Life is tough – 59 (Cycle of things)

There is currently a huge uproar on social media over the government ban on the video of “India’s Daughter” by BBC. Maybe government is right in banning the video due to the legalities which were not followed.

Rape incidents are a major issue not just in India but across the world. There is something about rest of the world to blow up incidents that happen in India. Rather than deliberating on India Vs Rest of the world, let me put my little brains into the whole problem.

It is not just rape there is a whole lot of things which maybe inter-connected. There is a big divide between the rich and the poor. The poor see life of rich and also dream of it. We all know about “mistress” and “call girls”. We all know what money can buy.
Yes we are a paternal society where everything is right about what the guy does. The women have been abused, violated and have been subjected to domestic violence post marriage. Where does this all lead to? Men see women in different light. This percolates down to son’s and son’s and son’s. The girls learn house hold work and this is important to survive in husband’s family post marriage.
Primarily everything is related to marriage and re-production.
We want to kill girl child before birth or post birth. And men are ready to go to extent of paying money to get married. In fact the men buy girls from far away land for marriage and reproduction.
Did we not have issues of people high up in corporate accused of sexual harassment? We also had a high-level police officer involved in same. When the punishment to people high-up was not severe the people lower down in the social rank lose the fear of law and also want to do something.

Everyone has right to be educated and we got RTE the moment “sex education” is to be made as part of curriculum everyone wants to protest. The same parents who are worried about their daughters do not want education as part. This in fact could solve partly the major problem. Further on education itself is a difficulty for many due to economic issues.
Affordability is something that is in far distant. And many in the ladder of society cannot afford education. Why?
Multiple issues like, more number of children in the family or lack of proper earning jobs for parents. Again lack of qualification does not get them jobs where they would get sufficient money. And the chain continues that not everyone can afford for education to next generation.

If government targets development then we have different issue which is forcing tribals out of their homes (comfort-zones) and also losing out on forest cover and greenery. Then we have this massive organisational fight against this grabbing of land and the next problem is of maoism, naxalite and so on and so forth. Development as a term by government has its own evils that finally nothing much can be done.

On the other hand for development if the resources are given to corporates we have increase in pollution and depletion of natural resources. Bhopal gas tragedy is something that happened in the past. What was the outcome? Why would people agree for new corporates to come in? Thus ending chances of employment too! Can the government employ everyone into services? Where would they be paid from?

And to top it up we got certain leaders who give bold statements like “since “xyz married hindu’s and spread religion they should marry muslim women now” and “hindus should rape dead muslim women for revenge”.
This is poison in our society, can we eliminate them?

What I believe is everything is knee-jerk reaction. It is not easy to solve the entire cycle which comprises of social – economic – education – development – disparity. Unless all these are brought together and addressed in year or two or three, we could forsee rising incident.

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Capsicum Chettinad Kuzhambu (Sambar) – Recipe

Total cooking time is less than 30mins and I love that!

Ingredients:

To chop:-
Capsicum – 2 if big otherwise 5 small
Onions – 1
Sambar powder – 1 spoon
Bay leaf
Cloves – 2 or 3
Curry leaves
Turmeric powder – 1/4spoon
Asafoetida – A pinch
Tamarind – small size ball

To grind:-
Red chillies – 2 or 3
Jeera – 1/2spoon
Coriander seeds – 1/2spoon
Tomato – 1
Grated coconut – 1/4cup

Preparation:
Soak tamarind in hot water. Alternatively tamarind pulp can also be used.
Heat oil in a pan. Add coriander seeds, followed by jeera, cut tomato and coconut. Once fried allow the contents to cool down. Grind to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
In the same pan add more oil and heat it. Once half hot add mustard seeds. then add bay leaf and cloves, fry it a bit. Follow this with curry leaves. Now add chopped onions (small onions give better taste) and fry till golden brown. Then add cut capsicum. Fry a bit and not too much. Crush the tamarind to extract the juice. Add this juice to the pan and then turmeric powder, sambar powder and salt (required quantity).
Once the raw tamarind smell is off, add the grinded mixture.
Allow the contents to boil till the capsicum gets cooked.

IMG_20150305_213709 A nice aroma will fill the house during this cooking. If you love garlic they could be added.
The dish is now ready to be served with rice.

Drumstick Curry – Recipe

This is quick to prepare around 30mins.

Ingredients:

To chop:-
Drumstick – 2
Tomato – 1
Potato – 1
Onion – 1
Green chillies – 3
Salt

To garnish:-
Curry leaves

To grind:-
Red Chillies – 4
Grated coconut – 1/4cup
Tamarind – (small size)

Preparation:
Dry roast the red chiilies. After it cools down grind it smoothly along with grated coconut and tamarind.

Cut drumstick into equal pieces. For easier cooking you could boil the drumstick with water for 10mins.
Peel potato and cut it into small pieces. Similarly cut tomato and onion and green chillies.
In a pan heat oil. When it is half hot add mustard seeds. Once it spurts add cut onion and fry it till turns golden brown. Then add cut green chillies followed by curry leaves. Once this is fried add tomatoes, potatoes and then drumstick.

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Mix all the contents, fry for 2mins. Now add the grinded contents. Mix well and add required salt as per taste. Allow it to boil and keep stirring regularly. Once the drumstick changes colour, the cooking is complete.

Drumstick curry is now ready to be had with rice or chappatis.

PS: This is a semi konkan style preparation.