Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Cause I love the most:

Wild Life Rescue and Rehabilitation Center:

I am a resident of Chennai from my birth and visited Vandaloor Zoo many a times. But, didn’t know that it not only contains different animals, it also contains a Veterinary hospital along with a Rescue center for lions and tigers.  The zoo is the second largest zoo in Tamilnadu after Mudumalai National Park.

In 2011, I got an opportunity to visit it along with my family and friends. I was really stunned to see the animals in the rescue center. It is not open for visitors since the Government wants to maintain it as a solitude place for the animals.



In 2001, with the banning of training and exhibiting 5 varieties of animals like lions, tigers, panthers, bears and monkeys, the Vandaloor Zoo  along with CZA had set up an 228.4 acres of land to provide rescue and rehabilitation center for estranged animals. (Government banned year 1998) The place is situated next to the Zoo.  The center provides care for the estranged wild animals like tigers and lions saved from different circus companies where they had been forced to work for money.  

Now, the rescue center is the home for at least 32 lions and 7 tigers. It can approximately provide homes for 40 lions and 20 tigers (came to know from the staff there). Vandaloor Zoo is one of the five zoos in the country recognized and funded by the CZA for the estranged circus animals to rehabilitate.  

We got special permission and went into it around 3 p.m. It was the lunch time for the animals. As soon as they heard the food vehicles, the animals started making huge noises from their dens. We were also able to see one or two animals having their afternoon stroll outside their rooms behind safety fence. It was really a beautiful sight to see the caged lions and tigers enjoying their freedom in the rehabilitation center.

The zoo workers opened the gates and threw their foods (meat) and they ate to their full. It was really an unexpected experience. Then, we went to the office to enquire about the Medical Center.

The zoo medical centre takes the responsibility of preventing diseases and general health of the animals inside the Zoo. One of the officials told us that no one is allowed there since the previous day only a tiger had given birth to a cub there and it should not be contracted with any infection. He also told us that as soon as the media was informed about the new arrival, they had flocked in large numbers and took photos which had affected the cub very badly. So, we didn’t get the chance to visit the place. He also told us that the medical care has an exclusive operation theatre along with in-patient ward, modern diagnostic laboratory, clinical and pathological room, quarantine facilities, radiology department fully working to cater the needs of the animals in the zoo.

Even after so many years of visiting it, the day of visit is still green in my thoughts and whenever I feel like seeing it, I would see the photos taken there. It was really a memorable trip and the most loving place to ponder upon.

I am a Millionaire!!!!!

 "If I had a million dollars"

What an awesome topic  but a repeated thought of a middle class like me. Whenever, I wish to own something and not able to do it either because of budget or it is not that much useful  for me to buy, I would say these words, “ If I had a million dollars, I would have owned even if it is going to be less useful to me”.

Another thing I could buy a big place to store all the things which are useful or not. In this way, I will be an owner of a big house like all other rich people in the world. Then, to visit places I would require a car and so can purchase different varieties of cars and parking it in the parking lot of the big house.  Another interesting thing about car purchase is I have known of a person who would buy new cars in the market after selling the previous car. In this way, you can travel in new cars at equal intervals of time and people will be looking at you like a “GOD”.

But before investing in all these things, I would invest money in equities, mutual funds and good business ventures and plan a good return from these (This is the mentality of a middle class person). This would ensure a good future for me. Then from the returns, I would spend required amount for day to day needs and then save the balance to grow the money. Then, after one year I will buy a car of premium variety. This car can be exchanged for a new car of a different brand the following year using the exchange offer. Regarding house, I will buy after 2 or 3 years  with the money saved after spending on my day to day needs and buying the latest brand of a car.

 In this way, all my dreams will be fulfilled along with the money received untouched. Then after fulfilling the necessary needs, I will start spending the money for new car of the year, daily needs and other charity works. In this way, the one million will be with me and before I die, I will write a will stating that the amount should be given to a person after conducting competition with the same topic “If I had a million dollars…”, In this way, it will be handed to a person who will be in need of money and also who will double the money and keep the one million for the next generation writers or deservers.

