Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Summer salad - Minty Bean and Walnut Salad

Since, it's getting hotter and humid by the day here in Mumbai (I'm sure same is the case with the rest of India) I've started losing my appetite. The idea of heavy warm food just does not appeal much to me. Also since it is just the two of us at home and since I decide the menu i have the liberty to make it as per my choice. Thus, I've started eating lot of salads (no not the boring rounded slices of carrots and cucumbers but a lot more interesting ones). 

Here's something I made yesterday, which is super quick and easy - 

Minty Bean and Walnut Salad

100g kidney beans (rajma) boiled
6 pieces cherry tomatoes, halved
3 tbsp grated cheese (of your choice, yes! cheese in small proportions is healthy)
5 piece of walnut, chopped 
1 small capsicum chopped
3 tbsp chilli garlic sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
salt as per taste

1) Mix and toss all ingredients together
2) Refrigerate for atleast half an hour before serving so that the salad gets seasoned well and also is cool enough when served

That's how quick and easy it is to make a salad which is filling, healthy and satisfies your taste buds. Happy Eating! And stay cool this summer!

Do let me know if you have such similar recipes.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ideas for Reception/Cocktail Lehengas - Non Bridal

I love lehengas! The flowy skirts and the vibrant colours. And the best thing about them is they don't look as monotonous as the over done anarkali suits nor are they as difficult to wear and carry off as the saree. As of now my bridal lehenga is the only lehenga I own. But I'm planning to get something done for my cousin's reception.

So here are some of the non bridal, non heavy and non traditional (meant for cocktails/receptions) options that I have compiled. Thought it'll be a list of good use for everyone else too. 

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these pictures. Can take them off upon request.


I love pastels and they are so in this spring. 

Just love this outfit of Deepika's from Break ke Baad. Infact my wedding lehenga is also made of the same colours.
Love the mix of dull gold with these pretty pastel pinks!

When it comes to pastels in Indian wear there's no one better than Manish Malhotra to look upto for some inspiration.

White always makes one look elegant, whether paired with a dark colour or on its own.


Pastels may not be everyone's thing. But eye catching brights are certainly everyone's favorites when it comes to Indian festive wear.

Blacks and Darks

The problem with black is that a lot of Indian customs don't approve of the colour for auspicious occassions. Thus, when it comes to occassions like pheras, mehendis and poojas the colour is totally ruled out. Leaving only receptions and cocktails. Love these lehengas in dark colours. How gracious do they look.

What do you'll think? Any more ideas for reception/cocktail lehengas that are non bridal?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Kai Po Che - Movie review

I have been totally missing from the blogging scene and the only reason I have is things got a lil busy at work with some travel also involved. But I am back with a lot of ideas for my next few blog posts. To begin with here's a review of one of the latest movies I saw.
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The plot ( No spoilers I promise)
Based on the book "3 mistakes of my life" by Chetan Bhagat, this film revolves around the stories of three best friends Omi (Amit Sadh), Govind (Raj Kumar) and Ishaan (Sushant Singh) who live in Gujarat. The good for nothing friends decide to start a cricket shop and dream of making it big someday. The film then takes you through their life struggles and how the various crisis that Gujrat faced impacted their lives.

The cast
I read somewhere that the director Abhishek Kapoor was planning to cast established stars but sadly no one was interested. But that in my opinion is one of the best things that couldve happened to the movie. Since, all three are actors are relatively not so known you forget that they are actually actors in the middle of the movie as they blend so well into their characters. The casting is perfect. The camaraderie is so good that one starts believing that the actors are actually good friends. Amrita Puri as Vidya, Isaan's sister plays a stereo typical role, but provides the right amount of freshness in a male dominated film.

The music
Unlike many other movies, the songs here do not stall the story. The music here is used to establish the characters, set the pace and not just as music videos. Amit Trivedi scores high yet again with some very memorable numbers. The song I particularly liked is Manjha. So beautifully written and inspirational.

What I thought

To begin with I never really liked the book for a lot of reasons, like its got an all male protagonists  it is centered around politics and cricket. Two topics that are not really close to my heart. But the promos of the movie looked really promising.And it is also very interesting to see how well a movie is adapted from a book. Even though  the movie has everything that it takes to be a good movie, somehow all these things don't come along well.

The first half is just too and drags. The last half an hour is the only time you feel that the movie grabs your attention. Also, the story in the book is well paced. But since, the director has tried to include everything in the 2 hours of the movie it comes across as a bit of a hotch potch. 

My Rating

Oh hmm .. you know, you can watch it once

Rating - o - meter

Fultoo paisa vasool
You must must watch this one
Oh hmm .. you know, you can watch it once
Time pass it is..not great
What a waste of time..couldn't sit through

Did any of you watch it? What did you'll think? Would love to hear your take. Do write back to me in comments box.