Archive for June, 2010

Cinderella of India

Posted in India, People, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by samudranb

X: Dude! Did you know about the Manipur blockade?!

Me: Of course! It has been going on for 67 odd days now.

X: Yea? I just found out about it! And to think I prided myself on being up-to-date on world affairs!

Me: Yea, the media has just caught on.

X: Damn man… and here I was more worried about the Gaza blockade!

How does one react, when people are more aware of what is happening in other countries, than they are of what is happening in their own?

How does one react, when people ask if one’s state is a district of West Bengal?

How does one react, when people do not know whether the place where one comes from is a part of India or not?

How does one react, when the history teacher says the reason there is no mention of Assamese or other North Eastern states’ history in the syllabus, is because they are “not important”?

It’s not just the ordinary people who seem to have forgotten that there are indeed some states east of Kolkata. The administration too.

For the last many decades, while the rest of the country has progressed on to the new economy, NE states still languish in the old economy. While the rest of the country argues over 3G, NE states still await broadband (which is of course, only 256 kbps). While the rest of the country goes gaga over the latest Hrithik / Shah Rukh movie, Manipur goes gaga over the latest Korean movie, because Bollywood movies are “banned” there. While the students from the rest of the country fight to get into one of the best Medical schools across the length and breadth of the country, those from the 7 NE states fight to get into the 6 medical colleges available to them.

Why is the rest of the nation so apathetic to the NE? Is it simply because of the cultural differences? Shouldn’t the differences be highlighted, and celebrated, the way we do with J&K, Rajasthan, or any of the other states? Why is the North East consistently given a step-motherly treatment from the centre?

Is national integration even on the agenda for the central government? Should India even be one country? Does it even make sense?

Or should we wait till midnight to find out?


How to make chicken curry

Posted in Cooking with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by samudranb
1.2 Kg Chicken (or whatever the packed, cut chicken pack weighs at your neighbourhood supermarket)
2 Tomatoes – diced (or whatever you can do with it)
2 Onions – chopped (or whatever you can do with it)
1 thick slice of butter (thicker the better)
Garlic paste – 1 squeeze out of the packet
Salt – to taste.
Turmeric – to yellow-fy
Take chicken out of the freezer.
Forget about it for around 3 hours, till it de-rockifies.
Once the chicken is breakable into smaller pieces (the de-rockification would not have been complete, do not worry), put it into a large dish / bowl / something that can hold the entire thing, without getting chicken blood/ guts/ thingies all over your kitchen counter. Cover it with warm water, as much as possible.
Once the chicken is soft and tender, yes, exactly like that teddy bear you sleep with, marinate it with salt and turmeric.
If the chicken looks pink, you have not put enough turmeric.
Pour the salt. Dont be miserly. It is pretty cheap. Put in as much salt as your heart desires. (If you are the kinds who are more at home with a Magismomanometer, then follow these instructions: Make a slit in the packet of salt having diameter 1 mm. Pour out the salt through the newly created slit for 7 seconds. You are allowed to use all precision instruments at your disposal for this process.)
Cover the chicken and watch 2 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.
Put the butter in a large kadhai and fry the chopped onions.
Wait till their colour changes to Jessica Alba’s skin. Yea baby.
Pay attention to the onions. You do not want them to look like Venus Williams’.
Add the tomatoes.
Wait till they are a little dry and wrinkly. Like Madonna.
Add the chicken.
Add the garlic paste. As much as you can squeeze out in 5 seconds.
Err… stir.
Add water. As much as you want. You want your chicken pieces to be fully covered.
Stir more.
Go watch an episode of The Big Bang Theory.
Go watch an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
Come back and find your chicken curry ready.

What? It worked for me!
Disclaimer: The author is not responsible for any bowel related issues that you might face on trying this. Try this at your own risk.