10 November 2016

My review of the "Tiger in you" by Shiraz Mukherjee

Tiger In You
[Here's a review I did in Goodreads for a book I just finished reading on the 8th of November 2016, which I enjoyed reading and recommend]

Tiger In You by Shiraz Mukherjee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This sounded like a fantastic book to read - and it is on one level - Shiraz takes us on a very interesting and enchanting journey into the Sunderbans though the eyes of 5 Mumbai college friends. The characters and the events, who they are and what they encounter are well developed, with the interesting twist of looking for and trying to find, realize the Tiger in each one of us.
I highly recommend it. The other fantastic, popular book on the Sunderbans, of course, is the well-written book by Amitav Ghosh - "The Hungry Tide." Ghosh is a better writer than Mukherjee, and had much better editors and proof-readers.
I got irritated at some points - for eg on pages 220-221 - the amount of money collected for setting up an insurance fund for honey-bee collectors 'totaled .. Rs 375" on p. 220, but turned into, suddenly, "roughly Rs. 800" What! How can that be? Maybe p. 220 was a mistake, and meant Rs. 753? Not good.
eg for plot - after the attack one night, one attacker is killed and left on the ground, but next day the police and people have no clue and cannot figure out who were their attackers - hey, why doesn't the police or anyone identify who the body is and then who are the persons friends, family, associates? Stupid. Please include some simple logic here or some other explanation.
eg use of some words or phrases p. 323 "He [Lobo bhai] soon got tired and went to a corner to grab a drink of water when his wife, ABC boudi, encountered him." encountered him? what? How about embraced him or smiled at him or greeted him or ???
eg repetitive, poor and unimaginative writing - p. 295
How long had he waited for this day.
"I have waited for this day. . ." Please!
Oh, well, yes, these are very minor points - but could have easily been corrected, changed, improved - it's just irritating and takes away from the whole book.
Hope, however other people will enjoy this fascinating book.
Don't buy this book - get it through your library, see http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/933725736
and if your library doesn't have it, request they buy it from Amazon or other places. Spread the word.
A 'old' elementary school friend of mine has written several inspirational books which happened to have Tiger in their title, see http://people.virginia.edu/~pm9k/wood...
by Marilyn Becker Peters - "Tiger Domain" (2009), Paw Prints of the Tiger (2006), and "Stripes of the Tiger." look them up, buy, read, enjoy, be inspired. Many tiger tails.

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21 September 2015

About Gita Mehta

This is about the Indian writer, Gita Mehta, who attended Woodstock School (Mussoorie, India) a long time ago (1950s) and her fantastic accomplishments over the years.

This last week (12-19 September 2015) a friend sent me a link (Melwani below) which highlighted the Ganesh book by Gita Mehta – reminding me of the achievements of one of my high school classmates. Where have all my class mates gone?

Links below about Gita Mehta and Eternal Ganesha (Not in chronological order)
** Gita Mehta and Eternal Ganesha By Lavina Melwani • Sep 15th, 2015 http://www.lassiwithlavina.com/24_7_talkischeap/gita-mehta%E2%80%99s-eternal-ganesha/html


** Eternal Ganesh by Gita Mehta (Oct 2, 2006) http://newagejournal.com/eternal-ganesha

** Ganesha is the hero of Gita Mehta's new book (Sept 14 2006) http://specials.rediff.com/news/2006/sep/14sld1.htm

** Editor Extraordinaire [Sonny (Ajai Singh) Mehta] (2009)http://www.rediff.com/us/sonnymehta_top50.html
** June 2008  CONV: Photos of the 2008 Convention by Preston Merchant.
One photo of Gita with Sonny and Rubins 2008 http://www.sajaforum.org/2008/06/conv-photos-of.html

Gita Mehta 1998 Painting http://www.francescoclemente.net/portraits/9.html

** Odisha: CM Naveen Patnaik's sister Gita Meheta in Bhubaneswar – 2 April 2012 http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=32968

