To The Knight Who Has Lost His Way

Dear Knight who has lost his way,

Now that you – The Knight in Shining Armour – have fallen off your horse, lost your armour and broken your leg, it is up to me to find you. And honestly, you don’t need the horse or the shining armour. You are my knight no matter what. While I am on the hunt for the Knight who has lost his way, I thought of leaving some trails here so that you will know it is me, when you come across this blog. You will know it for sure. And when you do, here is the final chance to escape or stay. Read what follows next and decide.

  • Promise me a Diamond Ring – When you find me, and decide to confess your Love, ensure that you approach me with the right souvenir. There wouldn’t be a better way to express your love to me. Get me the most Purplest flower you could find. What diamond rings are for others, Purple is for me.

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    Source: Newflowerwallpaper.com

  • Promise me an Expensive Date – Candlelight dinner, expensive restaurant, fine music and finer wine, I like them all. But, I need more than that. Yes! I am greedy that way. Promise to get the most expensive evening reserved for me by sitting beside me somewhere secluded, looking into my eyes and pouring your heart out. Your time is the most precious and entertaining gift that I could ever get. THAT is the most expensive date for me.
  • Read me Poems like the characters in books do – Come on! You can change that bit of you right? You may not like reading poems. But you can choose some and read them for me like the sophisticated literary characters.
    My favorite poems are the words that you speak. They need not rhyme, they need not be garnished with ornamental words and poetic parfaits. I’d like them seasoned with your love and topped with your earnestness. Simple words from you are deeper and more meaningful than poems.
  • Promise me A Long Vacation to my Favorite Places – Definitely, flight trips, expensive restaurants and resorts and super awesome adventure activities! The best flight trip would be a walk with you or a ride on your bike. The most expensive restaurant would be where we’d first meet, and then meet again and again where a haven of memories will be made. Those resorts which will be our hangouts now and forever, each of the places having vivid memories and moments.
  • Promise me Lots of Gifts – Um… if you’d be interested, I have a way with things. In the sense, I am prone to accidents and breaking or dropping things. Hence I might need a copy of everything around us. (Sheesh! Not you :P) But the breakable stuff, you know? So that we’ll have a substitute in case my talents of being accident prone  begin to show.
  • Promise me yourself – If you have found me, and if you think you could manage all the tantrums, greed, selfishness and the entire capital expenditure, promise me yourself. I repeat, I don’t need the knight in shining armour. Many search for him and many find him. I want this knight who has lost his way. That is how we are compatible. Lost you and messy me!

Love,

The Accidental Lady.

 

I’m blogging about the kasams I want from my man this Women’s Day with the #SadaSexy activity at BlogAdda

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Redecorating My Room

7 years ago, we moved into our new home. I was asked what color I wanted my room to be and obviously, I said lavender. When I pointed at the lavender shade, the painter suggested that it will make the room look dull and so, the lighter shade will be preferred. I agreed to it. The room was painted lavender, stars, moon and planets were painted in the ceiling and my own beautiful room was ready.

I came back after completing my graduation and settled in Cochin. Gradually, I felt that the room looked like the Ujala shade rather than lavender. I tried sticking posters and make it beautiful. But since cello tapes and glue obviously did not hold heavy posters, I tried scotch tapes. They didn’t help either. I had ugly marks on the walls and to cover them up, I stuck posters around. Our room is a mess now!

It has been a year since my sister and I have been planning  a makeover. And  here is what we have in mind.

There are four walls in our room (obviously). The biggest wall will be painted and then, we will fill colored/painted glass bottles with LED lights and arrange them as though they are arranged in steps. Around 5 bottles will fit in that area. In the remaining space, we will stick a wall art which doesn’t make it look too crowded. Just tiny designs.

Image courtesy: craftchristmaslights.com

On the wall facing our heads, the portion is very small. We want tissue work done there with a tinge of a metallic color.

We have our table against the wall opposite to the biggest wall. Hence we can only do our artwork in the area above the table. We will fix the paint color, buy matching cloth (preferable something ethnic like brocade or even something chic), wrap it around thermocols and then arrange them parallely. It gives a super peppy look, doesn’t it?

Image courtesy: jandofabrics.com

There is a corner in our room below the window which we intend to make our reading cove. We’ll buy bean bags and quilts and make a throne of our own where we could sit & read. My idea is to decorate the area with yellow rice lights. This way, at nights, we will have ample lights and it will give a cozy yellow hue to the room.

Things to be careful about is that, the lights in the bottle shouldn’t make the paint on the wall look grotesque. That happens at times. Besides, the cloth on the thermocol must match the background color obviously! Now, comes the toughest part. If all the right colors are found, the paints on the adjacent walls must match each other. Phew! Too complicated right? Precisely why it is taking so much of time. Ultimately, the purpose is to sleep, write and make the room livable. I’ll have to think this through.

