#MyFriendAlexa Post 8- Thank You Alexa


My first #my friend Alexa’s journey finally comes to an end. With the strong belief of thoughts that Every ending is a new start of some other phase, I am saying goodbye to Alexa, you will be missed badly, Alexa. You made me learn so many things which as a newbie in a blogger world I must bring into the practice, for the betterment of my blog.


  1. I promise you Alexa I will meet you again with the same frequency of reading, you are leaving me.
  2. I am going to stick with the practice of writing, if not 8 in every month, then at least with 6 posts per month, I will be there with some interesting topics. Fingers Crossed!!!
  3. Alexa, you introduced me with the wideness of the blogging world , I am going to preserve this wideness until we meet again .
  4. Alexa you have given me a big lot of some awesome,talented blogger friends , I promise you I will keep increasing the size of these talents.


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#My Friend Alexa Post 7- Food items during Navratri


With the continuation of the Navratri celebration, this time I came up with some delicious mouth-watering foods, which holds the guarantee of lifting your celebration mode up. Navratri is the season of fasting. Some observe fast on only 1st and the 8th day of Navratri, whereas, some observe for the whole 9 days. During fast we are all well aware of strict prohibition of onion and garlic, due to which one has left with very few options of food. A food that, has a perfect combination of taste and nutrition. So, here presenting some of the food items and their quick recipes I prefer during fasting.


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*Sabudana (100 gm soaked for 2-3 hours)

*Potato (1 Boiled)

*Tomato (small 1)

*Green chili


*Peanut (roasted and some grounded)

*Cumin Seeds (optional)

*Himalayan Rock Salt ( Sendha Namak)


*Sunflower oil/Peanut oil/Desi ghee (whichever prefers )


  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, put some jeera and green chili let it be crackle.
  2. On the other side roast peanut and grind half of the peanut, keep aside.
  3. Cut a boiled potato into pieces and add in the pan for fry
  4. Add chopped tomato
  5. Add soaked and strained sabudana, keep stirring for a while
  6. Add Himalayan salt
  7. Add Grounded peanut powder
  8. Squeeze lemon on it.
  9. Garnish it with green fresh cilantro, roasted peanut and serve.

NOTE -: With sabudana, we can make so many items, with the same ingredients…for eg. sabudana peth,sabudana appam, sabudana uttapam, etc.



1.Singhara atta (from any Indian grocery store)

2. Water

3.Green chili


5.Boiled potato

6.Himalayan Salt

7.tomato (optional)

8.Oil for fry

Mix all ingredients altogether make a bhajji consistent mix, put the oil into the pan heat it, when feeling like oil got heat enough to fry .make small pagodas for mix and put it into the oil for deep fry. Take it out when becoming light brown. Serve it with green chutney.



For curry


Tomato (3 med size)


Himalayan salt

Cumin seed

Grounded coriander powder(optional) as some of doesn’t prefer this during fast.


For Poori

Singhara atta or kuttu atta (as per choice)

Boiled potato

Pinch of Himalayan salt


Mix all together and make a smooth dough.

Now make small balls of dough, roll it in small round shape, heat the oil, give it a deep fry.

kuttu aata poori


  1. make a puree of tomato, keep aside.
  2. heat oil/ghee in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and chili.
  3. Add tomato puree let it cook properly, give a good stir.
  4. Add whisked curd. keep stirring.
  5. Add grounded coriander powder followed by Himalayan salt.
  6. Add fresh paneer cubes, mix it well
  7. add 1 /2 cup of water and close the pressure cooker nicely, wait until one whistle. let it be settle down
  8. Garnish the curry with green cilantro
  9. Serve it with hot poori.
paneer curry


1 Banana

2 cups fresh Strawberries

1 cup Milk

Bring all 3 ingredients into the juicer, blend it until smooth, a fresh smoothie is ready to give you energy during fast.

You can make any fruit smoothie also with your choice of fruits.

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  1. Wash and soak samo rice, keep aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds and green chili.let them crackle.
  3. Add soaked samo rice,
  4. 2 cup of water
  5. add himalay salt
  6. Wait for 1 whistle in the cooker, turn off the stove, let it be settle
  7. Garnish it with cilantro and serve.
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I hope your Navratri will become more delicious with these recipes. Give it a try. I am sure you will love these.


