Arbitary Obsessionist's Blog : Ambition is redundant. In life, mission is everything.

Archive for the ‘Just for fun’ Category

Time To end the prank : Last post was a joke : I am sorry : 1st April Worked :-)

with 15 comments


It is not possible for me to sell my blog. Period.

Though I did get an offer.



Written by Dev

April 1, 2010 at 12:24 am

A detailed report on How to make Momos. Oops!! …How to ‘watch’ Momos being made :-)

with 32 comments

[Disclaimer : Dev loves to eat; but that does not, in any way whatsoever, means that, he had a role to play in preparation of the Momos.]

Ladies & Gentle-ladies,

You have loved them, and you have hated them. But you can’t ignore them. I am talking about the delicious Tibetan Momos. And I swear, it is indeed an art (or I guess science) to prepare them.

So here is the complete recipe and a step by step guide to you know what 🙂 –



  1. 1Tbsp     – Blessings of Dalai Lama(!)
  2. 5Tbsp     – Blessings of Tibetan Gods of Steamed Food
  3. 1MB        – Google (for recipe)
  4. Rs 500     – Financial stabilty (for purchase of consumable ingredients)
  5. 67 Kg       – A patient guy like Dev
  6. *** Kgs     – Two Friends as cooks (NK & AA)
  7. 10 Mins    – Prayers



Step 1 :

Once you have arranged all the above mentioned ingredients, it is time for step 1. This is the most critical of all steps, because it is here, that we procure our secret recipe. You really need to be careful to find an authentic source for the recipe (for general & primitive information, check here). Once you get hold of one good-enough recipe, you need to either get a print of the same or rub some pen on the paper to note down the recipe, as depicted below –



Step 2 :

As you can see in the picture given below, you need to take flour or something really similar, and add water to it. Then you need to punch it for quite some time (a helpful tip here would be to remember something, like office work), till it attains a form similar to the one shown below. This is known as the Dough 🙂



Step 3 :

Circular shapes, for thousands of years have intrigued scientists and novices alike. A circular shape, neither has a start, nor an end. So,since we need to make circular discs from the dough, you need to find a real pro. And the pro I found was so fast at work, that even my camera had trouble getting a nice stable shot. (Pro=AA here)



Step 4 :

According to a great book ‘Zen & The Art of Momo Stuffing’, you may use the stuffing prepared from vegetables, along with spices etc, to stuff the discs. And once you have put the adequate amount of stuffing, you need to seal them to form dumplings. Now, I would like to share an experience here. Never underestimate the importance of sealing the dumplings. Because if you don’t seal them properly, it would result in a mess, that even great cooks won’t be able to handle.

(Pro=NK here)

Step-4---Fill-the-fillers     Step-5---Seal-the-dumplings


Step 5 :

As you can see, the dumplings have been made. They have been properly sealed with emotions and are ready to be given a hot steam bath.

Step-6---Dumplings-Made    Step-7---Boil-Water


Step 6 :

Before placing the dumplings on the tray with depressions, you need to oil the depressions. This is done (I guess) to prevent the dumplings getting stuck. So, once you have oiled the tray, slowly and with great care, place the dumplings onto it and cover the lid. After that, allow the dumplings to have their share of steam bath for around 10 minutes. Beware though : Some dumplings might decide that 10 minutes is a much longer time than they can comfortably handle. So you need to be careful. This is where the above mentioned 2 Pro friend’s experience came into play.

Step-8---Oil-the-vessel    Step-9---Put-dumplings-in-S   Step-10---Steaming-the-hell


Step 7 :

After the stipulated 10 minutes, you can open the lid and if your prayers (check ingredient list) have been answered, you will witness something like this.



Step 8 :

Nothing happens without the blessing of the powers above. So thank the Tibetan Gods of Steamed Food and serve the Momos with hot red sauce and juices (if you have more time to waste, you can read my earlier Juicy Adventures)



[Credits for preparation of Momos : NK, AA]

[Credits for consumption of Momos : Dev] 🙂

Written by Dev

January 17, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Holy teachings of Sri Sri Farhan ‘Rock On’ Akhtar Ji Maharaj

with 19 comments

Bhai bandhuon aur hamari pyaari mahilaon

[Ladies and gentlemen]


We are pleased to inform you all, that due to kripa [blessings] of great God, some people discovered the long lost book of Sri Sri Farhan Akhtar Ji Maharaj titled ‘Rock On!!!’ in the urban jungle, now popularly known as Mumbai.


The Holy Book of Rock On!!!

The Holy Book of Rock On!!!


And it was for the benefit of all, that it was decided to release his teaching on a medium, that is modern and on a growth trajectory simply unbelieveable – Blogs.


