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Andy James Guitar Solo Contest – Akshay Chowdhry


Hi everyone. My name is Akshay Chowdhry and i’m from New Delhi, India.

I sing and play guitar in the band ‘Barefaced Liar’.

This is my entry for the Andy James guitar solo contest.

Gear- I’m using a Fender Strat and a Line 6 Toneport UX 2 Using Mixpad software.No post effects during mixdown.

Please rate and leave your comments….

April 30, 2010 Posted by | My Friends | , , | Leave a comment

Off the Shelf: One-Pot F l a v o r



I was recently considering food topics to write about and my cooking classat the adult school came to mind.

We had cooked a spinach and chicken rice. The next day, a student e-mailed me and suggested I add a one-pot-meal search category on my blog.

Why hadn’t I thought of that? Especially because every time I come up with a well-balanced meal that can be cooked in one pot and is both adult and kid-friendly, I feel triumphant.

So now my blog has a one-pot-meal category.

Here are some of my favorites, beginning with a chicken, sausage and shrimp paella.

I made this for a dinner date we had with my daughter’s friend and her family — a perfect dish that I could prepare in advance, then step away from the kitchen to socialize with our company.

A make-ahead dish for entertaining.

The ingredients I used are pretty standard for a paella, but I went lighter on the spice. For instance, I used chicken sausage instead of the spicy chorizo (which I love but didn’t think the kids would appreciate), as well as chicken thighs and jumbo shrimp.

For veggies, I used red peppers and peas. And to make the dish rich and creamy, I turned to Arborio rice, which I amped up with wine and saffron.

This is a dish for entertaining. It has all the Spanish flavors of an authentic paella, but it is toned down to please those who are not too fond of spicy food.

One of my all-time favorite pasta dishes is broccoli rabe cooked with sausage.

This one-pot dish has it all — meat, vegetables and pasta. Once again, I use chicken sausages (I always have chicken sausage in my fridge), leafy green broccoli rabe, whole-grain pasta and pine nuts.

Only one pot was used to make this broccoli-rabe sausage pasta.

The sauce comes from the water the pasta was cooked in — the starch in it thickens the pasta. Lots of basil, lemon zest and a bit of Pecorino Romano cheese give it a flavor boost.

And last but not least is a dish combined with one my grandmother used to make. She would cook rice and peas in a mixture of cilantro, green onions, regular onion and garlic — which I lovingly call “green rice.”

The vegetables were processed into a thick sauce, sautéed with cumin seeds, and then she would add the rice and peas.

I use this green rice with spinach and chicken. I sauté chicken thighs in a pan with the mixture of spinach, cilantro, green onions and garlic.

The sauce had all the flavor of my grandmother’s, as well as extra nutrients from the spinach. I sautéed the mixture with cumin seeds, and added the rice and cooked it with chicken broth.

I often use chicken broth to cook rice, couscous or any grain for great flavor without much work. I finished the rice dish with a generous sprinkling of golden raisins for a burst of sweetness amidst the savory, earthy spinach rice.

Add yogurt to the rice and you have all the makings for a superb meal.

I would love to hear about any one-pot meals you have in your repertoire. Write them in the comments below.


Chicken Pulao with Spinach and Cilantro1 pound skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cilantro, chopped roughly
½ cup frozen spinach
4 green onions, chopped roughly
3 garlic cloves
1 shallot, chopped roughly
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup basmati rice (any other long grain rice will do)
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup golden raisins (optional)

In a heavy wide pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle one teaspoon salt on the chicken thighs and place them in the pot. Brown each side for about 3 minutes on high heat. Take out and keep aside. In the meantime, blend cilantro, spinach, green onions, garlic, shallot, olive oil and water into a smooth paste. Add the green paste into the hot pan with the cumin seeds. Saute this mixture on medium high heat for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly (careful not to burn). Add the chicken pieces and broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Add the rice and salt. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to medium. Once wholes appear on the top, lower the heat and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes till rice is done. Add the raisins on top and cover for another 5 minutes with the heat off.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | My Family | , , | Leave a comment

