Hey guys … being the major foodie I am, I love trying new and exotic foods in varieties of flavours !! Yesterday, my family and I went to this Punjabi Dhaba called “Dhabba Express” on Cenotaph Road, which is the one next to Cafe` Coffee Day, and saying that the food was extraordinary is an understatement !! Though I usually am careful about what I eat, yesterday I relaxed all my restrictions (on eating fatty foods, especially Punjabi food !) and stuffed myself silly … hehe … so here’s my review of the “Dhabba Express” :

Being vegetarian, we were a bit dismayed to find a major portion of Non – Vegetarian dishes as compared to the Vegetarian dishes when we were first given the menu. But we were in for a surprise as whatever we ordered was delicious and filled us up quite nicely too ūüôā …

We first started out with a tomato soup each, called “Tom Yum Soup,” as our starter. Rich and creamy, with swirls of thick white cream in a deep red background and croutons bobbing around the sides of the bowl, we could hardly resist slurping it all up! We also got freebies in the form of two baskets of crispy Pappad. The Pappad was healthy since it wasn’t fried in oil, but just heated in an open flame on the stove … and nevertheless, it was a hit.

The funny is thing is we got two small plates of fresh, raw onion slices … and my little niece and nephew could hardly keep their hands off of them once the mild yet pleasant tasting, light green Pudina (Mint) Chutney arrived.

We also ordered one more appetizer – Crispy Vegetables, which comprised of zesty onions, cauliflowers, and potatoes, which were deep – fried in oil till they turned a tempting shade of golden – brown. The spices added on for more flavour to these Crispy Vegetables simply melt in your mouth !! Needless to say, the plate of Crispy Vegetables was finished in seconds due to the fact that people from all sides of the table were jabbing hopefully at the plate with their forks in hand. My parents, who arrived late to the Dhaba, were greeted with a large empty plate (Crispy Vegetables !!) and six empty soup bowls ūüėõ …

The food here is served in rectangular thalis (trays) and tumblers made of brass and steel, and oh … oh … OH !! The main course food was the BEST – we ordered Sarson Ka Saag, which is a luscious green curry with Palak (Spinach), and creamy Cottage Cheese as the two prime ingredients. We also ordered the enticing Rajma Masala made of soft, well – boiled Kidney Beans served in a lush brownish – maroon gravy. The Mutter Paneer with its delicately boiled, green peas and small chunks of Paneer (Cheese) and the scrumptious Dal Makhani with its scrumptious savory gravy were just heaven !! The only thing that could have been better is the Dal Makhani – it was not as creamy as the rest of the curries and somewhat watery … adding some more cream would have made the Dal Makhani even more divine …

The delectable Stuffed Pudina Parathas (Thick, Baked Wheat Cakes spread twice over with some irresistibly sweet butter), stuffed with the delightful and most choicest ingredients such as Onions, Tomatoes, Gobi (Cauliflower) and Aloo (Potatoes), was too hard to keep my hands off of ūüôā … the Naans (Thick, Baked Wheat Cakes without Butter) complemented the curries so excellently, and we also got value for our money since each Naan was about 11 – 12 inches wide … EXTREMELY wide for a typical Naan ! The Rumali Rotis (Thin, Baked Wheat Cakes) were spread with butter, and folded over. Soft and palatable, these Rumali Rotis surely were no small treat !! We also ordered some fried rice, sprinkled generously over with carrots and peas … cooked to precison, the rice was the crowning glory of our “feast” !! The rice was cooked so differently and tastefully that I must say that in all my years of eating rice I have never come upon something so yummy !!

Finally, though we were more than full, we knew we could never go home without some dessert. There was Gulab Jamun, round, yummy balls in rich, sweet gravy; the exquisitely orange – colored Jalebi, served sizzling hot, made of flour, shaped into round, appetizing designs, deep – fried in oil and ladled into steaming bowls of sugary gravy; and finally, the Rajasthani Kulfi, which is like an Indian Ice – Cream. Milky, creamy, and rich, it was frozen to look like a Popsicle on a stick such that when you lick it, it melts ever so slightly such as to allow us to suck in its pleasing flavour. Little pieces of Pista (Pecans) and Almond made the Kulfi even more succulent.

All – in – all, the Dhabba Express was AWESOME !! My only regrets is that I couldn’t try the well – renowned Punjabi Lassi … but oh well, there’s always next time !! The Dhabba Express is also a treat for your wallet ;), since they claim to cater only “Regular Punjabi Home Khana.” For instance, chicken dishes cost from Rs. 45 to Rs. 70. Breakfast is served here between 8:30 and 10:30 AM and offers Aloo Paratha, Gobi Paratha (Rs. 10 each only) and Punjabi Lassi (Rs. 15).

The ambience was also unique, since we were sitting in the outside area of the Dhaba, which was carefully decorated in the traditional, rustic Indian style. The colours here are the natural reds, browns and yellows of the Punjab countryside. The tables are low, with Rajasthani – Style Bamboo Bench – Seats. The ambience can probably be described as rugged, it is as authentic as it is comfortable, with the emphasis on comfort. So even the place we were sitting in was a treat for our eyes ūüôā !!

