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Elements of Nature – Influence on one’s personality

I am someone who believes in Sun signs and horoscope when it comes to analyzing someone’s personality. I somehow find the description perfectly apt. While I was browsing, I found this amazing description of personality based on the four elements of nature. Did some further browsing and here are the results. enjoy 🙂

FIRE sign types (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) are high energy people who need a lot of room to move.  Fire represents the life force glowing within us. They are often physically active with strong opinions and an abundance of creative ideas.  They are usually confident, optimistic, outgoing and adventurous, and may make good salespeople or promoters.  They have a strong sense of self and are better givers than receivers.  They are visionary and need some area of their lives in which they can be leaders. This element projects self expression, creativity, courage and enthusiasm.

Negatively, they may be self-centered and find it difficult to listen to others or consider alternative viewpoints.  They tend not to be very flexible or good at spotting details. Word of caution – over expression of fire can turn assertiveness into aggression.

EARTH sign types (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) : Associated with the signs of Taurus, Capricon and Virgo, Earth represent the practical, realistic material side of our nature, it seeks to assert a stable, secure, structured environment into which we can function. Earth people are practical concerned with physical comforts, money and the material world.  They are excellent business people and may be employed in banking, financial services, construction, farming, or any field requiring an ability to deal with money, land or tangible realities.  You’ll recognize an earth sign at home or at the office by the comfortable and substantial furniture, high quality sound system, or the money jar on the desk!  It’s important to them to be building something solid in life. Earth is patient and reliable, solid and strong. Earth can be a stabilizing force in a relatioship contributing to balance and harmony.

Negatively, earth signs can be stubborn, unimaginative, anti-social or stuck in routine.  They can be narrow-minded and closed to new ideas.

AIR sign people (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) are socially oriented and usually relate first to others through conversation.  These folks are intelligent, curious, broad-minded, well-read and love to keep up with current events and information.  They are delightful to have at parties because they help draw other people out.  They are friendly yet need space in their relationships and will keep a respectable distance between themselves and others.  They are inventors and idea people, occasionally exhibiting a touch of genius. Air contributes inventiveness, originality and versatility to the personality. It gives that feeling of freedom, unattachment, it reaches out to the mental self. Enjoy that refreshing gentle breeze, allow thoughts to flow freely and nourish the creative moment. Air expresses love of people, the ability to intellectualize, to appreciate the differences in people.

Negatively, air signs can be too detached, scattered or “spaced out.”  They may have trouble being aware of their emotions or feeling comfortable with intimacy. Air should seek to maintain practicality and develop consistency in dealing with the real world.

WATER sign types (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) have tremendous depth and emotional capacity.  These are the people who cry easily and will give hours of their time to help a friend in need.  They are moved by the unseen realities of life and often help open others to their feelings, dreams and inner world.  You’ll often notice your water sign friends saying, “I just had a hunch about that,” or “My intuition told me it was okay.”  Water sign people are tender, compassionate, helpful and insightful.  It may even seem that they can see through you!  They like to be in the water, enjoying swimming, scuba diving or luxurious bubble baths. This sign influences the conscious and sub-conscious forces that act on our lives. Water seeks to heal and nurture those around it.It allows one to feel their pain and suffering and offer sincere compassion. However, when uncontrolled it can send emotions on a turbulent path resulting in moodiness and unpredictable highs and lows.

Negatively, water signs can be over-emotional, over-indulgent and over-dependent on the good opinion and support of others.  Their sense of self can be weak and they can favor fantasy over reality. Weakness can result from being too protective and possessive of their loved ones.

If you notice that you have traits of more than one of these element types, you’re in good company.  We are all a blend of two or more types.  Yet there is usually one element that provides a clue to our most dominant traits.  This predominant element is not always the same as the Sun sign, which explains why a person with the Sun in Leo may act more like a Virgo, and so forth.  The more chart placements you have in a particular element – Fire, Earth, Air or Water – the more you will recognize yourself as a “type” in the above descriptions.

