Monthly Archives: August 2013

Tomato Ketchup Vs Tomato Sauce

One day while I was traveling with my HR in the middle of some FOOD related conversation he asked me “Gokul, tell me what is the difference between Tomato Sauce and Tomato Ketchup”, out of ignorance I replied “Both are same”. He smiled back at me and said “No, You are wrong”, when I asked how he replied “Figure it out yourself”. Due to my Obsessive Curiosity Disorder I tried searching in net, DAM no signal in mobile. The very first thing I did when got access to the internet is to search for the answer, As usual Google helped. This happened almost a month back, As I am quite bored and jobless (vetti) on a weekend morning I just thought I will share the answer in my blog. So writing this post.

Before I explain the answer let’s see what a sauce is.

In cooking, a sauce is liquid, creaming or semi-solid food served on or used in preparing other foods. Sauces are not normally consumed by themselves; they add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to another dish. [Source : Wikipedia]

So any sauce in which tomato is a major ingredient is a tomato sauce or tomato based sauce. Now let’s see what a Tomato Ketchup is and some history related to it.

Tomato Ketchup is a sweet and tangy sauce, made from tomatoes, vinegar, a sweetener, and assorted seasonings and spices. The sweetener is most commonly sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.  [Source : Wikipedia]

In the 1690s the Chinese mixed a concoction of pickled fish and spices and called it kôe-chiap or kê-chiap meaning the brine of pickled fish. By the early 18th century, this table sauce had made it to the Malay states (present day Malaysia and Singapore), where it was discovered by British explorers. The Indonesian-Malay word for the sauce was kechap. That word evolved into the English word “ketchup”. Many variations of ketchup were created, but the tomato-based version did not appear until about a century after other types. By 1801, a recipe for tomato ketchup was created by Sandy Addison and was later printed in an American cookbook, the Sugar House Book. As the century progressed, tomato ketchup began its ascent in popularity in the United States even long before fresh tomatoes were. Its in the year 1876 the famous Heinz tomato ketchup was launched by  F. & J. Heinz  and it still dominates the market share.

There is one more thing which comes to my mind when i hear the word Ketchup, Its the Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song. One of my old favorite 🙂

To conclude all Tomato Ketchup are Tomato Sauce and all Tomato Sauces are not Tomato Ketchup.

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The Couple Who Celebrated Their Silver Anniversay

This sweet couple who I know for a very long time, Hmm no they know me for much longer than I do is celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary today. They are very very close to me and there is no chance I would have existed in this world without them. As many of you have guessed I am talking about none other than my awesome parents. It gives me a great pleasure to write a blog post purely dedicated to this wonderful couple.

My Parents - Mr Ravi and Mrs Carunaikarassy Ravi

My Parents – Mr Ravi and Mrs Carunaikarassy Ravi

I always consider myself extremely lucky to get such an awesome parents, they have been a great support and motivate me in all my tough times and help me in all the way they could. Unlike most of typical middle class parents they are quite open and broadminded. They openly discuss issues and doesn’t take decisions without discussing with us. They don’t keep on advice like most of the parents do, what they do is just discus the causes & effects and leave the rest to us. They are a bit more than just friendly parents, they are friend friendly ones. All of my friends like my parents cos they are very friendly, some even discuss about their favorite heroines or the girl they are currently interested in with them.

My DAD is quiet too devotional, he makes sure that the crows are fed before having breakfast, and visit temples very frequently. Never judge him as a serious one just by his looks, he is very witty at times. He is very nice, sincere and hardworking person. I have seen very few like him who would help others without expecting anything in return. He is such an inspiration and a role model to me.

I have such a sweet, friendly, wonderful MOM, she is a strict officer when it comes to discipline, cleanliness, keeping things in place and all. She is an incredible home maker and manage us in her own style. Her cooking is super awesome, many of my friends are great fan of her food. She motivates me to a great extent when I am down. She is very selfless and concerned more about us than her.

I don’t know whether I would be a great parent like them in future. For now I hope and pray for their happiness and good health, and pray for strength to keep them happy forever.

Love You A Lot Amma & Appa 🙂

Connemara Public Library – More Than Just a Library

I wanted to write a post on any significant place in Chennai for this Madras Week, so after narrowing down some options I decided to write about a place which has been quenching down the knowledge thirst of many for more than a century. Its Connemara Public Library which is one of my most favorite places in Chennai. This library is one of the earliest libraries established in India by the British and got so much historical significance in it. Some of the prominent persons like Anna, Rajagopalachari, R Venkatraman, C SubramaniamSandilyan, SujathaK. A. Nilakanta Sastri etc., have been active members of this library and spent more time here. S. R. Ranganathan who is known as father of Library Science worked in this library for 2 decades as a librarian.

For many who doesn’t know where the library is, Its is located in Egmore Pantheon Road, in the Govt Museum campus.

