Saturday, August 29, 2015

Healthy Breakfast with Kumal Saul or Soft Rice



Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, Dinner like a Pauper.

And if you can get a Healthy Kingsize Breakfast without any effort and wasting your valuable time, how will you feel?


Yes! I am talking about one of the very interesting, yummy traditional breakfasts of Assam. It’s called “Kumal Saul ar Jolpaan” meaning Breakfast of Soft Rice. Just, you need to soak the Kumal Saul (Soft Rice) in water, its grains will expand, get softened and are ready to eat. Isn't it surprising and interesting?

Not only that, this breakfast is extremely easy to prepare.


·        Soak the rice and keep doing your other tasks. Soak in normal water for half an hour and if you are in hurry, soak for 15 minutes in lukewarm water.


·         Mix with curd or milk and sweeten with jaggery or any other sweetener

You can add cream/ butter/ ghee/ dry fruits while preparing for kids. Also, you can also eat this rice with some sabji or chutni too which can be a different option and taste.




So, now the question comes, is it possible to eat rice without cooking? Yes. This soft rice variety grows across Assam and the North-East, and is ready to eat after they are soaked in plain water.

So, what are the benefits ?

  •          This delicious breakfast can help you save your fuel cost.
  •          Kumal Saul has low starch content, i.e, very less amount of amylase i.e about 4.5 per cent


      
    Do you want to have the taste ?  Email at grogona@gmail.com 



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top 10 Reasons Why One should Marry or Date a Bengali Guy









While I wrote Top 10 Reasons to have an Assamese girlfriend or Wify, many guys whom I know personally, asked me to think and write why one should marry or date a Bengali guy…..So, for those, I could find out Ten reasons….Here are the same :


1. Bong guys are generally good cooks. Probably, there will be just a handful of Bong guys who do not know how to cook. Most of the Bengali guys, who stay in a hostel or PG, or a rented house, basically stay away from home, surely learn cooking, because they cannot live without their Maccher Jhol and Kosha Mangsho!


Your Benefit : Your life will be easy in the kitchen!



2. Bong guys are FoodieThey will teach you different style of cooking, eating habits and tastes. They recognize most of the delicious Fish varieties. They can die for Ilish Maach. Besides, they don’t like be on Diet ever, if possible and are very emotional about food. In fact, food is the most important thing in all their festivals, be it Durga Puja, Kali Puja or any other occasion.


Your Benefit: And if you are a foodie, there is no one like a Bengali for you. You will be familiar with different kinds of mouthwatering delicacies, most of which will be fish ofcourse.






3. Your importance will increase in the dining table: They expect women to serve them sequence wise items at the dining table. Like Bengan Fry and Daal first, Aloo bhaja next, other veg item if any, then fish, meat and then mitha chutni or sweets.

Your Benefit: You will learn how to serve and taste all the items one by one.





4. “Sound” sleep is extremely important after the Sunday Heavy lunch. After having Bhaat Maach and mutton in the lunch, he will have to go for sleep for many hours.

Your Benefit : If you are lazy too, then your life will become easy, infact easier.





5. Most of the Bong guys have their typical mindset and prejudice. You can start any debate with him easily and the fun is that since he has an opinion on almost everything, you will love to see his reactions and actions.


Your Benefit: Having a healthy debate can enlighten and widen your scope to know more.





6. Proud of their Heritage always: Especially when they are drunk, they recollect and pay tribute to Robi Thakur, Ganguly or Kumar Sanu. If possible, they will recite any poem of Rabi Thakur, start comparing Ganguly Dada with Sachin or else, start singing some songs of Kishore Da or Kumar Sanu.





Your Benefit: You can have free entertainment.





7. Football runs in the veins: Yes! Many Bengali men think there is some link of their roots with Brazil and have secret dream of watching one Football worldcup live. Nothing can stop them from watching World Cup.


Your Benefit: Learn Football, bring some energy into the life.