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Methi Fried Rice


Methi leaves (finely chopped) – 1 cup

Masala items – cardamamom, cloves

Ginger garlic (finely chopped)

Onions – 2

Rice – 1 cup

Salt, red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder


First pressure cook the rice and keep it aside.

Now heat oil in a pan and fry the masala, ginger an garlic in it.

Fry the onions (finely chopped) until they are golden brown.

Now add the chopped Methi leaves and mix well.

Add salt, red chilli powder, coriander powder, a pinch of garam masala and stir well.

After it has cooked properly, add the cooked rice in the pan and mix well (that the curry blends well with the rice).

Add some more oil to fry the rice mixture and fry for few mins.

Delicious Methi Fried rice is ready to be served 🙂

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Sun Signs – Gemini



Gemini traits

Adaptable and versatile
Communicative and witty
Intellectual and eloquent
Youthful and lively

On the dark side….

Nervous and tense
Superficial and inconsistent
Cunning and inquisitive

Gemini, the sign of the Twins, is dual-natured, elusive, complex and contradictory.The sign is linked with Mercury, the planet of childhood and youth, and its subjects tend to have the graces and faults of the young.They take up new activities enthusiastically but lack application, constantly needing new interests, flitting from project to project as apparently purposelessly as a butterfly dancing from flower to flower.To them life is a game which must always be full of fresh moves and continuous entertainment, free of labor and routine.

They are affectionate, courteous, kind, generous, and thoughtful towards the poor and suffering – provided none of the activities resulting from expressing these traits interferes too greatly with their own lives and children, they demand attention, admiration, and the spending on them of time, energy and money, throwing tantrums if they don’t get what they want..

A Gemini can change his clothes, his job, his love life or his residence as fast as he changes his mind, and that’s pretty fast.He’s a browser, because he can get the gist of the contents in a brief scanning of the pages.Geminis like to skip back and forth in a book, a pattern of action they also prefer when it comes to things other than reading.Man or woman, Gemini is impatient with conservative stick-in-the-muds, or with people who can’t make up their minds where they stand on particular issues. Gemini knows where he stands, at least for the moment.

There’s an eagerness about Geminis, an immediate, sym­pathetic friendliness, and unusually quick, but graceful movements.It’s usually a mistake to try to pin Geminis down to either one place or one idea. It’s always a mistake to challenge them to a battle of wits, because they can talk them­selves in and out of situations with the greatest ease.They think fast on their feet (or in any other position); they can be sharply satirical, and they’re more clever than al­most anybody.

Geminis need to rest their busy brains with twice as much sleep as anyone else. Unfortunately, since they’re so susceptible to insomnia, they rarely get enough.The odd thing is that the Gemini can suffer an emotional breakdown more easily from boredom and confinement than from over-activity.His eyes are sharp and his talents are multiple. He has a brilliant humor, tact, diplomacy and adroitness-yet he lacks persistence and patience. He throws away the precious old too quickly for the untried new, then lives to regret the instant disposal. In spite of all the people around him, he shares his deepest emotions only with his one constant companion-his other twin self.

A June person will sometimes appear to light near you, like an inquisitive bird, survey the scene with excited curiosity, then dart off in a different direction almost before you can say hello.The secret is in the Geminian duality. They can do two. things at once with less effort than it takes most of us to do one.

Any kind of routine can make a typical Geminian feel like a droopy bird in a cage with his wings clipped.There’s a strange thing about Geminis and writing. The Sun sign itself rules writing. Therefore, practically every Mercury man or woman can turn a clever phrase and string words together intelligently.Almost every Gemini speaks, understands or reads more than one language and French is the favorite. One way or another, the Gemini will triumph with words. He cut his teeth on Webster’s Unabridged. He can sell ice cubes to an Eskimo or dreams to a pessimist.


