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


  1. Biny Anoop says:

    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

  2. Foodie Ann says:

    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…!!!

  3. Anna Johnston says:

    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 :)

  4. Nithya says:

    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 :)

  5. Suman Singh says:

    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!

  6. Devaki says:

    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

  7. Swathi says:

    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.

  8. Catherine says:

    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! :)

  9. Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy says:

    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!

  10. Nessie says:

    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

  11. Only Fish Recipes says:

    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 :-)

  12. Ushnish Ghosh says:

    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.

  13. Gulmohar says:

    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 :-)

  14. Pavithra says:

    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.

  15. Malar Gandhi says:


    I have some awards waiting for you at my blog. Please feel free to collect them. And I will be delighted to see your Honest 7 Facts. Happy Blogging:)

  16. Nikki says:

    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.

  17. Choclette says:

    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.

  18. Soma says:

    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.

  19. Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear says:

    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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