Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ten blogs

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1. I spent most of today reading Stupidus Maximus. He is such a hoot. A day well spent for sure!

2. Chloe from My new life as a housewife is possibly my internet alter - ego.

3. Kendra from Our Little Almanac is an amazingly spirited blogger, and this picture of her daughter, Evelyn, still has my heart doing flip flops. Sigh! (I want a baby! No I don't!)

4. French Larkspur is a gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous space. Did I mention 'gorgeous'?

5. The folks from My Fudo are ingenious. Check this out... around the world in 260 weeks. One day, I;m gonna do this with 80 countries and I'm gonna call it 'Around the world in 80 plates'.

6. Songbook makes my heart sing... such a cute blog!

7. I love Syke Loves.

8. Jules from Chocolate and Babies is full of all things awesome! Plus, her baby boy is drool worthy. (I'm not sure if the usage of that term is appropriate in the context of a child, but still....)

9. 101 things I love is definitely one of the 101 things I love. Go Jo!

10. Mary from One Perfect Bite... that's who I wanna be when I  grow up.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On Beauty


"It was mid-December of 2005. I don’t know why he said it. I don’t know if a shadow had fallen across him, something appalling he saw out of the corner of his eye. I don’t know if it was just coincidence or intuition that prompted him, but about a week before my seemingly healthy 82-year-old husband suddenly died, he emerged from the kitchen ready to go to his office, his face clean-shaven, his eyes shining, smiling shyly, holding the copy of the Anthony Trollope book he was rereading, and said to me, "You have made me very happy. You know that you have made me a happy man." There I stood in my work outfit, blue jeans and a T-shirt. There I stood with my white hair and my wrinkles and the face I was born with, although now much creased by time, and I felt beautiful. 

"What?" I said. I wanted him to repeat the words. "You heard me," he said and put on his coat and drew his earmuffs out of his pocket. "Say it again," I said. He said it again. "You’ve made me happy." We had been married 39 years. We had held hands waiting in hospital corridors while a desperately ill child struggled to breathe and thankfully recovered. We had made financial mistakes together. We had spent hours out in fishing boats. We had raised the children and then second-guessed our choices. We had stood shoulder to shoulder at graduations and weddings and we were well-worn, but still I had made him happy, and I was proud and flushed with the warmth of his words. 

I know I looked beautiful that morning. Perhaps not to the young man holding his toddler in his arms who rode the elevator with me; perhaps not to the friend I met for lunch, a true believer in Botox; perhaps not to passersby on the street; but I knew it for a certainty. I was beautiful. 

I don’t believe that inner beauty is sufficient in this cruel world. That’s the pap one tells a child. I don’t believe that positive thinking improves your skin tone or that loving or being loved changes the shape of your nose or restores the thickness and color of hair, but I do know that there is a way of being beautiful, even as age takes its toll, that has something to do with the spirit filling with joy, something to do with the union with another human being, with the sense of having done well at something enormously important, like making happy a man who has made you happy often enough. 

Ten days after that morning conversation, my husband and I returned from a concert and dinner with friends and walked down our windy block toward our apartment house when suddenly he stumbled and fell and died within minutes. As I waited for the ambulance, I remembered his words, a beauty potion I would take with me into the rest of my life."

- Anne Roiphe

This is part of a series of  writings by 6 women called 'What makes me feel beautiful'. Find it here.

Monday, January 23, 2012

What the President said

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Wonder what he'd say about the world right now!

Also, like somebody commented, his hair does look pretty divided.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. 

Love. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

10 things that I need to learn from my boyfriend

1. He brushes his teeth for around 3 minutes everyday while I brush for 10 seconds and have 10 cavities every 4 months (not exaggerating!). Really, really need to work on this!

2. He plays the guitar; I play with my hair. We've promised to teach each other the other's skills though, so it's  cool.

3. He can eat fish without gagging due to the odour! This is one of the ten absolute must have superpowers if you ask me.

