NaariSakhi is proud to introduce our dear Sakhi, Shanthi KrishnaKumar, Great mother, homemaker, singer, with great positive attitude. She is owner of blogs http://tiruppati.blogspot.com/, http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com, http://andavantiruvadi.blogspot.com/, which are for social cause. Let us find out how Shanthi makes most out of her leisure time.
1. Shanthi, can You please introduce yourself to Naarisakhi.
I express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Naarisakhi for inviting me & providing this wonderful opportunity. Basically, I love to learn everything possible and it is a continuous process. Cooking is my hobby from childhood.
2.Tell us something about your blogs
My sons suggested blogging as a good timepass for spending leisure time effectively. When I asked for guidance from them, they said to try it on my own. In their opinion it does not require any special technical skill. That is how I have started my first blog http://tiruppati.blogspot.com/. It features my writings and also some interesting articles I have read and interesting mail forwards. My interest and passion in cooking made me start my 2nd & cookery blog http://shanthisthaligai.blogspot.com. As my Ishta Deivam (God) is Lord Krishna, I started my 3rd blog http://andavantiruvadi.blogspot.com/ which is exclusively for my inner satisfaction. Here again, apart from my postings, there are contributions from my well wishers.
3. What motivated you to convert your blogs for social cause?
I am very much interested in social work and I am of the strong opinion that we must do as much good as we can and do good to others. But being a lady, it had its own disadvantages. I wanted to do something useful in my life. What matters is not what we do, but the way in which we do it. I felt that we have wasted many days in our valuable life which could have been used for helping people who are in need. It is good to know many things, but it is always better to make good use of whatever little we know. Blogging gives room for improvement. Blogging gives new ideas and now I am able to to put them in use in my lab. So, I dedicated my blogs for a social cause and hope it will definitely be of some use to others. We should try to do little acts of service everyday and the good we do will never let us down.
4. You are involved in so many activities like blogging, cooking, singing, social work apart from your routine work at house..How do u manage your time for everything and ensure satisfaction in each of the activity ?
Our life is a gift from GOD. So, we have to be perfect, sincere, punctual and dedicated. Nothing in life is difficult if proper and sincere attempts are made. Planning is important for achieving any goal. Planner is a winner. Losers never plan. As Gandhiji said, service should be with a smile. With regard to music, a teacher who showers affection and love towards students can do wonders. Learning music is over and above regular education. Cooking is our cup of tea. I use my leisure time for blogging and singing for websites. I keep myself busy without straining too much. Everyone does some work or other. There are so few who do it in the best way they can. Those are the one who achieve success. I am trying, to do the best of which I am capable.
5. Give some tips on marketing your blog and driving traffic?
Post compliments and comments on other blogs. Participate in the events conducted by other bloggers. Leave alone the traffic boosting, we get many friends worldwide and we feel they are closer to our heart.
6. You are involved in so many activities and blogs, which is your favorite and why?
Music. It is a vast ocean. It is my passion.
7. Who is your motivating force behind your success?
My children encouraged me to start a blog and they are the main source of motivation/inspiration in blogging. My husband is very courageous. He appreciates and encourages me a lot . He always says “ For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why ? Why not ? Why not me ? & Why not now ?”. He is my inspiration.
Last but not the least, the sites and forums like you who feature me & the friends in blogging. Thank you sakhis.
8. What is one thing you have learned from your life that you think others will benefit from knowing?
Don’t be idle. Do the best of which you are capable. Then accept whatever happens. Have this in mind as the “Tharaka Mantra”. “ A person should be known by the way he spends his leisure. ” Prove yourself in life, not on how long you live , but how you live and how useful you spend your time.
9. Tell us your favourite recipe.
My favourite recipe is medhu vadai. Here is the recipe and the picture is attached.
This is made on all festivals and functions in South India. Can be had with chutney, sambar and also can be dropped in rasam when hot. Yummy dish when had even without side dishes.
Whole white urad dhal – 1 cup
Green chillies – 2 0r 3
Ginger – 1/2″ piece
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Coriander leaves – few
Pepper crushed – 1/2 tsp.
Salt – as per taste (or approx.1/2 tsp.)
Oil – 1 cup
Soak dhal in water for an hour.
Chop green chillies, ginger, curry leaves and crush pepper.
Grind the soaked dhal in a grinder to a smooth paste using very little water. The batter when dropped in water should float and that is the consistency. When smooth and slightly frothy, add salt and also the chopped and crushed items and grind again for two more minutes.
Take out the batter and add chopped coriander leaves.
Heat oil . Meanwhile, wet your palms with water, take out a ball from the batter and flatten it using your hand and put a hole in the centre. (OR) can use a plastic cover (OR) banana leaf.
Carefully drop them into the oil and turn it on both sides and cook till golden brown.
Ensure medium heat of oil. If oil is smoking, the vadai will become red but will not be cooked.
Do not add salt in the beginning. The batter doesn’t double if added in the beginning. Add salt only when the batter is smooth.
Wet your palms,or fingers or plastic cover or banana leaf for each vadai and the vadai doesn’t stick to your hands.
——————————–Interviewed by Laxmi Khalap Bhatt,