khwaish 1- the wish

I got chance to see the film Pakeezah when i was quite young. Every frame was recorded on my memory-the mental-scape.
All the emotions felt by the Meena Kumari ji on screen were felt by my brain cells also.  
She was such a persona that no space will be enough to write about her. Now At the age of 40 I think of many dimensions of those memories.

Those women really suffered a lot. They were on one hand were exploited by men and  on the other hand ill-treated by the women of that time, which caused them double agony.

Well, if one says that they exploited men, then I would say it was not fault of these women.

One has to see the Umrao jaan, the film by shri Muzaffar Ali, who had lineage connection with the Nawabi culture.

Whenever I go to Lucknow, which is my birth place, I regularly go to the Kesar Bagh. From there a way leads to the Kathak Kendra and Bhatkhande music college. On the way we can see the Baradari and on both side are the remains of old Lucknow style of buildings. There is also a gate from which I used to come from the Golagunj.

At the Kesar Bagh chauraha on the road leading to the Baradari, there is one gate, There is wriiten something which i could not ignore. But i tried to peep inside. Just in case to get a chance to see Muzafar Ali. Once I asked someone at the gate that when I can see Muzafar Ali ji. He said he is not here and he did not know when he will come to Lucknow. At that moment I come to peace with the ground  and consider myself lucky as atleast I was able to  touch the gate of building which many time houses Shri Muzafar Ali ji.
But whenever I see Umrao Jaan movie I find that the places are familiar to me. Some scenes look like as if shot in Chota Imambara or some other such places. Then there was a scene where Umraao was in Kanpur and she sang the song at the birthday of nawab’s  son. The place I search was a house/building we find near the jajmau bridge on Ganga. While going to lucknow from jajmau on left side of road was a white building of the old style- I thought that the shoot must have been taken place there. So much admiration I had for the film. After Pakeezah the Umrao jaan was the only film, which I considered of that standard. There was art, music, dance, drama, literature, architecture, creativity, Culture, all the emotions were there-love, pity, envy, hatred. There is another movie UTSAV, but i realy dont know whether it was a succes story or not- two different views are taking rounds. For me that was also a movie worth preservation and it was a work of art. Had it been made in SANSKRIT- suppose- then what would have happened?. As if the Iyer( or the iyengar???) film the SANKARACHARYA. it was amazing film- i had seen it on doordarhsan early 80s. the concept of dualism was explained.
I really wish I could meet Shri Muzaffar Ali ji and ask him to take me in any dance sequence.
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khwaish 1- the wish

I got chance to see the movie Pakeezah when i was quite young. Every frame was recorded on my memory-the mental-scape. All the emotions felt by the Meena Kumari ji on screen were felt by my brain cells also.  She was such a persona that no space will be less to write about her. Now At the age of 40 I think of many dimensions of those memories.

Those women really suffered a lot. They were on one hand were exploited by men and  on the other hand ill-treated by the women of that time, which caused them double agony. Well, if one says that they exploited men, then I would say it was not fault of these women. One has to see the Umrao jaan, the film by shri Muzaffar Ali, who had lineage connection with the Nawabi culture.
Whenever I go to Lucknow, which is my birth place, I regularly go to the Kesar Bagh. From there a way leads to the Kathak Kendra and Bhatkhande music college. On the way we can see the Baradari and on both side are the remains of old Lucknow style of buildings. There is also a gate from which I used to come from the Golagunj.
At the Kesar Bagh chauraha on the road leading to the Baradari, there is one gate, There is wriiten something which i could not ignore. But i tried to peep inside. Just in case to get a chance to see Muzafar Ali. Once I asked someone at the gate that when I can see Muzafar Ali ji. He said he is not here and he did not know when he will come to Lucknow. At that moment I come to peace with the ground  and consider myself lucky as atleast I was able to  touch the gate of building which many time houses Shri Muzafar Ali ji.
But whenever I see Umrao Jaan movie I find that the places are familiar to me. Some scenes look like as if shot in Chota Imambara or some other such places. Then there was a scene where Umraao was in Kanpur and she sang the song at the birthday of nawab’s  son. The place I search was a house/building we find near the jajmau bridge on Ganga. While going to lucknow from jajmau on left side of road was a white building of the old style- I thought that the shoot must have been taken place there. So much admiration I had for the film. After Pakeezah the Umrao jaan was the only film, which I considered of that standard. There was art, music, dance, drama, literature, architecture, creativity, Culture, all the emotions were there-love, pity, envy, hatred. There is another movie UTSAV, but i realy dont know whether it was a succes story or not- two different views are taking rounds. For me that was also a movie worth preservation and it was a work of art. Had it been made in SANSKRIT- suppose- then what would have happened?. As if the Iyer( or the iyengar???) film the SANKARACHARYA. it was amazing film- i had seen it on doordarhsan early 80s. the concept of dualism was explained.
 
