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Simply Cooking

I have read so many tips regarding preparations of various writing materials, but never do they tell us that we go to keep munching all day long (even night) for we got to keep our grey cells active. And if you wanna keep that foodie inside you active and well fed, do visit Simply Cooking which is a creation of a writer friend of mind. The pictures are amazing, and tempting, whereas the instructions are simple and easy to understand. Also, do write in your feedback about it in the comment section.


Gazpacho Tomato concasse-200g Onion, diced-50g Red pepper, diced-50g Cucumber, seeded diced-50g Garlic, finely chopped-6g Red wine vinegar-10ml Lemon juice-10ml Olive oil-10ml Salt-to taste Tabasco sauce-to taste Tomato-200ml Water or clarified as needed stock FOR GARNISH: Balanced tomato diced-50g Red & green pepper diced-50g Cucumber diced-50g Croutons, small (Fried in butter & olive-50g) Puree all ingredients except tomato juice & garnish, adjuct consistency & flour & water/ consommé. Add the garnish. Chilli thoroughly Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper.

Writing for difficult topics

Every writer has a specific preference of topic or genre, for which he/she can write very well. Also, a writer knows about the topics for which he/she is not at all comfortable with. One of the broadest genres, for which several writers feel uncomfortable, is also a genre which spins up a lot of money. I am talking of adult articles, mostly which are good paying blogs. At several sites I see ads for writing blogs for adult sites, which are extremely voluminous in nature. And have lucrative pays too. I was wondering just yesterday that how can one single writer write 500 erotic blogs per month. (I came across an ad for the same, where a person was looking for a writer). This also reminds of a conversation, with a prospective client, to whom I asked (as we all do, in our first or second conversations) about the topics we would need to cover. "Don't worry, we wont give you adult topics", he said, and I was like, oh, ok. And so, today's website which I am going to inform

The professionalism and Non - professionalism in the writing world

If you ask me what is the biggest issue plaguing the website content writing industry today, the answer would be disorganization or simply put very very unorganized and unprofessional industry. Now you may wonder, in the field where hundreds of articles are churned out of humans each day, who for a few dollars go on war with unrealistic deadlines and a lot of quality instructions, how come things be unorganized and unprofessional? The answer to this, can be found in the question itself. Several people who are into this field, h ave had no prior experience of writing. Some have never even done writing, ever. A tout culture flourishes, with people who have only negotiating and business acumen, getting into something, which I consider a very very high level of art. Then the thing about deadlines. Has anyone ever cared that what goes onto the writer to write so fast, and on similar topics. A degree of exhaustion happens, which is only cured by instant money. In hurry, a lot many times, m

PTU - 2009 - Semester - 5 - 6 Merchant Banking and Financial Services

PTU - 2009 - Semeste Total No. of Questions: 13 Paper ID B0134BBA (BB - 703) (S05) (LE) ( Sem - 5th/ 6th)Merchant Banking and Financial ServicesTime: 03 Hours Maximum Marks: 75Instruction to Candidates:1) Section - A is compulsory.2) Attempt any Nine questions from Section - BSection - A (15*2= 30)Q -1a) Name various services performed by merchant banks in India.b) What is CRISIL?c) Explain the term project appraisal.d) What is project life cycle?e) Define conglomerate merger.f) Explain financial lease.g) Explain the features of hire purchase.h) Name various parties involved in factoring.i) What is recourse financing?j) What is hostile takeover?k) Explain consortium finance.l) What is maximum permissible limit of bank finance.m) Name two major sources of term loans.n) Explain limitations of credit rating.o) What are the various reasons for merger.<<<<<< ...................................................Section - B (9*5= 45)Q-2) Explain the various guidelines for merc

Article Checker - checking the plagiarism

Rule number one of content writing, anyone from the field will tell you is:- that we go to write unique content. Copy paste from anywhere is a big No. Now, it is my personal belief that in few years time, we would have a million plus articles on the same articles, and it will never be possible for our articles to pass the various plagiarism checkers. Because we have hundreds of tips, five pointers, ten pointers on each and every topic possible, on this planet. Anyway, that will happen, when it happens. Plagiarism Checker is a useful for start up writers, who are just fresh into the writing world. Some seasoned professionals use it too, but it is not very reliable according to me. As it is, free of cost plagiarism checkers are not much dependable, but this one looks quite outdated to me. If you don't use any checker, then please do use this one. It is really cool.

