I walk on a road lush with dreams,
a road of forgotten and veiled dreams,
sometimes slowly, sometimes gaily,
sometimes lost, sometimes profound,
I walk a road of unknown mysteries,
fervently finding my way through the endless path.....

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mixed Dal - Lentils deliciously 'mixed' with iron!

Did you know? Just 100 grams of lentils provides 45% of your daily iron needs!
Iron plays a integral role in the formation of hemoglobin in blood and myoglobin in the muscles, both of which carry oxygen to the cells.
That is why fatigue and tiredness are usually the first symptoms people notice when they are low in iron. For vegetarians, getting enough iron, is particularly challenging. Regularly including lentils in your diet can help boost your iron intake. (As per )

Lentils are a cheap and easily available  source of iron. It's easy ad quick to cook and goes well as a main or a side dish with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines.

I chose 'Mixed Dal' because it contains four different varieties of Dals (Lentils) and tastes delicious.
It is extremely easy to make and not to mention that it requires all those spices and other ingredients which are readily available in our homes.

Now presenting you the recipe of Mixed Dal - A nutritious dish, rich, not just in iron but also other minerals and vitamins necessary for the health development of our body.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15- 20 minutes
Serves : 4


Moong Dal (Split yellow lentils) - 1 Tbsp
Masoor Dal (Split Red Lentils) - 1 Tbsp
Urad Dal (Split Black Lentils) -1 Tbsp
Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram) - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric - 1/2 Tsp
Red chilly powder -1/4th Tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 Tsp
Coriander powder - 1 Tsp
Salt - To taste
Ginger gastric paste - 1 Tsp
Onion( Finely chopped) - 1 cup ( 1/2 cup fried for garnishing)
Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Coriander leaves - Few for garnishing


1) Wash and soak all the lentils, either separately or together for about 45 minutes to one hour. ( If you are in a hurry then you can soak then in warm water for 15 minutes) This will reduce the cooking time.

2) In a pressure cooker, add all the four lentils, ghee, spices like turmeric, red chilly powder, garam masala, salt, coriander powder, finely chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Also add 2 cups of water.  Give it a stir to mix everything properly.

3) Now cook until 3 whistles and then on simmer for 5 minutes.

4) Switch off the flame and open the lid only when steam has completely escaped.

5) In a small pan, add about 1Tbsp of ghee and then add half a cup of finely chopped onions. Cook until golden brown.

6) Dish out the cooked Mixed lentils in a bowl and garnish with crisp onions and finely chopped green coriander leaves.

7) Your iron rich, nutritious dal is ready. Serve hot with naan or roti.

Nutritional information:

Iron : All lentils contain about 7.5 mg/ 100 grams

Besides being rich in Iron, they also contain nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fibers, folic acid,  calcium, sodium , Potassium and Zinc. Also Vitamins like A, B3, C.

So, when are you cooking Mixed Dal at your home? 

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Ye Phone humse lele Thakur" !!

My husband works as a resident in the psychiatry department of a well known hospital in the city.
Psychiatric patients are those who have a certain mental illness or trouble being in tune with the realities of life. There are a myriad of mental illnesses and it's often disturbing to see fellow beings who look and appear quite capable being incapacitated by altered functioning of their minds.

Since I happen to be a doctor myself and my interest too lies in psychiatry, I take special interest in the kind of patients he gets to see. Their history, the problem, how they behave, how they act and react, the treatment and so on. I find each and every patient suffering from mental ailment extremely unique and special at the same time.
It feels like, beneath their disturbed mental faculty exists a hidden potential. They are peculiar and unusual.

About a month back, he came back from the hospital looking pretty worn out and upset as well. It can be quite draining to work with psychiatric patients but he is able to pull it off pretty well and does a decent job of not personalizing the behaviour and irrationality of his patients and bring them home.

So, I asked him, both out of curiosity and concern as to how his day was in the hospital today.

He faintly smiled and said, there is this extremely interesting case of Delusion that I am seeing since a week. He seems to be suffering from this strange delusion and I have not been able to help him, my husband added with a sigh.

Now, Let me first explain to you what exactly a Delusion is. Delusion in simple terms is actually a 'false, unshakable belief about someone or something'. It can be about anything. Like a person may have delusion that he is God or someone may have delusion that he is being followed by someone and will be killed soon, when in reality nothing like that is happening. Delusion is very often seen in many patients with mental disturbance and it might take a lot of effort to bring them to come to terms with reality.
Since they are false beliefs, they can be as strange as they can be quirky.