I really wish I could meet Shri Muzaffar Ali ji and ask him to take me in any dance sequence.

#RuralHubs

This is what i wrote for a news item appeared in TOI during november december 2006.
RIL has to go for it. It was essential for them to become succesfull in the SEZ or their retailing project, which otherwise without rail/road and air cannot be a viable one. Now the thing left is that RIL has to make their CARGO fleet in place. If they can bring big planes offering the pax and cargo services together will be an added advantage. OR NEXT STEP they can work on MOU with the ministry of highways for making the famous quatriangle connecting metros DELHI KOLKATA CHENNAI MUMBAI (few additions like BANGALORE, KOCHI, ONE PORT in Gujrat for which RIL has already bidded)a dream come true and this is what RIL needs. The other vision is that if they can have fast transport like rapid transport system like metro trains side by side the roads that will be good option. It can be done under the PPP.

A multi storey or lateral road+rail system will be good thing. These structures can offer many services like communication (internet, tv, phones and whole lots of things) CITY gas pipelines, power lines, PETRO lines, WATER lines and many more to come in future. On Higways at few places we can have some sort of MULTIstorey transit places/structures where (as I Imagine)Helicopter or small planes or both land on upper deck the cargo or PAX come down to get on RAIL or ROAD to reach their destination. Since these quartriangle will connect all the major corners cities (as decided by the partners) [ one city in GUJRAT, Mumbai, GOA, BANGALORE, HYDERABAD, kolkatta or near kolkata, KANPUR, DELHI or GURGAON, LUDHIANA or JALLANDHAR] Reliance has already begun in this retailing business. thus they can think of it. These multistorey structure will may become small SEZs, with Storing, sorting, packaging units with sail outlets, WHEN these are SEZ whole lot of other service sector will be attached with it.
In second tier of network the states will be connected to these small SEZs. In GUJRAT or PUNJAB or BIHAR network of roads and rails or small AIR Taxis can be utilized to collect [or distribute]the produce of villages/towns within a state network having similar kind of lateral rail road system. These network in states will be backbone for quardtriangle.
In states like West Bengal inland water transport can also be linked. the RIVERs can also be tapped for transporting the produce from one place to other where rail or road is not available or if available then also INLAND WATER TRANSPORT system will be an added benefit. Specially to connect the RURAL areas.
RuralHUB concept is a good concept if it is implemented in light of nation building not as a corporate building exercise only.

new show

There is a bomb exploded on TLC channel they have named it as Tonia ……… I dont like to pronounce that suffix.
Most funy part of her latest show was that the chef said to her that “this is cooked by me but what you cooked is lying inside the kitchen” that was the hidden story of that cooking session!!. But over all show was fun.

Indian or India the name came up again on the TV show, it was about the Cheese. In europe they were showing about the Cheese- the Traditional cheese making methods. One place was patented for cheese made from SHEEP, but another place had Buffalos from Indian origin and the cheese is made from buffalo milk. The farm was very good, they took great care of buffalo, the care which we cant imagine for ourselves in many parts of India. The shower, the brush for messaging etc were shown that was brilliant, the idea behind that is to keep animal happy thus it will make cheese good and healthy.

New Channel for Food

I still have hangover of Curtis Stone.  Remember him.!!.
Now i getting the aroma of James Martin -if I have got his name correctly.
Since i am more focused on food- rather than the cook!!!, whose name i get to see when programe ends. However that was not the case when i saw Curtis
James I found is very innovative. The most intriguing thing to me was the locale of his programme. Is it a shop or his restaurant or a part of street or shopping street.Or His hideout When he cooks, many things there seem as if have been displayed for the customers. And at his back with the transparent glass i can see the STREET on MOVE. people, cars even A HUGE TRUCK type of vehicle all moving in that street.
Second thing which i noticed was that SINGLE CIRCULAR WOODEN piece. On that everything is done, cutting, mixing etc. Without washing or cleaning with cloth or anything.  Which unlike in another program called Saturday kitchen, i noticed him and his assistant cleaning the table with piece of towel. Anyway His this HIDEOUT is very good, i think the space is optimaly utilised. Saturday kicthen is also there.
In one of his show we can see many famous persons of cookery shows, fighting or competing to make Omelets. The BIKERS were there too. Then there was another concept where they have invited people to tell their receipe and people of cook show cook that dish. That was also one of a good interactive program.

NOW in INDIA too we have a full fledged COOKery Channel. Named as KHANA KHAZANA
the nick name of the programme of ZEE hosted by Sanjeev Kapoor.
The TV channel is in developing stage. I hope it may churn out some good shows as well. Not just Imported ones like saturday kicthen etc. which i pre- suppose must have been outdated in the countries of their origin.
Let the TV channel People start a programme on regional food. Our India has greatest Diversity in World.
Even from imitating OPrah Winfrey to the most original food in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya or the most STRONG Chilli of the world in Assam- nick named as Bhoot Jholakia. Lemon rice to the Mughlai Biryani.