It’s true that when you’re in love with a Gemini, you won’t walk alome. You most certainly won’t. You’ll have at least two people to walk with you-and both of them will be him.The typical Gemini is the favorite of every hostess. He likes people. The more the merrier. He has exquisite taste, he’s loaded with witty remarks, and his com­pliments are masterpieces of warm sincerity. Usually a master of impeccable manners and social adroitness, he keeps the party moving in more ways than one.

One day your Gemini man may call on you with a chattering monkey perched on his shoulder and suggest going to a flea circus. He’ll bring you flowers, perfume, a phonograph record or a couple of books, maybe even one he wrote himself. The hours will speed by as you happily sun yourself in his cheerful disposition, laugh at his bright, ;lever jokes and melt under his gay, gallant charm. He’ll ay “I love you,” a hundred different ways, like no one ilse in the world could do.

The next day, he’ll phone you and cancel the date for no reason whatsoever, causing you to imagine all sorts of things. Was he only joking about loving you? Is he ‘ being someone else? Is he in trouble? Your fears may be true. Then again, they may be false. A week later, he’ll sappear, full of sarcastic remarks, moody and irritable.

He’ll be impatient, critical and petulant. He may criticize your shoes, your lipstick or your literary taste, and have some pretty cutting doubts about the possibility of your happiness together. Either all this, or he’ll be sullen and troubled, his mind far away, distant and aloof. No use asking why, you won’t get an answer that makes any sense.

If you survive that experience, a few more days will find you visiting an art gallery, theater, museum, library or opera with your Gemini man, absolutely hypnotized by his knowledge and wide interests. Hell be unusually tender, full of fragile, butterfly dreams and imaginative hopes for tomorrow. Then he’ll propose. Like that. Quick as light­ning. You’ll forget all the thunder and storm clouds, all the rain that fell before, say “yes,” before he changes his mind-and there you are-engaged to an enigma.

Loving a Gemini is easy and fun, if you don’t try to get too close. There’s a inner core that belongs only to him, that he’ll never share with another human being, even you. Keep things cool and light, and don’t be overly passionate or dramatic. Don’t bore him, always excite him and your Gemini romance can be very special. Don’t rebel against his changeability. Change with him. Be as alert and inter­ested in life as he is.During a long period of loneliness, he can shed some sentimental tears, but it’s the loneliness that does it, rather than nostalgia for yesterday.

Jealousy is something you may never have to worry about with a Gemini husband, because possessiveness is not a typical Gemini trait. If suspicion occasionally whispers in his ear, he’ll usually brush it away . Love is not a strictly physical relationship with this man. He hears more, sees more and feels more through his senses than others do, and Mercury helps him record the most delicate impressions vividly. His love has such an airy, elusive quality, it may seem to lack the earthy passion of other Sun signs.


Her age will be an important clue to what you can expect, because until she matures, romance is only a game to her. She can be fickle and unpredictable to an incredible degree. First she’ll be ecstatically carried away by your smile and your voice, even the way you walk. Then she’ll reverse her ecstasy and criticize everything from your socks to your haircut, and she usually does it with such clever, sharp sarcasm, you may need iodine for your wounds. Now, don’t let this put you out of the market for a Gemini woman. Remember you’re getting at least two for one, and that’s indisputably a bargain.

A Gemini woman can be a producer, a singer, a sailor, a lawyer, an actor, a salesman and the chairman of a few boards of directors all at once-and express himself ad infinitum.Give her credit. Shell usually manage to keep her be­wilderment at her own complex character to herself, and not burden you with it. She’s a lively and gay companion. Most of the time (when the mood is on the up-swing), she’ll sparkle with a vivacious personality, amuse you with her clever, witty remarks, and converse intelligently about almost any subject under the sun. She enjoys all the senti­mental gestures of romance and has no trouble making conquests. No woman you’ve ever met will delight you with more imaginative ways of loving you and such appeal­ing charm. She can flutter her lashes with delicate femi­ninity, but she’s not at all helpless when it comes to earning her own living. A Gemini woman can play the giddy party girl to perfection, flattering a helpless, trapped male right out of his mind and his bank book. But she can smoothly change into a demure and adoring housewife, from which she can quickly switch into a serious intellectual who studies the great philosophers and talks about politics or poetry brilliantly, then suddenly turn into a bundle of raw emotion, full of nerves, tears and fears. She’s certainly not stuffy or monotonous.