8. Music and Art are the talents by Birth. The Bong guys will be good either in music or in art or in both for sure. And if he cannot sing or play the guitar or paint, he can at least write amateur poetry to praise your beauty.


Your Benefit: You will be praised for your beauty or some romance will be in your life.







9. Bongs love to travel: Every nook and corner of the world, wherever you go, I bet, if you don’t come across a Bengali family on the vacation. Yes! They love to travel, whether they are wealthy enough or not, they manage their travel expenses anyhow. 


Your Benefit: You will get to travel a lot if you are married to a Bengali man.







10. Sweets and Sweets. Rosogolla, kalakand, Paati shapta, Sondesh, Misti Dohi, Kachcha Golla, kheer kodam, nolen gurer payesh, channar jalepi,sitabhog mihidana, Shor bhaja…..the list goes on for Bengali sweets and Bongs can die for.


Your Benefit: If you are a sweet lover, then feel just wow! Every time you visit your husband's side of the family, your plate will be weighed down with sweets and sweets which are tastier than one another.






Do anyone disagree??? Do let me know!!! :)





Disclaimer: These are just my personal opinions, not to hurt anybody's sentiment. All models in the photos are not necessarily Bongs. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cultivate Self-love with ASUS Zenfone Selfie



"To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don't wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now."  Alan Cohen


Do you also believe in this? I at least do. Be your own beloved, and everything else will fall into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.

To prove it right, “Selfie” is the digital hallmark. According to the Oxford Dictionary folks, it’s official: “Selfie” is the word of 2013. 

To be trendy, and to live life, I have been also, off lately trying to love ‘selfie’. So, few days back, when I got an invitation from ASUS for the ZenFone Selfie DIVA Meet, I didn’t let the scope go away.

Lovely divas blazed the evening hosted by ASUS at Taj Vivanta, Bangalore. Beautiful ambience, beautiful people, nice presentation, yummy food, lovely activities and above all, the beauty and selfie tips by MTV VJ Anusha, all really made my evening. Yes! It was an evening, dedicated to the pouts and poses of the selfilicious.  



Komal stepped in and began the show


Abhijit, Brand Manager, ASUS talked about the product



Peter Cheng, the MD of ASUS India gave a brief about the launch of Zen phones in India. A total of 5 products have been launched in India- 3 phones and 2 tablets





Stefi, the product manager, described all the product features of the Zenfone selfie


A Brief Description About ZenTalk



VJ Anusha demonstrated how to take selfie with the Zenfone Selfie, and also gave us some makeup tips for the perfect selfies:



Makeup tips for a perfect selfie:

1. Use a concealer over foundation for natural look. Highlight on problem areas like under eye circles.
2. Use mascara and try to avoid kajal
3. Use a highlighter in the inner corners of the eye to give a wider look.
4. Highlight your cheeks. 
5. Make out your demerits and avoid those areas on selfie or try out different postures for solutions



Besides, we had great fun and joyful activities :



We won the Best Selfie Pic of the Day 




  

Cat walk and Take Selfie activity!



We had a good food after the event :

 

Then we all blogger had started our photo session :









So, what are the interesting features of the phone?


Pioneering smartphone camera fusion

ZenFone Selfie’s exceptional front-facing PixelMaster camera has a huge 13MP resolution and an f/2.2-aperture,88-degree wide-angle lens to capture more of every smile. With the unique Selfie Panorama mode, you’re able to shoot selfies with an outlook of up to 140 degrees — so everything and everyone is part of your shot. ZenFone Selfie’s rear camera is just as advanced, with a large f/2.0 aperture lens for superb low-light shots. Both cameras are engineered with five-prism Largan lenses and top-quality Toshiba sensors, and include dual-LED Real Tone flash technology for perfect illumination in any lighting conditions. You’ll also enjoy macro photography that works on subjects as close to 6cm, plus laser auto-focusing that’s as quick as 0.2 second.




PixelMaster selfie experience: Your smiles, captured with more detail.




