Choosing a February born employee

Being in HR function gives a lot more time and insight into the behavioural aspects of people around us. Let us today go through understanding the different traits of February born employees so as to gain maximum benefits of placing them in the right segment of work.

Positive traits of February born employees:

  1. Frank. Their frankness allows them to be extremely truthful. It’s not that they cannot lie, they can, but they rather say the truth than say something that’s not true.
  2. They are authentic and original. People born in February are known for their originality. They believe in doing things their own way rather than following others just for the sake of it. This is what makes them very different from others. They stand out in a crowd for doing things differently.
  3. Mysterious. It’s often very difficult to understand people born in February and what they’re thinking. But being mysterious has its perks. It generates curiosity in others.
  4. Innovative. Their imagination runs wild and they have the ability to think outside of the box and it’s not surprising that a lot of people born in this month are scientists, writers, innovators, or works in any job that requires this skill.
  5. They are one of a kind. Their originality and creativity make them one of a kind. They prefer to be different and be known as an ‘individual’ rather than as a part of the group. This makes February borns never boring, they are unique, fun and have a great mind.
  6. Determined people. Their determination, self-control, and drive allow them to tackle even the most herculean tasks. It may take time, but eventually breakthrough it. The most of us only wished we had this trait. Imagine being able to do even the difficult of tasks without giving up.
  7. Loyal. People born in February are loyal, caring, devoted, faithful, committed, attentive and we could go on and on. The list is endless! They’ll be there for you when no one else does.
  8. They are compassionate and generous. February borns are the most selfless people in the world. They’re always out to make a difference and help the world. They believe in the change they want to see. People born in February are very compassionate and generous which makes them admired by others around them.
  9. They are strong. They are able to control their emotions without it taking a toll on them. If they do ever get affected by it, they tend to get over it easily compared to others.
  10. People born in February do not like to rush things. They take it slow and one step at a time. It helps them to be more logical and gain more knowledge and also appreciate the things around them. No matter the situation or the consequence. They learn from their mistakes and experiences. Most people from February are making their own way if anything others follow them.

Negative traits of February born employee:

  1. Although they don’t reveal much about themselves, it leaves the rest of us wondering who they really are and leaves us wanting to know more about them before trusting.
  2. Others will get impatient and feel that February borns are slowing them down, but it’s only because they are analyzing every single thing before taking action, not because they are lazy.
  3. February born is never scared to be honest. So sometimes most people think of February born as too upfront and will try to avoid them only because they’re afraid of the truth.

Watch “Yummy dal fry/ tadka my style” on YouTube

This recipe is one of the yummy filling recipe you may serve with roti, rice or eat it as it is.

For this recipe you need:

Toor dal: 1 cup

Ginger garlic paste : 1 tablespoon

Turmeric : 1 teaspoon

Chilli powder : 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Tomato: 1 slit in cross

Peanuts : 2-3 tablespoon

Jeggery small piece

Tamarind: 1 – 2 piece

Green chilli 1

For tampering:

Hing a pinch

whole red chilli 1

Ginger garlic paste :1 teaspoon

Turmeric and red chilli powder and garam masala

Coriander leaves : 1 tablespoon

In a pressure cooker take dal, add two and half times water and add peanuts, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric, salt and tomatoe. Boil for four to five whistles and then on slow flame for five minutes. Put off gas and open the lid when steam rests.

In a tampering spoon take some ghee and put it on heat, add mustard seeds, hing, whole red chilli, ginger garlic paste and powder masala. Remove from flame and set aside.

Put the cooker back on gas add the tampering along with jeggery and tamarind. Bring it to a boil. Take it out in a serving bowl and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with roti or rice or as you may like it.

Restaurant style Sundays brunch

Amazing Sunday morning if you get restaurant style breakfast at home. #yummy, you instantaneously become everybody’s favourite person. Yes but when it’s not, can you guess who is that charming person at my place, my son.

Let me share with you a nice Sunday morning brunch.

For this we need

Cauliflower 5-6 florets

Peas 50 g

mushroom 4-5

French beans 5-7

Pumpkin 50g

Bell pepper 1

Eggs 4

Wash vegetables and mushroom and set aside. Cut mushroom and french beans into halves and vegetables into one inch pieces. Take a bowl and boil some water into it. Blanch vegetables for two minutes and strain them. Blanch mushroom for ten seconds. Now put a grill pan on fire and heat it. Grill vegetables on the pan on medium to high heat to get grill marks and spray some cooking oil on it. When done from both sides, sprinkle salt and pepper and take it out on a plate and set aside. In the same pan grill some pav or thick bread slices. Brush a little butter on it. When done from both sides take them out and set aside. To the same pan break the eggs and scramble them for two minutes. Add salt pepper and chillies and take it out on in serving plate with breads. Take it to the dining table and enjoy with your loved ones.

