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Friday, August 14, 2009


Yes, that’s what I get in my company’s cafeteria – "DAL MAKHANI" without the MAKHAN (butter) in it. Its ironical that how can the caterers in my company cafeteria still claim that DAL as DAL MAKHANI, which doesn't have a droplet of MAKHAN in it. In fact, this has not happened to me for the first time, I have witnessed the same DAL blunder many a times in this part of my country, South India(as I have been working in Hyderabad for past few years now).

Since, I have this habit of BAAL KE KHAAL UTARNE KI (thinking something useless), I started thinking of this DAL blunder too. One thing is very clear that the DAL MAKHANI’s origin is Punjab and this is where the super delicious recipe of this special delicacy was discovered. Soon after the discovery, it became so popular in whole North India that it became the flavor of everybody outside Punjab in other North Indian states as well. Apna golden source of knowledge, search engine Google says the same too – DAL MAKHANI is a type of DAL eaten in India (in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and the Bhojpuri area of Bihar).

So, now I started thinking how it came to South India? Anyways, the answer was much easier to guess as I thought about the very simple logic that it came the same way as did IDLI-DOSA to reach the North India but then I don’t see a missing SAMBAR in IDLI-SAMBAR or in DOSA-SAMBAR in North India such as the missing MAKHAN in DAL MAKHANI. Hmmm, where is the missing link??

Now I started becoming ultra imaginative about this hidden mystery and guess what I found the answer. I think the person who brought IDLI-DOSA to North India was a South Indian so he knew the recipe correctly and everything went fine, and nothing was missed but the person who brought the recipe of DAL MAKHANI to South India was either a South Indian or a Diet conscious North Indian.

I think the South Indian learnt the recipe of the DAL MAKHANI when he was on his visit to a punjabi friend's house in Delhi and he liked the DAL so much that he learnt the complete recipe but when he returned to his native he forgot the MAKHAN (butter) in the in recipe and yet his new DAL's recipe became so famous that everyone adopted this new kind of DAL in South India, and ironically the name still remained the same -- DAL MAKHANI. If it would have been the other case than certainly, this would be a very diet conscious North Indian who got so much fed up of lots and lots of MAKHAN in the DAL that he decided to tell the recipe of DAL-MAKHANI to his South Indian friends without the butter in it and the name been still told to them the same -- DAL MAKHANI.

So, finally I have convinced myself somehow and I have understand the secret behind the missing MAKHAN in the DAL and from next time onwards it wont bother me too much, when I will see a DAL MAKHANI, minus the MAKHAN !! What do you think??

Sunday, August 9, 2009


What is Moral Fiber? As per one of the definition on the internet --
"The one thing you find that makes you completely happy.The one thing you can't live without. Once you find your moral fiber, you continue to chase after and do whatever it takes to help your moral fiber."

Hmm..what a meaningful set of lines and a simplest of the descriptions to what i would want to interpret as the "Secret to Happyness"( using a "y" instead of "i" in happiness as inspired by the movie "Pursuit of Happyness"). Though it might look easier at once to identify your Moral Fiber but trust me it is not. One big reason why its such a difficult task is because we always have a list of things what we want instead of one single thing, which can make us completely happy and without which there is no life for us. Are you able to think just this one thing now??

The answers could be YES or the answer could be NO. If the answer is YES then you know your Moral Fiber and may be you are already working for it, which is a healthy thing to do as you are clear about the meaning of your life to a large extent and moving closely to the happyness of your life. But if your answer is NO then you dont have a Moral Fiber, you are still a confused personality who does not have a fixed priority in life and you are still searching the answer from thyself about that onething, which really matters to you in life.

There is one another meaningful definition of Moral Fiber which says - "Moral fiber is the capacity to do what is right, no matter what the circumstance". So, it means if somebody offers a bribe to me, I should not take it and do the work in best possible way I can even after declining the bribe. Au contraire, I got reminded of the famous dialogue of the movie "Girl Next Door", which said - "Moral fiber's about finding that one thing you really care about. That one special thing that means more to you than anything else in the world. And when you find it, you fight for it. You risk it all, you put it in front of everything, your life, all of it. And maybe the stuff you do to help her isn't so clean. You know what? It doesn't matter. Because in your heart you know, that the juice is worth the squeeze. That's what moral fiber's all about." Both the statements are in contrast, the former believes in doing the right things, more ethically correct orthodox ways of doing a thing and the later emphasized more on the results than the non-ethical and politically wrong ways of achieving the Moral Fiber. I dont know which one is wrong but what I feel is both conditions are situational, in one I may follow strict ethics and in other I may not.

Moral Fiber is most famously used in America, which is a very correct statement as outside America, people dont even know what it is. American's are so much in obsession with Moral Fibers that they claim - "Moral fiber the core strength of America. Moral fiber is a strong, truthy strength that is found in True Americans. A person with Moral fiber can stand up to anything the liberals of the world can throw at them. People with Moral fiber are always Christians and Republicans. They oppose gay marriage, abortion, peace, and high taxes.".

But I think everybody in life has a Moral Fiber despite of the race, region or cast. Only thing important is how soon an individual realize it or he ever realize it? This is really tricky but almost 85% of the people around the world are not sure of what they want, and they dont have a Moral Fiber and the worst is they dont even realize in their whole lives. Moral fiber can only be achieved by self realization. The sooner we realize, the sooner the life changes and the better life we live. The life filled with satisfaction and grief. So, better find your Moral Fiber soon and live the life of your dreams.