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Friday, 28 April 2017

Nutella pancakes!!

Hey everyone!!
So it's been like really too long that I have posted a recipe on my blog.. Especially a dessert. Since I don't have a sweet tooth and prefer spicy food over sweet, I hardly appreciate any desserts that come my way. But a while ago I had nutella pancakes at a cafe in Mumbai  which were way too good and the idea to prepare them stuck in my head.

As I had time to cook something today, I decided to try making nutella whole wheat pancakes at home.

I'm sharing the recipe with all of you. It's pretty quick and easy.

Ingredients.

Ingredients needed for dough:

1. Sugar (4-5 tablespoons)
2. Whole wheat flour (according to requirement. apprx 4-5 cups)
3. Milk (1 to 1 and half cups)
4. Curd ( 2-3 tablespoons)
5. Cardamom i.e elaichi (4 pods)
6. Water
7. Nutella ( 2 tablespoons)
8. Baking soda (Optional)

Preparation:

1. Mix the ingredients properly and knead the dough till it becomes thick yet soft. Let the dough rest for 1 to 2 hours..

2. Heat a frying pan. You have to roll the pancakes like you usually do so for chapatis. Give them proper round shape according to your preference.

3. Now roast the pancakes on the pan. You can add oil or butter to cook them as per your wish. I used oil.

4. Once you are done preparing the pancakes, apply nutella paste over them either on one side or on both sides as per your wish.

Your nutella whole wheat pancakes are ready!!!

You can serve them with any type of ice cream and fruit you wish.

I have served them with vanilla ice cream and pomogranate fruit.

Indulge tn the dessert and enjoy!!

That's it from me now.

Catch up with you all soon!

Tada!

Monday, 27 March 2017

Downtrodden Doctors???!!

Hi everyone! So apparently the "Doctor Strike" in Maharashtra has come to an end after assurance given by CM Devendra Fadnavis.

As a Physiotherapist who has studied and is working in Maharashtra, somewhere, all of this has given me something to ponder upon and has saddened me to a great extent. It has however, not surprised me at all. I have seen the relatives of patients manhaldling resident doctors and surgeons ever since I was a student. This day had to come sooner or later.

I have myself faced patients relatives at certain hospitals who have ordered me around and expected me to get their bedridden kin up, walking and totally alright in two days which according to his condition was not possible and I really had a tough time explaining them the situation. There have been many such incidents which I have faced and keep facing. Let's not get into that. That's not the point.

My point is, the mentality which people have these days. Most people these days feel they can throw in a few bucks and "buy" their health. Sorry to say, but this not a shopping mall, it is your body and you cannot 'buy' or 'threaten' a health professional to cure it instantly. People want instant results and effects. The temperatures rise high quickly and tolerance levels have reduced greatly. Add to that the mentality that "all doctors extort money from us." I agree certain hospitals charge a high sum and
there are certain elements in the health sector out there to just extort money and make profits. But aren't such people there in every field and sector? Then why stereotype and label all of us???

It is this mentality which is giving rise to anger, hate and prejudice among people against the medical fraternity. It is this mentality which needs to be changed to prevent violence agianst Doctors.

I would like to say that we invest a lot in getting the title of- 'Physiotherapist', 'Dentist', 'Surgeon', 'Eye-Specialist' 'Radiologist' etc. It's not just about being called a Doctor. It's about living up to be one.

A lot of investment goes in becoming a health professional and it's not just money. It's also a substantial amout of years. A lot of sweat, tears, worries and sleepless nights and hungry days.

For me personally, the satisfaction of helping someone and curing them and making them feel better through the knowledge I have gained is much much more than anything else. No amount words can describe that feeling. 

I am writing this not because I want to be hailed or worshipped as someone great. Not at all. I am a multifaceted being with varied interests right from blogging, writing and reading to dancing, cooking and travelling. But even then being a Physiotherapist is an important part of my life and I would never ever change that irrespective of anything.

I just want to put forth that Doctors don't need worshipping them as Gods. All we need is a smile and a little bit of humanity from you. We are as human as you are and as long as you remember that, it's enough for us. Thank you.


Monday, 13 February 2017

Mumbai- The city which transformed me.

It's been two years in Mumbai now!! Yay! People have asked me often to blog more about the place and I hope I can write more posts about it.

Mumbai has taught me a lot. From being independent, to learning about people from all parts of the country, to house hunting and changing homes where I have had the whackiest to the best of the experiences, to meeting random strangers with whom I have had life changing conversations, to meeting stark crazy people who have taught me how to be alert and stay aware, it's been quite a ride!

