Saturday, October 12, 2013

Easy Doodle Recipe- Mixed Masala Macaroni


This is one of my favourite go to evening cravings dish. Tired of eating the same old Maggi noodles and cornflakes, I decided to cook up something new.

Here is a more detailed description of the recipe (you don't really need a recipe, you can NEVER get anything wrong in this one.)

1) In a pot, heat water and add salt to it and bring it to boil. Add macaroni when you see the water boiling. This will prevent the pasta from sticking to each other. Some others prefer adding a spoonful of oil to the water to stop the mac from sticking but it also prevents the sauce from sticking to it properly. Cook the macaroni for 5-6 minutes till it is al-dente (i.e. tender yet not squished). 

2) In a pan, add two tablespoons of Bertolli's Classico Olive oil (I use this one because it is suitable for hot cooking like deep frying).

3) Chop 2 tomatoes and one big onion into small cubes. Also chop 1-2 garlic pods. Add to the hot oil and saute till soft.    

4) Add a tablespoon of tomato ketchup, one tablespoon of soy sauce and chilli sauce each into the pan and stir till they are evenly mixed. 

5) In a different pan, fry prawns and scramble two eggs.  

6) Add scrambled eggs, fried prawns and the cooked macaroni into the first pan and mix well. Taste and sprinkle some more soy sauce if needed.

7) Sprinkle a teaspoon of garam masala over and serve. 

P.S.- Vegans can replace eggs and prawns with cottage cheese cubes, capsicums (bell peppers) and mushrooms.

 My Doodle recipe is a part of Easy Doodle Recipe contest at in association with .

Till Next,

Friday, October 4, 2013

Overuse of the Macguffin plot device in HIMYM

What exactly is the Macguffin plot device?
It is a plot vehicle adopted by several writers to advance or propel a story forward, a fulcrum in certain cases but which is of secondary importance to the developments in the main story. The use of this plot device was mainly popularized by the famous filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, who used it in multiple creations of his. This device is mostly used in thrillers, detective fiction and suspense stories where the Macguffin is revealed at a critical moment. The same device has been used in several TV seriates where usually the Macguffins are restricted to one episode or to one season. But there are shows like HIMYM who use the Macguffin for the entire set of seasons as a single thread.

How does the TV series How I Met Your Mother overuse this plot device?
The entire set up of the show is based on Ted Moseby searching for his perfect soul mate, the mother of his two kids to whom he is shown to be telling stories in every single episode about how he met their mother. The show is a sitcom and is amongst the very few in the genre which use the Macguffin plot device for the entire stretch of its origin, from the very first episode to almost the last.
The show has reached it’s ninth (and hopefully final) season and it is only in the final episode of the eighth season that the eagerly waiting audience and perhaps the very bored Moseby kids get to actually know about their real mother after hearing hundreds of tales about Ted and his awesome friends. The thrill of waiting to know how Ted meets his soul mate has slowly faded with time as viewers slowly have started to get frustrated by hopelessly waiting for the mystery woman to be unveiled.
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On a different note, Subho Mohalaya to all our readers, it is pujo time again!!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why Harboring a Crush is BETTER than being in a Relationship

That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call 'em something else.
Sixteen Candles

Despite the line quoted above, I still think that it’s easier to harbor crushes than have an actual relationship. I know lots of people would disagree and dismiss the idea of having crushes to be something juvenile and something which can only find meaning if you’re a sixteen year old school girl. Oh well, I certainly beg to differ.

For one thing, you are not obliged to wake up at eight am in the morning to text your boyfriend/girlfriend, “Good morning! Have a wonderful day. J” I am not saying it’s a bad thing but you know, if you happen to forget sending that text once in awhile – all hell will break lose. And even if your sweetheart doesn’t say it, he/she might have nagging insecurities about this tiny detail.

Speaking of insecurities, when you’re simply crushing on someone finding out what they’ve been up to and who’ve they’ve been spending time with simply does not matter. In fact, what matters is that despite his/her extremely busy schedule they manage five minutes to talk to you…And if they happen to reply to your text or IMs with an, “hey! I am so glad you pinged/texted me today” – ah, is it possible to stay afloat on cloud nine?


With relationships come the added dramas of having to meet each other over the weekend, if you’re both busy with work, college or simply cannot find time to give time to one another. I personally know way too many people who couldn’t “make it work” thanks to their conflicting schedules. Just take a peek at the celeb world. So many of them say they have parted ways due to the fact they could never find enough time to spend it with one another.

The best part about having a crush on someone is that they simply have no clue about it – usually. Unless you’re friends keep teasing you in front of him/her. If only the guy/girl is totally clueless, they’d not realize why people are giggling, whispering and saying things with double meanings when they are around. And admit it – you do like it when people tease you about your crush. There’s something oddly cute and sweet about the whole deal.

Imagine if your crush suddenly asks you to hang out with them without any prior notice – well, is it truly possible to die of happiness? Because that’s the only reaction that comes to mind when I look back and imagine my crush asking to simply hang out. What’s the best part about hanging out with your crush? You can go just about anywhere, and not worry about anything… You don’t have to live up the usual standards of a typical date. Honestly, what more could one ask for? Do you still need me to convince you why crushes are way better than having a relationship?

The last thing that comes to my mind is, haven’t you often heard people say the best time in their relationship was right before it officially began? That’s the time they’re both crushing on each other. Psychologists say that if crushes last more than four months, it is love… No wonder my crushes last less than one month!

There are people who make it a point to keep their sparks flying in their relationships and hats off to them for that. but for the rest of us, I still say, harboring a crush is way better that trying to make a relationship work.

Guest posted by Aniesha :)