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Time Slithers By

#poetry

Hold on for a while and catch a little breath

Let your effervescence not restrained

From getting entwined with the moment

Do perceive and reflect

As much as you can

Soak the warmth of the sun

Feel the texture of the sand

Go lost in the colors of the sky

The prized laughter of your beings

Just take a moment to cherish

As the time is slithering and will soon perish

Don’t await for tomorrow to relish

The essence once gone never replenish

Don’t tie up your inner butterflies

Let them flutter

For if you save them for later

Nothing will you ever cater

Man never settles until their doom

With those twinkling eye drops

Smiling and laughing you can only reminisce

You can’t perceive and live them again

Neither will you be the same

Neither will be those who loved you so

You will see a long crowded past behind

But a short lonely journey ahead

Borrow a moment to saunter

In the alley of merriment

To attain felicity, peace and patience

Don’t you please stack up your delights

You shine and chime to the moments rhyme

Just take a little while to cherish

As the time is slithering and will soon perish.

Β©Samreen Asad 2020

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Two Cardinals

#poetry

Undulating, I flew through the air

Prattling and absorbing the secrets of the breeze

Contented and in compliance with the treaty of life

Until I stumbled and went head over heels

One fine day it was

While Foraging I heard moans of despair

My soft heart started melting

As I saw a survivor of hawk attack hiding and fighting for breath

For as long as I can remember being in delusion

My alter ego swayed and lingered with me

Together we dwelled building our roost

Singing our hearts out until the daylight waned

There was a nip in the air, overcast sky

As the chilly winds started to blow by

I opened my eyes to see you nowhere

My frantic search led me to now here

I sang for hours and waited for an echo

As Countless dawns and dusks swept by

Then, unforeseen, you flashed like a bolt in the blue

Happily singing with other beaks in your demesne

I don’t have any answer to your caprice

Just to forgive you for being a chimera, let you disappear like you never were

And when I see those little heads rising from my den

I find hope, reason and a carpet of life stretched out to live and love.

Β© Samreen Asad 2020

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Mystery Blogger Award 1st and 2nd

Mystery blogger award 1st:

I am very much thankful to Astha for nominating me for this award, my very first nomination. I truly apologize for taking forever to post this, was just engaged with usual stuffs.

Astha is a wonderful writer, her poems are just splendid. Do visit her blog; https://asthaisha13.wordpress.com/

The Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three things about me:

1. I trust everyone quite easily if they portray themselves to be kind, well, later I often regretπŸ˜‰.

2. I am quite patient, don’t get stressed easily and even if I do, I can hold it back for quite a bit of time.

3. I forgive and forget. 😊

Questions and Answers:

1. What are you completely over and done with?

There are a whole lot of things I wish to get over and done with, few I have already, few are in the process. I have stopped taking myself for granted in the eyes of everyone (well, these everyone are always your very closed ones).

2. What’s most important thing Covid-19 taught you?

It taught me that everything in this world is temporary, no matter what. One fine day, you may wake up to realize all were merely vapors, what remains with you is their scent. So, love and live until all appears a dream.

The Almighty can bring this universe upside down while all our science and technology gazes in amazement.

3. What random stranger has had the biggest impact in your life?

While on a tour to Luzern, Switzerland, we met one elderly couple in their eighties, very well dressed, they were enjoying and touring as they said winters are approaching and we will be packed inside for long. Their children visited them occasionally and they would be spending the winters alone.

It made me realize, in your old age, it’s only your better half who would be with you ( if you are fortunate enough) and I so felt this anguish within me to imagine how my mother feels (She lost my father when we were small).  That hit me hard.

4. If you could put your brain in a robot and live indefinitely, would you?

I never can as my heart always rules my brainβ™₯️>🧠 and without my heart beating, I am dead already. Better to be alive for a while than to be dead forever. πŸ˜€

5. What do you wish you had more time for?

I wish I had more time to spend with my mother, I visit her for a while and in that span also, busy doing my own work and then come back only to realize how little time we spent together.