Quote of the Day


“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”                                                   ~ Abdul Kalam (President of India, b.1931)

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Quote of the Day | | Leave a comment

West Indies World Cup T20 2010 Schedule Indian Time Table (IST)


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West Indies T20 LogoIndia was first winner of T-20 World cup, but in second T-20 world cup he at list on enter in semi final because of over confidence, let’s forget all ICC announced the schedule of T20 World Cup 2010schedule which will be held inWest Indies in April-May, 2010.

Group A:
Pakistan, Bangladesh & Australia

Group B:
Srilanka, New Zealand & Zimbabwe

Group C:
India, South Africa & Qualifier

Group D:
West Indies, England and Qualifier

Date Match Details Time Venue
GMT IST Ground City
Apr 30 – Fri Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1stMatch, Group B 17:00 22:30 ProvidenceStadium Providence, Guyana
Apr 30 – Fri West Indies v Ireland, 2nd Match, Group D 21:00 02:30
(next day)
ProvidenceStadium Providence, Guyana
May 01 – Sat India v Afghanistan, 3rd Match, Group C 13:30 19:00 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 01 – Sat Pakistan v Bangladesh, 4th Match,Group A 17:30 23:00 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 02 – Sun South Africa v India, 5th Match, Group C 13:30 19:00 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 02 – Sun Pakistan v Australia, 6th Match,Group A 17:30 23:00 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 03 – Mon Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 7th Match, Group B 13:30 19:00 ProvidenceStadium Providence, Guyana
May 03 – Mon West Indies v England, 8th Match, Group D 17:30 23:00 ProvidenceStadium Providence, Guyana
May 04 – Tue New Zealand v Zimbabwe, 9thMatch, Group B 13:30 19:00 ProvidenceStadium Providence, Guyana
May 04 – Tue England v Ireland, 10th Match, Group D 17:30 23:00 ProvidenceStadium Providence, Guyana
May 05 – Wed Bangladesh v Australia, 11thMatch, Group A 13:30 19:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 05 – Wed South Africa v Afghanistan, 12thMatch, Group C 17:30 23:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 06 – Thu A1 v D2, 13th Match 13:30 19:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 06 – Thu C1 v B2, 14th Match 17:30 23:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 07 – Fri A2 v C2, 15th Match 13:30 19:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 07 – Fri B1 v D1, 16th Match 17:30 23:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 08 – Sat C1 v D2, 17th Match 13:30 19:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 08 – Sat A1 v B2, 18th Match 17:30 23:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 09 – Sun C2 v D1, 19th Match 13:30 19:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 09 – Sun B1 v A2, 20th Match 17:30 23:00 Kensington Oval Bridgetown, Barbados
May 10 – Mon B2 v D2, 21st Match 13:30 19:00 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 10 – Mon A1 v C1, 22nd Match 17:17 22:47 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 11 – Tue B1 v C2, 23rd Match 17:00 22:30 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 11 – Tue D1 v A2, 24th Match 21:00 02:30
(next day)
BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 13 – Thu 1st Semi-Final 15:30 21:00 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 14 – Fri 2nd Semi-Final 15:30 21:00 BeausejourCricket Ground Gros Islet, St Lucia
May 16 – Sun Final 15:00 20:30 Kensington Oval

Bridgetown, Barbados

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | My Cricket | , | Leave a comment

Canon Busts Out Jackie Chan Edition DSLR for the Chinese Market


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Okay, so Polaroid partnered with Lady Gaga, and Sony has teamed up with Taylor Swift.

How about Canon? Well, they’ve just gone a step further by releasing a Jackie Chan-branded version of the Canon Rebel TSi (AKA 550D).

The “EOS 550D Jackie Chan Eye of Dragon” special edition kit comes with an EF-S 18-135mm lens, camera case, strap, and special photo album. Everything except the lens is branded with Jackie’s logo. Only 2010 of these kits will be made, and each costs a whopping ¥10,000, or roughly $1465.