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#MyFriendAlexa Post 6 Navratri Celebration Continues…



Dressing up with colorful dresses and getting ready for Garba and dandiya dance is my favorite part of Navratri celebrations. Shopping from Dandiya sticks to Chania choli stitched, semi-stitched or ready to wear, to jewelry, all are at their peak in this hour of festive, so does mine. Make sure, choose your dresses ( lehenga/saree/full-length dress) wisely keeping in mind your body, height, skin tone, whichever color suits you the most, matching /suitable jewelry, comfortable footwear everything. Sharing some pics of my celebrations.

Usually, Goddess Amba songs are famous to play for Garba performance, but for Dandiya, Bollywood has changed the trend by mixing Bollywood beats. I enjoy both, I love Garba but due to being non-Gujarati I am not very good at it, learning at the Pro level is one of my wishes from my bucket list, Dandiya become my savior when I lag behind in the group of my Awesome performers Gujarati friends. Now coming to the part of the song again, sharing the links of some not only from my favorites but also from the most popular Bollywood beats during Navratri from the era of Doordarshan Chitrahaar/Rangoli, let’s start with the mixed feeling of being nostalgic.

“Sheronwali Oonche dero wali “Movie – Suhaag remember??


“Disco Dandiya ” Movie – Love Love Love


“Jai Ambe Jagdambe Maa” Movie – Krantiveer


“Dholi Taaron” Movie – Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

“Radha kaise na jale” Movie- Lagaan

“O re gori” Movie – Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage

“Indhana Winva song ” Album – Falguni Pathak

it’s not from any movie but one of the best song for slow dandiya group,

Now gradually moving forward to the era where we were not depending on Chitrahaar or Rangoli to watch or search any song related to festivals, here are some more dandiya songs.

“Gunje Angna Mein Shehnai” Movie –Life Partner.


“Shubhaarambh” Movie –Kai Po Che


“Photocopy song” Movie – Jai Ho

“Nagade Sang Dhol Baaje” Movie – Ramleela

“Chogada Song Movie- Loveyatri

“Kamariya song” Movie – Mitron

These are some of the most played songs during Navratri, hopefully it will help you too, if planning for some awesome performance on dandiya beats /Garba.


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#MyFriendAlexa Post 5 Navratri Celebration



Let’s celebrate another festival in queue Navratri, Nine days of colorful Navratri festival from Sep 29, 2019 – Oct 7, 2019, is at the door, we have all geared up to worship Goddess Durga and her various forms. The festival is associated with the battle that took place between Durga and Mahishasura demon, celebrates the victory of Good over Evil. These nine days are solely dedicated to Goddess Durga and her nine Avatars. Each day is associated with an incarnation of the goddess.

Navratri festival’s morning starts with enchanting mantras and aloud bell rings of temples followed by embellished dresses, kirtan /bhajans, Garba, Bollywood style dandiya, enlightened cities, food items (without onion, garlic) especially during fast, etc. I am going to share everything about these nine divine days, like, different forms of Goddess Durga, the importance of different colors how I celebrate, what motivates me the most to celebrate it, what food can be preferred, if observed 9 days fast, famous Bollywood songs too. So here let’s start with the name of nine forms of NavDurga.

  • Shailaputri,
  • Brahmacharini,
  • Chandraghanta,
  • Kushmanda,
  • Skandamata,
  • Katyayini,
  • Kaalratri,
  • Mahagauri
  • Siddhidatri.

Day 1 Navratri color of the day – Orange
Worshipping Goddess Navdurga wearing Orange color bestows the person with qualities such as warmth and exuberance. This color is full of positive energy and keeps the person upbeat.

Day 2 Navratri color of the day – White
White color is synonymous with purity and innocence. Wear white color to become worthy of Goddess’ blessings and experience a feeling of inner peace and security.

Day 3 Navratri color of the day – Red
On Tuesday, wear Red color for your Navratri celebrations. Red symbolizes passion and love and is also the most preferred color of Chunri that is offered to Goddess. This color fills the person with vigor and vitality.

Day 4 Navratri color of the day – Royal Blue
Wear Royal Blue color it is a vivid shade of color Blue and represents richness and tranquillity.

