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Oatmeal Ragi Dosa

Ingredients

½ cup oatmeal

½ cup Urad Dal

½ cup Ragi Flour

salt to taste

Method

Wash the Urad dal. Soak urad dal and oatmeal in water separately for 3-4 hours. Grind it to a smooth paste. Add ragi flour in the batter and grind again for 30 seconds. Add salt.

Let the batter ferment for 7-8 hours.

You can make thin and crispy dosas (like the regular dosas). Serve it with chutney.

Eggless Sugarless Cake with Dates

Ingredients:

About 25 Dates

3/4 cup of milk (any milk, I used skim)

1/3 cup oil

3/4 cup of all purpose flour (maida)

1 teaspoon Baking soda

Method:

Pulp the dates and beat them with milk and oil. Mix the blended mixture with the all purpose flour and baking soda. Sprinkle dry nuts on top and bake at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

Explore the culture and history of India

The social inheritance of India has constantly interested and pulled on the planet. The lavishness and the differing qualities of its social legacy and conventions has been mainstream in all ages over the world. Striking construction modeling, great illustrious royal residences and their excellence has been a fundamental piece of this legacy. Sightseers from around the globe have constantly belittled this regal craft and India's social legacy. These illustrious architectures offer a profound knowledge into the plentiful past of the lords and monarchs of India. 

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Several Well-known Customs Areas throughout India: 

Agra

Taj Mahal pulls in guests to Agra much the same as nectar to bumblebees. This antiquated landmark conceals the everlasting affection story of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built it to commit his wife Mumtaz. It stands tall being the acclaim of unending magnificence. The uncommon piece of this tomb is that its shade changes according to the progressions in daylight for the duration of the day. Agra likewise has other engaging and astonishing traveler goals you ought to visit. Here vacationers can get incredible tourism, shopping and diversion encounter as it has extensive number of amusement territories. 

Konark Sunshine Forehead

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Hampi

Found in the state of Karnataka, Hampi is a town which is gotten to in Vijayanagaram. Vijayanagaram was the realm and Hampi was the last capital of it presently, it is known as one extraordinary Hindu realm in the history of India. Hampi got to be well known for authentic remnants and sanctuaries which are all things considered known as the Monuments Group of Hampi. Hampi is additionally renowned for ancient galleries, market boulevards, strongholds, castles and sanctuaries. 

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Yet another concern on earth Customs Website throughout India, the actual Ajanta and Ellora caverns illustrate attractive paintings with it is dividers and top. The caves associated with Ajanta are popular for statues and works of art and also the caves associated with Ellora are popular for their amazing old structure. The pleasant canvases depict lifespan associated with the almighty Buddha and Buddhist divinities.


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Explore the culture and history of India

Baahubali the beginning

baahubali the beginningThis weekend I watched what is touted as India’s biggest, most expensive, epic movie Baahubali and the movie lives up to its hype and then some more! A complete package of technical brilliance, gripping storytelling and outstanding performances by all actors. This is the first part of a two part movie, and the movie strikes the right balance of entertaining at the same time leaving you with enough intrigue for the second part.

Spoiler alert – story ahead

An age old story of denied rights to an undeserving weak character leading to the great war of their descendants. BijjalaDeva (Nasser) is denied the throne to the kingdom of Mahishmati due to his weak character which he attributes to his deformed hand. His brother dies an untimely death and his wife dies in child birth after delivering the prince Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas as the father). Sivagami (Ramya Krishna) the fair, just and ruthlessly courageous wife of BijjalaDeva(Nasser) also has a son BhallalDeva(Rana Daggubati).  Sivagami assumes the duties of the throne without ascending it, after a bloodbath of revolting ministers with the help of Kattappa(Sathyaraj) an honor bound slave to the throne. The two cousins, sons of Bijjala Deva and his brother, are provided equal opportunity to prepare them for the throne but as expected, Bhallaldeva houses a grudge against Baahubali fanned further by his father Bijjaladeva.

