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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

What is fashion? - The guys speak!

Hello everybody!
When it comes to fashion, we generally think of women don't we??

Well what about the guys then? Shouldn't we consider them too??

I asked a few cool guys - "according to you what is fashion?"

Let us take a glimpse at these five guys and read their interesting answers!

AMEYA AVDHANI
AMEYA AVDHANI
Ameya studies Cinematography in Annapurna International school of Film and Media and also holds a diploma in direction and acting.
He has worked with Hollywood stars like Senthil Ramamurthy of the Shor in the City, CSI series fame and Kunal Nayyar aka Rajesh Kothrapalli of the Big Bang Theory fame
AMEYA AVDHANI

Here is his answer to my question-
" According to me fashion is the art of creatively covering the body :) "

Catch him on facebook-
https://www.facebook.com/ameya.avadhani?fref=ts

VAIBHAV KEERTANE
Vaibhav is a Software Engineer and a believer in fashion sense
VAIBHAV KEERTANE


Here is his answer to my question-
" Fashion is comfort coupled with trend "

Catch him on facebook- https://www.facebook.com/vaibhav.keertane?fref=ts

NIKHIL SUKUMAR
Nikhil is a software engineer at iGATE
NIKHIL SUKUMAR

Here is his answer to my question-
"Fashion is not just about what you are wearing. It's about how you want to describe yourself"
catch him on facebook- https://www.facebook.com/nikhil2009?fref=ts


PREMKUMAR ACHARI
Premkumar has studied Hotel Management and used to work at Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai. Currently he is working at Disney Cruise Line in Florida, USA.
PREMKUMAR ACHARI

Here is his answer to my question-
" Fashion is all about presenting yourself in an appealing manner. It is all about changing trend and changing culture"
PREMKUMAR ACHARI


















Catch him on facebook- https://www.facebook.com/premkumar.achari?fref=ts

ROHAN SHINDE
Rohan is an engineer who works at Cognizant.

ROHAN SHINDE


Here is his answer to my question-
" Fashion is expressing yourself. It serves as an extension to our personality. People use the clothing accessories and hair to show or hide something about themselves. So in a way fashion can also be used to disguise your true self  "

ROHAN SHINDE

Catch him on facebook- https://www.facebook.com/jupiter20?ref=ts&fref=ts

QUOTES ABOUT FASHION
MANASI JOSHI (ME)
"Clothes are like a good meal, a good movie, great pieces of music.” —Michael Kors



“A respectable appearance is sufficient to make people more interested in your soul”
― Karl Lagerfeld






So yes! that's what some of the guys have said about fashion.

The fashion week isn't over yet and I'll be back with some more posts about fashion!

Keep watching this blog! Enjoy :)

For those who missed what the gals said about fashion,
Here is the link- http://manasi23.blogspot.in/2014/07/what-is-fashion-gals-speak.html

Monday, 28 July 2014

What is fashion? - The gals speak!

MANASI JOSHI (ME)
Hello all!
 So let's start with the fashion week of the blog fest from today!

Today, I have for you four amazing ladies who will speak what fashion means to them!
Also at the end of the post, I have for you two amazing quotes on fashion.

Let's get started, shall we???

I asked all of them the question - "According to you, what is fashion?"
Let us take a glimpse at them and see what they have to say!!









KETAKI KULKARNI


KETAKI KULKARNI
Ketaki has done Bsc Computer Science and works in Cognizant in project management & is pursuing distance MBA too. Along with this she works as a professional  model and theatre artist. She has also worked as the lead in many FTII (film and television institute of India) projects.

KETAKI KULKARNI
Here is her answer to my question-

" Fashion represents different seasons like confident summer, romantic monsoon or refreshing spring. It is a replica of black, white and gray thoughts and moods in our day to day life.

Fashion is like living a moment fully by giving it justice with your most presentable way and attitude. :) "


Ketaki is also a volunteer at the 'Art of Living' NGO


KETAKI KULKARNI

She has a facebook page dedicated to her
You can check it out for more updates & shoot photos from her!

Here's the link
https://www.facebook.com/KetakiNarayan?fref=ts






ANOOD FAQIH
ANOOD FAQIH


It is Dr. Anood Faqih (PT) . Anood is a physiotherapist and my batch-mate & colleague.
Along with this, she is also a professional model!

