Dr.Farrukh Saleem retrospects.

a very clinical self analysis of a pakistani thinker, hope it helps us whip a brain storm too.

Dr.Farrukh Saleem, is a  person of great horse sense, and very very clinical. He also has very radical thoughts, which is why I read it when something comes by his  by line. After reading this article, I wonder if his analysis is true, that we apparently out shoot Pakistan because we have elected people like Laloo Prasad!

This is also an internet forward but I think definitely worth a read and musing, particular if you are as cynical as I am.

Capital suggestion
By Dr Farrukh Saleem

Here’s what is happening in India :
The two Ambani brothers can buy 100 percent of every company listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and would still be left with $30 billion to spare. The four richest Indians can buy up all goods and services produced over a year by 169 million Pakistanis and still be left with $60 billion to spare. The four richest Indians are now richer than the forty richest Chinese.
In November, Bombay Stock Exchange’s benchmark Sensex flirted with 20,000 points. As a consequence, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries became a $100 billion company (the entire KSE is capitalized at $65 billion). Mukesh owns 48 percent of Reliance.
In November, comes Neeta’s birthday. Neeta turned forty-four three weeks ago. Look what she got from her husband as her birthday present: A sixty-million dollar jet with a custom fitted master bedroom, bathroom with mood lighting, a sky bar, entertainment cabins, satellite television, wireless communication and a separate cabin with game consoles. Neeta is Mukesh Ambani’s wife, and Mukesh is not India ‘s richest but the second richest.

Mukesh is now building his new home, Residence Antillia (after a mythical, phantom island somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean ). At a cost of $1 billion this would be the most expensive home on the face of the planet. At 173 meters tall Mukesh’s new family residence, for a family of six, will be the equivalent of a 60-storeyed building. The first six floors are reserved for parking. The seventh floor is for car servicing and maintenance. The eighth floor houses a mini-theatre. Then there’s a health club, a gym and a swimming pool. Two floors are reserved for Ambani family’s guests. Four floors above the guest floors are family floors all with a superb view of the Arabian Sea . On top of everything are three helipads. A staff of 600 is expected to care for the family and their family home.
In 2004, India became the 3rd most attractive foreign direct investment destination… Pakistan wasn’t even in the top 25 countries.
In 2004, the United Nations, the representative body of 192 sovereign member states, had requested the Election Commission of India to assist the UN in the holding elections in Al Jumhuriyah al Iraqiyah and Dowlat-e Eslami-ye Afghanestan.. Why the Election Commission of India and not the Election Commission of Pakistan? After all, Islamabad is closer to Kabul than is Delhi .
Imagine, 12 percent of all American scientists are of Indian origin; 38 percent of doctors in America are Indian; 36 percent of NASA scientists are Indians; 34 percent of Microsoft employees are Indians; and 28 percent of IBM employees are Indians.
For the record: Sabeer Bhatia created and founded Hotmail… Sun Microsystems was founded by Vinod Khosla. The Intel Pentium processor, that runs 90 percent of all computers, was fathered by Vinod Dham. Rajiv Gupta co-invented Hewlett Packard’s E-speak project. Four out often Silicon Valley start-ups are run by Indians. Bollywood produces 800 movies per year and six Indian ladies have won Miss Universe/Miss World titles over the past 10 years.
For the record: Azim Premji, the richest Muslim entrepreneur on the face of the planet, was born in Bombay and now lives in Bangalore.India now has more than three dozen billionaires; Pakistan has none (not a single dollar billionaire) .
The other amazing aspect is the rapid pace at which India is creating wealth. In 2002, Dhirubhai Ambani, Mukesh and Anil Ambani’s father, left his two sons a fortune worth $2.8 billion. In 2007, their combined wealth stood at $94 billion. On 29 October 2007, as a result of the stock market rally and the appreciation of the Indian rupee, Mukesh became the richest person in the world, with net worth climbing to US$63.2 billion (Bill Gates, the richest American, stands at around $56 billion). Indians and Pakistanis have the same Y-chromosome haplogroup. We have the same genetic sequence and the same genetic marker (namely: M124).
We have the same DNA molecule, the same DNA sequence. Our culture, our traditions and our cuisine are all the same. We watch the same movies and sing the same songs.
What is it that Indians have and we don’t?
And also to mention: They think of Construction of own nation, unlike other nations who are just concerned with destruction of others…

Simple answer why the Indian fare better than the Pakistani’.. They don’t focus on religion and neither do they spend time and money in devising ways to kill their own and everyone else over religion..

