Sunday, July 3, 2016

Unmaking of tortilla with corn flour

I'm on my cooking spree, it has been bread & jam or noodles for too long. Now that I have grown a taste for cheese I bought a lot of cheese and started googling recipes that includes cheese. I started out with cheese sauce for nachos, I liked nachos more than sauce cause I didn't get it right the first time. In nachos I found a good evening snack, so moved into salsa or mayo or even thick salad dressing as I found it easier to arrange than cook.

Inevitably I came back to stove when I wanted to eat pasta after having mouth watering conversations with Dewang. I wanted to make pasta with sauce or cheese of my choice also privilege of eating pasta in India is mostly reserved for those people who works in corporate and goes out for casual dinner and lunch were they don't need to pay bill. Cooking at home gives me the opportunity to introduce such cuisine to my parents.

I started cooking pasta and sauce, once I made the cheese sauce curdy and the other day I forgot to add enuf cheese to mac'n cheese :lol: But we all ate it like it is the best, most possibly we did that becoz we didn't know how the original dish tasted like. I didn't give a shit about Parsley, Basil or Oregano I just over loaded it with mint and garlic and taste was just fine. My sis was so happy with the taste that she asked me to make a dish for my niece birthday! oh wow! I made them Nacho and salsa, I was still working on sauce so skipped to Caesars dressing :D and it worked like magic.

With Nachos came the lost love for Mexican food, and accidentally I bought too much of corn flour. I searched "corn flour mexican recipes" and voila the first result was 'Tortilla' only a day back I heard Fluffy saying "Indian love Naans, its fluffy version of Tortilla, We (Mexican) and them (Indian) have much similarities". Then I zeroed on how I'd going to serve the tortilla, 'as a wrap with cooked quinoa, mushroom & capsicum with cilantro pepita pesto', I immediately wanted to empty the jar of 400g corn flour and make tortilla! Nope, nope with experience on experimenting comes modesty I used 1/3 of what we got and started to make dough for tortilla and started to realize that this dough is not going to be like the dough we make for roti.

Youtube again, I watched like 3 videos to just prepare dough for tortilla I was just doing similar to what they were telling. Always remember in cooking there cannot be a standard proceed minor adjustments are always accepted and sometimes they turn out to be even cooler than original recipe. When I realized things are outta my hand, I called out for the most experienced hand, my mom; she tried sometime and decide to add maida to make the patham* right for making dough. And tortilla as I still called it like that came out in smaller sizes, Largest one was of one jaan^ in diameter.

I over sauteed mushroom and it became small in size, capsicum and quinoa came out just fine. Now for the arrangement I took each tortilla, applied pesto coat and arranged mushroom, capsicum and quinoa and wrapped and presented. The stuffing were too heavy for small tortilla to hold, still it turned out to be just fine. Yes I made taco instead of wrap. Once everything it done I googled again "making tortilla" and I found the corn flour != corn meal != Masa harina!!!!! It is Masa harina that I should have used, even corn meal can be called ingredient,, corn flour is just a fucking thickener for soups or any just liquid dish that you want to be served in semi state! :-/

Later I found in another article telling that Masa harina is also grinned corn but they grinned only after treating corn with lime (treat? what? Critical treatment or only dressing o.O ). Spotted another article telling that if you have only corn flour you can add equal amount of all purpose flour that I'd read as maida to make tortilla! Oh! mommy! you are genius

* Patham - indicated the form on dough. Patham is a Tamil word, it has context meaning and generally denotes the form on object in context. In context of dough it should be easily made into balls without breaking or sticking.

^ Jaan - length between tip of thumb and small finger when they are kept part by stretching.  

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Setting up LAN with BSNL router AN 1020-21

An abstract overview for building a LAN is presented here, you can use the essence of article to build LAN with any other router you can lay your hands on. That said don't confuse modem with router, most routers are modem but a modem simply can't be router*

Post is written in the hope that reader is equipped with basic knowledge about connecting line to splitter to router to device you want to use. It is assumed the your modem is configured for both wireless and ethernet access.

My work requires that I interact daily with servers using putty or such terminal emulator, gradually I loved doing work the *nix way. This made me install Cygwin in almost every machine I use, thanks to MobaXTerm I need not do that anymore :) Off story on to TODO.

