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Rasam with Eastern Condiments Rasam powder

A south Indians meal is never complete without Rasam and rice. It is called Rasam by the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and Karnataka calls it charu and Andra Pradesh calls it Saru. A good rasam has a nice flavor of pepper, garlic and curry leaves.

Eastern Condiments has a Rasam Powder which makes preparation of Rasam really simple.

Things you will need.

  • Ripe Tomatoes – 2 (size of a tennis ball)
  • Shallots – 4
  • Ginger – 1 inch size
  • Garlic – 4 cloves
  • Coriander Leaves – 50 grams
  • Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Crushed Pepper Corns – 10
  • Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  • Curry Leaves – 2 sprigs
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Dried Red Whole Chillies – 2
  • Asafoetida – a pinch
  • Tamarind – 50 grams
  • Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Oil – 2 tsp


  1. Chop tomatoes, shallots, ginger, garlic and coriander leaves
  2. Blend ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. At this stage keep 2 cloves of garlic aside.
  3. Crush the 2 cloves of garlic and pepper corns together, keep aside for tempering*
  4. Break the dried red chillies into 2 or 3 pieces
  5. To 100 ml hot water add tamarind. Leave aside for 15 mins. Now squeeze out the tamarind juice


  1. In a pressure cooker take all the chopped ingredients, ginger/garlic paste and tamarind juice
  2. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and Asafoetida. Add water. Bring to 1 whistle and simmer for 30 mins.
  3. Use a potato masher to make a fine paste of the pressure cooked ingredients.
  4. In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds, when they pop, add cumin seeds, broken dried red chilli, Fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, crushed garlic & pepper corns and sauté for 2 mins.
  5. Add this to the pressure cooked ingredients.

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Life's Instructions

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  11. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
  12. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  13. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  14. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  15. When playing games with ! children, let them win.
  16. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  17. Be romantic.
  18. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  19. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  20. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
  21. Be a good loser.
  22. Be a good winner.
  23. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  24. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  25. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
  26. Keep it simple.
  27. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  28. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
  29. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
  30. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the
  31. things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.
  32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
  36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
  39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
  43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  44. Become someone’s hero.
  45. Marry only for love.
  46. Count your blessings.
  47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
  48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
  49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  50. Don’t expect life to be fair.


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One time money through education

It was quite interesting for me the information on one time money that people earn through education. Education is a business now. I had never come across a situation in my home country. There might have some as what I experienced here in London. But still I can say that I did not get any experience with the matter which I explained here.

Overseas education was very popular in India,one of the most  developing countries. People found more opportunities and better level of education in abroad than in India. Many found their step in stones there. The fascinating things in overseas education was part time work, opportunities after the education , work visa, and in some cases sponsorship visa which will lead to a permanent residency after a particular period of time.

It’s a history now. Overseas education is less in demand compared to Indian education. More opportunities, good remuneration, work satisfaction and  chances of getting more knowledge which will lead to higher level opportunities are the main attractive things about Indian education now. So it is worth to think about the money spending for overseas education instead of a deep rooted educational profile.

There are some institutions and individual people who are playing with the field of education. Education is just like a gambling for them. Once they get the money from the student they will not have much responsibility on them regarding the progress of education or any other study related things. Even if the student is not attending the classes, they will not care for it. If the student needs any help ; Yes. The education providers are ready to provide that on the basis of a fixed amount. That means money is the main criteria in all these.

So people who are interested in overseas education must look for certain things

  • Education provider that they have selected should possess a good review and credibility
  • Pass rate of the uni/college/ any institution
  • Review of previous students who had been studied over there . Make sure that these students are not the one who introduced by the uni/ college/ education provider
  • A good understanding of examination system and time frame of getting results
  • Chances of merging part time jobs ( if they are interested to do so)

In my personal opinion, overseas education is less in demand now regardless the opportunities.

Some famous Quotes..

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Unknown

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. – Thomas B Macaulay

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.  – James D. Miles
Everyone tries to define this thing called Character.  It’s not hard.  Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.  – Unknown

Most people say that it’s the intellect which makes a great scientist.  They are wrong: it is character. – Albert Einstein.

Character is the result of two things: Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.  – Elbert Hubbard

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character – Albert Einstein

Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have – Unknown
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power – Abraham Lincoln

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. – Martin Luther King.

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character. – Stephen Covey

Character isn’t something you were born with and can’t change, like your fingerprints. It’s something you weren’t born with and must take responsibility for forming. – Jim Rohn

I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character! – Theodore Roosevelt

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.  – John Wooden

How true Daddy’s words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. – Anne Frank

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. – Bruce Lee

Men show their character in nothing more clearly than what they think laughable.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.  – Kurt Vonnegut Jr

The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else. The basis of all integrity and character is whatever faith we have in our own integrity. – Roy L Smith

Better Keep the Word or Never Do So…..

