August 22, 2008


I loved him more than anybody else in this world!!! Pretty orthodox yet very modern, the most respected person in our family...My grandfather, Mr. V.Krishnamurthy was a perfect man by all means – from having worked as a perfect bank manager to a perfect grandfather. He was a specialist at making “Kozhukattais” (steamed dumplings with very tasty sweet or savory lentil and coconut fillings, in a rice flour pocket). He meant a lot to us! I was fortunate enough to have him to repeat the story of Prahaladan (a young man who showed an amazing level of devotion in spite of severe threats to his person). I used to admire his fantabulous usage of words, his expressions, and his soft voice that could not even harm an ant! Can still recollect his voice… How can I ever forget that??

Thatha was admitted in Vijaya Hospital for a bypass surgery.. Few days after the surgery, when he was shifted to the normal ward, he told my sister, Jayanthi aka Jandy n me that we were the most special grandchildren he had! We shared a real special thatha-pethi (grand-daughter) relationship. I loved to hear his childhood stories. Year after year, his health deteriorated, but he made sure he never lied down on his bed unless the pain was totally unbearable. He started using crutches, and I couldn’t see him walking with a support! Truly not my thatha!!

It was on December 17th, 2006 5.30 pm that I spoke to him last. I really thought I could meet him within a few days and spend more time with him. He couldn’t speak much. His voice seemed to have disappeared. He sounded frail. My college was reopening on the 18th and I had been to my granny’s place to get aasirvadham from the elderly folks. His room was partially dark, with a 0W bulb illuminating the room. I went next to him, kissed him on his forehead n said, “Thatha, am leaving now. I’ll be back on the 24th to see u sitting on the chair and hear u say, ”Vanthutiya kozhandha, eppadi iruke?”(Have you come child? How are you?). Am sure that’s gonna happen and am gonna miss you till the 24th. Take care”. And for this, he replied saying, “You may come and see me, but I won’t.” I was dumbfounded. I didn’t know what to say. I just said “Nothing’s gonna happen. You take care”, and walked out of his room. No one knew he told me this. On the 21st of December, he was hospitalised for giving saline. We all expected him to get discharged the next day and I didn’t really consider it to be very serious.

I found someone knocking my door at 5.30 am on the 23rd. My warden was standing outside, trying to wake me up from a very sound sleep. Finally, I managed to open the door. It took me 5 minutes to understand what she said. Thatha was no more. My mom had tried calling me, but I couldn’t hear my phone ringing. So she had called my warden and informed her. The next minute, I found myself throwing things into my bag, haphazardly, and ran out of my room without even brushing my teeth. I tried not to cry. Within a matter of a few minutes, I was standing out of my college gate, felt like an abandoned child. My cousin, Neeraj, who was also studying in the same college as mine, was already in Chennai. I was all alone. I faced the most distressing moment of my life. My dad n brother-in-law were giving me options as to how to reach Chennai in the shortest time. “Take a flight”, “ No, take Pandyan Express from Ariyalur”. I preferred the latter option since there were no flights from Trichy to Chennai in the morning. After 15 minutes of desolation, I saw the headlights of a bus. Reached Thanjavur at 6 and found out that it would take 2 hours max to reach Ariyalur; which means, I’ll miss Pandyan express again! I was lost.. totally lost!! My only option was to get into a government bus to Chennai. I took the first bus.. which was scheduled to leave at 6.30 am. I was the only passenger on board, and to my dismay, the bus didn’t start till 7.30. I found the driver and cried to him, explaining my situation. And I really don’t know what happened, within half a minute, the bus was full and the driver started the bus. The journey was not pleasant at all. I was waiting to see thatha for the last time. The bus moved slower than a bullock-cart, making my situation worse. The roads were horrible; all twists and turns, bumpy, making me feel nauseous. My mobile battery was almost dead and I was askin my frnds if they knew the “special” code to give my battery the reserve life or whatever. In between all this, my dad n brother-in-law kept calling me and updating me about the ceremonies happening there. The cremation was planned for 3 o clock.. gave it so much time just for me.. for me to have a last look at my grandpa. But to my dismay, the bus reached Tindivanam at 2.30! Which made sure that I wont reach Chennai on time! My mobile battery was dead.. making all connections void. I reached Chennai at 5 pm, half-dead! Was very angry with everyone around. I didn’t see my thatha!! The person who I loved more than anybody else had gone! All that I got to see was his metallic hip-plate.