** Book about Gita (December 31, 2008, 203 pages) Gita Mehta: Writing Home / Creating Homeland (Writers of the Indian Diaspora) By Usha Bande http://www.amazon.com/Gita-Mehta-Creating-Homeland-Diaspora/dp/8131602052/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442672233&sr=8-1&keywords=Gita+Mehta+usha 

[End of 12 links about Gita Mehta]

24 September 2013

Another full moon Sept 2013

Approaching the Fall equinox, 21 Sept 2013, or the beginning of Fall, another full moon - harvest moon some call it. These were taken on the 18th Sept evening. (click to see larger)

02 November 2012

Halloween 2012

At least 5 trick or treaters this year - zero last year. They came to the back door - four were racoons, eating the treat of sunflower seeds they spilled out of a closed bucket they opened, while the fifth one (a fox!) joined in, picking and gobbling down the treat. I tricked them by opening the back door and shouting at them, as they scurried away. But when they came back, Deej really tricked them off with a party - popper. Bang!  Happy Halloween all.

30 May 2012

Emperor Bahadur Shah's feast

Emperor Bahadur Shah's feast of lamb mince with rice and gram pulao and besani bread, the Mughal feast #7 on 27 May 2012. The last Mughal emperor, and the last emperor's feast cooked in this experimental series of 'old' Indian food.

For the last Mughal feast or #7 I cooked 3 recipes on Sunday evening on the 27th of May 2012 for Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar from Aurangzeb's and Bahadur Shah's sections in the S. Husain "Emperor's Table". The three recipes were
1. Rice and Bengal Gram Pulao or "Qubooli" (from Aurangzeb's section)
2. Lamb Mince with Pistachios or "Piston Ka Keema" (Bahadur Shah's section) and
3. Unlevened Gram Flour Bread or "Besani Roti" (als Bahadur Shah's section)

Here's are photos of the ingredients lined up -

Above is first for Pulao, then for Lamb Mine, and lst for Besani bread.

To see photos of cooking for this dinner, start with this Picasa photo and keep clicking the forward arrow

3 dishes
Here's the cooked up dishes and a combined dish, ready for yummy eating

Bread, cilantro, pulao, and lamb mince

05 March 2012

Emperor Aurangzebs's black beans with with cottage cheese bread
Mughal feasts #6 on 4 March 2012

For the Mughal feast #6 I cooked 2 recipes on Sunday afternoon on the 4th March 2012 for Emperor Aurangzeb from Aurangzeb's section in the S. Husain "Emperor's Table". The two recipes were
1. Rich Creamy Black Gram or "Dal Alamgiri" and
2. Cottage Cheese Bread or "Naan-e-Paneer"

30 October 2011

Emperor Shah Jahan's chicken dinner with naan

Emperor Shah Jahan's chicken dinner with naan (bread)
Mughal feasts #5 on 30 October 2011

For the Mughal feast #5 cooked 2 recipes on Sunday afternoon on the 30 October 2011 for Emperor Shah Jahan from Shah Jahan's section in the S. Husain "Emperor's Table". The two recipes were
1. Chicken Royal or "Murgh-e-Taaus" and
2. Almond Pistachio Bread or "Nana-e-Nemat"

This was a delicious, nutty, and sweet combination of dishes, both using almonds, pistachios, saffron, ghee, and yogurt. The bread complimented the saucy chicken curry.  Neither of them used the more common curry spices of cumin, coriander, or cayenne pepper, but the chicken included some cinnamon, cloves, white or black pepper, and turmeric. These get an overall rating of B+, with the chicken rating an A- and the bread a B-. The chicken was very rich and filling in its white yogurt marinade and sauce, added to which were several small amounts of pastes from poppies, almonds, and sunflower seeds, enriched by some cream, sprinkled with mace, green cardamom power and saffron, and garnished with nuts - pistachios, pine nuts, and walnuts. Not to be outdone by the chicken, the naan was garnished with almond power, pistachio slivers, chopped raisins, and saffron dissolved in rose water. It is perhaps these garnishes that made these recipes distinct for the Shah Jahan's dinner.  Deej's one remark - cardamom flavor dominated the chicken too much.