly how some of the below pictures were born. As I keep saying, I have no intention to be just another passing cloud and sincerely hope my quotes will become famous someday (LOL) :D.

Note: Jaruscrux is my pen name. I am doing a separate article to explain the logic behind the name 😀 :D.

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The word of the day was reflect. I have been wanting to use this line in some context. And then came this word of the day challenge. I wasted no time and created a quote out of it. These were some thoughts I got when I was going through tough times and was a hard core pessimist. Thankfully, I have come out of that phase and now I am rolling.

IMG_20180104_073330_596 When you have another quote ready but no place to showcase it, you can always rely upon the YourQuote word of the day. The above picture is another example for that. The theme is based on some other quote/dialogue I saw on the internet. Interestingly, this quote has helped me much to come out of the pessimist phase. This was when I realized that:

“Every life is like a book. It has many blank pages and the pen is in our hands. It is up to ourselves to write a beautiful story in that book”. Well, this one is not entirely my creation, but inspirations from the internet.

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I admit! I have this crazy feeling to become popular, known and followed by many. I am damn sure most of us (if not everyone) feel the same. So one fine day, this celebrity maniac in me promptly came across the word of the day challenge: SIGN. I was like “Okay, so why don’t you express your aspirations through a quote?” and thus the above image.

Disclaimer: I know I use the phrase passing cloud too many times. It is just a ‘sign’ of how passionate I am in embracing my mania (:D).

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This one was a fluke. A fill in the blank challenge (When life ____, then ____) posted in YourQuote caught my attention. The first thing that struck my mind was the popular quote “When life gives you lemons….blah….blah….blah….”. However, seriously this was something I did because I wanted to come up with a sentence. Just for the sake of it.

Well, that pretty much sums up my too short stint with the app. I no longer use the app, but I am still addicted to writing quotes. While this marks the end of the current post, I am positively looking forward to come up with more quotes. I also wonder if I could be more abstract when it comes to the content rather than giving away my character in a plain and transparent way!!! After all, who would want others to know everything about themselves (wink)?

Honorable mention:

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I saw this quote while browsing the instagram feed. I decided to include it here because this happens to me all the time I read a good book. Be it a character, or the plot, it seems some authors have the power to push you into their story and live through it. That being said, I hope I get to read many good and great books so that I am always in love with one thing or the other :).

Random lines: My meaning of Love…

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She was always in there, holding me tight,

An amazing time, it was a frozen night.

Like the lines from a book of sweet romance,

I would cross the oceans, just to see you dance.

I looked above, and saw the shining stars,

And you washed away my really scary scars.

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So many words, just tinging my head,

Now I know, why love’s crimson red.

I’m sticking to what I told before,

I know that I need to do some more.

Ain’t never running away anywhere,

Crawling back to you, I know you’re there.

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They say love is nothing but overrated,

But it’s the only good thing I see among all this hatred.

Little did they know that all it ever take is,

To love them with all your heart and that’s the basis.

It’s not just hollow lines and all these empty phrases,

It’s called love and that’s what makes all happy faces.

-Suraj B

pen: @jaruscrux

 

My Dear Star

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Can you be my sunshine forever?

They say nothing’s permanent, never!!

I may shine like a sun in the night,

But hey! You are the reason for my light.

I sail like a mighty ship you think?

Be with me, and I will never sink!

 

Behold! The beds of flowers enthrall,

I heed the vibrant world’s call.

Somewhere, I know you are waiting for me.

Dreams I cherished now longs for you to see.

Can you see that my heart’s at ease,

And comes innocence of my childhood like a breeze.

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Like stars should we together shimmer,

Our universe will be filled with glimmer.

You say there’s love in my living,

That’s the very triumph of my being!!

Fancy the one who would love from afar,

Now that you’ve met me, my star.

-Suraj B (@BSuraj93)

#jaruscrux

Manchurian; without the Allium!!!

I am a big time lazy bum! There I said it. I finally managed to find some time to ooze my taste buds. It’s not every time that I get a chance to cook, but when I do I make sure I do it with passion. After sorting through zillion recipes in YouTube, I decided to stick with my quick reference channel – Nisha Madhulika. One thing I love about her channel is the absence of onions and garlic in the recipes. Not sure why, but I like to steer clear of onions and garlics in the food most of the time. All these time, I had an impression that any Manchurian will taste bad without onions and garlic, but as always this channel proved me wrong. I, instantly and irrevocably fell in love with the recipe.

