Monday, July 27, 2015

Girgaon Katta






“Rocky and Mayur have ventured out to explore food from all parts of India and curate videos on Askme.com  I'm contributing my part by relishing my favorite dishes at Girgaon Katta and sharing my views with you all!”
         
          Today when you visit any restaurant; you can find variety of cuisines, ranging from North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, continental etc. But you seldom get that ghar-ka-khana (homemade food) taste and feeling. But now-a-days that scenario is changing.

          I had heard about this place in Borivali (west) since long, but never got to taste their delicacies. Situated at 5 min walk from Borivali station on a bustling Chandvarkar road you must visit this place if you long to taste some authentic, Maharashtrian specialty.  


          Be it their thali or kothimbir and methi vadi, or thalipeeth or missal pav you can please your palate to no end. Their cool drinks, piyush and aam panna is also a must taste to polish of the food one eats.

          Their thalis offer you complete meal consisting of soft chapatis, 2 types of veggies, dal, rice, curd, buttermilk with fried pappad and pickle. The taste is simple, not too spicy and reminds you of food cooked by your mom. Their special thali includes all of above with an additional subji, 1 sweet dish and veg-pulav instead of plain rice.



Special Thali


          Their kothimbir vadis, missal pav, thalipeeth all bring out the typical taste which makes you feel that you are eating at your home and not at some eatery.

          Also the sweets and savory item too are worth a try. Be it bhajni chakkli or pedas or puranpolis; their taste linger on your palate which makes you go back to this place again and again.



         Also during Sankasthi (a day when many Maharashtrian people observe fast) they have special menus for people on fast. Also they make Ukadi che modak (steamed dumplings with sweet coconut filling) on orders.



          So if you are tired of eating the same hotel taste of masalas and gravies and oil, give Girgaon Katta a try. You will not regret.


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Parenting - #AajKalKeBacche Part2

          Now-a-days we say kids are getting out of control; they are becoming very stubborn and arrogant. But who is to blame?






           Previously when we were kids and our parents used to go to work, even then they didn’t pamper us to eat our food by making us sit in front of TV. We had a rule, no TV during eating time, first finish off eating, then watch TV. But today’s parents give their smart phones in their kid’s hands so that they eat. And then we blame them for their phone addiction.


          When we say to our child “your friend has got 98%, why haven’t you scored that much?” then why can't they say “My friend’s parents have got him so-and-so brand phone why can't I have one”? Who taught them to compare?


          In many situations I have seen parents turning a blind eye to their child’s mistake. They boldly say “My child can't do such thing” without even listening or hearing out the person. This gives the child unwanted support and they become bolder enough to commit grave mistakes because they know even if they are caught their parents won’t punish them. When we were kids our parents never took our side until we were proved innocent.



          Children learn from what they see, what they hear. We are their first teachers. When we used to walk on road with our parents we always used to be on their left side i.e. on safer side of the road, but on many occasions I have seen, now kids on their right side of parents. Once I saw a mother managing 2 toddlers on her right hand side on a busy road.

          During many functions parents are so busy catching up with their relatives and friends, that they are least bothered about what their kids are upto. And then if anything happens either they scold and beat their child or put the blame on others.


          Technology is useful but making our kids addicted to it in a wrong manner will do us no good.
  • Fix a time for their time to watch TV or play games on laptop or smart phone. 
  • Encourage them more for outdoor activities and games.
  • Teach them value of money and saving just as our parents taught us.
  • Teach them value of life, time and people.
  • Teach them healthy eating.
  • Don’t just preach but practice too.
  • Teach them what's right and what's wrong.
  • Be their first best friend. Only then they will learn to trust you.


         Being a parent is never easy. But we can try and make it simple just as our parents. Today’s generation is a digital and fast-forward generation. But life is a circle; what we give, comes backs to us. So think and act.





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Parenting - #AajKalKeBacche

          Parenting is a job wherein you are on-duty 24 /7, you are not paid and are expected to be ready at little one’s beck and call.


          But in current situation wherein children are born smart, have access to gadgets and smartphones since they start crawling, handling children is one difficult task. With both parents busy at their workplace, children have access to internet and websites; you never know what children are susceptible to?

          Children now-a-days are smarter and pick up things faster than their parents did at their age. But the childhood we experienced was totally a different one than what today’s children experience.

          Today’s children Google their queries on internet and find their answers, whereas we used to pester our parents or dig in those huge encyclopedia for answers.

          We never had to compete with our friends on whose birthday party is better, or where is it in held or in which theme. For us birthday parties meant our favorite delicacies cook by our mom, and inviting our friends and neighbors for lunch/dinner and having a blast.

          We never had to compete with our friends for 1 single mark which we lost, but now-a-days parents pressurize kids to no end and it starts even before the child starts to turn in their cradle.



          We were never pressurized in attending extra-curricular activity classes just because our neighbour’s child is attending.

          Today’s kids are so pressurized to excel in everything that they really don’t know what does enjoying childhood means. For them vacations means going to foreign land and not to their native land from where their parents & grandparents belonged. They don’t connect to their roots but want to connect to the skies they want to reach.

          In today’s parenting each parent is sometime so busy fighting their own wars that they seldom pay attention to their child’s need.

          I would like to narrate today’s incident, wherein I saw a girl of approximate 7-8 years had come to a restaurant with her parents and both grannies for lunch. She asked her mother for something, in return her mother scolded her very badly, all this in absence of her father. After his return when he saw her princess sullen face and enquired, his wife told him something which made the girl burst into tears. Instead of hugging her father, she hugged her mother for support. I was bit surprised.

          Parenting is a challenge. If done in a right way can give excellent results, but if not then, we are the ones to be blamed for child’s behaviour and not the child itself.




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