Holden Caulfield’s New York

March 1, 2013 § 3 Comments

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Every time I pass a frozen pond and ducks I can’t help but wonder what do the ducks do in cold freezing winters. And then I read Catcher In The Rye. Holden Caulfield wonders the same I found out.

After years of somehow missing out on reading it I bought Catcher In The Rye off of amazon. I know I am repeating myself but did you know… USED BOOKS COST LIKE HALF OF KINDLE/NEW BOOKS . Its crazy. I got three books in twenty dollars. Does anyone else get a kick out of book ownership? I definitely do. My book owning joy = having a new car. I open the book, smell it, always face a dilemma as to where to put my name – the utterly blank first page or the page with the title and almost always decide on the latter.

SO, while reading Caulfield’s journey Trenton to Manhattan I couldn’t help but gasp in surprise and delight as I thought I have been here – all these places he is talking about. Unfortunately no one was around or I would have blabbered jumping up and down about it. But it was a delight to read about the places in 1951. Comparing the views we see now to those in Salinger’s book one can’t help but wonder how time passes changing things and yet keeping them static in a grander version. These places are key to Holden’s journey. They set the mood and the environment for his monologue. The pond in central park, Phoebe’s carousel, the Penn station, the Rockefeller plaza (!) , the train journey…

How we put grand projections on inanimate things! Just because it has a history or a context other than ours, just because it’s in someone’s story , fictional or otherwise ; makes it special. But then why not! Why not indulge in romantic grandeur and escapism if it makes you squeal in delight!

And we are back to ducks… and I found a really nice video and also an article you would like.

http://mrbellersneighborhood.com/2010/01/holdens-new-york

DO, DO read the book. It is delightful and different. More like a stream of consciousness monologue… an interesting read.

 

 

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Quick and scrumptious tomato soup!

January 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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You need-

  • 4 tomatoes (deseeded, quartered)
  • 1 onion (quartered)
  • 1 carrot (sliced in no particular order really)
  • bay leaf 1
  • peppercorns 8
  • cloves 4
  • a spoon of butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • salt
  • italian herbs dried or otherwise

And the procedure would be –

  1. Take a pot, add the tomatoes, onion and carrot and add water as to cover them completely and then some, about an inch topping that. Add bay leaf, pepper corns, cloves and bring to a boil and then let simmer for 15 mins.
  2. After it cools down a bit, separate the water and the veggies. Keep the water aside for thinning the soup later. Put the veggies in a blender and blend away.
  3. In a pan add butter, then garlic. Then add the italian herbs and immediately add the tomato puree.
  4. Add a little of the strained water and then add salt, pepper and a little of sugar. Bring to boil then simmer.
  5. Just before taking it off add the milk and stir. Simmer for a minute and VOILA!

The easiest and foolproof recipe for a quick tomato soup! Not as heavy as the cream of tomato soup and not as light as a stew. Just a scrumptious soup for winters!

NYC – holiday season.

December 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

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Two weeks in pictures!

November 13, 2012 § 2 Comments

SO…. the power is back up. (It was back last monday really) So life is back to normal. Although we still have to figure out how much the NY transit is working… but its good. Much better than last week or so.

It has been dramatic, the last twenty days, to say the least. So we are today going to go on a pictorial journey of the two weeks!

We were utterly in love with fall, my sweetheart and I. The orange leaves floating down in the gentle breeze beckoned us to visit. It was simply lovely!

 

But then there was that dreadful hurricane Sandy. Dreadful. Power out for more than a week. That night the wind was killing outside. Howling through the buildings and trees. Well, we were thankfully safe inside and stocked up with candles. Ten days dinner was in candlelight!

The aftermath was… well. As expected. Trees down everywhere. How difficult it must be. Took all those years to grow as tall as they do and one night its all over in the wind! The poor trees.

Bored with the darkness for days at end, we went for a trip to DC to stay with friends. It was such a change from the dark evenings!

When we came back the power was back and everything was running! Of course a day after returning we were welcomed with snow all over… My heart goes out to those without power in the snowstorm. Hope everyone was okay!

But no matter. Everything has almost turned to normal and we are all geared up to celebrate Diwali – the festival of light! And of course no diwali is complete without the traditional lantern or akash kandil as we call it. I used to make one in India every year… so I had to make one here too. From whatever material I could find!

Which brings me to my next wish…

Wish you all a very very happy diwali! For those who celebrate it and also to those who dont…   May your life be a festival of lights and may it be filled with hope, joy and loads and loads of happiness! Wish all that you set out to do comes true and you are blessed with success and prosperity!

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