Saturday, August 21, 2010

SWEET SEASON

        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 “New Delhi 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.
            It’s an entirely different matter altogether that New Delhi 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!

37 comments:

subu said...

The sweet you made has some popular fruit and nut ingredients! may I give it the missing name... Fundril tendrils!

SG said...

The sweet looks so yummy it deserves a french name. How about naming it "La Patisserie Vrille".

Readers Dais said...

Hi! Latha,
i dont mind dropping in to taste the result of your adventure, afterall its sweet & only sweet na,
But the truth is i donthve a sweettongue, so dont worry :)
liked ur line on common wealth.

R. Ramesh said...

Fundril tendrils..haha good one...hey send it by parcel buddy:)

Amin said...

Beautifull!

SUFFIX said...

Now we are aware of your skills, i will take anything as sweet which has sugar taste in it. Glad we are getting ready to make packets with clear instructions and the 'name'.

Common Wealth Games - May be our Babus misunderstood the game is to play with money and the game was over?

Krishnakumar said...

Quite hilarious. Though I think your hubby might not feel it that way. (having to taste Z hoping for X or worse dreading what is in store. Well Mr. Nair, welcome to the club.)

lostworld said...

Hehe.. Now that Ganesh Chathurthi is approaching, please share the recipe of your Modak Medley !! ;)

A said...

Awesome...

R. Ramesh said...

:) nanri ya:)

Haddock said...

And I feel ashamed to say that the man at the helm is from Pune.
By the way that sweet looks great.

sm said...

sweet and sour

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Latha:)

Wish you and your family a very happy Onam:)

Probably you are one of the rarest persons living who in this day and age will go to the extraordinary trouble of making sweets at home. These days people just go to shops and buy all the sweets they want without thinking of the expenses involved.All that they want is to save the trouble of undergoing the arduous task of going through the process of making sweets and waiting anxiously for the family members to declare whether the preparation was good or not.

I admire you for the initiative to go through the extraordinary trouble and giving exotic names to your handiwork which of course must have been delicious and tasty to eat. Yes there is thrill and joy and creativity,sense of achievement and satisfaction in this venture of making sweets during the festive season.After all what is festive season without home made sweets.I am sure the family members would also be thrilled to eat and enjoy the delicious sweets you made with your own hands.

MP's getting three hundred percent pay hike is atrocious. I never heard of any one getting such a monstrous pay hike.India is a country where there are innumerable poverty stricken people who cannot make both ends meet and here are the representatives of the people getting unimaginably high pay rise.I just can't stomach this looting.In any case these MP's are already looting the public in all possible ways!

Looting money in the name of prestigious CWG is another disgrace and a national shame.The guilty should be given severe punishment.Of course we have a process of investigation which will go on for years and years and during which period the guilty will find ways to extricate themselves and live a long life to enjoy the loot with their family.

Latha,I enjoyed this hilarious post of yours and I greatly appreciate not only your creativity in making sweets and giving them fancy names but also your extraordinary sense of humuor in writing this interesting post which made me smile through out.

Best wishes Latha:)
Joseph

Amin said...

Very sweet post.................

surjit said...

A 'mouth watering' post.Nice one.

Anya said...

Hi Latha
Very funny sweet post :-)
I love sweets !!!!
I wish I could tast it ....

((Thanks Latha,
for your concern and prayers,
its nice to have
so many real friends
around the whole world !!)

Amin said...

Very sweet post!!!
I love sweets too.

Amin said...

I love the sweets .too..............

NRIGirl said...

Funny Latha Nair! You write very good!

It is true of me too to some extent to start making "X" ending in "Y"

Recently one day I started to make 'kokus' the sweet murukku from the south and it ended us as 'paniyaram' as murukku won't come...

Another time I started to make 'puttu' again a South Indian breakfast item, and ended up with 'kolukkattai' a completely different dish.

I am quiet proud of my creativity though... :)

~ NRIGirl

rama said...

Looks like the sweet season is going to continue for ever, with festivals coming one after another.
Enjoy!

R. Ramesh said...

nanri yar..waiting 2 c yr next post..:)

R. Ramesh said...

aiyo..ennama innum adutha post kaanum..come on come on...:)

A said...

No new post for many days...

R. Ramesh said...

:)

Sekhar said...

nice post.

Amin said...

Good day!Rama comment is very interesting.............
I agree....

Amin said...

You write very good!

Amin said...

Yes, awesome.

Amin said...

Sweet season.------beautiful words!

ajayfabulous said...

Hilarious... the common 'wealth' point is very funny :)

BTW I liked this line too
I may set out to make “X”, end up with “Y” which looks like “Z” but tastes like none of the above!
Though weird by logic, interesting to read. And mathematically, x, y & z all are unknowns... so no matter what ever turns up :)

Dr.Antony said...

Loved the post.
Life is short,so eat the dessert first !Your recipe was good. I will definitely try it out.

KParthasarathi said...

Loved the sarcastic witn your last line

Janus said...

CWG or rather Corruption Without Guilt . . . And regarding your cooking, so you still did not learn anything from Sanjeev Kapoor???

subu said...

After the long season, its time for some savories now..!

Pranavam Ravikumar a.k.a. Kochuravi said...

Awesome...!!!

sm said...

like the last para
delhi, corruption

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