Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Gamer's Challenge: Lucky 6

Guess what? I have been bitten by the Lucky 6 bug. For those who don't know about Lucky 6, well, you guys are in for a treat. Lucky 6 is a game which has been created by Fat Cat Gaming. Those of you who know me, will know that I am a major fan of gaming, especially the ones on Android, and I was super excited to try this out.

Now the thing is – I have always believed in luck. Truth be told, my luck seems to be on a yin/yang zone, and sometimes it turns to be great and well, sometimes, not. It happens often in the stock market, and in Hay Day, and in so many other card games, which I love playing. So when Lucky 6 came in, I decided to download it and give it a spin. 

Spin, get it?

Okay, back to the game.

I firmly believe that people around India highly believe in the luck factor. Just see the number of people believing in horoscope, astrology, tarot card. I have also seen a huge number of people spend hundreds and thousands of rupees in things like lotto, lottery tickets, future trading, etc.

This is why I believe that Lucky 6 will work out, because it works on a balance between chance and logic.
See, when you open the app, and sign up with your email and password, it will take you to the Lucky 6 app. On the page, you will see a considerable number of brands. Now, these are a mix of international and national brands. You have to click on 6 from the huge range, and submit a ticket. To help you make your choice, there are helpful suggestions when you tap on each of these brands. Every day, you get to submit three tickets (which means, you have a choice of 6 x 3 = 18 brands a day) with a 24-hour turnaround time. Once that is done, the rest is up to your luck.

Sounds a bit like Lotto, right? I thought so too!

Every day, you can win and get great scores, depending on the choices you make. Some days, you get lucky, some days you don’t. I have been lucky some days, I haven’t been that lucky on others. But it’s massively fun to play a game where your logic might totally fail. You can check the results by checking the top right tab. I have, till date, got scores which had varied, and I love playing this. I do believe this game has the perfect balance between logic and luck. I am hooked, and I believe anyone who starts playing it will be hooked too! 

Now I only hope they make more than 3 submissions!

Disclaimer: This post is written in association with Indiblogger.

The Importance of Wearing Good Lingerie

Kurtis, Juliet, Basic Kurti (JSL-279111)

A few days ago, I saw this gorgeous lady wearing a Georgette outfit, which clung to her body, and the color suited her to the tee. She was made up perfectly, and she looked wonderful… but then my gaze dropped down slightly, and I cringed at the sight of her undergarments which I could clearly see pushing against the dress. Otherwise perfectly made up, she looked old suddenly, her body bearing all the fine lines, and I sighed as I saw another great outfit look horrid thanks to badly chosen lingerie to go with it. 

One of the things that I have realized over the years is that when you wear beautiful lingerie inside, you automatically feel more confident, and your entire demeanor tends to change. You would automatically sit straighter, stand taller, and that’s what makes all the difference when you go out. 

Also, it is important to figure out what kind of undergarments goes with your clothes. Generally, people make the mistake of thinking that anything goes – who checks under the clothes? Wrong! This is for all women, and more so for those over the age of 25 – wearing good quality lingerie and knowing what kind goes with what outfit is a must. There are a few top rules for this – 

1.     Lace will show through delicate material. So, unless you are super confident, confine lace with slightly thicker material and go for something with a smoother finish with thin, wispy material. 

2.     If you are wearing skin tight pants, do practice wearing undergarments which will not show through. Invest in panties which would be either no-show, or get thongs. 

3.     Wear a t-shirt bra under your t-shirts or other clothes where your chest is on display. Make sure the curves look well-rounded, and not weirdly press against the cotton.

4.     Get the right size of your undies – you do not want too loose or too tight undergarments. It makes you uncomfortable, and weird bulges tend to appear under your clothes. 

5.     Adjust straps, to make sure your bra fits properly.

 Although I have found good lingerie to be slightly more expensive than normal stuff, I have also noticed that they last much longer than regular ones, and that is where you save up! Instead of buying a set of stuff, just invest in a few, and you can use them for years! In fact, recently I chanced upon Trishla EMart, and found the website to have a considerable collection of intimates – be it undergarments, or nightwear. They have a very handy bra size finder, through which you can actually determine the correct size, and shape you would need. Check out their portal and the sizable collection they have there, and great brands like Lovable, Fruit of the Loom and Jockey.

Disclaimer: Post in association with Trishla Emart. Image was taken from the Trishla Emart website here.

Chicken Tehri

Chicken Tehri
 Chicken Tehri used to be one of those dishes that would be rustled up whenever someone would be hungry and there won't be enough time to make a more substantial meal. My mother learned this from one of her friends, and the friend had a few amazing gems in her kitty. I have fond memories of my mother stirring the pot to make a tehri on a cold evening, and a very hungry me shelling peas, which would be then stirred into the pot.

