Monday, 25 October 2021

khana khazana by Sanjeev kapoor Also some unknown facts about sanjeev kapoor

Sanjeev Kapoor was born in Ambala and he has a Diploma in hotel management. Before I get to the book there are lesser-known facts about Sanjeev.

 Indian cooking is best done over a slow flame. I would agree with that having done cooking.
He also plays the drums. Vikas Khanna also a chef has jamming sessions with him.

 Padma Sri award was conferred on him. Would you believe if I told you he almost took up architecture and planning? Good thing he did not.

The only time Sanjeev cooks is when there are guests. Then also he does not cook the same dish twice.

The book is available only in hardcover. At the outset, the measurements of the various ingredients are given.
 It is divided into six parts. The first is snacks starters and soups. The dahi shorba is just mouth-watering to read. Imagine how tasty they will be on your tongue.Then there is the Pistewala murg. This is in pistachio curry. If you are sea food foodie there are lobsters and crab recipes. The prawns used are shelled. So one has to look for shelled prawns.

The chicken recipes follow next. Some of the recipes have has cinnamon green cardamons and cloves. Mustard seeds and coriander powder is also put in it.

The 4th and 5th section is mutton and vegetable section. Next  comes the accompaniments section. In case you like pickle, they are in this section. The mango pickle has fenugreek in it. There is also the spicy mango pickle. This pickle will last for one year if kept well.

If you have a sweet tooth the last section has sweet recipes. Does strawberry phirni sound ?   Mysore Pak is an Indian delicacy . This recipe is given here.

For non-Indians the names of Hindi ingredients are given in English. The price is Rs 270.

Overall the recipes are easy to understand.


Saturday, 9 October 2021

Great day to do the washing by Francesa Devalera


This is just one of the books that Francesca has written. The others being Good night sweet prince, The second step towards forgiveness and absolution among others.

Francesca De Valera has studied Literature, History, and Psychology at university. She has been writing poetry and short fiction for some years, and now is ready to have her short stories published. Francesca is inspired by how words on a page can bring an entire world, and the people that inhabit that world, to life. 

Giovanni isin bed counting his blessing. Having Luciana as his wife and two young daughters Gino and Steph. There is a family get together with the daughters and Dino (Luciana brother ). The day starts on a happy note.

There is a barbeque. But Luciana is drunk and knocks over Nat's glass. As Giovanni tries to clean it Nat laughs. Trouble in paradise  ? Giovanni accuses Nat of stealing . Again trouble in paradise. I wonder where all this will end.

As far as the writing is concerned it is simple. Although I don't understand the title of the book. I like the character, Giovanni. He is responsible and fun-loving. Luciana is a person who loves her brother.

The book is on kindle unlimited.  This is a family drama novel.I can relate to Luciana since I know of many people who are willing to defend their families.


Sunday, 3 October 2021

Animal Farm By George Orwell

George was called Eric Arthur Blair

After reading this book I felt like I was reading about Communism. Basically, the story is about animals taking over a farm run by humans. The animals are not fed well and have to do lots of work.

The book starts with Major a White Boar giving lecture to animals about how life is a misery for the animals.He further says that the misery is due to only humans. The reason n being that they use animal products and do not produce their own.

It is declared by the animals that whoever walks on two legs is their enemy. A poem called Beasts of England is sung every time there is a meeting. Soon enough there is a coup and the animals take over. Henceforth there are reading and writing classes. Everything is so organized. There were committees like the re-education committee.

Tactics were used to remove animals that came in the way of running the farm. The farm was not called Manor farm but an animal farm. The farm was declared a republic. Hence it was decided to have a president. But will the animals manage to run the farm on their own or will they end up fighting and destroying their freedom.

I like the details about how exactly the farm is organised.