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The Awesome Page Of Millet Recipes Links!


There are several individual blogs and pages that have millet recipes.
I wanted to make a momma of all pages for the millet recipes, so that
you can get all at the same page!

To start with, I have compiled the currently active pages that have the
millet recipes. In the future, I want to update this blog into sections for
breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets, occasional recipes, so that you can quickly
find the ones that you are looking for.

Here we go! :

Standard disclaimer: As with anything that you intake, you should consult with your doctor/nutritionist/dietitian on your personal health circumstances on what is appropriate for you.

Thank you!


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Millets: The Proso Pongal!

So, We had tasty, tasty Proso Pongal today!

What’s Proso Pongal? 🤐

Have you heard of Millets, by the way? Some of us would say No. Because we have forgotten.

Well, Millets is a staple food, just like rice and wheat. They consume just 10% of water compared to rice while production.

Millets are rich in micronutrients and better for health than rice and wheat – it releases sugar in the blood very slowly. Guess what that means? Less risk of diabetes and better diabetes management.

Now, about Proso Pongal… the recipe is the same as traditional rice Pongal, so no need to rack your brain!

Go get Proso Millet from your nearby retailer for around 70 rupees per kg. It’s a bit expensive than rice, but it’s all worth it considering the health benefits and the social cause of water conservation!

We have decided to skip rice Pongal from now on, and going for Millets Pongal at our home. How about you?!


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My Tryst With Pune – 1

3:30 AM – 5:00 AM

On a wet Thursday early morning, my flight to Pune from Bengaluru landed like ‘Bump-bump…bump….’ like an auto navigating a Bengaluru speed-breaker, as my inner self screamed ‘Nahinnnnnnnn…‘ like a Hindi movie heroine chased by the villain. I still remember my first international flight from Mumbai to Frankfurt (Thank you Delta!), which landed in Frankfurt like a finger on butter. Sigh….How do they even give flying license to these ‘Yahaan ka local temperature hai Pacheezz degree Centigrade’ kids?

My Ola cab driver was polite and very human. I used my Hindi skills to navigate him through the roads, At the end of the ride, the driver was reluctant to press the back button twice in the app. to get to the ‘end the ride’ screen. When I asked him to, he said ‘app bandh ho jayegee’. I said ‘Bhaiyaa, aap vo nahin karenge tho kithna paisa kaise pathaa hogaa’. He blinked and agreed to tap the back button twice to get to the swipe button.

Finally there I was, at 4:00 am in front of a heavily locked Secured Hostel Base Facility (I should not see FBI/CIA themed Hollywood movies often). Thanks to the organizer, who didn’t leave a phone number to call the manager, I was stranded with my suitcase, my backpack and my sweet self in a foreign town, surrounded by 4 dogs.

The dogs immediately accepted me as part of their tribe (at least as part of THAT part of the street tribe), didn’t make even a bit of a noise, and start sleeping as though nothing happened.  I sat down on the platform, and started browsing the very useful Facebook posts that my ‘friends’ had posted, and there comes this dog from the OTHER part of the street, which wants to re-establish the boundaries using ME as a Trump card.

Then starts this war between the two brotherhoods, which almost woke up that section of the town, with me standing watching in amusement. You should see to believe how the ‘home’ tribe was trying to protect me from foreign aggression with fiery fury!  Finally, the foreign army backtracked and I was able to continue my world’s important work with spurious interruptions.

(To be followed)


So much for Bangalore suburban trains…

Everybody knows that Bangalore has railway tracks that can connect to the nearby areas along the outer ring road periphery and beyond, and those tracks are under-utilized.  The citizens of Bengaluru have been demanding implementation of sub-urban trains on these tracks to ease the pain of commuters (even Metro infrastructure has proven insufficient because of the crowd) on the roads.  This demand has been there for almost 10 years now!

But South-Western Railways today says that it will take 10 more years to implement the doubling of tracks!  It clearly shows how disconnected the SWR officials are with the demand for sub-urban services.  It looks like they don’t care about the sufferings of the people. One reason or other is being quoted by them – funds, not getting co-operation, not enough land, and so on. But we all know that if there is a will, there is a way.  And SWR does not have exactly that – the will.

This issue has been raised at the Indian Railways level many times, and even the PM had been copied in the tweets. But to no result.

I hope that the necessary push will be given by the Central Government and through the MPs and MLAs to get this done as soon as possible.