Even though, we dream a lot the reality is money matters.  So, when we receive money (even though free of cost) it should be used in a good way and also should be left to make use of by the generation people because I’m not the only lucky person in the world.  My view is to lead a good life along with the required luxury and before leaving it should be ready to transfer to someone who deserves like me to become rich and fulfill his/her dreams and the process continues.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.




Friday, October 30, 2015

Cabbage rice

Hi friends!!!

                   Today I am going to give a rice recipe using cabbage.  Yesterday, I had 250 gms of

cabbage in my fridge unattended and my hubby told me that no kootu but something novel from it.
So, I did some research in the net and after reading several recipes I came up with this after adding

my own creativities here and there. It came out really well and wanted to post it for you all. Okay no

more talking only working!!!!


  • Cabbage                                                   -    250 gms    (chopped into small pieces)      

  • Onion (small)                                           -  10            (Chopped into small pieces)

  •  Capscium                                                 - few pieces  (You can add different colors if you 
                                                                               have or you can just  use whatever you have) 

  • Salt                                                            - To taste

  • Coriander seeds                                         - a few to decorate  

  • Turmeric Powder                                       - a pinch

  • Cooked rice (either basmati/ordinary rice) - 2 or 3 cups

 For Tempering:
  • Mustard seeds                                              - 1 tsp
  • Green or Red chillies                                   - 2 (Chopped into 2 pieces each)
  • Groundnuts                                                  - 2 tbsps
  • Cashewnuts                                                  - 10
  • Ghee                                                             - 2 tsps
  • Curry Leaves                                                - 2 sprigs
  • Urad dhal                                                      - 1 tsp  

  •    Place a kadai on the stove and switch on the stove.

  •    Pour the ghee in the kadai and add mustard seeds.

  •    When the mustard seeds starts to splutter, add urad dhal, groundnuts and cashew nuts and fry till it turns golden brown.

  •     Then, add the chopped along with capsicum and fry till the onions turn pink.

  •     When the onion turns brown, add curry leaves and fry 2 mins and then add the washed cabbage into the kadai.

  •      After frying for 2 mins, add little water and close the kadai with a lid.

  •      Allow it to cook till cabbage becomes soft.

  •      When it is fully cooked, add salt and turmeric powder to the mixture.
  •      After all the water content is removed from the mixture, add the cooked rice to the mix and stir till the whole mixture is mixed well.

  •      Decorate it with coriander leaves and switch off the stove.

  •      Either serve it hot or after allowing it to cool pack for lunch box along with tomato/onion raitha.        
TIPS!!! TIPS!!!:

               This can be provided to acid reflux patients by removing green chillies/red chillies and by adding 2 tsp paruppu podi or gollu podi. This will give them an option to eat different vegetable rice.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rasam without tamarind juice and less spicy

Hi friends!!!
                   It's long time since I wrote my blog. Today, I am going to give the recipe of a rasam which can be consumed by both acid reflux patients as well as those who doesn't like tamarind juice in their food. This rasam is tamarind free and tastes good.

  • Ingredients:
  • To Grind:     
                            1. Tomato - 1 (if big) or 2 (if small)
                            2. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
                            3. Pepper seeds - 1/2 tsp
                            4. Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • To Add:
                           1. Salt - To taste
                           2. Asafoetida powder - 1 tsp
                           3. Cooked toor dhal   - 1/4 cup
                           4. Coriander leaves   - To garnish
  • To Temper:
                           1. Mustard seeds   - 1/2 tsp
                           2. Oil                     - 1 tsp
                           3. Curry leaves      - little
  • Procedure:
                          1. In a blender or mixer, add all the ingredients under "To Grind" and make it into paste.
                          2. Switch on the stove and place a small utensil and add the grinded mixture along with some water to dilute the mix.
                          3. When it starts boiling add turmeric powder along with asafetida and salt.
                          4. Allow it to boil for some time.
                          5. Next, add the mashed toor dhal and allow it to boil for another 1 minute.
                          6. Then, remove it from heat after garnishing it with coriander leaves.
                          7. Now in a small ladle add oil and add mustard seeds.
                          8. When mustard seeds starts to splutter, add the curry leaves and switch off the stove.
                          9. Pour the tempering ingredients into the rasam mix and close it with a plate.
                        10. Serve it hot with rice and any kootu.