Some Cooking Advice

Food is a basic need. Food , if cooked well can provide happiness to the eater as well as the cook. I have grown up in a home, where my mother and grandmothers were excellent cooks. They used to make and serve food , not only to the family members , but also to guests with lots of hospitality.

Here are some thoughts about cooking. Some are my mother’s thoughts , some are my observations :

1) A dish ( except a sweet dish and some exceptions ) , should have all the tastes in it, without making any one taste as an overpowering taste.

A dish should be a balance of sweet, sour, salty, spicy…

Similarly, a sweet dish shouldn’t be excessively sweet.

2) The more variety, a person cooks everyday, the better it is for the health and taste buds of the family members. Similarly, make different recipes of the same core food item. That will break the monotony.

3) Be observant. When you are invited to someone’s place , observe the ingredients , which are there in the making of a dish, if you like it, try it at home.

4) Learn a recipe from an expert of that recipe. Nowadays, YouTube, blogs also offer many variants of a particular dish’s recipe.

5) Be open to an honest feedback. There is always a scope for improvement.

6) Be ready to use substitutes in cooking, be ready to learn dishes of different cuisines ,regions and cultures. By doing this, we will be increasing our knowledge of different dishes.

7) Garnishing, dressing, serving are important processes in food making. They make the food presentable.

8) Aromas are important too.

9) Storage of food , it’s ingredients is vital too. Be well versed with that.

10) Planning and preparation are tools of a well managed kitchen.

11) Cooking, food and nutrition are vast bodies of knowledge. They are Art, Science and Management. Be ready to learn…

Happy cooking and eating !


Some Cooking Advice

The Shimmering Friendship

Friends are like stars in a dark sky,

They support us during sorrow and joy,

They sparkle and spread light,

They are motivation and might.

The moonlight shimmers the stream,

The sight inspires the onlooker’s dream.

Dewdrops glisten ,

We listen

To the chirping sparrows

And watch the tree hollows,

In the marvellous mornings….

Coming back to friends,

They are our shimmering friends…

Our glitter,

Who reduce our jitter…

A Happy Friendship day,

To all my friends , have a good day..





The Shimmering Friendship

A Casual Invitation

Dark Clouds hover in the sky,

They casually tell the rains , ” Don’t feel shy…

Drench the earth,

The earthlings won’t feel the water dearth….

People who waste water,

Normally get water on a platter….”


People ¬†casually invite each other to each other’s places..

Saying ‘ Come someday to our place ‘.

That ‘ Someday ‘ never rises,

Unless, a special occasion arises…

And a formal invitation is given….


a cookie freshly picked from the oven,

Needs an invitation to be eaten…..

People wear casual wear,

As they are routinely tired of formal Wear….

Casual and Formal are two sides of the same coin,

Both like to join…

The Club of Life….

( in response to the WordPress daily prompt – Casual )



A Casual Invitation

The Soothing Symphony

Listen to some Jazz,

Listen to the bees’ buzz….

Listen to the flute,

Listen to the owl’s hoot…

Listen to the drum and trumpet,

Listen to the elephant’s trumpet…

Listen to the stringing guitar and harem,

Listen to a singing cuckoo star and enjoy them

For a company

And a rhythmic symphony….

A symphony of orchestra soothes the soul,

A symphony of sounds of nature nurture the soul…..

( In response to the daily prompt of WordPress – Symphony )


The Soothing Symphony

Foggy Fate

It was foggy,

Drains were cloggy.

It was raining,

Dogs were whining.

The GPS was out of order,

There was thunder…

She didn’t panic,

Though the atmosphere seemed tragic…

The fate was foggy,

The air was smoggy.

She parked her car,

She had to go far…

She waited for the day to dawn,

It was not foggy now, she could see the nearby lawn…

She resumed her travel,

She admired nature’s marvel,

She reached home late,

But , She had no regret…







Foggy Fate

The traditional Mother tongue

Traditions are passed on from one generation to the other. Countries, communities,  cultures, climates, geographical factors, education, friends, company, corporates, , entertainment, Business , arts, different industries have their own traditions and customs. At an individual level too, a person follows certain traditions and rituals.

A person ‘s mother tongue is a major connecting medium for traditions. When a person knows his / her mother tongue, he/ she can effectively communicate with scholars, wise men and women, knowledgeable persons , even those , who may not be well versed in other National/ official language, but know the mother tongue ¬†well. The old texts, scriptures, literature, poetry , which may be available , in his mother tongue , ¬†is also accessible to him.

For example, my mother tongue is Marathi. Marathi has a rich, ancient, progressive, evolving , accommodating culture. It has a wonderful legacy of a variety of arts, valour, courage, bravery, warriors, freedom fighters, social reformers, educationists, medicinal experts, sportsmen… ¬†It’s Literature is broad based. A Maharashtrian who knows Marathi will have an added advantage of learning about Maharashtra, Marathi and Maharashtrians, thereby strengthening his roots, grasping the good traditions.

Be it the books of legends like Gangadhar Gadgil, P. L. Deshpande, Shanta Shelke or the musical compositions of Sudhir Phadke, Ajay- Atul or the master strokes of Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar or the Invincible Warrior Star ( Ajinkya Tara ) Peshwa Bajirao-I ¬†or the supreme Sacrifice , confidence, courage of Swatantryaveer Damodar Savarkar or the histrionics of Neelu Phule, Arun Sarnaik … The list is endless.

Similarly, the aartis, keertans, bhajans, abhang, shlokas – musical, lyrical ¬†compositions of religious ¬†nature are beautiful , soul searching renditions in the mesmerizing language. ¬†So are the ukhanas, powadas, lavnis, tamasha, koligeet….

So, Maharashtrians, don’t forget to learn Marathi, it will be a Memorable Journey in the vast ocean of knowledge…..


The traditional Mother tongue