Most schools are closed by now- perfect time to get the children familiarised with siyam. Keep in mind that the maddening rush will soon be endowed upon us, so try to finish as many Eid chores as possible this week.
There is a child within all of us and more often than not, with the overwhelming hustle and bustle of the city we forget that. Dig into one of those rusty cupboards and pick out a DVD of Cinderella or Bambi or Hook and relive those innocent childhood moments.
Our Pick “Shorts”
The film circles around the discovery of a colourful, wish-granting rock that causes a stir in the suburban town of Black Falls, and grand-scale chaos occurs when the object falls into the hands of local adults. Guaranteed entertainment.
Snacks in a snap
Ingredients: whole-wheat frozen bread dough; ready-made pizza sauce; pepperoni; lean meat; pineapple; green pepper; mushrooms and onions (chopped); mozzarella cheese (part-skim, shredded). Method: Thaw and let bread rise once, then roll out thin, cut with a cookie cutter and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Add toppings. Bake at 450 degrees for eight to 10 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbling.
During the evening, make a way into the wide-awake festive streets of the city. The city has a risen temperature from the Eid fever as the heat of the festival sinks in. The malls have extended their business hours, so now you can finally take your time as you rummage through a heap of clothes to find that perfect attire.
Amartya Sen discusses the universalism in the works of Satyajit Ray, while touching on the clash of the western and eastern cultures.
A dress without the perfect set of accessories is a box of breadsticks without a cheese dip. It is time you put on that searchlight and set out on your mission to find those perfect stilettos or jutis, those chandelier earrings or that perfect pear shaped ring. Complimentary cosmetics are a must buy. Stocks are limited, so get going.
Stick Cricket- a flash game
Even those who are not cricket enthusiasts will find much amusement in this rather simplistic version of the game of cricket. And the best thing about it, you can download right into your cell phone from wap.mobiles24.com (download ID 5406).
Snacks in a snap
Ingredients: 2 tbsp chocolate syrup; 6 oz whole milk; 6 oz soda water. Method: Mix syrup and milk in a fountain glass. Add soda water, serve with a straw.
Sink and relish the rich relaxing dip into a homemade spa bath. Light up a bunch of scented candles, fill the tub till the rim melting in your favourite bath salts and a few lighted incenses can teleport you into the royal realms. Carry with you no one but yourself and your tightened nerves. If you need company, a few bars of dark chocolate shall do the rest.
'The Sunlight on the Garden' by Louis MacNeice
A delightful poem on the transience of life which will make you want to appreciate the small things of life.
Take an early morning walk in a nearby park. Be cautious so as not to overexert yourself. The fresh breeze and the amber sunlit atmosphere will lighten up the locked frustrations within you. It is time you let go!
The Zahir by Paulo Coelho
…is a novel from the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. Similarly to an earlier book, The Alchemist, the Zahir is about pilgrimage. The book touches on themes of love, loss and obsession.
Snacks in a snap
Ingredients: 2 mall eggs, cooked potatoes (mashed), lemon juice; 1 tbsp chopped chives, 1 tbsp butter; salt and pepper (to taste). Method: separate the eggs and beat the yolks: add to the mashed potato, mixing thoroughly, then add the lemon juice, chives, and salt and pepper. Melt the butter in the omelette pan. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and stir them into the potato mixture. Cook the mixture until golden, then run under the broiler to finish and puff it up. Serve at once.
A few slight stretches each day on a regular basis will enhance those slouchy muscles. We have left our bodies to slumber in sleep this month but we have forgotten that as we indulge into the delicacies the toned body loses shape. Wake up now and start looking gorgeously toned.
“Whiskey lullaby” by Brad Paisley & Allison Krauss
Sometimes through death, we realise the true meaning of life, appreciate it in its length and breath. Life is short and full of mistakes. Whiskey Lullaby - a brilliant rendition of American country music - is a haunting tale of a mistake and its unfortunate consequences.
Greeting cards are a warm way of passing on the warmth of your heart to another. It is time to hit one of those little card havens to pick your cards to say that you care. Take time to leave in a special line or two, make it personal this season.
'Ideas” at Aziz Supermarket, Shahbagh
One of the best places you can get for greetings cards!
Snacks in a snap
Taco dip recipe
Ingredients: 16 ounces of sour cream; 16 ounces of cream cheese; 1 large jar of salsa of your choice (spicy, medium or hot depending on your taste); 1-2 packets of taco seasoning (spicy, medium or mild depending on your taste); 1 half a head of lettuce (sliced into small pieces);1 large bag of mild cheddar cheese. Method: Let the cream cheese soften enough to mix together with the sour cream in a large bowl. Mix in the taco seasoning with the cream cheese and sour cream. Use a large casserole dish to layer this mix across the bottom. Strain the salsa until most of the liquid is gone then layer the strained salsa on top of the first layer. Add your lettuce as the third layer. The last layer is your cheese.