Technically, you can make this dish without the chicken. It is actually a vegetable pulao of sorts, with strains of Awadh hanging around, but let me just say this - chicken makes it so much better! The day I made this one, I had run out of virtually all vegetables but carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes, so I made mine with these three, but you can feel free to add one of more of the following vegetables - peas, string beans, bell peppers, cauliflowers, broccoli, cabbage, pearl onions, mushrooms, or well, any firm vegetable you feel will do well with this. It is an excellent way to clean up your fridge, using the last bits of the vegetables.

Start by heating a heavy-bottomed vessel, ideally a kadhai or handi, and add a tablespoon of vegetable oil. When the oil heats up, add a single bay leaf, a stick of cinnamon, a pinch of whole cumin, and 4-5 cloves. I am not much of a fan of cardamom in this dish, so I do not add it. Once the whole spices starts sizzling, add 1 medium onion, chopped. Stir in a pinch of salt, and let the onion cook till it is golden brown, about 7-8 minutes over medium-low heat.

Meanwhile, wash and soak 200 gm. raw rice. I love using Basmati for this application, but feel free to use your favorite. My mother has used Dehradun, brown Basmati, Gobindobhog, and all sorts of other kinds, and it always turned out pretty much amazing. 

Once the onions are cooked, add 500 gm. chopped chicken. I like using thighs and legs for this recipe, but sometimes use breast meat as well. I prefer the meat to be slightly bony - that way, more flavors sneak into the dish. Up the heat to medium, and sear the chicken, till it is evenly seared on all sides. Then, add 2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon garam masala powder, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder.

Introduce your vegetables now. Add 1 cup of chopped vegetables, preferably cut in 1 inch pieces. In case you have peas, introduce them much later, but the rest can go in now. Stir everything together, add a couple of whole green chillies (and if you have it, a handful of chopped green coriander leaves), and add the soaked rice, minus the water. Stir the rice well, and add 500 ml. water and salt. This is the time when adding salt is important - once cooked, you won't be able to add more salt. For this quantity of rice and chicken, around 7-8 gm. salt (1-1.5 teaspoon) is enough. Let the water come to a boil, then drop the temperature and simmer till the water is soaked up and the rice is done. If you want to add peas, add them when the rice is half cooked, around 7-8 minutes after adding water.

Serve with some ghee or butter on top. I add a slice of lime to it too!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Aqua Again!

Aqua, The Park, Relaunches with a New Look and an Amazing Al Fresco Menu.

Aqua, the 24-hour bar beside the pool in The Park is a beautiful place to be, and I daresay I am slowly falling in love with the soothing atmosphere. The place has been recently renovated, and it looks beautiful, to say the very least. The bar now boasts of a huge array of cocktails and snacks, and I have to say, I love what was fed to me.

There are tables around the pool for a more outdoor scene, but if you want to sit inside, all you have to do is walk down to the multi-storied dining joint. Sit inside and look around - the bar's stocked, and the lights are low - perfect for a little rendezvous with some great food. Currently, Aqua boasts of making some very energy-conserving choices - LED lights are placed to save up to 75% energy, the entire place is done up with glasses that allow daylight to pass through but not the heat. The fabric used are heat and fire resistant, and the gorgeous furniture used have been sourced from different parts of Europe, and top brands who make weather-resistant furniture, like Kettal, Dedon and Accademia, have been used.

Speaking of whiskey, there's the little lounge with a nice array of blended whiskeys and single malts. I browsed through it leisurely, spotting a few of my favorites. However, tonight I was more interested in drinking something else than whiskey. We sat around a table and talked about food, and soon, glasses filled with olives emptied, and bowls of nuts coated with sugar was demolished.

My white sangria was a lovely blend of some Sula, sugar, fruits and juice. Serve chilled, it was very refreshing and was just what I needed. I looked around the big table, and soon got hold of some more grub.

The sliders are a combination of crunchy patties and crispy vegetables, with a squirt of lime additional. They are a tasty mouthful or two, and great when you want some guilt-free burger time.

I was more into the hummus with lavash and pita bread, though. The hummus was super-creamy, and perfect to be scooped up with some lavash. Naturally, I went back to it, and the Tzatziki, and the garlicky cucumber dip never failed to make me happy, especially when I dipped olives into it.

But my favorite of the lot were probably the date wrapped with bacon. Think about salty, crisp bacon wrapped around sweet mejdul dates, and you would get the idea. I have no idea how many I consumed - every time we would be on the verge of finishing a cup, it would be refilled. So, well, I am really going to just smile and look guilty here.

Aqua currently boasts of a few other signature dishes and drinks, which include Prawn Tempura, Peppertini and Zacatecas. If you are around Park Street region and would like to relax for a few hours with some booze and drinks, Aqua is definitely a great option.

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee dined at Aqua at the invitation of the management.

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