Food for the mind and the body: Project 365/6 [Jan. 16, 2012]

Food for thought: Fancy jobs and fashion parades 

Banking, Marketing and Automobile sectors continue to fascinate and attract those graduating from India’s premier management schools. In the top ten sector preferences listed by about 500 students graduating this year, none has marked education or health or non-governmental sector as options they would prefer to work in/ for. Besides, a majority would prefer to work in ‘developed’ economies. USA and Britain continue to dominate the imaginations of these youngsters despite the downturn.  Is the challenge of using knowledge for making a better world for more numbers less exciting than making a better world for oneself?

Elsewhere in India, cattle decorated in beads and balloons, garlands and silken shawls, bells and anklets, ribbons and gaily coloured glitter walked the ramp in a first-of-its-kind fashion show for cows. The owners walked away with the prizes, of course!!

Food for the palate: Tomato chutney

Grind to a paste about 8 medium sized tomatoes with a small marble sized piece of tamarind and an ounce of water. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan, splutter mustard, add a pinch of asafoetida,  and the ground paste. Stir in 2 teaspoons  of red chilli powder, ½ a teaspoon turmeric powder, a piece of jaggery about the size of a grape, salt to taste. Let simmer over a medium flame, with periodic stirring, till the paste leaves the sides of the pan.  Chutney can be eaten with rice, spread on bread toast, with roti, dosa or used as a pickle with any dish. Can be stored in refrigerator for even a month.

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