Mystery blogger award 2nd:

My second nomination for this wonderful award comes from petrel41, I am very much overwhelmed and grateful to her for this. She has an amazing blog, do check it out;             https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com

Three things about me:

Know some moreπŸ˜€

1. I love to sleeeep. (enjoyed it too much until my little bunny was born 😁)

2. I love to travel anywhere, it just have to be travelling. πŸžοΈπŸœοΈπŸ”οΈπŸ–οΈ

3. Though, I love mountains. ⛰️

Questions and Answers:

1. What’s the most important thing Covid-19 taught you?

I answered this already above. 😊

2. Why did you start blogging?

To unlock the hidden me. πŸ˜€πŸ”“

3. What keeps you motivated in dark times?

My faith in The Almighty and this belief that whatever happens is for a reason and the reason is always good, it’s just that you realize it later.

4. What movie/TV shows you are currently watching?

None πŸ˜€ I am busy watching the acts of my son the whole day.

5. What’s your favorite genre in novels?

Fantasy πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈ

My Best Post:

This post would always be very close to my heart.

The Last Goodbye

Nominations:

Very difficult for me to choose few among you all talented people out there, so I nominate everyone of you who wish to accept this nomination. 😊

My Questions:

1. Who do you love the most and why?

2. What according to you is important, love or money?

3. What’s your lesson learnt about life?

4. Who do you admire the most?

5. If you get a magic wand what would be your three wishes you would fulfill ?

Thank you so much for your love and support. I have gained so much in such a little span of time. Stay Safe and have a wonderful day!!

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What is this life??

#poetry #life

What is this life

Full of magic and hidden surprise

Sometimes it gives you reason to smile

And sometimes just to sit back and wonder why?

What is this life

Full of happiness to hold amid momentary gains

Too many roads to travel and opportunities to unravel

But which road to choose is the real game.

What is this life

Full of loved ones around you

Making you feel blessed and sane

Literally giving you a jibe when you start to succeed beyond their domains

What is this life

Testing your temperament at each step

Whether you will survive or go astray

Lucky you are, if you happen to realize

What is this life

Full of nature and beauty to admire

For some to accomplish a thousand desires

And for some to just repent what they lost and couldn’t acquire

What is this life

It’s anything but falsehood

It surely gives you wings to fly and leave a silver lining in the sky

Just take a deep breath, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy this ride THAT IS CALLED LIFE.

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Cerebration

.. And the neurons stream like a fireball

Soaring and captivating my whole mind

A saturated ball of vapours

Notwithstanding the load of unavowed chaos

Rises to explode

Droplets of a thousand emotions

Swaying in the midst of my skull sky

But thoughts warm enough condense

And navigate my insight

To form a cloud of crystals

Cottony but sanguine

Yet still blinded by foams

Dilemma, ambiguity and reverie

Still floating aimlessly in my cerebrospinal fluid

Fidgety they are

Insinuating collisions to further wither

Into a droplet of fire

Though cold but transfigured

Bolting out of my cloudy ambiguity

Showering in the form of rain

Drenching my qualms

Cleansing my atmos

Catering me peace

Letting me just sit

And hail as I conquer

Condensing and precipitating

My rebellious bewildered

And Obscured River of a million words.

Β©2020

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Gulab Jamun

#gulabjamun #indiansweet #foodblog

Gulab Jamun is a very popular Indian sweet, mostly served during festivities, wedding occasions, other celebrations and also when one’s sweet tooth crave for something.

‘Gulab’ and ‘Jamun’ are hindi words translating to ‘Rose’ and ‘berry’ respectively.

These are berry – sized balls made with milk-solid and dipped in sugar – rose water syrup.

Traditionally, these were made with “khoya” or “dry milk solids” but now a days many alternatives are there as “khoya” is not available easily everywhere. Milk powder is an easy option to go by.