A peaceful Easy Feeling

Hey folks, First let me explain the title of this post. This one picked up from , Meetu's Reflectio ns, a blog, maintained by a writer colleague. A must check out for all of you out there. You know, it is interesting to note that, most of the professional writers you will meet, have had tried their hands on blogging, personal blogging that is, and almost all of them got so busy with their writing work, that the personal blog, got deleted, dumped, or discarded. Many of those blogs, now roam around as ghost blogs in the blogosphere. You can see my own blogs, Jagruti, Footsteps, Food, all are deprived of my own writings, for I am occupied in my work. So today, reading this title of Meetu Ma'am's blog, A peaceful easy feeling, I think, is this not bad, that we are writers, we write content for websites, brochures and all. But we don't have time for our blogs, which are our own babies, our own creations. And does this not mean that we dont have for personal things now, tha

Inner party democracy, anyone?

Hi all, We always pride ourselves with the fact that we are the world's largest democracy. Every five years when we go out to vote, we leave the rest of the world in awe. We make them wonder how such a staggering exercise is being conducted without major hiccups. The statistics alone is sufficient to rattle any planner and put him/her out of sleep for days. For all the chest beating that we indulge in, there is a darker side to our democracy that we usually don't visit that often and would certainly like to keep it under the wraps from prying outsiders' eyes. Probably you would have guessed what I am talking about right now. Inner party democracy has not been on the agenda of many political parties for a long time. They, conveniently, forget the fact that charity starts at home and that being propagators of democracy also means that they themselves have to practice it both in letter and in spirit first. Most of the political parties today somehow give inner democracy a miss

Berainard Colaco’s Boxing Day Sundae

Berainard Colaco’s Boxing Day Sundae Ingredients: Plum cake 200g Mixed nuts 20g Jujubes 20g Marshmallows 30g Mazipan 30g Vanilla ice cream, Family pack for sauce Milk Maid 50ml Cold milk 150ml Coffee 20ml Dark rum 45ml Method: Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together and set aside. Crumble the pudding and flash heat it in the microware. Scoop out the rice cream and spinkle with chopped nuts, marzipan, marshmallows and jujubes. Top the sundae with the cold glazed sauce.

Rhian Rodrigues’ Roast Turkey Salad with Cranberry Chilly Dressing

Rhian Rodrigues’ Roast Turkey Salad with Cranberry Chilly Dressing Ingredients: Roast turkey, shredded 200g Roast potato, chunks 60g Roast carrot sticks 60g Iceberg lettuce 100g Green onion sticks 40g Chives sticks for garnish 40g For the dressing: Cranberry sauce 30g Red wine vinegar 30ml Chilly infused oil ml Chilly flakes, a pinch Method: Toss the turkey and the winter vegetables together and refrigerate. Dilute the cranberry sauce with red wine, vinegar and oil. Place the cold veggie and meat mixture on the base of a bowl. Add the lettuce on top and pour dressing. Garnish with chilly flakes and chives.

Mango ambal

Mango ambal Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 10-12 minutes Makes: 4 sedrvings § 4 medium green mangos (peeled and cut into strips) § 3tbsp mustard oil § 2 red chillies § 1tsp mustard seeds § 4tbsp sugar § Salt to taste 1. Heat mustard oil. Drop in two whole red chillies. 2. After a few seconds, add mustard seeds. As soon as stop spluttering, add the mango. Fry lightly. 3. Add sugar and salt to taste. Continue cooking and stirring till the sugar turns brownish. 4. Add 3 cups water. Simmer 8 minutes. Check seasonings and take off the main course.

