All posts by Jasbir Chatterjee

Poet, writer, blogger, corporate professional

One Sunny Day

A few days ago, I had written about a few puppies whom I hoped to see again in better circumstances. See link below.

https://jasbirchatterjeephotoblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/31/beware-dogs-live-here/

Well, yesterday, on 19 January 2020, I finally got the chance to see them again. Their puzzled Dad, a stray dog, watched as I clicked their pics. See them below.

This only proves that like humans, some dogs are luckier and get all those things in life that one can only dream about.

Leafy Petals

A lot of trees are shedding leaves these days in Delhi (January 2020)

Winter is at its peak, but it will be on its way out by next month end. So trees are getting ready too…

See some more pics below.

They remind me of the lovely lyrics from Cliff Richard’s song ‘Evergreen Tree,’ “Oh Darling, I love you so, don’t you know that I’ll be true/ Till the leaves turn blue/On the evergreen tree…”

Mooli Bhurji – A Simple Radish Recipe

It’s winter time in Delhi now and white radish is easily available. It is fresh, soft, juicy, and not very bitter. Try out this easy and simple recipe of white radish bhurji. It will take you just 5 minutes and this includes peeling and grating of radish as well.

Ingredients : 3 white radish (grated), 2 tablespoons of green peas, 2 tablespoons of oil, one whole red chilly, a teaspoonful of whole mustard seeds, some green coriander for garnishing. A pinch of turmeric, hing, red chilli powder, and salt as per taste.

Method: Take a karahi and add oil. When it becomes hot, add mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter. Then add turmeric, hing and grated radish. Stir for a minute or two. Then add chilli powder and salt. Stir again for a few seconds.Your bhurji should be ready now and you can test this by pressing some grated radish between your fingers. If it is still not soft enough, let it cook some more till it is done. Garnish with green coriander. See below. Enjoy. Have it with chapati or parantha.

1. In the karahi

Garnish with green coriander

Managing Immigrants

Africans

Ever since CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) turned into CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), India has erupted into waves of protests followed by brutal police action. A lot of innocent lives have been lost and public property worth several crores of Rupees has got damaged, which is very tragic and unfortunate. God knows when and how it will end.

There is nothing wrong with having a national population register, as in US, and deporting outsiders living illegally in the country. But making a national policy of granting citizenship to only non-muslims is as good as promoting Hindutva and goes against the basic character of our constitution.

And while the police remains preoccupied with controlling thousands of vociferous protesters, another set of population, the Africans, appears to be quietly increasing in numbers in every nook and corner of Delhi and other cities. Unlike people from neighbouring countries such as Pakistanis, Afghans, Bangladeshis, Srilankans, and Nepalis, many of whom have been smuggled in by local politicians to create vote banks, Africans look conspicuously different from the local population, so they are easily identifiable. See the photo on the top and you will understand.

Again, unlike other Asian immigrants who integrate easily with the locals, Africans keep to themselves and are not engaged, generally speaking, in legitimate jobs. So you wonder where their money for daily existence comes from.

Each time a major drugs or human traffickingcase comes to light, you invariably hear about involvement of some of them. I don’t mean to sound racist, but this is our bitter reality.

Instead of catching the real culprits, the outsiders disturbing our peace and stability, the police is compelled to train their guns and lathis on the innocent, well-meaning citizens of the country.

USA has a strict policy on illegal residents and preventing them from creating law and order problems. They do not discriminate on the basis of cast, creed, and religion and they enforce their immigration laws with great efficiency.

Let’s hope our political parties offer better options in the next lok sabha elections.