The Magic Potion Advert

Thanksgiving Treats Yo…

Whale and Hot Dog are taking a break from all of the Thanksgiving dinner preparation today and watching television. Their favourite adverts are playing, while they both rest their feet on the coffee-table.
Whale: Look, it’s that strange advert again, I have been telling you about…it mentions surprising “national sentiment against the #amazing Aung San Suu Yii”…
Advert: Hi there! Have you ever been in love? If you have then why don’t you try our ‘Magic Potion’ drink? It is sure to be the perfect drink companion to your date at a restaurant, as you catch up on each other and talk about what is happening in Burma and how much you wish you had less to frown about it? As you get dressed in a crisp, white shirt and she dresses in a white dress, with a daffodil stuck to it, as a corsage, remember with ‘Magic Potion’ how much you love to be with each other, so much school activities take a backseat, so much your latest paper on geography, what you adore, is the easiest thing you have done since each other, this weekend! Do buy Magic Potion – it will ensure the two of you never, ever break up!

Toasted Butter On Mashed Potatoes

Butter on Potatoes!

Whale and Hot Dog are busy with the Thanksgiving dinner still. They have finished making the lemonade, with a little measurement help from Whale and are now concentrating on the mashed potato.
Whale: There is no way this dish of mashed potatoes is going to need more than three teaspoons of butter!
Hot Dog: I want to add more! Is it unsalted?
Whale: Yes, it is! But more would make it too buttery?
Hot Dog: So, what if it has too much butter? Jack’s has twelve teaspoons – he just IM’ed me!
Whale: What’s “IM’ed” me? And are you sure that’s the correct amount?
Hot Dog: Yup! IM’ed = Instant Messaged me! I was playing with Fang and Paws when he told me that he might end up in the trash can again if he doesn’t make that sixteen spoons!
Whale:…But what about the potato? They sound like they hate theirs! You don’t want to taste yours?
Hot Dog: I do! But I want mine to have more butter!
Whale: (hushed voice) I can toast the butter and fry the onions in them, and Dog will never know…

Thanksgiving Lemonade

Lemonade in Autumn!

Whale is busy preparing for Thanksgiving. He has roasted the turkey and now wants to make the potatoes and he loves his mashed, with butter and olive oil.
Whale: I love how the turkey is nicely roasted with the basting still keeping the dish red enough!
Hot Dog: Want me to help out?
Whale: Yes! Why don’t you make some lemonade for us?
Hot Dog: In the winter?
Whale: Why you cannot have lemonade in the winter?
Hot Dog: No, you can but it is typically associated with summer!
Whale: I think lemonade would be good as an appetizer drink! Let me get your apron…
Hot Dog: I don’t need it…
Whale: But I already got it and look it has a cupcake saying “Yo”!
Hot Dog: Don’t do that!

Pyramids & Street Culture

Around The Globe On A Festive Sleigh…

Whale and Hot Dog are gossiping about exotic countries today, whilst reading Shakespeare.
Whale:…and that is why Juliet was a maiden so pure of heart and words, Romeo forgot all about Rosaline!
Hot Dog: Mmmm…which would you say is your favourite exotic country? Point at our globe and say! I’ll spin it first for you! I like doing that sometimes!
The globe is spinning…
Whale: I like India.
Hot Dog: My favourite is Egypt!
Whale: Really? Why?
Hot Dog: They have pyramids, which I find very fascinating!
Whale: Aren’t you a little Howard Carter?
Hot Dog: I also love stories about the Nile and Pharaohs! What do you like about India?
Whale: I like the food, their love for colour and the culture!
Hot Dog: You mean the street culture?
Whale: Yeah! I also wanted to see it improve because it’s a helpless state!
Hot Dog: Yeah! We should really thank the bureaucracy present in the Indian subcontinent for doing that to a former British colony!
Whale: I think that they have only been interested in looting India because they feel that they are not worth a peaceful life!…the tragedy was just how Romeo felt because of Romeo’s estranged separation from Juliet!

Healthy Eating 101

The most difficult thing about eating healthy is the kind of dishes that you have to pick from. How do you know if the right dishes are going to be the real tasty ones or do you have to compromise again and suck a lemon, dive into a bowl of skimpy salad or drink a lot of apple juice?

Southwestern Black Bean Soup with Crunchy Tortilla Topping

This dish is vegetarian, so there’s no headache of calories but because of the spicy nature from the chiptole chilli, there’s Greek yoghurt thrown in for a cooling effect.