History is very important (Varalaru miga mukkiyam amaicharey), so some history about the library.

Once upon a time (in 1860) There was a college named Haileybury College in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire, Britain where the civil servants of the Indian Civil Servants where trained and they had hundreds of surplus books in their library, without knowing what to do with it they sent them all to the Madras Government, which in turn handed them over to the Madras Museum. Captain Jean Mitchell who was superintendent of the Madras Museum at that time decided to set up a small library as part of the Museum with the books they have received, as there used to be a famous library named British Museum Library as part of London Museum. Nothing changed until 1890 when Governor of Madras Presidency Lord Connemara realized the need for a public library. He laid the foundation stone on 22nd March 1890 for a new public library inside the same museum campus. After the construction was over the library was officially inaugurated and opened to public in 1896 and it was named “Connemara Public Library” after the man behind the vision Lord Connemara. It was designed by H.Irvin who was consulting Architect to the Government of Madras, and reflects the architectural unity demonstrating the various stages of Indo-Saracenic development, from Gothic-neo-Byzantine to Rajput Mughal and Southern Hindu Deccani.

Old Library Building With Museum Theatre , Image Source : Internet

Old Library Building With Museum Theatre , Image Source : Internet

In 1950 the Connemara Library became the State Central Library with the enactment of Madras Public Libraries Act 1948, which was the first concerted effort in India to institutionalize, structure, otherwise, coordinate and organize public library services. With enactment of Delivery of Books and Newspaper Act 1956 a copy of any book or newspaper or magazine published in India should be sent to this library. In 1981 Govt Of India ordered the library to be one of the four National Depository Libraries. In 1973 new library building was built in 55,000 Sq-ft area was built to accommodate new books and increasing readers to the library. In 1998 a  new 12,000 Sq-ft 3 storied centenary building was added to the library, and in the same year Govt Of India released a commemorative stamp of the library. That’s all the history I could get.

Commemorative Stamp

Commemorative Stamp

Initially there were around 40,000 books when the library was started, but today the library houses more than 7,22,000 books and more than 2.00,000 old periodicals collection in its 3 buildings and it also receives 3500 periodicals and 160 newspapers. It contains more than 10000 Tamizh books which is the largest collection of Tamizh books in a place. Some books here are very old and rare ones, the oldest book in the library is “Omnes Quae Extant” by D. Hieronymi Strido which was published in the year 1553. The oldest tamilzh book is “ஞானமுறமைகளின் விளக்கம்” (Nyanamuramaigalin Vilakkam) which was published in 1781. An atlas 2 ft wide and 2.5 ft long which contains maps of India and Srilanka and was specially printed for Queen Victoria is the largest book in the library.

The Library has Text Book section, Reference section, Language section, Periodicals section, Microfilm section, Book Preservation section etc.. The digitization section of the library does a great job by  scanning and electronically storing old, rare books and documents which are preserved for posterity.  It also has a Civil Service Study circle which is a great boon to those who prepare for civil service exams. It got a huge collection of competitive exam books and digitized versions of old newspapers and periodicals which are very useful for the civil service aspirants. The library is completely computerized one, It has an Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) which helps the readers to search for books, its availability and its location inside the library. It also enables the members to renew and reserve books online.

New 3 Stories Centenary Building

New 3 Stories Centenary Building

Anyone who is 17 or above can visit the library and refer to books but to lend books from the library one has become a member. Any resident of Chennai who is 17 or above can become a member of the library. All you have to do is fill in the Membership Application Form and submit it in the library with a photocopy of your address proof. Annual membership of the library is Rs 50, but initially one have to pay a refundable security deposit depending upon the number of books he would like to lend simultaneously, its Rs 100 for 2 books or Rs 200 for 4 books or Rs 300 for 6 books.

The library serves the public daily from 9.00A.M. To 7.30P.M. On weekdays and from 9.30A.M. To 6.00P.M. On Sundays without any break. The library is closed on three National holidays and selected festival holidays a year. I.e. Pongal, Tamil New Year, Pooja Holidays, Deepavali and Christmas.

I first started going to the library in early 2006 and became a member in 2007. I mostly go there to get books for me and my mom, but I also like to sit in the library and read for hours in silence among other readers. Whenever I go to the library its very very rare for me to return without having Bread Omelette in the sandwich shops just outside the Alsa Mall which is near the library, It had almost become something like a tradition to me.

I would like to end with a small note to fellow readers. Please never misplace books, keep back the books in the same place where you took them from, When books are misplaced its difficult for other readers to find them. If you are issued a book which is a bit torn or damaged or got pages coming out of it, don’t just return it in the same or worse condition, do stick the pages with some glue or tape before start reading so that you could avoid some damage to the books.

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Sean Roldan & Friends – Contemporary Indian Music Band

Didn’t blog much for a while (#Confession) so back with this post about one of my yet another favorite Indian Band.

