Some days are just not meant to be smooth. They are not
meant to be satisfying or rather, 80% flawless (a big deal!). Today was one
such day for me! I won’t say that it wasn’t fine at all. But it did test my
patience. Nothing seemed to be going right. And then I realized, it was Murphy
It was 6 AM. I got up in a cheerful mood. The ambiance
outside was very inviting with a cool breeze blowing. And considering that, Summers
are in full swing with the use of desert coolers having become imperative, I decided not
to miss the morning breeze. After watering the plants, I started with my daily
grind of what is to be made for breakfast. And simultaneously and usually, I
prepare for lunch as well. I already knew what I had in mind. It was going to
be aloo mutter sabzi and dudhi kootu (a South Indian cuisine with
lentils and bottle gourd cooked in home ground spices with coconut). I had made
the preparations. And then, even before I realized it was time for both husband
and son to get ready for office and school respectively. So starting with breakfast,
I quickly fixed a sandwich for both and packed my son’s Tiffin with the same.
Getting my son ready for school is a mammothian challenge every
day. And each day, his tantrums vary and as a mother, I am on guard as to what is
it going to be today. I dropped him on my activa
at school where he cried his heart out, wailing at the top of his voice, instigating
a few other cheerful toddlers to join him in his jugalbandi. And as I started to leave, he spurted on me all the
milk he had in morning. Too much of crying can do that. Thankfully and knowing
him, he was careful enough not to spoil his own clothes. And so, I rode back
home smelling of vomit. Then as soon as I entered home, I remembered I had forgotten
to go to the ATM. After all, it was payday for all and most bills had to be
settled. And then, I searched for my activa
keys. I couldn't find them! I frantically searched my home turning every room
upside down, when my maid called out to me as she entered, “Memsaab! Aapke keys activa pe hi lage hue hain.....lekar aun?” And
suddenly, there was a gush of relief! After collecting my keys, I went to the
ATM to withdraw money. It was a long queue. After waiting patiently for about 15 minutes,
I entered only to know that there was no cash in the machine! I The jinx had
started and am sure, Murphy was smiling! I came back home and thought; it would be better to start
with cooking. And, unusually I was done with all the preparatory tasks early in
the morning, like dicing, chopping, grinding....all I had to do was cook. At
that moment, there was this passing thought, “This can’t be jinxed at least!” And then, my woes started.....
And the first culprit was aloo mutter ki sabzi.
This particular dish has never failed me and
I always loved making this dish with a lot of tomato gravy, just the way hubby likes it. I usually make this in a cooker, but for some reason, I decided
to go for a handi
. And then as, I
kept the pot on stove, I started with making the kootu
for which I thought of first boiling the lentils and bottle
gourd in a cooker. As I tried to stretch the gasket, it died on me by breaking!
After some searching I found three gaskets, none fitting the cooker I had in
hand. Being too lazy to remove any other cooker from my kitchen cabinet, I
decided to search again for an extra gasket, should there be. And boy, this time I was lucky to find a
brand new one that fitted the cooker lid perfectly. “This couldn't get any easy!”,
I thought so! And then, the cooker
lid wouldn't just fix! I tried hard and somehow managed to, but then I realized
I had not fitted the lid correctly, as the gasket was new and tight. Mom knows best and so ended up calling her describing my situation.
She said, “hey don’t use the new gasket.
First time is always a trouble. Why don’t you use another cooker! You have so
I mumbled a sigh! After fifteen minutes of struggle, the cooker lid
finally came off. As I sat on the kitchen floor heaving a sigh, my olfactory
senses alerted me that something was burning! The sabzi
was burnt beyond recognition and there was nothing I could do
to scrap the black and charred mixture of once beautifully colourful vegetables!
was on high flame,
something I never do as I always cook/boil/bake on sim. How could I forget a
habit? And then, I looked at my cooker containing the lentils and the bottle
gourd pieces. For a strange reason, I decided to give a try once more, a
decision I was to regret soon! I again tried fixing the cooker lid and this
time, the lid fixed or just I thought so. For the first time in the past four
hours, there was a smile on my face which waned away as soon as it came, when I
tried to open the cooker lid again, out of curiosity. This time, the lid was
stuck. And it won’t just wriggle free! I tried all the tactics Bean uses
in his movies and all attempts yelled loud at me, “This is just not your day!”
When hubby came home for tea break, I was listless.
Thankfully, I had made his breakfast of boiled eggs and milk shake about which
I had conveniently forgotten midst the self created chaos. After having his breakfast, he
tried a hand in diffusing the cooker fiasco. But the gasket won’t just budge.
And then, hubby sighed, “Get it done from
some shop! Why did you have to use this cooker? You have so many!!” And, I
totally deserved this! I decided, this was just not my day to cook!
Thankfully, I had saved some plain dal for my son and he
happily had his favourite dal chawal
without a fuss. No more kitchen ventures for today! But then, this day did
teach me two things!
- First instinct
is always correct and it never fails you! Follow the latter, you will be played
the first point!
That is how my day ended with a lot of rants and learning.....Got to focus
on Blogger challenge.....wish me luck, people!! God bless...!!
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