Thursday, November 8, 2018

Happy Birthday Sumit

Happy Birthday Sumit!
I am a firm believer that the best things in life are not free, but rather happen naturally. You see, several months ago I met a wonderful man from North India. We would talk sporadically about life and liberty, but just on a platonic, friendship level. Needless to say, I was very intrigued by him in many ways. He was not only intellectually endowed, but strikingly handsome with more drive than NASCAR. And the fact he had direction towards goals and pursuits and not the local dive bar was impressive. One thing that was very obvious to me was the fact that every time he would say anything to me, I felt as if I were speaking to someone who possessed supreme wisdom (which is a rarity in this world, especially in 2018), as everything he said was projected both skillfully and perspicaciously.

After about a month of talking everyday, we both realized that we loved each other. It was not planned. It just happened. And as our love continues to grow more and more, each and everyday, I find myself falling more and more, head-over-heels in love with him. Does that make sense? There are so many things I love about him. Where do I start? The way he expresses his thoughts as if he's lived for centuries, the way he can describe something and possess so much knowledge about it, his spirituality and how he sees good in almost everything, his loyalty and devotion, as well as; his dedication to me and the love we have and of course, his sparkling brown eyes and incredible smile.
My boyfriend Sumit.


Falling in love can be hard, yes and may also be even more complicated than solving the hodge conjecture; however, when love happens naturally and finds you, that is what makes the love greater and in the end, the love I have for 'Sumit' makes the world go round. You see, Sumit (that is his name) gives me a reason to not only love and appreciate him, but myself, my life and those around me too. He made me realize that life is valuable and every minute, second and moment is a memory-breeding journey that can take you virtually anywhere in life, as long as you let it.

Sumit, taught me so many vital lessons about life and has allowed me to experience what happiness truly is, as he brightens my day everyday. He told me never to regret anything in life and live life like it is your last day, every day. He also taught me that amazing things can happen when you don't try to look for them and that a light at the end of the tunnel exists. He encourages me to be a stronger, well rounded person daily and for that I am truly grateful. With a heart of platinum, there is no one on the planet like Sumit. He is someone I can see myself growing old with and if I am being honest with myself, I would say that I can see myself with him forever.

Happy Birthday!
Sumit (and I know you are reading this) I want you to know everyday with you in my life is a true blessing. I am so lucky to be the one to grow with you. You are truly the love in my heart and the love of my life. In the end, we are made for each other. 

Life has a purpose and a meaning with you in it. Sumit, I am so thankful that came into my life, as there is no one on earth who can take your place. You make me the happiest I have ever been. I wish you only the best life can bring you, as I wish you the best success, joy, and prosperity. You are my sun, my moon, my star and my heart. And whether near or far, I love you so much.

Happy Birthday!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

A tragic day in Pittsburgh

Today I would like to take a moment to pray for the victims and their families of the Pittsburgh shooting. As many of you are already aware, a man named Robert Bowers stormed into the Pittsburgh synagogue and killed about a dozen people. Although I have friends from that area, including Jewish friends, I did not know any of the victims. It truly hurts me to see this on the news, as Pittsburgh to me was one of the safest cities in America.

I have had the pleasure of not only residing in Pittsburgh for many years, but attending college there also. I lived there from 1999 until 2003. Then, I stayed there for many months from Spring 2013 until Winter 2014). Pittsburgh will always be a place I will forever appreciate and be very near and dear to my heart. To think such a tragic event occurred today has me so sad. 

With a heavy heart, I am praying for not just the victims and their families, but the entire city of Pittsburgh. This is one of the most tragic days in the steel city and I pray that the city is protected from such hate in the future. 

Update, here are the victims of this terrible tragedy in the steel city:

Joyce Fienberg 
Daniel Stein
Melvin Wax
Irving Younger
Bernice Simon
Sylvan Simon
David Rosenthal
Rose Mollinger
Richard Gottfried
Cecil Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

Rest in peace. 