American bean soup

Prep: 20 minutes, plus overnight soaking time for the beans Cook: about 1 ½ hours Makes: about 8 ¼ cups or first-course servings § 450g dry white beans (cannelloni, haricot or similar); 2tbsp olive oil; § 1 medium onion, chopped; 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped; § 1 medium celery stalk, chopped; § 2garlic cloves, finely chopped § 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock; § 170g chunk ham (or chicken ham), cut into ½ -inch pieces (about 1 cup); § 1 chicken stock cube (if using chicken ham); 1tsp jeera (cumin) powder; 1tsp paprika; salt to taste; § ¼ tsp ground black pepper; 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped; § 1 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped; § 2tbsp fresh lemon juice 1. Rinse beans under cold running water; pick out and discard stones and shrivelled beans. Place in a bowl with enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Cover and let beans stand at room temperature overnight. Drain and rinse. 2. In 4-littre saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and coo

Brinjal Rice

Total time 25 minutes (using the pressure cooker) Make 6-8 servings 1tbsp desi ghee or vegetable oil ½ tsp mustard seeds 1 chill, chopped Pinch of hing 1 cup chopped brinjal 1 cup diced potatoes ½ cup basmati rice, washed and kept aside for 20 minutes 2 cups warm water 2tsp garam masala powder ½ tsp haldi Salt to taste 1. Heat ghee. Add mustard seeds and when they splutter, mix in chilli and hing. Stir in brinjal and potatoes; sauté for 5 minutes. Add green peas, rice, water, garam masala and haldi. Pressure cooker till whistle is about to blow, then lower heat and cook 5 minutes. Set aside till steam dissipates. 2. Fluff with fork to separate grains. Serve alone, or with chutney

Vegetable stew (Parsi-style)

Total time 30 minutes Makes 6 servings ½ cup oil 2 large onions, chopped fine 1 large tomato, chopped fine ¼ tsp haldi 1tsp chilli powder ½ cup shelled and boiled green peas ½ cup cubed sweet potatoes ½ cup cubed potatoes ½ cup cubed suran or kand(purple yam; or use zimikand) ½ cup cubed carrots 6 whole small baby (or cherry) tomatoes (optional) 2tsp sugar ½ cup vinegar 3 green chillies, chopped fine (optional) Salt to taste 1. Heat 2 tbsp oil. Fry onions till light brown, about 3 minutes. Add chopped tomato and cook for another 3 minutes. Stir in haldi and chilli powder; keep aside. 2. In remaining oil, sauté cubed vegetable separatery for about 10 minutes, or until tender. Mix vegetables, green peas and whole tomatoes with fried onion mixture. Cover pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes. 3. Add sugar, vinegar, green chillies (if using) and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve hot at once, with rice, pulao or aapams.

This sad plight of our national news channels is really worth pondering .

A one hour show on Shah Rukh Khan being molested in the USA, Rakhi Sawant swayamvar being telecast of national news channel , Prince a small boy from Kurukshetra trapped in a hole , these are just a few stories presented on our national news channels . This sad plight of our national news channels is really worth pondering . Is it the dearth of news or just a publicity stunt to promote the TRPs. News channels stoop to new lows with each passing day. Theses days they ll telecast anything and everything but news. They hate to present news but instead take pride in interviewing a publicity hungry star(actor).News of film star marrying somebody , teasing somebody, or worse still the color of his underwear is being shown to the citizens. As it is the entertainment channels are full of crap that whenever an individual wants to escape from them , news channels welcomes them by one foolish act of one form or another. Media has always been sighted as a reason for our working democracy a