Yummy veg cutlets


Making kids feel wow when they open their lunch box is something every mom loves. Today I am sharing one such favourite recipe of my son and it is what he calls #yummy veg cutlets. For this recipe you need:

Cauliflower 50g

Green peas 50g

Potatoes 4 medium-sized

Beetroot 2 medium-sized

Green chillies 2 (mild non spicy ones)

Coriander leaves 2 tablespoon

Bread slices 3 to 4

Boil potatoes and other vegetables separately and keep aside. Chop green chillies and coriander leaves finely and set aside. Take a medium depth bowl and break the bread slices into it. Now add potatoes, boiled vegetables, and mash nicely. Now to this add green chillies, coriander leaves, salt to taste and a pinch of kasuri methi with some pepper. Mix all the ingredients well and make them into cutlets of various shapes and sizes as you may like and keep them aside. Heat a pan and spray some cooking oil on it. Now cook the cutlets on both the sides and take it out on serving plate. Serve them hot as snacks with tomato ketchup or pack them for your kids lunch box and see no one can stop you from becoming the favourite mom to the kids. Have fun and enjoy with your family.

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Preparation time: 10 min

Serves: 8

Weekend getaway this season Uran Plaza

This weekend getaway is nice place to find yourself some peace of mind away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated around thirty kilometres away from Mumbai, Uran Plaza is easily accessible via all means of communication namely bus, ferry and train up to navi Mumbai then by bus. If you have your own car then you definitely have your own time the way you like it. You may go there with your friends , family or with kids you definitely will love it. The place faces sea and the view is absolutely amazing. Just listen to the sound of sea along with the cool breeze and enjoy your cup of tea or drinks as per your preference. The place has some really authentic and fresh seafood dishes to offer and people who are fond of sea food this place will never disappointed them. reasonably priced is one of the key points of this property and if you come here once you would definitely want to visit again. There is a small basketball court for kids to play and elders to enjoy the solitude and nature.

 

When the sun goes down you may prefer driving back or stay in the rooms that can be rented and are reasonably priced and nicely maintained. You can also visit nearby peerwadi beach.

If you happen to visit the place coming weekend don’t forget to share your views with me and lovely pics on Facebook. Bye for now I’ll be back with another rich experience soon.

My travel experience, Jaipur

Ever wondered how rich is our cultural heritage. You will definitely amused to see Rajasthan. I had been to Jaipur this holiday season which was really mesmerizing. The rich architectural heritage our country has is worth spending your time not once but it would definitely make you revisit them again. The monuments that are symbol of ancient era are really worth spending time. The places I could cover in this visit of mine I would like to mention here:

Jaigarh fort: it is one or the beautiful places constructed there. The most talked about point is the Canon. This is the major attraction of the place. It took thirty years to build the cannon and was used only once.

The place is full of the story used by the emperor during those times. It also has a beautiful presentation of the areas used for discussion, female dining area, male dining area. The view from the top is unmatched. Visit during winters from November to early March.

Amber Palace: this is still one of the property managed by private ownership but the work is done really well. The carvings on the pillars are really exquisite and is adorable. The place has nominal entry fee but is worth spending time if you love architecture.

It still has beautifully managed gardens and every corner of the fort can tell you a story. There are beautiful shows presented during the evenings and it is one great attraction for the place.

Sheesh Mahal: this is present inside Amber palace itself but is one unique feature in itself. It was supposed to be the Diwan-e-khas of the emperor. The attraction is the glass effect carvings of the era. It has beautiful shine and feel. People just cannot resist clicks there.

The key point to mention is the corner where you stand one side and other person can click your pic in the mirror as if you are in the painting. You will love to see this. Sheesh Mahal is really beautiful.

Hawa Mahal: Hawa Mahal is known for its beautiful ventilation the windows or jharokha. The sleek appearance in front and different levels have been built beautifully. The presence of stairs and ramp is fit for everyone to choose how they want to go up.

Though it is situated in the centre of pink city but it still holds its unique attraction and beauty. The place features the beautiful knowledge of architecture maximizing airflow.

Nahargadh Biological and zoological Park: If you are visiting with your kids, nothing is more attractive for them. There are carnivorous animals like lion, tiger, white tiger, hyena etc managed beautifully. The trees and plants have been labelled for people to understand nicely.

Also beautiful birds steal the attention of people visiting.

There are lots of other places like pushkar and ajmer that can be clubbed along with Jaipur and give you the beautiful memory of the place visited.

Jantar Mantar: the place is very educational and is based on ancient astrology of india.

The mathematical calculations of our ancient contributions are must visit place for our next generation to understand the importance of our country and its rich history.

City Palace: this can be planned along with Hawa Mahal and jantar mantar as all of them are situated in pink city close to each other.

The must try place for foodies is Rajdhani restaurant which serves beautiful authentic taste of Rajasthan.

Thought a little higher on spice, Rajasthani cuisine makes a special place in the hearts of people coming there.

That’s all about Jaipur and I will be back with another rich experience. Bye for now.

How to beat Monday blues

Are you feeling dull, unhappy and do not want to go to office on monday morning, then you may be suffering from monday blues. The feeling of dullness, lack of enthusiasm, depressed mood and feeling of not belonging to the office environment are few of the symptoms noticed by people suffering from monday blues. As per researchers in field of psychology occasional feeling of this kind may be normal but if it is common then it definitely needs to be addressed. Let us try to understand the reason behind this:

  1. The work you are involved in does not interest you. This may be one reason that may pull you back from getting interested in workplace and thus contributing to Monday blues.