Day 5 Navratri color of the day – Yellow
Wear Yellow color enjoy your Navratri day with a sense of unparalleled optimism and joy.

Day 6 Navratri color of the day – Green
Green color symbolizes nature and evokes a sense of growth, fertility, peace, and serenity.

Day 7 Navratri color of the day – Grey
Grey color represents balanced emotions and keeps the person down-to-earth.

Day 8 Navratri color of the day – Purple
Purple color is associated with luxury, grandeur, and nobility.

Day 9 Navratri color of the day – Peacock Green
Peacock Green implies uniqueness and individuality. . This color represents the quality associated with both of these colors such as compassion and freshness.

In my next post, I will be discussing the dress up during Navratri and the famous songs on which we usually love to play dandiya and Garba.

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#MyFriendAlexa Post 3 HINDI POEM

।।दिल चाहता है।।

सितम्बर में आये एक और ख़ास दिन हिंदी दिवस के लिए मेरी कुछ पंक्तियाँ हिंदी में

दिल चाहता है ।

फिर से एक बार बचपन में चले जाये
की है जो गलतियां उसे पूरा न सही पर कुछ तो सुधार आये

बहुत सी थी बातें जिसे अनदेखा कर आये
बहुत से थे मौके जिसे अनजाने में गवां आये

दिल चाहता है
माँ बाप का साथ हर पल का फिर से मिल जाये
बस एक बार उन दिनों में जाकर उनके साथ की कीमत समझ आये

सोचा भी ना था उस घर को कभी छोड़ना भी होगा
जहाँ के हर कोने में मेरा बसेरा था उस घर से मीलों दूर कभी रहना भी होगा

मौसम बदलते है नयी रुत भी आती है
घड़ी तो अब भी वही है मेरे पास, पर वो वक़्त नया बतलाती है

बड़े होकर ये करेंगे बड़े होकर वो करेंगे इस आपा -थापी में बचपन से नाइंसाफी कर आये
उस बेशकीमती शाम के सूरज के ढलने पर हम होश में आये

बस कर लिया है वादा खुद से, अपना हर पल पूरी शिद्दत से जी जायेंगे
वक़्त को तो ना सही पर यादों को मीठा बना कैद कर जायेंगे

हो आखिरी यही सवेरा या अनगिनत हो सूरज बाकी
ज़िन्दगी तो अब कुछ भी हो, ज़िंदादिली से ही जी के जायेंगे।


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#MyFriendAlexa Post 4

Movie Day out -Dream Girl

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha

Director: Raaj Shaandilya

The most awaited girl’s day out finally took place, I and my friends went out to watch the most talk of the town movie of these days “DREAM GIRL”. Reviews of the movie already raised my hopes and excitement high, before starting anything I have to say It is a must-go movie, go and witness one more feather to the cap of actor Ayushman Khurana. A laudable job is done by writers, which is full of double meaning dialogues, an extra dose of rib-tickler laughs, extra points for the perfect timing of punches, I will give 4/5 stars.

Friends, I am not presenting a formal way of a movie review here, Just sharing my experience and above that what I brought with me in my mind, from the movie as soon I step out of the movie theatre. First, have a glance at a storyline.

Storyline-: Young lad Karamvir Singh is blessed with an unusual quality of impersonating girl’s voice, due to which despite no wish, he used to play the role of Sita and Radha in town’s mythological skits, as he grew up nothing changed, tradition continues of playing girl’s role , Karam’s father was debt-ridden, mortgage his house, shop everything and desperately wanted his son to settle down with some lucrative pay and perk job, after so many efforts Karam managed to get a job at girl’s to call center, who offer services to their callers mostly men. The only thing he needs to do, entertain them by flirty chats, this call center runned by a man in a hidden way in night hours only, just behind his electronics shop. A worker named pooja left the job, one’s loss becomes the gain for other, same happens here, Karam gets the job on the basis of his unique quality of voice change of girl and again situation compels him to do what he hated the most, right from his childhood, i.e.receive calls of callers in the voice of a girl. All was going well until Karam gets to engage with his choice of girl and planning to marry her soon. Later he finds that callers to whom he used to entertain by his attracting and over-friendly, loving voice, have started falling for him and strangest part some are from his known/close relatives /family members, and from that point all the hustle bustle starts ends up with a very strong message of this era, that in spite of being on various social media, connecting with huge number of friends and family deep inside everyone is fighting with their loneliness.