This story is told as a flashback to Shivudu (Prabhas as the son) who is raised by the tribal chief. The movie begins with Sivagami carrying an infant, an arrow stuck in her back and fighting the soldiers chasing her. She jumps in the torrential waters and manages to hand over the baby to the tribals before being consumed by the waters. The baby is Shivudu (Prabhas), who meets and falls in love with a rebel warrior Avantika(Tamannah) tasked with rescuing the princess Devasena(Anushka Shetty) tied up in chains as a prisoner in the town square of Mahishmati. Shivudu manages the daring rescue but has to fight Kattappa and Bhadrudu(Adavi Sesh) who is Bhallaldeva’s son. Shivudu beheads Bhadrudu and now must face the wrath of Kattappa; but instead Kattappa bows down in loyalty on recognizing Shivudu as Mahendra Baahubali, the son of Amarendra Baahubali and Devasena. As Kattappa tells the back story of Shivudu’s ancestors, he leaves us on a cliffhanger for part 2 without telling the details of how he –Kattappa - back stabbed and killed Amarendra Baahubali(Prabhas the father).

End spoiler alert

The story resembles many Indian mythological stories – the main storyline directly follows Mahabharat’s enmity between Duryodhana and Pandavas. Bhallaladeva’s preferred weapon is similar to the mace the favorite weapon of Duryodhana. The story of Shivudu looks like the story of birth of Krishna, complete with the mother being imprisoned and the rescue in the flowing waters. The powerful, just and warrior queen mother Shivagami who rules without ascending the throne feels like historic Laxmibai transported to Mahishmati. The character of Devasena, who could have easily escaped but instead endures all the tortures to seek revenge may on the surface remind of Rakhi’s character of Karan Arjun but seems more inspired from Draupadi of Mahabharat who keeps the embers of revenge alive. Kattappa’s character has the tragic melancholy of Bhishma’s vow as it binds him to serve the throne even in their acts of injustice.

The story may not be new but in the hands of the master story teller Rajamouli, it transcends you into the world of Mahishmati for 2 hours 40 minutes keeping you completely entertained and leaving you wanting for more. The visual effects are stunning and never seen before in Indian Cinema. They deftly enhance the beautiful locations with computer imagery that the viewer cannot tell where reality ends and CGI begins.

The story and cinematography is supported well by all actors, both the seasoned ones like Ramya Krishna, Sathyaraj and Nasser as well as the younger generation with Prabhas, Rana, Anushka and Tamannah. Ramya Krishna outshines them all with her fierce, dignified portrayal of Sivagami, Sathyaraj as Kattappa brings out the anguish of the character as he is morally ashamed of the actions he has to carry through due to the vow that binds him to the throne. Nasser and Rana are the epitome of villainy with the right undercurrents of wickedness without being over the top. Prabhas is forceful and his sheer energy of performance overshadows his bulging biceps. Tamannah is beautiful and reminds of Hemamalini in Dreamgirl and is suitably fierce as the rebel warrior. Anushka’s brief appearance in the first half as Devasena is impressive, watch out as her story unfolds in part 2.

Costumes always play a huge part in bringing the characters to life and the love and attention to details of costume design shows. The beautiful silks bring the royalty to life, the use of nauvari style of draping saree for Sivagami brings in shades of powerful historic women like Jeejamata and Laxmibai. Tamannah looks like an apsara in the white costume and Devasena’s saree and make up makes her look like a mad woman consumed with revenge. The royal silk colors used for men are equally good, fashion designers take note of the colors for men’s ethnic Indian costumes!

It is never one big thing that makes a movie great but it is attention to all the small details that really elevates it. Be it the makeup, costumes, cinematography, or creating the new language spoken by Kalakeya’s tribe. Kudos to the whole team for making sure every small detail was given the attention it needed.

There are plenty of firsts this movie attempts – this may be the first time an Indian movie is made in two parts, it is the first time an Indian movie is shot with an all-digital Alexa XT camera, the Marketing team has done extremely well building up the excitement for the movie using digital and social channels for the last 2years.