Proud To Be An Indian???

ides of march

ides of march.

“Beware of the ides of March” my grandmother would whisper in a dramatic stage whisper and we would giggle – neither did the none’s or the calends impress us.

Beware of the ides of March was the soothsayer told Julius Caesar, and Brutus and his men assassinated Caesar on 15th march 445BC

1848 the Hungarian revolution took place.

1916 saw the abdication of the Russian prince Nickolas the II.

Ides of March or the 15th of March. Actually the entire system has to do with Roman calendar. Romulus the mythical founder of Rome is supposed to have created this complex calendar. Where the month was given 3 reference dates and the other days were counted round it.

  • Kalends (1st day of the month)
  • Nones (the 7th day in March, May, July, and October; the 5th in the other months)
  • Ides (the 15th day in March, May, July, and October; the 13th in the other months)

The remaining, unnamed days of the month were identified by counting backwards from the Kalends, Nones, or the Ides. For example, March 3 would be V Nones—5 days before the Nones (the Roman method of counting days was inclusive; in other words, the Nones would be counted as one of the 5 days).

With the financial year coming to a end it might be a good idea to beware for the year ahead.

May be it is time to look forward to the march madness, that is heralded by St.Patricks’s day two days down the line, or Just celebrate the Harvest season like the Japanese do.

Pancake Day:

a little information on the pancake.

Pancake Day:

In Ireland, Canada and UK pancakes are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday (infamously called Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras) as the last day of the fatty and rich foods could be used up before the month long Lent.

Some schools organize a pancake race where the participants carry frying pans with the pancake in them and toss up the pan cake, and catch it back. This is in honor of an Olney housewife who in 1444 heard the bells of the church ring while she was still busy making pancakes in her eagerness to reach the church she ran with the pan, cake, apron and hat. J

To give the dish all the attention and admiration due to it, I’ll call this blog as Pancakeology. J

Flapjacks, hotcakes, griddle cakes, dosa’s uttappa’s or gutung call it what you want, but this simple dish has a sustained presence through the world in all loco-cuisine and through history. Today it is crowned the king of American food.

Etymology: Middle English word that appears in English culinary manuscript since 1430

Pancake history

Food similar to the modern pancake can be heard of in ancient Rome, they called it Alita Dolcia i.e. Latin for another sweet. It was made of flour, milk eggs, spices, and sweetened with honey or fruits, the savory ones were filled with meats or cheeses.  Despite the fact there is a resemblance the pancake as we know it today ha originated in Medieval Europe.

The griddle method of cooking is earlier than the oven baking.

The earliest pancake mentioned by apicius was made of a batter made with eggs, milk, water, flour, and fried. This was then served with honey and pepper.

It is referred to in the recipe books of 1430 England but did not yet take the place of honors associated with Lent or as today on the last day before lent.

Pancake has been the staple breakfast of Native Americans, they called it the Narragansett nokehick which a soft batters shaped by hands it was very soft. The white settlers translated it to no cake. Cornmeal pancakes were called Indian cakes in 1607,

1740 the Dutch in America made the Narrrangsett cakes with buck wheat, panekoeken and these came to be called buckwheat cakes.

The English settlers came in with their pancake Tuesday, just before the Lenten fast.

By 1745 the Americans were also referring to hoe cakes probably because they ere cooked on a flat hoe blade.

The isle of Rhodes has its journey cake or Johnny cake.

Its only in 1870 did the world pancake come into general circulation the way we see it today.

Pancake round the world.

