Saturday, September 27, 2014

Disney Khoobsurat, A Review

Ok, first ,no one sponsored our tickets and I am not being paid to review this movie. 
Second, the Fawad Khan wave has sorta dislocated a lot of hearts and minds in the school that I teach in....and I am not even talking about the girls. Wise, old teachers are also reliving their youth with Humsafar and Zindagi Gulzar Hai. 
Third, I am waiting for Humsafar and 14 October...
I am wise ,yes...
But who said that I was old?
Ok ,exams over, more stress is laid on the teachers. Corrections and Marks postings online and explanations as yo why my class has just 3 A1 grades...
I needed a break. 
A khoobsurat break. 
So after all the papers were submitted we drove to the movies. 
Fawad Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Kirron Kher and Ratna Pathak Shah and a motley crew of great actors.

Loud and coloursensational Sonam Kapoor's expressions are cute to a certain extent. She needs a little restraint. A super clean movie with Sonam looking like a neon nattily dressed princess who is quite the bewadii...or a girl who loves her wine (which girl doesn't love wine? ),she is adorable most places.

 Fawad Khan, on the other hand is dreamy but starved. Did the unit not feed you dude??
He needs his old weight back. Super suave and dapper with awesome suits and loafers and jodhpurs and Nehru jackets ,his style is fresh and natural. A little more of him would have been great. We didn't even get to see him dance....a là Bollywood. 
Sarabhai is still written on Ratna Pathak Shah ,but her eyes still shake the socks off you.
But the best was Manju.
I admire this feisty Punjaban. She is fantastic, and her one liners took the cake and the frosting and the fondant. 
Royal Kanjar Khandaan. 
For once ,I'm glad I have some Punjabi blood.
I'll be watching this movie again. 
All for Manju. 
And she's the mom, who has made sure all moms announce their phone calls with Maa Ka Phone Aaya...
Kirron Kher is like good wine. 
Getting better every time. 
No comments on the direction. Lalgarh Palace looks sensational and the Bikaner fort looks great. The vintage cars are great too...and so is the much in need of a physiotherapist Shekhar uncle. 
But its still Fawad Khan and Kirron Kher.
Khoobsurat. 3 stars/5 and 30 of them go to these two.  
Now is someone sponsoring a second viewing and a cold coffee to go???

So who are you watching today???

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sunshine and Lemon Rice

September is a lovely time of the year. Transitions, studies and papers to be checked and food ,beautiful food.
And breakfast under the trees.

After almost six months of uncomfortable heat and humidity ,one can finally sit in the lawn and watch the squirrels try to pull a handkerchief to the tree to line their nests, or a warbler or two fight over the wild ivy fruits on the fence. 
So breakfast had to be in God's fresh air.

A tad South Indian, Lemon Rice needs  little chutney for company. Coconut is great ,but too much effort. Ketchup saves the day.
Healthy and balanced ,its a beautiful way of using up the last meals rice.

for the 

Sunshine and Lemon Rice...

you need

1 cup cooked rice
1 tsp soaked chana and urad dal (optional)
1 tsp mustard seeds
2 spriģs curry leaves
1 fistful more or lesa raw peanuts
Some green chillies chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp ginger chopped
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tsp oil or ghee
Coriander to garnish

Sweet Child has a south Indian bug sometimes, every thing must be that flavor. Since these are studying times, I soak the dals and freeze. 
So get the stuff ready and put the pan on. Oil in the pan and allow it to heat to smoking point.
Put the soaked ,drained dals in and fry rill they take on some colour. 

When the dals are done ,add the mustard and allow the seeds to pop. Add in the peanuts and toss about for a moment or two to allow them to toast.
Curry Leaves in...
Now the chillies and chopped ginger and salt and turmeric powder. Toss about on medium heat.
In with the rice and the coriander, if you are using it.

Allow the rice to cool and squeeze the lemons over.  See it doesn't have to be tequila every time.

Serve in a pretty dish and enjoy.
Serene surroundings and good food and a load of books...
Good life.
If only education was not so painful...Painful for the parent, to re learn.
Crash and burn situation.

So what are you eating today???


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