ZenMotion -just swipe S for selfies

ZenFone Selfie is ready to snap selfies the moment you are — and all with a quick swipe. Just draw an S on the display then smile and shoot. If you’d prefer a different gesture, it takes just moments to create your own!


          


For an even more glamorous you
ZenFone Selfie makes you even better looking before your eyes. Just choose Beautification mode, and let ZenFone Selfie balance facial features, soften complexions and remove skin blemishes to create flawless photos — and all in real time!



See the true-to-life colors in every photo
ZenFone Selfie dual-LED Real Tone flash creates the most natural illumination for indoor portrait shots. The moment you press the shutter button, ZenFone Selfie delivers the perfect combination of yellow and white light to produce flash-lit shots capturing the real tones of you.




Incredible backlight (Super HDR) photography
ZenFone Selfie’s PixelMaster camera technology includes backlight (Super HDR) technology to improve light balance, capturing lifelike shots every time. Special pixel-enhancing technology enables up to 400%-batter brightness in dark and shaded areas, the photos you capture look just what your eyes see.



Unparalleled low-light performance
PixelMaster's Low Light mode captures clear photos or videos throughout the night or in dark environments. Innovative pixel-merging technology increases light sensitivity by up to four times (4X)! The front-facing camera also supports Low Light mode, so you’ll snap clear selfies in even dark conditions with no need for flash.



Capture everyone and everythingwith Selfie Panorama
With this special wide-angle mode and ZenFone Selfie’s f/2.2-aperture front lens and 88-degree field of view, you’ll capture panoramic selfies of up to 140 degrees. Just enable Selfie Panorama mode then snap yourself and all your friends together and have stunning scenery serve as panoramic backdrops for perfect selfies!




Professional photography that fits in your pocket

Light-speed shots withlaser auto-focus
ZenFone Selfie’s rear camera has laser auto-focus technology for the fastest possible clarity. Focusing in low-light conditions is traditionally slow, but ZenFone Selfie’s laser beam measures distances at lightning speed – and that means near-instant focus. The laser auto-focus even accelerates close-ups photography, compensating for the extra distance created by the lens receding during framing.


Macro focusingright down to 6cm
Close-up clarity to enrapture your eyes.




Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4.Stunningly strong, gorilla strong.

Gorilla® Glass 4 is the latest ingenious creation from the world-renowned Corning. ZenFone Selfie’s (ZD551KL) Gorilla® Glass 4 display offers twice (2X) the drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, 2.5X increase in retained strength and is 85% less likely to break in daily use — making it safer and stronger than ever before.


Ergonomic arc design with intuitive rear selfie button

ZenFone Selfie defines a more instinctive way for human interaction, encompassing a physical rear key as part of the Ergonomic Arc design — with a case that tapers to an incredibly thin 3.9mm at the edges. The rear-mounted volume-control and shutter button is ideally positioned for your index finger, so snapping selfies, adjusting the volume and retracing your steps feels as natural as your grip.



The perfect balance of multimedia performance and battery efficiency
ZenFone Selfie features the industry’s first octa-core, 64-bit processor — Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615. With its superb performance and superiorpower-efficiency coupled with a massive 3GB of fast memory, you’ll shoot sharp photographs at stupefying speed, record and edit Full HD (1080p) video with minimal battery draw, and enjoy using the integrated 4G/LTE to share everything you do at incredible speeds of up to 150Mbit/s!



So, what are you waiting for?  Buy Zenfone Selfie, start loving yourself, start living life !!! :)

Click here to order your piece! 



Friday, August 21, 2015

Traditional cloth or Western Trends?


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“Have you seen Madhu, Rani’s daughter in law? Such a lovely girl, totally a laxmi buaari (daughter-in-law)!” Rashmi’s mother in law was talking loudly to her hubby while sipping the morning cup of tea. She was giving her full effort to send this message to Rashmi’s ears.

