Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Express lane

Life comes at you fast. A few things get thrown your way. You pause for a moment. Smile at how far you have come in life. How little you know. And that there is so much more for you to learn. A potpouri of all these. Life moves on again.

You are in the car with four of your female colleagues -- aged 45 and above. They joke, half of which you don't really get, but you laugh out loud anyways. Then they converse about edible panties. You take a minute to realize what it really is -- a cookie? bah....maybe.....jeee! amazed that such a thing really exists and that you didn't have a clue. Blame Victoria for keeping such secrets. And the 55 year old throws in, "Ha.. Upsi might have 3-4 of them. look at the way she nods". You stop at the lights, comment on the weather. Life moves on.

You are back from work early and decide to make baturas. With chole. While kneading the dough, you think about the first time you made baturas. You being the new bride wanting to impress your man. Wanting to get into his heart through his stomach.
Calling India, waking up Amma from her sleep, just for the recipe. "yes Amma, we are fine. No, no, just called. Want to make baturas. yes -- just for the two of us. No, no friends coming. OK. About two spoonfuls of flour, yeast and yogurt, water, salt. OK".
You measure exactly two spoonful; yeast and the rest dive into the flour. Wait patiently for two hours for the dough to levitate and overflow. Nothing happens. Infact you wonder if it has shrinked in size. You put a damp towel over the dough, keep it inside the oven and a little later turn the oven lights on. Nothing.
By that time sun is already up in your hometown and your Amma is online querying about those baturas. "No amma....it has not risen yet." Argument ensue on how you religiously followed her recipe, to realize that you used just two table spoons of flour.
Amma laughs hysterically -- "areee budhu, I was just saying "about 2 spoons" and I meant the bigger thavi* (malayalam for *spoon) that we use in home, not a table spoon".
You empty the golf-ball sized dough from the bigger pot (you used the biggest pot available in the kicthen, because you know, the dough triples its size) into a smaller one. The dough you have is enough to make one batura , atmost two, if you can afford to stretch it. Half the dough gets stuck in the rolling pin anyways.
Five years later on a Friday afternoon, you make delicious baturas. With chole. Sliced raw onions and lemon on side. Life moves on.

And then at times, you want life to stand still. The moments not to pass by.

Like when you delivered your little one and held him close to you for the first time. Sweet pure love! How life seemed perfect and so did everything around it. You blink your eyes and your little one magically turns ONE. And in the night, you pick him up from his crib to your bed and snuggle him close to you, wedged in your armpit that fits him in so cozly.
Wishing time takes a break, come back after a while, just so the feeling lingers before life moves on again.

22 comments:

Me said...

is ur little ones bday today?

happy bday..

upsilamba said...

he turned one about a week ago!

I have a one year old son, me!!!

Me said...

:)

Y said...
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upsilamba said...

glad to see you here, Kilroy.

Rationale said...

That was beautiful. Victoria keeping secrets! LOL! Edible panties huh? Innnteresting... *planning trip to VS soon*

Fuzzylogic said...

Such a lovely post Upsi!Belated birthday wishes to the little one. LOL about your first batura experiment,indeed the beginning days of marriage I had some disasters myself hmm..or rather I still do at times but my culinary skills have certainly come a long way from then. Right now though you mentioning piping hot baturas and chole with onion and lemon wedges on the side got me all hungry:)

Sarah said...

Happy birthday to the little one..

Upsi: It is such a joy to read your posts..

Sunita said...

Happy birthday to your son!!

"You take a minute to realize what it really is -- a cookie?.......

Ha.. Upsi might have 3-4 of them. look at the way she nods" - ROTFL

Orchid said...

Upsilamba,
First, happy b'day to your son! how come you didn't invite me to the party...too bad!

Second, this was a cool post...so many thoughts...put together so well!

upsilamba said...

rationale: ah, so you didn't know either.

Fuzzy: Not to say I don't commit blunders any more. I do, but then they are labelled "oh, i was careless/absent minded" instead of being stamped stupid.
Thanks for the wishes for my lil one, Fuzzy.

Sarah: Thank you.
My posts might be so, but yours personify the courage I wish all women had.

Sunitakutty: Thank you.
*haven't been to your place lately. need to check out how Joyce is doing.

Orchie: It was a family affair (pssssttt -- we have way too many relatives here in US!). Thanks for the wishes.

anumita said...

Such a beautiful post! Sigh, how I relate to what you say, couldn't put it down myself.

Archana said...

upsi

you didnt leave me an email on my site to invite you to my private blog. please send me an email to archanaDOTsaikat at gmailDOTcom

Thanks!
Archana

Priya said...

:-) Used to be a silent-lurker on you blog.. but the baturas made me comment! Im soooo craving for them now :-(

rayshma said...

loved d post. baturas!! wow! i can only dream of knowing how to make them...!

IBH said...

loved loved loved the post! :) have been busy with too many things and little time to read blogs now a days :)

howdy btw?hugs to the one year old now :) from Kaju

Me said...

upsi neenga eppadi irukeenga??

IBH said...

evlo nalaiku than express lane le irupenga...konjam break adichu namma blog side kukm vanga

Me said...

IBH: Upsi eppo varuva eppadi varuvannu yarukkum theriyathu...eppo varanumo appa correctaa varuva...

sanguine said...

upsi ma'am ... here after a long time , howz you ? isnt an update due already ..

karmickids said...

Such a beautiful post. Isnt it such a paradoxical feeling when they grow, you are proud of them growing up, but wish you could freeze them in babyhood...

Collection Of Stars said...

This was such an endearing post. I wish the same very time I see my daughter :)

 

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