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Bomb blasts have become a regular affair in India this year—on six occasions in as many cities. The news of Delhi blasts have not even gone down and there is another terror attack. The latest blast took place in Malegaon (Maharashtra) killing four persons and injuring 70.  The list begins with the Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur on the 1st of January that claimed eight (of which seven were CRPF personnel) lives. After four months, they hit again and this time their target was the Pink City Jaipur. What followed these blasts were a series of bomb blasts and explosions across the country. The shocking part is that the Capital New Delhi has been the target second time in two weeks. What did the blasts result in? They claimed lives of 130 innocent people and injured 500; these are the official figures, the loss could be even more.

What do we listen from the Police, Home Minister or the Prime Minister? The police say “The investigation has begun; we will soon trace out the culprit.” while the Home Minister puts up a sorry face and makes some lousy idiotic statements. Our respected Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh says “We will continue to fight terrorism.” What good are those statements for? How long do we continue to face these brutal attacks? Barring a few arrests and a couple of encounters (in which extremists are reported to have been killed), there has not been much action taken by the govt. against terrorism. The saddest part is that most of these terrorists are told to be literate. The Supreme Court should bring out a new law stating “A criminal who is proved guilty of terror act should be gunned down once his involvement in the crime is proved.”

The is the list of blasts (2008) as reported by NDTV:

  • September 27, 2008 Blast in Delhi’s Mehrauli flower market killed 1 and injured 23
  • September 13, 2008 Serial blasts in Delhi killed at least 24 people and injured more than 100
  • July 26, 2008: Serial blasts in Ahmedabad killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100
  • July 25, 2008: Nine explosions in Bangalore create terror killing two people and injuring twelve
  • May 2008: Eight serial blasts rock Jaipur in a span of 12 minutes leaving 65 dead and over 150 injured
  • January 2008: Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur kills 8

For more information on the major bomb blasts in India, read this.

There was a time when life in Jammu & Kashmir was considered / told to be dangerous. Now, no city / town in the country is free from terrorism. The terrorists have spread their wings all over the country. We never know when and where terrorists might strike again. What can we, as citizens, do to save our country from those terrorists?


Qubani ka Meetha—a delicious dessert most hyderabadis love to have. Add ice cream to this and you’ll drool over it. I had this lovely desert last night after dinner and even now I  I find my mouth watering. It was the first time I bought Scoops ice cream (vanilla flavoured)—Kwality Walls and Dinshaws being my choice most often. I did not have great expectations about the ice cream but to my surprise it was simply superb. After having a cup of the dessert (mixed vanilla with the sweet), I was tempted to have another (though my stomach was not ready to accept any more food). The first time I had it was when my friend and I visited Hyderabadi House, a restaurant chain popular for its Biryani. My friend, who knew my love for sweets, suggested I have this sweet. I liked it though I could not get ice cream then. This being the holy month of Ramadan, we find Haleem at Cafes and Irani hotels and restaurants in Hyderabad and some outlets like Pista House serve Qubani Ka Meetha also. The other day, my father-in-law had brought Haleem (for my wife) and this sweet (for me) from the Pista House outlet near Charminar. This is how I had a chance to taste this sweet after a long time.

I’ve tried different combinations (sweets with Vanilla Ice cream) of desserts and all are my favourites (not in any ranking order for the taste):

  • Qubani Ka Meetha with Vanilla Ice cream
  • Gulab Jamun with Vanilla
  • Gajar ka Halwa with Vanilla
  • Double ka meetha with Vanilla
  • Kaala Jammun with Vanilla

Let me know how you like this dessert or any other new combination I have not tried. Now don’t tell me you feel like having this desert after reading my post.

Lovely nature and cool climate

Lovely nature and cool climate

The weekend that went past was pleasant – had time to spend with my family. On Saturday, I (accompanied by my wife) had to rush from the office to reach the Office of the Subregistrar to get my marriage registered. Luckily for us, it did not take much time – courtesy my father-in-law who had by then arranged for the application and all those documents required. We then had our lunch and took some rest. In the evening, we were to become host to the couple Mr. & Mrs. Naveen, who got married five months ago. They arrived at 15 minutes past seven. We spent some time chit-chatting and had our dinner. After my friend left, I along with my wife and sister, went to a movie “Ullasanga Uthsahanga”. It was almost two months that I watched a movie. The movie cast debutant Yaso Sagar as hero and Sneha Ullal (“Lucky” fame) as the heroine. The movie did not have a proper subject line; it was entertaining during the first half though the second half was slow and boring. It was worth watching once.

On Sunday, I woke up at around 9 am, had my breakfast (pooris with yummy alu curry) and took a nap again till 1pm. This was the first time we got sometime after marriage and so we started setting things in proper place. After a delayed lunch at 4pm we watched another movie “Mr. Pellam”. The movie casting Dr. Rajendra prasad (popular telugu hero) and Aamani, is one of the most famous movies directed by cartoonist and ace telugu director Bapu. A typical telugu movie (most of Bapu’s movies are like that), it is an interesting movie about the life of a middle-class couple and how circumstances force them to exchange their roles – with the wife working and the husband taking care of the household activities and children. This movie, I bet, would make people watch it without any break as it gives freshness and relief to your mind from a tiring week’s work. After the movie, we went out and bought vegetables and other stuff for the next week. On the whole, I had a pretty pleasant weekend with some time to spend with my family and myself. I’d love to have every weekend to be as pleasurable.

Here I come again breaking the two-month break from my blog. I was on leave for two weeks (got married). My friends suggest me to update the blog regularly. That I believe would help me improve my writing but seldom do I stick to this. There have been several instances of my blog being updated with a couple of posts back to back and then not post anything for month(s). I was back to office from September 1st. I thought of updating my blog after rejoining the office but failed to do so. Not that I do not have thoughts to write about; it is just a matter of deciding to go ahead. My friend Santhosh (“Your darling Santhosh…” as my wife teases me) comments me for being lazy while the Chatter box (Vinay) of our team complains about my inconsistency at blogging. Whatever one says I just wait for the time when I (feel) have thoughts flowing freely.

It has been more than a year I started this blog but it has only 15 posts. Most often what stops me from putting my thoughts on the blog is my intuition. All of a sudden I wonder why my thoughts do not take shape as a write up. I wait and wait and wait till the moment I am comfortable about writing. So, after thinking for sometime and deciding to go ahead with anything that comes to my mind, I started with this post. Even as I began writing this post, Srinivas Sir shouted at me “How many days would you continue with this post?” It was only the previous day that he suggested me to update my blog. Today before coming up with this write up, I read a few posts from Mr. Ram Gopal Varma’s blog. It was quite interesting. I admire him for his direction of a few movies I like and hate some of his experiments with cinema. After reading some posts on his blog, I understood that people hate him more than his movies. I really wonder why he has to be hated when his movies / direction could be criticised.

I’ve decided to end this post here. You might feel/think this post ended abruptly but I do not wish to put down any more thoughts here.

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