Life is so precious!

A few days back, I witnessed a very gruesome incident. I was walking up the stairs after getting my breakfast. I saw some huge thing fly. At first I thought it was a bird and then I heard a thud. My first instinct was that some luggage or a big bag fell down from one of the top floors. I peeped down from the railing and saw a young man’s limp dead body! I looked around stunned and called for help. Soon there was police and ambulance!

Later on we found that he was a young man of around 30 with a wife and a 3 year old daughter.

His dead body keeps floating in my mind.. I am unable to take it off my head. But what bothers me the most is a thought that I wish I could have reached him earlier and stopped him from taking this extreme step.

A look at his daughter’s face made me cringe on the cowardly and gruesome act! We face lots of hurdles in life and will have lots of challenges… suicide may seem like an easy way out sometimes but the problem that led you to end your life doesn’t resolve on its own… not to mention the tremendous pain you subject to everyone who loved you! That little girl for no fault of her own is now an orphan at the age of 3!!! She will never know her father! His wife is now a widow at the age of 30! She will spend her life taking care of their daughter on her own!

I hope and pray for his soul to find peace but I also wish he hadn’t done this. Life is too precious to end like this… It is beautiful! Yes there are sad days but also ones full of bliss! To concentrate only on the bad is unfair!

Always remember to face life’s problems head on and fight like a brave soldier!

Baby Food: Avocado Paratha

Age Group: 9 months onwards (Once the baby starts to chew a little)

Ingredients:

1 Avocado, 1 cup wheat flour, salt as per taste

Method of cooking:

  1. Cut open the avocado and take the pulp out
  2. Knead the dough with the pulp and some salt
  3. Make thin pancakes (Rotis) on the stove. Add little ghee
  4. Serve with any curry/curd

Nutritional Benefits:

Avocado is a very nutritious fruit, specially for the development of children. However, due to its bland taste and texture, there is little you can do with it. I was bored with Guacamole so decided to give this a try and it was a hit :)

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Yayyy!! Oh wait, what is ALS?

Dear readers-who-have-taken-the-ice-bucket-challenge, I would like to ask you one simple question: “Do you know what is ALS?”

Social media and the ensuing #ALSIceBucketChallenge madness has given a whole new meaning to “Herd Mentality”! I have at least 50 odd friends who decided to take on the challenge. My facebook page is brimming with home videos of friends in various stages of undress emptying buckets onto their heads. They feel a sense of pride in having done that and it is evident as you see their proud, beaming faces! But wait… they do realise that emptying bucket means they wont have to donate. So, does that pride come from not having to part with $100? Tricky question as I try to wrap my head around the psyche! I am pretty sure some donated even as they took a very public ice-water bath! Then, you may ask, why waste water?

As much as my mind and rationale tells me otherwise, in some strange ways, this whole brewhaha and the accompanied inanity has met the much desired outcome! ALS campaign managed to raise over $31.5M!! You cannot have a better example of “Any publicity is good publicity”!! I, for one, did not know anything about ALS! Somewhere people making a fool of themselves prompted me to go find out more. So, with a hope that the money will be put to good use and we will soon have a cure for the dreaded disease, I am thankful to whoever started this campaign.

Does that make someone, who suffers from an equally dreadful moto-neuron disease, but a lot more widespread (like Multiple Sclerosis), cringe at the response? Probably yes! As much as my heart goes out to all suffering from ALS (around 30000 in the US), I also wish something was done for those suffering from MS (around 2.5M worldwide)! And this is just one example! If someone were to start an #IceBucketchallenge for another disease, no one would even take notice! It’s time now to think of the next weird thing! For all you know, it may end up saving many lives!

Plz throw away the bucket and donate! They need your money more than Mother Earth needs your water.

On that note, here is a hilarious compilation of all challenges gone wrong :)

Baby Food: Sooji Kheer

Age Group: 6-8 months

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Sooji (Rava), 1 cup water

Method of cooking:

  1. Roast the Sooji in a pan till it is brown in color
  2. Bring water to a boil. Add the sooji and simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly
  3. Mix in formula or breast milk or juice and add fruits if desired

Nutritional Benefits:

Sooji should ideally be the first cereal you start your baby on. It is healthy and very easy to digest. Initially start with a few teaspoons and then slowly increase the quantity if the baby takes to it.

Baby Food: Barley Cereal

Age Group: 6-8 months

Ingredients:

1/4 cup ground barley (barley ground in blender or food processor)
1 cup water

Method of cooking:

1. Bring water to a boil. Add the barley and simmer for 10 minutes, whisking constantly
2. Mix in formula or breast milk or juice and add fruits if desired
3. Serve warm

Nutritional Benefits:

Eating barley is believed to help regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer. Interestingly, research has shown that it is also useful in protecting against childhood asthma.

It contains amino acids, lots of fibre (ounce for ounce, three times as much fibre as oatmeal), B vitamins, iron, selenium, copper, manganese and phosphorus.

Hows everyone been? :)

So, I became a mom 6 months back and life has been super duper busy since then :) As things are beginning to get exciting, I feel like penning down some of my thoughts sometimes and some things I have learnt in the past 6 months…

Hopefully, I will be able to blog a little more frequently now :)

Happy New Year and Ekta Arts!

Hello all,

Wishing you a very happy 2013!! Now that the Apocalyptic year is behind us, we can relax and go on with our lives :)

With new years comes a hope of new beginnings!! :) And it is the perfect time to introduce to you all an incredibly talented Ekta Agrawal who has recently started her own venture!! Check out the beautiful paintings and encourage the budding new talent :)

You can buy her paintings at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/EktaArts