Chaotic Calm

Random Musings of a Restless Soul

Motivational – PO the Panda (2/365)

I have decided to take up a creative challenge. I will create/write/sketch/photograph one thing every day for 365 days. This challenge started from September 15, 2015. Here is the second installment in this en-devour. Its for sure that I will have plenty of sketches this time around. :)


Learning to sketch.. again! Dory (1/365)

I gave my self a birthday gift of an LCD e-writer this year, and damn its gotten me addicted like a kid to a candy, or a video game. :) Now i’m slowly taking steps back to sketching, re-learning the art. Here is the first one I did.

sketched on BoogieBoard and later colored in illustrator/photoshop.


Here is the original sketch on the boogieboard.


Healthy twist on Pasta in Bechamel Sauce

I Love Pasta. In any and every form. I think I was an Italian in my past life to be in love with all kinds of pasta recipes.

My mother would probably vouch for this as at a very young age, I was experimenting cooking pasta when it was not so common to eat them in India.

I could eat pasta every night and never get tired of it. But then again, the creamy cheesy Pasta in Bechamel Sauce is not something you can eat everyday, specially when you are trying to keep your weight in check OR fighting a cholesterol problem.

So I have come up with a healthier alternative to the white bechamel sauce. Here is the secret ingredient that I use …


… Chickpeas.

The pasta tastes lovely and creamy with a sauce made of boiled chickpea paste.

So what are you waiting for? Take out your pans and ladles, time to Pasta!!!

DSC_0267On a side note РI used Tricolor Spirali from Del Monte  , they look as lovely as they taste.

Spirali in Chickpeas Sauce

Serving : 2
Time to Prep: 12 hours ( soaking chickpeas )
Time to cook: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup Pasta
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive Oil ( Extra Virgin )
  • 1 cup boiled Chickpeas
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp Thinly Sliced Garlic
  • Salt to taste


  • Soak the chickpeas overnight and boil them in a pressure cooker till soft and mushy. Then blend them till you get a thick soft puree by adding as much water as required.
  • In a large pot, bring to a boil 2 Liters of salted water. Add the pasta and cook for about 12 minutes or till its al dante. Drain in a colander.
  • In a saucepan, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Put the sliced Garlic while the oil is just warm, and cook it for a few minutes. Be sure not to color or burn the garlic.
  • Add the puree of chickpeas in the pan, stirring and heating it up with the garlic flavored oil.
  • Add salt/pepper/seasoning to taste. Add drained pasta and mix thoroughly.
  • Serve immediately after garnishing with chili flakes and parsley.


Voila. The awesome wholesome pasta is ready.
Dig in without any guilt.

25 words Fiction

Hiding away in tiny corner of her room, she shivered in fear. Gun sounded like fireworks. Army of drones were close. Wings had brought death!


The earth looked so far away. ISS had done what therapy couldn’t. She had moved far away from the vehement violence. Wings had brought freedom!


Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

- Crazy ones – Steve Jobs

A need to Connect

You ever wondered if there’s somebody out there exactly like you?

A twin or a doppelganger?

The world’s always been fascinated by them.

In ancient times, doubleness was seen as a manifestation of the supernatural, an invention of the gods.

Twins have been invaluable in neuroscience because studying them gives us insight into how environmental behavior and genetics affect things like brain aging or addiction.

But twin stories touch us on a much deeper level.

Why is that?

Are we looking for a more perfect version of ourselves, the person we wish we were…
Or someone to share our consuming passions?

Maybe we’re looking for a soul mate, someone to complete our lives.

Whatever its genesis, the desire for a twin is an expression of our need to connect.

Because in this vast and sometimes overwhelming universe, only our relationships with other people can help us not to feel so… alone.