There's nothing that this city hasn't made me experience. There are times when I am exhilarated at just being here on my own and there are times when I have been totally down in dumps, wanting to pack my bags and leave.

Mumbai is the city of dreams they say and it sure is..but you have to have your fair share of struggle to be something here.

From totally fun night outings at Juhu beach and Marine Drive, to traveling long hours in local trains for work and being totally zapped at the end of the day, I have seen it all. The city has made me experience the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. All the extremes, all the shades, this city has it all.

I have been pushed and pulled in the local trains and I have been helped by totally random strangers. I have been appalled by the poverty and the filth in the city and been in awe of the wealth of the rich people here. From actors, to businessmen, to corporate employees to others, there have been so many people I have met and just been fascinated by them.

I love my home city Pune and always will. Nothing can change that. But, Mumbai is one city which has transformed me completely. There's something about the city that draws you, pulls you in and makes you love it. It's almost like a magnet, attracting lakhs of people from all over the country to come here and try their luck.

There's something about this city, no matter how crowded it is, you can always find peace and solace in it. No matter how hard it is to struggle here, one can always find hope and help somewhere and somehow.

I have always been an observer and as a writer, I love to explore the subtle and not-so-subtle things about any place. I love observing people and Mumbai has been a learning experience for me in that sense. Mumbai in all it's glory, is a city of stark contrasts.

I am no longer the same person who came to the city.

I have always had certain fears and apprehensions. Mumbai helped me overcome them. I would have never gone and had a meal all by myself in a restaurant or mall 2 years back, would have never gone shopping all on my own but I have done it in Mumbai. I have learnt to manage my finances better, learnt the value of small things and learnt to stand up for myself when required. I have learnt the value of time and learnt how to multitask and manage things in a better way. The best thing about the city is that everyone is going through struggles of their own, so no one will judge you immediately.

 It's been a journey in the city, which has helped me to evolve and become a better version of my self. I continue to understand new things about myself and the world here. Mumbai has given me it's fair share of blows but never have I felt as if I have lost hope. Mumbai is overwhelming and sometimes too much to handle. But it's certainly worth the struggle. It has made me stronger and more resilient. Mumbai is the city which makes me feel more like "me" and makes me feel "alive" It has made me move out of my "comfort zone" and has helped me to broaden my perspective about life. Mumbai continues to make me grow as a person.

Mumbai may not be my city, but it definitely is my kind of city and it has a special place in my heart.


Monday, 9 January 2017

As long as you have Hope..

When you are down in dumps
and nothing makes you jump
When you are feeling lost,
Just hold on tight
and don't give up without a fight
Because as long as you have hope
You'll be alright...

When things seem clouded
and you can't see anymore,
life seems to be a mess
and whatever you do,
seems to work no more,
allow a ray of hope to pierce through
and make things clear
 Because as long as you have hope
You'll be alright...






If you want your present
to be iridescent
If you want your future
to be dazzling and smoother
All you have do
is embrace hope and laughter
Because as long as you have hope
You'll be alright...

Hope may not solve all your problems
It may not be the solution to your worries
but it give you solace
and adds strength to your being
by making you feel alive
It gives you courage
and an instinct for survival
Because as long as you have hope
You'll be alright...




I hope you all have a fantastic 2017. Happy New Year to all of you! :)



Copyright- Manasi Joshi
A Moment Of Freedom
www.manasiwrites.com 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

8 Travel Tips and Insights

Traveling! Something which is unavoidable in everyone's lives. Some people hate it, some people love to travel, and some others really don't have an opinion about it.
For most part of my life, I have traveled. I have traveled at times with friends, at times with family and quite a number of times, traveled alone.

Despite being an avid traveler, there are times when I get tired of traveling or don't feel up to it at all and there are times when I am very enthusiastic about it.

Image subject to copyright (Me in Perth, WA)
Before I begin sharing certain travel insights, let me tell you in brief about my travels- I have traveled to Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, some parts of Andhra Pradesh( I don't even remember the names), some rural parts of Tamil Nadu and villages like Kumbakonam, Papanasanam and certain parts of Maharashtra like Nasik, Satara, Tuljapur, Yamai, Mahabelshwar, Matheran, Aurangabad, Raigad, and of course parts near home cities of Pune and Mumbai like Karjat and Lonavala.
Marine Drive, Mumbai, India

Pune and Mumbai being my home cities, I travel to and fro very frequently between them,

I have traveled alone to Perth, the capital of Western Australia and lived there for more than a month, explored the wonderful city and of course had a stopgap at Singapore while traveling to Perth and coming back to India.

