Happy Navratras!

Ya devi sarva bhuteshu
shakti rupen sansthita
namah tasya namah tasya namah tasya
namo namah!
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Passion

A common theme I’ve seen in many people is to give up before they even try!!!
The only person who can bring you out of fear is yourself!

  • Anything is possible if you want it bad enough. People Work towards what they want in life!
  • If you really want something, you WILL create a way for it – You will, and YOU will have to, else what you want will go to someone who DID!
  • When you follow your heart, not only will you contribute more to your organization, you will utilize less energy and you will feel happier.
  • We are all naturally gifted at certain disciplines. You’ll know when you find it, because you can quickly grasp new concepts, you find it enjoyable, and doing it comes easy to you; almost like breathing.
  • Doing something that is not natural to our abilities and interests is like swimming against the current. You’ll eventually get to the shore, but it will take you longer and will excerpt extra energy.
  • Doing things that come natural to us and align with our interests feels like swimming along with the current. You’ll get to the shore smoothly and with little effort.
  • When you are clear about wanting something, take action towards its attainment, and persist until you reach it, the universe will conspire to make it a reality. Your energy and determination will move people, and they will find ways to help you.
  • Insecurities and negative self-talk derived from fear achieves nothing, except to convince us that we are failures and losers. These are lies that only appear real in our imagination.
  • The roadblocks you encounter on the way to reaching your destination are actually gifts. Treat them as challenges that you were meant to experience and learn from. They are like small tests that the universe presents us with, as if asking: “How bad do you really want this? Have you given up yet?
  • When you listen to your heart, follow your passion, and do what you love to do, it’s hard not to be outstanding. You’re almost guaranteed to succeed.

Happy Teacher’s Day

Shikshak diwas ki shubhkamnaein:)



The lovely people who shaped our destinies… Who took the pain to make sure that we took the left path. My greetings, warm wishes & respect to all the teachers.. the founders of the nation
we are what we are bcoz of you!



Class ke baahar murga ban na, homework nahi karke laane par scolding



(kabhi na kabhi ham sabki life me ye hua hai 😀 )

but wo bachpan ki daant, and fatkaar (scoldings and punishment ) se hi ham hain jo aj hain …..

n I lovvvve you mom 🙂
Muaah!

Guroor Brahmaa, Guroor Vishnoo, Guroor Devo Maheshwara!
Guru Saakhshaat Par Brahmaa, Tasmahee Shree Gurudev Namah!
Guru Gobind Dono Khare, Kaake Laagoon Paon
Balhaaree Main Guru Ke, Jin Govind Diyo Bataai!

Ukadiche Modak (Sweet stuffed Rice Flour Dumplings)

Oh I borrowed this recipe for making Ukadiche Modak (Sweet stuffed Rice Flour Dumplings) from
Foodcourt
and I am posting it without alteration here (all credits to the foodcourt owner -esp coz its a recipe by “mom” :))


The cute little mouth-watering rice dumplings – a favourite of Ganesha 🙂

To make about 10-12 Modaks

Ingredients:

For the cover:

1 cup fine , fresh Rice flour

1 cup water

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp oil

For the filling:

1 cup freshly scrapped Coconut-only the white portion

1 cup crushed jaggery

2 tsp Khuskhus (poppy seeds) roasted

Method:

First make the Stuffing. Put the Coconut and jaggery in a heavy bottom pan and cook on medium flame, stiriing in between. Cook till the jaggery melts and the mixture becomes homogenous. Add the roasted poppy seeds and cook for few more minutes.Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

(You can also add raisins, saffron and cardamom to the mixture if you like.)

Now make the rice flour cover.The cover has to be made a bit carefully. So keep aside all your other jobs and take 1 cup water in a pan and boil it. Once it boils add salt and oil to it . Add the rice flour immediately with one hand and stirring the mixture continuously with the other.Take care that no lumps are formed in the mixture.Cover for 1-2 minutes. Remove the dough on a flat surface and knead well with your hands while still hot…You can apply a little oil to your hands to avoid the dough from sticking.

This is a very important step. You have to knead the dough properly to avoid the cover from cracking. Now take a small lemon sized ball from the dough and keep the remaining dough covered with a cotton cloth in the pan.(The remaining dough should not be allowed to cool)…This is where extra help is welcome…

Flatten the small ball shaped dough with both your hands like a puri. Don’t make it too thin. Now hold the flat dough in your left hand and add the coconut stuffing.
Apply little oil to your right hand and pinch the edges of the flattened dough at 4-5 places,like this:

Bring them together to join them at the centre of the Modak. Shape resembles that of garlic bulb from top(I am not supposed to say garlic,especially since the Modaks are made for God…but I couldn’t find any other analogy!!)

Repeat this prpcess for the remaining dough and make more Modaks before the dough cools down. If you are alone you can guess how fast you have to make it!!!

After all the Modaks have been made steam them.Take a steel sieve.Grease it with oil. Keep the Modaks one by one in it taking care that they do not stick to each other.

Keep this sieve on a steamer(You can use a deep vessel with 1/3rd water.) Cover the Modaks and cook for about 12-13 minutes.

Congrats..You have just made one of the most delicious ,traditional Maharashtrian Sweet!

Top each hot steaming Modak with Ghee generously ( You will need the ghee after all the hard work.) Offer them to God….and don’t waste any time putting the entire Modak in your mouth…

So enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi with these mouth-watering modaks, and please cutest Ganesha 🙂


And here’s one I found on Zeenews site

Ganpati Bappa Morya

Ganesha, Ganpati, lambodar, ekdanta, etc, etc
or Lalbaghcha raja … dagdubhai seth…. (d richest Ganpati in mumbai…or maybe of India)

Dagdubhai Seth Ganpati
Oh! the cutest n adorable Elephant God is known by sooo many names all over India, & esp in Maharashtra n other konkani parts of over India on the fourth day of bhadrapad (or bhadon).

Ganesh Chaturthi – [thats tomorrow – Sep3, 2008] is celebrated as Ganpati ji’s birthday.

Seeing the moon is strictly prohibited on Ganesh Chaturthi.
Here’s the story

Lord Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees on this day. The festival lasts 10 days, and ends with Lord Ganpati ji’s visarjan on Anant Chaturdashi.
The awesome elephant-headed son of Shiva and Parvati, is widely worshipped as the supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.

I wish I knew a bit of marathi and could actually understand whats sung in these fav-since childhood artis of Ganpatiji 🙂

Jai dev jai dev – This video has awesome pics of Ganesha, and visarjan…and even has spiderman-looking Ganesha towards the end 😀

Then here’s ganesh arti in Lata di’s voice cutiepie dagdubhai seth I guess…. richest ganesha 🙂

Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai’s Prabhadevi area if I remember correctly[umm… Mahalaxmi temple was near Mahalaxmi, or Haji Ali… so it must be Prabhadevi….]…..[no camera’s allowed there… but I managed to take a pic / two outside the temple :D]
Umm… there’s Sukhkarta Dukharta Arti by Ravindra Sathe but couldn’t find that….. plz do lemme know if you find more 🙂

An interesting site about the story, about modaks, etc : Indiasite_Ganesh_Chaturthi

Some videos of visarjan (commentary in Marathi)
Recipe to make the cute little sweet rice dumplings (Modaks)

10 auspicious days of celebration!

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi….:)
Ganapati Bappa Morya, Pucha Varshi Laukar ya!