4. He comes up with very innovative names for me. Last week, he {kinda} turned around Bubblegum and started calling me Gigglebum. The best I can come up with is Hottie. {And Potty.}

5. He can burp at will! (On  second thought, I am pretty sure that this is a gender thing, one that I will never be able to accomplish. But what a weapon against enemies!)

6. He eats pretty much anything I cook for him. I, on the other hand, throw the food I make on myself at times 'coz it is so bad! The ability to eat bad food is sadly a skill that evades me, and it is one that I need to develop if I need to live with myself for the next 80 years! Otherwise, I might just kill myself, and it is not gonna be suicide. It's gonna be murder!

7. He is the most chilled out person I know. He is a-ok with everything. EVERYTHING. While sometimes, this bugs the bejeesus outta me because he comes across as like he doesn't care, I gotta appreciate the fact that of the gazillion fights that we have had, he probably started 5 of them. Of course, all the fights are because of him, because I am always right (you better believe it!), but he didn't start any of them. That counts for something.

8. He can drive without hitting things / people / puppies. Let's just say that I on the other hand, can't. Watch out, yo!

9. He can read maps. He can read maps like a pro! Spatial abilities evade me and I am envious, bitter and resentful of this.

10. He wakes up at 7:00 AM, goes to work at 8, comes back sometimes at 11:30 at night and still doesn't go to sleep without reading from his fatter than a tree trunk Statistics book because he wants to learn. I cannot even tell you how much I admire that about him. If anyone deserves an extra 24 hours each day, it is him. This is how I know that he is gonna make it really big someday.and that is how I'm gonna get me my first Louboutins.

A note to Thom: This is my Happy Valentine's Day gift to you. Now you have about a month to think of something spectacular to gimme! :)


World Library: 100 best books of all time

I love books and I love reading. More than words can say. But regretfully so, the lure of all the awesome blogs in the stratosphere by you guys is so high that I barely get any book reading done. And I reckon that there are many, many more like me who love reading but are just not as disciplined about it as they'd like to be. 

Enter this list. 

As awesome as the '1001 books you must read before you die' list is, this one is more at arms reach. I suppose that this exercise would take a couple of years to finish if you go at a moderate pace.

This list was prepared by the Norwegian Book Club Circles, and they have picked the brain matter of 100 writers from 54 countries to come up with this conclusive list that is representative of world literature and is a mix of culture, style and genre.The organizers have stated that the books are not ranked or categorized in any way and that "they are all on an equal footing", with the exception of Don Quixote which was given the distinction "best literary work ever written".