Now that have shared a bit of background about some of the places I have traveled, I would like to share a few insights and tips on traveling, especially in India.

Since our country is a very vast and rich land, with diverse cultures and traditions, every travel experience proves to be different. Although these insights apply even when you are traveling abroad to foreign countries, they are applicable especially if you travel to India and in and around India.

So here I am, sharing a few things I learnt while traveling:

1. No two cities are same
Each city has it's own set of rules. regulations, attitude, language and cultures.

2. Research is important.
 Do an online research of the places you are going to visit, study the routes, get to know how far or near is the public transport, railway station and airport. Know what forms of public transport are popular in the city, or else keep your options open for traveling in cabs and taxis.

Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Maharashtra, India












3. Don't judge.
 No matter how well you research, there is always something you are going to miss out or not know.
Not everyone you meet in a new place is going to be helpful, but again not everyone you meet is going to be  rude.
Don't make assumptions and judge people based on other people's opinion of that place. Take guidance from others who have visited the place, no doubt they will be right at many points, but do not make an opinion about a place before you have seen for yourself or had any experience of the place.

4. Local language
South Indian culture 
Since you may not all the time be able to speak the local language of a place, learn a few words like"hello" "thank you" "yes/no" "where" "how" just to gel in with the local people. If you have difficulty in moving around the place, especially in South India, it's always better to have a person with you who understands and speaks the local language so that you face less of difficulties while moving around.

5. Food and Water
 No matter which city you travel in India, you will find there are a lot of variations in the cuisine and local food and customs of that place. Variety in food is a trademark of Indian culture and tradition. Make sure you know a few names of the local food available at that place and have little idea of how each food may taste like. Depending upon whether you are a vegetarian or a non vegetarian, make sure you check whether the food you prefer to have is available for you.
Indian food

I'm a vegetarian so I always look out for options where I can get vegetarian food. If you are a meat eater, make sure the places you eat meat from are hygienic and well maintained. Contaminated and unhygienic meat can make you ill very soon!

And yes. just because you are afraid to fall sick, do not hesitate to try out local cuisines since they enrich your traveling experience. Just be cautious, that's all.

Indian Tea (Chai)
When it comes to water, avoid drinking tap water and go for bottled or packaged water. Water which doesn't suit your system is the quickest way to make you fall ill. So keep in mind to drink fresh bottled packaged water like' Bisleri 'or boil local water before drinking to ensure you keep sickness miles away from you.

In case there is unavailability of bottled water, tea (chai) or coffee from local 'thelas' (street shops) is safer than tap water, since the milk and water are freshly boiled. So opt for a cup of hot steaming chai in curcumstances where good quality water is not available.

6. Climate & weather
 Know which season is going on and what kind of climate & weather are you likely to face when you reach your destination.

7. Clothes
 India being a tropical country overall, it's best to opt for comfortable clothing. Depending upon the area you are visiting and the climate of that place, you can choose your clothes accordingly. Also, keep in mind the culture of the place. If you are visiting cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune etc then you can opt for westernized and clothes and add zing to your outfits by wearing, shorts, skirts and whatever else you wish, since the people in such cities tend to be open minded and more easy going than the rural counterparts of India. However, if you are a woman, do keep in mind your own personal safety. If you feel that the place you are visiting has conservative and old fashioned views, it is best to opt for clothes which don't draw too much attention. I know everyone has the freedom to wear whatever they want, but since certain sections of India, especially rural India are still orthodox and uneducated, it's best to wear something which doesn't seem inappropriate or vulgar. Better be safe than sorry.

8. Interact
 Having said that, no matter wherever you go, whether a city in India, or a village, you will always find people who will judge you or criticize you. But that shouldn't stop you from interacting with the local people around. On many occasions, you will find that most of the local people of that place are helpful and willing to interact and be friends with you. Knowing about different cultures, different values and the different lifestyles of people of the place you have visited, makes you grow.



The best thing you can take back home after visiting a place are your experiences and memories of that place. Make sure that you are not just a tourist, visiting a few well known places and then that's about it. If you want to grow, to know, to learn and to expand your views and thinking, then be a 'traveler' who thinks, learns, grasps, adapts and who is fearless enough to get out of his or her comfort zone and is willing to welcome change!!!!

So I hope you enjoyed these insights about traveling.. will be back soon with more!

