Month: May 2014

The Good Earth

Now here comes my review of “The Good Earth” . I had definitely heard of this book many times before, but last year I saw it in one of the book stores of Delhi and I bought it immediately. I started it and read only a page or two, when a very good friend of mine told me some negative points of the book. I like to form my own opinions, so I carried on. Its just 250 odd pages and it generally should have taken me a week only but this one took me a while, more than one year actually. Hence, writing a review has become important for me on this.
At first, Peal S Buck definitely knows her subject and her years and life in China reflects in her works. I will say I was not greatly moved by the story as I am reading it in 2014 .Its a universal story , told and retold various times in myriad formats taking shapes of different characters. But because the book still entices the readers after 93 years of its publishing date makes it a classic read. The story depicted the common emotions of a common man, the various turmoils and the story “from rags to riches” which everyone wants to hear. One thing I can vouch for is the pre revolution rural China is depicted meticulously .Not only the emotions and way of lives of people but the socio-economic conditions of the country as well .
But it will be myopic to think of this book representing entire history of China. Does War and Peace cover the entire Russian history, will you say after reading midnight’s children of Salman Rushdie that you know a great deal about India. No, I don’t think so.
The work of a writer is to project certain aspects of the subject and Mrs. Buck has done it with agility and with dexterity.
If the novel were to continue for a one more generation then I would have said that the saying that “wealth doesn’t stays past 3 generations” is true.
Also, I am familiar with some past works of Mrs. Buck, I think she had strong liking for 2 things, the name “Wang” and saying that one of the character has a “big feet” 🙂

Origami and meditation

It was wonderful to see the fellow origami artists folding the papers fervently at Garfield Park Observatory, Chicago.

Met wonderful people there and learned few new models. Had an erudite conversation with a member whose name I forgot , on difference between meditation and flow . And how origami can be relaxing but she made a point that modular origami can be frustrating as well as it takes hours to assemble few models and you feel like pulling your hair if you are not getting it straight.





Haiku for Morning



I read a wonderful and refreshing haiku at one of the Barnes and Nobel store in New York .


Hi no hikri
kesa ya iwashi no
Kashira yori.    

Translation is :

The first gleam
Of a new day
On pilchard’s heads


The wonderful thing about the haiku poems is that they say so much in so less words.

As they say sometimes only a look from the eyes obviates a thousand words .

How Romantic is that, eh ? 🙂 😀



Is Pita bread healthy ?

These days I am eating a lot of Pita bread, freshly oven baked hot bread is really a treat. Few days ago I had a French baguette and I liked it very much.I generally avoid the breads as the fine flour can cause a lot of problems for the metabolism of the body.


There are healthy and unhealthy attributes of the pita bread it seems to me. There are certain ways in which you can judge a food if it is going to be good or not in long term. If you eat the regular bread made from fine flour then if you eat it raw without anything, you can check if the the bread got stuck to the gums or not, or there is some sticky  substance of the bread which got into your molars or premolars. You need not go anywhere, just try to feel your gums with your tongue and you will have your answer. 

The point is , if something is sticking in your mouth then imagine what will happen to the stomach walls? 

It is always wise to have something in multigrain. The reason multi grain and coarse grain breads, flat breads or loaves are better is they do not stick. I have read surface chemistry as a subject in college and the coarser the grain is , more is its  tendency to stick other food material to itself. It will absorb the liquid curries evenly and will not just fall apart on reaching your throat. Flour is so processed that indispensable ingredients are chaffed away such as Vitamin B, Niacin , roughage .

Anyway, I won’t digress from my Pita .One 50 gram of Pita can have around 150 calories. There is some iron, calcium and 0.8 gram fat in 50 gram Pita.The bad thing is the amount of sodium, its a lot  and so it is in regular bread. The bad thing about sodium is , its ions form ionic bonds with chlorine and a saline pool gets created in the body, NaCl +H2O . The combination can be corroding and can disturb the pH value of the stomach. So, its necessary to look for sodium in whatever you eat.

One way to minimize the hazards is to select the multi grain and whole grain breads.They are processed as well but better than the flour counterparts.