Meanwhile, if you have plans to redo your room, you can take ideas from here and let me know how it looks. Maybe, I could use some tips from you all. 🙂

 

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A Lunchbreak That Remains a Lifetime

There’re some things in life which stay in our hearts forever. They may not mean so much for others. But for us it’ll always remain close to our hearts.

One such day in my life was at the age of six.

My UKG classroom.

Every class has got a ‘Don’ and many followers. My class wasn’t an exception, but I was! – neither the follower types, nor bossy. Leave me to myself; I’ll not interfere or come your way. That was and is my policy.
(Except in certain cases where some of them have taken huge risks and become my friends – closest ones I mean. Must say, very courageous 😀 )

So, we had a Don (A ‘Doness’ rather if you know what I mean) who had many followers at her command. If she commanded to ‘put set out’ (A term used to mean you won’t talk to a person) to somebody, all in the class invariably did (I wondered and still wonder why! Maybe they never were so ‘thinky thinky’  like me 😛 ). I too did at times and sometimes  I didn’t.

Normally, our class teacher (Whom we call Miss) used to sit with us in the class during lunch time and have food. One such day all of us were having our lunch when someone asked her;
“Miss Miss! Who is the best student in class?”
( ‘Miss Miss’ used to be the beginning of every sentence when we spoke to Miss. It was like, ‘Miss Miss water!’, ‘Miss Miss Toilet!’ etc).

Miss (Forcing the food down her throat): All of you are the best.

Someone: Miss Miss! Noo… who is the best. We want one name.

Miss: Ok who do YOU think it is?

Class: (Aha! Time to please the Don. All in chorus including Me) Don! Don! Don!

I said Don’s name not to please her, but because all will say so and as a kid I used to think “If all said so, it must be so”.

Miss nodded her head from left to right and right to left meaning to say No.

Class was baffled. How could that be? Don is supposed to be the best. But since miss said No, that’s it.

Someone gave the next Dons’ names [The 1st Don’s assistant(s)] and all got the same reply. The class began throwing random names. All were rejected.

Since I had no idea who it was, I kept concentrating on the war between myself and my food. 😀

At some point of time (after a long list of names, noises and chaos) someone said my name along with many other random names when Miss pointed at that child and nodded her head meaning ‘You said it’.

All began shouting

‘Who? Who? Who?’ And so did I look up from my food. Finally I was about to know who the best student was.
To my utter disbelief she was casually chewing her food, pointing at me and smiling.
I heard vague murmurs of my name but didn’t know what they said. I was blank- oblivious to everything else around me. That moment when she said I was the best student meant a lot to me.

Being an introvert, the impact was huge. Every time I revisit that memory, it gives the same happiness like that day.

It was just another day at school for all, just another lunch time, just another comment.
It was just another UKG class for my Miss, just another best student in the class.

For someone as simple as me it was a magical moment.
Those classes have been demolished and we’ve a basketball ground in its place now. But that classroom, the arrangement, the lunchtime, the heat, the noise, my sitting position in class, and my class teacher’s face still remain etched in my heart.

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Malayalam Melodies From the 90s

1990-2000 is a golden period for me because, I was born in late 1980s. So this span of time was my childhood. I grew up listening to plenty of Malayalam songs and some of them never left. Here they are, just a random few that came into my mind while writing.

Nilave Mayumo – This song from Minnaram reminds all the Malayalis the chemistry between the legendary actors Mohanlal and Shobhana. Rendered beautifully, this song will be in the favorites list for the 90s kids and elders alike.

Aaro Viral Meeti – All the songs from the movie Pranayavarnangal were loved by the mass. While Kannadi koodum kooti was considered a dance number, Varamanjal & Aaro Viral Meeti were listened to over and over again. The minor chords and the lyrics ensured that we had a special place for this song in our hearts.

Vaalkannezhuthiya – From the movie Paithrukam, this song is still on the evergreen list for many. With Yesudas sir’s deep voice, the music takes us back to the early 90s and the temple visits then. The lyrics mention Gandharvas, music, raagas, mansions in Kerala etc. Overall, it has an old Malayalee feel to it that nobody can miss. It reminds us of joint families and the culture then.

Etrayo Janmamai – This was one sung that went unnoticed. They played it everywhere, sang it everywhere, it was THE song for the hardcore romantics. With the enchanting music, Sujata’s husky, sexy voice and the lyrics that would make anyone listen to it twice, the song had all the Malayalees running for it.

Shot in the cold, misty high range areas and supplemented with creative visuals, they ensured that this song gives us the essence of romance; whether you are in love or not.  Even now, when the song is played, the familiar feeling of ecstasy envelops me. There is no other song like this.

