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Goan Fish Curry

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Goa, the land of sun-kissed beaches and pristine blue waters, is India’s tourist haven. It is also a haven for seafood lovers. Those who love seafood, Goa will never let you down. From salmon to bombil, from squids to crabs- the quintessential Goan delicacies will always delight a gourmet. Since, Goa offers a galore of delicacies. Rice and fish curry is one of the most popular dishes of Goa. Here’s the quick and simple recipe.

pomfretIngredients

  • Bhetki or Pomfret. One can also use bombil/ Bombay Duck
  • Cooking Oil 3 table spoons
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • Coconut Milk around 75 ml
  • Red Chilli Paste
  • Garam Masala
  • Salt to Taste

Method

Fry some bhetki fillet or pomfret and keep aside. In a wok add oil, coconut milk, ginger, garlic and red chilli paste and stir for at least five to seven minutes. When broth is thick add the fried fish, salt and a pinch of garam masala. It will be ready in minutes. Enjoy the cooked fish with steamed rice.

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Mind Your Business

By Himanshu Mehta

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It is no use waiting for the opportunities to come; you need to get up and make them.

The greatest risk of all is not taking risk while one is young and learning from his or her mistakes. Entrepreneurship is something that can improve the standard of living of people and supporting it is very essential for the growth of the country. Small people remain small because they think small, act small, or don’t act at all. When the people get out of our smaller mindsets and try to invent new businesses, only then, it will help in nation building. It is said that the most important factor for the future growth of business is to foster and promote innovations and thus develop entrepreneurship. Till the time entrepreneurship is not developed, innovation will not succeed. Innovation and Entrepreneurship are two sides of the same coin and growth will only   work well if they are given the required support. The biggest failure you can have in life is not   trying at all. If innovations and entrepreneurship are given the required support/boost, they will flourish and will lead to a faster growth trajectory for India. Says the dynamic Mr. Mayur Vora of Mapro Foods, ‘’It is easy to give a job rather than get a job’’

RIGHT ATTITUDE

If you want to start your little business, it is just not enough have a will and a way. There have to be enough trigger points to make your ambition work out well. Firstly, creating the right environment for success; entrepreneurs should find it easy to start a business. Second, entrepreneurs have access to the right skills and access to ‘risk’ capital – for a long time to sustain windfalls in case! Lastly, enabling networking and exchange; entrepreneurs always learn from experience—theirs and that of others.

RIGHT MAN AT THE RIGHT PLACE:

There are various agencies that assist entrepreneurship. One of them, – the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, a part of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) has been set up to assist entrepreneurs to start their businesses. The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is another such organisation that is helping the young and budding entrepreneurs to succeed.

RIGHT FACTORS:

In our country enterprise is still yet neither a difficult word nor world to obtain – chiefly because

(i) The new market opportunities presented by a liberalizing economy,

(ii) Availability of financial support schemes from both official and private sources,

(iii) The existence of a large number of governmental programmes and public-private partnership   programmes,

(iv) The emergence of a number of private sector initiatives for supporting knowledge-intensive   entrepreneurship by complementing government programmes and by reducing information   asymmetries, and

(v) The increased availability of technically trained manpower due to a phenomenal increase in   the enrolment rate for engineering and technology education at especially the tertiary level in the   country.

WRONG MOVES:

But of course there is lots of scope for improvement! Chief of them being –

  • Lack of true seed capital. Venture Capitalists in India are mostly inclined towards later stage of the project
  • Lack of mentors who could inspire – there are very few success stories one can emulate and prove to be an inspiration for potential businessman. The strike-rich, strike-lucky syndrome still persists.
  • Very few good incubator programs
  • Lack of quality talent in India. Mediocrity is available in plenty
  • It is important to have a big addressable market and India lacks it despite its large population
  • Entrepreneurship is generally driven by young people who have the drive and flexibility.
  • In India the distribution of young people coming out of college is heavily skewed towards IT, crowding out other sectors.
  • Socially still not glamorous though increasingly getting more acceptance.
  • No ecosystem for entrepreneurship to succeed
  • People who can be active participants in entrepreneurial ecosystem are comfortable in their decent paying MNC jobs. Someone needs to reach to them and get them out.
  • The education system in India needs to be revamped. The age old systems prevalent in India copied from the British is not used even in Great Britain today!