Reasons of choosing this particular blog are still unknown to small people like us. May be its the wish of the great God or may be this place is destined for this thing to happen. These are things that may never be answered, but we should not be concerned with things beyond our control..


So, without wasting any more time on worldly talks, lets get ourselves immersed in the holy teachings of one of the greatest reformers of our time, Sri Sri Farhan Akhtar Ji Maharaj.

All the couplets, triplets and every other type of ‘lets’ below, have been adopted from his holy book of ‘Rock On!!!’, from the chapter titled ‘Sindbad The Sailor’.


An effort has been made to give the literal meaning of the holy text [where possible, due to little knowledge we have in comparison to the God who wrote it], so that the unenlightened ones like you and me can also benefit from his great thoughts.


Kindly pay attention and please for heaven’s sake, SWITCH OFF YOUR CELLS!!




Sindbad The Sailor Ek Jahaaz Mein Jab Chala Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

Doondh Raha Tha Ek Naye Duniya Ka Pata Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

– Guruji wants to convey the message of inquisitiveness through this couplet. He here refers to a famous sailor named Sindbad, who took a ship into the sea to find new land. A land where nobody else had ever gone before. A land that was still unknown to everyone like us. Message he wants to convey here is that you need to be inquisitive enough to find new horizons. Stagnation is not, and shall never be a man’s fate. Its only becomes one, when the person stops searching for newer horizons and time passes by. We all need to keep moving on. Moving on, ahead of the past and living in present with our eyes on future.


Voyage of His Life - Sindbad goes on

Voyage of His Life - Sindbad goes on




O O.. Anjaane Raahon Mein Tha.. o o.., O O.. Lehron Ki Baahon Mein Tha.. o o..

Sab Ne Kaha Tha In Samandaron Mein Jaana Nahin

Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

Khwaabon Ke Peeche Jaake Kuch Bhi Hai Paana Nahin

Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

– Continuing the divine story of Sindbad, he tells that the path Sindbad took was never taken before. He was moving into the seas without any regard to his safety. He was moving into previously unexplored territory. There may be times when people will not provide support to you. Even those who are very close to you. They may not have confidence in your confidence. They may not be there for you. They will tell you to be practical and stop living in dreams. They will be the ones who are going to explain to you, that why is it useless to go after one’s dreams; they will tell you that why should you compromise in life and take the safer route. They will always be willing to tell you reasons for your dream’s failure.


O O.. Apni Hi Dhun Mein Raha.. o o.., O O.. Sunta tha Dil Ka Kahaan o o..

Us Ke The Jo Sapne, Wohin Us Ke The Apne, Aisa Tha Sindbad The Sailor Sailor

Us Ke The Jo Sapne, Wohin Us Ke The Apne, Aisa Tha Sindbad The Sailor Sailor

– But Sindbad was not concerned with all the misguidance he was getting. He used to listen to what his heart had to say. You should be one, who is ready to listen to everyone. But you should also be the one who shall do what he/she wants. Not what others want you to do. You should be your own cause. You should be your own purpose. The dreams you have, our one of the very few things in life, that are really your own. You are the real and the sole owner of your dreams. You are what your dreams are and not what others have dreamt for you.


Us Ka Jahaaz Ghira Tufano Mein, Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

Phir Bhi Na Aayi Kami Us Ke Armaano Mein Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

Woh Deewana Aisa Hi Tha O o.. O O.. Sapno Ka Humrahi Tha O o..

Us Ke The Jo Sapne Wohin Us Ke The Apne, Aisa Tha Sindbad The Sailor Sailor

Us Ke The Jo Sapne Wohin Us Ke The Apne, Aisa Tha Sindbad The Sailor Sailor

– Sindbad, alongwith his ship was caught in a really terrible sea storm. But this in no way could break his confidence of finding the new world. He was the one who had tremendous faith in his abilities. According to Farhan Ji, life is not always beautiful. Some phases are good and others are equally bad. There shall be times when every single thing in the universe will conspire agaisnt you. They will conspire that you don’t achieve what you want. But there is still something that is in your favour. Its your passion. Its your faith. The passion to fulfill your dream. The faith on your abilities. And there is no force in this universe that can stand in front of the combination of a person’s passion and faith. You should have the faith and passion to move with your dreams. Don’t ever let your dreams die. You are, because your dreams are. Your dreams are, because you are.


O O.. Kuch Paane Ki Chaah Mein.. O O.., O O.. Badta Rahan Raahon Mein O O..

Gehra Samundar Tha Oonchi Oonchi Lehren Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

Kasthiyan Jinpe Mushkil Se Thehre Mere Yaar Sunlo Sunlo

O O Saahil Tak Aa Hi Gaya  O O.., Woh Manzil Ko Paa Hi Gaya O O..

