Monday, September 28, 2009

Rhymes of old.

Anonymous him (Himanshu Mhatre) said...

For long he calls himself a creep,
And in the shadows of the moon he is found asleep.

And when he does not tend to his freaks,
He adorns the cloak of the geeks.

In the faint trail of smoke that leaves his breath,
Speaks of he of lost love and death.

But with all due respects 'onorable sire,
Your condition is far away from dire.

11:52 PM, March 26, 2006

Blogger quasi said...

they call me bad
they call me mad
then they call me a freak
and then a geek

I dont even know
what I seek
(and for that matter)
what I speak

stink of smoke
and of beer I reek
am the old poke
with all the cheek

there is method in the madness
(mind you)
and rhyme in the sadness
(find you)

But to this I will agree
O great One so free,
my condition is indeed far from dire
am just waiting for some baby to light my fire !!


1:15 AM, March 27, 2006

Anonymous him (Himanshu Mhatre) said...

And together we all burst hehehe,
but underneath the laughter you hear the wind say.
Its time my lad to move on, to make a new way,
For forever, these clouds of darkness cannot stay.

And like all other clouds they aren't our resident way,
And from turf to turf they will have to sway.
And it is time for our laughter to have its way,
as with its tremors the clouds burst, giving way to a brand new day.

6:27 PM, March 27, 2006

Seen in the comments on an entry posted by quasi at 23:12 on 24-Mar-2006

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Karela Fry Solapuri

Thin slices of Karela

You need:
4-6 tender karela's.
3-4 large onions, finely cut
kothimbir, lots
fresh scraped khobra of half a coconut
3-4 kokam pieces
Kala Tikhat (mixture of khada masala, garlic etc)

Scrape off lightly parts of the rough green outer covering
Cut thin slices, remove larger and harder seeds
Rub lots of (2-4 teaspoonfuls) salt on all the slices and leave for 30 minutes
Wash thoroughly 2-4 times, lightly squeezing the slices intermittently
Heat a largish quantity of oil, enough to fry/cook all the slices
Squeeze the water out of the slices and fry in oil on low-medium flame till they have reduced in sized and have become somewhat crispy.
get them out of the oil squeezing as much of the oil out as possible
add haldi and onions to remaining oil. add salt and cook till onions are pink
add the kala tikhat and the kokam and further cook till oil starts separating
Add the fried karela slices and cook on low flame till in reduces significantly in volume.
Add a little bit (1/2 - 1 teaspoon) of sugar, kothimbir and the coconut and cook for 2-4 minutes till all mixed.

nipra : 8/10
percy : 7.5/10
q : 8.5/10

I give it more because it was almost as good as what my mom makes. :) and it was a _lot_ of work.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Storm Clouds over Mumbai

clouds, originally uploaded by acharekar.

Photo clicked by Percy with the old Minolta S414. I wish I could have clicked it - in fact I ran and assembled my camera .. and clicked too .. only to find that my CF card is with a friend who had borrowed it recently for a Ladak trip. :(

But at least I got to work on the photos. This one is my edit.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Word clouds from similar time of previous years


This is the October 2005 (I had 22 post that month, highest in 2005) word cloud. Dominated by my bike trip with the guys and l.o.v.e and some escapes into arbit reading like Kant on Time. heh. Times change. The stomach is more real than many of those things.


October 2006: Echoes from my Kerela rip in August...


August 2007: Photography and Cleartrip


September 2008: Echoes off the boulders of Hampi (lingering echoes, they must be, from April), sunset's at goregaon, mahabaleshwar ... and the need to get away

This is how the blog looks to


Current word cloud view of my blog as sees it .. Lots of cooking there as you can see .. ;)

Wanga Batata Rassa Bhaji, Solapuri

Cut each wanga (brinjal, baingan) into 8 longitudinal pieces
cut a couple of potatoes into small chunks
finely cut 2 onions (if you got 4-6 wangi and 2 potatoes)

take oil, heat.
put haldi, hing and let is mix
add onion and saute till soft
add salt and crushed garlic (to taste, I prefer 4-6 cloves)
saute a bit more
add 2 large spoons of kala masala (or if you dont have that, mixture of garam masala nd chili power)
add 2 chopped tomatoes and cook a bit till tomatoes give up the juice
add the wangi and batata and mix
add 4-6 large spoon fulls of crushed goundnut power
mix and cook for couple of minutes
add water and bring to boil and let it simmer till potatoes cook. wangi will cook before the potatoes. this is rassa bhaji so put water accordingly.

we ate it with rice. was not bad.

sorry, forgot the photo. :)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Bhendi Fry Kolhapuri

Bhendi-fry.jpg, originally uploaded by quasi's mobile.

Wash and dry the bhendi.
Cut thin slices of Bhendi
smash lots of garlic
take oil in kadhai and heat
put rai and jira till they crackle
add the garlic and lots of kadipatta and chopped green chillies
fry for little while
add bhendi and fry for 5-10 minutes on very low flame
bhendi will shrivel, become darker and reduce in volume.
sprinkle with ground nut power or fresh khobra scrapes
sprinkle kothimbir



Photo was a left handed shot with slippery mobile while eating. :) Sorry.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009


Reflections, originally uploaded by quasi's mobile.

Faint echo on -y.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Evening Sky

Evening Sky, originally uploaded by quasi's mobile.

Oh how Glorious thy colours art O' Nature!

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Tondli Batata

Tondli Batata, originally uploaded by quasi's mobile.

Tondli Batata
Slice (thin) the cleaned Tondli and Potatoes
Heat oil, add halad and one finely chopped onion and saute till onions pink
Add red chili powder and little 'goda' masala and salt to taste
Add potatoes and cook for 4-6 minutes
Add Tondli and one finely chopped tomato
Cook till well done (leave the tondli a little rare for crispiness)


Nipra : 7/10
Percy : 8/10
Q : 7/10
Raju : 7.5/10

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Egg Curry Sholapuri

20090831-EggCurry.jpg, originally uploaded by quasi's mobile.

A meal well eaten.

Egg Curry and Fulka with a Tomato-Onion-Curd-Chilli Salad. All finished. Four happy souls.

Egg Curry Sholapuri
8 eggs hard boiled for 5 minutes
onion + dry coconut power fry-roasted in oil on a shallow pan till deep brown
above mixture when cool, ground together with ginger, garlic and coriander.
haldi and kala-masala sauted in oil quickly
ground mixtures cooked in this for 1-2 minutes
salt to taste
eggs and a little water added and cooked.

1 onion shredded
3 tomatoes shredded
2 green chillies finely chopped
200gms of curd.
salt to taste
all mixed well together

percy : 8.5/10
q : 8/10
nipra : 8.5/10


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