We can see a lot of people who give out plenty of offerings and promises with good things. But 90% of these promises will not happen anymore.  People in the other end of-course will be fascinated with the unforgettable offerings. This may shake their normal life too. Sometimes the whole future might be depending on these offers. These promises are like the advertisement of Hell ( Just Kidding :-))

We can see these types of promises among business people, higher authority of organizations and crooked people like that. But sure this is not the boundary of these promises. We can see it anywhere anytime. :-).

So what is the reason?? Yes, This is for some personal needs or profitable decisions. Anyway in one or other way profit is the only intension of these offers.

At last what will happen?? Here come the three different eccentric characters.

Some people consider the promises as if they were the curry leaves in curries. They will never turn to the offers and just give up after the specific need that they previously plotted, had happened. They are the very cruel faces who will not give any consideration to human feelings.

Another type will try to keep the promise, but in some point they may not be able to fulfill that. So what they will do is they will give some other offers instead of the one they have given previously. But still there is not a 100% mind to do so. They are a group who bothered about people who feels anything wrong. Gradually they will transfer to a group of people who belongs to the third category.

The third category people are the one who will never face the person to whom they have given the promise. They are cowards without a back bone. They want to get everything but do not want to lose anything. They will utilize others for their own personal benefits and will not give face to them after the fulfillment of their needs. The second category people which I have explained above gradually transforms to this category in the future.

Apparently most of the offerings will not happen in the right time, right place and in the right mode. These are my view points and there may be another face for this discussion like the two sides of a coin. So anyone can discuss their views, thoughts, experience or truths through comments.

Education in UK ( International )

In old days it was a big surprise if a person says her son /daughter is in UK for education. But nowadays it is a common thing. After the basic education lot of students fly to UK for higher education as if it is not a big deal. There are different reasons for this. Some people give a big value for the higher education in UK and exposure that they are going get from here. But some are here for the job opportunity and to migrate for a good future here with a stay back. But there is another group, just for a fun they come here stay for 1 year and go back. They just want to enjoy the life style of UK and plan to go back after the expiry of visa. Also there is a bunch of people who need only the certificate from UK. It is for their job hike in their current working organization or offer from new organizations. They will get these offers only on the basis of certificate. This doesn’t mean that they need to know the basis things in their study stream.

UK government has given the golden opportunity for the international students to build their future in UK. They have introduced 2 years stay back in the name of Post Study Work Visa (PSW). This will help students after finishing their studies to grab a job from here itself. The main aim of PSW was to hold the graduates in UK itself so that the students who graduated from here can give and take the benefits to UK government.

But people misapplied the whole system. Some people are still here in student visa for 6- 8 years and continually working. They used to change the course and college to get the visa. If we’re examine their progress of education, most of them are not in a progressive stage but just changing course and college to get the visa and they can work here for a long time. But with these types of students there are good students too. They have progress in their education, and they continue in student visa with completing the course and then with the higher level.

Do you believe if I say that we will get certificates of different universities in UK which cost £1500- £6000? Yes!!! That is a truth. Thus it came to a situation which gives less importance to the valuable knowledge which we develop from education but the matter of only certificate.

I believe that these are the reasons which forced  UKBA to rethink about international students and their visa status.

Magic Of Diet

This is a diet program developed by Gereal Motor’s. I have tied this and I lose 3 Kgs weight with in a week. I think if we continuew this in a regular bass we can reduce our weight in a healthy manner. This is not like other diet programs which consists of a healthy food consumption with a large quantity of fruits and vegetables . Non vegetarians could be happy as it consists of beef in the fifth and sixth day. So in my opinion this is a very good one as people will get almost all areas of food :-)

This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lbs per week. It will also improve your attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects.

The effectiveness of this seven day plan is that the food eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value.

This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.

During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol
You must drink 10 glasses of water each day

Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.

Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.

Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

Tomorrow morning you will be 10-17 lbs. lighter than one week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. You may repeat this program as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you are allowed two glasses of white wine in addition to the instructions on the program. You may substitute champagne for white wine. Under no circumstances are you to drink any other alcoholic beverages with the exception of beer which is allowed. Any liquor (bourbon,vodka, rum) is forbidden. Cream drinks are especially forbidden. You may have an occasional cordial such as creme de menthe or schnapps, but you must always limit yourself to two drinks. If you wine, drink only wine that day. If you have beer, drink only beer that day, etc. Alcohol adds empty calories to your diet. However, after the first week it will help your digestion and settle your stomach.

G.M.’S Wonder Soup

The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup.

28 oz, Water, 6 Large Onions, 2 Green Peppers, Whole Tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 Head Cabbage, 1 Bunch Celery, 4 Envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Herbs and Flavouring as desired.