Christmas pudding

Here is an easy verision of the elaborate Christmas pudding: Prep: 20-25 minutes Cook: 8 hours total Makes: 10-12 servings § 7 cups mixed dried fruit of your choice*(raisins, currants, sultans, figs, prunes, apricots, cherry, apple, dates..) of which ¼ must be candied citrus peel, chopped § ½ cup rum or brandy § 1/3 cup orange juice § 1/3 cup grated apple § 1tsp orange zest § 1tsp lemon zest § 225g cold butter, cut up into tiny cubes § 1 ¼ cup soft brown sugar § 3 eggs, lightly beaten § 1tsp baking powder § ¼ tsp ground dalchini (cinnamon) § ¼ tsp ground jaiphal (nutmeg) § 100g almonds, blanched and coarsely ground 1. Combine fruit with rum or brandy, juice and zest; cover and let steep overnight. 2. With fork, cream butter and sugar; mix in eggs, baking powder, spices, flour, then breadcrumbs and ground almonds. Batter should drop readily off spoon. 3. Bring a kettle of water to boil. Meanwhile, grease and line a 2 litre pudding basin. Pour in pudding batter,


Prep About 5 minutes Makes About 3 cups 450g icing sugar 1/3 cup warm water 3tbsp powdered meringues or 1-2 drop glycerine 1. Beat sugar, water and meringue powder (or glycerine) until blended and so stiff that knife drown through cuts clean path-about 5 minutes.Keep icing covered with clingwrap so it won’t dry out till ready to decorate cookie. (Add more warm water if needed for spreading consistency.)

Effective Tips on Content Writing

Content writing is very important task for webmasters. If you are writing content for any website then your content must be up to date, interesting and relevant in order to attract more visitors on that website. Here I am going to give you four effective tips to improve your Content writing Skill. Writing needs Passion: Passion is very important for writing content for web sites. If you are not interested in what you are writing about then your articles will be dull and they will lack that vigor with which a passionate writer captures the readers. It is better to choose topics as per your interest. Content Brevity and Clarity: Do your content or articles make sense? You must remember your articles should not be much complicated. Try to avoid arcane terms. Try to make them simple but interesting, so that the readers can relish them. Write for purpose: In content writing purpose is a very essential component. Keep focus on your key subject. Write in your own style: Every writer has a sty

Whole wheat pancakes with honey

Prep 20 minutes Cook 15 minutes Makes 16-24 pancakes (depending on the size of the non-stick pan) 225g whole wheat flour 2 eggs 600ml skimmed milk 50g melted butter Vegetable oil to grease the pan 1. Put the flour a bowl. 2. With a wooden spoon mix the eggs followed by milk into the flour. 3. Add melterd butter and mix well. 4. Preheat a non-sticky pan (eight inchs). 5. Lightly oil the pan and pour in some of the mixture making sure to swirl the batter evenly to get a thin round pancake. 6. Cook for half a minute or until golden brown. 7. Toss the pancakes and cook again for less than half a minute. 8. Fold into half and then into a quarter and keep aside covered till all the mixture is finished. 9. Arrange 3-4 pancakes in the centre of the plate and liberally pour honey and serve.

French style courgette

Prep 15 minutes Cook 20 minutes Makes 4 servings 500g bottle gourd, peeled and diced 1 ½ tbsp garlic, chopped 250g fresh tomato puree ½ tsp salt ½ tsp sugar 1tsp freshly ground black pepper; 30ml olive oil 1. Put olive oil in a non-sticky pan over medium heat 2. Add garlic and sauté till it is light brown 3. Add the diced bottle gourd along with some salt; reduce flame and cook covered on slow flame, pouring in a little water if required. 4. Once it is ¾ th done add the fresh tomato puree along with the pepper, salt and sugar. 5. Simmer till the bottle gourd is fully done. 6. Check seasoning and serve.

Search Engine Optimization- Increase Your Website Visibility in Search Results

Search engine optimization or SEO is a method of providing a good web presence to a website. It improves the quality of visits to a website through the search engines as we are very well aware of the fact that the earlier the website appears in the search results, more will be the visits. Search engine optimization mainly focuses on the working of the search engines and the visitor’s topic of interest. This is all a part of internet marketing strategy which involves HTML coding and rewriting the website contents. It may also involve the website designing and development. The technicians who perform these optimizations are referred as search engine optimizers. They may be segregated into two categories, the White Hat optimizers who focus on verified techniques only that will avoid penalties whereas the Black Hat optimizers adopt any technique to promote the volume of traffic to the website without even considering the proper guidelines. So if you are planning to hire a search engine opt


Tropical smash Prep 10 minutes Cook 10 minutes Makes 2 servings 1 ripe banana 50ml coconut oil 50ml pineapple juice 100ml skimmed milk 1ce cubes. 1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. 2. Serve chilled and garnished with a pineapple slice.


