Aug 13

A quick response

Just reached Bangalore, went home and got on the net to find all those lovely comments… got some nice things to share with all of you about our journey here and some great times in Bombay will keep that for another post… Also some really nice recipes brewing πŸ™‚

2 things i want to comment on:

1. A few people don’t like my crazy sense of humour… well, the jokes i posted here are the ones that i really liked… made me laugh out really loud and keep sniggering for some time after that.

They may have a slightly adult theme, but i don’t really think there are many 6 year olds reading this blog! So for all you appalled people out there, lighten up… and join the laughter… coz once in a while there are going to be some jokes like this on the blog πŸ™‚

2. Ivan is real… very much so… he is NOT someone i created… he is an Art of Living teacher, works in IBM and lives in Sydney in Australia with his very lovely wife Sarah who is also a teacher and incidentally sings opera at the Sydney Opera house. You can write to him at … Most probably he and Sarah should be here for Navaratri this year and for all you doubters out there, come see me then and i will introduce him to you!

and now for another laugh (another one of Vikram’s, click to read up his blog)…

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Ralph out. When the Head Nurse became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news she said, “Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged; since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph, the patient you saved, hung himself with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.”

Edna replied “He didn’t hang himself. I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?”

TRM starts tomorrow for all us Indian teachers, i don’t know if i will be able to post anything till monday… (i may sneak in somethings tonight, but no promises) so take care everyone… and read up stuff dinesh and i have written on the blog over this weekend, and definitely cook something from all the recipes that are here… AND DO COMMENT!!

Jai Gurudeva!

Aug 12

Cheers to the Breath and Sudarshan Kriya

One fine morning, I woke up at Anjana’s house with a song in my head. I took a deep breath in and a couple of hours later, the song took birth. It came out in rap (or ‘rapchick’) style. I asked one of the best song-maker I knew, to set it to music and sing it (lyrics are below). Click That thing you do with your nose to listen to the song and please write to the classy Daniel Moss and tell him how you liked it.

That thing you do with your nose

Breathe Breathe Breathe away
To the rhythm of your soul
The solution to your woes
Flows right under your nose.

So get ready with you bows
And your red rose arrows
Love truly flows and grows
When you dissolve big fat egos.

Deal with life’s highs and lows
Vanquish all your silly foes
Drown the rest of your sorrows
If only, You do that thing with your nose!

Love even they who oppose
That’s the best of all mottos
He reaps as he sows
Says the wise one who knows.

Breathe Breathe Breathe away
To the rhythm of your soul
Its easier that licking your elbows
That thing you do with your nose.

The birds, the bees and all of those
Do their naughty things with close windows
And even when they doze
They still do that thing with their nose.

Very little poetry and some prose
Has been composed on blowing your nose
Yet the best pleasure nature bestows
Flows right under your nose.

You can dig into those cheesy tacos or sinful chocos
And yet shed those extra kilos,
If the discipline you impose
Gets you to do that thing with your nose.

When come calling the head honchos
Your paycheck can add extra zeroes
If in between the his and hellos
You disclose
You do that thing with your nose

Those that smartly used their nose,
The world labeled them weirdoes or psychos
Before long their glory arose
As they joined the march of the heroes

Whether you dwell in borrows or chateaus
Anyone from Librans to Virgos
Breathe in the fragrance of the rose
And do that thing with your nose.

So kick in to some new clothes
Plus add some attitude that shows
That nothing can shake those
Who do that thing with their nose.

Breathe in in let go go go…
Breathe in in let go go go…

I am the Libran and Bawa is the Virgo…
Goes without saying, I am inspired by all your comments;-)

Aug 11

Ice Cream and the Present Moment

I needed a photo of delicious ice cream for this post… just couldn’t find it, so i made dinesh pose for it, and we started today morning with dinesh eating gooey, tasty, full of sugar (!) ice cream… after taking the photos there was some left over, so i had a few bites as well!!! πŸ™‚

And then, we noticed that the photos didn’t come out good, so dinesh had to eat ice cream all over again! *sigh* πŸ™‚

Ahh well… Sugar day today!

