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Summary Post of the past week

September 20, 2008

The previous week, starting with Sunday, I published 7 posts in all. Two movie reviews, one post on the dangers of internet fraud, one on British and American English, one on visual pollution, one on cooking, and one on blogging. Here is a summary of the posts:

The wonder of blogging awards I can’t imagine going to a real life friend and telling her, hey I am giving you the honesty of the year award!! Even though I want to give her one. Hugs and kisses we do give, and at times we send cards…but usually the cards are sent on occasions. Blogging awards are bereft of occasion. They arrive suddenly, and are heart-warming because they come from people whom we have never met. This post is about two awards…

A quick nutritious Indian pizza (uttappam) I have called this Uttappam (recipe) a pizza as it is very cheesy. This is a quick nutritious recipe that I use often. It satisfies my three main criteria – it’s nutritious, it’s tasty and it’s quick. And it doesn’t require any accompaniment to make a fairly decent balanced meal…

Mamma Mia – Movie review Mamma Mia is enjoyable and funny. It is a sweet sweet movie, with a fantastic singing and acting performance from Meryl Streep. It’s a musical and the music (from Abba, a mid-seventies pop group) is choreographed to some rather bold dance steps and dramatic scenes. As for the faults of this movie, there are many, and the New York times review enumerates them well. The movie is loud, at times the dance steps border on the vulgar, the costumes are crude, and the acting over the top…but there were some great things in the movie too…

Visual pollution during the Ganesh Festival The religious fervour and euphoria of the ten days of Ganpati Bappa is over…many of us regret the environmental damage… Another thing we want to put behind us are the instances of intimidation/extortion before the start of the celebrations (to collect money for the Ganesh mandals)…There are two other negative aspects. One concerns aesthetics and the other, the gross commercialisation of the festival. I am not talking of the loud filmi music played at the mandals, but the presence of brands…scores of brands were given permission by the municipality to put up posters and banners and hoardings acrosss Pune city…

American or British English? French fries are what Americans call fried potato sticks. By chips Americans mean crisps, although when we were kids we called them wafers. I’ve got used to it now…but the question of whether to use British or American English persists. Well, at least while writing for both audiences… The Economist Style Guide (ninth edition) has a chapter on British and American English…

Countries from where internet fraud originates and some tips to counter it Someone we knew almost fell for a job offer in Nigeria where the salary offered was $5000 a month – all after a telephonic interview! Being a highly qualified professional…Some Tips to avoid being cheated…Countries from where the most internet scams originate…America leads in phishing sites of the world…

A Wednesday – Movie review While I was in a cinema theatre watching a movie about terrorism, five blasts took place in Delhi…between 6:15 PM and 7 PM. A Wednesday is is about terrorism…about how a terrorist holds a whole city to hostage by planting five bombs in the city. One comes out of the cinema hall feeling vindicated at the ending…even satisfied…This movie is short (100 minutes) and there are no songs…The pace of the movie doesn’t falter…in fact it keeps building up to an interesting climax. However I was not entirely happy with the…

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  1. September 21, 2008 6:17 am

    Your writing output is really amazing, as is your breadth of interests. Way to go, Nita. This summarizing is a good idea for people to pick and choose among the posts they might have missed. I’m heading for the one on English.

  2. September 21, 2008 3:02 pm

    You’ve just been awarded with a Brillante Weblog 2008 award. 🙂 Check out my blog post ( for details.

  3. September 22, 2008 9:40 am

    Christine, Jo, thanks… 🙂

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    October 4, 2008 3:15 am

    How DO you do it, Nita? I have to say that you are more powerful than Super Woman:) Thanks, thanks and thanks for the wonderful power-packed blogs!

    You are my superwoman alterego. Remember? – Nita.

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