Monday, 23 October 2017


A naked house, a naked moor,
A shivering pool before the door,
A garden bare of flowers and fruit
And poplars at the garden foot:
Such is the place that I live in,
Bleak without and bare within

Yet shall your ragged moor receive
The incomparable pomp of eve,
And the cold glories of the dawn
Behind your shivering trees be drawn;
And when the wind from place to place
Doth the unmoored cloud-galleons chase,
Your garden gloom and gleam again,
With leaping sun, with glancing rain
Here shall the wizard moon ascend
The heavens, in the crimson end
Of day’s declining splendour; here
The army of the stars appear.

The neighbour hollows dry or wet
Spring shall with tender flowers beset;
And oft the morning muser see
Larks rising from the broomy lea,
And every fairy wheel and thread
Of cobweb dew- be diamonded.

When daisies go, shall winter time
Sliver the simple grass with the rime;
Autumnal frosts enchant the pool
And make the cart-ruts beautiful;
And when snow- bright the moor expands,
How shall your children clap their hands!
To make this earth, our hermitage,
A cheerful and a changeful page,
God’s bright and intricate device
Of days and seasons doth suffice.


An evening, set in with slight showers
Trees & branches nodding in sync with nature
Showers pampered and nourished the flowers

People happily hopping in the hardy roads
Feeling free to reach homes within rains
Truly “rain” is a festival of joy indoors

All the days of summer, dry &dry
Showers & rains are cool pack treasures
A relief for intense red rash skin

I witnessed these, from the dentist clinic
As my sister, - a patient in pain &panic
Losing her wisdom tooth to the thunder showers
Saying “Good bye” to her pain in the beautiful rain

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


“Happy Diwali greeting “is the talk of the town, as Diwali is round the corner. Sweets are synonymous with Diwali. Almost every house hold gets ready to grab their quota of sweet delicacies.
Avoiding sweets is a tough Job, at least try to substitute the sugar that is added in the sweets with the Jaggery which will provide the same sweetness without causing much harm like sugar.
A few well know benefits of consuming jaggery are:
1.    It helps in purifying blood & prevents blood disorders.
2.    It aids in maintaining a healthy digestive system and eases constipation.
3.    It is rich in Antioxidants and is a good source of iron.
4.    It strengthens the muscles, bones and is good for the skin.
5.    Substitute it for refined sugar in tea as it is low in calories.

Diwali special sweets of Tamil Nadu are many, but few are traditional both in preparation &consumption. Therati pal, Suyyam & Appam are special ones & they are to be consumed after the oil bath (GANGA SNANAM)

                                  image of sweets of tamilnadu therati pal के लिए चित्र परिणाम

THERATI PAL is a sweet preparation made with milk & jaggery. Boil the milk & keep stirring till  it turns cream in colour & reduce it to half the quantity, then add the jaggery (it should powdered with help of a knife or a rolling pin). Keep stirring till the jaggery is mixed well with the thick milk.  Add powdered cardamom & ghee.  When it reaches a thick consistency, (like a halwa) remove it from fire, let it cool & transfer it to a air tight container. It can be stored for more than three to four days.  It can also be refrigerated if needed.

                                     image of coconut & jaggery sweet के लिए चित्र परिणाम

SUYYAM: This is a yummy sweet mostly enjoyed by people of all age groups. The ingredients required are coconuts, jaggery, ghee & powdered cardamom.
Grate coconuts & with some ghee, fry it in a pan. Keep aside. Add jaggery in the ratio of 1:2.   One grated coconut = Two powdered jaggery.  Add jaggery in a pan and pour water, when it gets dissolved, filter it to avoid any impurities and pour it in the pan. Keep stirring it, till it gets string like consistency. Pour the grated coconuts, add ghee & cardamom.  Mix it well and when it reaches a thick consistency, put off fire & leave it to cool.  Then make small round balls & serve.

