So, the festive season is open officially, so to speak. Time when expenses skyrocket, when every purse seems shallow. No wonder our poor MPs are fighting tooth and nail for their pay hike. The festive season is when I can pack my guilt in a big iron box, lock it up, throw the keys away and merrily binge on every imaginable variety of sweetmeats for the rest of the year.
But the dampener is the preparation part of it. The adventurous lot try the extreme stuff for their adrenaline rush. Some set out on long voyages across the oceans, some trek through dense jungles crawling with the man-eaters, some others scale the tallest mountains, while I choose to make sweets. That is the biggest adventure of all. I may set out to make “X”, end up with “Y” which looks like “Z” but tastes like none of the above! My sweet-making sessions can beat even the most action-packed, adventure-filled, nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat thriller by its sheer unpredictability. Over the years, these sessions have taught me one valuable lesson-NEVER to announce my plans in advance. That saves me from a lot of ribbing from family and friends for my serendipitous results.
But my dish would definitely have a fancy, catchy name like Jilpa Jelly or Modak Medley. Not bad, huh? Guess, it’s guys with a scientific bent of mind that lack imagination. Want proof? Just look at those lab guys in
London who’ve named the Super bug as “ metallo-beta-lactamase 1 (NDM-1)”. In the process, they have unintentionally provided fodder for our news-starved 24 x 7 news channels to debate their hearts out all through the day and night at the audacity of these ‘goras’ to dare name the Super bug after our beloved capital city. New Delhi
It’s an entirely different matter altogether that
is now synonymous with the loot and plunder going on in the name of Common Wealth Games. Our politicos and babus took the Common Wealth Games too literally and walked away with the wealth thinking it was common to all! Forget about naming my sweet, we’d better rename the Common Wealth Games as the Common Games as the wealth is already gone! New Delhi