Though am not a very big fan of sweets, I tried this for the very first time during a get together at home and to my surprise it turned out to be yummmyy. So, thought to share with you all my version of the recipe and give your taste buds a sweeeeet treat. 😊

Ingredients:

Milk powder – 1.5 cup (I have used Nido milk powder)

Clarified butter/Ghee – 4 tablespoons levelled

Milk (at room temperature) – 1/2 cup

All-purpose flour -1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Sugar – 2.5 cups

Water – 4 cups

Cardamom – 3 to 4 pods

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons

Rose water – 2 teaspoons

Oil for frying

Method:

Preparation of sugar syrup

  1. In a wide-mouthed and deep pan, add water, sugar, cardamom pods and lemon juice (to avoid the crystallization of sugar).
  2. Stir in between and let the sugar get completely dissolved.
  3. Keep cooking it for a while for about 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. You can keep the syrup at very low flame so as to keep it warm.
  5. Add rose water.

* Water should be enough so as to submerge all the Gulab Jamun, if you find the water to be less, you can always add more.

Preparation of Gulab Jamuns

  1. In a bowl, add milk powder, Clarified butter, milk and mix them all together.
  2. Take all-purpose flour, add baking powder, cardamom powder in it and with a whisk mix them properly.
  3. Now, add the flour mix to the ingredients in 1.
  4. Mix them all together, you may find it easier now to use your already washed hands. 😊
  5. Now start making balls out of the dough prepared. Size totally depends on how you prefer it to be but smaller the better as it will absorb the syrup and would become almost double in size.
  6. Firstly make one ball, there shouldn’t be any cracks in the ball, it should be smooth.

** If the dough is runny, feel free to add more all-purpose flour little by little.

** If the dough is hardened just sprinkle little milk until the desired texture.

Frying the balls

  1. Now we will deep fry the Gulab Jamun balls. For this, take a frying pan or pot and fill it up with oil. Oil should be enough to dip in the balls properly.
  2. Keep the flame at low, heat the oil but the temperature of the oil should not be high otherwise the balls will turn black from the outside and uncooked from inside. Neither it be too low.
  3. Slowly dip in all the balls, if your pot allows or else divide in batches.
  4. Do not stir or touch the balls when you put it in the oil, for a while, just stir the oil without touching the balls directly.
  5. All the while flame should be at low to medium.
  6. When the color of the balls start changing, remember to stir the oil slowly with the spoon.
  7. When the color becomes dark brown, take out the balls and put them directly into the sugar syrup.

* Sugar syrup should be warm enough, either keep the syrup at very low flame since the sugar got dissolved (remember to switch off the gas as you put the Jamuns in it) or if it cools down, heat it up a bit.

** Temperature of the syrup should be warm not hot.

** All the Gulab Jamuns should be completely submerged in the syrup. If you feel the syrup to be less, add more water initially.

**the utensil must be deep enough. Or you can divide the syrup into two pots.

8. Keep resting the Gulab Jamuns in the syrup for as long as they become soft and double in size.

** Do not let them sit in the syrup for a very long time, keep a check or else they will absorb excess syrup and become too soft.

** You can make an additional sugar syrup with just 4 to 5 tablespoons of sugar and a cup of water. And when you serve, you can add this syrup over the Jamuns.

** I used this way as my first syrup was not sweetened enough so I just let them swell and afterwards I took them out from the syrup and poured the second syrup.

** But the choice is always yours as you like it. πŸ™‚

** You can always adjust the quantity of sugar according to your taste buds.

Your Gulab Jamuns are ready to be served and trust me they are worth cooking.

