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So I give up!

I believe in God. And I try to live my life on His terms and conditions as much as possible. And was pretty much satisfied. But when boredom (I dont have any other word for it) overtakes you, you tend to question yourself.

If your going the right way.

  • Have you done enough?
  • Have you lived your life enough?

And you explore, explore but never satisfied.

You soul is in constant need to fill itself with something. Because your looking for something.

You have to stop looking. There is nothing there. Even if there is it will come to you. Thats when you have to trust God.

Be patient, Believe in God. And you will be at peace.

Let him decide whats good and bad for me.

Blog!

I see people want to get acknowledged for things they are doing. My motive here is not that. Its just unloading my thoughts to calm my mind. And I can retaliate with others who are doing this here, for the same purpose. And also to keep myself occupied.

It works! That’s what matters.

Like a therapy!


Either you do what people like and increase the followers or do what you want to do but you will ‘be alone’. ‘And recipes are in demand’

(This is not what I want to do. It is something I need to do.)

How to give up addiction? My way!

I don’t really get addicted to things easily. But when I do, I follow this way/method to come out of it. Its like a detox technique.

It could be anything – I am taking here an example of – my addiction with ‘FOOD’.

I will explain you in the end about why I am talking about the disadvantage.

Disadvantages of food addiction – ‘Being FOODAHOLIC’

  • You end spending too much (most important). Initially, when you look at a menu (as a new customer) you find it very expensive. But once you start eatting it. You start to rationalize the spending with its worth and you continue to spend money on it.
  • Health issues. Its not just restaurant food, even home food – cooked in certain way – with all the frying and spices – affects/effects your health.
  • You don’t want to settle for anything less. Simple food doesn’t interest you anymore and all you look for is something new and tasty. And you end up spending on lavish food.
  • It becomes your priority. If you are a shopaholic, you priority and you interest will be occupied with only clothes. And you start ignoring other things.
  • Overeating and end up being bored. When you don’t get anything new, your expectation goes down and then you start getting bored. But still don’t give up the food.

Coming to the point!

When you are addicted to something for instance, alcohol. It gives your brain pleasure that it requires. It is may be a defense mechanism against the pain and sorrow that you have. In simple language, your running away from sorrow and going towards this addiction for happiness.

Your sorrow here is ‘A’

Your addiction here is ‘B’

In order to give up A your going towards B. Now to get away from B you will have to make B = A

How can you make B = A?

For that you require the disadvantages. Understanding that now B is giving you pain and sorrow (from which you were running away). And now you require a replacement for B. Now YOU have to decide with what you can replace it with.

Whenever now I crave for food I think about the disadvantage of it. And the health issue I have to face because of it. I slowly then start developing hate for it.

Its not like, you have to abandon it. But this will help you lose interest in it for sometime. You can come back to it, at any time. But for other things like alcohol – you need a strong determination.

Acknowledge- it is the first step you have to take. Choose. Have patience and Be focused.

Sometime overdoing things also makes you lose interest. But it depends on what your addiction is.

Happy living!

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Homemade – Chicken Biryani Recipe

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Method:

Marinate the chicken overnight with the ingredients. ( I have taken 2 small chicken)
1 tbsp red chili powder
1 tsp tumeric
2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
1 tsp garam masala
150 gm curd/yogurt
Salt as per taste

For the masala:
Ingredients:
Ghee and Oil for frying
4 Potatoes
9 onions
3 tomatoes
2 chicken ( I have not used breast piece)
Cilantro

  1. Add ghee and oil
  2. Fry the potatoes and in the same oil make birista (caramelized onions)
    (keep some aside for garnishing)
  3. Add tomatoes, put the marinated chicken.
  4. Add birista (caramelized onions) , Bombay biryani masala, salt
  5. Add fried potatoes and cilantro / coriander leaves.
  6. Add the the rice layer.

Rice:

Ingredients:
3 glasses rice
4 tsbp salt

Whole garam masala
4 cardamoms
2 anise
1 Mace
8-9 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
2-3 cloves
1 tsp shah zeera

Boil the rice with whole garam masala and salt.

Steam:
Put saffron milk and oil (add colour in the milk if you want).
Cook in low steam with foil paper.

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As it is in layers, we will cook them separately.
You can make both simultaneously. (Be careful though)
Don’t overcook the chicken.