This is from a few years ago…

Dinesh and i were walking along a beautiful shady lane in the dadar parsi colony of Bombay. We were both eating ice cream… and suddenly he got very excited… his eyes were shining, he had had a realization!

He said Do you see how we feel that the last bite of the ice cream is special? We eat the whole thing, but then really, really savour the last bite… Why don’t we eat each bite as if it’s the last one?!

Why can’t we live life, each moment to its fullest? Savouring it, relishing it… Like its our last…

Living in the present moment means eating each bite of ice cream as if it were the last one!!!

We really enjoyed our ice creams after that… πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

Aug 9

Musk Melon Salad

This is a fantastic cold salad that i promised everyone…

Musk Melon is a fruit which i would usually give a miss… This recipe from Tina (Vikram’s wife) makes it “almost edible” in Vikram’s words :)… It tastes refreshingly good and can make a colurful addition to the table and will go very well with the pumpkin basil soup and the Breadzza

Peel and cut into big chunky pieces 2 small or 1 big musk melon(s) and put them in the fridge for a few hours. Transfer to a big glass bowl. Get 150-200 gms of nice fresh feta cheese and crumble it in the bowl with the melon pieces. Very finely chop up a bunch of fresh parsley (you could even use celery) and a few sprigs of mint and add to the melons and cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste and a dash of olive oil… Toss well. Put in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve cold with hot toasted whole wheat bread and butter… You may optionally sprinkle some pine nuts into the salad as well…

Jai Gurudeva!

Aug 9

Life for 30 minutes

Bonus post for everyone…

We spent a very very happy few hours at Vikram and Tina’s lovely little home in Kandivili… We cooked, ate, joked, laughed, edited HTML, ate more, had mango milkshake (!) (Tina keeps them frozen in her deep fridge, saved up for those times that you just HAVE to have them), watched the rain, rested… you get the idea?!

Well, Vikram told us many jokes, here is the one that had us laughing for the longest time…

In a beautiful garden, there were two almost nude statues in quite an erotic position… a handsome incredible hunk man statue and a delicate beautiful really lovely willowy woman statue, gaxing longingly at each other, separated by a wide expanse of lawns…

They had been there for many, many years and one day God while looking over that particular part of the universe, felt great compassion for both of them, and He proclaimed: The two of you will have life for the next 30 minutes… and there was a crack of thunder and a great white and pink flash of lightning and Lo! The two came alive…

Full of desire the man looked to the woman and in a hoarse whisper said, Shall we?

and the woman lowered her eyes shyly (knowing they had so little time together) barely whispered… yes…

And the two of them disappeared behind a big bush… and there was a lot of shaking, strange guttural sounds, leaves falling, moans and groans, and after a bit, they both appeared, disheveled, satisfied, with silly smile on their faces and twigs stuck in their hair… and they realized that only 15 minutes had passed…

Very expectantly, the man looked at the woman again and this time cried out… Please… shall we do it again?!!

The woman quickly nodded her consent, and enthusiastically whispered to her lover:

Yes, yes, but this time YOU hold the pigeon while i shit on it!!

Jai Gurudeva!

ps Vikram writes a lovely blog, he has lots of great stuff including some beautiful photos on it… Click Vikram’s Blog to read it… do put some comments on his blog about this joke… and tell him to write more of this kind of stuff as well … πŸ™‚

Aug 9

Dear Cardinal Pell…

Ivan is incorrigible!

I can’t believe he actually sent this letter to Cardinal Pell … tongue firmly in cheek, here it is word for word πŸ™‚

I thought I’d send a copy of a recent letter I sent to Cardinal Pell in the lead up to the Pope’s visit here (Sydney). (I also cc’d it to the main paper but I got no answer from either.)