Any guesses as to which random celebrity Nikon is planning to team with up?

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | My Intrests | , | 1 Comment

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April 27, 2010 Posted by | My Friends | | Leave a comment

Panasonic Announces 3D TV Pricing


Panasonic’s line of 3D TVs now have prices. The sets are due out in May are predicted to cost between $2,599 and $4,299.

Ever since the movie Avatar went from being merely successful to being wildly successful, manufacturers that have long since had 3D technology at their disposal, have been pushing the introduction of 3D TVs with vigor. And the public seems ready and willing to give it a try. Recently, we have seen new models, new technologies and even heard promises of 3D channels being offered with digital cable packages. The technology is ready, and it is prepared to blow you away. For a price.

Panasonic has released the first batch of prices for its line of Viera 3D TVs due out this summer:

The 50-inch model will cost $2,599.95, 54-inches will run you $2,999.95, a 58-inch set is listed at $3,399.95, and the 65-inch set will cost $4299.95. The 50 and 54-inch models will ship in May, while the 58 and 65-inch are due in June.

All units will also feature top of the line 1080p HD. Each unit will ship with one set of the “3D active shutter eyewear”, but additional sets will run $149.95 each.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | My Gadgets | , , | Leave a comment

Apple’s iPhone 4G: What We Know about the “iPhone HD”


Wondering what’s in store for Apple’s next-generation iPhone, the 4G? We round up all the latest rumors and speculation on the alleged “iPhone HD.”

Steve Jobs just can’t seem to catch a day of rest. With the allegedly world-changing Apple iPad now less than a week out from launch, Apple astrologers with eyes gazing skyward have allegedly caught focus of Apple’s next world-changing product launch: The iPhone 4G. Though still hazy, details that make a startling amount of sense have started to pile up. Have these Internet street preachers really foretold the fourth coming of the Jesus Phone?

We’ll likely find out in sixth months. But in the meantime, here’s the word on the street.

All hail the “iPhone HD”

Engadget apparently has it on good authority that the device we have so longed referred to as the “iPhone 4G” will actually be the “iPhone HD.” As far as naming conventions go, this would actually make a lot of sense and eliminate confusion.

Why? Although “iPhone 4G” would suggest that it’s the fourth generation of the phone, some could also take it to mean it supports 4G wireless Internet, which may or may not be the case. Apple used “iPhone 3G” for its second-generation product, so clearly the convention has more to do with Internet access than generations.

Even if it does support 4G, dropping the sequential numbers in and starting fresh with “iPhone HD” could also help Apple shake the perception that each new iPhone is merely a refresh of the last. And if rumors hold true, it will be far from that.

Speedy A4 processor

The Wall Street Journal hinted at the new iPhone’s “faster processor” in the article that got the ball rolling, but Daring Fireballs’ John Gruber later dropped more details inhis own snide commentary. According to Gruber, the chip powering the iPhone HD will share its bloodline with the A4 system-on-a-chip that powers the iPad.

Considering Apple developed this chip itself (basing it heavily on ARM’s Cortex A9 design), we wouldn’t be surprised to see the fruits of its labor appear in more than one mobile device. The 1GHz processor and onboard graphics should offer a considerable boost in horsepower from the 600MHz Cortex A8 processor currently driving the iPhone 3G S.

960 x 640 Display

Handsets like the Motorola Droid and HTC HD2 have dwarfed the iPhone’s 320-by-480-pixel screen for months now, so Apple will clearly need to take a step forward with the next iteration. John Gruber claims it will take one big step on each axis, essentially quadrupling the number of pixels to 960-by-640.

More pixels always make an intuitive leap for a next-gen phone, but the specific 2x factor here could be strategic as well. By keeping the same proportions as past iPhones, Apple eases compatibility issues between generations: Just turn one pixel on any current iPhone app into four pixels and you have a version that should look identical, without any crazy scaling.