BEST DEALS

If you want to get enterprising, the best 10 to bet on are :

  1. Tourism
  2. Automobile
  3. Textiles
  4. Social ventures
  5. Software
  6. Engineering goods
  7. Franchising
  8. Education and Training
  9. Food Processing
  10. Corporate demands

And you can take advice from J. Paul Getty, former oil tycoon and once the richest man in America when he claimed, “There is only one way to make a great deal of money; and that is in a business of your own.”

Mindful – A Short Story

By Sharon Andrew, Happiness Evangelist at Happiest Minds Technologies, Bangalore

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“We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware, beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.”

Please read this real life experience of Kent Nerburn, a cab driver, in which a life transforming experience blurred the line between the receiver and the giver.

When we are mindful of another, we bring happiness and joy…to them and to ourselves.

A CAB RIDE I’LL NEVER FORGET….

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living.  One night I took a fare at 2:30 am. When I arrived to collect, the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window.

So I walked to the door and knocked. ‘Just a minute’, answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened.

A small woman in her 80′s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie.

By her side was a small nylon suitcase The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

“Would you carry my bag out to the car?” she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.

She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.

She kept thanking me for my kindness. “It’s nothing”, I told her. “I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated.”

“Oh, you’re such a good man,” she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, and then asked, “Could you drive through downtown?”

“It’s not the shortest way,” I answered quickly.

“Oh, I don’t mind,” she said “I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.”

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. “I don’t have any family left,” she continued. “The doctor says I don’t have very long.” I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

“What route would you like me to take?” I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.

We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she’d ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, “I’m tired. Let’s go now.”

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

“How much do I owe you?” she asked, reaching into her purse.  “Nothing,” I said.

“You have to make a living,” she answered. “Oh, there are other passengers,” I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.  Our hug ended with her remark, “You gave an old woman a little moment of joy.”  After a slight pause, she added, “Thank you.”

I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn’t pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?  What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?  On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware, beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Rebuttal To The Negative Review Earlier

By Ravi J Singh

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Okay, here I come with my review on BMB, sorry for being late –

If you miss this movie on a theater you will be doing a crime being a cine-lover. Fck so called self proclaimed false ‘critics’ like rajeev masand, or Shubha Shetty-Saha or sukanya verma who thinks this is a 2.5 star movie and just go to your fav theatre and watch the movie.

This movie indeed is much beyond the stars and reviews. This is pure simple story-telling, so rare these days in Bollywood.

Watch the movie for 5 people –

Farhan Akthar, for he is Milkha Singh in the movie, he did not acted Milkha but he lived Milkha. He gave a performance of his lifetime. He will be remembered for this role till the movie industry will last on this earth. For he ran like Milkha, he danced like Milkha, he loved like Milkha, he just went into the skin of the character, and gave a run for money to the Mr. Perfect Aamir Khan. He went much beyond the concept of living the character for he became the character himself that at so many places it really became an illusion for us that if we are watching a movie or a real footage Milkha documentary.

Of all my fav scenes was one when the young Milkha cries in front of his Multan home, cries like a baby, so helplessly, that you’d just want to get off your seat in theatre and console the inconsolable.

