Craving for Arab food

After 5 days of staying in my bed or my room and not going out at all, I was hopping mad and wanted to get out into the land of the living. Actually, when I woke up at 7, I would have been quite content to lay back in bed and go back to sleep for another solid two hours or so. That would have been lovely but around 11 am or by afternoon atleast I would start getting restless and would not be able to stand it. So I did get out of bed and did get to work, where people were surprised to see my tired looking eyes & face (plus the 5 day stubble) and were inquiring about my health. After the usual pleasantries, I wanted to catch up on the latest updates and things happened during my absence.

By 7 pm I was ready to get out of there and was lucky enough to get a ride till Kalloor in a taxi from where I took a bus till the North Railway Station and then proceeded on foot. After having eaten mostly kanji & bread & coffee for the last few days I wanted something really special, which I haven’t had since late January. A SHAWARMA Sandwich! Delicious and meaty and lovely and oh so tender. That was what I wanted and by golly that is what I had. All the time that I was sick I kept thinking to myself that once I get back on my feet this is what I shall have to eat.

Shawarma (Arabic: شاورما, Hebrew: שווארמה, also spelt Chawarma, Shwarma, Shawerma, Shoarma or Shaorma) is a Middle Eastern-style sandwich usually composed of shaved lamb,goat, chicken, turkey, beef, or a mixture of meats. Shawarma is a popular dish across the Middle East, and is consumed by many across the rest of the world as well. Shawarma is known as guss in Iraq and gyros in Greece.

And it is damn popular in Kerala!

One Hot Flamenco Duo

Happiness is discovering a new musical artist hereto unknown to me, quite by chance. I found this clip on another person’s blog, a blog I was visiting for the first time. Thanks for that!

The Mexican duo now based in Ireland are called Rodrigo Y Gabriela and they play flamenco guitar music. They went to the top of the charts in their adopted homeland and they originally started out playing thrash metal & classic rock. Infact they have flameco versions of ‘Stairway To Heaven’ by Led Zepplin & ‘One’ by Metallica. You can catch their live clips on youtube, just like the one I have embedded here.

After you admire their talent, get you fingers clicking onto this page where you can download a few of their songs on mp3.

Kick the rap out, throw away your Mary J Blige and Justin Timbersucks albums and forget even mentioning JLo. This is real musical talent!

Song for the day – “Tamacun” – RODRIGO Y GABRIELA