Saturday, 28 January 2017

पुस्तक समीक्षा – एच. आर. डायरीज द्वारा हरमिंदर सिंह


एच. आर. डायरीज
लेखक: हरमिंदर सिंह
प्रारूप: उपन्यास
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लेखक के बारे में:
श्री हरमिंदर का यह पहला उपन्यास है | उत्तर प्रदेश के अमरोहा जिले के गजरौला में रहते हैं | साहित्य से स्नातक है तथा मानव संसाधन की पढ़ाई की है | कुछ साल नौकरी करने के नाद लेखन क्षेत्र में आ गये | उन्हें लेखन के साथ चित्रकारी का शौक है | मौका मिलता है तो कवितायें भी लिखते हैं | उनका ब्लॉग ‘वृद्धग्राम’ वृद्धों को समर्पित पहला हिंदी ब्लॉग है | ब्लॉगअड्डा द्वारा वृद्धग्राम को साल २०१५ का सर्वश्रेष्ठ ब्लॉग का सम्मान मिल चुका है |

पुस्तक प्रारूप : कुछ नौजवान जिन्होंने नयी दुनिया में कदम रखा, उलझ गये दौड़-भाग के पाटो में। जिंदगी की पेचीदगियों को उन्होंने अपनी तरह से हल करने की कोशिश की, अनेक रोचक मोड़ आते गये , वे हँसे, रोये, घबराये लेकिन रुके नहीं। आखिर में उन्होंने पाया की नौकरी करना कोई बच्चों का खेल नहीं! उनकी जिन्दगी का एक हिस्सा उनसे हर बार सवाल करता है की यह दौड़ यूँ ही क्यों चल रही है? हमें क्यों लगता है की हम एक जगह बंधे हुए है? क्या यह हमारी नियति है?

मेरे नजरिये से :
इस किताब का शीर्षक ही थोड़ा बोरियत है, जिससे ऐसा प्रतीत होता है जैसे कि यह किताब मानव संसाधन से सम्बन्धित छिपी जानकारियां लिखी होगी, परन्तु ऐसा नहीं है। इस किताब के माध्यम से लेखक ने सम्बन्धित विभाग की कहानी का ताना बाना बुनने की कोशिश की है। कहानी की शुरुआत काफी धीमी है। शुरुआती अध्याय पढने मे ऐसा प्रतीत होता है जैसे कि  कहानी के मुख्य किरदार के रूप में लेखक ने जो भी सोचा, वह लिख दिया।  जिससे यह कहानी कम, निबंध  ज्यादा लगती है। एक व्यक्ति जो अपनी बारी की प्रतिक्षा कर रहा है, उस दौरान वह क्या क्या सोचता है उसका वर्णन कदापि अनावश्यक एवं असंगत है। कहानी ऐसी ही मनगढंत सोच के साथ आगे बढती हैं।  सोच के साथ, अचानक जब कहानी के अंश आते हैं तो  तालमेल बैठाना मुश्किल हो जाता है।  अलग अलग चरित्र अचानक आती हैं और फिर मुख्य किरदार की सोच और ख्याल भरी दुनिया उन पर हावी हो जाती है।

हालांकि धीरे धीरे कहानी के आगे बढने के साथ थोड़ी लय बनती हैं, किंतु इसमें काफी समय लगता है और एक बिखरी सी कहानी के साथ जुड़े रहना पाठक के लिए मुश्किल कार्य है। कुल मिलाकर मेरे नजरिए से, लेखक पाठकों पर पकड़ बनाने में असमर्थ रहे।

उम्मीद है कि अपनी आगामी कृतियो में कहानी का बेहतरीन ताना बाना बुनकर बहतर प्रस्तुति करेगें।

मुल्यांकन : 1.5/5

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Yummy Recipe By Mummy : Homemade Chocolates

Chocolates are the only happiness we can buy (and it can be homemade too). Love for chocolates is unending. The yummilious bites can surely make a bad day amazing. Its a delicious cure to a terrible day and yummiest answer to every questions.

I just love Chocolates ( Who dont *wink wink*) but surely over intake of sweets bother me alot. Especially when my chocolate fanatic kiddo is eating chocolates.

So I always wanted a little healthy option to chocolate carvings and it come to an end when I reaceived a box of yummilious Jagger Chocolates (you can buy chocolates from their website when you dont wanna make it), Jagger substitute sugar in chocolates with healthy substitute jaggery.

And this idea takes me direct to my kitchen and i tried making chocolates at home with jaggery and it come out delicious and loved by everyone at my home.

So here the easy recipe yummilious and healthy  homemade chocolates..