ANOOD FAQIH

Here is her answer to my question-
" Fashion is being comfortable in being yourself.. Wearing what best describes you, and of course you need to have a little bit of glitter! ;-) "

ANOOD FAQIH
you can check her facebook profile-
https://www.facebook.com/anood.faqih?fref=ts











CHAITALI JOSHI
CHAITALI JOSHI
Chaitali is a Chartered Accountant (CA) Final student.

She is a fashion enthusiast.

Here is her answer to my question-

"Colours when mingle with imagination, result in the evolution of Fashion. Fashion is all about your passion"


CHAITALI JOSHI
CHAITALI JOSHI
You can check her facebook profile- https://www.facebook.com/chaitali.joshi.560?fref=ts


NEHA MORE
Neha works as a public relationship manager with Global vision.
She has also taught people on how to groom oneself and be more presentable

NEHA MORE
Here is her answer to my question- "Fashion according to me is- Comfort. Being yourself always in the way you present yourself." 

NEHA MORE
NEHA MORE
You can check facebook profile page- https://www.facebook.com/neha.more.5011?fref=ts



QUOTES ON FASHION- 
MANASI JOSHI (ME)
"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." —Rachel Zoe

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” —Miuccia Prada







So I do hope all of you enjoyed this post. Will be back tomorrow. We will see what the Guys think about fashion.

Keep watching this blog for more!! :) enjoy!!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Oh yeah! Soya!

Hey everybody!
We have come towards the end of the food week!
As a signing off post for this week

I have for you a very delicious, healthy, easy to prepare soybean chunk recipe straight from my kitchen!
Learn to make it in a jiffy and also learn what are the benefits of soybean!

Peppered Soya with Coconut & Fenugreek


Ingredients:

1. Nutrela Soya chunks
2. Onion (chopped)
3. Tomato (chopped)
4. Mustard seeds
5. Fenugreek (Methi) leaves (do not chop)
6. Freshly grated coconut
7. Freshly ground black pepper
8. Garlic (chopped)
9. Any spice (masala) I have used paneer tikka masala
10. Green chillies (2-3)
11. Red chilly powder (1 tablespoon
12. Turmeric powder
13. Salt
14. Water
15. Oil

Procedure:


Take the soya chunks, boil them in water with a pinch of salt.Once the water starts getting frothy you will come to know that the water has seeped into them.








Drain the water from the chunks. Pour a glass of normal water over the chunks and drain it.
You will now see that the chunks have increased in size, are soft and ready to be cooked.








You can see that the chunks are quite big in size. So we need to chop them a little. (You can use the smaller variety of soya chunks or use soya granules)









Take a kadhai (a type of thick, circular, and deep cooking-pot) add some oil (3-4 tablespoon) and let it heat up.

After the oil is hot enough, add a pinch of mustard seeds, chillies, onion, garlic, tomato, fenugreek leaves, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and a little bit of whichever masala you want to use.


Let the mixture saute for 1 or 2 mins till the water in the tomatoes evaporates and the onion and garlic turn golden brown and the fenugreek leaves have lost their moisture.




Add the chopped Soya chunks, a bit of the freshly chopped coconut and the freshly ground black pepper.
Add a little bit of water and salt. You can add more of the masala again, if you wish.

Stir the mixture well..

Let it cook open like that until the excess water evaporates.

After that cover the your soy vegetable with a lid.

Let it cook on a low flame for 3-5 mins with the lid.

And you are done!
You can garnish on top with some more coconut and pepper if you wish!

Peppered Soya with coconut and fenugreek











You can serve this with chapati (traditional Indian bread made of wheat) OR


soya with chapati













You can serve it with bread


Soya with bread

















Why Soybean??

Low in fat with no cholesterol.
Contains essential heart friendly omega-3 fats.
An excellent source of fiber.
Is a good source of enriched Calcium and Vitamin B12.
Is a complete protein, containing all the amino acids essential to human nutrition.
Provides important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and selenium.
Rich in probiotics in the form of fermented soy products, such as miso, tempeh, and soy yogurt.
Contains isoflavones which are beneficial in reducing risk of various cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis.
Whole soy foods such as tofu and tempeh form a nutrient rich alternative to meat.

So I hope you do prepare this delicious and healthy recipe of Soybean and enjoy them along with your family, friends or guests!

Have a great weekend!
Will be back next week with the glamorous Fashion week so keep a watch on by blog! 

*Disclaimer: The above mentioned recipe is entirely mine and all the photos and the content you see in the post are original and belong entirely to me and are not copied from the internet and I am willingly sharing my ideas to the public.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Charismatic Corn!