Rakyesh OmPrakash Mehra, for he did created this movie, for he chose otherwise to glorify the maya dolases, the dads and other so called underworld dons, and chose to make a movie on the living legend, the flying sikh – Milkha Singh. Otherwise with time his name would have galloped in the vacuum of ignorant Indian minds. For the first time we know exactly why the legendary runner looked back in the infamous heart-breaking race when he was leading for around first 300m. For he weaved the story so brilliantly and impeccably that you don’t know when 1.5 hrs. pass through to the Interval and then to the end of the movie. So brilliantly that when the movie ends so just don’t want it to end. The movie will be with you for several hours and days, like the taste of perfect made cuisine by the finest of the chef in the world remains with you.

Pavan Malhotra, for portraying Milkha’s coach, his mentor, his guiding light, so impeccably that we cry with him when he cry for Milkha at various instances. That we love him to make Milkha Milkha.

Prasoon Joshi, for he wrote such a briliant script in such a simplistic of the way that it captivates you so much that you cry, you laugh, you jumps in ecstasy, your heart jumps, your hearts sinks, in short the script holds you so much that you forget you are in a movie theatre but living the experiences of Milkha with him. The script is more brilliant so, because the life of Flying Sikh is portrayed as a life, it does not paints him only as a Sardar who brought so much of glory and fame to India. But, also shows all aspects all shades of his character, where sometime he is grey, sometime he is victim, sometime he is just another street boy who does not have any big dream for his life, sometime he is one naive athlete who on the pedestal of his biggest opportunity losses focus and fails, to the guy who is so focused that he refuses the seductive advancement of the most sought after Indian athlete of her time.

Milkha Singh, for he became ‘The Milkha Singh’ from a 10 year old refugee Milkhu who will get the next meal or not was a big-question for him after he lost all his family in the carnage of partition of our great nation in 47. The flying sikh who still feels heart break of that mili-second which took away from him his biggest achievement of his life, an Olympic medal, when he was leading the race for almost first 300m, and was the world record holder for 400m that time. Watch this movie for this legend, dance with him, cry with him, hallucinate with him, go through agony with him, feel ecstasy with him, its a journey, a pleasure you will enjoy fully only if experienced on big curtain.

Watch this movie for The Great Milkha Singh, whose life had so many lows that rising and shining from those points are in itself is miraculous, forget inspiring.

And, last but not the least, watch this movie for sheer pleasure of story-telling and cine-love which is so rare these days in the money churning Bollywood, which the team BMB brings for you.

I will write this again, jus Fck the so called ‘critics’ like rajeev masand, or Shubha Shetty-Saha or sukanya verma, who did not liked BMB but Lootera, and just go to your fav theatre and watch the movie.

A Blind Man’s Story..

By Anshuman Sharvesh

I hear the people say its morning
As they see the sun rising up
But for me it’s when the birds hum into my peace

I hear them say its sunny day
As they watch the sun going bright
But I feel when it makes me perspire

I hear them praising the nature
When they see the mother earth playing
For me my hand becomes my eyes to see

They watch the clouds
I feel the rain
They see the river as straight
I see it as a gurgling nomad
They see the snow white
I feel the chilling ice
They see the beauty of flowers
I see the fragrance declaring its stance

They pity on me for being blind
But I wonder who is the one missing all the delight
I pity on them who says I m BLIND.

Indian Software Industry’s Pangs

By Ankit Chandra

If you throw a random stone in bangalore, it will either hit a dog or a software engineer…

This is what I was told in 2000 when I began my software engineering. It was a weirdly funny joke, coz I did laugh at it, but I certainly did not like our comparison with dogs. Not only because it is derogatory (similar to the lines of objections on slum’dog’ millionare) but also because engineers are by the very definition of the term, very well educated.

umm well educated? but as soon as I say this, I see my head screaming out against it. So something has to be wrong somewhere…

Some engineers are downright called ‘unemployable’ by the multinationals. But lets face it, passing 4 years in an engineering college would atleast have taught them basic levels of coding. Although this was not quite true in my case ( I probably wrote my first respectable software program only at my first job, but that taught me a lot, and hence this post…), but I would say that most of the software engineers would at least know how to code.