Kilukil Pambaram – From the famous movie Kilukkam, this song is sung when the heroine who is mentally challenged is attacked by a bull. Well, to know about the movie, you have to watch it. It is one of the legendary movies Mollywood has ever seen. The part in the song ‘chanchakkam’ is a sound used to talk to little children. Here, it is used to put her to sleep. It is a beautiful song in an adorable context.

Kalli Poonkuyile – I love the music, but more than that, the lyrics is what amused me. It says,
cunning cuckoo, whisper in my ears,
when you laid eggs in the crow’s nest,
why did you fly around the forest and tell lies?

It has been worded so beautifully that in the contest, you know no other song could have replaced this one. It is sung by the protagonist when he gets cheated by someone he knew.

Paathiramazha etho – A classic! It is the type of song that tops the list of collectors of old songs. Words elude me when I try to express the bliss I feel when I listen to this. I love singing in this song for the path the tunes take. Another song like this is Aalila Manjalil from the movie Soorya Gayathri. The song, like the movie, claws our heart.

Endowed with umpteen number of gifted musicians and lyricists, Malayalam movie songs are as vast as an ocean. To be honest, I cannot call these my top favorites. There are a hundred songs I love and I can’t pick just a few. But these are the ones that came to my mind and as most of them belonged to the 90s, I completed the list with 90s songs alone. 🙂

 

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For Your Babies

Babies are more delicate than flower petals. They are lighter than clouds and softer than cotton. They are a miracle in themselves. Their skin is all the more tender and one needs to give great care while looking after a new born. Among other things, massaging babies with oils is a debatable topic. Here is what I gathered regarding massaging babies using various baby oils laying emphasis on 2 main oils.

Almond Oil

Otherwise known as badam oil, the natural almond oils come with a sweet smell. Here are some points with respect to almond oils for your baby’s skin:

  • Precaution first: Badam/Almonds cause allergies in some people. Since you wouldn’t know at this early stage whether your child is allergic, it is advisable to apply some oil on a tiny area on your baby’s legs. Wait for a while to see if there are any side effects.
  • Almond oils (natural) are very pure and hence makes your child’s skin soft and supple.
  • They are rich in vitamin E and vitamin D.
  • It is a natural moisturizer and hence you wouldn’t have to use anything else to keep your child’s skin hydrated.
  • They help reduce itching and inflammatory conditions on your baby’s skin.

Olive Oil

  • Precaution: In case of skin conditions like eczema, avoid olive oil and consult a physician.
  • Does your child cry all night due to diaper rashes? Looking for a natural remedy for the same? Olive oil is widely used as a remedy for babies’ diaper rashes.
  • If you are aware of your child’s skin condition and if the skin happens to be less permeable, the oleic acid content in the olive oil helps make your baby’s skin more permeable.
  • Whether the weather is hot or cold, olive oil works in the same manner.

Apart from noticing dry skin, if you find unnatural skin problems, do not whip up your own remedies. Always consult a doctor when it comes to your baby’s illness. While massaging your baby’s tender skin, ensure that the oils you use are meant for babies. Do not use generic kitchen oils. Research about various companies that have been dealing in baby products and the new ones venturing into the same.

For instance, Dabur is a well reputed company that has established his name for years. They have introduced their Dabur Baby Massage Oil with the natural goodness of olive oil and almond oil. They claim their products do not contain harmful ingredients like paraffin and artificial colors. It isn’t difficult to find companies that provide you with what your baby needs. It is about choosing – from among the available options – the ones that suit your baby.

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Recipes That Make You Drool

Cooking is magic where you find all the necessary herbs, powders and serums, brew the magic potion which when contacts the taste buds, takes you to another world. All you need is the interest and the formula. If you are eager to learn some magic, bring the interest on and let me give you the formula.

Below is a beautiful poster that I found online. I loved this instantly because, these words are the music of cooking. I thought I would share it here for, I will be using some of these words in this post. 🙂

Image courtesy: http://www.apisanet.com

Cooking, like any other art, is initially learnt using some rules and later, the rules are forgotten and it all comes from the heart. Umpteen people from around the world are preparing new dishes, releasing new recipes day by day that it is impossible to count them. Cooking being an ocean, here are some sand grains that I picked up from the shore during my cooking journey. 🙂 I present some of the recipes that make me drool all the time.


1. A cake made of just 4 ingredients and no oven.

Ingredients:
Marie Gold biscuit – Half packet
Hide & Seek choco-chip biscuits – 2 packets
Milk – Half cup
Chocolate 20 g – 2 Nos.

Method:
1. Powder the biscuits
2. Melt the chocolate in milk until they blend in well.
3. Pour the chocolate-milk mixture slowly, little by little, into the biscuit powder.
4. Mix them to get the consistency of cake.
5. Place the mixture in a mould and refrigerate.

