Tuesday, 10 May 2011

brewing a storm in my tea cup...

i have a fetish for coffee mugs... given a choice, i'd probably buy a dedicated china cabinet and fill it up with mugs that catch my fancy.
(btw, why is that its almost always 'coffee'mugs and 'tea'cups... ?? i have never had a drop of coffee so far in life, despite my love of mugs !)

coming to the point of this post, over the past few days, i've developed an irrational craving to get some small tea cups (dont ask me why - by already saying its irrational, i've absolved myself of the need to give any explanation) ... maybe some little floral designs, or maybe something in blue china ... the mugs that i do have now are all the typically huge 11oz ones...

since i can never bring myself to drink 11oz( which is more than 300ml) of tea (or any other beverage) at a given time, i just fill my mugs to about half, or maybe a little more sometimes.... i think i suddenly want the cute,smaller cups so that i can see them brimming to the full...

i am putting the brakes on my impulsive cravings, however, as my reluctance to accumulate stuff at this point overpowers my desire for teacups, buttercups, or anything else... having hauled suitcases back and forth so many times  across the oceans in these past few years, my primary concern when buying something is the 'packability' of it :)

the amount of bubble wrap, tape, other 'packing and stuffing' supplies i've gone through in these years would have been enough to embalm an extra-large mummy...

so am just sitting tight for now, but someday i just want to be at that point where i know i am 'home' for good... and i can feel free to give myself some retail therapy without worrying about too many things... till then, well, siggghhhhh.....

chai, tea, tea cup, storm in my tea cup, coffee mug

Monday, 9 May 2011

life is like a puzzle...

found this piece of pine bark, which looked like a jigsaw puzzle, on a trip a few weekends ago... the place was full of pine trees, up on a snowy (in southern california, in the middle of a desert, in april ! yes !) mountain, and so there were pieces of bark, pinecones, etc strewn all over the place...

the pieces of bark seemed to reaffirm my take on life.... life is like a jigsaw puzzle - every piece seems weird by itself, but you just keep going in the hope that you'll finally see the full picture someday...




and yeah, on a totally unrelated note, found this family of snow-people someone had made... thought it looked cute... (ok, maybe it looks creepy too, but i thought it was cute anyway :) )





Saturday, 7 May 2011

spicy tales...

there have been some itsy bitsy stuff which i've been wanting to post for sometime now... and kept postponing indefinitely for no good reason other than, well, a general state of inertia...


well, sometime back i saw this in one of the grocery stores... not an indian store, but a regular american one.... so was (understandably !) quite excited on seeing this in the spices aisle...









'madras curry powder' - just the name got me all excited, and obviously i had to take a closer look at the box...  despite all the years of living in madras, i have hardly seen a kitchen in madras use a standard 'readymade' powder called madras curry powder... this one though seems to be a mixture of most spices used in indian cooking, like cumin, coriander, fenugreek, fennel, pepper, chillies, etc etc...


 obviously i didnt buy the box, since, like every other indian kitchen, i have and use almost all the individual ingredients listed there in different combinations and amounts in different dishes.... but it still felt strangely nice seeing that in a place where you least expect it...

and i also realised i am no good at taking pictures with a mobile camera :) i fumbled with it so much and my hands were all still cold from the air-curtain in the veggies section, and i ended up with very shaky pics !




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