May 27, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers - 2014

Portfolio allocation  among the following members of the Union Council of Ministers on 27th January 2014 :-

1. Shri Narendra Modi - Prime Minister Personnel


Ministries under PM: Public Grievances and Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space, All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister


1. Shri Raj Nath Singh Home Affairs
2. Smt. Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Overseas Indian Affairs
3. Shri Arun Jaitley Finance Corporate Affairs, Defence
4. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Urban Development Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs

Apr 20, 2014

Compilation of Great Speaches by Formar Prime Minister of India Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

This is effort to compile the great speeches by former Prime Minister of India Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He is considered as one of the greatest orator for his public speeches. Many politicians tried to inherit his skills but failed miserably.

1. Historic interview by Late Lali Vij in 1991.

2. Historic speech of Atal Bihari Vajpayee during election campaigns at Jodhpur, 1991.  

Apr 2, 2014





• 2 cups of rice
• 1/2 cup of water
• 1 cup of grated coconut
• 1/2 tsp of salt
Cooking method:
Step 1: Soak the rice for about 4 to 5 hours, wash and drain the rice and powder it.(Do not powder it too fine).

Step 2 : On low flame dry roast the rice flour until it is evenly heated about 5 minutes. Take care not to brown the flour.
(Step 1 and 2 can be skipped if we want to use ready made roasted rice flour)

Step 3: Mix the rice flour and salt well together. Sprinkle palm full of water evenly on the flour a few times over and over till the flour is moist enough to hold together but still in a powder form.

Step 4: In the puttu maker drop in a spoonful of coconut and then a fistful of rice flour and repeat the layers till top of the puttu maker.
Step 5: Steam it till you see the steam coming out of the top of the puttu maker (about 5 minutes). When done, with the help of a long skewer Push the puttu out on to a plate.

Black chana/ Kadala curry:

• 1 cup black channa/kadala
• 1 cup of grated coconut
• 1 tbsp chilli powder
• 1/4 tsp turmeric
• 2 tbsp coriander
• 10 shallots - thinly sliced
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
• few curry leaves
• Oil as needed.
• Salt as per taste

Cooking method:

Soak black channa over night and cook it in a pressure cooker with turmeric powder, salt and curry leaves with water level just above the channa.

Dry roast coconut, shallots, cumin seeds, fennel seeds.

After about 2 or 3 minutes add coriander powder, turmeric and lastly add chilli powder. Continue for a minute or 2.

Grind the above with very little water

Add the ground mixture to the cooked chana and cook it for some time till masala is well blended with chana. While cooking add a couple of whole cardamom to give it a little flavor. Add more water if you need or cook for longer time if there is too much water

Seasoning: Heat the oil in a pan and when it's hot, add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the shallots and curry leaves. Roast until the shallots are golden brown. Then bring the cooked chana into the pan and the kadala curry is ready to go with puttu.

Jan 25, 2014

Toll Free Phone Numbers in India



Airlines  - Toll Free Number - India

Indian Airlines - 1800 180 1407
Jet Airways - 1800 225 522
Spice Jet - 1800 180 3333
Air India - 1800 227 722
Kingfisher -1800 180 0101

Banks - Toll Free Number - India

ABN AMRO - 1800 112 224
Canara Bank - 1800 446 000
Citibank - 1800 442 265
Corporation Bank - 1800 443 555
Development Credit Bank - 1800 225 769
HDFC Bank - 1800 227 227
ICICI Bank - 1800 333 499
ICICI Bank NRI -1800 224 848