Note: You may use chocolate syrup instead of milk and chocolate.


2. A pudding made in 4 simple steps that barely take 20 minutes – Orange Delight
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We mixed some orange juice with the pudding for a twist

Ingredients:
Gelatin – 2 Tbsp
Milk cream – 2 Cups
Orange juice – 3 Cups
Milkmaid – 1 Tin

Method:
1. Prepare a bath by taking water in a big vessel and heating it.
2. Pour the juice in a smaller vessel, add the gelatin and place it on the water-bath.
3. Keep stirring the orange juice until the gelatin dissolves.
4. Once the gelatin is fully dissolved, add the fresh cream and blend.
5. Add the milkmaid, blend and refrigerate.

Note: You may use any other juice as per your taste.


3. Lip-smacking evening snack that you won’t believe is so easy to make – Chatpati Aloo

Kindly excuse the lack of clarity

Ingredients for 4 servings:
Potatoes – 6 average
Yoghurt – ¾ cup
garam masala powder – ½ tsp
garlic ginger paste – ½ tbsp
chili powder – ½ tsp
coriander powder – ½ tsp
kasuri methi leaves – 1 tsp
lemon juice – 1 tsp
Salt – As required
Oil – As required

Method:
1. Boil the potatoes for just 2 whistles.
2. Peel them & cut them into 8 pieces each.
3. Mix all the above ingredients except oil.
4. Marinate the potatoes and place them for 2 hours in the refrigerator.
5. Fry the aloo in oil.
6. Sprinkle some chaat masala and lemon juice on them.

Note: Tastes better if mint chutney sprinkled on the fried aloo.


I have just given three of my favorite and easy dishes that could be made at anytime. The availability of ingredients wouldn’t be a problem since they all have simple ingredients that could be picked up from the supermarket at any given point of time. Besides, some of these recipes are flexible and can be easily substituted with other ingredients.

I don’t have good pictures of the same. But lack of images or clarity does not mean that the outcome would be lacking. At any given point of time, I would vouch for the deliciousness of these dishes.

My Take on Crash The Pepsi IPL Finalists

Let me just start off by saying that… That… I only saw the videos those were tagged as finalist and winners okay… I know, I know.  I just did the most unfair thing in the world, but that’s the only option left for a procrastinating girl. Understand my feelings annachi!

First off, I want to congratulate all those who have put in their effort and time for making all those videos. Simply awesome annachi!

Stop thinking what “annachi” means and start listing!

First of, My favourites!

  1.   “Abhi?“ uploaded by Neha K  Kaul

That was so awesome !  It deserves an ad position. Well shot too. The only thing to point out would be nothing!
Isn’t that why it’s in my favorites annachi?

Just in case you still didn’t understand  here’s the video

  1. “ Athithi Devo Bhavah ” by Vipul Singh Bundela

    I don’t know whether you’ve seen the movie “ athithi tum kab jaoge “ but this was pretty much it..
    Except for the climax, where the guest gets eaten by a huge human eating sea monster which looks like a snake . Oops ! ( 😛 )

    Let me show you this great man

  1. “ Pepsi ka Dose Rakhe Sabko close ” uploaded by Akashdeep Srivastava

    Nice name huh ?
    Initially I read the word ‘Dose’ as ‘Dosa’ ( 😛 )
    I know. Don’t kill me already !

    Now I know how I can bribe my dad efficiently during the world cups. Pepsi should also do this for football and basketball and.. and.. Whatever !

    The guy’s real cute though ! With Dimples n’all !
    You may see him now !

    Cute, No ?

  2.  “Pepsi black and white ” by Rachna R Shelar

    As if the guy is going to say that he likes pepsi more than that girl on his first date !
    Oh Come On , she’s pretty !

    You just can’t say no !
    Go grab a view of this pretty ad you people !

She’s cute isn’t she ?
Annachi approves of this !

  1. Last But not the least ( I’ve heard cliché works well with judges [ Shhhh… !!! ] )
    “ Thirst of the nation ” by Abhishek Kumar

    Very creative thought this is. It’s like one of those McVities ads. Real cute, small, hits the nail right on top of its head . Don’t you think ?
    You didn’t ? ( :O ) Watch it again.. Sh.. Watch.. wa. Watch it annachi !

And there goes my top FIVE !

Special congrats to the people who made

  • Real good this one was.. A better editing would have made this number 1.

  • I Liked this one a lot. But didn’t convey the idea much in the beginning.
    Should have used something better than a ball I guess. A VERY beautiful attempt though !


  • IDK I just liked it.

That’s all folks !
And BTW ANNACHI is a Tamil word okay ?
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