  2. You may have a lot of backlog from last week’s work and the feeling of being overburdened for the day may be the reason for loss of interest.

  3. Improper sleep and hectic schedule during weekdays and weekend may also contribute to depressed state of mind as the body may need resting mode which it has been lacking.

  4. Hectic schedule of weekend and too much partying may be the reason to pull down the energy levels and make you sluggish with the thought of upcoming work.

  5. Not being able to have free time for yourself, may be due to personal or professional commitment has negative impact on the energy levels thus slowing you down.

There are many ways to beat these symptoms of Monday blues, let’s go through certain simple tips:

  1. Try dressing up nicely and lively. This may enlighten your mood as well may give reason to others to be in good mood. It is a well-known fact that feeling good results in positive impact on our work.

  2. Spread happiness around with some good complements to your colleagues. This may enlighten their mood as well create a positive atmosphere around in the office.

  3. Try to finish your files and work on Fridays and do not keep them pending for Mondays.

  4. Try doing simple day-to-day work on Mondays and plan meetings preferably on Tuesdays or Wednesday. This will keep you light for the beginning of the week any not overburdened.

5.Try to wake up half an hour early so that you have comfortable time for yourself and you do not tend to get anxious early morning. Give yourself some good relaxed time.

  1. Eat good nutritious breakfast so that you are full of energy throughout day. Good meal is always a mood elevator. Try incorporating pineapple or papaya in your breakfast, they have been reported to be mood elevators.

  2. Sleep early on Sundays so that you get good eight hours of sleep and feel well rested. This will keep your mood fresh and elevated during the day thus help beat monday blues.

  3. Spend weekend nicely enjoying and detaching yourself completely from work. This may give you another reason to go back to office full of energy and some good memories to share with your peers.

  4. Carry some good things like a box of brownie to workplace to share with your friends. This is another way to build positive atmosphere around in the office.

  5. Keep it simple monday in terms of work is a good way to plan a nice week ahead.

Following some simple tips may help in beating monday blues effectively.

Do comment on this article next Monday if you find it useful.

Weekend getaway this season 2018

If you look at the calendar this year, it is full of extended weekend holiday. I love it and I am  sure you too and if you are young at heart, you must like long drives and weekend getaways. Sharing my trip to nagaon beach alibaug this weekend. What was amazing was the misty fog around and pleasant climate. This beach has a lot to offer. There are watersports activities like banana boat, parasailing etc. The beach was full of young and energetic crowd. Water is also clear and feels good to be there. After spending hours and tiring yourself in water and on the beach, you would definitely be hungry. Good thing is there are a lot of good places to eat near the beach which offer authentic malwani and konkani cuisine. If you are fond of Konkani food and sea fish, this is definitely your heaven. The hot steaming fish curries and fried fish is definitely going to make your mouth water. Try tasting every dish on the menu card and have competition in your group who eats more, you won’t even come to know how much you ate. Afterall a good holiday is always a memory in the form of pounds we add to our weight and the smile we show on our faces. Ladies, you definitely have a lot more, there are places selling konkan special spices and products which are really reasonably priced. If you love to cook and impress your guests at home, you do have a lot to pick from there. The kokam extracts are also very fresh. When you are back, do not forget to share pics on Facebook and spread the joy. Will give you my next trip takeaways soon.

How to invest wisely in real estate in 2018

The facts about investing in real estate as a financial asset is not comfortable idea for everyone, but surely it is one of the best way to grow your finances if done wisely. When it comes to buying your first house, for a middle class income group it does not always mean investment. Mostly first house is what people usually prefer to stay in. It is advisable to invest in first house of moderate levels not considering it to be the luxurious spot. When it comes to investment it is the second house or third and so on. The important things to be kept in mind while investing are:

  1. The property should always be checked for being clear as you may not want to land up your money in disputes.

  2. Preferably the area be a little developed with basic requirements being around so that you may also be able to benefit by renting it out.

  3. Shops of all sizes are better investment as compared to apartment as it is easier to rent them out and get better amount out as rental income.

  4. Try investing in property in growing areas rather than the settled areas as the cost of property would be lower and stands out better chance of increase in valuation of the same.

  5. Buy properties when the cost is low and if the price appreciation is good then sell and split the investment into two group of investment again for better growth.

  6. Always be cautious about the background of people you rent your property to or while selling them out so that you do not land up in legal problems with your investment as it is your hard-earned money.

  7. Try to do survey of the area and talk to people around before buying to know the clearly about the property you are investing in.

  8. Every time you reinvest your money, split it into two. This will increase your kitty and will give you a good growth in your investment.

  9. In case of investing in shops, converting it into office space is more profitable module.

  10. Shops bought in good areas if rented to banks may give better returns.

  11. While buying the property do some research about the seller so that you do not get cheated by them.

Remember real estate is very good investment module if done wisely and carefully.