I always carry home cooked food wherever I go and earned an epithet of “Madam with dibba”. Even for short outstation trips by flight I have this companion with me. During lunch breaks Supriya, my colleague and I share cooking tips. Most of the times I do the tipping. As an obedient student she tries that and next day she thanks me for the secret. She put this idea into my head for blogging.
I thank my entire clan of Brahmakumaris, Ma, Baba, friends & family members who helped me to develop my culinary skills. My mother was a superb cook to the category of gourmet cook. During my early childhood we had hired cooks at home due to my Ma’s illness. Whenever I did not like the food cooked by hired help, I did my cooking. Children were not allowed to enter kitchen at home, so my father arranged for a kerosene stove in the verandah to avoid fire hazards. Since then my experiment with cooking started, always trying to measure up to my Ma’s expertise.
Special thanks to butterfly Sneha, my inspiration for trying various recipes of chutneys , bunch of my colleagues we usually meet during lunchtime, my “gaonvale ” hostel buddies & Mistu, Moon & Puntu who encourage me by complimenting whatever I cook; even burnt cakes!! Sudhadidi for right quantities. Sisters Sneha and Sapna nudging me to publish this blog asap.
And always multi million thanks to the Almighty – Shivbaba for giving me powers to cook dishes that are enjoyed by all.