Enjoy!! 😊

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The Fall

#poetry #autumn

Touch an autumn leaf fallen from a tree

Scattered everywhere like a debris

Mostly rough, they are crisp and brittle

Fading away little by little

From green to red to orange hues

They lose their moisture and livelihood dues

They are destined to fall

For the tree to stand tall

Autumn leaves, we all are

Living in this world to be a star

Our life changes colors and shades

We gather love, valuables, criticisms and accolades

Not knowing how far we would go

When will life change its flow

Nescient of the irony of fate

We indulge in jealousy and hate

Lost in this world as if we would never depart

We do forget the tree has got to do its part

Autumn will surely arrive

And water will be deprived

Taking back all the essence from the leaf

And then we falter in disbelief

The tree shows us how mere is our existence

No matter how much is our resistance

We do will fall one day

All our worldly acquires would be blown away

What will be left behind, just our names

Lucky you are, if you get a little acclaim

Tree will again flourish with the onset of spring

New leaves will fill up everything

Who you were, no one would remember

Just an autumn leaf who turned into an ember

And then evanescing slowly

From the memories wholly.

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500+ Follows

Hey everyone!!

Hope you all are in the best of your health, happy and safe in varied parts of this globe and staying strong each passing day during these tumultuous times.

Very grateful for 500+ follows on my blog and thought to share my felicity with you all. My happiness may seem to you like I have won an award but trust me, for me its no less. πŸ˜€

“When it comes to life critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude” – G. K. Chesterton.

I started blogging a while ago (around 3 months back) and never anticipated to gain so much so early. I guess am fortunate enough or rather has been possible due to the continued support of many people out there and I am highly grateful and obliged to each one of you. Kindly do excuse me for keeping the list somewhat long but have to do it.

First and foremost, would like to thank the ‘Almighty’ for everything followed by my Father (He may not be with us, still he will always be) my Mother, my Husband, Uncle and aunt (Chacha and Chachi as I call them), both brothers, my Sister-in-law, Sister, my niece and not to forget my bundle of joy, my little toddler, for their unconditional love, support and bracing me up always.

My most favorite teacher and few of our very dear friends who continually appreciate and encourage me, highly grateful to you all.

Now, a big heartfelt thank you to all of you fellow bloggers for supporting and welcoming me in your world, which so feels ‘my own’ now, with so much endearment.

This beautiful world also gave me this opportunity to witness the creative writings of all of you fellow bloggers.

All of you write amazing blogs. Kudos to everyone of you!

Being from a science background but pouring my heart out in writing (since childhood) and being a mother of this little Thunderbolt VII (believe me, he is πŸ˜‰), I have mobile with WordPress app open in one hand and simultaneously playing, running, cooking and feeding this little joy of mine (well, I think that’s him who needs to get credit πŸ™ƒ).

Never contemplated to be blogging one day. Utter serendipity it was.

“Today, I choose to live with gratitude for the love that fills my heart, the peace that rests within my spirit and the voice of hope that says all things are possible” – Anonymous.

Thanks so much once again if you have read this far, I know that’s too long, lastly I sincerely appreciate all of my followers, visitors who liked, motivated or simply just stopped, peeked and flown by.πŸ˜ŠπŸŒΊπŸ¦‹

P.S. Wrote this for 100 follows on my blog, couldn’t post it though but trust me I was as happy as I am at this very moment. πŸ€—

Have a good day & Stay blessed!

Cheers!!

Samreen

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Chicken Nihari

#nihari #foodblog

Nihari is one of the most relished and delightful dish of Old Delhi.

The word “Nihari” comes from the Arabic work “Nahar” meaning morning. Historically, it is said that the dish was originally consumed by Nawabs in the Mughal Empire after their morning prayers. Its origin dates back to 17th  to 18th century.

Precisely, it is a stew-based dish prepared by slow cooking meat with bone marrow.

Well, to let you know, Am eating Nihari since my childhood but while writing this blog, I get to know of its origin. πŸ˜€

Most of you must be knowing the recipe well, here is my attempt to it. It’s mostly made with red meat but as we prefer to eat chicken more, I am making it with the same.

Let’s get started πŸ™‚

Nihari Masala:

You can always use readymade of any good brand but I like it homemade.