You’ll find her a great pal. The Mercury girl will go along with you on anything from scuba diving to speed racing-bicycling or badminton. She’ll show an interest in all the outdoor sports, and still manage to look as soft and feminine as a powder puff, with a mind as fast as a whip.

The Gemini woman is astrology’s version of the eternally youthful sprite. She is outgoing, clever, spontaneous, open-minded, creative, independent, and charming. She dances quickly through life and through her experiences, soaking up the beauty and enjoyment that surrounds her, enchanting and baffling those she encounters in equal measure before gliding off to her next adventure. Others are fascinated by her unique perspective on the myriad subjects she’s interested in, and she loves to share her insights with a captive audience. Because of her tendency to move on quickly, she often leaves those in her wake wanting more of her curious brand of irreverent exuberance.

With constant stimulation and excitement pumping through her, Geminis tend to have a strong, yet slight and flexible build with delicate features. This readily describes the numerous models who share her sign, the likes of which include Heidi Klum, May Andersen, Naomi Campbell, Adriana Lima, Irina Lazareanu, Trish Geoff, Molly Sims, Ana Beatriz Barros, Anja Rubik, Bar Refaeli, Bianca Balti, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Hurley, Riley Keough, and Sarah Stephens. In fact, it may be true that Gemini models hold the crown for being the most enterprising with their noncatwalk-related careers. Their inherent restlessness as well as their natural gift for entrepreneurship helps propel their work in many interesting directions.

Like many other things in her life, the Gemini woman approaches fashion as a fun distraction, enjoyed whimsically and not taken too seriously. Because she has many moods and many interests, her style choices are likely to run the absolute gamut from grunge to glam and everything in between. Like the other decisions in her life, she must be free to pick and choose spontaneously. For this reason, layers and accessories feature prominently in her wardrobe as they immediately change the mood of her outfits. And she loves to shop for things that catch her eye while off to the next stop on her journey.

Your Gemini woman will never take a train when she can fly. She’ll never be silent when she can speak. She’ll never turn away when she can help. And she’ll never walk when she can run. Her mind is full of so many thoughts and her heart is full of so many hopes, she may seem to need a computer to sort it all out. Or does she just need someone who can run beside her and toss dreams with her-from here to tomorrow? If you’re that man, she doesn’t dare look over her shoulder to see if you’re near. Some deep, unexplained fear within her keeps her from ever looking back. When you finally match her speed, get her to slow down to your pace. You can do it, if you hold her hand tightly and never let it go. Though Mercurial north winds drive her on, secretly she may long to rest awhile more than you know. Do hurry and try to reach her. She needs you.

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Sun Signs – Scorpio

I am always intrigued about sun-signs and how well they represent a person’s characteristics. I enjoy reading about them and relating it to myself and my friends. Since I am a Scorpio, let me start with that sign. Here is an extract on some of the dominant characteristics of Sorpions. More signs to come later 🙂

Positive traits…
Determined and forceful
Emotional and intuitive
Powerful and passionate
Exciting and magnetic

On the dark side….
Jealous and resentful
Compulsive and obsessive
Secretive and obstinate


