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A recipe for Chocolate Fudge Cake as found in a cake recipe book.


325 gms plain chocolate cake covering
275 gms white butter
175 gms caster sugar
4 eggs, beaten (optional)
175 gms self raising flour
50 gms ground rice
10 ml / 2 tsp vanilla essence
50 gms flaked almonds
100 gms icing sugar
10-15 ml coffee essence
toasted almonds, half dipped in melted chocolate, to decorate


Line a 9 inch round cake tin with buttered greaseproof paper.
Warm half the cake covering in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Whisk 225 gms butter and caster sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in eggs, keeping the mixture stiff.
Slowly beat in the flour with ground rice, vanilla essence and flaked almonds and the cool, (but still liquid) chocolate cake covering.
Turn the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake in oven at 180°C / 350°F, mark 4 for 11/2 hours. Cool in the tin for 30 mins before turning out.
Melt the remaining chocolate cake covering and coat the top and sides of the cake.
Whisk the remaining butter in a bowl, beat in sifted icing sugar and coffee essence.
Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle and pipe around the cake top (You can pipe design as per your choice). Decorate with toasted almonds.

Now that Mumbai rains have ultimately arrived, the question arises are we prepared for the rains. Sad but true, is the fact that we have not learned from our past experiences and we are hopelessly unprepared for the rains. This year too the Mumbai MET dept has predicted the highest tide(around 5 metres) seen in Mumbai in 100years on July 24th 2009, which the BMC has confirmed that they are not prepared to handle when combined with the rainfall more than 25mm per hour. If this does happen the consequences would be disastrous, with heavy flooding – infact worse than the 26th July 2005 scene. People have been advised to stay in doors on the awaited day. There is no guarantee that the weather will worsen, but still it does sound like a better idea to stay indoors rather than be marooned somewhere during the weekend !!

Many of you must be wondering where I had disappeared.  I am back now with a more serious topic.

I am not sure why people are so fond of consuming tobacco in any form – be it pan, bidis, cigrattes, hukkas.

There was a time when one travels in public transport you find people smoking – though drinking was moslty undertaken in the closed confines of the house. There used to be signs “Smoking Prohibited”, but it ent unmonitored. Now the scenario is changing and smoking is being monitored. Smokers are heavily punished, if found, but in most cases the fine amount fills the pcoket of law-protector.

But still people who smoke or drink for that matter dont worry about the consequences. They are so much addicited to the habit, they have no rational thinking left and neither do tehy think about the effects it has on their near and dear ones.  People are aware of the perils fo smoking / drinking but still they persist.

Infact now-a-days, the younger generation have coined a new terminology – they dont smoke or drink regularly – only occasionally. So smoking / drinking say once/twice a week/fortnight (on a regular basis) is occasional??

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India is land of diverse interests – be it religons, landscapes, climate. A person coming to India amy find the climate conditions quite extreme with temperatures rising to 50 deg and also as low as minus 50 deg (siachen glacier – highest battle ground)

So one wonders when would be the best time to visit India. Normally it depends on the places one wishes to visit, cos the north and the east are quite chilly during winter, but still ideally the best time would be October-Novemeber, so one can avoid the scorching heat whcih reaches to upto 50 deg in many places.. Among the places to visit, zone wise down – westernzone,  Goa is best known for its sandy beaches. Rajasthan has the royal background with amny of its palaces converted to hotels, one can definitely feel the era of Kings/Queens. A visit to Rajasthan is incomplete without the luxury train ride – Palace on Wheels. Moving down south, the backwaters of Kerala are quite famous, where one can relax with any of the popular ayurvedic and healing body massages.  East India is well known for its beauty and the tea gardens. Last but not the least North has the Himalayas, Kashmir, Manali, Shimla, lots of places to visit.

A suggestion to all desiring to visit India, pleas ensure you have sufficient time to explore. A months time would be ideal, though still not suffice. Instead of cluttering multiple things in one visit, its always better to cover India on a zonal basis.

Few sites to help plan your India visit

Very recently  I heard on one of the news channel(Bloomberg news) that US recession is coming to end, infact its actually ended.

But is it really so or this is just another specualtion by economists who say different things. And in all the where does India stand. Unlike the developed countries like UK and US, India does not seem to be much affected by the recession, except for a few companies. Infact till September-October India did look very much unaffected. But it now it does look like its starting to feel effects of the global slowdown. Exports have decreased, and the growing rate of rupee was a cause concern for exporters. Industries like textiles, IT, Jwellery seem to be most affected. But still in all this mayhem, there is a definitely a positive side also. The current scenario gives the government to have increased rate cuts due to lowering of inflation. Food and FMCG commodities prices will be reduced. Since India being an agricultral country, good monsoon in 2009 will boot agricultral production.

Though India will definitely be affected by the downturn, the effects wont be as bad as other countries and the recovery time will also be less.

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