1. Connect the machines you want to use to Router
That's all! Your router takes care of establishing (W)LAN

Surprisingly simple to establish LAN, but the hard part is knowing how to use the systems connected in the network. Here is the network topology in my home

Topology | Click to enlarge
If you have the habit of naming your computers you are almost saved. I have the habit, my phone is called owl, my laptop is beast, old machine that runs lubuntu is called delta (I have no idea why I gave such names). If you have given names to your machine try pinging them with names.

C:\Users\nemo>ping delta

Pinging delta.local.lan [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64

Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 1ms, Maximum = 2ms, Average = 1ms

C:\Users\nemo>ping -a localhost

Pinging beast [::1] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from ::1: time<1ms
Reply from ::1: time<1ms
Reply from ::1: time<1ms
Reply from ::1: time<1ms

Ping statistics for ::1:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

Yes,Yes you are awesome, the second ping was target at localhost with request to resolved domain name at it turned out to be beast, cool ways to prove you know commands duh...

What to do when you haven't named, or have named but no response?

1. Go to Router admin page
For BSNL unless you have not tinkered,
Username : admin
Password : admin
2. Locate the DNS Host listing page
3. Verify if your device is connected, oh yes there will be a domain name by default if you haven't overridden you can see it here.

DNS listing | Click to enlarge

You might ask... why were you talking about putty. well as I told already I have lubuntu installed in my old machine which I intend to use for stupidity ;) I have installed open-ssh-server on it and now I'll be able to connect to it via any terminal emulator

Normally domain name is enough to connect, if your tool finds it difficult use domain_name.local.lan . Here I'm going to connect to delta from beast with MobaXTerm Personal.

     │                • MobaXterm Personal Edition v7.7 •                 │
     │            (X server, SSH client and GNU/Cygwin tools)             │
     │                                                                    │
     │ ➤ Your computer drives are accessible through the /drives path     │
     │ ➤ Your DISPLAY is set to                          │
     │ ➤ When using SSH, your remote DISPLAY is automatically forwarded   │
     │ ➤ Each command status is specified by a special symbol (✔ or ✘)    │
     │                                                                    │
     │ • Important:                                                       │
     │ This is MobaXterm Personal Edition. The Professional edition       │
     │ allows you to customize MobaXterm for your company: you can add    │
     │ your own logo, your parameters, your welcome message and generate  │
     │ either an MSI installation package or a portable executable.       │
     │ We can also modify MobaXterm or develop the plugins you need.      │
     │ For more information:    │

[2016-05-08 23:27.23]  ~
[nemo.beast] ➤ ssh shiva@delta
Warning: Permanently added 'delta' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
shiva@delta's password:
Welcome to Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.19.0-25-generic i686)

 * Documentation:

241 packages can be updated.
0 updates are security updates.

Last login: Sun May  8 22:15:20 2016 from beast.local.lan

See ya!

Modem : Connects you to Internet. Think like connects 1 device to internet
Router : Connects all the devices connected to it to Internet. Think about Wifi modem as we casually call it. It is router.

You can ask what is the difference. Think like this, you and your dad are connect to your home wifi. Your dad is paying bills late night (bcoz dad's are responsible figure). You are having nasty chat with your friend(s) . If router doesn't do the job correctly the snapchat picture aimed at you might be received in your dad's device... imagine he'd be paying LIC premium and seeing naked mole rat instead of Receipt "Payment is successful" :D

Technically router takes care of delivering response to correct device which made the request by establishing LAN internally :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shame of Sabarimala : Annadhanam under TDB

Annadhana Prabhuve, Saranam Ayyappa

It means "The noble who donates food, Ayyappa save us". The legend is not clear about how or why Lord Ayyappa is called so, coincidentally the third step of the Pathinetu padi stands for Annapoorna (the God of food) by crossing this step Ayyappamar assure that they have followed Ayyappa by donating food to peers and made sure any Ayyappamar coming to Sabarimala for Punya Dharishanam is not hungry.

I'm sure this year many Ayyappamar did not fullfil this deed to proudly step on it, they neither received nor gave; they were curbed. Though it was ABASS* who started it all many sangam took up the responsibility to feed the hungry Ayyappamar, people have crossed the toughest times by taking supplies to impossible mountain peak like Karimala, Azhutha; now with roads easing pain kerela government and travancore devaswom board(tdb) is pulling the rug on Seva Sangams.