Read on, for the list {in alphabetical order by book title}.
1984 by George Orwell, England, (1903-1950)
 A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, Norway (1828-1906)
 A Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880)
 Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962)
 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, United States, (1835-1910)
 The Aeneid by Virgil, Italy, (70-19 BC)
 Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910)
 Beloved by Toni Morrison, United States, (b. 1931)
 Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin, Germany, (1878-1957)
 Blindness by Jose Saramago, Portugal, (b. 1922)
 The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa, Portugal, (1888-1935)
 The Book of Job, Israel. (600-400 BC)
 The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881)
 Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955)
 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, England, (1340-1400)
 The Castle by Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924)
 Children of Gebelawi by Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt, (b. 1911)
 Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina, (1899-1986)
 Complete Poems by Giacomo Leopardi, Italy, (1798-1837)
 The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924)
 The Complete Tales by Edgar Allan Poe, United States, (1809-1849)
 Confessions of Zeno by Italo Svevo, Italy, (1861-1928)
 Crime and Punishment by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881)
 Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, Russia, (1809-1852)
 The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910)
 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, Italy, (1313-1375)
 The Devil to Pay in the Backlands by Joao Guimaraes Rosa, Brazil, (1880-1967)
 Diary of a Madman and Other Stories by Lu Xun, China, (1881-1936)
 The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, Italy, (1265-1321)
 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spain, (1547-1616)
 Essays by Michel de Montaigne, France, (1533-1592)
 Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875)
 Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Germany, (1749-1832)
 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais, France, (1495-1553)
 Gilgamesh Mesopotamia, (c 1800 BC)
 The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, England, (b.1919)
 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, England, (1812-1870)
 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Ireland, (1667-1745)
 Gypsy Ballads by Federico Garcia Lorca, Spain, (1898-1936)
 Hamlet by William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616)
 History by Elsa Morante, Italy, (1918-1985)
 Hunger by Knut Hamsun, Norway, (1859-1952)
 The Idiot by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881)
 The Iliad by Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC)
 Independent People by Halldor K Laxness, Iceland, (1902-1998)
 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, United States, (1914-1994)
 Jacques the Fatalist and His Master by Denis Diderot, France, (1713-1784)
 Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine, France, (1894-1961)
 King Lear by William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616)
 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, United States, (1819-1892)
 The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne, Ireland, (1713-1768)
 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977)
 Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia, (b. 1928)
 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, France, (1821-1880)
 The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, Germany, (1875-1955)
 Mahabharata, India, (c 500 BC)
 The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil, Austria, (1880-1942)
 The Mathnawi by Jalal ad-din Rumi, Afghanistan, (1207-1273)
 Medea by Euripides, Greece, (c 480-406 BC)
 Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar, France, (1903-1987)
 Metamorphoses by Ovid, Italy, (c 43 BC)
 Middlemarch by George Eliot, England, (1819-1880)
 Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, India/Britain, (b. 1947)
 Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, United States, (1819-1891)
 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941)
 Njaals Saga, Iceland, (c 1300)
 Nostromo by Joseph Conrad, England,(1857-1924)
 The Odyssey by Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC)
 Oedipus the King Sophocles, Greece, (496-406 BC)
 Old Goriot by Honore de Balzac, France, (1799-1850)
 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, United States, (1899-1961)
 One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia, (b. 1928)
 The Orchard by Sheikh Musharrif ud-din Sadi, Iran, (c 1200-1292)
 Othello by William Shakespeare, England, (1564-1616)
 Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo Juan Rulfo, Mexico, (1918-1986)
 Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, Sweden, (1907-2002)
 Poems by Paul Celan, Romania/France, (1920-1970)
 The Possessed by Fyodor M Dostoyevsky, Russia, (1821-1881)
 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817)
 The Ramayana by Valmiki, India, (c 300 BC)
 The Recognition of Sakuntala by Kalidasa, India, (c. 400)
 The Red and the Black by Stendhal, France, (1783-1842)
 Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, France, (1871-1922)
 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih, Sudan, (b. 1929)
 Selected Stories by Anton P Chekhov, Russia, (1860-1904)
 Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930)
 The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, United States, (1897-1962)
 The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata, Japan, (1899-1972)
The Stranger by Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960)
 The Tale of Genji by Shikibu Murasaki, Japan, (c 1000)
 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Nigeria, (b. 1930)
 Thousand and One Nights, India/Iran/Iraq/Egypt, (700-1500)
 The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass, Germany, (b.1927)
 To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941)
 The Trial by Franz Kafka, Bohemia, (1883-1924)
 Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett, Ireland, (1906-1989)
 Ulysses by James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941)
 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910)
 Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, England, (1818-1848)
 Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece, (1883-1957)
You can find this list and the reviews for each book in this Guardian UK article.

I'm gonna start small... with ten books from this list. And then we'll see. :) Easy does it too sometimes. Or in the case of my life, with pretty much everything!

Here is my list.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, England, (1818-1848)
Ulysses by James Joyce, Ireland, (1882-1941)
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, England, (1882-1941)
The Stranger by Albert Camus, France, (1913-1960)
The Iliad by Homer, Greece, (c 700 BC)
Sons and Lovers by DH Lawrence, England, (1885-1930)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, England, (1775-1817)
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Russia/United States, (1899-1977)
Fairy Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, (1805-1875)
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Russia, (1828-1910)
Start with a list - any list, and  work your way through it any way you want to. Maybe you have read a few books in this list, but maybe you haven't. It's really alright. I haven't read most of the books in this list, but I have heard of pretty much all of the authors and I feel so good about it. Nothing beats the cheap thrills that are a result of having low standards! But I imagine that I'll feel as good as golden when I finish these 100 books and am ready to take on the 1001.

At the end of the day, all that really matters is that you read.