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APPAM: Take required amount of wheat flour & add to it the powdered jaggery in the ratio of 1:2.  Mix well with help of some water adding in between to make it like a IDLLI BATTER.

Heat oil in a pan & pour this batter in small rounds like a VADA with a help of a laddle. It should be deep fried. Slowly turn it & cook till it turns to golden brown.  Remove excess oil with help of a tissue paper & serve hot.   

Monday, 9 October 2017


                             image of short stories के लिए चित्र परिणाम
Leisure time is mostly used for hobbies. Reading books is one such. Magazines are also highly helpful in catering the need of reading short stories. Short stories are the best friends for one day reading whereas novels demand more time.
There are many books with short story collections written by an author &short story anthologies are also available where the unique blends of authors serve as a whole new variety of reading.

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 Many magazines in them carry short stories of both upcoming &famous authors. “Woman’s Era” – a popular magazine carries many informative articles on the subjects that revolve around woman’s life. Short stories were also included in that magazine. These 8 short stories with 8 soulful messages were with me from 90’s on wards when they were published.
** “DEAR MOTHER…” by Neela Subramaniam published in woman’s era in July 1994- This is a story about a lonely mother where her children are busy in their own lives in different cities.
**FOR A SISTER by Rukmini Parthasarathy published in Woman’s era in June 1993 - This short story covers in detail the beautiful relationship of a brother & a sister.
**DEAR MRS RAJAN by S.S. Kshatriya published in woman’s era in August 1992 focuses on a Need for a good friend &nice advice is emphasised in a simple way.
**THE GOLDEN HEART by Savithri Narayanan published in woman’s era in March 1994 is a story that presents before us the difficulties of a woman in a new city. Well narrated.
** THE SON by Romola Shanbhag published in Woman’s era in July 1994 is a very touching story. The love, the two sisters’ share with their brother turns the purpose of his visit &the whole story.
**TELLY TALES by Savithri Narayanan published in Woman’s era in July 1994 is a short story which almost every woman can relate to. It revolves around TV & cooking. A story with fine balance of work &entertainment
** A FAMILY FRIENDSHIP by Vernon Thomas published in Woman’s era in May 1993 is a short story of about two set of unallied friends and a cucumber sandwich. It is a humorous story.
** SUMMER OF 91 by Sheela Jaywant is published in Woman’s era in May 1993 is a must read for today’s teens. “How money can be spent in a useful way?” is well handled in this story.

These short stories leave a deeper impact on the readers and at times it compels to read it again &again. Though short stories, they aid us in the long way of life.  If you can get to read these short stories, never miss the chance. Definitely give it a try &you are sure to enjoy &remember it for ever. Thanks for the authors who created such cherishing stories for the readers.

Friday, 6 October 2017


“I keep six honest serving men
(They taught me all I know)
Their names are What and why
And When
And How and Where and Who”
-         Rudyard Kipling
As the Quote suggests it’s always better to know these six honest men in order to understand a thing fully.

                                       image of preethi turbo chopper के लिए चित्र परिणाम

WHAT: It’s a kitchen appliance which requires one plug point to function. Highly helpful in chopping vegetables, greens &nuts

WHY: Its time saving &easy to handle. Light weight &portable.  It makes the work simple but not messy.

WHEN: To prepare quick dips, salads and to add chopped nuts for special dishes as garnish.

HOW: Just plug it &press- a wonder chopper with just one press. No more strain & sweat. Make sure to cut the large piece of vegetable into 2 cm before it is placed in the chopper.

WHERE: Its available with “PREETHI’ a company renowned for Kitchen Appliances. It can be used in any kitchen where the demand for chopped vegetables is frequent & the same is used in different methods.