The last Sunday of October 2018

Me today.
Hello everyone. It is officially the last Sunday of October. As we fly into Fall, I can only think about the work week ahead. I've garnered a fondness for multitasking and am now discovering this to be one of my strongest virtues. Perhaps, I have no choice other than to work on multiple things at once, as that is the only way to get the job done. 

Today I decided to do my basic home chores in the early morning (cleaning, laundry, etc.) before making my way to grocery market to buy a few things. Recently, I am really loving Albertsons. Not only do they have a great selection of produce and cheese, but vegetarian alternatives, including some of my personal favorites. I also love the customer service there too. 

I saw a bunch of fresh red bananas and the sales associate was so kind of ask if I wanted to try one. I had tried them before and although they are good, they fail in comparison to match the traditional yellow. And it seems like every single time I inquire about something in the store, I am always offered a sample. I literally would love to go to every Albertson's store in the United States and review them each individually. 

I'm rambling, I know. 

Anyways, today, I decided to not do full glam, but embrace more of a natural yet wearable look. Although my makeup is visible, as you can see from today's photo, I wanted to just enhance my features. For today's selfie, I used the following makeup products:


Smashbox Cosmetics 24 Hour Shadow Primer in the shade Barely-There Sheer, By Terry Eye Designer Palette in 1 Smoky Nude, Motives Waterproof Eye Pencil in the shade Black Magic, Chantecaille Luster Glide Silk Eyeliner in the shade Slate, and Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara in Black. (Eyes)


Motives Lip Crayon in the shade Dusty Rose and Motives Maven Matte Lipstick in the shade Reveal Me. (Lips)


And in case you are wondering where my dress (although you cannot see much of it) is from, it is from Hot Miami Styles.

Additionally, I am really loving and appreciating the Bhagavad Gita. In case you are wondering what it is a Hindu scripture written by Lord Krishna. It is quite possibly one of the most inspiring texts I have read. It is modestly complex, as the translation is in old English. I've read it multiple times and find myself still looking at it when I can. Needless to say, I am quite inspired. 

I hope you are having a wonderful day. As much as I am contemplating and debating whether I want to go to the gym and workout for a few, I've decided that I want to take a nice relaxing bath and catch up on some much needed sleep. Today is national chocolate day, so I may take serious advantage. 

Have an amazing day!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Karva Chauth 2018

Me today. Dedicating 24 hours
to my love for Sumit.
Karva Chauth is an honorable holiday traditionally celebrated by married women (Hindu women) and wholeheartedly observes the love, light and loyalty a woman has for her husband. As this holiday embraces dedication and conviction in more ways than one, it promotes a healthy, long-lasting relationship between a woman and her husband. 

What started out as a day for soldiers who left their wives and children to go fight in war turned into a Hindu holiday of love. As this holiday is often one a woman should always be prepared for, this is my first time celebrating Karva Chauth. 

Karva Chauth starts in a half an hour (or 30 minutes) here. To honor and celebrate my love for my amazing boyfriend Sumit, I will fast from sunrise to moon rise. I will not have anything to eat or drink. I will not access the internet; however, I will only talk to Sumit, family and friends if they call me via phone. 

Once the fasting is complete, I will offer water to the moon. I will also have breakfast with the moon and enjoy an abundance of great food, including desserts and sweets. Some of the foods I will enjoy include: chapatis (or rotis), puris, parathas, matar paneer, chana masala, malai kofta, vegetable biryani and raita. For dessert, I will enjoy gulab jamun, rasmalai, jalebi, gajar ka halwa and boondi ka laddo. To drink, I will enjoy mango lassi. 

To all of the amazing Hindu women around the world who are honoring their husbands this year - Happy Karva Chauth! Jai Mata Di. πŸŒžπŸŒ‘πŸŒŸπŸ’›πŸ‘€πŸŒ²πŸŒŽ

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Words with Friends Lightening Round

Tonight, I found myself really wanting to play the Lightening Round on Words with Friends. It is basically a modern version of Boggle meets Scrabble, except you play on two designated teams - the purple team and the blue team. You have to basically have to come up with great words and whichever team reaches 750 (or more) points first, wins the match.