 The dream of Baahubali has become a reality through hard work, and calculated risk. Congratulations team Baahubali for this milestone movie!

The wait for part 2 begins……….

Baahubali the beginning

Euro 2016 - A Satire


UEFA EURO 2016

  So here we are again. End of another football tournament, which truth be told, wasn’t a ‘classic’ by any stretch of the imagination - most games often had late goals, no goals, or own goals. The keener eyed readers amongst you may actually point out that there were very few own goals in these Euros, removing a lovely football metaphor for anyone who has heard of “Brexit”. But much like BBC and ITV pundits, this article has taken on the more informed view that facts matter little as long as one speaks in the football truisms that Alan Shearer and Phil Neville are so well versed in. 

Traditionally, the “winner” of the tournament is usually considered the team to emerge victorious in the final and gets to lift the shiny cup in front of all the photographers. This outdated view no longer applies to the Euros, a tournament held together by the storylines of the various underdogs and their triumphs against the more established international teams. 


Don’t get me wrong, Portugal are worthy winners. They deserve congratulations for somehow winning the entire tournament, despite even their best intentions. Not winning a single football match within the first 90 minutes wasn’t evidence of their lack of cutting edge, but rather proof of how much they enjoyed playing football. Coach Fernando Santos even lamented the fact that group stages didn’t also have extra time; thankfully, UEFA have decided that instead of expanding the number of teams in the tournament, the next edition will instead feature expanded matches that last 120 minutes rather than just 90. If Albania vs. Ukraine doesn’t seem like 120 minutes of fun, I don’t know what does. 


Where do we start? Let’s start with the man of the moment, new Portugal assistant manager, Cristiano Ronaldo. His tactical nous masterminded a famous victory - one looks forward to him continuing this player/manager role that he has already perfected. His selfless side was also exposed during this tournament, as he only took more shots on goal than seven of the 24 teams playing in this expanded competition format. His ‘outburst’ after the 1-1 group stage draw against favourites Iceland was misunderstood as criticism, when he was in fact outlining Portugal’s strategy for the rest of the tournament. “Iceland didn’t try nothing, they just defend, defend, defend, they had two chances and scored a goal, it was a lucky night for them. We’re frustrated, they didn’t try and play. It’s why I think they will do nothing here. In my opinion, it’s a small winning mentality.”

Neutrals all around the world were desperately cheering the biggest of tournament underdogs, England, to succeed in this tournament. Having gotten out of the group stages, Roy Hodgson was able to exceed all expectations, and was desperately unlucky in what was a close fought game with pre tournament favourites, Iceland. England are definitely a team for the future - one must only wonder how they can replace one of their most successful tournament managers, who led the team so ably in both Brazil and France. His tactical nous and game management really came to the fore in game that will last long in the memory of neutrals. The press, for obvious reasons, could not stop talking about the plucky underdogs, whose very qualification was a surprise given their failed attempts in the past and the apparent shortcomings of their manager, and how they almost defeated the pre-tournament favourites Iceland. Sadly though, football doesn’t always reward the deserving. 


This tournament was not just an opportunity for countries to either boast their prowess at football or pretend like they have never played the sport before; it gave individual players the big stage in which to showcase their talents. Pundits and other experts continue to blabber on about the usual players: Griezmann, Ronaldo, Bale, Kroos and so on, but for me, the best player was definitely Joe Hart. Although he has been blamed for his individual mistakes, no other goalkeeper came close struggle to match Hart’s style and grace in goal, particularly when almost saving free kicks. The one other player who has a realistic and credible claim to the man of the tournament award will come as no surprise to you I hope; Tamás Kádár from Hungary. The timid, clumsy defender epitomized the Hungarian team and spirit, and was one the main reasons that they were able to concede 6 goals in just 3 games. Undoubtedly, this was one of his better tournaments and Kádár should look back on it with pride.