End of story.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Love Letter

Aww 2011... I miss your sweet touch. 

You were good to many of us. 

You were good to me for the most part. 

And one thing I'll always remember about you is this: Groovin' Hindi film songs, all of which are present in this mashup. 


Kudos on the great job and thank you for listening. 

Love, 

The song - dance aficionado. 

Here I am. This is me.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Quoting Shakespeare

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This was created by 20 year old Becky from London a while back and it has been reblogged a gazillion times since then.

 Isn't this ingenious?

And as Shakespeare said, "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.".

 I guess all three are possibly true about Becky.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eleven

Jules {from Chocolate and Babies, the go to place if you wanna drool over pictures of, well, chocolates and the most adorable child in the world, her son, Liam} tagged me on this. And as you might know, because I love talking about myself, I'm pleased as punch. :D

So here goes.

The Rules

1. Post the rules.
2. Post 11 things about you.
3. Answer the questions the tagger asked you.
4. Write 11 new questions for those you tag.

11 things about me

1. I love how I feel when my nails are red.
2. I think that Christopher Plummer is the most good looking man in the history of time.
3. I have 6 fingers on my left hand.
4. No, I don't, but I kid around a lot. This one is true.
5. If I could do only one thing in my life for the rest of my life, I would choose to travel.
6. I would love to start an orphanage one day. I also want to start a bakery.
7. I miss my girls! My friends are all over the world and I hardly have any friends in Bombay and Lord knows how I miss just hanging out with them day in and day out.
8. I am watching the Golden Globes right now.
9. I really think that if Thom and I had loads and loads of money, we would just travel. He says that he needs stability and a career and fame and acclaim but I don't believe him. I know him more than he knows himself. Ha! And FYI, in case he tells you otherwise, the reverse is not true!
10. I can't explain in words how much I miss having a dog and a bicycle and how badly I want both.
11. If I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life, it would be well made Curd Rice.

11 questions for me

1. How many siblings do you have? One brother.
2. Coke or Pepsi? Regular or diet? Diet Pepsi, but I would choose water over any other drink, anyday. 
3. What are you 3 favorite candies? Can I tell you my three favourite chocolates instead? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Lindt Pistachio, Godiva anything.
4. Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Oh, definitely and regretfully, a pessimist.
5. If you went on Fear Factor would you rather eat blended cockroaches and stink bugs or lay in a coffin full of snakes? Eat blended cockroaches and stink bugs. One, I am more terrified of snakes than of any other creature alive. Two, I know how to block my nose internally in such a manner that I don't taste anything that I am consuming. It's one of my many superpowers. 
6. What is your biggest regret in your life so far? Doing my Masters in Mass Communication from my college. I spent two years of my life hating everything that I did and the degree really took me nowhere. 
7. The best concert you have ever been to? Oh, Roger Waters, hands down.
8. What do you normally eat for breakfast? Does it count if it usually happens at 1 PM?
9. Would you rather have a massage or a facial if you could only choose one? A massage. I hate facials. They are painful!
10. Have you ever ordered something off an infomercial? Oh yeah! Slicers, dicers, bread makers, ice cream makers, wonder mops.... need I continue?
11. Which subject in school did you hate the most? Computers Science.

11 questions for you

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
2. What would you want your last meal to be made of?
3. What is your favourite vegetable?
4. What colour would you like to paint your town with?
5. Which is your absolute favourite blog?
6. What is your favourite and least favourite word?
7. What you ever consider getting inked, if you haven't already? If you had to have a tattoo, what would you choose?
8. Would you rather have more time or more money?
9. Tell us a secret... Swear, we'll never tell!
10. If your life were to be made into a movie, who would you want to play you?
11. If you could exchange lives with anybody in the world for a week, whose life would you want to live? Whose secrets would  you want to know?


And I'm tagging  

Michael at Inspired by Charm
Sarah at Spoonful of Delight
Dinara at Mir Dinara
Emily and Amy at Beat and Rubbish
Songbook
Leslie at Fresh out of Lemons
Lisa at Lesapea Musings
Skye at Skye Loves
Suze at A Fine Frenzy
Vivi at Vivi
Elizabeth at After all it's me

There you go! That's 11 blogs for ya!