I am feeling a little under the weather, as my boyfriend is also sick. We have the cold/cough thing that is going around. We both were talking and I found myself playing this app a lot while talking to him and actually winning virtually every single match I played. I am not sure why I play better when I am not feeling good. Perhaps this kind of escapism allows me to forget how horrible I am feeling.

I ended up achieving the top reward for the most words, for words with the most points and for the longest point word. In this particular match, I garnered 315 points, making me the top player of this game and winning for the purple team.

Currently, there are no prizes. You don't really win any incentives for playing, but it is so much fun and if you love word games, you will love this one. I do believe I heard something about them holding contests, but there is no proof of this. I am also hearing rumors about Words with Friends Live, which is allegedly the platform they will be holding these contests; however, this is hearsay at this point.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Vegetarian Indian Style Butter Chicken

Recently, I have discovered so many things about the Indian culture. As rich as it is, it is also exotic and filled with an array of uniqueness that goes beyond what I can put into words. At least today. One of the things that I love about India is the food. And because the population is so large, their cuisine varies upon region. Utilizing agriculture and farming, most dishes are plant-based and/or vegetarian with the exception of a few. India offers quite a few staples, with one of them being butter chicken.

I decided to create a plant-based, vegetarian rendition of this classic dish. Originating from New Delhi, this North Indian classic uses dahi, garam masala, ginger, garlic, cardamom, fenugreek, cinnamon, black salt, and black pepper. To give it more of a vibrant flavor, you can add some lemon juice to it. To thicken the sauce, you can also add some butter or even some curd. I decided to add all of the above. As it took a little bit of time, everything was executed very well. I added a lot of butter to this dish, as I didn't have any ghee at my disposal.


When originally creating this dish, I was thinking of using another plant-based alternative from Gardein, but instead went with the Gardein Chick'n Strips. I decided to cook the sauce in a regular standard pan before adding the Chick'n Strips. This chicken is not only soy-free, it is dairy-free and certified kosher. I decided to cook the entire dish on low-to-medium heat as the plant-based chicken alternative was completely thawed out in the refrigerator.

Before plating, I made sure that the chicken had a good texture. When I originally added this to the pan with the sauce, it was soft with a modestly slimy texture. It is crucial that it is firm when it is cooked. After stirring multiple times to check, I knew that my cooking was done for the evening.

As I plated the food, I decided to garnish it with some homemade curd I made. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I am looking forward to making this again, only trying another vegetarian and/or vegan, plant-based chicken alternative. If you are a vegetarian looking to enjoy one of the greatest dishes from Bharat, this is it. From my home to your home, Namaste.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Thank you Sumit for making my birthday amazing

I literally have the greatest boyfriend in the world. I first met Sumit several months ago. We had an immediate connection. He is literally fascinating on every level, as he is a polymath, a renaissance man. When I speak to him, it is as if I am speaking to someone who has lived over 5,000 years. In spite of being intelligent, starting college at just 16 years old, I found myself compatible with him in many ways that go beyond intellect.

As our love continues to grow, I can honestly admit that he is the one I want to grow old with, as he is someone I can see myself with for the rest of my life. He inspires me everyday and he makes me the happiest I have ever been in years.

Today, he took the initiative to surprise me with this cake. This birthday cake uses an image of me which I took several months ago for him. I wrote on my hand, showing my love and appreciation for him.

As the image is made out of edible sugar, the cake itself is an impressive dynamic of flavors. It is a vanilla pineapple cream cake with several layers, glammed with gold icing that is a mango flavored buttercream which is garnished with maraschino cherries and edible pearls. And of course the "Happy Birthday" dΓ©cor was added to show it's a birthday cake. One candle was placed in the heart on my hand.

I love you so much Sumit. Thank you for making my day brighter and better. Words cannot express how deeply touched and moved I am. You are truly the love of my life.