Watching, Making, Eating, and Reading this Weekend


Independence Day long weekend is going to be a quiet one for us.

Piglet as usual will go for his horse-riding class, and Snubnose again as usual will go for her art class.

By the way, if you are wondering why I haven’t been sharing any works of hers lately, it’s because she’s been in practice mode – she started trying out water colors this summer, and has struggled a bit trying to create nice paintings using a tool she’s not very familiar with.

Anyway, apart from ferrying them around to different classes, I have planned absolutely nothing leaving me with plenty of free time on hand. Here’s what I plan to do with it.


This year I am going to give the regular Independence Day stuff on TV a skip. I’ve been pretty disillusioned with patriotic jingoism when I feel there are so many issues that still need to be resolved in our country. Every time someone is killed for eating beef, or a girl is raped, or a student or farmer commits suicide, I think, where’s the freedom?

So, this year I will be giving the mandatory patriotic Independence Day movie (I’ve watched this movie every year on Independence Day, I think), Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi a skip. Instead, I am going to finish feeding my kids, and then settle down on the couch to a marathon binge-watching of The Mindy Project. It’s on at Comedy Central on Aug 15th from 1:00 pm onwards.

The Mindy Project on Comedy Central

The Mindy Project on Comedy Central

As Mindy, oh so eloquently says:

I don’t need marriage. I don’t need anyone to take care of all my needs and desires. I can take care of them myself now.

True definition of independence, you think? I’m still on the fence about such a dramatic statement, but yeah, overall, everybody should be given the strength to stand on their own two feet. That’s independence.

If The Mindy Project doesn’t rock your boat, there are a couple of other shows that might:

  • Orange is the New Black – An American TV series about a woman in prison is airing 15th August on Colors Infinity. If stories of prisoners trying to figure out their lives in prison and attain freedom from their own inner inhibitions interests you, then check this one out.
  • Another show that looks promising is VH1 trending in India, which is an Independence Day special about the songs that moved India. That’s on at 12:00 pm and 6:pm on VH1.

So, I’m not just going to be a couch potato this weekend. There are tons of other things I plan to do. Read on.


I have a lot of spaghetti on hand at home, and plenty of parmesan cheese, and extra virgin olive oil, so I plan to recreate this aglio olio spaghetti as it was such a clear favorite when I made it the first time. If I am able to manage it, I”ll throw in a few slices of garlic bread for sides as well.

Delicious aglio olio spaghetti

Delicious aglio olio spaghetti

Some time back, I had pinned this recipe for cauliflower and spinach risotto. It sure looks delicious, and seems simple to make too.

Cauliflower and spinach risotto

Btw, have you ever tried recipes from the goop site? The recipes there sound pretty good, and I like that there are quite a few options for us vegetarians.


So, of course, I am going to be eating what I make. But apart from that, if it is a nice hot Sunday, I think Snubnose and I will make a visit to our local Corner House, and order our standard thick chocolate shakes – one for each of us.

Chocolate thick shake from Corner House

Chocolate thick shake from Corner House

Aah, I am already drooling over the thought. If you go to Corner House, give the overhyped Death by Chocolate a skip, and try this shake instead. Much lighter, and dare I say it, tastier.


I took a short break from reading A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Because, well Harry Potter always gets priority, right?

A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Anyway, the announcement of this year’s Man Booker long list prompted me to just hurry up and finish with this book already (I’ve been reading it piece meal over the past two months).

So, that’s what I am going to do. Finally finish up with this book.


After changing up my theme drastically, a couple of weeks back, I haven’t really refined things further. I am not sure if I will actually get to it this weekend, but yeah, if I have some time on hand, a little more fine-tuning of the blog’s appearance is in order.

One question:
what do you think of the fonts, and the header sizes? I am conflicted, as I am a long-time sans-serif lover, but also feel the serif fonts suit this theme better. Decisions, decisions 🙂 .

Actually, any feedback or suggestions on the blog’s appearance are welcome. I am really aiming for a clean, neat, and most important quick-loading blog.

What are your plans for the long weekend?

Post written in collaboration with Comedy Central.

  • Please, please make this watching eating reading making etc thing a regular feature! This was so enjoyable!!

    • Nishita

      @srishtygrover:disqus Ooh, glad you liked it. I”ll try for some more along these lines.

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