Short Stories #9 Mitai

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Marica left Brazil to stay with Sonia in India. What she couldn’t obviously leave behind was her Portuguese accent. But, she wasn’t averse to other languages. For instance, she would often ask Sonia, the pronunciation of different Hindi words.

One such word Sonia remembered today, on Diwali eve, was Mithai (which means sweets in English). Marica, aware of the word’s correct pronunciation, always pronounced it as Mitai (intentionally missing┬áthe emphasis on ‘h’), just to tease Sonia, just to see that annoyed expression on her face. And then, they both laughed uncontrollably.

It had been two whole years since the accident, but Marica’s voice was still as fresh as yesterday. #Mitai

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Short Stories #8 Limits

He asked the autowallah to take them to Maroosh Cafe, which was hardly two kilometers away. The autowallah promptly asked for 100 bucks which Karunesh bargained down to 40. They hopped in, reached the destination and found the cafe to be closed. Farzyn asked the autowallah to take a u-turn and take them to a Subway, which was the same distance from where they hopped in, but in opposite direction.

While getting off Karunesh drew out 100 bucks from his wallet, but before he could give it to the autowallah, Farzyn settled the payment with just 50. Shocked and disappointed in self, he asked her how she could settle for just 50 when they commuted triple the distance? She laughed, placed her hand on his shoulder, and said, ‘one should always test limits Karunesh’!

With guilt, he thought to self – Exactly what I have been doing for the past six months, every Wednesday night, in a double occupancy OYO room.

 

Short Stories #6 Sweet War

images (1)She looked at the clock and realized that it will be another one hour before Rana arrives. She wanted to serve him dinner before going to sleep. After all, she made Rana’s favorite sweet today – kheer.

Rana entered in exactly 59 minutes, tired and exhausted, as usual. Even before she could mention the kheer, her mother in law offered Rana a gulab jamun, saying that she specially made it for him. Irritated, after a few minutes, she hesitantly mentioned the kheer, knowing Rana was on a diet and would say no!

Rana quelled the tension by earning calories.

 

What sets a Doctor apart?

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Oh, this sounds like a typical Quora post, but let’s try to jot it down here, quickly. Um, so, I am not particularly fond of doctors but I do admire their work and ‘patience’ (while they handle incessant patients). Anyway, since birth, I have come across many doctors and after today’s visit, I realized that there are three things which set a doctor apart.

Disclaimer – views will read stupid, but in life, what’s not?!

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    When she’s done writing all the tablets you have to gobble down thrice a day and you meekly ask, “What about food? What to avoid?”. And she’s like, “Eat whatever, my boy!“. There and then, you know that she is the one!Image result for doctor stools

  2. You spot a silver circular top stool inside her room. Let’s admit that even Gods can’t resist rotating themselves on them. Swirl till the time doctor enters the room. Perfect entertainment, since childhood! Studies have shown that these stools lower anxiety by at least 67%.
  3. When she patiently hears out your monologue despite the fact that there are a 100 patients standing outside, for one full minute. Well, that’s really something. Oh wait, now that I think of it, I paid a thousand bucks for that consultation. Maybe, I should strike this point out!

Well that’s my list which isn’t really exhaustive (in any sense). Do share, what you feel (or not feel) about Doctors.

PS: I love doctors, including my brother.

 

 

Why: Goverdhan Pooja?

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Annakuta (the green one) with puri. Yum!

Why do I get to eat delicious Annakuta sabzi everytime, just the day after Diwali?

Well, it is Goverdhan Pooja day after all. So, I googled why this day is celebrated, and I got this. In a nutshell, Lord Krishna lifted the Goverdhan parvat (mountain) on his little finger and protected the people of Mathura from the fury of Indra (Demigod responsible for rains). Why was Indra furious? Because Lord Krishna convinced the people of Mathura that they should worship the fertile Goverdhan soil more than the rains. Guess that was enough to blow Indra’s top!

Okay, so Indra got angry, Krishna happily lifted the mountain for a week, where exactly does cooking awesome Annakuta fit in? I mean, seriously, who would have cared for such tasty food amid of this drama? Although I couldn’t find a definite answer but here’s my reasoning:

A small replica of Goverdhan mountain is constructed with a lot of different food items to celebrate this day. In a similar way, the Annakuta subzi is made with a small amount of a lot of different vegetables. Well, that’s the maximum correlation I could establish. If interested, check the recipe here.

Phew, whatever be the reason, the taste of this sabzi is just too good!