Kurmuri dalia Prep 10 minutes, excluding soaking time Cook 15 minutes Makes 4 servings 150g pre-roasted dalia 200g tomatoes 150g onion 2 green chillis 2tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 3tbsp fresh coriander 1tbsp fresh mint Salt to taste 1. Soak the dalia for 20 minutes in warm water, drain and lighty squeeze out excess water. 2. Chop tomatoes, green chilli, onions, coriander and water. 3. Mix them with the dalia 4. Drizzle with lemon juice; add salt and pepper to taste. 5. Garnish with some finely chopped coriander.

Designing Rich Media Content for Website

No one will ever read a content that is boring, too lengthy or too confusing. Any of the people doing web browsing will certainly stop at the content that is presented with impact and defines with clarity the effectiveness of the product for which it is written. That is where the content designers come into the picture. It is their ability to think beyond the limits and then convert their own thoughts to the cost effective, unique and influential words. The work of content designer is to design your product in a way which appeals to the reader and leaves a positive impression on the mind of the reader. In other words a content designer beautifies the product in the mind of the person who needs to know about that product. Besides being creative, a content designer needs to bring up the content in time in a thoughtful way and with such expertise that makes the reader wanting to know more.

Recognize the Importance of Search Engine Marketing

The internet marketing that promotes the website visits by increasing its appearance in the search engine results is termed as Search Engine Marketing. This term was given by Danny Sullivan in 2001 to include all the activities involving Search engine optimization. Search Engine Marketing involves the expansion of online marketing policies for organizations as well as individuals. It submits the website to the directories and also manages the paid listings at the search engines. There are many search engine marketing companies with skillful experienced professionals to provide the best results. But before choosing the internet marketing solution for your website, you must be aware of both White Hat and Black Hat techniques used in Search engine optimization. White Hat optimizers use the verified techniques that avoid penalties whereas Black Hat optimizers use any technique without taking into account the proper guidelines. So while selecting a company you must be sure of the techniques

Understanding Black Hat and White Hat techniques of SEO

Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the method of increasing the website visits by promoting its appearance in the search engine results. While searching for the SEO companies, you may come across the terms, White Hat and Black Hat. These are the two categories in which SEO has been classified. Both the White Hat and Black Hat categories have been differentiated as good and bad respectively as per their deeds. The White Hat optimizer focuses on the verified techniques only and ensures a secure information system avoiding any penalties. But on the other hand, the Black Hat optimizer follows any technique to enhance the traffic quality to a website without even considering the appropriate guidelines. It is very important to opt for a liable company with an appropriate technique because hiring a Black Hat optimizer may not be of any merit and it may sometimes lend you in the risk of getting your site prohibited.

Blogger Interview # 6 Richa Aggarwal

A socialite of sorts in the blogging world, Richa Aggarwal is famous for her blog http://anglic-butterfly. She found the interview process torturing and neverthless she granted an interview to us, for which we are thankful enough. Read on: 1) Your definition of blogging would be: a platform to explore oneself, vent out the feelings and discovering great people 2) Your favorites : blog: i cant be mean to any one :D blogger: ditto blogging platform (blogger/wordpress/etc) since i havent used any other, I stick with Blogger. 3) Blogging as a medium is often used for venting out ire, grudges, narration of love and heart breaks and sad romantic tales. comment. People use their blogs to empty their heads and they do it in the form of writing fictionalized realities and ballets and they get feedback as comments. yes that can make them feel better and lighter but at times when people write only to seek sympathy it gets disgusting.. 4) Some words about y

