Way Back into Love! - Vodka Pasta

It may sound like a cliché, but still I will go on....! 

Few months before my two years experiment bombed, it was a big failure which was hard for me to assimilate. It was one reason why I took time off to think about restructuring, possible? or should I walk off. Our hate relationship has been going on past two years...... you will be surprised if I say when we started, we had the best time going hand in hand.
After thoughtful discussions, my supervisors and family didn't allow me to walk way, according to them it is a common phase of every phd life. When much required support and action was done, I decided not to walk off rather to stay in the battlefield to fight. After crossing the field 70%, thought it is time either to kill or get killed.

I mustered all courage got back, few longest meetings, diverted tracks with one aim to find best of many ways to move forward leaving the rest back. So all set and done, I have fallen in love with Mr. PhD all over again, cajoling him every day to say I love you, my new mantra to check if it can create any magic? ;)
Yes now  might all think/ask, why on earth did I take this? I have asked that question million times though it has been my passion and still is! 

On a lighter note, PhD is all about Permanent Head Damage yes half done, still 8 more months to go, two manuscripts and one thesis needs to be fixed, then totally damage will be done!

This recipe is from Nigella kitchen. Simple pasta to reach soul on a tired evening. These pictures are taken during mid-winter time, where there were no days without candles. Do enjoy. Catch you all soonish. Chao!

                                                                Exactly me! PhD comics
                    *Pic's are again not its best, sunken eyes bad editing apologies!

Recipe check here


Binys Recipes March 31, 2011 at 10:42 PM  

pasta is adipoli and so is ur writing.....u will surely do it dear.ur followers will always wish u best....pics have come out gud....r dose crystals

Flavia Galasso March 31, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

I am so glad for you!!!!

I wanted to tell you that your little niece is a beautiful sun ray!!! Hugs, Flavia

My Kitchen Antics March 31, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

dont worry babes..for days like that there is always vodka..err pasta i mean hehe
the clicks are nice and lol on the comic strip:)

Simplyfood April 1, 2011 at 12:56 AM  

Beutiful candlelights and tasty pasta.

Prema April 1, 2011 at 2:03 AM  

Delicious Pasta and beautiful clicks...

? April 1, 2011 at 2:06 AM  

Keep going!

Foodie Ann April 1, 2011 at 2:45 AM  

I can so relate to some of which you are going through...My major headache will start within 2 months...
Wishing you a huge success and lots of luck...!!!

Valar Siva April 1, 2011 at 4:37 AM  

Awesome photography!! Pasta looks yumm...


Treat and Trick April 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM  

Amazing clicks and yummy pasta! All the best, definitely you can get it...

Padhu Sankar April 1, 2011 at 8:50 AM  

Pasta looks yummy! Wishing you success in your endeavors.Keep going and do not give up

Anna Johnston April 1, 2011 at 9:14 AM  

You & I live in perhaps the most polar opposite sides of the earth Ananda & yet what you've been going through with your PhD is similar the world around I'm sure, as all of us go through that - we fall out of love & in love again with our careers. I'm glad your hanging in there kid, and I love your photography - and your pasta...., & the vodka doesn't hurt either huh :)

Nithya April 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM  

Delicious pasta and no regrets.. the pics are really good :) Love the color :)

Hey dear.. cheer up.. you are going to rock for sure :) Good luck and hugs :)

Priya Suresh April 1, 2011 at 12:23 PM  

Wonderful pasta, seriously ur pics looks super fabulous..

Prathima Rao April 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

Delicious pasta & beautiful clicks!! I have an award waiting for u in my blog..Do collect it ;)
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Suman Singh April 1, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

Liked your abbreviation of Ph.D...Permanent Head Damage..:)
Little more to go dear..give your best and enjoy the rest!!Good Luck!!
Pasta looks YUM!

Sandhya Hariharan April 1, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

Amazing !!Vodka in pasta gives the lil kick... and flovours will b bounty!!
Nicely written post sweets :) Hugs!!

Unknown April 1, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

Such a wonderful pics!
Your pasta dish is absolutely perfect!

Devaki April 1, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

Who cares that it's a cliche - it's a cliche for a reason right???? :)

Love the Vodka pasta - have heard so much about it and I have friends who swear by it and now I see why! Must dive in soon....

Yours is just to fab to resist.

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Unknown April 1, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

simple and delish!
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Suja Manoj April 1, 2011 at 6:40 PM  

Permanent head damage:)Cheer up dear..wish you good luck:)
Pasta looks absolutely delicious..yum yum.

KrithisKitchen April 1, 2011 at 8:30 PM  

Wow awesome clicks... Loved your pasta and the write-up too...

Herbs & Flowers in my Platter - Coriander/Cilantro

Swathi April 1, 2011 at 10:40 PM  

Don't worry it happens while doing research, once you get through then it will be yours. Headache is always common in PhD. Do whatever is giving you satisfaction. Pasta looks awesome.

Satrupa April 2, 2011 at 2:10 AM  

The comic strip is hilarious ..... Vodka, Pasta n Candle lit eve, Deadly combo !!

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen April 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM  

Lol the comic strip!! I can't imagine how you handle this Phd thing while I struggle with masters! I trust nigella and I trust you so I can be sure this is GOOD!

Angie's Recipes April 3, 2011 at 7:19 PM  

This is one of my favourite pasta dishes. Yours looks so lovely.

