How Spicy is Too Spicy?

What do women and spices have in common, well, A LOT but since we got to keep it PG rated let’s just say ‘Can’t live with them, can’t live without them’. Who better to write about it than an average Pakistani whose life is filled with over spicy food and over dramatic women.

But how spicy is too spicy? I am proudly one of the people should ‘masala zara tez rakha boss’ after ordering food because there is no point of eating food at all unless it lets you sweat like a, well, like a masala addict Pakistani of the most uncomfortable areas.

The spicy being too spicy meter runs different criteria in separate areas. Spices are like drugs they don’t even feel good after some time, they don’t taste good, but we are just used to it.

A research study in 1980 calculated that three pounds of extreme chilies in powder form — of something like the Bhut Jolokia — eaten all at once could kill a 150-pound person.

A dramatic turn of events in a light hearted read? Well that’s how it is, these harmless looking chillis and spices turn out to be quite the little devils actually, stats and facts are calling out for them to be eradicated from food completely.

Using it for aroma is all one is supposed to do with chillis, loading with your food with spices is harmful and it’s like killing yourself not so softly every day.

Chili peppers cause the eater’s insides to rev up, which can come with some problems. They activate sympathetic nervous system — which helps control most of the body’s internal organs — to expend more energy, so the body burns more calories when the same food is eaten with chili peppers. “Eating chili is associated with increases in metabolic rate and thermogenesis,” says John Prescott, a professor at Sussex University and editor of the journal Food Quality and Preference. “Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili, does cause tissue inflammation so the mucous of the stomach or intestines might be damaged by a sufficiently large dose.”

Tissue inflammation could explain why the contestants in the Killer Curry contest said they felt like chainsaws were ripping through their insides. Too much of the spicy stuff can also give you a good case of heartburn.

At the end of the day, I wouldn’t want to sound like a hypocrite and tell you not make your biryani too spicy but I would just say that moderation is good, healthy is good.

It Goes On…

Change is inevitable. 

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It’s part of everything we do or face since the beginning. We were created with a change in the molecular placement of cells in our body and its design. The quality of life, our needs, wishes, likes, dislikes, everything keeps changing till there comes a time where we reach the culmination of volatility and can change no further and are hence presumed “dead” BUT no!.. we do not lay still even after this huge morsel of flesh becomes immobile. It undergoes the transition phase of interrogation; catharsis, further experimentation and so on. It may become slightly stagnant for some time but never really ceases. 

The keynote is that if we all admit that change is binding and inescapable, how many of us are always willing and ready to accept it? 

We fret upon its arrival, bury ourselves in fear of getting scathed by it, or run away in hope of out-pacing it not realizing that there’s not a single way out of it other than that of embracing it. 

A wise man once said, “either you accept it with tears or a smile, you eventually have to endure it, might as well welcome it with open arms than regretting later on as to why you whined about it”…. Pretty well said. 

It’s certainly not every body’s piece of cake to accept the realities but it’s the collective duty of friends and family to consistently encourage and stimulate the expectation of a  positive outcome because every change carries new possibilities with it, it’s only up to us how we utilize the given chances. Getting into nitty gritties and pointing out the if’s & but’s only causes the change harder to secure. 

My advice: Jump into the pool, the attitude and your intensity of faith in an affirmative resultant will determine whether you stay under or come afloat. 

Hence, change is never good or bad but it’s the way we treat it that wreaks about the effects.

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Can you follow instructions?

Attention To Detail

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While surfing the web, I came across an interesting activity called the ‘Three Minute Timed Test’.

It is simply 23 questions listed on a piece of paper that you have to solve in 3 minutes. But here’s the catch. You have to follow the instructions very very carefully.

The first question says ‘Read Everything Before Doing Anything’ followed by a series of mathematical calculations, drawings, writings and even stuff you have to shout out loud.

The last question, however, says ‘Now that you have finished reading carefully, do only number 2’, which is a simple task of penning down your name in the top left corner of the paper.

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TROLOLOLOLOLOL.

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We conducted this activity at the office today, and only 16% of the people got the answers right.

But seriously, what we all learned from this simple 15 minute session is that in the haste to finish all the tasks…

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My Top Five Wild Hikes

Enough to give you goosebumps..

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I just finished reading Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” a dark, raw and fiercely humorous book on how one woman finds herself during a three-month long trek through the wild Pacific Crest Trail. The book is powerful, emotional, honest and inspiring, and Strayed uses her brilliant memoir to take a hard look at self-discovery, heeling and change.

Of course when times are tough, we can’t always pick up our bags and leave town. Yet, I often find that there is no better way to escape and reflect upon life than to go on a hike, and the more remote and wild, the better. I have been fortunate to have done many wonderful adventurous hikes over the years.  Although every hike I’ve done has been special and has brought me to a new place, there are a select few that have truly inspired me and…

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That Unknown Friend..

As I sat by the window sill; staring out in the open view thinking deep about how i would go about my future plans;

A new house, cash to be aggregated, wedding to be planned, parents to be taken care of & a lot more. 

Music was running constantly in my ears, song unknown, but my brain was pacing with the flow of beats. Turbulent. Dynamic. Fierce

Still consumed by my thoughts, I felt something pierce through my skin from one side..

A pair of eyes.. 

God knows for how long had those eyes been observing me

Felt a cold chill for it was uncalled for.. 

a message popped up on my cell phone then saying something that made me giggle instantly, maybe out of its sheer stupidity or audacity, nevertheless it made me smile and break free from the chains of endless frazzled thoughts, 

A small effort to adorn my face with the upward curve because I am told I look hideous with a solemn expression 

Thank you my not-so-close-yet-a-caring friend, you are splendid 🙂

Sometimes the people you least expect from engrave a long lasting causatum on your mind.

 

 

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Sawan Ghatta..

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One understands the true meaning of “heat” when you are also fasting. Each and every sweat breaking individual could be seen with their hands raised high, praying to Allah to reduce this deadly heat specially the poor weather-ridden Karachiites.
Our weather forecast departments have become a joke too, whose word no one believes to be true. However surprisingly this time they decided to prove us wrong and as per the reports relayed yesterday, it was dark and rainy-ish earlier at the start of the day today.
I had woken up with a sulky mood, which is often the case in Ramzan due to oh-so-many sleep gaps but as soon as I heard the first slight roar of thunder, the mood tilted to the brighter side & then it began.. the long awaited thunderous rain.
It felt as if the God of thunder, Thor & his rival, Loki were having a serious disagreement up there! ( haha just kidding)

But honestly, the love between the sky and earth could then be seen frivolously as the heavy drops came down in a super speed to kiss the thirsty ground and earthly nature.
Every face was gleaming, Every flora was expressing its happiness by exuding the lovely green shade. The profound prayers of karachiites were heard finally

The only thing missing throughout the experience were Pakoras, since majority of the people were fasting.. it was quite difficult to resist the craving for a hot cup of tea with freshly fried Pakoras and not to forget, the hari chatni. Well it won’t be a matter of a few hours when we can enjoy these delights too.

All in all, my observation says that people tend to be happier, stress free, much polite & livelier when it rains hence I pray we karachiites would get more of this weather to keep our heads and moods fixed for some time. Agree?