Homemade Chocolates

Ingredients:
Milk Powder - 2Cups
(I used Everyday dairy whitener)
Cocoa Powder - 1&1/2Cups
(I used Cadbury Cocoa Powder)
Jaggery - 1/2Cup (Small pieces)
(You can use 1Cup sugar instead of jaggery)
Butter - 1/3Cups
Water - 1/2Cups

Ingredients :
1. Boil jaggery in water in a heavy bottom pan till jaggery melts.
2. Strain the jaggery water to remove any leftover (if any)
3. Boil the jaggery water again for 5minutes on medium flame. 
4. Shimmer and let it boil untill 1strand jaggery syrup is ready and switch off the flame.
5. Add butter to jaggery syrup and let it melt. 
6. Add cocoa powder, milk powder and mix well and make sure no lumps are formed.
(P.S.  - Make sure the mixture is neither too liquid nor thick.
- You can add roasted and chopped nuts )
7. Pour the mixture in chocolate mould. 
(P.S. You can also make balls, or grease the tray, spread the chocolate and cut into desired shapes)
8. Freeze it for half hour and keep chocolates in air tight container and store in refrigerator. 




Yummilious Chocolates Are Ready

Friday, 13 January 2017

Yummy Recipe By Mummy - Til Gur Patti (Sesame Brittle)

Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
Bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari itt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, te teri jeeve jodi!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pitt!

Lohri is a beautiful punjabi festival but its celebrated around the globe with same enthusiasm. Lohri is a joyous time to eat gur and peanuts, singing songs and share the warmth with your family and loved ones. Lohri marks the end of winter.
Late in the evening, people gather around the bonfire and throw Gachak, Rewri, Peanut and Popcorn into it and sing folk songs.

Here the recipe of Til Gur Patti or Til Gajak , an important part of Lohri Celebrations.


Til Gur Patti  (Sesame Brittle)

Ingredients :
Til (Sesame) - 250gms
Gur (Jaggery) - 200gms (Small pieces)
Ghee - 2tbsp
Saunf (Fennal Seeds) - 3-4tbsp

Method :
1. Roast sesame seeds on medium flame untill they are brown and take them out on a plate and let it cool.
(P.S. Dont over roast else sesame seeds tastes bitter)
2. Grind the roasted sesame into a coarse powder.
3. Take 1tbsp ghee in heavy bottom pan and melt jaggery pieces to it and keep stirring for another 2 mins.
4. Add grounded sesame and fennel seed to melted jaggery and mix well.
5. Spread the hot mixture on a flat surface, let it set for half a minute (30 seconds)
6. Grease the roller and spread the mixture more to desired thickness.
7. Cut the rolled out patti (brittle) in desired shape.
8. Let it cool completely.
9. Take out the pieces and cherish the taste.



Til Gur Patti (Sesame Brittle) is ready.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Book Review: SefiieNomics - A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life By Revant Himatsighka


Selfienomics

Author : Revant Himatsingka
Genre : Non-Fiction
Publisher : Bloomsbury India

Books Epigram -

Original version of a #selfie: Taking a photo of yourself rather than having someone else take it for you. You try out various filters and select the one that makes you look your best. #Selfienomics version of a #selfie: reflecting on different aspects of your life and taking the initiative to improve so that you can be the best version of yourself."
And so begins Selfienomics, the first Indian self-help book written for young people by a young entrepreneur who speaks their language. Offering workable, practical advise on how to manage finances, start a business, complete creative projects and how to be a better citizen, Selfienomics is so funny, upbeat and entertaining, it's not just a must-read but also a mast-read.


This is a motivational book written by a certified health coach ‘Revant’. Revant is a young writer and have tried to share his experience and observation through this book. He tried to touch different aspects of life and expressed his thoughts in a different ways. He has shown his approach and opinion on different aspects openly and honestly, which is really very good. Writer has tried to make this book interactive by adding hashtags. However there are few topics where I found that the things are not clear, like religion topic. Most of the topics that he included are the one we gone though in our daily life in the form of different blogs and article or case studies.

My Critique -
I have to admit that I have read better motivational books than this. Revant has studied in US and experienced US culture very closely, hence he tried to make some amalgamation of India and US culture in his advice. Author needs to remember that when you are motivating someone then you cannot be sheer selfish, for example, author talk about Wingman’s theory which I found sheer selfish in order to make a healthy relationship. My perception is that other people can easily judge you when you are attaching someone with some goal or object. Similarly I don’t think that suggesting someone about their religious belief is at all a good idea. You should leave it on a person’s upbringing or surrounding rather you can suggest parenting tips there. Adding funny Bollywood hashtag idea is really very good and at some points very funny too.

I picked this book as I found the topic new and very unique. The cover page says that it’s a seriously funny guide to living a good life but I didn’t find any kind of fun anywhere rather some serious advice every time. Only funny part for me were the hashtags that way I was misguided.
This book is a good effort from author’s perspective as he is very young and yet to learn a lot from his coming life and experiences. I like health suggestion section most than other topics in the book. For those who have never read any motivational sort of book, this is a good read but definitely not the best read.

Rating : 2 / 5

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