Image edited from The Hindu

Double standard of kl govt and tbd

Facebook page of District Collector Pathanamthitta kept sharing images promoting and prompting Ayyappamar to bring lesser plastic to Sabarimala and to not pollute the holy forest and shrine. I was like wow! this is awesome, lesser that I knew the govt was in hand with viri guys. Viri is a temporary shelter/hotel deployed inside forest for sheltering Ayyappamars from harsh weather. But no don't come to assumption with the word 'shelter' they don't shelter they actually sell the place that they have rented from govt. they are into business, pretty rough business that chases out Ayyappamar when they enter without money - it is not enough that you buy food from them you have to pay an average of Rs.30 per head to rest there. Night stay comes at higher cost.

Coming back to plastic, these viri guys are the most notorious source to all the non-sense plastic waste from water bottle, biscuit packets and anything that you can think of which comes in plastic package. I was shocked to find the way they dispose it, they use it as fire wood when they run out of wood! And yes the Collector keeps Ayyappamar from polluting Sabarimala as viri guys are doing more than enought to kill the forest.

To add oil to this buring issue, govt thrown more forest space for viri this was most evident in Mukkuzhi, Azhutha. There use to be one Bhagavati temple surrounded by water stream on three side, of these stream two should be crossed by Ayyappamar on their trek route so they have iron brigde to assist, 8 years back only one tender coconut shop was present before first bridge now there are 10 shops; wrost - this year there are ten new viri after the second bridge and Collector keeps advising not to use plastic.

When govt & tdb sided with money

Annadhanam reached its peak 4 years back, Ayyappamar was treated with plenty food that they would taste food and then would decide on eating or throwing away. Yes, its cruel but thats what happens when you have excess. But this also affected the business of viri, which means viri guys are not even going to get what they invested, naturally the state that is kerela which boast its 100% literacy complained about this and wanted to lower the viri tender rate; naturally the sakuni literacy wanted to grow the business by addressing (or crubing) Annadhanam instead of lowering rate for viri or totally lowering count of  viri.

Now for the side story: Some 8 years back I used to see viri that are operated and owned by Tamils and now I'm not able to see any! only keralites so low their pea brain works! Yes literacy has no relation to morale. Back to main story - How the crooked mind addressed the issue?
  1. Kitchen can not be in open area as per "all of a sudden" advice of forest dept - Only viri, ABASS has closed kitchen (and they have the ground work started long back)
  2. Disposable paper plates with aluminium coat cannot be used. But hotels and viri still use them when you ask to parcel food, of course they pay money for it over and below table.
  3. Ayyapamars are to be given food not on the open forest but only inside viri, so even if one sangam fights the odds they have to pay huge amount of money to use viri to help those poor lads to grow business and yes we are talking about holy shrine
Is there a way to fight - yes and no. No, they have the final call its pea brains land after all. Yes, when we come together and express our opinion in strongest manner. I'm not sure about the manner, but I know we can't simply be seated.

Source of Plastic vs Anathanam, Paper plate with aluminim foil is considered to be second legal nail in Annathanam coffin while the first being the "open kitchen" which might cause forest fire. But it is very important to introspect which tool you have used to kill the 'unsighted' danger. There used to be pipes running from Pamba to Periyanavattom, there used to be public taps; now the taps are with the viri and only other source of water is packed in plastic bottle. Most pilgrims does not prefer the cooking of viri guys not just for their lack of taste also for their cleanliness and they turn to biscuits and chips packed in plastic. Govt has managed to increase the plastic waste by curbing one  uncommon source.

Akila Bharatha Ayyapa Seva Sangam

*ABASS (website) was established in Trivandrum and later spread to other towns where Ayyappamar hail from; of many sevas(good deeds), they are best known for their Anadhanam. Which after many years is now being carried out by many other sangams that sprung like mushroom, this is no bad as number of Ayyappamar is rocketing every season, to satisfy this humongous need one sangam is not enough. Still many follow the oldest way of bringing their own supplies and cooking it, intentionally they cook excess and distribute to those who need them. But now Annadhanam is not just impossible but also illegal so much for following Ayyappa.

Ayyappamar who are going to Sabarimala for around 20 years would know what is happening right now in Sabarimala they need no breifing, this is for the newbies to help them understand how cheap and low kerala government and tdb is behaving towards Ayyappamar who were vital in bringing up the temple to such stature. Why now? Because TDB is following TTD in constructing jail kinda shelter to create non existing queue and distributes free biscuits & water to them, no they are not as good as you think; they are even cunning than I know. While ABASS was established to help pligrims even when government was not ready, wonder why? at that point of time there was no Indian government it was 1945.