Hello! Another post in this food week of my blog fest for you!

Well, we cannot imagine Monsoon without the good old "Bhutta" (Corn) can we??

From feeling awesome to hold and eat a 'bhutta' as a kid, to it being used to prepare various meals like curry and soups, corn has been a part of our lives in the monsoon!

Remember Mahabaleshwar? Remember the famous corn patties you love to eat there in the monsoon??

Today I will show you how to make the much loved and sought after Corn Patties.

My recipe is very easy and to prepare.

Ingredients:

1. Sweet Corn- (250 grams)
2. Potatoes- (250 grams/about two small potatoes - or one medium sized potato)
3. Rice flour ( 100 grams)
4. Salt
5. Water
6. Green Chillies (2-3)
7. Red chilly powder ( 1 tablespoon)
8. Coriander
9. Garlic

Procedure:

In a pressure cooker, cook the sweet corn and potatoes for 10 to 15 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the sweet corn, potatoes (smash them) and all the ingredients mentioned above.

Salt, corriander and Garlic according to taste. If you wish you may add less or more of the chillies and red chilly powder.

Use water judiciously. We need to prepare a dough of all the above ingredients so be careful that the water is not too much and your mixture does not run.

After the dough is prepared knead it for a minute or two. Divide the dough into tiny parts and give them a bit of shape.

Take a non-stick pan and let it heat up.

Add a little oil. Now add the raw patties.




Add a little oil onto the sides of the patties.

Shallow fry the patties till they are golden-brown. ( You need to turn or flip them so that they are well prepared from all the sides)


Once they are golden-brown from all sides, remove them from the pan.

And you are done!!



You can add a dash of tomato ketchup and cheese (grate it if you like) if you wish. They add on to the taste
























Why corn??
Corn is known to improve bone strength, control diabetes and hypertension and is a rich source of vitamins

So, do prepare and serve the corn patties to your friends or family or guests. Makes a great snack for breakfast or tea time.

Enjoy and keep watching my blog for the third and last post of the food week!




*Disclaimer: The above mentioned recipe is entirely mine and all the photos and the content you see in the post are original and belong entirely to me and are not copied from the internet and I am willingly sharing my ideas to the public.





Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What's your cuppa' ?? the beauty of brewed beverages

Hello everyone!! Like I told you yesterday, the monsoon fest on my blog starts from today. Food, Fashion and Feel is the theme.

I am sure that just like while I write this, while you read this too, the atmosphere around you must be cold and the rain must be hitting hard on your window sill.
I think most of you will agree that there is nothing as good as a hot cup of tea or coffee in the monsoon weather be it for beating that work stress or just relaxing at your home or at a restaurant.

So my today's post is going to be all about these beverages.
I will show you how to add a dash of different flavour and a twist to the usual beverage in your cup and that too very easily and without much effort. You will also learn how each of these recipes by me are beneficial to your health!

*Disclaimer: The below mentioned recipes are entirely mine and all the photos and the content you see in them are original and belong entirely to me and are not copied from the internet and I am willingly sharing my ideas to the public.

FRUIT TEA


Ingredients:
1. Tea powder
2. Water
3. Fruit
4. sugar
5. Ginger


Procedure:
Take a quantity of water equal to one cup. Heat the water, chop the fruit into pieces. I have used the Pear fruit. You can use any fruit of your choice because each one adds a different flavour. Add some pieces of the chopped fruit in the water. Unless you are making tea for more than one person I would suggest you that do not use the entire fruit for the tea.

Chop some pieces of ginger add them to the water.

Let the mixture simmer on a low flame for one or two minutes. As the flavour will be imparted to the water you will start noticing that the fruit loses it's natural colour and the aroma of ginger gets stronger.

Add sugar. While adding sugar always remember to add a little less amount than you would while making a normal cup of tea. Half tablespoon sugar should suffice.
The reason is that the fruit is already going to add it's sweetness. So for one cup of tea, half a tablespoon is enough unless you like your tea to be really sweet.

Bring the water to boil. Add one tablespoon tea powder (or according to your taste)

Let the tea simmer for one or two minutes on a medium flame.

Strain the tea into your cup with the help of a strainer.

And you are done!

