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  • When my sister and I were little, our dad would announce his arrival every evening by whistling outside the window. It was a ritual; we would hear his Rajdoot motorcycle rumble to a stop, and then the familiar whistle would follow. My sister and would leave everything we were doing and rush out to greet him.


    My dad recently celebrated his 60th birthday. "I have finally become a senior citizen," he exclaimed to me. We have both seen each other grow older, through my teen tantrums, leaving home for studies, and marriage, and through his innumerable official trips, transfers and his illnesses. But every now and then, when I watch a video such as this one, I cannot help but be transported to the beautiful days of old; a simple time when my father would come home from work, much to the glee of my sister and I.


    Whether you have a dad or you are a dad, this video is sure to bring back some memories. Share them with us. Leave your comments in the space below.

    Enjoy this video.

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  • Astrology's not just for giving you hints about your future. Momstrology, the new book from AstroTwins Ophira and Tali Edut, is full of smart, on-target parenting tips. Not so wonky after all, is it? By Ava Feuer, REBDOOK.

    Aries
    You approach motherhood just like you do everything else--head-on. But even though you're confident and sometimes a bit diva-like--fellow Aries Kourtney Kardashian and Victoria Beckham definitely are--your fourth house of motherhood is in Cancer, meaning you've got plenty of maternal instinct and nurturing qualities. You naturally put your needs first, which makes motherhood a big adjustment. However, it's also helpful for teaching your kids independence and self-sufficiency. "You may be better at the playing the stereotypical 'dad' role…and you may be the tough disciplinarian," write the AstroTwins. "Even if you still play the stereotypical 'mom' role, your strength and boundless energy still permeate your every move."

    Taurus
    You're old-fashioned and rigid

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  • 'Yahoo brings Vikas @ Home' is a brand new 52-week video series from Yahoo Lifestyle Cuisine. Every week, Masterchef Vikas Khanna will bring you one dish that has made a difference in his life; as he shares the recipe, he will also share his experiences and stories behind that recipe. Stay tuned for an exciting 52-week journey with Chef Vikas.


    EPISODE 20: DAHI KI TIKKI

     


    Sometimes easy recipes seem the most difficult to make. You may wonder how can one make a tikki out of dahi or yogurt, but this week, Chef Vikas shows you the easiest way to make this delicious vegetarian tikki. Try it out at home.

     


    Ingredients:

    For shallow frying    Oil


    1 teaspoon        Mustard seeds

    1 teaspoon        Jeera seeds

    1 nos. (large)    Onion (finely chopped)

    8-10            Fresh Curry leaves  (shredded)

    2 nos. (medium)    Tomatoes (finely chopped)

    1 teaspoon        Turmeric powder

    1 teaspoon        Coriander powder

    1 tablespoon    Sugar

    To taste        Salt

    400 gm        Hung Yoghurt

    ½ cup            Semolina


    Method:

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  • 5 Kerala temple festival videos to make your Vishu special

    Kerala is a living kaleidoscope of folk art traditions that come vibrantly alive in the festive season. Enjoy this visual journey

    Kerala is a living kaleidoscope of folk art traditions that come vibrantly alive in the festive season. From Theyyam performances in Kannur to the Valliyoorkavu Festival in Wayanad, enjoy this visual journey through some of the ritual arts and festivals of Kerala.

    Theyyam at Madayi Kaavu temple, Kannur


    Kannur’s Madayi Kaavu, where the Mother Goddess or Bhagavathy is worshipped, is believed to be one of the oldest shrines in the region. The deity is appeased through votive sacrifices of poultry. Fishing in a nearby river is considered auspicious and the catch — known as Kavu Pidi (catch of the temple) is believed to be the gift of the goddess.

    The temple is noted for its Kaliyattam, the performances of the ritual dance-theatre of Theyyam performed by dancers wearing elaborate headdresses and costumes. Theyyam is endemic to Kerala’s North Malabar region and the Theyyam dancer is perceived as a representation of divinity. The dancer, accompanied by drummers, sings the ritual song. The

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