Archive for October, 2007

Saraswathi Pooja during dasara and Sweet Dosa

Based on our Hindu calendar, during the 7th day or the 8th day we perform Saraswathi Pooja. Goddess Saraswathi is the mother of all knowledge, wisdom and learning. She plays the veena instrument. She is a lover of music.

During dasara, on this day, books and instruments are placed before Saraswathi, and we perform pooja to her.

We say the following sloka or prayer to her, and I should mention that this is one of the first payers we learnt in our family, and I guess is being learnt in any Hindu family.

Saraswathi Namasthubyam,
Varadey Kaamarupinee!
Vidhyarambham Karishyami,
Sidhir bhavathu mey sada

It means:

Oh Goddess, Saraswathi, my humble salutations to you, who are the fulfiller of all my wishes. I start my studies with the request that thou will bestow Thy blessings on me.

Here is a link to a picture of Goddess Sarawathi and the sloka as well.

1. Picture and Sloka

2. Saraswathi Stotra

My mom used to make Sweet dosa when we were little. Here is a recipe for the same.

Interview with authors

I have been writing articles every week on upcoming books on Javalobby from the past 3 weeks.

Today, the article on the book “Beginning Java SE 6 Platform: From Novice to Professional” went live. Here is a link on Javalobby.


Coming Soon – Beginning Java SE 6 Platform: From Novice to Professional

On October 10th 2007, I did an article on an upcoming book on NetBeans 6.0. Here is the link:

Apress Publishes New NetBeans 6 Book by Adam Myatt

On October 3rd 2007, it was a book from Manning Publishers.

Manning releases a must have book: Test Driven




Beans Pudi Palya

Last friday, I had been to a friend’s house for Lakshmi pooja. One of the invitees, who’s name was also Meera had prepared this Palya. Palya in Kannada means Vegetable. Pudi means powder. So, here is the recipe I heard from her.

Finely chop 1 lb of French Beans, and cook them in a pressure cooker with very little water.

You can also use frozen beans, microwave the same and keep it.

In 1 tsp of oil, fry 4 tbsp of Channa dal, and 2 tbsp of Urad dal, 3-4 red chillies until the dals turn brown.

Next, to this fried dals, mix 1/2 fresh grated coconut and grind in a mixer.

In a vessel, heat 1 tbsp of oil. When it’s hot, add mustard seeds, 1/2 tbsp channa dal, 1/2 tbsp urad dal, hing, turmeric, curry leaves. You can add 2-3 red chillies if you wish.
Add 2-3 tbsp tamarind juice and the pudi. Once these are fried nicely, add the cooked beans. Add salt as per taste, and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves(optional).

Serve with Rice or Chapathi.

I don’t have a picture of the Palya yet, I plan on making the same some time soon and post the picture here.

Mean while, enjoy the beans pudi palya.

Devotional songs on Dasara

During Dasara, the most common devotional songs you hear in any household in Bangalore are of

1. Sri Venkatesha Suprabhatham

2. Mahishasura Mardhini Stotram

3. Songs on Goddess Lakshmi.

You can listen to these as well as many more devotional songs at

Here is a link for you convenience:


Dasara Festival

Dasara, which is also called “Navaratri” is among the most important festivals celebrated in our family. This is celebrated for 10 days and 9 nights. In Bangalore, we also call this festival Bombe Habba, during which we keep colorful toys and decorate them as well. All the 10 days we have different festivals. It is celebrated all over India; however in each state they worship different god and goddess.

The last day being the most important festival called “Vijayadashami”. It is also the wedding anniversary of my parents and my in-laws. So this 10 days and the Vijayadashami day is very special to everyone in our family.

Plantar Fasciitis

I have been suffering from pain in my right foot for almost an year. I had been to several Doctors and tried many treatments; Orthotics, Physical Therapy, CorticoSteroids. Nothing has helped and on this Saturday I had my MRI done. The Doctor diagnosed that I had Plantar Fasciitis.

I had no clue what it was and did a lot of research on the internet. So, anyone having pain in their foot as soon as they get up in the morning, or even when they stand on their feet, here are some of the links to help you know more about the same.

1. Wikipedia

2. WebMD

3. MayoClinic

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