WHO: It’s a 450 watts turbo chop with stainless steel blade &0.7L bowl with a lid. The chopping job can be done within seconds.
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Tuesday, 3 October 2017


The bees build in the crevices
Of loosening masonry, and there
The mother birds bring grubs and flies.
My wall is loosening; honey-bees,
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

We are closed in, and the key is turned
On our uncertainty; some where
A man is killed, or a house burned,
Yet no clear fact to be discerned:
Come build in the empty house of the stare

A barricade of stone or of wood;
Some fourteen days of civil war;
Last night they trundled down the road
That dead young soldier in his blood:
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

We had fed the heart on fantasies,
The heart’s grown brutal from the fare;
More substance in our enmities
Than in our love; O honey-bees,
Come build in the empty house of the stare.

Monday, 2 October 2017


                                      image of flower arrangement के लिए चित्र परिणाम
Certain principles of flower arrangement are needed to be followed to attain a absolutely stunning flower arrangement. Knowledge of principles combined with innovative techniques adds gloss to the arrangement. The following are the principles of flower arrangement that needs to be kept in mind while doing the arrangement.

Design: This is the structural pattern of the arrangement, it decides the shape, light& width &co-relates the relationship between the flowers, containers and the location of the room. Any design can be produced to suit any occasion but most accepted are triangle, rectangle, oval, circle, half circle etc. I n flower arrangement dominant interest can be on largest or brightest bloom. The spot in the design where the dominant interest is placed is often termed as focal point, the heart or the hub of the design.

Balance: Balance in any arrangement is very important. There are 2 types of balance .Symmetric &asymmetric. On symmetric balance, the arrangement appears equal on both sides, but in asymmetric two sides can be different and yet have equal visual weight.

Scales: Scale means proportion. Any decoration in the room has to be proportionate with the items of the room. In the same manner the plant material has to be in proportion with the container used and scaling by plant items with each other. 

Rhythm: Rhythm is a feeling movement or motion and is achieved in flower arrangement by the placement of curving lines and graduating sizes leading toward the center and again these lines are part of the original design and are placed in rhythmic rules before the filling in material is added. Rhythm can also be obtained by colour.

Transition: Items used in transition are those which are hidden & not eye catching. When composing with the plant material some in between items are needed as transition. They should not be as strong as the noticeable item in the arrangement. This principle is not always practised but is important to understand.

Texture: Texture is important. A flower arrangement always searches for the contrasting textures that will give most effect such as shiny leaf will add brilliance to group of dull surfaced leaves. So, one must have an open eye for textural values of different flowers, leaves &plants while arranging flowers. The surface and structure of plant materials determine their texture. Unity in texture is necessary between the flowers themselves and the containers.

Colour: Colour is very important in flower arrangement. It is necessary to know where to place the plants of certain colour for the best effect either in a design or in a room. A line is a lighter version of colour and they are better used as highlights. They may be introduced in the centre of a design out of typical interest. Similarly a shade in a darker version of colour used to give depth to a flower plant or leaf. It is better to allow one to be subordinate to the other. Colour can affect our sense. So, remember stunning effect can be gained by using warm colours and more smoothing and delicate effects can be obtained by using cool colours such as blue, pink, purple etc.

Composition: Every flower, leaf or plant arrangement is in itself a composition. It is often wondered how to bring composition to a flower arrangement, so, collect all your items and decide which of them shall be used for the main interest, because everything cannot be expressed equally, you may find some flushed green leaves and one sea lees and artichoke interesting but all cannot be given equal importance.

Focal point: This is sometimes termed as the “target”, “highlight”, ”heart”, or “accent” of the design. It is the centre of the interest in   an arrangement, At this point the most important material should be given importance, it can be either for size, colour, dominance or texture.

Line: Line is the passage on which your eye is led from one item to another in the arrangement and it is closely connected with rhythm. Each bud, leaf, or flower should be so placed to take your eyes from a starting point to the central point of interest where it rests.

These principles allow us to have a thorough idea of presenting a complete flower arrangement. The line &form can be gently modified so as to attain a desired effect. Shapes can be cone or curved but the finished arrangement should appear as on unit.

                                      image of principles of flower arrangement के लिए चित्र परिणाम