His Eminence George Cardinal Pell, A.C., D.Phil.(Oxon)., F.A.C.E.
Catholic Church Offices
Polding Centre
133 Liverpool Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Dear Cardinal Pell,

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Laws leading up to the Pope’s visit to Australia. I do, however need some further advice from you regarding elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.

Firstly, in Leviticus – Chapter 25, Verse 44, it states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighbouring nations. My friends here in New South Wales claim this applies to Victorians but not to Queenslanders. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own a Queenslander?

Secondly, my neighbour Harry said the other day he was thinking of selling his daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus Chapter 21, Verse 7. In this day and age, and all things considered, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

Thirdly, another neighbour, Romy, insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus Chapter 35, Verse 2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself or will you send someone around to finish him off?

Then, Leviticus, Chapter 21, Verse 20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear contact lenses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wriggle room here?

Another of the more troubling concerns is that most of my male friends here in Australia get their hair trimmed these days, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus in Chapter 19, Verse 27. How should they die?

Lastly, some of my colleagues here at IBM tend to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them as instructed by Leviticus Chapter 24, Verses 10-16? I’m really busy and stoning can take such a long time to get all the rocks organized and then there’s all the cleaning up afterwards.

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help.

Thank you again for reminding me that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

Yours faithfully,

Ivan Brownrigg

cc The Sydney Morning Herald

Aug 7

Basil Pumpkin Soup

We had recently been to this fantastic restaurant called Flags in Mumbai. Then we went to their branch in Poona and were sorely dissapointed with almost everything there. It was very strange how it was almost perfect and Bombay and completely sucked really big time in Poona :)… But that’s another story and we will get into it later… We had a fantastic soup there… here is my variation…

Take 5 fairly big pieces of Orange Pumpkin (little more than half of it), peeled. 2 pieces dice small, the others cut into big chunky pieces.
A big bunch of fresh basil leaves roughly chopped, stems removed.
1 pod garlic finely chopped
1 bunch of lemon grass tied with a string
a dollop of fresh cream
Olive oil

In a pressure cooker, add olive oil, finely chopped garlic and cook till it browns. Add the basil leaves and salt to taste. Add the big pumpkin pieces and cook for a bit. Now take a big bunch of lemon grass and tie it with a string and pop into the cooker. Add water to cover everything and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.

While it is cooking, lightly saute the small pumpkin pieces with some olive oil, salt and basil leaves.

Let the cooker cool and then open it. Remove the lemon grass bunch from it. Whirr the mixture to a smooth consistency and then add the sauted pumpkin pieces to it. Cook for some time. Before serving nice n hot with toasted wholewheat bread and butter, stir in a dollop of fresh cream.

You may optionally add the juice of 1 lemon, if you like it still smore sour. It has a brilliant pumpkinny, lemony, basily taste which pleasantly surprizes the tongue… Witha anice cold salad it would make a perfect meal!

Cold salad tomorrow! πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

Aug 6


Too lazy to make a pizza base from scratch? (i have a superb recipe for it, you will just have to wait until i perfect it and post it here), ok then make Breadzza!! It’s really really simple to make and tastes absolutely awesome (of course!)

You will need:

For the Pizza Sauce

10 tomatoes finely chopped
A generous amount of olive oil
a big bunch of fresh basil leaves roughly cut and washed (stem removed)
1 clove of garlic finely chopped or mashed
1 tsp of garam masala (!)
2 small pieces of jaggery (approx 1 in big)
a dash of fresh cream
a dollop of butter
salt to taste
a dried red chilly
Optional 3 pieces of sundried tomatoes cut into strips

In a large pan heat the olive oil and when hot, add the dried red chilly. Add garlic and cook till it browns. Add the basil leaves (you may reserve a few to add later) and garam masala, cook for a bit… add the jaggery. Remove the red chilly. If you leave it in, the sauce becomes too spicy and i personally fon’t like it that way. Add all the tomatoes. Cook everything until tomatoes are well done.