So whats the problem? its like a student who knows the alphabets well, but has no clue about how to form sentences with them. On top of it, forming understandable sentences from it is mostly just a dream. As more and more Indian software companies claim to provide ‘best in the industry solutions’ to the world outside (through getafreelancer.com, rentacoder.com and what not), particularly the western economies, their cracks begin to show. For they claim to know how to make software, but they actually just know how to code. And the bubble bursts…

Bigger companies like Infosys, TCS etc charge the western world enough money to send these new s/w engineering grads to almost a year of training, which makes them at least employable. But people who don’t/couldn’t make it into these are basically ‘let loose’ out in the big bad world, having nothing more than a vague imprint of ‘Let’s C,C++ by Yashwant Kanitkar)…

The point being, there is a lot more to software engineering than just code.
To begin with, there has to be an understanding of the context in which this software is being written. Without this understanding of context (business sense in other words) a software engineer is nothing more than an automated code generator (and they are usually crappy). A lot of this happens purely out of lack of exposure to good business practices and incompetent business acumen. But both of these can be acquired; latter even quicker.

This has to be coupled with acceptable levels of communication skills. And communication skills DO NOT mean using a thesaurus on every word and writing the most impressive word. It is about CLEARLY stating what you want to communicate, and making sure that the reader/listener has understood it well, and then confirm it.

Third is diligence. Remember that your aim is to get the work done. Not to get money to procrastinate the work for as long as possible. The client is not a fool to let this go on forever, more so for smaller project based companies where lock-in is very minimal. If a software company wants to sustain its business for longer than a few years, it has to finish the work ON TIME. if not in time.
The basic point being, a lot of small Indian software companies are coming out as promising something and delivering something much below the acceptable standards.

One of the ways in which the problem can be fixed is by having both business and technical expertise in a company. Only a bunch of engineers running day to day business will be a bad decision. Hiring an employable Technology Management MBA could be a step in the right direction.

The Wolverine Is Back: This Time In Japan

I had always refrained from watching the X-Men series. Reason being, I could not think of a superhero looking as crass as Hugh Jackman in X-Men. One start though was enough. I saw one film and from there I could not stop myself from watching all five.

The X-Men series had something special, having brought the mutants to screen for the first time. The star amongst mutants, Wolverine played by Jackman became a part of myself after that, with me even trying to put together a hairstyle and beard like him. I am sure most of you would not disagree. The fact is that we all like a superhero fighting against villains with more superpowers and beating them. We all like basking in the glory of such people and Jackman in his character of The Wolverine was exactly like that. For the fans he is back, probably for the last time, that though only he and the series makers know.

The adamantium-fuelled superhero who is immortal is back and in his usual style kicking asses of those bothering him or the mutant and the mankind. The film goes with an apt title ‘The Wolverine’.

If the trailer gives any idea, the film kicks from where X-Men: The Last Stand ended. Jackman is still mourning the death of Jean Grey, and looks like spending time in the mountains in unknown company. He seems to be the typical Hindi-film actor who becomes Devdas after losing his Paro. Wolverine though is being sought after and found after a brawl to be taken to Japan. It is here when he meets someone he had once saved from a Nuclear blast.

This man wants to thank Wolverine and also offers him mortality. Wolverine, after all that he has seen in years pass by looks anguished, tired and thinks of acceptance. The trailer from then on gets into an action scene mode and what we also see is that this time the wounds ain’t healing as they were before.

Finally, you guesses it right. The film also has its own samurai action. Would had been pathetic for a movie in Japan to miss out on Samurai, wouldn’t it? Looks like we also have a brilliantly shot sequence on a bullet train to add to the finale.

What I don’t like is the mortality factor. But that probably is coming from the fact that all superheroes are mortal and hence Wolverine also will have to be. For me though, this would be another blockbuster and am waiting desperately.

For all you lucky one’s trailer’s attached. And Yes for all those waiting for the release, the wait is longer, no early than 26th of July this year. But the wait is worth it, ain’t it?