I know this is out of topic-- apart from food blogging, but I wanted to post it on my blog. Only if you can spare some time to read it, especially on Gandhigiri.
Gandhigiri still works, is the current mantra buzzing in the H1B immigrants(Indians awaiting their GC application) these days. The abrupt closure of this path to a green card -- proof of lawful permanent resident status -- sent the applicants back to the queue for 2008, when they will have to spend more time and money, organizers of the protest said. There was a flower campaign arranged to protest USCIS for changing the visa bulletin. The gist of the campaign was to peacefully convey disappointment and concern at how things have evolved in the last month. Dilip Tekkedil, 32, a software engineer from North Andover, Mass., is one of the frustrated applicants who came up with the flower idea when his and many others GC application was not accepted.
This Flower Campaign message spread like wild fire and USCIS office was flooded with flowers from all across the country. I am sure all of you must have seen the hindi movie 'Lage Raho Munnabhai' released in 2006. In this movie its shown that one should always thank people for their deeds even if the person harasses you.. thank him and make him feel guilty by sending flowers. The same thing happened here. Though the message of non-violence of Gandhiji still works but the credibility goes to Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra of LRM.
Sadly this sensational news was not shown on many news channels, if you are interested to digg more on this check here and don't forget to check the video links from the last link below.
USCIS Director's response to the flower campaign Reuters Article| Washington Post Article |New York Times Article | NPR Broadcast | Complete Media Coverage with Pictures and Video
source: Immigration Voice Forum
My Small Apartment Garden
A small, simple and sweet little note on my apartment gardening. After getting inspired from Kalyn's vegetable garden and other bloggers gardens, finally I started with three plants, Holy Basil (krishna tulsi) thanks to Sharmi for offering me Tulsi plant, spear mint and methi/fenugreek. I was so excited to see them grow that I wanted to share these pictures with you. I know its kiddish to do so, but I cannot resist myself to post on my garden plants.
My friends from all across the globe send some beautiful messages and warm wishes by email for congratulating me on my blog. So thought of including the same here, its so hard to keep digging my mail box for their messages, so this is kinda on-stop-commentum.
Saroja Krishna: Hi Padma, Nice to see ur mail. As and when ananth told that u started a food blog , I am excited to see it.
Congrats on starting ur own blog. Its a nice blog and ur profile photo is good So, u r keeping urself busy by collecting and experimenting with new recipes waiting to see new and variety recipes on ur blog. All the best padma.
Sumeet Bose: Padma- This is a Great discovery of a cook. Incredible Innovative job and fantabulous to start with Mother -in-law's Pachadi.
Radhika: Hi Padma, Nice to see your food blog. Lots of wishes to you on this.
Preeti: Cool I checked it & you are really doing good work. I didnt know you were interested in cooking. Anyways keep doing it. i will visit when i need good ones :-)
Hari Annaiya: This is wonderful………..Padma...Great Job!!!!!!!! and below is one of his colleague's comment
'S' - A good friend of my brother: Hey..This is so cool. I am a huge fan of Food blog sites, and I always (almost) turn to such sites if I am in doubt. It is so exciting to know that some one so clos(er) has hosted such a site. The photographs are really wonderful. She has a great talent
Sreejit: Sahi akka... dekhte hi mooh main pani aagaya.. all the dishes are wonderful... :)
I'd try few of those in this week end.. :) Veggie Akki Roti se start karta hoon ..
Rashi: hey thats g8 Padma
Lalitha(chinna):Ha ,so this is where all your recipies curiosity was going into!! Nice job. I just called divya and showed her the picture of bread snack and asked her to read the story.Even before reading she recognised the picture and after reading she confirmed Lata aunty wrote it.
So that is why u didn't have time to call. Keep it up. May you prosper in your adventure and master more and more recipes, art, craft, stitching and photography. Bye the bye nice writing too.
Bhanu: Hey paddu... your blog is too good. you become a very good cook now. why can't you open one small restuarent there :)
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