My credentials: If this has not crossed your mind yet, I raise this by myself. Who I'm to talk on this, what are my credentials? I have completed my 19th year, yes people who crosses 18 years are know to attain the state of guru but no I believe otherwise there is more to be a guru, I'm no guru but a follower with lot of anger on Ayyappa himself.

I have seen Sabarimala shape into a commercial establishment from spiritual one. And I have a rich connection with gurus, networking was not tough as my dad himself is a guru with 40 rich years of Sabarimala yatra expirence with him. These gurus visits Sabarimala not once in a year but whenever possible, for most time of the year Sabarimala needs ABASS because tdb is only interested on money which flows during Makara period. Do you know the Rs.5000 lamp that you have donated to tdb is auctioned for less than Rs.2000, because money is more important to tdb as your lamp is of no use; your hopes to get some punya when you lamp is lit in Sannidhanam is doomed.

Before I conclude, tdb stand on 'no-female' rule is backed by the advice of someone that no female should be allowed to see Ayyappa as he is brahmachari in yogi rupam, and that no women has done so in half-a-century. I agree, probably this could have been requested by Malikapurathamma who has love interest on Ayyappa and she is waiting for him to come back to normal life and marry her. Per same advice Ayyappamar do Annathanam to one-another, why tdb is not taking this into account? Why is it stop and crubbing Annathanam? It is contradicting when you fight to uphold one advice and thwart the other (for money).

Request you to bug this guy @ FB as he did to us-


Will update the post with petition.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The rolling potato and limbs

It has been an year and a month. There was a lot of confusion round that time, everyone wanted a piece to be name it after them and I was too curious to know if the nose would remain squashed or if would fluff out and be bit pointy as mine, nothing really mattered for me. Days started to roll, then weeks, then months; now when we look back and it had been quite tiresome and sleepless. Wonder if Moods would give me a cut of profit if I had made 'a second a day' video till date and made it into a campaign.

Practially my niece was brought up in our home all the crawling and oogly woogly moves was not new to me, maybe that's why it excites my wife too often that she gets irritated that I don't. But the way this guy moves around with stretched arms is way too amusing! Carries his mom smile, an awkward open mouth but without teeth now it looks even more funny on this face.

His preferences are pretty straight. High speed fan, one or two blankets based on weather, hates diaper and shames you by peeing on our hands when we take off diaper, I think he has misunderstood the purpose of diaper; never takes a pee or poo while wearing one. No bright ligth or noisy toys, he prefers to make the 'bang' noise all by himself. Might sound stereotypical but he loves cars than dolls, not just the miniatures.

I carried funny tags describing my round head, subtly 'laddu' or literally 'urunda manda' and he has all that required, infact additional qualifications to inherit the titles and yes he is chubby and lovely that I want to bite him without harming. It is after all no brainer that he'd become one, his mom carries similar titles too but that nose was still a worry for me and it apparently became the nightmare of my life. I wonder what resides inside his head and how he is going to put it to use, will he be a politician or something... ppl tend to treat their children as play dough and make one figure that they wanted to be, or maybe a carnatic singer.

Personally played a good amount of role that he would listen to rhymes that are soothing and calm, I specially recommend the Super Simple Learning creations the color palettes are calming and the minimalistic characters are cool. No prize for guessing he is attracted to my dad's ringtone which is a fast devotional number of Ayyappa. My mom has made a point to take him to temple daily and inject devotion as she does to rest of us, I don't see him resisting but what worries me is that he pulls me and wants me to participate whenever I'm available.

Learned our work schedule, has figured out the weekday vs weekend dressing. You can't simply start from home in bike if you are not going to office, it'll be very interesting to know how he differentiates us going to work and other going out. When it come to being materialistic (not in a negative tone) he has managed to out run me. While he doesn't have a favorite toy, my mom's purse is under his control even if she has to open it! it is adorable when he shoos off others. Strange but he happily gives up his toys for other kids, quite strange.

It was a poor sight to see him cry when too much of attention was poured on him. It was his birthday party, yes, but still he wanted to run, giggle and live on his world. Smile for camera, respect the elder, get kissed by strangers was never on to-do list; He was like let me live my life, on my leg, literally he wanted to be on his legs. The best character he had inheritted, it runs in the family my dad, grand dad they choose what to do with life; so did I, signs out he'd do the same.