The Buffet here is only open for lunch; people coming for dinner may order. The Dhabba Express is located at 9, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet, Chennai – 600 – 018. The Telephone Number is 432-8211/2/3. So now you know where to go for ‘Asli Punjabi Khana’ ūüėČ !!

Sorry I haven't been able to blog in a long time … I've been hanging over at my cousins' place where there's no Internet … and boy, have I missed a lot !! I'll also be busy with studies and practicing music and dance in the coming week so I'll try to blog whenever I can if I'm able to … and on May 9th I'll be leaving to Muscat to visit my cousins … so even there I'll blog if I can … but the good thing is that there's internet in Muscat … and I'll be back on the 20th of May … Sorry again !!

God it was hard … I never expected to get admission in PSBB School but there it was … one of the five names for those who had gotten Biology group (Group 1) was mine … in big, block letters was printed "Roll No. 2427 – Sumitra Narayanan" … I couldn't believe my eyes … it was like a dream. The entrance tests had been so hard I had already given up getting admission into a great school like PSBB … but there my name was ! Whoa … I couldn't believe this at all … I had been tested in Math, Physics, and Chemistry on Saturday, April 1st, and then tested in Biology on Sunday, April 2nd … everything was a disaster because everything was out of portions … all 11th and 12th grade stuff … but thankfully it was objective – type so I managed something.

I also attended both interviews … 9:30 AM at CV (my old school) and 11:00 AM at PSBB … and finally … decided on CV since I would miss it too much and everything about it – my friends, the infrastructure, our Annual Day, our Farewell, the teachers, the staff, and every inch of it …

So … though I'm sad I didn't get to experience PSBB … I know I'll always be happy in CV … my home … 'cause home is where the heart is, and my heart is stuck in CV !!

Nirvana is one of my most favorite bands … their genre is Grunge, but some people say Rock … whenever I listen to them, its like I'm in a totally different world … simply put, Nirvana is AMAZING and AWESOME and even though they stopped rocking our world over a decade ago, in 1994 … they'll still live on in all our hearts forever. For those who haven't really started listening to Nirvana yet, start by listening to "Smells Like Teen Spirit," ("Smells Like Teen Spirit" is their BEST song — according to me ūüėÄ !!) "In Bloom," "Come As You Are," and then keep on going all the way through "Heart – Shaped Box "All Apologies," "About A Girl," and "You Know You're Right" … now here's the lowdown on Nirvana, compiled from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana_%28band%29) —

A BRIEF SUMMARY OF NIRVANA :

Nirvana was a popular American Rock band from Aberdeen, Washington. With the lead single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from their 1991 album Nevermind, Nirvana exploded into the mainstream, bringing along with it an offshoot of Punk and Alternative Rock that the mainstream media of the time referred to as Grunge. Other Seattle grunge bands such as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden also gained in popularity, and, as a result, alternative rock became a dominant genre on radio and music television in the United States during the early – to – middle 90's.

As Nirvana's frontman, Kurt Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation," with Nirvana the "flagship band" of "Generation X." Cobain was uncomfortable with the attention, and placed his focus on the band's music, challenging the band's audience with their third studio album In Utero. While Nirvana's mainstream popularity waned in the months following its release, their core audience cherished the band's dark interior, particularly after their 1993 performance on MTV Unplugged.

Nirvana's brief run ended with the death of Cobain in 1994, but the band's popularity expanded in the years that followed. Eight years after Cobain's death, "You Know You're Right," an unfinished demo that the band recorded two months prior to Cobain's death, topped radio playlists around the world. Since their debut, the band has sold more than fifty million albums worldwide, including more than ten million copies of Nevermind in the US alone. Nirvana remains a consistent presence on radio stations worldwide.

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If you guys don’t know … I was living in California,¬†USA for some time¬†… and made lots of Oriental [Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hong Kong, etc.], Indian, and a few American friends … I left after 5th … and now, when I’m checking out the blogs of these friends … most of whom belong to guys …¬†however some girls have blogged too … its so disheartening, since Silicon Valley, or the place in California where I used to live, is a very good community chock – full of Indians and Orientals who constitute more of the community than even Americans themselves¬†!!

