My hummus does not taste like hummus 🙁

Had a craving for tandoori chicken tikka with hummus. Googled the best hummus recipe and tried making hummus at home but somehow it just doesn’t taste like Dubai hummus. There is still something missing. Or maybe I’v just had the best hummus there, nothing can match that taste. And surely not my first-time experiment. I miss Dubai’s awesome food. sigh

Time for the tikkas now. Na I think tikkas will turn out good. Its tried and tested.

Bon Appetit to us!


Its Eid again…Eid Mubarak everyone!! 😀

Yet another celebration away from home…these are the days when you miss your family back home. Eid back in Dubai, in a Muslim country has its own charm. I still remember my last Eid there, going for the Eid prayers, meeting and greeting everyone. Coming home and preparing a lavish lunch, calling family and friends. Literally the whole country is closed. The roads are lit, the country is awake the whole night, people shopping and the whole country celebrating with you.

Its different in a western country. In many ways. But Murtaza and I have gone over this so many times in the past 2 days, I don’t want to write about it and think about the cons again. So staying in the spirit of Eid and celebrations, we did have our fun in our own way. Actually it was a good day. We had one-dish party for lunch and ate till we cried (my biryani turned out to be a bit spicy). And oh yes, I made the traditional sweet, maleedo all by myself for the very first time!! I am so proud of myself. It turned out to be a lil extra sweet, but my family is known for its very sweet tooth. We played our regular Indian game Dadu; girls vs guys which always ends up with the guys being beaten up (physically and mentally) by us girls, regardless of who wins! A quiet and relaxing dinner ended our 2nd Eid away from family.

It back to the usual weekday grind from tomorrow. Murtaza is off and its time for me to hit the bed too. For all you who have just started their day, enjoy your Eid. And for the rest, hope you had a memorable one. 🙂

I was talking to my colleague yesterday about Dec plans when I told her its my first wedding anniversary in Dec. She’s a lil elderly so she got pretty excited and started telling me about her days and anniv gifts.She said something very interesting about anniversaries, which got me very excited. So in the evening very enthusiastically I started this conversation with Murtaza, but in return I got ‘oh shit ya its our 1st anniversary this year!?!‘….pretty please tell me this is every household’s story..!!  sigh !

SO anyways coming back to the main topic..the interesting thing about anniversaries..did you know every anniv has a traditional and modern gift?? Like the first wedding anniversary’s traditional gift is paper and modern is clock. So that would be anything made of paper like handmade cards, posters etc. Pretty cool ya. So I goggled it up and apparently there is a traditional and modern gift/way of celebrating every wedding anniversary from the 1st to the 100th. And this dates back to the Middle Ages.

1st Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Paper
Modern Gifts: Clocks

2nd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Cotton
Modern Gifts: China

3rd Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Leather
Modern Gifts: Crystal

4th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Fruit or Flowers
Modern Gifts: Appliances

5th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Wood
Modern Gifts: Silverware

10th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Tin or Aluminum
Modern Gifts:Diamond Jewelry (waiting for this!!)

15th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Crystal
Modern Gifts: Watches

25th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Silver
Modern Gifts: Silver

30th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Pearl
Modern Gifts: Diamond (yaay 1 more diamond set!)

50th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Gold
Modern Gifts: Gold

75th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts: Diamonds, Diamond Like Stones, Gold
Modern Gifts: Diamond, Gold (this is the best year!!)

100th Wedding Anniversary
Traditional Gifts:
Modern Gifts: 10K Diamond

I am already dreaming about my diamonds..!!

NOW coming back to the present, so I have a few ideas for paper gifts, but need some more different ones. What u think guys??

Wading through the river of tweets in the wake of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’s death. It has become the trending topic of all the trending topics on Twitter.

He was the most innovative entrepreneur of our generation (@SteveCase). Not many people have a vision, and then execute it so thoroughly. A role model for control freaks everywhere (@anamariecox). For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor (@billgates). Jobs’s legacy winks light from every shiny wonder he put in our eager hands (@carr2n).

Steve Jobs was a genius who will be remembered with Edison and Einstein. His ideas will shape the world for generations (@mikebloomberg). Writing our obituary for Steve (which I had not done before, because it seemed ghoulish). My fingers are still unwilling to write it (@jason_pontin).”There may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented” [President Barack Obama eulogized]  (@pfeiffer44).

I’ve never been this sad about the passing of someone I didn’t know (@glennf). I feel bad I never wrote him a letter, even if he never saw it, telling him how immeasurably my life was changed by his genius (@rosannecash). I was never an Apple fanboy but I will always be a Steve Jobs fanboy (@weldpond). Once in a rare while, somebody comes along who doesn’t just raise the bar, they create an entirely new standard of measurement (@candylion5).

Apple campus flags at half-staff (@mental_floss). It’s really kind of touching to see virtually every tweet and post be about Steve Jobs. True influence isn’t measured in Twitter followers (@augieray). Apple changed my life. Over and over again (@poetabook). Honor Steve Jobs by building things which matter & lead from your heart (@hunterwalk). The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do (@jackiyo).

Fuck cancer. Seriously (@kul).


And then there are the caricatures of Steve Jobs. Here are some of them that may have impressed Jobs himself with their innovation and subtle humor.