Thanks Jules! Loved the activity.

Hugs and kisses to Liam from the other side of the world. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Singin' in the Rain

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If you're anything like me, this is what you need to remember... 
that things happen in their own time and you may need to be unduly patient and give it that time...
that sometimes the path may be long and winding... 
that sometimes you need to start singin' in the rain rather than wait for the storm to pass...
that hard work almost always pays off with dividend... 
and that this too shall pass... 
that this too shall pass...

And as for me, I'm gonna make cupcakes today! 

Have a great day, you guys! 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

In other news

Recently, when my father had a bad case of flu and wouldn't stop coughing, I told him  he could drink a tablespoon of Benadryl (which, by the way, is a miracle of science, if you ask me!) and then go to sleep. 

The next, he told me that his nightcap (or should I say nightcups?) of rum, together with a couple of tablespoons of Benadryl had created such a potent concoction that he slept through the night without waking up even once, something that he hadn't done in a long time. Then he thanked me profusely for my advice and told me that I had solved a lot of his problems and that he could now do this whenever he needed to sleep (which is pretty much every day!). 

Is it crazy that that was the proudest moment I had had about myself in a long time? I had imparted some wisdom and knowledge about a way of life to someone!




Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tokens and Treasures

Oh how I'd love walls like this!

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And if I could get married again, I would undoubtedly choose this as my wedding ring!

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Isn't this ingenious? It reinforces the message of environmental conservation and recycling in more ways than one. 

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These are designed in Europe, handmade in Egypt and sold in a  shop in Australia. They are silver plated brass and wholly fabulous! Imagine your living room with one of these!

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Friday, January 13, 2012

I heart spade

I may be a tad obsessed with kate spade. {I may be more than a tad obsessed actually.} 

How are you not obsessed? {Yes, I am judging you!} 

Look at this!




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Even their blog header is so chic!


I heart spade more than diamonds and I will club anyone who dissents. Ha! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A cuppa cocoa

My poison? There are one too many! But right at the top of top of the pyramid, along with cupcakes, ridiculously high  heels that I cannot carry off, the television and the Cosmopolitan magazine, sits pretty a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Here's how I make it usually.

I take one and a half cups of milk, three teaspoons of cocoa and a teaspoon or two of sugar and I boil it to a pulp (literally!), or at least until the cup and a half of milk gets reduced to a cup.

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Sometimes I throw all caution to the wind, add a quarter cup of cream to this, and instead of the cocoa, I add about 80 grams of semi sweet chocolate and then I cook it up. Then I top it up with a dollop of whipped cream or a few marshmallows and thank God for giving me life. 

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You can also fill the bottom of your glass with Kahlua or Amaretto or any of your favourite liqueur, slowly pour in your hot chocolate (possibly through the back of a spoon), careful that you don't mix in the alcohol and you have your very own adult hot chocolate now!

Yesterday I went the Mexican way and added a quarter of a teaspoon of paprika and a quarter of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon to my chocolate milk mixture and boiled it. And it was glorious, I tell you! Simply glorious! I really felt the spirit of Zorro rising in me. 

For a perfect post dinner treat, you can add a couple of After Eight chocolate thins or any other peppermint chocolates to your chocolate milk and you have peppermint hot chocolate in front of you. 

Addition of orange rind (and some Triple Sec maybe?) will obviously give you orange hot chocolate. Alternatively, you can simply add orange syrup to the mix. In this manner, you can create any kinda hot chocolate: blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, litchi, strawberry... you get the drift, right?

Add some coffee powder or coffee concoction to make Mocha!

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And I'll also tell you the most decadent, delicious version of hot chocolate. It is thick as can be and it almost feels like pudding rather than just milk. Heat 1 cuppa milk, 1 cuppa cream and 2 tablespoons sugar until it boils. Mix 1/4 cup of milk with 1 1/2 teaspoons of  cornflour. Add this to the milk mixture and stir  continuously so that no lumps are formed. Add about 150 gms of semi sweet chocolate to this and melt and cook and whisk until the mixture is lusciously gleaming, decadently dark and viscous enough to coat the back of a spoon. Again, if it suits your fancy, you should add some Kahlua or Amaretto, but you really don't have to. Pour into mugs and start sipping!