New Channel has to grow further. In a country where with every kilometre langauge/dialect changes I am sure even fooding habits also change. Here we have FAMILY Traditions of FOOD.
Not many celebrate the NAVROJ festival and only few families know the secret tradition of cooking food on NAVROJ. Similarly, regional things are also there. The TV channel can think of preserving the Diversity of food. I think Channel may be having shortage of Funding or sponsorship. Do we have large companies involved in commodities to sponsor these food shows. I doubt?

HOT soup

Watching these mouth watering cookery shows, i think if i can do the same.
respected all the cook show presenters Nigella, Kylie, James, FLoyd, Madhur,  Curtis add if i left anybody here, what they do is put lot of green vegitables. Few even just take it and put in the cooking pot. But being in the place where we live, It becomes impossible for me to use so much green. Once Nigella poured the entire packet of spinach straight into the pan.  I just cannot imagine doing here.
Nowdays in TV we get to see how dirty the veg markets are. The farmers are using PESTICIDES, FERTILIZERS, INSECTICIDES, Now in the age of Science and Information technology farmers or traders are puting even PRESERVATIVEs. not only that HARMONAL injections, COLORing agents to keep the vegitables Saleable. To add it more, the Ayurveda TSUNAMI came into India. So everybody is going green. Sweet gaurds, Bitter gaurds and lots of other herbs and medicinal plants are in demand and if I may say so these things are being tailaor made nowdays. 

Reciepe of a HOT SOUP

So what I just did is:-

Take few cubes or peices of carrots, beetroot, green peas, Onion (skiined and choped in four pieces), Ginger (diced) or crushed, one or two cloves of garlic, Green chilies( as per your limits !!!!) , Properly washed Corriander (i avoid it though- but my wife insist to use it), Tomato etc as per your need.
Put every thing into a pressure cooker (why??- just to save fuel).  just pressure cook, not completely but prematurely- only one whistle.

I also add cumin, HEENG, fenugreek seeds, dry coriander powder (half spoon- only few people like it), cloves, Black Pepper (few kernels as per taste or liking) into the pressure cooker.

Take out all the half cooked things. Just grind it, or using blender, grinder, mixer as the termonlogy suits.

Put a WOK on stove. pour oil of choice.  When oil heats put Mustard seeds, cumin, few fenugreek seeds.
if you like one can add masala, garam or curry masala, dry ginger powder. On cracking, add the paste from  the blender.  Add salt to taste.

ADD ONS
few small pieces of fried bread. to float
Mint leaves
or 
Basil leaves- but here in India we dont use Basil while cooking soups etc
Butter or cheese (which is a tofu of kind)

If anyone wants ONLY TOMATO SOUP then remove all other veg and add only tomatoes.

first sight

Food for thoughts. if that is correct then on the first day when i saw the Curtis stone, i forgot the food!!! 

the most sexiest and handsome cook ever came to my TV.

I could not take my eyes away from the TV. I Thought how to take the cook HOME?

I even started thinking to start such venture in Lucknow. But then on second thought I dropped it. Since in Lucknow this format of take home a cook concept may not work. Though now when so many cook shows are being aired, who knows even this concept becomes popular.

Earlier the Nigella show was on the top slot. Few shows i liked are Kylie Kwong, Madhur,  Floyd’s etc . Kylie’s show where grandmother, mother and daughter came on the show was nice one.
I saw quite others also, Anthony’s, Ian wright, Food bazaar or Feast bazaar.
The Floyd’s was something strange. I felt it was full of Colonial Aura!!. The show was only meant for the UK. Then famous Madhur Jaffery was also there. Her show was earlier telecast on other channels also prior to the Discovery’s living channel. Her style was if i may say so, full of RAW- means devoid of any sophistication. Everything is just thrown into the hot WOKE, put together and mixed to cook. Which, otherwise people take time in sprinkling even a pinch of salt. It is sprinkled in a very decorative manner isn’t it. Floyd’s concept of using the bowls made from leaves is superb and ecofreindly. Unlike, in other shows i find there are small and smaller bowls of glass for everything. for a spoon of vinegar, a spoon of masala etc. which look funny to me. But in Madhur and floyds show it is different.
However they are all nice. But in few cook show i found the food and food making concept takes a back seat than the personality of the cook itself. then these shows become personality shows not the cookery shows.
In this context latest addition ranked First among all the shows. Kismet production- The FOOD SAFARI on Fox Traveller. The show concept is totally different, but the packaging and editing is very cleverly done. I like this show. In a short span of time it tells the story of food culture, the background, the process, the variety of food, the ways of cooking etc besides the cooking. So it is a nice mix of everything. As I found out.
I just wish that if i can keep copy of all the programmes.
Samantha concept is somewhat based on projecting the Hotels and travel, but not the FOOD.
Next time i will write on the new shows.