Movie Message

In the end, the message given by is the reality of today’s era where we have a long list of facebook friends, an increase of one or two numbers of followers on Instagram/twitter gives us great happiness but is this, real happiness? Do you have a single friend who listens to you without judging you?

My answer is some of you might have blessed but majority denies, This movie tells us, to be the POOJA of somebody’s life and get the POOJA of your life, get at least one true friend who listens to you, on the other hand, be ready to listen to someone . Pooja is not a gender, it could be your next-door neighbor, your spouse, your colleague, your cousin, your sibling, your parents, your grandchild, your teacher, your friend or anyone, open your heart in front of someone, you can trust you can talk openly, I believe to be healthy and happy, physically and mentally, it becomes the demand of time and a call of a fit mind, to identify and preserve the worth and truthfulness of your own personality instead of killing your inner self in proving or adjusting yourself in the world of irrational competition, where everyone pretends to befriend on the condition of their interest and convenience, out of which they are least interested in you and your know about.

A message to think about.


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#MyFriendAlexa Post 2 Festive Week 1

GANPATI FESTIVAL -Ganpati Bappa Morya!!!

After the celebration of Hartalika Teej, I and my family were all set to welcome Bappa at our home Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi, is a Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Ganesha to earth from Kailash Parvat. The festival is celebrated with the establishment of Ganesha idols (clay made eco-friendly preferably) at homes, or publicly in temporary pandals.

Ganpati At My Home.

At my home, It been 7 years of welcoming Bappa, Due to rooted from Varanasi a city of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Ganpati festival is not very common there in spite of being a city of temples and Ghats, it wasn’t very famous for celebrating Ganpati Mahotsav at that time, however I was so obsessed by this festival right from my childhood , don’t know why and how? My determination was so strong even that time too, that whenever I get an opportunity, with my inner confidence and strength I am definitely going to bring Ganpati at my home and will be celebrating this festival to the fullest. After marriage when I got shifted to Pune my obsession for this festival become stronger resulted I and my husband both joined hands with equal excitement and decided to grab the opportunity to do Sewa of Ganpati Bappa for certain days at our own home. I tried my best to collect all the right and bit convenient information regarding, the rituals and customs related to pooja, vidhi of immersion and all, and eventually brought eco-friendly Ganpati at home. Choosing eco-friendly idol, I believe is the first step of the sense of responsibility towards Ganpati Worship, which, one should never ignore before moving forward.

Here I am sharing some pics of my Ganpati celebration every year. In every pic you can easily see my learning stage of deco, only the excitement of this festive celebration remains the same every year means at peak.

Ganpati 2013 First year of Ganpati
Ganpati 2014 Almost same theme consecutively.
Ganpati 2015 The first year in the USA just shifted simplest deco with very limited items.

Ganpati 2017
Ganpati 2018
Ganpati 2019

I would like to mention that Decoration’s idea and credit straight goes to my husband and his creativity. I enjoy each and everything during this season from making modak, to preparing prasad thali, meeting friends, performing aarti together, going to their place for Ganpati darshan and aarti, etc.

Handmade Modak
Handmade White Modak
Ganpati Darshan and Aarti time
Ganpati Darshan

After 5 days of celebration on the 5th day, the saddest part of this celebration comes i.e. immersion. it’s the time we say bye to Bappa by making a promise to keep his hands and blessings on us and our home, till the time he comes to meet us again next year. I prefer to do the immersion process in the bucket at my home only.

I must confess here that as a responsible citizen I always promoted to keep our rivers and ponds water clean and prefer to do immersion of idols at home into the bucket only,but I never do it on my own, here in the USA when I started doing immersion at home I too promised myself whenever I will be back to India I am going to continue my this tradition there too.

Ganpati Visarjan
Right after 30 min of immersion, just think about it if everyone starts to follow the same way of immersion in India too, the problem of water pollution will resolve automatically by 50%.

After the completion of the immersion process we all friends eat prasad and some refreshments together, just to give a happy ending to the Ganpati festival.

refreshment time.
refreshment time.

It’s all about my way of Ganpati celebration.will come up some more interesting topics.