Us Ke The Jo Sapne Wohin Us Ke The Apne, Aisa Tha Sindbad The Sailor Sailor

Us Ke The Jo Sapne Wohin Us Ke The Apne, Aisa Tha Sindbad The Sailor Sailor

– But Sindbad was unperturbed. He was not concerned with what others thought about him. He was concerned about what he thought about himself. He wanted something. And for that, he kept moving. A number of difficulties came in way of his dreams. He was in a sea that was as deep as our inner self and he was being really tested by some very high waves, on which it was difficult for even the larger ships to stay afloat. But he kept moving. He kept moving and finally got to his destination. He realised his dream. He got to his goal. Goals are not that are easy to achieve. Dreams are easy to have but really, really very difficult to realize. You should never leave your journey towards your goal halfway. You should try going the entire way, no matter what the odds are against you. Yes, you will face difficulties. Yes, you will find it easier to quit. Yes, you will be prompted by others to give up. But that’s not the way it should be. We were not born to lose. We were born to try. Try and then keep trying till we win. We have to go all the way in trying. Because what you are trying, is for your dreams. Not anyone else’s, but your dreams. And can you take your dreams lightly? Should you take your dreams lightly? You know the answer very well… 🙂


Tum Ho To Gaata Hai Dil, Tum Nahin To Geet Kahan..

Tum Ho To Hai Sab Haasil, Tum Nahin To Kya Hai Yahan..

Tum Ho To Hai Sapno Ke Jaisa Haseen Ek Sama…

Jo Tum Ho To Yeh Lagta Hai Ke Mil Gayi.. Har Khushi

Jo Tum Na Ho Yeh Lagta Hai Ke Har Khushi.. Mein Hai Kami

Tumko Hai Maangti Yeh Zindagi….




Till now Shri Farhan Akhtar Ji Maharaj kept enlightening us about the passionate approach of achieveing our goals, staying focussed on what we believe in, In the last sep’tet’ (just like a couplet)he takes up the topic of Love – The most sacred of all human feelings. The feeling that makes us humans. The feeling that is the upward glance. A glance to the powers above. A feeling that is so sacred that it can never be understood unless you feel it yourself.

He says that, when you are with someone you love, someone you have full faith on, someone you can totally believe in, then its one of the most unexplainable feeling. You feel that all powers are ‘with’ you. Nothing can go wrong. Just nothing.

Its only the loved ones that our life wants. Its only love that our life wants; nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.




So here we are. At this juncture of our lives, in a place like this, having just undergone a shower of blessings of Sri Farhan Akhtar Ji Maharaj. We should consider oursleves lucky that such a rare book (ROCK ON!!! )was discovered. It has such valuable life lessons that it should be read by each and every human.

We might(not will – because there are certain things beyond our control, and finding another great chapter like this shall be a similar feat )be back with knowledge from more chapters of the book.


Guruji Giving His Holy Preachings

Guruji Giving His Holy Preachings


Till then stay focused, stay passionate and keep ROCKing ON!!!

Love of Guruji's Life - According to The Book

Love of Guruji's Life - According to The Book

Written by Dev

March 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Divine Truth

leave a comment »

I came about this quote in a newspaper…


Today’s “Take Home Salary” doesn’t even take you there!


Isn’t it the divine truth?? 


Written by Dev

January 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm

My dream lunch with Warren Buffet – The Greatest Investor Ever

with 2 comments

Let me confess it first. Warren Buffet is the equivalent of God for me. So any biases & excessive use of superlatives that might have crept in this post should be acknowledged & respected by you.  🙂

$600,000 is what I paid for a lunch with Warren Buffet. I know it is too much for anything, leave alone a lunch. I could even have bought a Class A or B share and would have been granted an access to the now ‘a pilgrimage of sorts’ Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meetings. I would also have received the letter from Berkshire Hathaway as well as some of the cool See’s Candies… 😉


But this is the price I was always ready to pay to meet my God. And almost an year after having won the bid for the privilege of dining out with the world’s richest man and my idol, Warren Buffet, here I was at New York’s famous steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky, for my big moment & pilgrimage.

I was out of breath when I came out of the taxi. I was already late. That too at such an occasion!! I was really feeling very stupid at this when I saw Warren, dressed in a dark suit and yellow tie, seemingly in no hurry and ‘waiting for me’ outside S&W. I bet I could see a halo around his head! Really. But he had no airs of being larger than life figure. But shit!!! was this a dream? I could see that Warren was not alone. He was accompanied by none other than Charlie Munger and Ajit Jain. Now it is one thing to bid and win a lunch with god (read Warren Buffet), but getting to have lunch with 3 great men @ a price of one, is one great investment. 🙂 But just then the dream ended, and Charlie and Ajit left me with my God alone. They had some personal priorities greater than me… ;-)The Oracle of Omaha was more than happy to let me get as many pictures clicked with him as I wanted.

