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A tool for the lazy home cook (Food Trend)
This is the perfect tool for the lazy kind or for those short on time as it caters to all the predicament of preparing for a cooking session
 
There are two kinds of people in this world - one who would like to cook and the other who wish they could. The latter comprises people who are either too busy in their hectic lives or too lazy to go through the arduous task of prepping for a meal.
 
I often wonder why the Master Chef series on TV is so popular; most of us can't even imagine cooking dishes of that complexity and finesse. The obvious conclusion: there is a dormant feeling that calls out to us, in some way or the other, to indulge in the act of cooking; to embrace that overwhelming feeling of power and joy that come from making something so tasty out of things that individually are not.
 
Most of us rarely, if ever, dare to take on the challenge of cooking. Questions like who will go out to buy the ingredients; who will prepare, chop and dice the vegetables; who will find the time to prepare for a dish that might turn into a disaster without the proper recipe et al, arise.
 
Setting out to find the answers, I came across just what I was looking for: CookFresh.in, an online site that provides ready-to-cook prepped meals with high quality ingredients along with a recipe right at your doorstep.
 
This is the perfect tool for the lazy kind or for those short on time as it caters to all the predicament of preparing for a cooking session. You can prepare a wide variety of dishes ranging from classics like cheesecake and chilly chicken to gourmet meals like chicken chettinad or Burmese chicken khow suey.
 
To learn more about CookFresh and the response to it, I interacted with the owner and co-founder, Aayush Narang.
 
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
 
A: We're a group of three foodies from different backgrounds. Me, Anshul and Raghav have one common thing between us: we are all food lovers and love to cook gourmet meals at home.
 
Q: What is the idea behind Cook Fresh?
 
A: As foodies, we loved cooking. But the idea of doing all the legwork for the veggies, condiments and the meat, and then spending time preparing the dishes after digging out a recipe often deterred us from cooking. So we thought why not help people buy dishes instead of groceries and deliver a ready-to-cook, healthy and hygienically packed food box to enable them cook at home. It's basically what we'd have wished for and we decided to provide it to others.
 
What has the response been so far?
 
The response has been amazing as the customers have loved what we put up for them.
 
At the same time, we're looking to get the Indian market used to "buying dishes to get the groceries" instead of "groceries to think of the dishes to make".
 
Q: What is in store for Cook Fresh in the future?
 
A: We plan to add subscription plans in the future to provide people with the freedom to plan their meals a week ahead instead of worrying about what to make and how to make every meal. We also want to provide the people the liberty to just request what they would like and have it delivered in 30 minutes at their doorstep.
 
So, the next time you find yourself in a fix when you have overestimated your ability to prepare the perfect meal from scratch, count on Cookfresh.in.
 
Learn to cook, love to cook and don't be afraid of making those elusive gourmet meals we all shy away from attempting.

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Shiv Sena demands 'ghar wapsi' of Kashmiri Pandits
The Shiv Sena has demanded proper and honourable rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits of Jammu and Kashmir who were forced to flee their home-state over 25 years ago.
 
"Jammu and Kashmir now has a stable government of the BJP and the PDP, and a strong administration led by Narendra Modi at the centre. Since Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's government has been formed with the BJP support, he must take a decision on 'ghar wapsi' of displaced Kashmiri Pandits," it urged in an edit in Saamana on Tuesday.
 
The Shiv Sena said the decisions by Sayeed to release extremists and speak about their rehabilitation have raised doubts about what exactly he proposes to do to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland.
 
"Sayeed has said developing separate areas for Kashmiri Pandits...does this mean creating a slum or slum development project for the 'sons of the soil'? Even this proposal has been opposed by the separatists," the party pointed out.
 
Referring to the controversy over the party's (Shiv Sena) demand to take away the voting rights of the Muslim community, it asked how many Kashmiri Pandits managed to vote in the last election in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
"Many people are crying themselves hoarse over the voting rights of the Muslims, but no 'Owaisi' (Asaduddin Owaisi) or other secularists ever raised the same question (of voting rights) for Kashmiri Pandits. To ensure the victory of candidates on religious lines or Pakistan supporters in Jammu and Kashmir, the voting rights of Kashmiri Pandits have been crushed," the party alleged.
 
The fact that not a single Hindu legislator was elected in the last election is an ominous sign in this direction, as Kashmiri Pandits have been uprooted from their own homes and outsiders have usurped them, it added.
 
Lauding a suggestion by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher to set up the first 'Smart City' for Kashmiri Pandits in their home state, the party said these original 'owners' of Jammu and Kashmir, now reduced to nomadic beggars, must get their voting rights restored.
 
"People are concerned about the voting rights of Muslims, but in this country of Hindus, nobody is bothered about the same for Hindus of Jammu and Kashmir or Assam. India is also their motherland," it urged.

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Assam Congress MLA arrested in auto theft racket
Assam Police on Tuesday arrested Congress legislator Rumi Nath for her alleged nexus with the notorious kingpin of auto theft racket Anil Chauhan.
 
A senior official of the Guwahati Police Commissionerate confirmed this on Tuesday and added that Nath was arrested for two cases - one registered with the Azara police station and the other registered with Dispur police station in the city. 
 
"She was arrested from her official residence in Dispur on Tuesday morning," the official added.
 
Both the cases are related to her nexus with the kingpin of auto theft racket, police said.
 
"She was arrested under non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which include Section 120 (B), 212, 420 and 468," the official said.
 

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COMMENTS

D S Ranga Rao

2 years ago

Congratulations! Yet another golden feather in the cap of Indian National Congress(INC). So, she qualifies to be the next Chief Minister of Assam!

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