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Spicy Lentil Curry
In a separate shallow pan, heat ½ tbsp oil, and one by one, add 1 tsp mustard seeds, cumin and coriander, along with the 9-10 dried chillies and sauté. As soon as an aroma arises, remove the spice mixture from the heat and blend in a mixie or processor to make a paste. Add this to the daal mixture and set it over the fire once again and stir well over a low heat.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a pan, and add the rest of the mustard seeds, 2-3 dried chillies (broken in half), coconut and turmeric, and mix well. Once the spices turn slightly brown, releasing their flavours, add this to the daal mixture. Stir a few more times before removing from heat. Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and serve.
In a separate pan, heat ghee, and add the rest of the onions and bay leaves, and dried chillies and stir, once the onions turn brown, remove from heat and add to the vegetables along with the sugar. Stir again over fire to mix well. Serve hot.
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Fans of Facebook
you know zillions of people; friends of your friends (some of whom you have never met) have turned out to be the best of friends; you don't even know yourself as much as you know them; you exchange grammatically challenged Banglish messages and post fabulous fun photos of you with friends and family. Thanks to Facebook, now you have many friends, who will never drift apart, since Facebook makes it that easy to maintain all your contact correspondences. You send metaphorical drinks to cheer each other up, wear friendship bracelets, message and comment on your friends' walls, hug and tease each other, dedicate songs, send invitations to join groups and sub groups, and poke each other every now and then.
Let's face it, Facebook has become one of the most popular components of the Internet; a place where everybody has fun. A social networking tool, this site is almost indispensable.
Founded early in 2004, at Harvard, by sophomore Mark Zuckerberg, it swept the nation's campuses with its exclusivity. Soon its network expanded and accelerated throughout the world and it became a magnet exerting an irresistible pull on people of all ages. It works as a mail, mobile, class bulletin board, photo album all rolled into one virtual reality site.
Yet, there are many parents pulling out there hair complaining that Facebook is responsible for taking up too much of their children's time. They opine that students need to juggle school, homework, sports, music lessons and coaching classes constantly; and if they happen to be hooked on to this giant time vortex, it becomes impossible for them to find an exit and study takes a back seat. Older people also worry that Facebook profiles have no regard for anyone's privacy and everyone knows everything about everybody.
But the thing is, that no one would share any information they didn't want other people to know. As for the photographs, we all want to look our best when we go to parties or weddings with the objective to mingle with people, and Facebook is no different. We let people write about us on our walls, and if we happen to dislike them, we can always erase it. Therefore there should not be any worries about privacy or security issues.
This is a whole new world of connection, communication and information, where, if used correctly, Facebook can only make things such as keeping correspondence easier.
By Syeda Shamin Mortada
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