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Quick fact:

Onion: Binomial name is Allium cepa.

Garlic: Binomial name is Allium sativum.

Cauliflower: Binomial name is Brassica oleracea.

I would waste no more time and get going with the recipe. So here are the ingredients required to make an easy Manchurian recipe, only without onion and garlic (belonging to Allium genus). Now, I am not giving the exact amount here. You might want to add it proportionately to the other ingredients.

The Participants:

YOU!!!

Cauliflower (Gobi) – 1 or 2 based on the number of servings required.

Maida (All purpose flour)

Corn Flour (Maida and corn flour to be mixed equally)

Green Coriander

Ginger paste (not Garlic-Ginger)

Green Chilly – finely chopped

Sauce mix (Tomato-Chilly) and Soy

Vinegar

Sugar

Black Pepper

Salt

Oil

 

The Initiation:

Get the florets out of the cauliflower. Wash it once. Now in a big vessel, pour some water and boil the Gobi florets- Helps you clean them better. Not sure if it was just for me, but boiling seemed to improve the taste of Gobi.

Take equal amounts of Maida and Corn Flour and mix it with water to make a moderately thick batter. As I move on with the addition of ingredients, I would recommend doing it in proportions since I am not mentioning the exact amount. It is important to make sure that there are no lumps in the batter. Smoother the batter is, better the fried Gobi’s’ taste.

Now a bit of corn flour is taken separately and water is added to make a thick solution.

I sometimes deviate from the normal process just to make it look fun. This time, I faced a shortage of chilli sauce and hence I had to add some water to the little sauce available to get a diluted sauce. To spice up things a little more, I mixed the tomato sauce with chilli sauce (solution).

Sometimes, you just get lucky. My sister helped me with chopping the chillies so it looks finely chopped :D, while I tried making a fresh paste from ginger. Obvious enough, the paste was too liquid and I had to mix the ginger paste-like solution with chopped chillies. However, believe me, nothing made the dish go bad!

 

The process:

Now that we are done with the initiation, let us proceed to the rest of the process.

To the maida-corn flour batter, add some black pepper powder and a pinch of salt. Dip the Gobi florets in this batter before frying them. Frying Gobi, Paneer cubes or mushrooms before adding them to the sauce always improves the taste multi-fold, and it follows that we need to fry the Gobi florets in a pan with heated oil.

 

In a frying pan, heat some oil (or you can just use a part of the oil used for frying Gobi). As a person with little experience but enormous passion for cooking, this part always gives me headaches. I was supposed to put the semi solid ginger paste and chopped green chillies here. Instead, all I had was the ginger-chilly solution from the initiation phase :D.

I had to pour this to the heated oil. I turned the gas to low flame believing that it would reduce the popping. One flip and the entire solution was in the pan; I was in the next room! The poppings soon simmered down and this time, it was time to add the sauce mixture (Tomato and chilli). Stir for 30 seconds before adding the corn flour solution. Add soy sauce too and stir it for a minute or two. The mixture takes a thick solution form which just means that corn flour did its work.

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It’s time to add the vinegar, salt and sugar to the mix and stir for another 30 seconds. As a final step, add the fried Gobi to this sauce and stir well so that the sauce mixes with the Gobi uniformly. You can add the green coriander now to boost the flavour.

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Transferring the dish to another vessels will bring the cooking process to an end. Voila! Your guess is right. The Gobi Manchurian is now ready to be served.

Surprise: I thought the lack of onion and garlic will show up in its taste and to my surprise, it tasted as good as the real Manchurian which made me wonder why they were added in the first place! I would definitely recommend everyone to try this recipe and I am sure you won’t regret it.

Quick Tip: Cauliflower (Gobi) can be replaced with any other vegetable of your choice.

Acknowledgements:

Thank you mom and sister for helping me in preparing the dish. Thank you dad for bravely tasting the dish and giving the verdict. Finally, thank you Nisha Madhulika ma’am for this awesome recipe inspiration.

You can also watch this recipe on YouTube here: