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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rapes and 'Us'

(Source: Times of India) :
NEW DELHI: In a new low for a city already notorious as India's rape capital, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was left battling for her life after being brutally beaten up and raped by at least five drunken men in a private bus which was audaciously driven around south Delhi localities on Sunday night even as the crime was being committed inside.
The unconscious victim and her male friend, who too was badly beaten, were stripped and thrown off near the Mahipalpur flyover on NH-8 after being assaulted for almost an hour. They were picked up around 9.15pm, a time when many Delhiites are still out in the city.
The woman is on ventilator support, doctors at Safdarjung Hospital said. On Monday, she underwent a four-hour surgery. Doctors said her intestines had ruptured and she had genital injuries. Her friend, a 27-year-old engineer who was preparing to take the civil services exam, however, helped the police in preparing sketches of the accused.

... and this my friends, is not it!!

Yesterday, I reached home before it was dark. Partly because I had finished my assigned task within time and partly because my Mom's words were echoing in my mind- 'Dhyaan se raha karo. Late ho to akele mat (office se) ghar jaaya karo. Mujhe to tumhari chinta hoti hai.' (Translation: 'You should take care. If you get late, don't leave office alone. I am really worried about your safety') She had seen the news and like any parent was expressing her concern.

I was in a public transport vehicle today with 7-8 other people in it. The thought struck me... What if all these people knew each other and were a part of a larger gang that was conspiring against me? What if the driver did not stop when I ask him to, on reaching my destination. What if the females were also a part of the gang. Thankfully, nothing happened! The evil thoughts vanished into thin air atleast for the day! I was soon home and within hours tightly tugged in my blanket. Touchwood!

We, the girls live with such thoughts everyday of our lives. I cannot suggest Delhi/NCR to my sister as a city to live in and work as an independent female. Right from day one, our parents teach us to be independent. Then all of a sudden a horrendous incident leads the same people to tell us to be accompanied (read dependent) by a male almost always. And you really think it's possible and would help?

Recently, an officer from administrative services in Gurgaon had given a statement that girls in the city should avoid staying out after 7 to avoid hassles for themselves! The concern would have been appreciated had he amended the words 'we'll work to get the law and order in place to ensure safely for all' but unfortunately that looks like a dream from where we stand today.

To stop stepping out in dark is not an option because we have to do that to sustain. A male companion might not always be strong enough to fight odds. A group of male friends cannot be trusted; we have heard of cases were known people have indulged in shameful acts. Covering up is not a solution either because the eyes of 'animals' can scan through layers. But since nobody can think of a better solution and the only argument they have is 'prevention is better than cure', we the girls will continue to follow the myths that commuting in large groups, with male friends, all covered up and during day light is 'safe'.

Definitely installing the safety apps and will share the review soon!

People left-right-center are talking about the incidence.... on the lunch table, over coffee, in meetings, with family. Anger and concern are the emotions that are common to all. Some suggest capital punishment for the  rapists, some say stone them to death. The decision lies in the hands of the authority. The announcement of fast-track courts for rape cases looks like a good step ahead. Hope justice wins the battle.

Before I sign off, I have a question to ask. Almost every parent, concerned adult or friend must have told some or the other girl to take safety measures... but how many of us have told a boy to be within his limits and to respect the independence of the opposite sex? If not... It's time to teach the boys! For a better tomorrow!

God Bless!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Discount Discount

Where did November go?     **Startled**
Where did my last post vanish?    **Even more startled**

Kreative Korner has been in blogland for more than two years and in these two years, Novembers have been no-post-months. I am actually thinking of declaring November as the holiday month. Whatssay!! 
While I know that my extremely busy and exciting schedule made November flash by, I have absolutely no clue why-when-how my last post with all the Instagram Challenge pictures disappeared!! **sigh** 
I can see your wonderful replies under the 'Comments' tab but no post  :(
 Does Blogger start removing your blogposts if you do not publish new ones?
And do all you super smart veteran bloggers know of any way to restore what is lost? 

Since, I at least have all the pictures in my phone and can still see all your replies, I'll stop crying over spilled milk, right now and right here! Yaayyyy!! :) 

image via

I have an announcement to make..
Kreative Korner is offering a 25% discount on all it's products available on Fine Arts America... yes, ALL!
Just in time for Christmas... right  :)

Offer valid from December 7, 2012 to February 28, 2013

Hurry...Choose from below paintings and more LATEST ones!

Happy Shopping :)

Please note that this discount is on what I give to my friends. FAA charges the full amount for prints and shipping.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Instagram Photo Challenge - Day 2

Hello hello... 
Are you all clicking pictures for the October Photo Challenge
 on Instagram by ScottySauce? 
Well, I am!

Theme for the day - Car
And here is what I shared...

