Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Making Me Smile

After a call that seems to go neither here nor there, I watch stupid reruns on tv. Oh Wait, that's Mick Jagger on the Simpsons!!!!


Friday, June 22, 2007

Beta, When I Make Friends With People, I Look at Their Feet First

Those words have been repeated endless number of times by my mother and my late grandmother. Unconsciously, I have imbibed my mother's snobbery and I too find myself checking out people's feet when I first meet them. I am manic about my feet, even more after my disorder that caused blood clots on my feet and have a pedicure once a month and moisturise my feet more religiously than I moisturise my face! My disorder is hopefully waning and I finally have the courage to wear shoes without stockings, but I will always avoid wearing open shoes or sandals, as I can't bear to dirty my feet.

On last count, I have 55 pairs of shoes. At one point of time, I had 85 pairs, but then, I noticed that I didn't wear most of them, and gave away 10 pairs. My most comfortable pair is a pair of Coccinelle pumps that I bought from Italy. This pair makes it possible for me to wear 3 inch heels all day long at work, without my feet aching and swelling up at the end of the day. I have worn these shoes for hours and not got blisters, bites or corns. I tried to look up the shoes on their website, but the website sucks and I couldn't find anything on it. However, you can check out the beautiful coccinelle goods HERE. I can't wait to buy my second pair.

I used to wonder what the huge deal about Italian shoes was until I bought this pair. I am changing my shoe habit now. I will only buy shoes that treat my feet kindly. This pair of shoes is not as expensive as some of my other shoes, and this surprises me a lot.


Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Honeybuns, She's Back!!!!!!!!!!

A HUGE Hello to Ms. Varsha COMMOTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Chinese - When The Cook Is Away

When my cook is on a prolonged leave, and I don't want to cook because I'm tired, its time to order food from Mainland China!
Today's dinner, from Mainland China - Four treasure vegetables, steamed rice, Tsing Hoi Chicken.
The veggies were great. The chicken was too spicy, but when I need chinese again, I will be dialling the numbers below!
Mainland China
Uniworth House
3-A, Gurusaday Road
Kolkata - 700 019
Tel : (033) 32511257 / 22837964 / 65 / 66


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Of Course It Makes You Look Fat

I *Finally* saw Pirates of The Carribean - At World's End. I loved every moment of it. It has all my favourite actors - Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy (does anyone remember him in love actually?) and Keith Richards. And now, if I don't eat chilly crab soon, I shall die.

Note: Drinking a large coke is not a brilliant idea, but now it is proved that my bladder muscles are made of iron. Q.E.D!


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Indigo - Bangkok

I should have posted this post 6 months ago. 6 months ago, I was enroute to Singapore, via Bangkok, where I had a day's work and not wanting to eat thai food, I was looking for french food in a restaurant that was not in a hotel. My crazy friend Pravat, suggested Indigo and then wouldn't hear of eating anywhere else!

It took me quite a while to get there, as my taxi driver could not locate soi Convent. The entrance of the restaurant is through a delightful courtyard, which has tables and unbrellas scattered around, though in Bangkok, it is probably not a good idea to sit outside. The bar was festooned with the French colors and filled with expats.

When the menu was given to me, I was blown away. They had a set lunch consisting priced at 340 Baht consisting of one first course and one main course dish and either dessert or coffee. I ofcourse had the other set lunch of 990 Baht that was composed of an aperitif (I had Kir), foie gras on toast, a frisee salad with lardons (out of a choice of 7-8 different first course options), veal paupiette (out of a choice of about 10 options), almond pear tart and a glass of beaujolais. Pravat, had the smaller set lunch and chose the country pate and the sea bass. I really think I had the better deal, because I didn't like the pate as much as my foie gras on toast and my veal paupiette was mind blowing.

I'm posting pictures only of my lunch, because, I'm lazy and I really think my choices far exceeded Pravat's.
This Foie gras on toast was wonderfully topped with the meat jelly. I was apprehensive when I saw the jelly at first because I don't like jelly or gelatinous textures at all. This however, burst into a meaty flavored juice inside the mouth and added to the flavors.

I love greens, I love bacon and I love eggs. So what's not to love about this salad?

This however was my favourite course. The picture just does not describe the fabulousness of the veal paupiette or the equally delicious noodles.

The dessert, however was not really anything to write home about and this was a almond pear tart, but the pears were mysteriously missing.

I should have taken the coffee instead, but my first 3 courses were so good, I didn't mind the not stellar dessert.
I would strongly advise all my dear friends in Calcutta, to hop over to Indigo on their Bangkok visits. The fixed lunch and dinner deals are a steal. Indigo should be an example to Shaun Kenworthy of the excellent Blue Potato on how to dish up excellent food that is not prohibitively priced.
6 Soi Convent Bangkok, 10500


Thursday, June 14, 2007

The State of Education

Be afraid parents, be very afraid.


Things That Make Me Want To Wring Necks

I find marriage a very, very strange relationship because I can't understand why women change so much or bend backwards so much. I have colleagues who tell me, "You can drop at my home anytime now for a month, my in-laws are away and I am free" or "Oh no! I can't go for dinner today, but I'm dying to, but I have to go and play rummy with Mummyji" (ok, I made that up, because what was said, was too embarrassing to put here) or "I am fasting today because my husband likes it" or "On Sundays I cook for my 13 member family, because my mom-in-law expects it of me". I also have friends who adopt weird hobbies that their husbands have like star wars (Ice Bucket! Ice Bucket! Why? Why? Why?), social service, blogging (how many do you know man?) etc. Women annoy me. Women make me want to slap them, hard. Women make my lip curl with disgust. Marriage in my mind, makes women lose their spine. Why do women change so much or bend over backwards so much to please people around them? This when they absolutely don't need to. I don't get it. I don't think any relationship is worth it. I don't understand this thing of being so needy or appreciated.