From past few months, I have been feeling this terrible urge of attaining some super power to uproot all the maddening bad, prevailing around.I can feel a transition within me from being a happy go lucky girl to a nagging, yelling, irked person, conferring eternal damnation to at least 20 people per day (in my thoughts of course). Little things start bothering me and I see red at drop of the hat.When I discuss this with my friends and well wishers, everyone suggests the same thing…”you can’t change the world and there is no sense in fretting and fuming, so just calm yourself and better practice some Meditation.” I agree yoga does helps me considerably to cool down, but is it always possible to remain cool or rather is it always necessary to be as cool as cucumber?
Still I took the suggestions of my friends and practiced some deep breathing exercise every time I was cornered .
Grocery man, weighing 953 gm of sugar instead of 1000 gm in front of my eyes…I deep breathed and remain silent
Ricksha walla (driver of three wheeler public transport) demanded 7 INR instead of official 5 INR rate…I obliged
Telephone connection went boooooohooooo….I remained silent
Internet connection didn’t got restored despite of hundreds of calls to the pathetic customer care guys and to even- more -pathetic local service providers….I kept quiet.
Ethernet card was destroyed due to lightning, TV tuner card went kaput..I didn’t moaned.
Just because we reside at wrong side of metro city, we go without current for 8 hours a day, while the metro which is just 25 kms (distance between two railway stations) from our place enjoy uninterrupted power supply….I bear this with silence.
Dirty politics in offices, bribe greedy officials in government institutions and policeman demanding free rides in public transport vehicles, female infanticide, people throwing infants and even embryos in garbage bins (whatever their personal excuses be) while garbage stinking in fronts of homes, potholes on roads, that are shoddily filled when some MLA is expected, only to go crap within few days and working class idiotically paying their taxes (coz they are deducted at source) while businessman cleverly escapes from the clutches of Honorable finance minister who can hike the rates of petrol when globally crude oil rates shoots to 110$ /barrel, but forgets to dive back , when the rates slide down to as low as 70 $/bbl
There is more stupidity on TV, with every absurd news served to us as BREAKING NEWS, Reality Shows with not so real tears and stories, vulgar stuff aired in the name of Modernism and morons hogging up the limelight, while serious issues concerning to common man are not voiced even for the heck of Genuine news.All served to us between ADVERTISEMENTS.If you watch TV for say 30 minutes, you end up seeing advertisements for 18 minutes and actual stuff for 12 minutes or even less..I don’t do anything to change that……So I keep my cool and stop watching TV instead
…..how far can a sensible person stay deaf, dumb and blind to such apathy ?? Should we always turn our eyes from all this ILL and just call ourselves cool ? I agree ranting wont change anything, but is it possible for a pulsating heart to ignore all this and keep silent with few pranayams? Wont we be as good as dead then?
I know even when I wrote all this, nothing is gonna change..not even 0.5% …but should we just seal our lips and ears and eyes and lay dead ?
Well after boiling so much of my blood over these issues, I definitely need some energy to go on.When I was a kid, my Mother used to say that pulses and vegetables gives us energy and make us strong.So now let me have some SUPER MOLECULES or proteins as they are generally called and what better source than Kaalachana.
I am confused to categorize this simple but power packed dish.I can call it salad since it is a food mixture consisting of boiled and raw stuff,with a tangy dressing, but then I also remember this as one of our favorite chaat sold outside our school gate!
So call it whatever you want..but do include this in your diet .
|Chaat or Salad ?||
- Kaala chana(black chickpeas)
- Tomato 1
- Onion 1
- salt and pepper to taste
- Tamarind chutney or lemon juice 1-2 tsp
- Boiled potato
- Coriander leaves to garnish
- Pick the chana,rinse properly many times with water ,and soak them for about 5-6 hours
- Later boil it with salty water till cooked.If un-soaked or not soaked for enough time,you might need to boil it for more time, otherwise it is almost done in 2-3 whistles in a pressure cooker.Again that depends upon the quality of chana.So keep experimenting
- When done, lay them in serving bowl or plate,top it up with dash of salt, pepper powder,chaat masala powder(optional), red chilly powder(optional),2 spn (more or less ….depends upon your taste) tamarind water(just soak a ping ball size of tamarind in half cup of water for 10 minutes,mash it and squeeze it properly.Discard the pulp,and use the tamarind water)
- Add chopped onion,tomato,boiled potato,or veggies of your choice.Garnish it with coriander leaves
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