Preview

United Arab Emirates

I have visited UAE, twice. The recent one was in the year 2017 with my daughter. Pervious one was better because its was in November-December. I came back home on New Year’s Eve.

My dad has lived in Saudi Arabia for more than 30 years. As a kid, I always wanted him to take us with him, which he never did. But my sister came to my rescue and because of her we got the privilege to actually explore UAE for a month (that too twice)- which was more than enough. These are the places we visited.

For most of the people, UAE – whether is Sharjah, Abu Dhabi – its DUBAI. So lets refer to it as Dubai.

Most of the people, who visit Dubai do visit Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower. When I visited Dubai the first time, that was 9 years back, it was less crowded. And as it was Christmas time, the decorations every where was awesome. The next visit, I could see the changes. Not just the people even the place. Its just getting better. But too crowded.

Burj Khalifa

You can explore the facts of Burj Khalifa and many of us are already aware of it. For the basic – ‘Burj’ means tower and ‘Khalifa’ is like the leader. So its the leader of all the towers.

 Astronaut, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons



Through the mall, you can actually enter the tower (a quick visit). You buy the tickets, they take you up in the elevator and you reach to the top floor. Click Pictures. The view is just awesome. And then you have a souvenir shop at the exit, for your memories. They also provide customize photographs.

From the top (my clicks)
My clicks from the top floor

Dubai Mall

The mall, it has almost all brands. I got a free make over there. It wasn’t free technically, as I bought the Givenchy foundation after it (lol). Will upload the photo in sometime.

This mall has a snow world, ice skating and aquarium in it. We spent a quality time in the snow world.

You will see diversity here – brands, people, food. The most important of all is the ‘The Food Court”.

And the next best thing here is the dancing fountain.

Dancing fountain

Its happens at intervals. And what you see in the video is way different from what you actually feel there. Its magical! with the music.

Jumeirah beach

The white sand beach, near Burj Al Arab (the seven star hotel). The weather was chilling, so we didn’t spend much time there.

Corniche

Another beach in Abu Dhabi. I loved sitting there.

Desert Safari

It comes like a package with meals. So first a van comes to pick you up. There are safari’s at the desert waiting for you (Land Cruiser). They give you a roller-coster-type ride in the car, which is quite fun. They drop you at the venue where you are going to spend the rest of your day.

The wonderful camp has sitting and separates shops for hennah, abaya, decoratives. Hold the eagle (paid), buy abayas and free sheesha (seperately). As its free there are too many people waiting for their turn. Food esp., the salad was very nice.

Then there are several performances, the much awaited one is the BELLY DANCING.

Jabel Hafeez

Best place for family get together. People go there for barbeque. And I had the best kababs there (which we try to make here at home) i.e. Chapli Kebabs.

At the base of the mountain, there are hot water springs. With the cold weather, these hot springs are just perfect for the best (get away) setting, in which you can put your feet and enjoy the warm water. This water comes from the mountain.

To actually go to there (Jabel hafeth), you have drive up the mountain. Enjoy the view.

Jabeel hafeez

Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque

I love ‘Abu Dhabi’. And this masjid there is beyond words. The architecture, chandelier, lightings which changes with the moon, the hand woven carpet. Two men have been assigned to read Quran in duties for 24 hours. For more wonderful facts, click the link below. Some of my clicks below.

https://www.edarabia.com/facts-sheikh-zayed-grand-mosque-abu-dhabi/

Gold souk

I bought this chain there. Its my favourite. Its been with me all these years. Its my name in arabic.

And we also got see the biggest ring i.e. Najmat Taiba (Star of Taiba). It is the world’s largest gold ring recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Dubai Zoo

I am against the idea of zoo. Before I had never been to a zoo. It was for my daughter.

Other things

As it has the best abayas, other thing we did was SHOPPING. The best thing to buy there is clothes; bakhur (fragrance); gold; sweets – tahina, kunafah.

I did paragliding. I don’t have any picture of that, but I do have the memories (above the sea view). Went to Fujairah, Sharjah, Deira.

Yes, I still get visions of the memories I spent there. It makes me want to go back..

There are other places-well known places like Emirates Palace, Wild Wadi, Abu Dhabi Ferrari World, etc. which you can visit. So, to conclude, its a must visit place, for a perfect getaway.

Hope you Enjoy your visit too!