‘Ask me a Question’

The latest #Instagram sensation.

A medium to acquire some random details about random people. And medium to share random details about yourself with random people.

It is all fun and games until…

Until you realize that you don’t want to know more about anyone than you already know; that the details will only bring you closer to that person.

Until you realize that you are scared to expose yourself; afraid to lose yourself amidst all the games and jokes.

Until you realize that all the tiny little things suffocate you because you forgot to breathe the fresh air long ago.

Until you understand that you are not the person you used to know.

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Incidence no. 17

I swear there was someone standing behind me, not once but twice, in the kitchen.

It was tall, in a black robe and cold.

Only, in the kitchen. It was probably hungry because I couldn’t see it anywhere else.

But the catch is that I was alone at home. Spooky!

The Locked Refrigerator

So I got talking to my Mother over breakfast today about random stuff and at that time i moved towards the refrigerator, opened the door, let the coldness flow and shut it.

Mother burst out laughing. She said, “You haven’t changed one bit.”

And now I had to know why! What was the story about the refrigerator.

And so she narrated the following.

When you we a kid, you’d sit inside the refrigerator during summers.

Inside. Yeah.

One fine beautiful summer day, the refrigerator door broke, all because of my beautiful child. Of course we got it repaired. But you couldn’t resist sitting in the refrigerator.

Mind you, the air conditioners weren’t a fad back then. And I have always been a hot blooded ‘social’ animal.

And so we decided to get a new refrigerator with a lock.

Because, darling, someone had to continuously keep a watch on you.

And if someone didn’t, we were scared that you’d be sitting inside the refrigerator and we would be searching for you everywhere around and we wouldn’t have found you and you would have been chilled to death. 

 

And then me and mother laughed till we cried.

I was a hilarious kid.

Don’t you think so?

 

God, Life and Religion.

Who is God?

A he? Or A she?

Does God have a name? An address?

Humans were made in the image of God. So does God live within all humans?

In the rich, in the poor.

In the healthy, in the cripple.

In the saint, in the sinner.

What about nature then? The plants, animals and all other creations; don’t these represent God?

What is God?

The idols we worship or those we don’t believe in?

The planets or the stars?

The air we breathe or the food we eat?

The eyes that see or the heart that feels?

Your parents? Friends? Children?

Or something we can’t see, feel or touch.

But a belief that it exists.

A power, higher than man, all seeing, all knowing.

Something that was there when there was nothing.

Something that will remain when there will be nothing.

What is life?

What is the purpose?

Why are we born, the most evolved, the all understanding yet the one who can be easily deceived?

Is there an afterlife? Do we reincarnate?

What is the truth? Does religion answer our questions?

Yes, it does.

Yet, so many religions. So many beliefs.

The greatest however, will always be Humanity.

What does it teach?

And what have you understood?

Are they the same?

It’s time to contemplate.

It’s time to introspect.

For life is but the labyrinth, the labyrinth that is the tunnel.

For God, is the light, the light at the end of the tunnel.

And religion, religion is the guide, the guide which directs through the tunnel.

Lemongrass Cooler

Lemongrass and the fragrance.

So, now that it is easily available in the market, let’s drink it up but not in a tea, as a coolant.

If your tummy doesn’t feel cool after this, I will be shocked.

Let’s begin.

  • Some lemongrass. Cut it small because the long leaves won’t fit in the container.
  • Place them in hot boiling water till it becomes green. Sieve.
  • You may add some honey (or sugar) while you allow it to cool.
  • Stir, stir.
  • Take a glass, add some chopped mint leaves now with a few drops of lemon.
  • Add your ‘lemongrass water’ to it.
  • Add some ice.
  • And drink.

I hope you enjoyed it.

Cucumber cooler

Cucumber is a natural coolant.

This is how you make it a little more tasty!!

  1. Clean the cucumber, as usual.
  2. Grate it.
  3. Place the grated cucumber in salt. It will juice out.
  4. You only need the juice now! Sieve it.
  5. Cool the juice and add some pepper.
  6. One doesn’t need to make it sweet, but if you want to, don’t hesitate.
  7. Serve with some ice.
  8. You can add mint to it, but avaoid if possible. Let’s not adulterate the taste of the cucumber!

The left over Cucumber can be used in many ways, example as a Raita, the recipe will be shared soon.

Hisbisucs Tea

Beat the heat with the Hibuscus tea!

All you need is the flower and it’s petals.

So here goes the recipe…

  1. Take the petals and place them in hot water till the color drains out.
  2. Take it off the stove.
  3. Add some honey, for sweetness.
  4. Now, sieve the water out and let it cool.
  5. Discard the petals, of course.
  6. Once cooled, add cinnamon powder.
  7. Serve cold.

I hope you like it!