If you wish. You may add milk to it.
Pear tea
 
 

Why fruit tea??? 
Many a times we buy fruits and some of them get leftover. They are a little too over ripe after some days to be edible. Most of us end up throwing them. Instead they can be used to prepare fruit tea although it is not always necessary to use over ripened or uneaten fruit. 
You can use fresh fruit and you wont regret using it.
Why? Fruits contain natural sweetness- sucrose (split into fructose and glucose) so the necessity of adding sugar lessens or if the fruit is too sweet there is no need to add sugar which will lessen the calories in your cup.
Needless to say this makes the tea healthier.
Adding ginger to the tea boosts your immunity system and cures common cold or cough.

So I hope you try this one out. Enjoy the distinct flavour and taste which each fruit has!


MINT AND SAFFRON COFFEE


Ingredients:
1.Water
2.Coffee powder
3. Mint (Pudina) leaves 
4. Saffron spice (Kesar)
5. Sugar



Procedure:

 Take a quantity of water equal to one cup. Heat the water, chop the mint leaves into smaller pieces.

Prepared on induction cooker instead of Gas
Bring the water to boil. Add a tiny quantity (very few strands) of saffron spice. Let it simmer for one or two minutes on low flame. The aroma of mint and saffron will deepen and that is how you come to know that the flavour has been imparted to the water. The leaves will loose their green colour to become lighter.

Add one tablespoon sugar (or according to taste)

Add one tablespoon coffee (or according to taste)

Let the coffee simmer for one minute on medium flame.

Strain the coffee into your cup with the help of a strainer.

And you are done!

If you wish you can add milk or garnish the beverage with saffron strands on top.



Mint and saffron coffee


                                                                                                                                                        
Why mint coffee with saffron??
Well mint is known to relieve cough and cold, boost immunity, relieve aches and pains and relieve indigestion.
Saffron is beneficial in disease prevention and anti- depression properties. It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including vitamin A, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health.
It is also benefical for a healthy complexion.

So what are you waiting for? go prepare this one!! Taste the combination of mint and coffee and I am sure you will keep wanting more!


LEMON AND HONEY GREEN TEA


Ingredients:
1. Water
2. Green tea leaves
3. Lemon
4. Honey

Procedure:
Prepared on induction cooker

Now this one is the easiest to prepare.

Take a quantity of water equal to one cup. Heat the water.

Add one tablespoon of green tea leaves.

Let it boil for one or two minutes.

Strain the tea with the help of a strainer into a cup.

Squeeze half a lemon into the tea.

Add a dash of honey to it.

And you are done!!

Note that green tea is best enjoyed without sugar. Do Not add Sugar. Do Not add Milk.


Lemon and honey green tea

Why lemon green tea with honey???
Lemon and Honey are a combination known since years together. Warm water and lemon and honey when had in the morning help to flush toxins out. Lemon aids digestion and encourages the production of bile. It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases.It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid. It helps cure the common cold whereas Honey aids weight loss, reduces risk of heart disease bolsters your energy levels and makes way for a beautiful skin.

Green tea is naturally rich in anti-oxidants that kills free radicals which cause arthritis, cancer or diabetes. It prevents cholesterol build-up in arteries and helps prevent cardiovascular disease. It prevents skin damage and wrinkling. Very useful in killing harmful bacteria and boosting up your immunity

Well reader go try this one out!!!! Enjoy the sweet and sour combination of honey and lemon with the unique taste of green tea!

I hope you liked my beverage recipes. They are easy, simple to prepare and serve to your friends or guests.

My next blog fest post is on it's way and will come to you shortly

 Yummilicious snacks are coming up, just for you!!!

Keep a watch on my blog for more!

So what's your cuppa'?? whatever it is,enjoy it while you wait for my next post!!! 














Monday, 21 July 2014

The Monsoon Fest

                                                                                   Hey there everyone!! When we think of a festival very rarely do we think or co-relate it with monsoon!

So I am coming up with something new and different!
I am starting a three week monsoon fest on my blog.

The first week will feature Food! why?? Simply because any festival or celebration is incomplete without it!!

The second week will be about Fashion! why?? because fashion is an essential part of our lives!!

The third week will be all about 'Feel'! now what is this?? this will feature some real life incidents and stories which will actually move you or make you 'feel'

The Fashion and Feel segments apart from my articles, will also include opinions, photos and life stories of some pretty cool people around!

So let's get the fest started!! Let the celebration begin!!

Gear up people!! The fest begins from tomorrow!!! 

Hope you all have lots of fun going through the stuff!!!