So, this patient named Gabbar Singh was suffering from a very weird delusional disorder.
He told my husband, Doctor saab, There is this person who comes to me every now and then and keeps telling me to dispose/sell off all the electronic gadgets I have or I see around me.
He tells me that I am sent here to save the environment by getting rid of all the E-waste around.

Doctor saab, I have collected as many as 10 phones, 50 laptops, another 30 kindles, so many old gadgets in my house but there is no one to buy them.

If I don't sell them soon, he will kill me.Please save me. Please keep this phone and every time I come to see you I will give you a phone as your consultation fee.

As my husband was narrating me the story of Gabbar Singh, I could understand the poor man's helplessness in-spite of his situation appearing rather funny.

Gabbar Singh used to come to the hospital daily and strike a coversation with whom so ever he met first. "Bhai phone khareed lo, Nokia 3310 sirf Hazaar rupay mein" (Brother, buy this phone, Nokia 3310, for Rs 1000 only)

Source :  here

At the Billing counter he would say, "Sir Ji, aaj iss Laptop ko lelo aur parcha dedo. Nahin? To Kindle? Acha Iphone 6 lelo na" (Sir, Barter this laptop for OPD slip for laptop, Kindle or even Iphone 6)

Everyone from the nurses to doctors, from ward boys to even the in-patients knew him well by now. Everyone had been lured by Gabbar Singh for trading his gadgets once or many times.

To my husband, he would narrate his problem, to which he patiently listened and then if he felt relieved, Gabbar would say "Doctor saab, aapko to mein laptop, tablet purane Nokia 1100 ke bhav mei de denga, lelo na" (Doctor, I would trade the laptop and tablet to you on the price of old Nokia 1100, please buy)

Gabbar Singh's problem seemed to be growing day by day, as was the amount of E-waste he had collected in his house as well as in his pockets but there seemed to be no solution or medicine for his problem.

A view of Gabbar Singh's house. Source here

Me and my husband both had become equally involved in his situation. It was a challenge for us and we were desperately looking for a way to crack this puzzling delusion.

One of those days, while I was reading an article on the net, this site caught my site.
'Cashify- sell used phones/laptops/gadgets in 60 seconds'.

'Cashify, Gabbar Singh' I shouted in excitement!

Gabbar Singh could finally get rid of his delusion. He could sell all his phones and other gadgets,  that too for solid, hard cash. He need not fear of being killed because he could not save the Earth from E-waste anymore.

Gabbar Singh needed not medicine or therapy or hospitalization, he just needed this app called Cashify.

As I gave this idea to my husband, he seemed skeptical at first but when the next day, he told Gabbar Singh about it all, the guy began running gaily in the hospital.

10 days Later:

Gabbar Singh came to the hospital again today. He had apparently earned half a crore rupees through cashify!

He looked healthy and sensible. After getting my husband, he told him "Doctor saab, Cashify ne to jaan bacha li meri". (Doctor, Cashify has saved my life)

Gabbar Singh is now actively engaged in disposing off E-waste and selling all he can on Cashify. He also urges others not to keep unused phones, gadgets in the house. Instead sell them on and get instant cash.

you can watch him here too :

Patient Gabbar selling his old phone on cashify in 60 seconds

Include the coupon code CLEANCASH in your post and you will get an additional Rs.250 on the sale of your gadgets.

My husband came back home and guess what? He is taking me for an electronics shopping spree tomorrow but only after we have sold off the old ones at Cashify! 

Delhi -A diary entry

"Koochey nahin dilli ke, auraaq-e-musawwir hain
Jo shakl nazar aayi, tasveer nazar aayi"
(These are not Delhi by-lanes, these are artist’s canvas
Every sight I see looks like a painting)
From being a muse to poets like Mir Taqi Mir, to a landmark witnessing the downfall and development between eons, Delhi has rightfully been considered the heart of India. 

If one dives back into the history of Delhi, it becomes impossible not to be inspired and awe-struck by how impeccably Delhi has grown from the ruins to a world class city. 

Having lived in Delhi all my life, I will always stay biased towards this city. Be it the pink winter days with mist all around or deserted lanes during the scorching summer heat. 

What sets Delhi apart is the interesting amalgamation of culture, heritage and a modern way of life.

Each day in Delhi, one gets to experience something unique and memorable. It's overwhelming that this city has so much to offer to every single inhabitant or visitor. 

The very thought of this makes me a proud Delhiite. 
Yesterday, while scribbling in my diary of my everyday musings (yes, I do believe in diary entry and other 'old-school' stuff), I happened to pen down about how Delhi has added value to my life. It seemed insignificant till now, but it was only when I divulged deep into my everyday schedule and happenings throughout the day, did I realize that even in its monotony, this city was offering me so much. 