And my nightmare became apparent, the nose, its not pointy it blunt and bulged and reminds too much of a face that I don't wish to be reminded often. It is going to be teribble for me to make a lovable hug with that nose sticked on, God knows how much I wish to re-model it. Its been... like 2 months since he has started to run, coz walking is for average, he runs the crap out. It is such a mesmerising sight to see him shake his head and make an awkward run covering two rooms and still giggle. It is a mixture of pee-a-boo and catch-me funny, crazy, stupid, loving, adorable all at the same time. Does more than enough to attract everyones attention

Talking about attention, I was texting while carrying him on my hands, it didn't take him great amount of time for him to grab my chin and turn my face to face him. He was not doing his open mouth smile, a fixed gaze, sharp piercing my morale; well I had to drop the phone and bring back the smile on his face, no excuses what-so-ever. I'm not launching any campaings... let there me more adorable potatoes on earth.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Acid rain in Chennai

Don't panic it is not literal acid but a metaphorical one. Probably Poes Garden, maybe Gopalapuram I can't imagine any other area in Chennai to be drained. So why is this? every time? we pray for rain and when it comes we are always unprepared, even for moderate showers our roads are flooded. Is it because Chennai is an old city and its infrastructure not enough for information age or is that because of the vote bank politics?

By now you'd have guessed what I quoted as 'Acid rain', it is that one created by broadcasting network. Now a days every political party is having it's own network, you do the math and imagine the amount of 'Angel and Demon' perspective we are exposed to. From every network that is with ruling party we are shown the 'Angel face' emergency number, disaster recovery team, ambulance gushing thru flood, evacuation and so on. Other side which clearly outnumber the ruling party in 4:1 ratio shows us flood, death, dengue, sewer mixing with water, stagnant water in relief camp. I did my whatsapp research water is not draining anywhere, if drains its too slow; who is to be blamed?

Let's comeback to where we started, we pray for rain but we are unprepared. We are unable to drain, we are unable to store, essential resources are unreachable, we have to wait for fire and rescue team's inflatable boat to buy a packet of milk! who brought us to this level? If you think I'm going to say Vote bank politics, it's on your face. Yes it is on your face, you did this, don't finch accept this we have work to do. We can't work a solution unless we come clean.

I was 13 years old when I saw a new road being laid bifurcating the lake behind our home. It was the work of honorable MCs and MLAs that laid foundation to complete encroachment of Periya Lake which is essentially a pond now. 12 years have gone now the so called 'educated' fellows living in CMDA approved plots have come to realize that letting them have that road is a mistake, because for 6 months a year we have to depend on lorry for water in-spite of having second largest lake in Chromepet in neighborhood. Storage is all but gone! can you talk this people out of this place? can you imagine the amount of compensation that is to be given to them because they occupied dried up lake and no one cared.

Boundaries are for the purpose of illustration, not to measure

You can have your argument it is clearly vote bank politics so they are not pulled out of the water resource. Yes and NO! for every lake of this size there suppose to be check dam, a canal of 15 ft that is going to carry excess water to another lake and at last to sea as last resort this was perfect planned suburb you idiots! Pull the old files and see for yourself when the lake was occupied by "daily labors" the canal and the distribution mechanism was robbed by the "white collars". Where are the rest you can ask, well they benefited by collecting bribes from both of us! be it bureaucrats or politicians. It takes a lot of time, the
15 ft canal was reduced to 5 ft by my neighbors and the moment it crossed the road the canal is lost! yes it is lost 'educated' uncles have encroached canal & constructed duplex and flats over it and so the 5 ft water flow is further diminished to 1 ft open drainage jeopardizing drainage forever. Hence the road is flooded and we have to wait for rescue team.

Now for the fun part. Educated associations decided a week back that we have to store this rain water in lake to improve water table level and reinforced the illegal lake opening with cement (check dam is a house now). Yesterday officials turned up in our locality to find the lost canal with bulldozer :D What a turn around of events! Now the otherside has grown brain and demands to find the 15ft canal, go search in your backyard its right there where you poured umpty rubbish and cement to construct additional room for your future. So many constructions but not one for rain water harvesting :( even wells are closed in my street I saw 2 wells being closed in last 5 years.

Chennai is a perfectly planned city, take mine for example. Periya lake overflows into Nemilicherry Sivan kovil kulam, in-turn it overflows into Killkattalai lake then to Narayanapuram lake goes thru Pallikarai and finally mixes with sea via Buckingam canal. It is us who did damage to her water ways, we need to accept the mistake, come clean and start cleaning, there is no point living in 2nd floor away from flood you have come down to clean blocked sewer your kids life is at stake.