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Sparkling Gems

The cloudy skies lurking over the mountain trail, the waning twilight, the flood lights at the construction site along with the dotted twinkling lights from housing societies made for a great watch! Wonder if I stay close to jewels' mine!

Thanks Supriya for sharing this picture!

----------By MocktailMommy Anagha

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Though there is consensus that we all should highly abide by ‘Law of Land’, there is also an agreement that unjust law exists. The only point which arises then is that whether we should obey them or disobey them or try to change and obey them till the time they are changed. Though you may find different views, the least a person can do is to disassociate with something which he feels is wrong. You cannot be in a position wherein you are supporting on one side and fighting against it on the other side. Even though law and justice are viewed as virtually synonymous, experience however, has taught us that injustice may be supported by law. The sense of injustice can be a powerful condition, causing people to take action not just to defend themselves but also others who they perceive to be unfairly treated. As rightly said by Martin Luther King Jr., "Injustice anywhere is threat to justice everywhere".

Some of the traditional practices followed in olden days have taken form of law over passage of time. Some of them have been misinterpreted and some have used this to their vested interest by taking shelter under such law. If we talk about “Triple Talaq”, it is a customary practice prevalent among Muslims that dissolves a marriage when the husband says the word "Talaq" thrice. These have been actively protested by their woman community over past few years. Several women's rights groups have also spoken out against the practice and its ill effects, especially on Muslim women. 

On the other hand, the Muslim Law Board has consistently said that "Triple Talaq" is a 'personal law' and thus, cannot be modified by the Center. The custom is criticized for being unilateral and biased against women, and is banned in 22 countries of the world

The honourable Supreme Court, few months back, termed the practice of "Triple Talaq" as unconstitutional.

Few days back, there was an article in Times of India, a 23-year-old woman of Kherli village in Alwar district has approached the court after she was thrown out of the house by her in-laws following triple talaq. In her complaint, she stated that she was given the triple talaq as she gave birth to a second girl child in February this year. This was disapproved by her husband and in-laws. Taking cognizance, thre court has now asked the in-laws to find an amicable solution.
The in-laws had also threatened to kill the child if she failed to accept the triple talaq. 

One of the big question which arises is that how do we respond to unjust law. Even though it can be tackled through nonviolent method, it would be perceived as breach of law. People engaged in such act are open to legal consequences since this shows their fidelity to the rule of law. One such larger movement of civil disobedience was led by our Father of Nation against the unjust British rule. The movement led to end of British colonization which was result of persistent resistance to unjust law.


---------By Mocktail Mommy Rupa

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They walked out of the elevator into the almost vacant parking lot. She stumbled, he held her.
"You've had way too much to drink today. I think you should get a cab."

"I'm fine. I can totally drive. Don't worry so much, honey!!" she said nonchalantly. He tried to talk sense into her, but all in vain.

She got into her car and sped out of the parking lot. He stood there and stared helplessly as her car vanished out of sight. But he could not stop worrying just like that!!! He rushed to his car and buckled his seatbelt.

He was about to leave when his phone rang.... it was her!!! She had probably realised her foolishness. He answered it only to hear a strange voice at the other end...

"Aap madam ko jaante hain kya?? Unka accident hua hai!!!"

                                                     ------- MocktailMommy Prasanna

Word Count : 141

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Bated Breath Birthday Surprise

I have been known as one of those species, that experiment.  My lab is none other than my kitchen! Yes, I am a Chef of sorts! I love taking risks and cooking something new. Coming from the Gujju background, everyone in my family is a foodie. Every celebration at my house thus has to have a good spread of sweets and snacks.  Add to it, my adventurous nature! I look forward to occasions to surprise my near and dear ones with a new dish. Not all the surprises are worth remembering though!

One such adventure however is fresh in my mind and will always be. How can I forget the bated breath with which I was waiting for it to come out nice, fluffy and aromatic?

It was my father in law’s birthday. This year I had made plans to surprise him with home made egg less cake. Off I went to a bake shop and gathered all the ingredients after referring to a cook book. I was excited! As I began following the steps, I soon realised that the fear factor has entered my brain ware like a creepy crawly! It was then the time to keep the cake mould in the OTG and wait!

The wait of 25 minutes seemed eternal! As if transfixed, I was standing right opposite OTG. Soon the aroma started wafting in the air. My thoughts by now had wandered into what if land. My breath was getting deeper and deeper, as if trying to shy away from the end results. As the OTG buzzed, signalling the end of baking, my thought train came to a screeching halt.

My legs started wobbling at the thought of reaching up to the other side. With bated breath and little shaky hands, I pulled the cake mould out. With a deep long breath, I pierced a skewer into the cake and pulled it out. 

Oh my my! It has come clean! I was on the moon now!

Decorating it, with chocolate frosting and some dry fruits was like a cake walk for me, courtesy the excitement that has resumed! Evening was far more than delectable, as my father in law could not stop appreciating and blessing me!

Sharing the recipe of the Chocolate cake with you all. This is the one that I have tweaked, based on my further experiments, and is tried and tested for sure!

Ingredients for chocolate Sponge Cake: 
·         1 cup condensed milk / milkmaid
·         ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
·         1½ cup maida / plain flour / all purpose flour
·         3 tbsp cocoa powder
·         ¾ tsp baking soda
·         1 tsp baking powder
·         ¼ tsp salt
·         ¾ tsp vanilla extract
·         ¾ cup warm milk, add as required
For Chocolate Frosting:

·         ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
·         ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
·         2 cups powdered sugar / icing sugar
·         1 tsp vanilla extract
·         ¼ cup cold milk, add as required

Chocolate Cake Recipe:
In  a large mixing bowl take condensed milk and butter. Beat in one direction till the mixture turns smooth and fluffy. Sieve maida, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Fold them gently. Add vinegar, vanilla extract and warm milk. Mix gently to attain smooth dropping consistency. Transfer the cake batter to a cake mould. Bake the cake at 180 degree celsius for 25 minutes.( you can bake it in cooker too. That recipe some other day, some other post!!!) Cool down the cake completely. Once cooled, cut it in two equal halves horizontally.

Chocolate Frosting Recipe:
1.     In a large mixing bowl take butter and beat it.
2.     Add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, vanilla extract add cold milk.
3.     Beat till the mixture turns smooth and spreadable.
Decorating Chocolate Cake Recipe:
Spread the generous amount of prepared chocolate frosting on top of the lower half of the cake. Then place another half on top of it. Spread the frosting on its top and all along the side. Decorate it with dry fruits or fresh fruits or Gems or rainbow sprinkles.
Plate it in an attractive dish. Store in fridge till its cake cutting time!

-----By MocktailMommy Ruchi
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Twin Trouble

“Show up on board. Your time has run out”, declared a stern voice.

“Pirates, this is the last warning. Show up. This is Capt. Whodunit from coast guard ship Virat”

“You can’t hide for long. Surrender and save your lives”

“What’s the guarantee of that, Captain? Black Pearl had never succumbed to empty threats. Don’t dare board our ship. Come closer at your own peril and get doomed. That’s my promise. Promise of the genuine pirate”, snide the scornful voice

Splashing of water guns followed. The screams and shouts of “Ahoy” from both the ends filled the air. And an ugly fight erupted.

“What’s happening in here? You two naughty munchkins! Enough of wasting the water and fighting. Do you want to spend the entire summer in this bath tub with your toy ships?”, Said Mom, rushing into the bathroom.

“Aye, Aye” came the chorus reply from Vidhi and Nidhi, the twins!
 ----By MocktailMommy Anagha
Word Count: 151 words

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