A privileged life. A super life. 

Want to know how? 

Take a sneak peak into my diary's yesterday entry:

5:30AM: I stir from my slumber to the tune of my favourite melody - Sixth symphony

At about 6, I am ready for the morning walk. 
Talking about development, Delhi is one the greenest metros of the country with about 19% of green area cover.
DDA has been turning the waste lands into green areas, giving it the title of "city of gardens".

Clean Delhi, Green Delhi. Source here

It is truly a delight to see such lush green areas all around as I stroll through the well-known Lodi Garden located in the heart of the city. The serene surroundings and chirping of birds amidst the locales which reminds one of the historical background of Delhi, is a perfect way to start the eventful day.

I come back to my home at about 7:30 and after a shower and breakfast, I am ready to leave for my workplace.

Travelling in Delhi has become so much easier and cheaper since the arrival of Delhi Metro.

Delhi metro has a world class infrastructure. with about 164 stations, it spreads to not just within the city but also Noida and Ghaziabad and Gurugram.

As I am peacefully travelling in the air-conditioned Delhi metro, away from the traffic and pollution, I receive a call from one of my friend. Even in the underground metro, her voice is crystal clear, thanks to Vodafone's seamless connectivity. Vodafone is the choice of 1.2 crore customers in Delhi and NCR, which is almost half the population of Delhi. Vodafone receives 1 customer appreciation every 30 seconds and rightly so. 

Metro - Delhi's Lifeline. Source here

It's about 9:30 when I reach the hospital. I am a doctor by profession. This brings me to the excellent progress Delhi has been making in terms of healthcare.

We have a hospital like AIIMS , which is the apex hospital in the country both in terms of proving medical treatment and education. There are also increasing number of high-end private hospitals like Fortis, Apollo, Max which not only provide a good treatment and healthcare facilities but also promote medical tourism in the country.

With the recent advent of about 110 Mohalla clinics, Delhi's healthcare system seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. It claims to have treated about 8 lakh patients in just over 5 months. 

Mohalla Clinic in Delhi. Source here

Evening: At about 6PM, I am ready to leave the hospital and indulge in a little shopping. Delhi has a world-class infrastructure. With malls coming up in every corner of the city including Noida and Gurgaon. I decide to visit the DLF mall of India in Noida to keep an eye on latest trends and also because it's a hub to so many international brands. 

To my delight, I get access to free wi-fi there. Vodafone is digitally connecting Delhi & NCR with Free Wi-Fi Zones: There are more than 120 such hotspots across Delhi & NCR such as DLF Mall of India, Fortis Hospital, Delhi Haat, Khan Market, Airport, etc.

Free Wi-Fi by Vodaphone at DLF Mall of India, Noida and other places. Source here
After the shopping spree, I head towards my home. On my way, I see these green bus shelters. On enquiry, I come to know that Vodafone created the first Air-Purifying bus shelter in the city so that people could breathe non-polluted air while waiting for a bus. Last year air pollution in Delhi had reached a new height, that’s when this initiative was undertaken. Thereafter, Vodafone created the first Wi-Fi bus shelter in Gurgaon to take another step towards digitizing Delhi & NCR. The Free wi-fi can be used for 20 minutes irrespective of whether they are Vodafone customers or not.

Air Purifying bus shelter. Source here

That sounds like such a noble initiative, only in Delhi!

As I reach home, I remember it's Diwali time and my cousins are arriving today to spend the Diwali holidays with us. Time to head to the airport. 

Well, Delhi's Indra Gandhi International airport is the best in the country. It is the busiest airport in the country and also the 21st most busy in the world. 
Intricately designed and with a great service, my cousins reach all happy and amazed. 

Delhi Airport. Source here

On our way home, as we plan our Diwali holidays and celebrations, one of my cousin tells me about another great initiative by Vodafone. This year, Vodafone Delhi is urging people to celebrate a Green Diwali. These Super crackers are filled with eco-friendly plant seeds. All one needs to do is plant it and let the plant bloom.

We reach home and after a round of night snacks with coffee, it's time to head to bed. 

As I write this page in my diary, I am super excited about the super Delhi life with my cousins. 

We will be visiting the monuments and marvelling at the rich cultural heritage, some mall hopping and lots of shopping. There is no dearth of options and places to see when it comes to Delhi.

Tempted to join me in this super Delhi life? Come experience the city with all it's developments and initiatives.