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Facebook predicts the future ????

There are a couple of things that Facebook needs to get right. Firstly,their new layout,which is not so new by now,really sucks ! The old one was far more customizable,and refreshingly different from Orkut. But the FB guys managed to make a Orkut-lookalike. Wonder who gave them the idea. And as of now,despite people joining communities like ‘We want Old facebook, ’50000000 against new facebook’,the designers have turned a deaf ear to all requests.

Well,not only that,but Facebook clock is pretty screwed up too….have a look at these Wall posts:

Tomorrow ????

Curious Case of the Challenged Jogger

I love all sorts of exercise. i’m usually into a lot of cycling and weights,but when i got up today morning,i had this urge to go out jogging.

Well…its getting warmer these days.When that happens, not only does Maneka Gandhi throw a hissy fit, but you’ll see a lot more people outside on ‘ morning walks ‘, especially people jogging. The funny thing about jogging is, well there are a lot of funny things about jogging; but i just realized one today.

When you see someone jog, you can tell instantly if they are in good shape, have a bad knee, and you can even tell their experience level. However, there is one style of running that I noticed today that completely confused my judgment . i don't move my arms at all when i runSomething i think should be named the ‘i don’t move my arms at all when i run‘ run.

You’ve seen it, hell there has even been an episode on Seinfeld about this. Moving your arms when you walk or run is as natural as lying down when you sleep, so it’s amazing to see someone who doesn’t; move their arms that is.

i saw a guy today who looked very athletic, but for one reason or another he didn’t move his arms when he ran. i couldn’t stop staring. Had i not been running in the opposite direction,i’m sure i would have followed him all around , just to watch his arms, not move.

Throughout the day i started to notice people and how much or little they moved their arms when they walked. i even saw a few people, seemingly purposefully, not moving their arms at all when they walked. i can’t believe i never noticed this before.

i’ve always been a huge fan of people watching, but i’ve never picked up on this, nor have i seen so much. i’ll tell you, i hope i see more challenged runners and pedestrians. They are fascinating and well worth a stare.

Miss Gobi Manchurian

This one’s not really a marriage.It is just the story of elevation of social status of the humble Miss Gobi.

Some time in the 1980′s,the Gobi(cauliflower to the uninitiated) decided to dress herself in a fancy Chinese coat.But being a full bodied Punjabi gaon ki chori ,she couldn’t resist embellishing the coat with a lot of kitschy decorations-so in the batter of corn flour and ajinomoto went some jaggery,a bit of vinegar and a handful of desi spices.Thus draped,Gobi made her final make-up-deep frying-and introduced herself as Miss Gobi Manchurian.

Now lets not argue that there’s nothing Manchurian about the batter,which can at best be called Cantonese,which is partial to the sweet n sour taste.The cauliflower decided to call herself Manchurian,and that was it.And the Gobi part definately sounded better with Manchiurian than Hakka or Beijing !

Starting from the humble roadside dhabas ,Madame Manchurian was soon a familiar name in eateries all across India.In the south,she was called Gopi Manchurian,and along the west coast, Kobi Manchurian.

Now what was the humble Gobi’s USP ? In the 80′s,the Chinese cuisine (i’m talking about the Indian variety) was becoming popular all over North India.There was a demand for vegetarian Chinese dishes.The aloo(potato) didn’t quite fit in,so the ingenious dhaba-walas used the cauliflower instead !

Miss Gobi became so popular,that within no time there were many wannabe dishes like Paneer Schezwan,Chinese Bhel,and now we have a distinct  Indo-Chinese fare,that in no way resembles the lotus flowers,bamboo shoots or duck feet that the rest of the world associates with the Chinese fare.

Emboldened by her success in India,Gobi Manchurian was served to the unsuspecting overseas. So much so ,that even the Chinese have learnt to tolerate her.Last heard,she was even spotted in Beijing restaurants.The Manchurians meanwhile haven’t uttered a word of protest.This,in a age when the Italians go red in the face when anyone tries to name the non-Italian ingredients of pizza as Neapolitan(meaning=an inhabitant of Naples,Italy;i’m preparing for the GRE you know !;-))

But then,the Gobi has given this Chinese global fame !

Gobi Manchurian Recipe: ( This is something i found online..i tried it,and it tastes AWESOME !)


1 medium Gobi (Cauliflower)

Gobi Manchurian

Gobi Manchurian

3/4 cup Flour (Maida)
1 tbsp Corn Flour
Salt to taste
1 Chopped green chili
11/2 tbsp Garlic Paste
11/2 tbsp Ginger Paste
1 cup finely Chopped Onions
Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
1/4th tsp Ajinomoto
2 tbsp Soya Sauce
2-3 tbsp Tomato Ketchup
2 tbsp Oil

  • Make a paste of maida, corn flour and salt using water.
  • Take a tsp. of ginger and garlic paste, add it to the paste.
  • Dip the Gobi florets in the paste and deep fry till golden brown. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in another pan and add the left ginger & garlic paste, chopped onions and green chili to it.
  • Now, mix aginomoto, soya sauce and tomato sauce to it.
  • Add fried Gobi kept aside and mix well. Garnish it with coriander leaves. Serve Miss Gobi Manchurian hot.

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