How to Recognize SCORPIO
“The question is . . . which is to be master- that’s all.”
Scorpio likes to travel incognito. Thanks to his well-controlled nature, he usually succeeds, but there are a couple of short cuts which will make it easier to penetrate his disguise at midnight or at noon. Look at the eyes. They can be green, blue, brown or black, but they’ll be piercing with hypnotic intensity. Most people feel nervous and ill at ease under Scorpio’s steady gaze.Next, listen to him speak. The tone can be velvety soft, husky or sharply cutting, the speech slow and measured or clipped and staccato, but what he says will never be self-effacing.
Scorpio has total ego. He knows what he is and he knows what he is not, and nothing anyone else thinks will change this knowledge. Insults roll right off his back, and compliments don’t move him a fraction of an inch. He needs no one to tell him his vices or his virtues. At best, he’ll calmly agree with your appraisal; at worst, he’ll suspect your motives. Scorpio naturally attracts either fiercely loyal and dedicated admirers, or envious and spiteful enemies. But even the latter give him grudging respect, and you’ll notice they’re careful not to challenge him openly.
Scorpios are stubborn and impervious to changes not of their own making. However they accomplish many things in life because of their tenacity in sticking with projects when others lose patience and stamina. On the surface they may seem easy-going, congenial, and gregarious but they are also extremely tenacious with a tendency to manipulate and control. Keys to their success are a strong will and the ability to get to the bottom of things. They want answers and doggedly persist until they get them. Astrological symbols for Scorpio are the scorpion and the eagle. They represent the potency and range of the formidable power and control that Scorpios can develop.
Scorpios react emotionally to everything they experience in life. Before they take physical action, before they sort out the practicality of what they are doing, and before they reason things out intellectually, they express their feelings.They may not intentionally want to be mysterious but many of them manage to appear enigmatic anyway. They do not like being crossed or manipulated, and react to such treatment with sarcasm and vengefulness.
Unlike Aries, Scorpio is not openly combative unless it becomes necessary. Their privacy is tightly protected, and others get to know them only up to a certain point. They may not show any sign of inner struggle but when they are after something or someone their determination is fierce. Should they not be favored in the outcome, they are not willing or gracious losers. They are not arrogant and, in fact, are quite interested in others and what others have to say. However they often exhibit a self-sufficiency that implies there isn’t much they don’t already know.
If you’re in love with a Scorpio male and the word passion frightens you, put on your track shoes and run as if King Kong were pursuing you.

In a word, this man is invincible. Just behind his frosty reserve is a huge pot of boiling steam that bubbles and seethes continually. If you’re lucky, he’ll keep the lid on. tight for a lifetime, but a deep injury can blow it right off with a brilliant explosion. It’s kind of fascinating to watch. if you’re not in its direct line of
destruction. Step aside, if you feel it coming. And don’t do anything to cause it yourself.
Hell bewilder you with his twin Scorpio traits of passion and reason. He’s master of both: intellect and emotions rule him equally. Scorpio is more than intelligent. If he’s a highly evolved specimen, he’s also deeply philosophical, concerned with mysteries of existence, and he’ll come close to knowing the answers.
It’s quite an experience to see the Scorpio man operate under adversity’s black clouds. While others are mumbling and crumbling and grumbling, he is at his forceful, courageous best. He seldom wallows in envy or self-pity, and he doesn’t happen to think that life owes him a single farthing.A Scorpio man will never allow a woman to dictate to him. Never in a million years. He is the man and you are the woman, and if you have any doubts about it, you will be set straight so surely that you’ll never need but one lesson. Yet, a Scorpio husband with a wife who truly understands him, will be tender, sympathetic, considerate, and repay her loyalty with the kind of love most women only read about and wish for.