Transforming Content for Mobile Device

What most mobile users want is an unbeatable web surfing experience from the most chosen mobile they have purchased and this is where the content adaptation technology comes into play. It is a kind of action that transforms the content to adapt to the device capabilities. This is essentially important for mobile devices due to their small screen and keyboard size and limited computational power. The need for the content adaptation for wireless devices has came in the lime light due to advances in the computing technology which have allowed variety of devices from workstation to cellular phones to be connected with each other through internet. The major application of content adaptation came as a boon for the young mobile users which made it possible for them to have web access anywhere and everywhere in the whole world. Even the need for content adaptation is much greater as not all the web sites will have mobile friendly data base and for accessing such sites clients or gateways need

My first arrest

My first criminal charge ever was a burglary when I was 13 years old. One night when I was at home, a couple of friends came over and asked if I wanted to go chill with them. I said ok and we left my house. We started walking and at first I didn't know where we were going. Soon my homeboys told me that there was this kid that was moving and that he and his parents weren't home. So when we got to his house, I wasn't sure what I should do. Well anyway, I decided to go in the house just to look around. When we went in, I couldn't believe how much stuff they left behind. I started looking through stuff and I realized that there was a lot of stuff that I wanted - and because no one was there to stop me - I took what I wanted. I couldn't believe all the cool stuff I was getting. It actually felt fun at the time. I liked the rush so much, I went back to the house three nights in a row. I never thought back then that I would be caught, but a couple days later when I saw the

Gavachi Kheer

Gavachi Kheer Cuisine - Maharashtrian Taste : Sweet Course - Sweet Category : Veg - Jain Ingredients Quantities Wheat 250 grams Jaggery 250 grams Green cardamom powder 1/4 tsp milk 500 ml Ghee 5 tbsp cashew nuts (chopped) 1 tbsp Raisins 1 tbsp Method of Preparations 1) Clean Wheat, wash two to three times with plenty of water and then soak midnight.Drain and then grind into coarse paste. 2) Grate jaggery. Keep aside. 3) Heat ghee in a thick bottom vessel, add ground wheat and on low heat for 10-15 minutes. 4) Add milk and cook, stirring continuously. If required a little water can be added. 5) Add grated jaggery and stir till it gets dissolved. 6) Add green cardamom powder and 1/2 the quantity of cashew nuts and raisins. 7) Cook until it is thick and of and of pouring consisting. Serving Suggestions Serve hot or cold garnished with the remaining cashew nuts and raisins ...

Importance of Reading

Reading is a source of knowledge for some people and for others; it can be a leisure activity. It is important for anyone, from the beginning of life, till a person survives. Today’s world has many options like TV, Internet, multimedia etc. but there are still many people, who still adopt for reading, rather than watching everything visually or pictorially. Though, the passion among youngsters for this activity is descending, still they need to know requirement and necessity of reading and apt this means also to gain knowledge. It is advisable to indulge in any form of reading you like, at least for half an hour per day. This should be done for the purpose of knowledge, new writing styles and vocabulary. It is observed that children and teenagers who are fond of reading have comparatively higher IQs. They are more imaginative and become more creative in school and college life. It is recommended that parents to encourage them by telling the importance of reading to their children, in t

"Biker boys in India"

A notorious yet pretty famous breed of youngsters of our nation have found a rather dangerous yet exciting style of expressingthemselves, or shall we say seeking attention of the world. Famous fortheir antics on two wheel rides have allowed this special group of people to gain the attention of mostly the youth of nation and ofcourse the Indian Police as well. Kids love them, girls find themhot, the police hates them and the parents have mixed opinion on theseadventure lurking petrol heads. As a matter of fact anyone foundperforming any such activity in a public place is liable to bepunished as stunt riding is considered a crime in our nation. Unlikemost of the foreign nations our country's law doesn't provide alicense to racers and stunt riders as there isn't really a place wherethey can show what skill they possess. Deprived of a race track ora stunting ground these passionate youngsters who find it extremelyhard to keep sitting at one place all the time hit public roads,p