Making grape wine at home

I’ve read so many resources on making wine at home over the years. Wine making can be extremely confusing as on the one hand we find Westerners making wine in a laboratory kind of setting with grape crushers, de-stemmers, presses, hydrometers, racking canes, clarifiers, carboys, sanitizing chemicals like sodium metabisulphide and fancy equipment designed for wine making.

On the other hand you have those elderly French and Italian gentlemen who have learned these skills from their fathers when they were around and who have been making wine regularly for as long as they can remember. In spite of not using any of the above, (except for the grape crushers and pressers which are required due to the large volume of grapes they process) their wine comes out as per their expectations. I’ve also see them drink a bit of the juice to quench their thirst and pour the remainder back or suck on a pipe used for racking the wine without any ill effects of oral bacteria on their wines.  Continue reading Making grape wine at home

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Review: Victorinox Alliance Automatic 241666

Its been a while since I’ve done a tech review, I’ve been missing them since I shut down SimplySimple’s younger sibling SimplyWired, so I’m positively rubbing my hands with glee 🙂 . Its also been a while since I’ve owned a dress watch -about 20 years or so. I gave my gold plated Titan quartz with its lovely calendar comprising small dials for day of week, date and month and moon-phase to my brother as I got tired of it. In addition, I own a Citizen Eco Drive which is my daily driver as my Seiko 5 with the entry level 23 Jewel 7s36C movement runs out of steam over the weekend in which case I’d have to use a watch winder or adjust the Day, date and time every Monday morning -something I don’t like doing… Continue reading Review: Victorinox Alliance Automatic 241666

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Pundi

As a kid, this was not one of my favorite dishes, but it did rank above the idli. Now I have no such reservations and I actually regret that I did not enjoy these special foods when I had a chance to do so. This was on my list of To Do’s last Christmas, actually one of over 75 different posts that I had planned to write in December during my annual leave. Unfortunately, it was barely enough for data collection. So here is how you make Pundi. Pundi sounds like and is probably derived from the Tulu word pundi which means fistful. You will soon see why :-)

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II – The Journey begins

Continued from part 1

I feel like Frodo, without the ring though, but a journey awaits nevertheless, even if I don’t know it yet. I would have been discouraged if I knew  which way or how long it would be so God in His mercy showed me only one step at a time.

I  wait happily to savor the meaningful and abundant Christian life that I’ve found. I’ve always  known that there was something missing in all the rituals. I’m glad I was shown the way because there are no biological Christians. Whatever religion you belong to or even if you are born into a family that attends the best church, in the Master’s words, -you must be born again! There is indeed a transaction which must happen between you and God! It is written that the iniquity of us all was laid on Him.

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I – Contact

This is an account of a life changing experience I had when I was 24 which literally turned my world upside down. This is the reason simplysimple.info exists, as it opened up my mind to the truth which set me free and help discern what was true and what was not and helped de-program my life. Continue reading I – Contact

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Surviving on fiat money

This was among one of my first posts written on SimplySimple. However it never took shape as I was too busy juggling my blog hosting, learning WordPress and fiddling around with design issues and AD placements…. Fast forward to last week. Our fantastic Prime minister (and his team) pulls another one of his half baked political stunts. He decides that currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 should be demonetized. This is not the first time that someone has thought of it. It has happened twice before in Indian history -once before India  gained independence from the British and then later on in 1978, under prime minister Morarji Desai. Coincidentally, both of them are from the state of Gujarat and have similar ideology.

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