Multi-tasking

You read right, the next-generation iPhone should correct the number one criticism about the phone that even the iPad has not. It will run more than one app at the same time.

This one’s a simple matter of connecting the dots: Apple traditionally ties every iPhone OS update to the launch of a new device, so a fourth-generation iPhone is almost synonymous with iPhone OS 4.0.AppleInsider reports that “people with a proven track record in predicting Apple’s technological advances” have confirmed that iPhone OS 4.0 will support multi-tasking, and Mr. Gruber concurs.

Available on Verizon, Maybe

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on a CDMA version of the iPhone that should go into production this September. Unfortunately, we still have no idea whether this and the “upgraded iPhone” are the same device. It could be that Apple will announce the slick new iPhone HD for AT&T this summer, then drop a CDMA iPhone 3G S on Verizon this fall. Because Verizon plans to roll out the first pieces of its 4G LTE network by the end of 2010 and AT&T has been lollygagging behind on 4G, the tables could also turn the other way. Apple could release a mild refresh of the iPhone for AT&T this summer, and offer Verizon a supped-up new 4G version later on.

Front-facing camera

Great, another camera. This little tidbit from John Gruber may sound fairly pedestrian, but it’s really implying a much bigger feature: video conferencing. A front-facing camera will allow you to view the screen at the same time you shoot yourself with it, not only opening boundless opportunities for MySpace photos, but for Skype-style video conferencing on the go.

If you want to take the next logical implied step in sleuthing, a front-facing camera is also a checkmark in support of 4G, since the intense bandwidth used by two-way video communication probably wouldn’t fly too well over typical 3G connections.

Announcement coming June 22, Launch this Summer

When will we actually hear the real deal on this thing? Tuesday, June 22, if any anonymous Engadget tipster can be believed.

Students of history won’t find much to balk about with the general timeframe here. Apple has announced a new iPhone every summer since the first generation back in 2007, and we have no reason to suspect it has gone and changed its act for 2010. However, both the iPhone 3G and 3G S were announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, which sources suggest Apple has booked for June 28 through July 2 this year.

April 27, 2010 Posted by | My Gadgets | , , , | Leave a comment

Cartoon of the Day


April 26, 2010 Posted by | Cartoon of the Day | | Leave a comment

My Trip to Bhangarh in Rajasthan which is the most haunted Place in India


In the first half of the 17th century, Madho Singh of Amber built his capital here with the sanction of an ascetic Baba Balanath, who meditated there, but not without his dire prescription: “Look my dear chap! The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, you are undone. The city shall be no more!” In ignorance, Ajab Singh, one of the later descendants in the dynasty, raised the palace to such a height that the shadow reached the forbidden place. Hence the devastation.

A second legend tells of a tantric battle waged between the lovely queen Ratnavali and that wicked sorcerer Singha Sevra, whose chhatri can be seen on the top of the hill. Desperately, he tried to trap her in his magical web, and failed every time, as the queen herself was a past-mistress in the tantric art.

The last battle took place on the day when the queen losing eventually her temper, transformed a glass bottle containing the massaging oil into a big rock and flung it towards the hill-top, where sat the devil. In vain he tried to stall this glass missile. It was too late. Sensing his imminent death, concentrating all his powers, he spat his dying curse: “I die! But thou too, thou Ratnavali shall not live here anymore. Neither thou, nor thine kin, nor these walls of the city. None shall see the morning sun!” I suspect, it was after all, the demon who had the last laugh! The night was spent in hastily trying to transfer the palace treasures to the new site of Ajabgarh. In the morning came the tempest levelling everything to the ground.

Thats Bhangarh in Rajasthan which is the most haunted Place in India as per Archeological Survey Of India. “STAYING HERE AFTER SUNSET IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED” is written on the board at city entrance…………

April 26, 2010 Posted by | My Friends, My Trips/Bag-Packing | , , , | 3 Comments