#mondaymusings

The woman in the window has kept me engrossed for this weekend. I’m following Ann Fox through her house – what she does, what she sees, what she hears..

#iamreading

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#mondaymusings

The sky grew yellow, the winds grew stronger, colder, the smells of the wet earth came riding up to my windiw., And then it went on pitter patter pitter patter … It was an awfully humid Saturday over the weekend that transformed into a comfortable chilly weather later in the night as it rained in #mumbai for the first time this monsoon season.

As I went down to be in the rain, a 7 something sister, her 4 something younger brother were standing facing the sky with folded hands as if in prayer.. their mother was equally amused to see her kids in the act, and that’s how we became the rain buddies for the night. I walked around splashing water on my way intentionally jumping into the puddles, while they splashed around water on each other. Everything was fine, a little splash of lightening here and there, the thunder rumbled not so loud enough to scare any of us .. until the boy splashed water on his mother. Two older boys enjoying walking passed them from the other side, me going towards them from another direction, the kids in the centre .. the boy clarifies … I’m not saying sorry Mummy.. I just scored a sixer in my football practice game…

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#38

On Fridays, I don’t get the bus striaght after work but instead I go to the Tesco Metro around the corner from the office and buy a Margherita pizza, some Chianti and two big bottles of Glen’s vodka. When I get home, ineat the pizza and drink the wine. I have some vodka afterwards. I don’t need much in a Friday, just a few big swigs. I usually wake up on the sofa at 3 am, and I stumble off to bed … (5, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine)

Since I was with Eleanor even before I called it a night, I felt like eating a pizza for breakfast this morning. Do you feel like tasting the food the characters of a book have while reading it? If it is available, what’s the harm in giving them a try. This is not my first time, but I do, I have cravings 😋

Oh oh not a Margherita of course, I’m not into just the cheese and tomato as such in a pizza, I need some more spice and heat, a few pieces of shredded chicken I ordered a chicken BBQ with extra jalapeno delivered before the scheduled time. My breakfast was my cup of bru gold instant coffee, slices of pizza and a green pear. (What was your last meal like?)

It is nearly summer here in India. The day grows hotter as the sun passes over to its position overhead at noon. My daily intake of coffee has reduced significantly. There are days in this past week I didn’t drink even a single cup on a given day! Coffee, and jalapenos they are making me sweat today!

Dreading the hotter summer days ahead! Be kind, April & May, be kind.

PS: the hyperlinks on Eleanora will lead you to a few reviews I’ve read – good, bad, incomplete, half read, it is always a good practice to know a n all round review than mere glowing ones!

Reduce &Re-use

I’ve been meaning to write about it, but I forgot.. before I forget again, here goes.

I was on one of my evening walks the other week when I found my favourite pears in a roadside shop. I love pears, the Indian variety mind you, not the crunchy yellowish chinese or what they call chinese, they have in the market alongside the green juicy indian ones, so I stopped to buy.  After picking and choosing, handing over the basket to the fruit seller, he asked me for a bag. I didn’t have any at the time, therefore he refused to sell me those pears.

I smiled at him, was very happy that he refused me the pears because I didn’t bring a bag along with me. I quickly ran back home, brought a bag back to buy my pears. it felt really good to meet him, and meet him every two days after that doing what he is doing.

he is doing his part, I did mine. We all should do our little bit to reduce waste and reuse.

#flavoursometuesday : the bread upma

The last time I was home, I wanted to make rava (#semolina) upma like the mother does. Hers turns out to be powdery type instead of the sticky-wetish the dad prepares. I’ve been trying to figure out how she makes it for a time now, but am never awake to watch! So one morning I asked her to teach me.. she instructed me to do the regular stuff I do for an upma, then to call her towards the end of the making.. but .

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however much I added the rava, the upma turned out to be stickier than usual! I tasted it to find out it wasn’t rava at all I had added but the bread crumbs mix placed right next to it.😂😂😂

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Don’t ask! Didn’t even tell the father what was in his plate until he tasted and began to lol! We all had a good laugh over it ..

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Bellybytes & Shilpa are the brains behind #flavoursometuesday, where all of us who love food post pictures and write a little note about a food memory. You are welcome to share yummy updates .. 😋

#deliciousdecember #throwbackthursday : the egg dosa

I love dosa, and I’m also a fan of eggs, mixing the two together in a pan, layer by layer, sprinkling loads of pepper … To that fusion in food and taste #throwbackthursday

One of my friends makes a weekly dosa batter, I try to be at her dining table with a plate to be served dosas. It is partly from her I too got into this habit of eggy dosas! She makes the yummiest of them all, esp on those nights when I’m hungry, I drop by and ask her for some food 😂😂

Friends who offer food, are always large hearted! 😂😎 They are friends 

#wordlesswednesday

#flavoursometuesday : the egg tales 

When I’m in a state where I’ll die if I don’t eat right now, I resort to slices of #breadandeggs .

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I was never an #eggperson. Even within #eggs, I have loved the whites more than the #yolk. I used to barter the whites for the yellow at meal times with my brother & my parents who loved their eggs in any form, any time of day.

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When in hostel, my roommate turned out to be the #yellow #yolklover, no part of the eggs were wasted that term. But then one #Friday morning, I went to the mess hall to find they had changed the menu overnight, there were are no more eggs for breakfast! I grew angry, because I had woken up for breakfast only because they served eggs! .

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My folks had a falling off their chairs kind of morning that day when I related I nearly punched the mess manager for a plate of eggs, eggs I never liked while growing up 😂😂😂 #foodgasm #foodmemories #foodnostalgia #breakfast #eggmemories #foodhabits #growingup



Bellybytes & Shilpa are the brains behind #flavoursometuesday, where all of us who love food post pictures and write a little note about a food memory. You are welcome to share yummy updates .. 😋

In #readingtales : Midnight’s Children #rushdie

This book seems to be one hundred percent #read and #reread .

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It took me a lifetime to get past a certain page in #midnightschildren.  about 12-17 times I came to it, stopped and never went back until one day I did go ahead and was engrossed in it like this was my only world. I’ve re-read the entire book and parts of it many times over, fallen in and out of love, over and over again. I do own more than one copy ..one cleaner and one scribbled all over.

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In #readingtales – the pleasures of opening a carton of books #sundayactivity #bookstagram #bookmemories #ilovereading #booklover

Let’s go with the #icecream 

The pink #guava #icecream  sprinkled with a mixture of #redchilli powder & salt. I’m a big fan, you would be too, if you like the taste of it..

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The last time I was in Cochin, when I asked one of the ice cream guys to sprinkle red chilli powder and salt over my guava scoop, he looked at me as if I was delusional! How I wish I could make him see this picture.. Shock wasn’t exactly my reaction when my darlings came and told me about it, I was more amused. They bought me a scoop, waited for a reaction .. 

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but I wasn’t prepared for the memories of many afternoons spent on a certain guava tree in the yard of my maternal home with my #cousins during school summerhols… It was quite similar to Gusteau’s run back to his childhood with his mother with a bite of Remy’s ratatouille (in the film)

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Food does that too, but not in my wildest dreams did I think that an ice cream combo would bring back memories as far as when I was 5 years old.

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