Sweden, or rather Zlatan, as they are now known as, also played out of their skin. Zlatan’s only clearcut chance all tournament on goal was blazed gloriously wide, reminiscent of Fernando Torres in Chelsea heyday. Much like this tournament, neither Sweden nor Zlatan really fit into this article but I fear that an article without Zlatan would simply not be worth reading. 


Rivalling Sweden/Zlatan for recognition as the biggest overachievers of the tournament was a monumental challenge - but it was one that Belgium were ready for. After the underwhelming performances in recent years, Belgium’s success in this tournament was a welcome change. Although they were easily one of the top three most gifted sides, they graciously chose not to defend against Wales to try and make the game more of a contest. Critics may argue they would have benefited from some tactical coaching, or at least some time on the training pitch together as a unit, but that is simply not the Wilmots way.


Which reminds me (on a completely unrelated note), that we all owe Monsieur Platini and his UEFA chums a big apology. His critics cynically accused Platini of courting the smaller nations by opening up qualification groups, and warned of both the ethical and footballing consequences. Whatever alleged corruption charges they have had to deal with, and for all the slander they received in the press, one can confidently conclude that expanding the tournament to include more nations had absolutely no adverse effect on the quality of football on display. Quite the opposite in fact; as viewers of the nail biting 1-1 Ireland - Sweden football epic can attest to, the Euros was an even more enthralling spectacle than usual. These Euros had the added advantage of intimacy- never before has a regular fan truly felt like they definitely belonged on the football pitch, probably in the starting XI of half teams, and arguably the star striker that Austria was calling out for. 


This article would also be remiss if it did not recognise that one of the best teams in the tournament, Russia, could not have set the tournament on fire the way that it did had it not been for its glorious fanbase. Rarely has a major international sports event such as this taken place amidst such heightened security concerns, and the always helpful Russians took it upon themselves to increase security at stadiums and in cities.  After their looting in Marseille cheering in Paris, Russian striker Arterm Dzyuba reassured his fellow patriots that “This is not a street fighting championship, this is football” and that they could therefore continue to enjoy the Euros in their characteristically good natured fashion. Marseille was clearly unprepared for any potential violence, so the contributions of Russia’s trained professional hooligan squad and England hooligans regular supporters were especially welcome. One Russian MP, understandably proud of the diplomatic progress and improvements to safety that Russians were contributing towards, boldly told supporters “well done lads, keep it up.” Rumour has it Marseille will soon offer him a a key to the city, if for nothing else but to give police offers a day off.


Given how the Confederations Cup is less than 11 months away and soon after the World Cup itself, both hosted in Russia, this tournament has given them the right time to build their confidence and restructure their thinking. By overcoming their difficulties, namely that they have no head coach, and that their federation is facing dire financial difficulties, this team was successful in redirecting attention back onto the pitch. Certain fans will always be unreasonably demanding. It was left to Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, an expert in anti corruption measures and understatement, to offer a strong defence of the Russian footballers caught celebrating in a Monte Carlo nightclub days after exiting the Euro group stages as triumphant participants. Having done their nation proud, they chose to celebrate in the best way possible, spending more than 500,000$ on champagne at next Italian manager Flavio Briatore’s nightclub. Unfortunately, luddites will always criticise - yet as Putin’s spokesperson so eloquently remarked, “If it [conceited disgrace] was done by the soccer players themselves, let God judge them.” One waits with baited breath then for Mr. Putin’s verdict. 


Alas, I can ramble no further as the tournament has now ended.  The one lasting regret that all fans have, and can’t escape, is never finding out what Will Grigg can really do when he's on fire. But fear not - football will begin in August again, and I can’t wait to see what he does for Real Madrid next season. For those too restless and still eager to waste the rest of the summer, I highly recommend the Rio Olympics. Having been one of the lucky few to have been given the script for the tournament well in advance, I can only suggest that the organisers have some surprises planned as to the winners of the 100m sprint, tennis doubles, and long jump. Until then, au revoir!


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