The female Scorpio has a deep, mysterious beauty. She’s magnetic, proud and totally confident.The true shade of her nature is dark maroon, or deep wine-red, not a female color at all. However, to give her proper tribute, she’s able to make you think it is. I know one who’s great at pretending to be a fragile, fluffy kitten. She purrs so contentedly most men guess she’s an ultra-feminine Piscean. They topple into her trap and wake up later, sadder but wiser. She is no kitten.
She can be overbearing and domineering, sarcastic and frigid- then turn as hot as an oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. She can hate with bitter venom and love with fierce abandon.A Scorpio woman can’t excuse weakness in a man. She looks for ambition and courage. She wants a mate who can dominate her and make her proud, without disturbing her secret individuality. A high degree of intelligence is required to match her own excellent mind, plus more than a passing acquaintance with abstract, philosophical wisdom.Having once achieved closeness with a female Scorpio, you can be positive you’re a unique and unusual man. You can also be sure that her love for you is unmatched by any you’ll ever experience-and you can take that in several ways. You’ll be the most important interest in her life. If she’s a typical Pluto girl, she’ll boost you loyally, and try to please you with passionate intensity. If you’re too hard to please, she’ll show her frustration with passionate attempts to conquer your disinterest.
She’s never just slightly interested. She seldom likes or dislikes a play, a book, religion, furniture or people. She either bitterly resents or she intensely worships. If one of these two passions can’t be aroused, then she totally ignores, with ice around the edges. Yet, through it all, she’ll remain essentially untouched by emotional storms, judging at least from her placid exterior, which always drapes itself around her after each minor or major nuclear explosion. It may be difficult to convince your mother-in-law that her daughter really broke all those dishes and tore all those draperies to shreds after the fury has subsided and her black velvet poise has returned. People may look at you as if you’re a character assassinator.
She could be the keeper of quite a few secrets. It’s surprising how many dark deeds are confessed to Scorpios, though their own inner lives are marked: “Private-Keep Out.” She likes to hear secrets, but she’ll seldom tell anything anyone has confided in her. All Scorpios are highly selective in friendships. They’ll keep the worthy companions through an entire lifetime, and freeze the shallow, the common or the unworthy.
She’ll be possessive but she won’t want to be possessed. One of the worst traits of both male and female Scorpios is a refusal to see any viewpoint but their own when the emotions are involved.
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Lauki vada

 grate the lauki (bottle gourd) and add it into rice flour.

mix chilli powder, cumin seeds, salt, green chilli to the above mixture into a thick paste

press into vada and deep fry in oil.

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Palak Rava Pongal


split lentil seeds (pesarapappu) – 1 cup

upma rava (wheat rava) – 1 cup

palak –


1.  Boil the lentil seeds

2. Take 2 sppons of oil in a vessel, add tadka (talimpu – urad dal, red mirchi, green mirchi)

3. Add kali mirch (pepper seeds), asafotedia, (ghee fried cashew), a bit of ginger.

4. Add palak leaves (chopped) , boiled lentil seeds, rava and salt and pressure cook (or boil) the mixture.

5. After it is cooked, add grated raw coconut and serve hot 🙂 .

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Amma’s recipes

Hi frenz…

got the treasure book of recipes of  Mom when we went home for Ugadi!! Will be posting all the recipes one by one in the days to come (either in my blog or my sister’s – sagifun)…watch out for some lip-smacking, delicious and authentic recipes….enjoi!!!!

Here’s the first one –


Ingredients :

Ragi seeds


raw cocunut


cashew, kismis, (pacha karpuram)

Procedure :

1. Ragi seeds are to be soaked and tied in a cloth the day before preparation, to let them sprout

2. The sprouted ragi seeds and coconut to be mixced in a mixer.

3. This is to be mixed with milk, along with sugar and heated on a low flame for 5 mins.

4. This can be garnished with cashew, kismis (fried in ghee) and served hot or cold.

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Let me start with giving the recipes for some of the items we (me and sis) have tried some time back (during the Master Chef India season 🙂 ) ..


pudina (mint leaves)
basmati rice
coriander leaves
biryani masalas (cloves, dalchini etc)
salt, green chillies
ginger garlic paste

Procedure :

  • clean the pudina and corinader leaves and mix them well into a smooth paste.
  • take the cooker, fry the masala ingredints (cloves, dalchini) in ghee.
  • add some ginger garlic paste, green chillies (finely chopped)
  • add the rice (11/2 cup of water for 1 cup of basmati rice) after cleaning it thoroughly
  • add the pudina paste already prepared.
  • add the corn (2 cups – even more if you like corn 🙂 )
  • add some salt (acc. to taste) and cook in a pressure cooker
  • Corn pudina pulav is done after 3 whistles 🙂
  • You can add cashews (fried in ghee) for garnishing.

Yummy corn pudina pulav is ready!!!