Ingredients:

Peppercorns – 1 tsp

Black cardamom- 1 piece

Green cardamom- 4 to 5

Cinnamon- 2 inch piece

Cloves- 10 to 15 pieces

Bay leaves- 4 to 5 leaves

Mace- 2 pieces

Dry pomegranate seeds- 1 tsp

Nutmeg- 1/4th tsp

Fennel seeds- 1 tbsp

Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

Ginger powder- 1 tbsp

Red chilly powder- 1 tbsp

Kashmiri red chilly powder or paprika powder – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder- 1 tbsp

Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

Salt- 1 tbsp or as per your taste

Preparation:

1. Leaving aside all the powdered spices, grind all the other ingredients into a fine powder.

2. Add all the powdered spices and mix well. This masala can be stored in an air-tight container for a long time.

** Above quantity of ingredients will yield you much more than required for the recipe. You an always store it for your next use.

Nihari Recipe

Ingredients required:

Chicken- 1 kg

Onion- 2 large-sized, finely sliced

Tomato- 2 large-sized, roughly sliced

Lemon juice- 1 to 2 tbsp or as required

Turmeric powder- 1/4th tsp

Red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp

Dry roasted Cumin seed powder- 1 tbsp

Salt- 1 tsp or you can always adjust as per your taste

Ginger garlic paste- 2 tbsp

Wheat flour- 2 tbsp

Ginger julienne cut- 1 tbsp

Green chillies –  3 to 4 finely cut

Coriander leaves- a small bunch

Cooking oil- 1 cup (Nihari requires a bit more oil)

Method:

1. Wash the chicken and keep it dipped in water and salt (1/2 tsp) for about 10 to 15 minutes.

2. In a pressure cooker, add the Sliced onions, ginger garlic paste, sliced tomatoes, salt, Turmeric powder, roasted Cumin seeds powder, red chilly powder, Nihari Masala powder (half of the masala you have prepared), lemon juice and oil.

2. Mix everything well and add about 100 ml of water. Pressure cook till 2 to 3 whistles or until the onion and tomato blend well together on a high flame.

3. Now add the chicken, mix well and again pressure cook for 2 whistles. If you find the need of adding little more water, if it has been dried up, do add about half a cup more and then pressure cook. Flame should be high.

4. Open the lid of the cooker and on a high flame continue to mix and stir well.

5. Add ginger juliennes, green chilly and Coriander leaves.

6. Add 1 to 2 tsp Nihari Masala and Mix well (taste your gravy, if it’s already spicy then avoid adding more). After 2 minutes, add wheat flour and stir everything well to avoid lumps.

7. The water released by the chicken should be completely dried up and oil should come to the surface. The chicken should be tender enough. Keep stirring otherwise the Masala/gravy will burn. The chicken in Nihari is very soft and tender.

8. Lastly, add water according to the consistency you prefer. It’s neither very thick nor runny. Around 250 to 300 ml water would be enough. The gravy thickens further when kept for a while. Keeping the flame slow now, cover and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes.

** If you find the gravy runny, add more wheat flour and if thick, add water.

9. Your Nihari is ready, garnish with ginger, Coriander, lemon and green chillies.

***You can add a tempering of butter at the time of serving the dish as it enhances its flavor more.

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Human

#poetry #haiku #senryu

Contented, benign

Destitute yet heart to give

 A human, really??

In our contemporary world, the lion’s share of us ‘people’ live by the principle of give and take. A rare sight it is to see someone not abiding this rule. Compassion is on the verge of extinction and lie embedded in books just like another 3 syllable word.

The very essence has been lost or to say will be lost in the years to come. Even relationships are not forgiven, they do get washed away in the rain of avariciousness.

To be kind, you don’t require to dissipate a million dollars (as it does not proportionate to being one) instead just an illumination of hope, a word of sobriety, a pat of appreciation, an anchor in times of a hurricane, tears of sympathy, a medicine in illness, a shelter in a squall and a heart to give and take love, for this verily should be the foremost mode of transaction amongst us beings.

Money doesn’t buy happiness but an act of kindness does. 😊

Just leave aside your perspective of material gains for a while, just love, live and give. πŸŒΊπŸ¦‹βœ¨

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