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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Fastest Ever Airtel 4G

          Mishra Ji is a complete Retro personality. He has a basic cellphone that has not seen the world of Gs. It was manufactured in the year when ringtones were some kind of snooze alarms and phones had nothing to do with the G word. Time changed and the telecom network got names like 2 G and 3 G. But Mishra ji remained a complete challenge to the advancement of network and wireless data transmission. He loved his wire with RJ 45 termination that always winked in exchange of data. Mishra ji had a son like Desktop for winking RJ 45 connector. This was the most modern thing in his retro life.

Last time when I insisted him to upgrade his handset which was due for all the retirement benefits on superannuation, Mishra ji rejected my proposal at the outset.

He would always ask me, " How to install whatsapp on my desktop ? " 
It is an app meant for Multimedia handsets and more precisely for smartphones - I replied.

He would frown upon me and say " For you everything leads to a smartphone". And walk off.

"Smart phones are meant for stupid people and you are one !" He would say to me while distancing himself.
I began to love this line of his. 

All has an end. Nothing remains forever. Yamraj disguised himself as Monsoon and hit Mishraji s left pocket very hard with lashes of water to give the phone a final holy bath. The phone lost its life on the line of duty and never again opened its florescent green  eyes to the world and Mishraji in particular. Mishraji was "Out of Reach" since then. A Martyr was lost. He would still carry the phone to office believing a magical reincarnation someday, against the verdict of service centers that refused the service on the grounds of being beyond economical repair.

I told him," If you give this antique phone to some  museum you can make enough cash to buy the hottest smart phone in the market ". 

But on 15 Aug 15 Mishraji came to my place with strange mixture of confidence and happiness. I could sense it was not the patriotism alone. He instantly asked me to save his new number and give a miss call too. I asked him why did he change his old number. He did not reply. 
 Do as I say and I obliged.
Oh ! My God. I heard AR Rehman 's Airtel Ringtone on giving miss call. The tune sounded so good I did not disconnect the call and Mishraji took out his new smart phone from the pocket. A brand new 5.5 inch IPS display phone stole the tag of Retro from Mishraji.

He gave the phone to me and asked me to install all those apps that he has ever inquired about.
I was elated to imagine Mishraji being a part of our Whatsapp group. His uniqueness always attracted me. So the first app i downloaded for him from Google Playstore was Whatsapp. 

Oh ! My God. I am here for another shock. The data download was so fast that I could not believe my eyes. 
Another  check. I downloaded Online shopping Apps and the download was with lightening speed. Mishraji was giving me shockers one after another. I asked him "What have you got ? " This is a monster not a phone. 
Mishraji in his usual style replied me, " Idiot it is not the phone. It is the new Airtel 4G sim that has lightening speed data transfer.You think I am a fool to change my old number ? The Airtel 4 G impressed me. I don't know what 3 G really was because people were not much convinced with it. But Airtel 4 G is a revolution in mobile data services." 

On surfing online at Airtel 4G  I got to know that Airtel 4G is available at the cost of 3 G. So no extra burden on your pocket. It is available across the nation in 296 cities. The best part is that you don't even need to go out to an Airtel outlet. Just tweet #GetAirtel4G and you get a free Airtel 4G sim delivered to home.

Now I have the liberty of watching my favorite movies and shows online without the boring buffering. I can make flawless video calls across the world. I can save money by avoiding the service charges taken by travel agents on booking of Tatkal tickets. After all I have the fastest ever network with me.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Del Monte Pasta Indiana

Pasta is a staple food of traditional Italian cuisine, with the first reference dating to 1154 in Sicily. Although it is Italian by origin but Pasta has made its way to almost all parts of the world.  The pasta recipes have also undergone transformation to suit the taste buds according to the regional flavours. 

There are a number of interesting ways to cook and savour Pasta  depending upon the season and taste preference. Here, I am sharing my own signature recipe in completely Indian style.  You can call it a fusion recipe because it has ingredients, both from West and the East. 

I call it Pasta Indiana. Here is a step by step procedure to prepare this easy cuisine with in no time. 

List of Ingredients:

1. Del Monte Pasta             - 150 gm
2. Onion ( Medium)            -  01 Nos  
3. Capsicum                       -  01 Nos
4. Green Chillies                 -  02 Nos
5. Carrot                             -  50 gm 
6. French Beans                   - 50 gm
7.Tomatoes                          - 01 Nos
8. Sunflower Oil                  - 50 ml
9. Pepper powder                       
10. Salt
11. Turmeric powder (optional) 
12.Lemon                             -01
13.Tomato sauce/ Red Chilly Sauce/ Soya Sauce
15.Shredded Chicken (Optional) - 1/2 Cup  

Cooking time:           20 Min

Chop the vegetables into thin but long slices. Fine chop garlic cloves and tomato. I prefer cutting the beans, capsicum and carrot into slanting thin slices. The picture below shows my style of chopping. You can chop these vegetables according to your preference and convenience.

Chopped Vegetables

Shredded Chicken with squeezed lemon (Optional)

Chopped Vegetables 
Boil the Del Monte Pasta till the time it is completely cooked . You can eat and check the pasta to ascertain if it is completely cooked . If it sticks to your teeth while chewing, it means the pasta needs some more time to cook. Usually it takes 10 to 15 min for the pasta to cook completely. Add a pinch of salt and few drops of olive oil to the boiling water to avoid stickiness of pasta.

I prefer cooking pasta in Microwave Oven in the respective preset mode of cooking.

Cooked Pasta
Once the pasta is cooked and vegetables are chopped we are almost done. Heat a pan with sunflower oil or olive oil as preferred. Add chopped garlic and green chilies. Saute it. Now add sliced onion. When the onion become transparent, add rest of the vegetables one by one with chopped tomatoes as the last addition. Add salt to taste and turmeric powder a little bit for enhancing the colour of the sauteed vegetables. I love the flavour of turmeric powder. It can Indianize anything.So understand your taste buds and keep it optional.

Sauteing Vegetables

After Sauteing and adding turmeric powder and salt
Now it is the time to add the already boiled Pasta to the dry hot gravy in low flame. Once you add pasta to gravy, stir well so that the pasta get completely mixed with the gravy. Add your choice of chilly sauce or soya sauce and vinegar. I prefer lemon instead of vinegar. Add some classic Mayonnaise. Sprinkle fresh pepper powder and mix well. Turn off the flame and serve it hot with your innovative style of platter presentation.

Taste Maker Friends
You can also add chilly flakes and oregano if you want to make it more spicy. I already had seasoned shredded chicken at home, so I am using it for garnishing. Vegetarians can skip it completely. Because my wife is a vegetarian I am using it as a side dish with Pasta Indiana. 

Here are the pictures of Pasta Indiana in its final avatar with spicy shredded chicken.

 Relish it with your gang of friends on a lazy weekend with old talks and new gossips.

Find more about Del Monte Pasta here.