Adobo Chicken Fried Rice

Grilled rice as fried rice is served chilled, with spicy-sweet chicken, green onion rice. How exotic!

Seafood Risotto

Rich and creamy risotto is delicious and healthy. Serve it with salad and bread.

Pan-Seared Scallops on Linguine

Creamy and tangy, this is a dish of fish that sports a silky-smooth glow, which is just so perfect tasting with bread.

Chicken with Prosciutto and Tomatoes Over Polenta

This is a dish of breaded chicken thighs seasoned with sage and white wine, a tomato mixture, served on polenta.

Omelettes & Butter

The Provincial Village Dines!!!

Whale and Hot Dog are making omelettes today because it’s #TGIF.
Whale: How do you like your omelettes, baby?
Hot Dog: I like mine without butter!
Hot Dog: Yeah! And baked!
Whale: I like mine with three spoons of butter!
Hot Dog: No wonder your so fat!
Whale: I’m not fat!!!! It’s really tasty to eat omelettes with a lot of butter!
Hot Dog: No it isn’t! It’s tastier to have them oozing yellow cream that is the yolk.
Whale: Oh! I adore that too but I like mine to have yolks oozing with butter as you dig in!
Hot Dog: Are you serious? People call you a cholesterol-factory!
Whale: That is just unfair! I don’t eat as much butter as those can be found in a good old paratha, that is toasted brown, instead of being white!
Hot Dog: But still! Your egg yolk falls with butter instead of falling naturally when you poke it with chopsticks!
Whale: I poke mine with a chopstick and melted butter and egg yolk falls…but if I’m honest I really do try to keep my butter as butter slabs in the egg yolk dressed with melting butter, yeah!

India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy 

Discover India for 60 Years

When you think about developing economies, the primary thought that springs to mind is how different the political landscape is from the West. In the West, it’s hard to imagine that there is no issue of political rivalry, there are no epic battles and there is no glory for those who are good at winning. In developing economies, such as Venezuela and India, there is all of that and more. Venezuela has had a troubled revolutionary past, where it has been led by so many colourful leaders but until recently the environment was a dangerous one. Now, there is more growth than before, there is a good and enlightened idea about the country, not only in the West but also the Far East. India, similarly has seen significant growth in the consciousness of many here and it has, in addition to all of that, seen a lot of shady politicians trying to exert their influence in government and this has left the country remain poor and devastated for decades. In neighbouring Bangladesh, the political climate has been more marred by corruption stemming from bureaucracy than for India because the state is weaker. These are the kind of legacies that the British Empire left to it’s former colonies because it found the states to be too difficult to rule.

But that was in the past and now there is a new resurgence of admiration for these countries and it’s culture nationally and globally, because of good development, pioneered by the West (and the Far East). In this book, as a reader you can imagine yourself stationed in that time frame in India, right after the country became independent from the British Raj and when the country saw signs of good development, miraculously. In the earliest days of the British Raj, the Muslim League was all about dividing Hindus and Muslims and ruling. They had a unique vision, where they believed that the two religions are not meant to communicate, they are not meant to marry, have friendly neighborhood relationships with each other and that is how the League will rule. Disagreements over this, with the British Raj led the Raj to declare the nation independent and they lost nothing and gained only the failures of the statesmen unable to govern India, which was no wound worth writing home about because Great Britain has seen so much of it, everywhere. In India today, Hindus and Muslims do eat in each other’s homes, they do play their favourite national sport, cricket, in a team built of men from different religions. The book is comprehensive in it’s painting of India from that time – what happened when the British Raj had no interest in leaving such a young, colonized state despite cries for self-government from Indians but left it all in a sudden in 1947, declaring it ungovernable and then India found means to see economic growth because of foreign policy.

Six months later Hindu extremists murdered Gandhi and religious violence made lives hard for people of the state; so many people were killed because of religious violence and India now had to think about honouring the Hindu majority and their demands just to survive and find ways to bring harmony to the Muslim population. There was only oppression and detaching India from good relationships with the West, as much as possible. Those sixty years were not about governing India with single-mindedness: it was about living in circumstances that made it possible to imagine only authoritative rule in India, filled with a population of only Hindus or become a state torn apart into numerous fragments. This legacy is set to torment India for years to come because that is what India was post-independence from the British Raj, that the book manages to bring back to life once more in a political angle. In my opinion, that is quite the rare thing because foreign policy can only develop and grow India, it cannot erase it’s hard past or the British Raj cannot come back and declare India to be a state worth governing politically.