Hazelnuts taste amazing with chocolate, and to make hazelnut hot chocolate, you can either do what I do and add some Nutella to the mix, or you can roast the hazelnuts in the oven, boil milk, steep the roasted hazelnuts in this milk for an hour or so, and use this milk to make the hot chocolate. Easy peasy. 

And you know what else you must do? Make hot white chocolate! Yum's the word!

Hot chocolate is the road to world peace; of this, I am sure!

Monday, January 9, 2012

I am in love...

... with 24 hour long train journeys through rolling plains, pitch black tunnels and over frothy waters. I love that all you can do in this time is sleep, eat, read, irritate your travel partner who may or may not have been trying to sleep for 20 of those 24 hours, and read some more. I love the rocking motion of trains - it makes me feel like I'm back in a cradle. I am in love with 24 hour long train journeys.

... with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I saw it again after 10 years and the plot is engaging and the characters are absolutely rivetting. I am so going to start speaking like Smeagol! We loves Smeagol! Smeagol's tricksied us into loving him! My Smeagol! I'll stop now!

... with Malcom Gladwell. In his book 'What the dog saw', there is a chapter on Late Bloomers that totally spoke to my soul. It says that while some people's genius is seen by the world at the outset, others take years to hone their art, and they peak at a much later age. He gives me hope because if he is not right, I will be pretty much a big non-winner (failure?) even in my own eyes. You can read the article here.

... with dogs. I love how they are everything a man should be - unconditionally loving, forgiving, expressive of affection and gratitude, fun, energetic and mischievous. I spent half a day with my 3 dogs, Sasha, Maximus and Judylicious, and I feel like I am still stuck in those moments and I can't get out of it. I miss their doggie breath and their sweet touch. I miss dogs. Buy me one?

... with Anna Karenina. It is so easy to read, replete with wonderful, soulful lines and it makes me look so good as I carry it around. I love being judged by the books I read! 

... with this blog. It is my safe place and my solace and I will be forever thankful that I have it and that it's all mine. 


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From the fabulous Etsy shop of Erika Rae Heins

The view from the train

Thomas holding court with Maximus, Judylicious and Sasha 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Girls In The Windows



"In 1960, while a construction crew dismantled a row of brownstones right across from my own brownstone studio on East 58th Street, I was inspired to, somehow immortalize those buildings. I had the vision of 43 women in formal dress adorning the windows of the skeletal facade.

We had to work quickly to secure City permissions, arrange for models which included celebrities, the demolition supervisior's wife (third floor, third from left), my own wife (second floor, far right), and also secure the Rolls Royce to be parked on the sidewalk. Careful planning was a necessity as the photography had to be accomplished during the workers' lunch time!

The day before the buildings were razed, the 43 women appeared in their finest attire, went into the buildings, climbed the old stairs, and took their places in the windows. I was set up on my fire escape across the streeet, directing the scene, with bullhorn in hand. Of course I was concerned for the Models' safety, as some were daring enough to pose out on the crumbling sills.

The photography came off as planned. What had seemed to some as too dangerous or difficult to accomplish, became my fantasy fulfilled, and my most memorable self - assigned photograph. It has been an international award winner ever since.

Most professional photographers dream of having one signature picture they are known for. "GIRLS IN THE WINDOWS " is mine."

- Ormond Gigli


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Home is where the heart is

I live in a 450 sq. ft. one bedroom apartment with a living room and a kitchen, and any time I look around and see that I have not cleaned up well or decorated adequately, I tell myself that this is not an indication of my laziness, but rather, the collateral damage of sorts of having too small a place to do much with. But how grossly wrong I am! And the proof's in this pie.

Check this out. This is a 366 sq. ft. (34 sq. mtr.) apartment with a small hallway, a bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom created based on principles of Scandinavian design.

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And look what they have done with it. 

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