Now whirr the mixture with a hand blender until the tomatoes become a nice smooth paste. Continue to cook for a bit after adding the sundried tomatoes. You may even add a few more basil leaves at this point. You may also optionally add some spinach to this sauce and cook for a bit. Finally stir in the fresh cream, this gives a really rich colour to the sauce. Its good enough to just add some mushrooms and other veggies and eat as a soup with some hot toasted bread and butter πŸ™‚

For the toppings i used:

Diced mushrooms
roughly cut spinach
some green peas
small pieces of sundried tomatoes
thin round slices of zucchini
small pieces of brocolli which i had just sauted in butter with a dash of salt
grated smoked cheese (optional)
small pieces of mozzarella cheese
You can also use some grated cheddar (amul) cheese along with the mozzarella
Basil pesto will be a fantastic addition too

Grease a baking tray.

Pre heat an oven to 220 deg.

Arrange pieces of multi grain bread on it and spread the sauce we made earlier on it generously. Add the toppings in whatever combination and quantities you wish. Go easy on the cheese. Add the pesto last. Feel free to add whatever toppings other than the ones i suggested above (pineapple, paprika, cabbage, diced tomatoes… use your imagination)

Bake at 220 deg for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese melts and turns golden brown.

Remove from oven, Put on a plate and very lightly drizzle with olive oil. Eat piping hot! This is really very simple to make with minimum fuss. The sauce stays well in a fridge for 2-3 days. Have it tonight or make it as a special treat for everyone over the weekend πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

ps i don’t like these photos so much, didn’t have my camera yesterday, so had to make do with another one… will post better photos, when i make it again and have a better camera…

Aug 5

Wild Ride

Shivani from australia sent this one, its really funny! πŸ™‚

After getting all of Pope Benedict’s luggage loaded into the limo, and He doesn’t travel light, the driver notices that the Pope is still standing on the curb

‘Excuse me, Your Holiness,’ says the driver,

‘Would you please take your seat so we can leave?’

‘Well, to tell you the truth,’ says the Pope, ‘they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I’d really like to drive today.’

‘I’m sorry but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job!

And what if something should happen?’ protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning.

‘There might be something extra in it for you,’ says the Pope.

Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 105 mph.

‘Please slow down, Your Holiness!!!’ pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens. ‘Oh, dear God, I’m gonna lose my license,’ moans the driver.

The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes Back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.

‘I need to talk to the Chief,’ he says to the dispatcher.

The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going a hundred and five.

‘So bust him,’ says the Chief.

‘I don’t think we want to do that – he’s really important,’ said the cop.

The Chief exclaimed, ‘All the more reason!’

‘No, I mean really important,’ said the cop.

The Chief then asked, ‘Who have you got there, the Mayor?’

Cop: ‘Bigger.’

Chief: ‘Governor?’

Cop: ‘Bigger.’

‘Well,’ said the Chief, ‘Who is it?’

Cop: ‘I think it’s God!’

Chief: ‘What makes you think it’s God?’

Cop: ‘He’s got the (*expletive deleted*) Pope as a chauffeur!’

Aug 4

You = Happiness!

Ok, i know i said i wont be posting for some time… but hey, i got a working internet connection in Poona (Bombay is still iffy), so here is some nice stuff for everyone to read πŸ™‚

Here is (my interpretation of) a little incident that happened in Rashmin’s course:

They were talking about how it is your very nature to be happy… and suddenly Rashmin displayed a stroke of sheer genius!

He made one of the participants stand up and told her to get angry… c’mon, he said get angry, frown, get upset!

She just looked at him in confusion and bewilderment… then he just as abruptly told her, ok smile! and she promptly smiled!

and so he concluded, See how smiling, laughing is just effortless! You can do it for no reason whatsoever! When i asked you to get angry or upset you can’t do it without a reason, but when i asked you to smile, you didn’t need a reason to smile, you just did it, simply and effortlessly… Happiness is your very nature…

You are made of a substance called happiness!

(to) Be Happy… (simply) Be Yourself! πŸ™‚

Jai Gurudeva!

ps remind me to write about dinesh’s insight about happiness… maybe next Monday?

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