‘Little Alice fell down the hole, bumped her head and bruised her soul.’ ~ Lewis Carroll
Have you ever had an Alice in Wonderland moment? Falling through the rabbit hole, without looking back, only to enter your very own whimsical, magical universe – one that takes you back in time, to a special place that remains embedded in memories. A few places in the city of ‘Bombay’ manage to evoke such a strong sense of nostalgia for me – Colaba being one of them.
Being a mother is no easy task! As if the task of raising your child isn’t daunting enough, there’s also the added onus of taking care of the house. Irrespective of whether the lady is a home maker, or a career woman the task of looking after the home is always a challenge. Being a mother is a full time job with no days off. But for your housework there’s always help. Appliances and gadgets that help with cooking and cleaning are saviours of most moms out there. And Nagold’s Build -In Appliances can be your knight in shining armour.
I have a faint memory of my mother struggling with house work as well as office work during my younger years. There were always clothes that needed washing, vessels that needed to be rinsed, and food that needed to be cooked. Back then washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves and ovens were still a luxury. Luckily for us younger lot, times have changed and the advent of state-of-the-art appliances has made life easier for the newer mom. If you don’t believe me, check out Nagold’s range of premium kitchen and household appliances here.
My obsession with Harry Potter borders on the abnormal. I’ve drawn lightening bolt scars on my forehead with red felt tip pens. I’ve fashioned wizard hats for myself from black chart paper. I wrote myself a Hogwarts acceptance letter after I got tired of waiting for an owl to arrive with mine. I read and re-read the books so much that at some point I could recite certain dialogues by heart. Harry Potter was not just a book for me – I am not talking about the movies here – it was an important part of my childhood.
My love affair with you started as a chubby three year old when I had my first taste of batter fried Bombil from my mother’s plate. It was love at first bite. My obsession with you’ll only grew stronger with age, and taste. I remember looking forward to Sunday morning fish shopping sessions with mom – my eyes glistening when I’d see you’ll naked in the fisher woman’s basket, my nose sniffing the aroma you’ll would let out, my fingers itching to hold your slimy scaly bodies.
Food has the wonderful power to make you travel to far off places, while being deeply seated at home. I had been meaning to taste Gitika Saikia’s home-style cooking for the longest time now, and take a food-cation with her to tribal Assam. It is thanks to home chefs like Gitika, enterpreneurs like Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal and APB Cook Studio‘s Culinary Legacy series that I was introduced to a cuisine unlike anything else I’ve ever tasted.
Rongali Bihu or Assamese New Year, celebrates the time of harvest and is incomplete without food. The Rongali Bihu meal at the APB Cook Studio was a delightful afternoon spent with like minded foodies where I learnt more about this ‘exotic’ cuisine from Gitika, sampled tribal Assamese fare, and even shook a leg or two to the Bihu dance.