Germany has potato pancakes. Or erdapflaphanna kuehia or kartoffel puffer as the Germans calls them. These were made from left over potatoes which were mashed, grated mixed with onions, flour and then fried on a griddle. These are often served with a variety of condiments both savory and sweet. Like cream, cheese, fruits, berries, sauces. The variation of this is found round the world. The French crique, or potato galiete, Swedish rarakor, Korean Kahm-jajuhn, or the aloo parata in India.

England pancake is similar to the French crepe, and is made of a very thin batter of flour, eggs and milk. They are topped with lemon juice and sugar and eaten as a dessert. If it is served a savory then it becomes part of the main meal is filled with meat, fish or cheese. This is modified to the Yorkshire pudding when it is whipped in and baked.

Netherlands: has a pannekoeken Huis ( the pan cake house) which a small chain of restrauent where the server shouts Pannekoeken when ever they deliver one. This is again similar to the crepe. Egg, flour and milk based batter, large, light and airy. Quite often it is shaped like a bowl with toppings of fruits, beacon, ham, berries or syrup called stroop.

France talks of crepes and galettes, these are very thin pancakes made of a batter consisting of lour, eggs, milk butter and a pinch of slat. These are either rolled or folded round a filling. It could either be sweet crepes or savory galettes.  The sweet crepes are made of wheat flour, filled with fruits and berries while the savory is made of buckwheat flour and filled with meat, fish or cheese.

Gutung is the Indonesian version

Dosa  and uttappa the Indian avatar.

Baobing in china

Basic classic recipe.

Please look at the pan cake tips1 at the post script before you start. Prep. Time 15mnts. Cook time 5mnts. Makes 8-10

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3tbs.sugar
  • 1 – 1 ½ baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 -1 ½ cups mild
  • ½ light cream or evaporated milk.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 3bts. Melted butter. More butter.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and slat. Stir with a wire whisk until combined.

In small bowl combine milk, cream, eggs and melted butter and beat until smooth. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Cover batter and let stand for 10mnts. While the batter is standing heat a griddle to 350 degrees’, rub the griddle with a tablespoon of butter when a drop of water sizzles when dropped into the griddle use 1.4 cup measure to pour four circles of batter onto the griddle.

Cook until the edges look dry and bubbles form a just a begin to burst about that’s about 2-4mnts. Turn the pan cakes and cook for 1-2mnts on the second side just until golden   the second side does get as brown the first.

Basic butter milk recipe

  • 2 cup all purpose flour.
  • 2tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder.
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups butter milk.
  • 4 tbsp. oil.

Mix the dry ingredients together, separate the eggs and whip egg whites until firm. Mix the egg yokes, butter milk and oil together and add all at once to the dry ingredients. Fold in whipped eggs.

Stir until slightly lumpy, cook on a lightly greased griddle or skillet.

Tips and tricks to a better pancake.

  • Don’t over mix your better – when over mixed the better develops gluten which will lead to chewy cakes.  It should be workable and a few lumps are okay.
  • Whip the egg whites after separating them it should be firm. When the other ingredients are mixed fold them into the batter.
  • Feel free to experiment with spices and condiments. Sometimes even filling.

rituals of valentine.

from an urban ritual valentine’s day india makes an entry into the international anthropological study.

Finally the valentine’s day sword is off.

Over the past twenty years it has become a binding ritual. And to think  we were just married I sent over some roses and chocolates to my husband he was embarrassed by it all.

So much so, the western scholars of Indian culture  actually presented this as an paper at an international do. What bugged me was the seminar was on Indian culture, Indian representation was 3 scholars. By the way NFS was a co host at this do. I was so put off the whole nonsense that I don’t recollect the author. This was her doctoral paper presentation.

To summarize her paper was on Muthalik, how Muthalik represented the traditional Indian mentality that was not romantic it was conservative. While the  retaliatory pink chaddi revolutionary (Sic) was the heralder of the more modern, and contemporary Indian woman who was fighting for an identity in this conventional environment.

