Monday, November 21, 2011

Sano Ichiro Series by Laura Joh Rowland

In my continual search for new series to read, I downloaded the Sano Ichiro series by Laura Joh Rowland.
These are mysteries set during the feudal times of Japan.The main protagonist is the Shogun's main detective Sano Ichiro and each book presents a new mystery for him to solve along with the add on of political intrigue.
Having read the foremost writers in mystery fiction , these books are quite put-downable. Mostly mystery/murder series are such that one is unable to leave the book once started, and the depth of characterization is so detailed and full of intrigue that we want to follow the main protagonist to the next book as soon as possible.I have actually read series on series without a break.
In comparison, these mysteries are quite staid and one can take a break- read another more urgent book and again come back to these.
On the positive side, they present a very good picture of life in Japan during the imperial times, the way people lived, ate, dressed, their code of honor etc.
Laura Joh has written 15 books featuring Sano and these are worth a read if you are out of choice as I was...

Meal plan for 9 month old baby girl

Am noting the meal plan that I follow for my 9 month old baby.On searching the net realized that there is a dearth of good meal plans for babies , and new moms searching for guidance should find some help here.
6.00 a.m.- milk and then she goes back to sleep
8.30 am - get up & massage
9-9.30 am- 2 scoops ragi powder +sugar+ghee + 1 cup milk.The ragi powder is first mixed in the cold milk and then cooked till a boil comes.
10.30 am- bath
11.00 am- either one egg OR 2 badam
12.00-2.30 pm- nap
3.00 pm- 2 spoons rice+1 spoon moong dal+some potatoes/carrot and whatever veg is getting cooked that day.This is alternated with curd rice every other day.
5.00 pm- milk
7.00 pm- nestum 4 scoops +nan2  2 scoops
9.00 pm- milk and sleep

Hope this is helpful.
DD just turned 9 months and planning to start her on sattu mav soon.