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Software Testing: On Continous Testing

Software Testing is being heavily transformed thanks to the continuous integration and delivery. Customers demand speed. Also, customers are in the driver’s seat on how the software should be behave and how it should look like – right from the day one of the design. They are pretty closely engaged with the development and design team on their preferences. It makes sense. It would be worthless to build a product that the customer does not want.

But that brings challenges to the ‘Test’ personnel. Test personnel always need a point of reference to validate and verify if the software behaves as desired, and what is being built is right. But would the ‘test’ still have the voice to say if something is working as expected as the customer themselves is in the process of validating and verifying that?

Another aspect is automation. Verification is designed to be done mostly through automation as it is faster, so what would the automation verify against – when the requirements and specifications are themselves constantly changing? Would the requirements be amply captured in a business specification as part of BDD?  Would that be in a standard format that can be read by the automation and understood?

Today, there are some products in the market that promise ‘healing’ of the scripts based on the changes to the specifications. Would the healing be based on the business requirements documented somewhere (or) would it be the developer’s gut feel of how the software should look like?  If it is the latter, can it still be called ‘testing‘, as nothing is being ‘tested’ as such?

As you can see, there seems to be multiple ways in which everyone is going, and the testers’ jobs have become very difficult!  I think these discussions should continue in various test forums and opinions should be voiced.

We are in an exciting period of transformation, and that comes with a lot of responsibility. One thing is clear – if you are hired for test, your job is to make sure that the software behaves as per the customer requirements, irrespective of how fast they change!

All the best!

Love always!

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Book Review: Advanced Analytics With Spark: Patterns For Learning From Data At Scale: Sandy Ryza, Uri Laserson, Sean Owen, Josh Wills – Part 1

This is the first part of professional book review of the book Advanced Analytics With Spark: Patterns For Learning From Data At Scale by Sandy Ryza, Uri Laserson, Sean Own, and Josh Wills. This is a technology book that’s intended to introduce interested audience to Apache Spark, which is used in large scale data computing. The book’s audience would be any beginner who would like to study the Apache Spark framework, with a bunch of practical, real-time examples.  The book is based on Apache Spark version 2.1. As of the writing of this review, Apache Spark 2.3.1 has been released. The reader is encouraged to compare and contrast the differences between 2.1 and 2.3.1 versions to know, and manage the differences that matter to them.

The first chapter by Sandy gives a very good summary of what to expect from the book.  It explains why Apache Spark is valuable, how it resolves issues encountered with Hadoop Mapreduce, how it’s a good interface to fill the gap between exploratory analytics and operational analytics, the updates to Spark in version 2.0 and value of those changes, etc.  This chapter not only provides a great overview, but a beginner to Spark and writing analytics applications at scale would find this chapter valuable to learn many things that should be considered to bring about an application into production.

I know that it’s a bit unconventional to write a book review in parts – but the reality is that this is a technical book and it provides various facets of Spark through examples. It would be wise to attempt to read some chapters, try the examples, and write the commentary in parts, than to wait till the end. This way, the reader of the review will get deep insight on the book, rather than an overall score. Of course, I will write a detailed final summary at the end of reading the book in full.

Please look forward to Part 2.

The book is available at Amazon at the following links:

Amazon India
Amazon USA


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The Key To Running Successful Businesses

I always like to do things – by hand, by thought. I have been denied opportunities to do things quoting several excuses – ‘Oh you are too young to do that’, ‘Oh, you don’t know how to do that’, ‘Oh, we have all the connections in the town, so we will get it done quickly than you’, etc. But these denials turned out to be great motivators for me to build myself to actually DO things, to learn, and get the satisfaction that I can accomplish things.

Today, business leaders are quoting that keeping the tabs on every first-line aspect of a business is the key to succeed in a business. What does that mean? Caring to the things that you actually do as a business – making sure that the threads are sorted properly in an yarn business, making sure that the ingredients are cleaned and kitchen is disinfected in a food business, making sure that items are sorted and ready to ship in a trading business.

If you delegate, making sure that the person is doing it has all the right tools, methodology, and ingredients to do it correctly.  Keeping tabs on what’s going on and keeping the ears to the ground, I would say, is THE most important thing on anything that you aspire to do.

Starting from taking care of yourself to running the most complicated large businesses in the world, and to being spiritual – one thing is key – and I am giving it to you right here:


If you pay enormous attention to your field or area, success is imminent. It can’t evade you.  With undivided attention comes the awareness and knowledge, and the action follows.

Practice it, and let me know what you find out in the comments! All the best!

Love always!

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