Catherine April 3, 2011 at 9:48 PM  

Aww, Ananda, I'm glad you've overcome the dilemma with a positive mindset. I know you like Paulo Coelho, so I thought I'd find a wee quote for you: "Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant".

The vodka pasta looks sublime! :)

fimere April 4, 2011 at 12:50 AM  

le plat a l'air délicieux ainsi que les photos bravo
bonne soirée

Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy April 4, 2011 at 1:30 AM  

Take care babes! I love the picture with all flickering candles.I love the experimentation you are doing these days with your pics Ananda.Vodka is cure for EVERYTHING in life..Just be careful not to go overboard on it coz a little goes a Looooongway..I had my stint with it once :)
You know I had tequila chicken pasta the other day, and I loved it so much..I m gonna try this really soon!

Kankana April 4, 2011 at 4:57 AM  

i think the clicks goes very well with the recipe :)
I love pasta and i am a vodka gurl. I bet i will love this dish..

aipi April 4, 2011 at 5:09 AM  

Permanent Head damage- lol :))
Cheer up chica n good luck with everything- Hugs !!
Pasta sounds terrific..

US Masala

aipi April 4, 2011 at 5:11 AM  

Permanent head damage - lol :))
Cheer up chica n Good luck with everything- Hugs!
Pasta looks terrific..

US Masala

Joyti April 4, 2011 at 6:49 AM  

...it will be SO rewarding, when you finally get the PhD.
And the comic is so cute and funny.
Vodka sauce sounds delicious.

Aruna Manikandan April 4, 2011 at 8:05 AM  

pasta looks delicious dear....

Lovely clicks :)

Check my space when u find time.

Nessie @ bakingequalslove April 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

Thinking of you and hope things are looking up in Ananada-land. You can do it! You write so beautifully here and have such inspirational photos and recipes...you will definitely conquer this PhD mountain! xox

Unknown April 4, 2011 at 2:49 PM  

Have a nice Week, Ananda!

Sarah Naveen April 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM  

hahahah!!! phd comics..like..like..
beautiful pictures gal!!! and i love this recipe..

Only Fish Recipes April 4, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

first time here....wow...I'm absolutely drooling over these pics.....your presentations are just too good !pasta looks really yummy n delicious ! glad to follow ur space ! do visit mine whenever u hav time :-)

Deeba PAB April 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM  

Lovely...when the going gets tough, the tough eat vodka pasta! Whats not to love? I think I need a hearty good dose of this!

Ushnish Ghosh April 4, 2011 at 8:39 PM  

Dear Ananda
So you are enjoying your PhD work quite thoroughly I can see. " Kill or getting Killed " Hummm thats the Mantra for the PhD. If I remember correctly, you are doing PhD in physics humm..thats the next toughest one after Maths. Anyway you will come out with flying colors, for sure. And remember humorous people and cooks never fail in their mission.
The candle photographs are very nice.
I like the pasta recipe but I will drink the vodka separately.
I will now read about your niece..
have a nice week without any PHD ( all caps means permanent.... :-)) and concentrate on PhD
Have a nice week.

Namitha April 5, 2011 at 12:38 AM  

Lol.. tell me all about PhD :-) My hubby was doing his, while we got married. So after that even though I got into research I never got enough courage to do a PhD (that too mine is in Biology)..lol..But don't worry you'll reach there, everyone who has ever done PhD has gone through it,rt?
Pasta is a great consolation for sure :-)
BTW PhD comics is our fav,still :-)

Sokehah cheah April 5, 2011 at 7:58 AM  

So romantic, with candles and all! Pasta looks so inviting and great clicks too!

Cheah April 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

Wow so romantic with candles and all!..Your pasta looks so inviting and great clicks too!

veena April 5, 2011 at 9:13 AM  

awesome pics!!!!!!!!loved ur write up:-)

Jayanthy Kumaran April 5, 2011 at 4:47 PM  

love your write up dear....awesome clicks again...hats off..:)
Tasty Appetite

Pavithra Elangovan April 5, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

Hey sweety ..i was thinking of u and i did not see ur pasta update..as soon as i saw ur comment in my blog came here .. to my surprise there was an update.. hope ur very busy :) The pasta looks absolutely yumm so as ur picture.

C&G April 5, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

so romantic among all thos candel lights! And love vodka pasta! Giorgia

Pavithra Elangovan April 5, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Ananda nice comic ha ha:) don't worry Keep up ur spirit and move forward.. All the best.

Raks April 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM  

Vodka pasta is new to me,looks nice :) Lovely photography!

Nikki April 11, 2011 at 12:54 AM  

Hi Ananda ,,thanks for stopping by my blog and this vodka and pasta is such a great looking yummy dish,,ur photography is awesome.
enjoy and happy cooking.

Choclette April 11, 2011 at 11:11 PM  

Ananda, hang on in there. Only 8 months to go, it's nothing after what you've been through. The things we put ourselves through is quite unbelievable sometimes, but I guess it's why we're human. Your pictures look fabulous as ever and the pasta looks delicious.

Soma April 12, 2011 at 5:24 AM  

lol.. I am hearing the this version of PHD for the first time:-) makes sense.. but hang in there and there is always vodka for these time! I am yet to make pasta with vodka.

Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear April 22, 2011 at 12:07 PM  

Keep going Ananda.. they are right. Everyone goes through this but what happens is that you refine everything and emerge triumphant - if it was easy, everyone in the world would have a PhD! You are doing so well! xxxx

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