Cooking Tips

July 31st, 2011 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Shorsho Machh (Fish with mustard paste):Things required

1 Kg. Rahu fish or Katla fish (River fish)

100 gms. Sarso (mustard seed)

1 small piece Ginger

1 small Onion

4 table spoon oil ( if possible mustard oil)

2 green chillies

1 tea spoon Red chilly powder

1 1/2 cup water

A thin bunch of coriander leaves (chopped )

1/2 spoon turmeric powder

Salt for taste, Little lemon juice


Clean pieces of fish with little salt and lemon juice

Put salt, turmeric powder and 1/2 tea spoon red chilly powder on the fish and mix properly, deep fry ( not hard fry ) them softly and keep aside.

Grind mustard seeds in mixer ( I would prefer to grind in the stone for better effect)

Grind the piece of ginger.

Cut the onion into small pieces

Fry the chopped onion and ginger paste. Put two green chillies( cut in the middle) and fry for a while.

As soon as the onion become little brown, put the mustard paste (mix with water)

Then put all the semi fried fish pieces and cook for 10 minutes in simmer( slow flame) ( In the mean time turn the pieces of fish once)

Garnish them with coriander leaves serve with hot Rice.











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Art of Reasoning

July 21st, 2011 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Human beings are the highest creation of God. Human-beings have intelligence, which makes them rational & thinking animal. This rationality depends on thinking and reasoning. Thinking and reasoning go hand in hand for success. The people who have developed these ability are regarded as efficient and respectful in the society.

Those who can think clearly and put efforts on reasoning are considered as successful people. Artists, litterateur, economists, scientists, who have extended their thinking and reasoning, have become powerful, successful and famous beings of the world.

Nowadays people are facing lot of problems due to competition, high price, environmental condition, constrain in food availability etc. There is no ready-made solution for the problem. Reasoning is the only solution for the problem. It is difficult to feed the brain or mind for proper reasoning. Reasoning is the most complex form of adjustment. Well organized mind can easily expose the complexity of reasoning.

According to Maier,” Reasoning is productive thinking in which previous experiences are organized or combined in new ways to solve a problem”.  According to Rudolf Arnheim,”All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention”.
When to Reason
a) Difficult situation: i) Identify the difficult situation ii) Explain the difficult situation iii) Condition of the situation iv) Evaluate the situation. These can be gathered from people’s experiences, T.V., pictures, film etc. After getting the information, it should be evaluated. Then information can be organized and classified. Then it is easy to impart reasoning to the situation and solve the problem easily.


Art of Reasoning


1.Know the Life Problem:
The life problem can be 3E–Education, Economy and Employment
Education: There is difficulty in enrolment in any faculty of choice.
Economy: High fees, High price etc.
Employment: Right job & Right kind of environment.
2. Lack of knowledge:
Family members are ignorant of 3E. They sometimes depend on the environment or today’s trends. They are forced to be with the trend.
3. Discussion:
Parents should take interest in the well-being of the children. They should discuss the interest of the child and then take a decision.
Discussion should take place between loved ones as love can take the thing ahead.
Teachers are the maker of society. They are the back-bone of future generation. They should consider child as individual and treat accordingly.
4. Solve the problem:
After gathering all the above mentioned information, now the time has come to give reasons to your thought. This is the crucial moment of brain and mind. Right reasoning means success ahead. Many a time after discussion and knowledge, we can’t give reasoning to our thought and our success hampered. So reasoning is the Gateway of Success.


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Importance of Bel (Wood Apple)

July 18th, 2011 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Two decades ago my mother-in law planted a Bel tree near our flat. It grew into a big tree full of Bilva patra(Bel leaves) and bears fruits throughout the year. The bel fruitstake almost a year to ripen. It is smooth and light green in colour when tender and turns yellow when ripe. It has a speciality of its own; it drops down automatically when ripe. The fruit is yellow in colour with lots of seed and it is a fibrous fruit. After breaking the outer part of the fruit, pulp can be extracted. Though it is a labourious task to separate seeds from the fruit, yet it is refreshing and used as medicinal drink.The tree is thorny and evergreen. The leaves are trifoliate and very smooth.It is said that Bilvapatra is used for diabetic patients. The juice of the leaves is good for ulcers and intestinal aliments and very soothing for the eyes. The fresh leaves act as a mild laxative in fever. The root is used to cure heart palpitation. The bark of the tree is also used for intestinal aliments. It is said that the bel fruit juice is used in curing diarrhea, dysentery and used as a laxative. The large flowershave sweet fragrance and are greenish in colour.The religious value of bilvapatra is that without these leaves worship of Lord Shiva is incomplete. One offers bel leaf (with three leaves) to Shiva. It should be kept on the Shiva linga with its back facing upwards and stalk pointing towards the worshipper. The intention is to draw the combined energy from these three leaves towards oneself.

There are some mythological stories about Bel tree. Once I asked my mother about the bel tree. I notice one thing that, under the Bel tree there is no leaves left and its surrounding is always clean. My mother replied, that Nandi (The Bull) and Bhiringi(Bhrigu) clean up the place in the morning. The story goes like this way, one day a hunter who was very tired after searching his livelihood and rested below a tree. It became night and he could not proceed towards his house. He climbed on to the tree which was thorny. As he shifted here and there in the branches, the leaves started to fall. There was a Shiva Linga under the tree. The leaves fell one by one on the linga. Without the knowlege of the hunter, it seems he worshipped Lord Shiva with Bel leaves. We all know that Shiva is very kind hearted. He is always satisfied with little thing offered with devotion. Thus the hunter was redeemed by Lord Shiva. Vishnu Puja also cannot be completed without Bilva leaves. There is an auspicious occasion where Shiva (abhishek) puja is completed after offering hundred and eight bilva leaves during Shravan.

We all know that coconut tree is called Kalpavriksha, but in true medicinal sense and spiritual sense it should be the Aegle marmelos (Botanical name) or Bel tree.


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