“She is an ideal Buaari…..totally covered. Always she wears Saree…and you will never see her without ornaments. I heard she works in a large corporate….but still see, she is so down to earth! And look at our buaaris…….!! Rani is so lucky…!!!” She continued her praise for Madhu who lives in a metro and came to spend 10/ 12 days at in-law’s house.

Rashmi, who was in Salwaar suit felt awkward, though she kept quiet. She was busy in making breakfast. There were so many household works she had to finish before going to office. She was just trying to ignore all those words and sentences floating on the air that time.

“Our village buaaris always look for a chance to wear jeans, or skirt if they get a chance….Rakhi’s buaari, I heard, she even wore a half-pant while she went for honeymoon….How disgusting!!!!”  

Rashmi tried to finish her work faster, so many tasks she planned today! The main task is to download few photographs of Madhu wearing skirts, half-pant, jeans, frock and one pic without ornaments to show her mother in law in the evening…….


Have you experienced or heard about this kind of incidents? Yes! This kind of thought process still persists. People still think wearing saree/ mekhela chadar or any other traditional dresses after marriage is extremely important.

Some people think, “fashion means exposing”. One artist was not allowed to perform as she was not wearing Mekhela chadar on the festive occasion, though she was in decent Salwaar suit which even had traditional print on it. One girl was sent back home after marriage as she did not know how to wear Saree. Why this kind of mentality still endures?

Ideally, if I talk about Indian traditional dresses, they range from kurtis to sarees to churidar-Kurta sets to the dhoti. If men can wear pant and shirt or T-shirt, so why women cannot wear half-pant, frock, skirts, jeans etc.?

Today, the world is spinning at a very fast pace and so, our culture and traditions too. A mayhem fight between the traditional values and the western values is clearly noticeable, specially in the styles of clothing and draping by the people of the country. Now, people are seen to be more attracted by the western values and especially, adapting to their styles of clothing.

When there is immense variety of Indian clothes available in the markets, the western dresses on the other hand, are also seen to take the front seat in the fashion industry with easy availability with mesmerizing designs and styles. So, as India is a democratic country, everyone has the liberty to pick the piece of their choice, ofcourse respecting the occasion or place we are visiting. For example, ideally, we should not go out to the market wearing nighty, or wearing Saree to dive in the swimming pool or wearing salwaar suit to track on a hilly area.

Now, the question is why some people still think and comment on western dresses as “fashion means exposing”?

I believe, may be because they are still inside the shell of orthodox mentality or wanting to show-up shallow dignity or wisdom. Or, may be because of some people, who don’t know how to carry their dress or do not wear respecting the occasion, made some dark marks on those people's minds.

Because, if you see the below pictures, if I compare both traditional dresses and western dresses, both have scope of exposing and maintaining decency. So, all depends how one carries it.



  


                                   



However, I feel western trends have a tendency to offer freedom of expression. As they are quite classy, attractive and stylish, one can add his or her own tastes and ideas to them. Also, they are convenient, comfortable and give us the option of flexibility. For example, you do not have to clutch your salwaar qameez or hold on to your dupatta every time a breeze blows through or pull up the Saree while boarding on a bus.

Following new trends help people, especially teenagers, cope with peer pressure and also, even results in the acceptance among liberal and contemporary people. Furthermore, it shows that you are up-to date and from a polished background. Also, modern clothes make youngsters feel confident as they know that they are portraying a modern image of themselves and help them in strengthening self- confidence. Infact, stopping your boy or girl to wear jeans or any other western dresses may develop some hatred feeling for you.  

I believe that we should keep a balance in everything. One should not completely set aside their traditional clothes and become a total follower of western trend, or vice versa. We can follow western trends, but should not shy away from our traditional clothes. This way, we will be following new trends, but at the same time, promoting our culture and be very much attached to our roots.


Watch a video of a girl who walked 10 hours on Delhi roads and markets wearing western and Indian dresses. You will get to see it’s not the women clothing that provokes the bad comments/ catcall/ eve tease, it’s all about mindset that leads to objectification of women. 






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