Our special bond – A Raksha Bandhan Story

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Everyone says that they share a special bond with their brother and I have heard this line many many times. I get very bored of this line because I am not very emotionally connected to my brother.

The only connection I have to my brother is food. Food is our life and we love everything about it – we love tastes textures and flavours my brother & I cook together we go food shopping together and we even go to a lot of restaurant reviews together.

My brother formed the Delhi Food Club with an aim to connect like-minded foodies to one another. My brother and I Love creating new dishes and we love experimenting with food. Our bond strengthens every time we create something magnificent.
Raksha Bandhan is a very special day for me because I not only get a lot of presents from my brother but I also get to give him presents the presents we end up giving each other are always somehow food related he would give me chocolate and I would give him large bags of cashew nuts, almonds etc that I know he will use in his preparations. There have been many occassions when they’ve used online websites to shop for the ingredients we need we are going to do the same thing for the special festival as the special festival is no different to a day when my brother and I would decide to create magnificent surprises for my friends and family.
The Raksha Bandhan celebrations are very different in our household I can say with confidence that no other family celebrates this like we do. My brother and I have a cooking contest and level books the best has to buy the other one a lot of presents I love my brother very much but you know what BRO I’ll beat you this year too!!!!
Thanks: pickyeaterblog 

North India vs South India

http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/nov/13rajeev.htm

I was reading this article the other day and the article, more so the reaction of the people who posted the comments on this article created a sort of unease in me and i decided to pen my views on this entire North-South divide. The article above clearly glorifies South india and South Indians, which although i dont completely agree with, but do not mind. I think sub-nationalism has its virtues and people should be proud of where they come from.

However, I think the article polarises people’s views. I found people really angry with the guy who wrote it or using his article to bash North Indians. the real question is why?. If you notice , North Indians who have travelled or studied in the South (like me) or vice versa have a very different world view to people who haven’t travelled in and around the country.I have made some wonderful friends from the South, and why South, from East , west , North every part of India , and the more people I meet from various parts of India I realise that we are all the same. In particular, my generation (the famous Gen X), does not differentiate on as shite a basis as the region one is coming from. I am an unabashed supporter of globalisation, and this is why I completely support it because it is leading towards a new sort of national integration where Kannadigas work in Gurgaon, and Biharis in Bangalore and Chennai.

I think this is real national integration and I hope it continues.I come from Delhi and studied in Bangalore and there is a definite stereotype that one associates with North Indians and South Indians. Southies consider Northies to be “corrupting their culture”, whereas northies have a condescending attitude towards the Southies. But once they come to know each other all this peels off , and they can see beyond each others last names.

Some time back one of my profs said that the erstwhile USSR had a yearly program in schools whereby school children from one part of the country were taken to the other side so that they accept and appreciate the diversity of their country. Maybe, we should start looking at the same because our diversity is absolutely the pillar of our country.I am working in the UK now, and people are expecting India to be on the cusp of something great. Lets channelize our energies positively towards that rather than bicker which Zone or state is better and end up causing real harm to our country.

Jai Hind!

 

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