The car in picture is a hand-crafted, wooden vintage car model that we got from Nainital. 
It's actually meant to be gifted but taking photographs before wrapping up is OK, right? 
At least I am not using it in the true sense *wink*

See you tomorrow with something 'High Tech' :)
Though I have a concept in mind for tomorrow's theme and also, an already clicked pic - ready on Instagram roll,
 I'd love to hear if ya'll have ideas for me! 

Earlier Entries-
Day One - Orange

Monday, October 01, 2012

Instagram Photo Challenge - Day 1

When two consecutive posts include pointers to the same destination, you know something's fishy! The recipe that I shared in my last post Corn Tikki was a Pinterest inspiration and here I am back with another pin. **Yes, I am a crazy pinner!!**

Look what I found!

Source: instagram.com via Tanya on Pinterest

Mr. ScottySauce has a challenge going on on Instagram for which he has interesting themes for each day of the month. To participate, you simply have to take pictures using Instagram keeping the theme in mind, hash tag '#challengephotooctober' and you are done! I decided to take it up for three reasons:

1. I fell in love with Instagram at first meeting!
2. I am in no mood to be bound by rules and this challenge has almost none!
3. I like the themes and my mind is already working on creative interpretation and representations :)

Here is my entry for the day-


Any guesses.. what this is!

Willing to take up the challenge? Spare and share... spare a few minutes from your tight schedules and share your creativity! I am all set.. are you?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Saturday Brunch : Corn Tikki

Ready for weekend brunches? 

Come Friday evening and Sanket & I set ourselves free from being bound by time! I sleep till my body begs me to leave bed. Breakfasts make place for brunches and if it's one of those chicken-or-mutton-on-menu days, lunch comes in at around 5 pm followed by a second round post mid-night! 
** Highly unhealthy, we know!**

There is this one recipe that I stumbled-upon on Pinterest; and like I do for every 1 out of 5 pins, I quickly pinned it! The tempting picture of the 'Corn Crisps' led me to the page with actual recipe. Easy to find ingredients and quick to prepare recipe caught me. So, this is one of those dishes, which is not just pinned but is also tried. 

Here's my version of the desi-fied Corn Crisps, which I call Corn Tikki!

  • 1/2 cup Refined Flour (maida)
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Garam Masala Powder (optional)
  • 1-2 medium sized Green Chillies, chopped.
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 cups Corn
  • Salt to taste
  • Chaat Masala to taste
  • Refined or Vegetable Oil
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, cumin, sugar, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and butter. 
  • Blend the two together. Add in the corn and green chilli.
  • Pour oil in large nonstick skillet and heat the oil
  • For each tikki, drop a tablespoon full of batter into the oil. Fry them, flipping sides till both the sides turn golden brown.

  • Remove the tikkis from oil and lay on tissue paper to soak extra oil.
  • Sprinkle Chaat Masala on top.
  • Serve hot with ketchup or chutney.
This was amazingly quick and tasted superb as well. Next, I want to try it without eggs. Lemme know if you have already done that. It will save me some disasters in kitchen!

Hope you'll give the recipe a try and enjoy it.
Have a happy and 'corn'acious weekend!

Link to the original recipe.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hence Proved


'Hence Proved' the two words that have the power to take you back to the Algebra classes, where the ultimate goal was to prove that LHS=RHS and scribble 'hence proved' with pride, joy and satisfaction. Underlined for extra effect!

But why the title here is 'Hence proved' has nothing to do with Maths but with the equations I share with life. Everytime I am super excited about something, 'that something' changes it's route.

Latest: my Mom was to come! Tickets were booked two months in advance. I chalked out the plan to greet her with decent preparations. An elated me announced her visit to friends and collegues. The countdown went public on Facebook. The stage was all set to the finest details. I set the alarm for 4:45 AM and tried to contain my excitement so that I could sleep.

I had barely closed my eyes that the phone rang. Dad on the other side. My thoughts- Mom's flight must have departed... but Dad says it's cancelled and it was no joke!


Upset, I laid wide awake for the next couple of hours, rolling from side to side. Nobody had any idea about the re-arrangements, including the airways! All I knew was that there was no longer the need for the 4:45 AM alarm and my excitement was all marred!

Hence proved... Get super Excited about something and watch destiny crush it!! True yesterday and today!

Lesson learned.. Control your emotions.. Don't let destiny know what you are waiting for ;)


Friday, August 03, 2012

August is here!

Hardly a few hours into August and my Facebook status read-

'The much awaited end to the long, dry, sultry and high-on-budget month is here...
making way for my favorite part of the year -
chain of birthdays, 'anniversary', festivals, fun, family, monsoon, food and more!

Happy August y'all :)

Yes, August marks the beginning of my favorite part of the year, running through March! 8 out of 10 immediate family members have their birthdays in the next 6 months. Our wedding anniversary in November adds another occasion to the list. The Indian holiday calendar just makes it better with the highly biased ratio of 1:8 !!

Rakshabandhan celebrations on August 2nd gave a beautiful start to the festivities.

