Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Good Things in Life

I was supposed to go meet John Nash, the mathematician, today. Or rather, he was to come to Bangalore and I thought I would just go and be content if I could at least see him from a distance. I had watched 'A Beautiful Mind' recently and was simply awed by his story.

Anyway, he didn't turn up, his visit got cancelled and here I am in the office with no work. So just a quick post.

The pic that you see is of a traditional meal served on a plantain leaf. The smell and taste of food multiplies hundred fold when you eat it on the leaf. It is also hygienic as you just eat and throw them away, eco-friendly and inexpensive too. I talk here about the food, not the plate.

There is a restaurant in Bangalore called Vidyarthi Bhavan, I think. I was introduced to the place by an uncle. For Rs 60, you get to have unlimited jollada rotti and rice and yummy curries and mouth watering sweets.

I also write here about my new-found interest in food. I have never been a foodie and I eat only because I have to survive. Lately, this very very dear friend, someone whom I have adopted as a brother (I don't have any of my own), has been introducing me to amazing food every other day. I almost feel like my taste buds are waking up after a long slumber.

In just over a week, we had Mexican Nachos, spiced tomato slices, bhel puri, cheese masala dosa, all washed down with Coke and Pepsi. I love that combo, having something spicy and drinking Pepsi later. There is a "symphony orchestra" on the tongue, my brother calls it. I agree, I just love it.

Even made me realise that joy and success in life is in the smaller things, be it a good movie, street food, poetry, music or just a beautiful smile. Life is made up of these little wonders and I recognise that now. My only problem about starting to like food is that I have to actually take the trouble to cook everyday at home. Can no longer make do with instant noodles and take away :-(

But ah well...... As for the success that I was talking about, I don't know, maybe I am being naive or just presumptuous, but in my eyes I have succeeded. I have a beautiful family, the most amazing friends, all of whom pamper me to the heights, a great job that I absolutely love.... As of now, at this very moment in the vast expanse of time, I am happy.


Ashley said...

I recall your post on 'butter fruit' (avocado). They go perfectly with Mexican nachos!

You may be a foodie before you know it!

Shiv said...


Few other places where you cna try North Karnataka dishes esp Joladaha rotti are Pai restaurant near Anand Rao Circle and Kamat...

And talkin of baaLe Ele..its divine !

Keep exploring the hidden buds on tongue :)

Deepa Bhasthi said...

nachos were good, a little too much cheese for me though. i had this notion in my mind that all mexican food was spicy, but nachos turned out to be quite bland for my Indian tongue.
about becoming a foodie, that is the only thing i am scared of! i dont want to, for a variety of reasons!

i will try them out shiv. if not voluntarily, i know this friend of mine will drag me to these places sooner than i can say :-(

Unknown said...

Mother Teresa
We can do no great things in this world; only small things with great love.

The most important things to do in the world are, to get something to eat, something to drink and somebody to love you.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

...............and Shiv thanks 4 remidin me about Pai. Deeps I guess u r ready n u Shiv do join us for some hot Jolada Rotti with melting butter on it and some lip smacking 'Yennegai'uffffffff served hot ;-)

Sinfully yummy.

Ur brother

ShaK said...

It has been a while since I responded to your writings. en has taken over. :)

Nice to see some excellent food there. Enjoy it while I continue burning my fingers with what I call "adige". :D


San Nakji said...

Indian food is the greatest food in the world. If I lived there I would be enormous! I can't wait for my first visit!

Deepa Bhasthi said...

Manju, we are going to Pai soon. and also the masala Pepsi that you promised!

Shashi, i am getting the hang of this cooking thing. last night i made beans and baby corn with lettuce, topped with white wine vinegar! yummy!

You are right San, i have been eating a lot of international cuisine lately but honestly, give me Indian idlis and dosas and sambar and the rest anyday! you ought to come and try.