After the pictures were done, we sat down for our meal. The menus arrived and Warren ordered for a medium New York T-bone steak with hash browns and a Coke (Berkshire Hathaway owns shares in Coca-Cola Co.). Out of awe and respect, even I ordered the same, completely forgetting that I was a vegetarian!! I realized it after a while and called the waiter back, and modified my orders. Warren was all smiles and I knew that nothing was hidden from my God. 🙂

It didn’t strike me when we were chatting, but when I look back now I realize that over the 4 hours , we discussed millions of different topics, ranging from Warren’s value system as an investor to his friend and Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger to the importance of picking the right life partner. But really the thing that made the biggest impression on me had nothing to do with Warren’s investment philosophy. Rather, what was moving was his love for his former wife, Susan. “I never did anything for Suzie, but she did everything for me; I wouldn’t have been as successful without her.” Even great men like him are not perfect when it comes to relationships. 

It was time for dessert (ice cream in shot glasses) and for our lunch to end.

And with that my ‘Cursed’ alarm clock buzzed me out off the bed. Shit!!! I never realized that this was a dream. 😦 And I swear that I will always be ready to swap my realities with this dream.)

It has been around 3 years that I have been learning vicariously from Warren. And I, not a very ‘awesome’ investor, have turned into a vastly better human being. Now this is what should be called a dream lunch…isn’t it??  😉

Like what you read ? Subscribe in a Reader or by Email

Share this post :

Lewis Hamilton’s SECRET LETTER to Barack Obama!!

with 6 comments

Hello Mr. Obama,

Congratulations on your victory Mr. Obama. Though I was really sad for Sarah Palin (read eye candy!!) loosing out on Vice Prez, I am happy that you have become the most powerful person of the planet. Americans now atleast have someone to show off their dislike for racism. But hey, you know me..isn’t it??

I am Lewis. Lewis Hamilton.

An F1 driver!! A world champion!! Shit…how stupid of me. You Americans don’t know that F1 stands for Formula 1…(I’ll remember it the next time). And just to prompt you to further read my letter, have a look at the picture below….I even resemble you!! OMG !!


But unlike you, I had to work really hard for my world championship. That Massa guy, almost had it this time. Had it not been for Toyota’s Timo Glock, I would have again lost it by 1 point. God bless Timo. And the funny part is, that last year, I lost the world championship by 1 point (I know, its really sad) and this year, I won it by 1 point. But I do feel bad for Massa. The guy must be really frustrated. This time last year Felipe Massa was playing the supporting role as Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen took the 2007 drivers’ championship. On Sunday at Interlagos the roles were reversed, Massa almost snatched it from me. I swear, Massa is no longer the Ferrari number 2. He is now as strong as Kimi.

And just read what Massa had to say after the race –

“It was an exciting day. We did everything to perfection and we almost managed to pull it off. Then, as I crossed the line, race engineer Rob Smedley told me that Hamilton had finished fifth and therefore he took the title by one point. Sport is like this and one has to accept that. Congratulations to Lewis: whoever gets the most points deserves the title.”

Now that’s a true gentleman. Just like us…the Britishers. Oops…Massa is a Brazilian (American). 😉

But your job is not as adrenaline pumping as mine. You have 4 years to run your country. I just have some hours to run a good race. Talking of adrenaline, how can I forget Fernando Alonso? The Spanish Bull overflowing with adrenaline. I am 100% sure that this guy is going to win the next year’s championship and have me kneeling down in front of him. But lets be a bit optimistic and cross the bridge when it comes.

So what about Palin? Can’t you persuade or force her to join you as a democrat? I swear you will have a lot of glamour in your armory. And we all know the power of glamour. 🙂 And please, do something about the economic mess that your predecessor George Bush has created. I am no expert in economy but theses guys from BBC just keep on saying that world is in a recession, USA’s economy has come to an end and ‘Queen knows what not’.

What else…?? I think I will now spend some more time with my new girlfriend and my autobiography. I have to complete it soon or I’ll become too old.

Till then, cheers to ‘our colored victory.’




Like what you read ? Subscribe in a Reader or by Email

Share this post :

Gujarati Of The Year 2008

with one comment

Unanimously, the Gujarati Of The Year 2008 Award goes to Mamata Banarjee.

For single handedly bringing the mother plant of TATA’s NANO to Gujarat.

Mamta Banerjee Talking to the media

Apart from the cash incentives, she will also receive a customized TATA NANO as a tribute, from Mr. Ratan Tata.

Tata Nano



Like what you read ? Subscribe in a Reader or by Email

Share this post :

Written by Dev

November 5, 2008 at 9:46 am