Summing it all up in my Collage Style

And this is how we bid good-bye to July'2012... with tears - tears of joy!

Because I cannot do without collages!

Hope the days to come are as good for all of us, as they appear to be from where we are today!
Wishing you all a terrific time ahead!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

This Time... Last Year

Almost the same time last year, my 11-month nephew had just left, leaving behind a lot of beautiful memories and dozens of baby food containers. Being my thrifty self, I had asked my SIL not to throw those cute Gerber plastic containers. We just washed and kept them aside. I simply wanted to retain the containers with absolutely no idea as to what to do with them. Nothing's new about it, I do this all the time!

A couple of days after my in-laws had left, I pulled out all the plastic containers that I had been collecting - yogurt containers, strawberry trays, cake boxes, baby food containers and a few more plastic boxes, all in varied shapes and sizes.

Here is what I pulled out from a dark deserted shelf in the kitchen.

The plastic containers that would have otherwise gone to the recycle bin, were re-used as planters.

I could not resist adding some designs to the shiny white ones. Grabbed the permanent marker and art-ified some yogurt and Gerber containers

Gerber before and after

Both complete


While there was not much to do in the Gerber containers except to cover the manufacturing details with the design, the yogurt ones did need some patience. The print on it was scrapped off using a paper knife, to get the plain white surface. The knife however, does leave behind a not-so-smooth surface. Nail paint remover can be another option or just spray-paint the entire thing in desired color!

Another addition to Project: Trash to Life!! More can be found here, here, here and here.

P.S.- Please let me know if the new look is confusing and unfriendly for you as readers. Thanks!

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Monday, July 09, 2012

Cake Debacle

Cakes and I have a Love-Hate relationship! I love cakes. Cakes hate me. Chocolate-vanilla-coffee-raindow-or-no flavor... With eggs-eggless.... Microwave-traditional oven... I have tried it all and failed!

What's funny is my enthusiasm and confidence with which I start baking each time. What's funnier is the end result... Chewy, hard, crisp, burnt, undercooked - I have had it all. The only times, they turn out to be edible are when somebody else is involved in the process. If I am on my own... *boooom*!

Years back, when I was not very well aware of this 'special bond' between cake and me, I invited a friend over to taste the cake that I was about to bake. Two excited teenagers we were- the host and the guest! The poor guy had to wait because THE cake was not quite ready when it first stepped out of the oven. Undercooked - that can be corrected, right! Just a matter of few more minutes. My friend, being my friend, shared my zeal and waited patiently for the second appearance of the cake and his share. The cake was finally set on the table, the knife was ready, 3 eager teens (including my sister) stood near the table, the cake looked good and it was finally the time to cut it. The knife touched the cake but... It never got through! The cake was not a cake but biscuit, only that it did not taste like the latter either!!

The same happened over this weekend. Some spoons of flour, sugar, oil, milk and blah-blah went down the drain. 

The only successful attempt till date remains the one that I baked on Sanket's birthday. Thanks to the Duncan Hines cake mix ;)

Isn't it a decent looking cake? So, for now I have decided to stick to the decorating part of it and leave baking to the experts. ( I am saying this but I know, the 'bake-a-cake' itch can never go away... LOL. Why Lord, why... why do I have to waste stuff in my pantry like this!). Talking about good looking cakes, there are so many on Pinterest that I could not resist dedicating a board for the creamy beauties. Sharing some. For more, please click here.

From Divacratus

From  1.bp.blogspot.com

From Click-Photography

From Cake Wrecks

From Lisa Hubbard

From My Sweet and Saucy

From Wedding Chicks

From No Ordinary Cake

From Cake Central

And before I leave, I'd like to share the link to the recipe I tried - Eggless Chocolate Cake in a Cup! Please don't go by my experience. Check it out for youself, here

Happy Baking to all you successful bakers out there. Got tips? Please do share. I am in need!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fun At Work

If the workplace allows some fun, no Jack can ever be a dull boy! 

My day today would have been just another day - analyzing client requirements, executing test cases, preparing test reports and scratching my head over metrics - had it not been for this absolutely fantastic Quilling workshop. The hour-long session was a welcome breather for all of us present there!

I had seen pictures... I had heard friends doing it but I had no idea how interesting and addictive quilling could be. The intention with which I attended the workshop was to know the basics of this art and I came back with the urge to do more! Thanks to Neha, a colleague and friend,  for taking the initiative to share her skills. Please do pay her a visit at Steps Towards Crafting.

Here are some of the pictures from today's session.

From where it started...

... to a practice final.

The placement of the pieces could have been better but what more do you expect when the people attending the workshop were trading every single strip *wink* and I my watch reminded me of all the pending work. Anyway, I hope to go back to my latest favorite store, I told you all about here, soon and lay my hands on some quilling material and come up with a better result.

For now, this was the Second of Firsts after the First of Firsts we saw here!!