Sean Roldan & Friends is an Contemporary Indian Music Band which fuses Indian classical and folk music with Jazz, Blues and country music. What gives me more pleasure listening to their songs is its Tamizh Lyrics. For me Its a very different and unique blend of senseful lyrics and fusion music which is so bliss to hear.

From Left Mani, Sean Roldan, Pradeep Vijay, Praveen Sparsh

From Left Mani, Sean Roldan, Pradeep Vijay, Praveen Sparsh

Members of this band are

Sean Roldan (aka) R Raghavendra started this band as his solo project, he is the lead singer and lead guitarist of the band. He is the lyricist for most of the songs. He is also a trained professional classical carnatic vocalist and has several awards to his credit.

Pradeep (aka) Trichi Pradeep Kumar is vocalist and slide guitar player of the band. he also a renowned classical vocalist and also sang Asai Oru Pulveli (Attakathi) & Mogathirai(Pizza). He recently won Upcoming Singer Of The Year award in Mirchi Music Award South for his song Asai Oru Pulveli, so my hearty congrats for him.

Tanjore K. Praveen (aka) Praveen Sparsh takes care of the percussion department of the band. Like both above Paraveen also have another face, he is also a well known mrithangam player. He is the idea behind Indo-western fusion band, Sparsh.

Mani plays Bass Guitar for the band.

Below is the YouTube playlist of their songs which was produced by Kappa TV. Almost all songs in that list are my favorite 🙂

Street Music Performance of The Band in Eliots Beach

Street Music Performance of The Band at Eliots Beach [ Pic Courtesy : Vidhyalakshmi Vijaykumar ]

One more thing i want to highlight about this band members is their vision to bring music out on streets and make music available to all sorts of people. They recently started playing their unplugged street music performances in eliots beach on weekends which is open and free to all. Many other musicians also joined them and created some awesome instant jams. Its really a great fun to be there in beach, listen to them and rejoice. For more information on their street performances check out their Facebook Page.

The One Who Went To A Photowalk Without A Camera – An Experience

As you guessed “The One” is me 😀 and the following is my experience from my very first Photowalk.

This photowalk is no ordinary one, It was jointly organised by The Indo-British Health Initiative & The Chennai Photwalk, the CareWalk is a special edition of the Chennai PhotoWalk. The main purpose of the walk is to raise funds for the Mahesh Memorial Trust which work towards creating public awareness about cancer and provide financial aid to economically challenged cancer patients. There will also be similar Photowalk next week which starts from MIOT Hospital. Around 35 best pics from both these Photowalks will be selected, these shortlisted pics will be put into auction and collected money will be given to Mahesh Memorial Trust.

If you wonder what i was doing there, I am also wondering the same. All credits to my CBC friend Gopal ji, He is the one who insisted me to join the walk with him. Initially i hesitated as i didn’t have a camera, but he convinced me that he also doesn’t have one and many  would come with out a camera.

But that turned out to be wrong when i went there. Every one came with a camera, mostly DSLRs. Some had camera with arm length lenses and only thing which i could shout is with my Nokia Lumia 620 😀 . It just looked like i hold a pistol and they all hold a rocket launcher ready in their hand to shout. Happy to meet Dr. Ganesh and Ram Anna of CBC there.

After brief talk on cancer awareness the walk started from British Council Library, then covered whole of Greams Road and ended up in Thousand Light’s mosque. I observed lots of thing on the walk like people, their lifestyle, existence of both extremes, posh buildings on a side and slum on other. I also tried to figure out what other photographers try to click and their perspectives. Its a nice walk and a great experience to me.

I extend the purpose of the walk to my blog, i.e creating awareness about CANCER.

HERE ARE 4 KEY SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR.

  • Any blood, no matter how small, that has no obvious reason to be there.
  • Any lump, again no matter how small, that you cannot explain.
  • Any pain that you cannot find the reason for, and which persists for a long time.
  • Any significant weight loss you do not have reasons for.
  • Any black mole on the skin (new or preexisting) that is enlarging in size.

If you spot any of these above signs, speak to a Doctor right away.

Prevention is better than cure – Ways to reduce chances of getting cancer

Quit Smoking – It is never too late to stop smoking. No matter how long you have been smoking, it pays to quit now. And if you aren’t a smoker, do not start now. No matter how cool you think it is.

Eat Well, Eat Healthy – Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Avoid heavy fat and carbohydrates consumption, always eat whole grains foods and cereals. These foods reduce risk of cancer significantly.

Walk – Walking and gentle exercise will help you control weight, and release good endorphins in your body. This will help cut down cancer causing cells improving your health.

Watch out for the sun – In a city like chennai, it might seem hard. But try and limit your exposure to sun. Use a sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or more.

At last some of the pics which i clicked in my mobile phone during the walk,

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