There’s swearing everywhere — like everywhere ! Its f**k this, f**k that, and all kinds of nonsense … swearing at parents, writing about doing drugs, alcohol — for example, one person’s written : “Its f**kin’ s**t … I haven’t f**kin’ had any f**kin’ weed in ten f**kin’ days … my¬†f**kin’¬†mom is being such a b**ch … she has f**kin’ diabetes or something …”

Who¬†in this Universe¬†would write about their parents like that ?? And who in their right mind would do weed and smoke obsessively ?? Serves this guy right, because his friend, a normal Indian guy, named Ravi Kumar, was kicked out of school for getting way too addicted to weed … surprise, surprise !! Most of the guys who’ve been swearing like this are Indian guys —> good Indian guys who used to be friendly back in that warm 5th grade class … I can still remember … how can they spoil the name of our warm, traditional yet liberal Indian community ?? And that too this guy who was swearing at his mom¬†just moved to USA from India when he was in 5th …

Yes, they were friendly, but now I’m wondering whether after knowing them for just one year —> fifth grade … I should even consider them as real, true friends … and even the girls who used to be my friends swear … its just so unbearable yet weird in a way —> they’ve posted up all their pictures and my, have they grown !! Its just like yesterday they were all such small 5th grade kids … and its just so idiotic to see that most of them resort to swearing, drugs, and smoking to appear cool !!

I’m just so happy that I wasn’t there for too long, though there were¬†lots of Indians there too and not¬†many of them are bad,¬†many of¬†whom were¬†(and still are)¬†my¬†friends from dance class (Bharatanatyam) and¬†music class (Carnatic classical)¬†¬†— I shouldn’t have stereotyped in the¬†first place about them being all that bad, but¬†still, very upsetting¬†— I’m¬†so happy to be here in CV, where we’re all awesomely, totally, and completely cool to a normal, yet extremely¬†fun extent !! CV is way¬†better than CMS (Cupertino Middle School, my old school) any day !! Love¬†all you CV¬†people so much !!¬†Thanks for always being there for me !!

Thanks to http://www.mobile-review.com for this meticulous, yet easy – to – understand summary — say a big HELLO to the L7 !! —>

This L7 is a technological copy of Motorola v360 in another form-factor. The flex version and functionality completely coincide in both phones. The difference is the L7 possesses an automatic key lock which is caused by the form – factor.

The dynamical memory capacity of 11 MB (it depends on the preinstalled software, at least 6.5 MB of free memory). You can access the Main Menu by pressing the Menu key (or an Ok button as a variant) that is located under the screen right in the middle. The main menu is traditionally represented as 9 icons; each of them uses information bar for definitions. You can switch the appearance of the main menu to the list mode. Then everything will be represented as lists. Half of the submenus is represented as lists and half as icons (if you choose a corresponding menu appearance). A user may customize the order of the icons in the main menu (or the items in list view mode). The menu does not support fast number navigation, but you can setup shortcuts for almost every menu item or function. Two soft-keys can be bind to various actions as well, apart from the default ones. With such menu personalization flexibility the lack of the fast number navigation is not so noticeable.

The device supports predictive text input iTap. The current word is shown while input (in the lower service line) and variants of a word to select. When the dictionary is off, all the characters assigned to the button are shown. The device remembers the variants of the words you choose and after that offers them automatically. That helps to avoid entering words into the dictionary as it is necessary in T9.

In case you use two input languages for your SMS or letters – you can choose the language from the special menu, or use a fast one touch switch. You can also setup which type of text input to use for every Language – predictive or not. An interesting solution that allows setting up your mobile even more customized. However, I would like to notice that the text input is related to the users and only a small amount of them use more than two languages.

Working with memory card should be mentioned specially. When plugged in, the card is defined automatically. The device supports a special folder structure, and that's why you can create subfolders only in some folders, otherwise you take a risk of seeing no necessary data after. Each phone menu (pictures, sounds, and video) allows selecting a carrier, which is s memory type to display. Both memory types are not supported at the same time. At the same time any file can be copied from one memory type to another. Generally, working with memory cards is middling though enough for an unpretentious user. Here are the main features of the L7 —>

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Hey sorry I haven't posted in a long time guys … but I just had to post about 'The Amazing Race' – one of my most favorite TV shows of all time … Anyway … its way cool … its a reality show … where 11 teams consisting of 2 people each, where both members should be above 18, since you need to know how to drive, book airplane tickets, enter above – 18 bars in foreign countries as part of the game's challenges and other such stuff … and each of these teams starts out in a base country, almost always USA, since all team members must be US Citizens and this show is an American show … broadcasted by CBS … and so each team makes their way from one country to another around the world, facing hundreds of challenges and obstacles set up for them on the way, with only rests every one and a half to three days at the Pit Stop in each country they visit, and they will finally end the race with three final teams after covering six continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand) and travelling over 72,000 miles … sounds pretty cool, huh ?? You may find this a bit confusing to comprehend if I just write about it, but you'll definitely love it if you actually watch it … its totally cool ! And whoa, wait a second – I forgot to mention the most important part – whichever team arrives at the rest spot LAST, after all other teams, called the Pit Stop as I said before, at the particular country they are in, gets eliminated from the race – but thankfully there are four pre – determined non – elimination legs of the race. For example, in The Amazing Race 5 — (The fifth Amazing Race carried out, out of all the 9 races carried out so far … I think currently the 9th Amazing Race is going on but I'm not sure …) So like I was saying, in The Amazing Race 5, there were four countries in which teams which arrived to the Pit Stop last were not eliminated — I think these were in :

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