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#My Friend Alexa Post 1-: Festive Week 1


This is my first post regarding My friend Alexa. I decided my theme long back for it, but due to nonstop schedule of festive I am little late in posting, but nevertheless, my friend Alexa is no less than a festival of writing and reading for me so here I am, with my fresh post about an opener festival of month September and i.e. HARTALIKA TEEJ, celebrated in various states of India like eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat.

Basics of Hartalika

It falls under the Hindi month of Bhadrapada, it is celebrated on the third day of the bright half of the north Indian lunar month of Bhadrapada. Married and unmarried women both can keep fast on this auspicious day in the worship of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for the long and healthy life of their husbands or would-be husbands. According to Hindu mythology, the Hartalika word has been originated by the amalgamation of two words and i.e. Hart + aalika, where “Hart” means “Abduction” and “Aalika” means ” Female Friend” .

On this auspicious day, women in India, observe one of the most toughest Nirjal (without a sip of water) fast for almost 24 hours, they adorn themselves with all the :Saaj Shringar”, new clothes, jewelry, applies henna/Mehendi in hand, sings bhajans all together, recite Teej Katha to seek the blessings of Goddess Parvati, and the next day “Paaran” done to end the fast successfully.

Story Behind Hartalika Teej

According to the Hindu Mythology, a friend of Goddess Parvati took her to the thick forest so that her father can’t marry her to Lord Vishnu against her wish. On the sudden disappearance of Goddess Parvati, her father thought that someone has kidnaped his daughter. Hence this day is known as Hartalika or Haritalika. Goddess Parvati lived in a dense forest’s cave, observed fast, did severe penance in the forest to please Lord Shiva. Due to the great determination of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva blessed her with the wish to marry Him would be fulfilled. Friend of Goddess Parvati helped her to get Lord Shiva as her husband by abducting her, that’s why fast commonly named as Hartalika. From that day Hartalika Teej is believed to be observed by both women married and unmarried to fulfill the wish of getting the husband of their choice and also for the long life of their husbands.


This is my fifth Hartlika Teej celebration in the USA,however, it was the most perplexed Teej I have ever faced and the reason was the date, as the Tritya Tithi got distributed between two days i.e. 1 Sep and 2 Sep 2019. In India, it was celebrated on 2nd Sep by most of the people.

Whereas, here in the USA , according to some knowledgeable persons in temples, Sep 1, 2019, is the only and final date to observe the Teej fast,so I follow the same and started my first day of September month with all the zeal, energy and enthusiasm, observed the fast on this auspicious day to seek the blessings from Goddess Parvati.

At Friend’s Home

Just like every year my Nirjal fast started by waking up in the morning, got ready with all the saaj shringaar, went to my Maharashtrian friend’s house, where we performed all her rituals of Hartalika pooja, had some photoshoot, as usual, NO NO, it wasn’t the part of rituals, it is the rule of our fun-loving gang, to cherish every moment ,Yes I thoroughly enjoyed a lot despite of being on without food and water for the whole day.

Photoshoot Mode ON
Teej Morning
Teej Evening

It would be very selfish of me if I forget to mention about my major source of strength and Yes you got right that’s one and only my dear Husband ,i can’t express my gratitude in words how much he supports and comforts me by taking care of kids, engaging them in fun activity on this day, just to smoothen my day; moreover my husband doesn’t promote anyone to do this kind of tough fasting, according to him fasting is ok but like this without a single drop of water is scientifically wrong, it can tolls on anybody’s health on this ground even I support his thoughts.

My Source Of Strength

I would like to mention here, this is something very different from my Indian schedule, being a North Indian we use to do pooja and Hartalika Katha in the evening only and that too at our home followed by going to the temple. In the USA only I got this wonderful experience of doing pooja with friends also, later in the evening I did my pooja rituals also.

At My Home

Now next early morning it’s time to end our fast before which I again worship Goddess Parvati following by aarti of both Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Prepare poori and Halwa for bhog by having this in the morning i break my fast.

So, after completion of all the rituals of Hartalika Teej, we get ready ourselves with double enthusiasm to welcome The Lord Ganesha at our home “Ganpati Bappa Morya”.

My next blog will be about, my second celebration in the queue and i.e one and only my favorite “GANPATI BAPPA MORYA” !!!!!!!!!

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