Till then,

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You!!



Friday, 11 November 2016

The Currency Ban and it's aftermath

It was the evening of the 8th of November when the news of the ban of the Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes reached me. At first, I just laughed the thing off, thinking it was just another Whatsapp rumor or prank being played by someone. Later on, to my surprise, I actually read the official news articles and confirmed the authenticity of this news. In what is thought to be a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on national television at 8 pm and announced that from the midnight of that day (12 am, 9th Nov 2016) the Rs 1000 and 500 currency notes will be demonetized.

The social media erupted as soon as his announcements came out with scores of netizens praising the Prime Minister's move as a 'surgical strike' on black money, while some others criticizing his move for having caused inconvenience to the common man.

Being preoccupied with things as usual, at first, I didn't realize the magnanimity of the change that took place. For an hour or so I felt just 'meh' and thought people were over-reacting by being hyper about the situation. Later on, as I realized that the ATM machines will be closed for two days and the banks for one day, I somehow realized that I need to get out and grab some change since I was to be travelling in the  next two days around Mumbai for work purposes and would need cash to make my way around.

Since the news of the ban, I am watching people stand in queues and watching anxiety and worry on their faces. Everyone I meet or interact with are discussing with me the consequences and aftermath of this currency ban. Many people are facing difficulties in traveling, buying day to day grocery or food items and in many other such small yet significant things.

Since I don't fall into the category of super rich people. I am not worried about handling the "black money" as people call it... lol but yes, I too am facing the brunt of the ban by standing in queues, thinking twice before buying anything with cash and I did face an issue or two while travelling.

Even then, despite this, I am not agitated. In fact, personally, I think the currency ban is a great move by the Prime Minister of India. It is a master stroke played by him and with one move, the entire India is shaken to it's core, leaving those people who own hordes of black money with anxiety, fear and insomnia.

India has been grappling with corruption, fake currency and terrorism for years now. The fake currency was being used to buy weapons, thereby causing havoc in the country.

On top of that, India is laden with corruption. It is like a disease which has seeped everywhere in this country.
I don't think their is any one sector in this country which is corruption free.

Yes, not all citizens are corrupt, but those who are, are spread everywhere.

In fact accepting black money has become a norm and routine for a certain section of the people in this country.

Unless we break this cycle of black money circulation and try to remove this disease of corruption from the roots, nothing will change.

The currency ban is the first ever strong step taken in the direction of uprooting the disease of corruption.

No doubt it has caused us discomfort and inconvenience at many levels. I am sure every citizen of this country is bearing the brunt of this ban in some way or the other.

But if we look at the big picture, if we look at the intentions and reasons behind this ban, we can surely face this temporary inconvenience with a smile. A short lived inconvenience for a big change for the better is surely bearable.

Till today, people were sitting and cribbing that nothing changes in this country and the government doesn't take any strict measures for it.

Now that the currency ban is a strict action taken against corruption, why are we cribbing?

When we can stand in queues for movie tickets or for buying "JIO Sims" or for any other purposes which are purely personal, can't we not stand in queues for our country??

Whether the move will eradicate black money completely is a question which remains to be seen. At least, with this move, black money will be curbed to a great extent if not completely.

Yes, we are facing discomfort and inconvenience, but as citizens of a country we love and wish to change for the better, the least we can do is bear it with a smile and support the government's decision.


Let is all be a part of this change by supporting it and welcoming the thought of an improvised India!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Pain

A feeling,
an emotion,
a sensation,
four letters
One Word
Pain..

Whenever there is sorrow
sometimes loss of hope for tomorrow,
whenever we feel desolate,
whever we are low
and sometimes much more than we show
we feel it..
Pain..

Whenever life doesn't go our way
When it seems to go haywire
and we don't get what we desire
at that time,
it drowns us
Pain..

At times things slip out of our hand
like fine beach sand,
at times certain storms,
seem hard to go away,
the going gets rough
and the times seem tough
and it hits us very hard
the Pain..




It is not just a feeling or a sensation
It isn't just a mere emotion
We all experience it,
But if we learn to deal with it
it is our biggest motivation
Pain

The biggest teacher
the reason for many to succeed
the reason for many to become stronger
the reason for many to become wiser
the reason for many to become aware
the reason for all of us to grow
is Pain

It teaches,
It transforms,
It makes us
better versions of ourselves..
PAIN


My favourite quote: "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is Optional."








Copyright- Manasi Joshi
A Moment Of Freedom
www.manasiwrites.com