ASEAN agreement .. what happens now ?

If you are an Indian, you might have heard that few months back our government signed an agreement with ASEAN nations permitting them to export their goods to India. This was done to be part of the ongoing globalization.
Have you given a thought on what all ways would it affect the common-man? The farmers of our country?
Our beautiful state Kerala, is going to see the worst effects of it, since a number of products produced in Kerala feature on the list of the ASEAN agreement - these items include pepper, rubber and coffee.
Will the farmers who already face hardships, be able to withstand the competition from ASEAN countries?

The CPIM had launched a protest against this agreement.
They organized a state-wide human chain on Oct 2nd. Needless to say, it was a huge success. Despite the rain, almost 30 lakh common people participated along with leaders including our CM and CPIM party general secretary.
Myself and dad also formed links of the chain & together We all took oath against the agreement and to protect our farmers. The main slogan was ‘ASEAN trade agreement to be dumped in Arabian Sea’.

But, then is anybody bothering to follow up on the same?

Well .. after that, one day, I read in news paper that central government have agreed to provide compensation to all farmers , for any loss incurred due to the agreement.
With the current state of affairs, would the needy people receive the well deserved reimbursement?
Would the central or state government including the leaders of the human chain take any measures to ensure it ?
Does the public who affirmed the protest be sincere to the pledge we have taken?

Finally, after all the hype and publicity, what does the poor farmer gain?
Let us see wait and watch the effects of the treaty which will be effective from Jan 2010!!


To be or not to be !!

To be or not to be in love is the very thought which complicates the human mind.Here , by love, I mean love not only between a man and woman, but also between siblings, parent & child, friends etcetera ..
To be in love .. I mean truly in love with a person, naturally brings some expectations.And believe me when I say this, in most circumstances, a person without expectations is much happier and peaceful than a person with them.
For eg: when I am sick, I will expect a person who truly loves and cares for me and whom I too love and look forward to be with,to call me or pay me a visit or assure me. It doesn't physically help much in the recovery.But, then it makes some good sort of ruffling inside, which makes us feel better.Well ... these are things everybody knows. But, then I cant still decide to be or not to be in love.I have been in and out of love ..
case 1 : When I am a simple stupid person believing in the small and big things in life and have a lot of expectations from self and from others, the sadness is too hard to bear and the happiness (which comes after a lot of pain) just gets better of all other feelings I have felt till then.
case 2 : When I am a level headed independent person with no expectations, I cant truly feel the love or happiness. But there is the advantage that no one can make me sad too.I am the master of the feelings where I can chose whom to let me feel what, and upto what extend !!!But then, thats not natural rite ? Its like deciding out of free will.So, why the heck be in love and feel all the complications around ?
And, to chose to be case 1 or case 2 is totally upto a person and it is not uncontrollable. All habits, traits and behaviours can be altered by human mind.
Is the momentary feel of pure happiness worth the loads of pain and sometimes humiliation that it brings along ?
I wonder who are the turly successful people in this world-
The ones who are innocent enough to feel the true love ??
Or the ones who have mastered the emotions and their mind ??
Should the case 1 & case 2 be addressed as 'sincere' & 'fake' ?
And, surprisingly I am a person who was in Case 1, and somehow travelled and reached case 2 , where the intensity of emotions are near zero, then coming back again to case 1.But, as I am nearing the case 1 state where I feel myself more sincere and committed to the relations around me, I have started feeling the pain.Is it really worth it ??? If I chose case 2, will I miss out what is called 'life' ? Or does 'life' means enlightment that case 2 is the way to see and master our world ?
OR are the real winners, the persons who know the perfect position to take between case 1 & 2 ??
PS : Yet another blabber of a sleepless mind !


Happy Diwali ...

Wish you all a very happy diwali. As usual, my day began little late.
I lost my interest in fire-crackers long back. Brings back a bit of distateful memories ....
So, no fire-works from me on Diwali-day. But then, very surprisingly I decided to make some sweets !! Well.. believe me! I made halwa .. :-) My dad was also surprised by such a move from my side. Hi hi.
And here is the proof. I ddnt have a square plate to spread it.. Thats y in such a shape ;)

Sharing the Wheat Halwa recipe which I got from my colleague Dhanya
Whole wheat (wheat grains) – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cups (You can increase to suit your taste)
Cardamom – 4 nos
Ghee – 4 tablespoons (You can increase if you like)
Saffron colour – 1 pinch
For garnishing – 1/2 cup chopped dry fruits like cashew, badam and pista lightly fried in 2 teaspoon gheeMethod
1. Wash and soak the wheat for 12 hours.
2. Grind in a mixie adding 1 cup water. Strain through a seive to get a thick milk. Grind again adding 1 more cup of water and strain again. You will be left out with only the husk in the seive. Add enough water to squeeze out all the milk.
3. Pour the milk in to a thick bottomed pan, add sugar and cook on a low flame. Keep stirring continously.
4. Add the ghee when the halwa starts thickenng. Add the cardamom powder and the saffron colour. Mix well.
5. Cook till you can roll the halwa into a ball with your fingers.
6. Add chopped dryfruits sauted in ghee. Spread on a greased plate. allow to cool and cut into desired shape.
TipsIf you want a thick halwa like what we get in sweet shops, add 2 cups sugar in place of 1 and 1/2 cups.
You can add 2 cups chopped dry fruits to get the dryfruit halwa we get in sweet shops.