திங்கள், ஏப்ரல் 09, 2007
What interests "bloggers" !
For the last couple of years, I am touring amidst the thousands, nay, lakhs of, murky and equally silky blogs. The traffic chaos is as incredible as understandable. As a Chennaite, my journey everyday among the blogs resembles an evening, at Pondy Bazaar at T.Nagar,chennai, where one would find almost all vehicles (squeezing through pathway shops of all shades and colour) criscrossing and jamming the mainway with the helpless but untiring Police constables caught in the melee, shouting, whistling and blinking all the time. Today's blogs authored by netizens of all nations, aged anywhere between 7 and 70, are another new wonder of this world. It is literally chaos on one side. But, looking from a more positive angle, the web world or the blog world is just like a star-lit sky of the New Moon day. How many stars of varied luminicence? Likewise, how many thousands of blogs of varied interests! Adhi Sankara in his wisdom wrote " Loko Binna Ruchihi" ( People have different tastes). RUCHI, which means taste in Sanskrit, does not only refer to the taste one feels at the site of one's tongue. Rather it refers to the varied interests of men and women with regard to various things, like clothing, music, shelter, leisure, companionship, business etc, etc., etc., What is the subject which is focussed most by blogs or websites? Google or any other engine would not give a precise answer. It just directs one to 11,26,460,248,947,4982 posts. It appears that the total number of blogs exceed the number of people living under the Sun ! Today, there are so many search engines that one requires one more search engine to enquire as to how many search engines are there. It defies one's imagination as how many blogs would be there or websites would be there to talk about any subject, say, for instance, masala dosa . Talking of Dosa, you have as many varieities, as you can imagine. In case you failed miserably while preparing a particular dosa, never lose heart. Generate a new name and say, that's a new variety, and do remember to add that the product is your COPYRIGHT. Dosas fall into two distinct categories: Mavu (rice flour) Dosa.--- Rava Dosa. Mavu Dosa has again two varieties: Wheat Dosa and Rice Flour Dosa. Rice Flour Dosa is further subdivided into: 1. Plain dosa. (made with plain sunflower oil or gingelly oil) 2. Ghee Dosa.(Ghee Roast and Paper roast are sophisticated variations) 3. Onion Dosa. (podi onion dosa and sliced onion dosa are refined products) 4. Masala Dosa. (with potato curry bulging inside a slim plain ghee dosa) 5. Pesaratt. (karnataka variety)(instead of ulundhu one uses payaru) 6. Pepper Dosa. (the pepper powder is strewn on one side of the dosa) 7. Kal Dosa, where the dosa is cooked within a steaming boiler. 8. Vendhaya Dosa (Fenu greek powdered and strewn on one side of dosa) 9. Garlic dosa with pepper (with supernatural powers of digestion and anti cholesterol effects) 10. Varattu Dosa (prepared with no oil) Wheat Dosas are a different tribe. They cater to the specific needs of diabetic community. Oothappams are distant cousins to dosas. Sometimes, wives prepare them to fool their husbands, when the wet grinded flour sours beyond a level. I shall be writing a separate article on Chaste Oothappam after a while. Coming back to DOSA, we, South Indian Vegetarians, prefer dosa with at least four to five side dishes: They are: coconut Chutney, Onion Chutney, Kothamalle Chutney, Chilli-dhal mix, sambhar, kadappa sambhar, brinjal thokku, vetha kuzhambhu (gravy strong) and karuveppilai poondu inji mix. In traditional hotels, you invariably are served with coconut chutney and sambar, and chilly-dhal mix powder (with a little oil). A few amongst us prefer to take hot dosas with Ghee mixed sugar. When travelling amongst the blogs, I landed on a blog that talked about the secret of preparing a few side dishes. These dishes, if I recollect, my grandma prepared in 1942, with a precision that none now could match it in taste. So, when I found the caution note of the the author that processes were copyright, and none could reproduce them without a specific permission, I wondered whether a day would come when someone would say that "dosa" itself is copyright and one can't prepare any dosa at home without some author's permission. Fearing that such a day may come soon, I ordered my old lady at home to prepare dosa today itself, in such a way, that the new dosa could as well be nick named as: nei rava vengaya special masala dosai. Eat and be merry, because tomorrow, Ye may not have curry. Good Luck.