Additional Comments

Vegetables as may be taken in the form of a salad if desired. No dressing except malt, white or wine vinegar, squeezed lemon, garlic, herbs. No more than one tea spoon of oil.

You have been given a recipe for the WONDER SOUP which can be eaten in unlimited quantities. This soup is a supplement while you are on the program and it should be a pleasure to eat. Not everyone likes cabbage, green peppers, calory etc. This recipe is not inflexible. You may substitute vegetables according to your taste. You may add any vegetables you like: asparagus, peas, corn, turnips, green beans, cauliflower, etc. Try to stay away from beans (lima, pinto, kidney, etc.), however, because they tend to be high in calories even though they are very good for you.

Beverages you may consume while on the program :

  1. Water (flavoured with lemon/lime if desired).
  2. Club Soda is OK.
  3. Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.
  4. Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.
  5. Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.

How and Why It Works

Day One you are preparing your system for the upcoming programme. Your only source of nutrition is fresh or canned fruits. Fruits are nature’s perfect food. They provide everything you could possibly want to sustain life except total balance and variety.

Day Two starts with a fix of complex carbo-hydrates coupled with an oil dose. This is taken in the morning for energy and balance. The rest of day two consists of vegetables which are virtually calorie free and provide essential nutrients and fibre.

Day Three eliminates the potato because you get your carbohydrates from the fruits. You system is now prepared to start burning excess pounds. You will still have cravings which should start to diminish by day four.

Day Four, bananas, milk and soup sound the strangest and least desirable. You’re in for a surprise. You probably will not eat all the bananas allowed. But they are there for the potassium you have lost and the sodium you may have missed the past three days. You will notice a definite loss of desire for sweets. You will be surprised how easy this day will go.

Day Five, Beef and tomatoes. The beef is for iron and proteins, the tomatoes are for digestion and fibre. Lots and lots of water purifies your system. You should notice colourless urine today. Your allowance calls for the equivalent of five “quarter ponders”. Do not feel you have to eat all this beef. You must eat the six tomatoes.

Day Six is similar to day five, Iron and proteins from beef, Vitamins and fibre from vegetables. By now your system is in a total weight loss inclination. There should be a noticeable difference in the way you look today, compared to day one.

Day Seven finished off the program like a good cigar used to finish off Victorian meals, except much healthier. You have your system under control and it should thank you for the flushing and cleaning you just gave it.

Peace Of Mind

There are some ways to achieve the mind in a calm position. This is the peace of mind state.

Here I discuss some ways to keep the mind in a peace stage.

  • Don’t interfere in others matter unless they asked to do so

We create our problem because we interfere in others problem very much. This is why because we need to convince them that we are the right way, our thoughts are the most appreciable one, and our logics are the best one. This will happened to neglect the individuality in each person and this creates come problem which cause a big head ache to each.

  • Do not lust for recognition

People who are very selfish will praise you a lot if they need any help from you and once it has happened they will not consider you. They will find a bunch of faults in you. They all are time depended people who are concerned about others once they need the help from them. So it is better to do your duties in a well and ethical manner. Don’t go for the recognition of others let yourselves into agony.

  • Forget and forgive

This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget, and march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.

  • Change yourselves according to the environment

If you try to change the environment, sure u will fail in that since the environment consists not only you but a lot of people with verities of character and thinking. SO it is better to change yourselves according to the environment.

  • Do not be jealous

We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody’s life is shaped by his /her destiny, which has now become his/her, reality. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.

  • Endure what cannot be cured

This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control… If we cannot control them or change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure them cheerfully. Believe in yourself and you will gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.

  • Do not take in more than you can eat

We try to take more responsibilities which we can’t manage perfectly. This is to satisfy our ego mainly. We should know our capabilities and limitations. There is nothing like an ego problem once we are not able to do something or say NO to others. It is proud to say No once it is so rather than saying yes and struck in the middle while explaining the same. So it would be better to take the responsibility of what we can rather than take the whole.

  • Meditate regularly

Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour every day, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily meditation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily work.

  • Do not keep the mind idle.

An idle mind is the work place of devil. Keep yourselves busy all the time by doing some worthwhile or interesting. Never leave yourself without doing anything. This will make you think and the thoughts will go beyond the limits. The past, present and future will go come into the screen. This might cause many illnesses to mind as it’s a desperate stage to think about all these rubbish things. So intentionally engage in some efficient activity which gives mental satisfaction and a fulfillment.

  • Do not post pond and never regret.

Do not waste time in waste activities and thoughts like “Should I or not?” Days Months and years will go like this. You will not be able to do anything as you anticipate the near future in a prejudice manner. “Time and tide waits for no man”. Please remind this proverb and value the time, do things on time. It doesn’t matter whether you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and it is the best lessons in the life and a best practice too. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happens is destine need to happen only that way.