Archive for January, 2007

Film Screening

Hyderabad Saturday, 27 Jaunary, NatureQuest will be screening


Living with Giants

A 50-minute film made for Project Elephant. Made in 2005, this is an up-to-date and accurate documentation of the state of elephant conservation in India. Besides dramatic footage of conflicts between humans and elephants, the film also has classic material on Asian elephants in the wild.

Ashish Chandola, the film-maker, will speak after the film.

Venue: Vidyaranya High School , 5-9-20 Green Gates (opp. the Secretariat), Saifabad

Date: Saturday, 27 January 2007

Time: 6.30 pm

Entry is open to all and free. Do try and be there,

The NatureQuest Team


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An update…

On Cancer

Cancer update — John Hopkins — Cancer News from John Hopkins:
1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.

Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.
He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers.

This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.
Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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My Friend Kris writes to me

“The Brits of the Raj had a pithy culinary warning: Khubberdar the caviar. Maybe we should coin a similar caveat for anyone venturing to eat North Indian khana in Chennai.

For example, there’s an eatery in Chennai, Velmurugan Meals (slogan: Specialising in North Indian food), that offers some rather alarming delicacies, such as Malai Gupta and Gopi Manchurian?.

I say better to err on the side of caution and retreat to Varalakshmi Tiffin Home, which offers nothing more sinister than Sholay Bhature.

Or, better still, stick with the uthapam.”

He also adds…





Put all the three spirits in a blender and add condensed milk leaving a little less than a quarter c.milk in the can.

to the balance c.milk in the can add the cocoa & the coffee powder and mix well.

Now add this to the ingredients in the blender and blend well.

Bottle and refrigirate. shake bottle before serving.

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200 Calories

An interesting way to look at calories through this photo log

Very useful if you are on a diet or plan to take one…

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Reached Quintura (a great new way to search) from Gapingvoid and created a Quintura cloud for DalFryday – will post the cloud here when I figure out how I can get it done…Among the many searches,Quintura listed Dal Fryday on so we got registered and updated a profile for Dal Fryday there. Sadly no reviews yet…am sure Meenakshi will write one soon.

Ok to clarify things here – people write independant reviews about the restaurant and Dal Fryday does not encourage any person to write favourable reviews about it… We have our limitations so an odd review would pop up once in a while….that is bound to happen coz its more likely that a bad review gets posted online than a good one…. Surely we will take it in our stride and correct ourselves …

"Always make new mistakes" -- Esther Dyson

And for all those kind reviews and comments people post on their blogs we are indeed very thankful.

This is also to thank all of you who email us or leave your feedback at the restaurant. Every feedback you give us is read and acted upon( If we possibly can)… we even went to the extent of reorganising our price points, consdering the fact that a commercial Gas cylinder, we use today, costs us Rs 843/- an increase of over Rs 100/- from last month, when that was what many wanted…trust me its not a very easy task to do…

Taking from what S told me the other day…Yes, its not getting any cheaper out there…

Oh! and about quintura…I think its going to take the web by storm…

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Learnt today that Patrick Suskind’s best selling novel Das Parfum, is now a feture length movie and is titled Perfume: The story of a Murderer. Released in 2006 this movie stars Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Ben Whishaw( as Jean-baptiste Grenouille) and the talented and very beautiful Rachel Hurd-Wood.


Panned by critics must mean the movie should be a must watch… which makes it for a January sure shot.

Before you catch this movie it is highly recommended that you read the novel – A horrifying and gripping tale of an orphan whose pursuit to create the most unique perfume in the world, to cover up his lack of any body odour, leads to an amazing and shattering climax. A thoroughly enjoyable and gruesome novel. Pure pleasure.

View trailer here

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Stay Hungry Stay Foolish

This was the title of an email my brother sent me in July 2005 which was on a speech that Steve Job’s gave at Stanford University in June that year. Many of you may have read the speech.

I have been reading it for inspiration ever since. I did so again today and then realised that it has never been part of any of my posts. I sorted that out issue today.

Have a great year…

Hey! and thanks C for letting me know that I was thoughtful for not having ‘spammed’ you with ‘another’ New Year email… honestly, that was the idea… and no I did not forget to send one.

Tom was here with his in laws and friends for dinner…more about him when (if) I write about Michelle…:). He said she came unannounced and went home with a red bow on her head…and said “I am your Christmas present”almost giving her parents a heart attack… funny people…

He said they may visit Dal fryday Monday next before she flies back on Tuesday…now thats something to look forward to…:)

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