26 January, 2011

Janam Din

I complete 2 scores today :) It was wonderful to receive so many wishes, and, also wish the other three 'same b'day' people I know.

My day began with a phone call from my 4 year old nephew, Milind, and I couldn't have asked for a more entertaining start....

Milind (very chirpy & cheerful) : Happy, b'day, Soumya doddamma!

Me (equally chirpy & cheerful) : Thank you, Milind.

Milind (very musically) : What sweet?

Me (equally musically) : No sweet.

Milind (very musically) : What cake?

Me (equally musically) : No cake.

A very panicky & alarmed Milind to those around him : She's saying 'No sweet, no cake', She's saying 'No sweet, no cake',....(about 4-5 times)

At this point, his big sister pulled the phone from him and asked me: Not even Jamoon?

Me (trying not to laugh): No

Niece (without much cheer): Okay..happy b'day...Milind wants to talk to you.

Milind (hopefully): Do you have chips?

Me: Yes.

Milind (relieved): What chips?

Me: Banana chips.

Milind (very relieved): Hahn! Have a nice day!

Maybe, he liked the thought of me eating chips thro' the day :D :D

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It's also 'Republic Day'. Kids & teachers of all the local schools, officials, interested public,.. gather at a common venue for the celebrations. The kids of about 4-5 schools have to pass in front of home to reach the main parade ground. I like to see the marchers, slogan-shouters, school bands,.... In fact, their enthusiasm inspite of the morning chill, is quite contagious! I always rush out to see them, and, I even know the regular slogans...

'India... Zindabad' , 'Bharat Maata ki...Jai', 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star.... India is my sooper star', 'Ene barali (come what may) ...... oggattirali (let's stay united)', 'Shaanti (peace) .... Shistu (discipline)'.

While all the above are quite sober, this one never fails to tickle me.. three times an year... 'Namma, nimma taatha (grandpa to you & me).... Gaandhee taatha (Grandpa Gandhi) :D ... Looking forward to I-day, now!

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Well...the day didn't progress as cheerfully...

We had innumerable power cuts - prompting me to work (yes!!) for some time.

A speeding bus killed a young cow right in front of the gate :(

To cap it all, the plumber who was supposed to come 2 days ago, called up to say that he would come in the evening. He didn't specify the time and, I spent my evening waiting for him...

Well! I decided to write this while waiting for the plumber.

And, oh! I also ate chips while writing :D

15 January, 2011

Going for Jack

Yesterday, our family friend sent me a link..... http://panasamwonders.blogspot.com.
It's a blog dedicated to the jack fruit.

The jack season is round the corner. Soon, households in the Malnad, Udupi, Mangalore, Kerala,.... will be making their favourite jack fruit dishes. First, tender jackfruit palya . Later on, dosa , varieties of dishes, curries, chips,... And, finally, the ripe fruit - as itself, and, in dosa, idli, payasam,... Alongside, the raw fruit will be preserved in brine and as papad. The ripe fruit will also be preserved as jam, papad,...

With so many time tested recipes, it's not surprising that there is such a huge demand for processed jack fruit, both, within the country and abroad. The farming community in India has woken up to this demand. Though in its infancy, the processing/ marketing industry is rapidly growing thanks to the efforts of a group of committed people - through jackfruit melas, print media, blogs,...

Not exactly my favourite fruit. But, I support the view that what is popular and grows abundantly without extra care/ investment should be marketed - to supplement the agriculturist's income.

Here's wishing the cause well... :)

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