Oh! Yes, according to her the most romantic of the Indian festival was the “kawah choth” ( I am being bitchy) she meant Karwah chauth.

The temptation to rip her paper apart was no doubt very strong.

  • I wanted to tell her that Karan Johar movies are not representation of Indian culture in Toto, it Punjabi culture. Karwah chauth is not celebrated in the south.
  • The Indian mind until the advent of the Christian missionaries and their moralities, saw romantic love, sex and marriage as separate entities, this practice existed in the north east until they were made part of greater Indian union.
  • Muthalik was a small time unrecognized politician until the media made much of him. He must be thrilled  that he is now an object of academic citation in the international scenario. A case of unknown he knelt and a hero he arose.
  • That pink-innerpanter is again an publicity hungry, rootless pervert.  Clinging to  an ritual that would give you some sense of belonging is well understandable. ( all offense intended, we shall concede it)

The reason for the entire blog is here, this “scholar” has sourced her paper from TOI ,NDTV and Karan Johar movies.

May be it is time that we  do something about this, else our next generation will clearing this crap in their socio-cultural history.

Tags: muthalik, ritual, national folklore society, TOI, NDTV, karan johar, valentine’s day in India,

the defamation of the Lathyrus Sattivus.Its original habitat is unknown but is cultivated as beds, in Ethiopia, India, France… Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia and France grow and consume it. It is grown in Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh areas in India. In India it is known as Lakhodi, Khesari, Tikhadi and Tidwa.In Ethiopia it is called as Guaya and is known as grass peas in English.

Pulse pressure,

A precedent to the BT Brinjal is the defamation of the Lathyrus Sattivus.

 In India it is known as Lakhodi, Khesari, Tikhadi and Tidwa.In Ethiopia it is called as Guaya and is known as grass peas in English.

 Its original habitat is unknown but is cultivated as beds, in Ethiopia, India, France… Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia and France grow and consume it. It is grown in Maharashtra, Bihar, Chhattisgarh areas in India.

Botanical information

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Tribe: Vicieae
Genus: Lathyrus
Species: L. sativus

Immature seeds can be eaten like green peas, while mature one is cooked.


This was incriminated for a crippling motor neuron disease called Lathyrism.  Hence banned by the government. Medical texts say it is Lathyrism may occur if more than 400gms are consumed/day consistently for 3months. What happens here the gluteal muscles (the muscles forming the buttocks) tend to have extensive cell death, particularly the motor neurons causing paralysis or lack of strength or an inability to move the lower limbs.

 But Lathyrism is where similar to magnesium poisoning,  and the studies and survey were conducted in the Bhandara district, where extensive magnesium mining is done.

Pulsating points.

  • Proteins 1 ½ more than either thuvar or chana dal
  • Iron content 3 times greater.
  • Calcium cotenant very high.
  • If cultivated after paddy it requires no irrigation, no nutritional inputs, no weeding or soil turning.
  • Draught and flood resistant.
  • Excellent fodder material.

Before the ban

1920                       research begins.

1928                       R.McCarren, director of deficiency diseases inquiry Pasteur institute coonoor found no connection between Lathyrism and Lentil

1940                       RLH Michins a Brit scientist exonerated Lathyrus from Lathyrism

1950                       C.Gopalan of Nutritional research laboratory H’bad starts research.

1966                       Govt. bans Lathyrus 6mnths before Gopalan could submit its report.

Currently Sri Shantilal Kothari, (Nagpur based Nutritionist) is trying to get the ban lifted. He is the man behind India’s first indigenous Soya milk production.

 If Lathyrus is allowed to be legally grown and marketed both its quantity and quality would improve. Its market entry price would be around 13—15Rs/kg. This would shoot down the sky rocketing pulse price.

Now since it is cheaper than thuvar or china dal hotels tend to use it as substitute of the other two dhal or to blatantly adulterate thuvar dal.

 India is the only country where Lathyrus is banned. The events charting the decision show some vested interest in banning the lentil.


  • Down earth magazine, cover story 
  • Institute of deficiency disease journal
  • wikipedia