Its two years since he’s gone, but none of us feel his absence. Of late, my uncle says he’s been able to talk to my thatha in his dreams! It may sound funny, but the details he gives is stupefying. Thatha gives details about his past, how he feels in his new home with his parents! I kept my Degree certificate under his photo one night and the next day, he told my uncle that he was very happy and that he would always be beside me in all my endeavours. Well, now, even though I miss him, I know he’s there next to me, all the time. I talk to him now and then, though I don’t get a reply, am sure he can hear me and am sure he’ll talk to me one day!

August 9, 2008


Cookin time: 35 mins
Preparation time : 10 mins
Serves 8
1 packet frozen corn (preferably sweet corn, 3-4 corns)
100 grams cheese
Butter (to fry)
Salt and pepper to taste
For white sauce:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons plain flour (maida)
2 teacups milk
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Take a knife and make a slit on the corn’s peel to expose the corn’s kernels.
  2. Wash the corn in such a way that the kernels are also cleaned.
  3. Now, keep the corn along with its peel in the microwave oven and heat for 3-4 mins.
  4. The corn is baked!

For white sauce:
  1. Heat butter in a kadai/fryin pan and let it melt.
  2. Add maida to it and keep stirring till the maida gets roasted in the butter.
  3. One the maida turns light brown in color, and once ur able to smell the fried maida, add milk to it and keep stirring till the mixture becomes a paste or till it reaches the consistency of molten cheese.
  4. Let the mixture cool down a bit.
  5. White sauce is ready!!

For the corn part:
  1. Pre-heat the oven.
  2. Separate the corn kernels from the corn and put them in a greased vessel (as in, a vessel that is coated wit ghee/butter in the inside. U use it for baking purposes).
  3. Add the white sauce that you’ve prepared to the kernels and mix well.
  4. Add grated cheese on top and bake it in the oven until the top layer turns brown.

Yummy baked corn ready! Eat it hot.. It’ll help u put on loads of weight!! Lol



2 onions (diced)
4-5 tomatoes
1 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon jeera powder
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Red chilly powder – to taste
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves (if u want)
Ginger/garlic/green chilly paste
Oil – 4-5 tablespoons

  1. Heat little oil in a kadai.
  2. Add onions and the ginger/garlic/chilly paste.
  3. When the onions turns light brown, add the tomatoes and keep stirring.
  4. Once the tomatoes become very soft, grind the whole mixture in a mixie till it becomes a paste (u can add a little bit of water if u want while u grind)
  5. Heat remaining oil in the kadai and add mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
  6. Add the tomato/onion paste to it and keep stirring.
  7. Add salt, garam masala, jeera powder, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt and keep stirring.
  8. Keep stirring for 5-ten mins.
  9. Once you see the oil getting separated from the mixture, add coriander leaves and switch off gas.
  10. Let it cool. Now keep this paste in a container and add it to any gravy items (like rajma/channa n all). Hints given below.
  11. This mixture will remain for a long time if u keep in the fridge

  1. Keep a paste of ginger/garlic/g.chilly paste always in ur fridge. U can use it in case of emergency.
  2. The tomato/onion paste can be used for making channa/rajma/ paneer related items. For this, add this mizture in a kadai first, let it heat and add the boiled channa/coiled rajma/ panner to it. Add 3 cups water and let it boil. Ur channa/rajma/panner dish is ready!
  3. For any help, feel free to contact me!! Lol lol

August 6, 2008

Hi!! Helllo!!

hello everybody,
finally, i've decided to blog!! since am sophomore when it comes to bloggin, my first few blogs wld be kinda amateurish.. i hope to blog reasonably well in a few weeks or months.. as of now, i'm plannin to blog abt everything.. right from recipes to criticisms... comments r welcome.. hope to catchya guys soon... take care!!!