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Mindful Eating- Pasta & Quinoa toss with dry roasted bell pepper.

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Quinoa(Q)- Hi there!
Pasta(P)- What you doing here? 
Q- Came to give you company.
P- Huh! I am THE PASTA from ITALY. I don't need company.
Q- Try me. You won't regret.  I am a healthy companion. I am gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain all nine essential amino acids. I am also high in fibre, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. I do no harm. Plus I bring along these lovely red ladies. 
P- Really?
Q- Yep.
P- Okay. Let's try. But you better know-I am THE PASTA from ITALY.
Q- Yeah. Will remember that dear friend. Trust, it's a new taste but likeable.
And thus...comes the recipe.


Preparation Time-20 mins (includes the time taken to boil pasta and quinoa. Also includes time taken to chop the vegetables).
Cook time-10 mins
Total time-30 mins.
Recipe for -Lunch preferably
Cuisine-Indo-Chinese
Serves- 2 adults
THE WHAT? Ingredients 1.5 cup of pasta ( I used shell pasta.) 1 cup of quinoa ½ c…

Why Motivation Cuppa?

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Motivation cuppa is about musing and amusing found in a regular, everyday life. Small or big, a regular life is abundant with experiences which make one stop, think, smile and move on.

Humor or a paradox, satire or a twist, a wit or a jibe, playful or silly, jolly or laughable... it's everything worth stopping by or letting go...in our daily ordinary, typical, run-of-the-mill existence...

Motivation Cuppa is about these very moments here and there and the motivation we draw from our ordinary, prosaic existence. It's about learning to look at life beyond imperfections. Savour it with your favourite cuppa of coffee or chai.






Mindful Eating- Recipe- Burnt Garlic spreads over Black Eyed Bean and Cracked Wheat stir fry.

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I can't get enough of cracked wheat. Weekdays lunch are all about tossing various ingredients together to form a 'healthy bowl'.
Cracked Wheat has taken me over completely and I don't mind it either.This one uses the boiled cracked wheat with parboiled black-eyed beans and toss it in Indo-Chinese flavours along with chopped vegetable and burnt garlic.



Preparation Time-20 mins (included the time taken to boil  cracked wheat).
Cook time-10 mins
Total time-30 mins.
Recipe for -Lunch preferably
Cuisine-Indo-Chinese
Serves- 2 adults
THE WHAT? Ingredients 1.5 cup of cracked wheat 1 cup of black eyed bean ( soaked overnight) ½ cup chopped carrots ½ cup chopped bell pepper ½  onion chopped 6-8 cloves of garlic finely chopped 2 green chilli finely chopped 2 tsp of soya sauce 2 tsp chili garlic sauce 2 tsp vinegar 1 tsp black pepper powder 1 stick of green onion for garnishing.

Mindful Eating - Barley, Cracked Wheat and Kale pulao- A fibre based recipe

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This one is totally new invention for me with my three favourites -Barley, Cracked Wheat and Kale leaves.
Barley is a very versatile cereal grain and is known to have rich nutritional content -molybdenum, manganese, dietary fibre, and selenium, and a good source of copper, vitamin B1, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, and niacin. Cracked Wheat is primarily a wheat product made from whole raw wheat kernels which are made into small pieces which resemble rice grains. As the name suggests cracked wheat is made from whole wheat berries, hence it carries a great deal of nutrition and fibre. The rich outer bran and the germ of the wheat are what makes it so healthy. For this reason, it is often added to healthy diets, especially those eaten by people who are concerned about heart health.
Kale is one of the healthiest amongst all the green leafs around.In a 100 gram serving, raw kale provides 49 calories and is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, and manganese.K…

CHIRP-- Do you have a bucket? If not, do you still die well?

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Cult films which ensured we bought that 'bucket'.

To the not so knowledgeable, The Bucket List is a 2007 American comedy-drama film directed by Bob Reiner.It's about two teminally ill men on a road trip to fulfill their wish list.
You knew about this? May be yes may be no.But everybody seems to have it, either original or copied from someone. It makes one look all too KOOL and the ones who don't have it to look like FOOLS. If I get it right, it’s all copied. The idea, the trend and the list. ;)
A trend that started a decade back or so...do not really remember if it was there around DDLJ and KKHH times. To the non-Bollywood types - it's the movie Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayegein and Kuch Kuch Hota hai. Yes, we sometimes refer to that era by these names.
And post then everyone has a bucket list and there are two things pretty much everyone wants to do- adventure and travel. It's become a life ka 'sawaal' now. You don't die well if you haven't done rafti…

CHIRP- A Facebook group dicussion leads to interesting revelations. A journey of unfliching devotion to family.

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THE BATTLE BETWEEN STAY AT HOME MUMS AND WORKING MUMS... WHO HAS THE EDGE?

A Facebook post of a woman and her  momentary self-doubt( I wonder why people don't respect SAHM?) which is all too natural gave way to a raging debate and fierce battle only to leave some with hurt feelings, scratched self-respect and bruised ego. Working mums defended their stand and Stay at home mums tried to save theirs. Did they forget that they are one and the same?
I was a part of it and I watched what transpired amongst 250 women when their status-quo was challenged.
This I guess is the new debate considering many of women have primarily been SAHM(Stay-at-Home-Mums). It’s now for the past two decades that the ‘working mums’ are also constituting a big part of the woman population and hence comes the divide, each mum being territorial in holding her front ensuring 'NOBODY CROSSES THE FENCE'. But fences did get crossed and what was said is not as important what was not said.
Respond vs React- When …