Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cooking up a blog


The guest speaker at our fortnightly Ladies Club meeting was exhorting women who work in the house (housewives) to demand their due share and remuneration for services rendered."I am just a housewife" need not be construed as a useless occupation, but as a substantial contribution to the running of the household — as worthy in many ways as a wage earner’s share of credit for the upkeep of the house.
   On reflection, I found it to be absolutely true . A time would soon come when society will accept and acknowledge the economic value of a woman’s contribution around the house.  Till then …….. well !
  The talk over, we broke up into small groups around the buffet table as usual, exchanging pleasantries and the inevitable gossip.
  Rita having recently lost her cook to a punjabi household was desperately seeking a replacement  and was urging Meena and Tara to redouble their efforts at finding one for her. With a glint in my eyes, I walked into their midst offering a possible solution. With eager faces and ears pricked , they pounced on me to come out with it. It amazes me always to see so many of my friends turning to me for help in finding domestic help, when I myself do not keep a cook, maid. driver, or a gardener ( I only have a husband, who does a bit of everything for me) .
See how he has a well trained look of a Chauffeur: he is my husband
"Rita", I said, "I will be your cook, if you will pay me a premium salary for my speciality cooking."
Though I went to all the cooking/ baking classes, it was my husband who baked this yummy pasta dish
  Rita’s response to my offer was unexpected  and was full of cold logic and sarcasam."No, Rama," she said . "You would cook us delectable palak paneer, puliodhere, avial, throw in lip- smacking chopsuey, conjure up spongy cakes, light – as- air souffles etc., etc. (They all know I have attended several cookery and baking classes). Both you and your menus will become very expensive for us. Your delicious cooking will make us hog and put on weight . Next, being a fitness fanatic, you will force us to take body- conditioning and aerobics lessons from you and make us pay for that also".
 Not to be broken in her train of thoughts, Rita continued, "while exercising, we might land up with sprains which you will volunteer to treat with Reiki at extra cost. "No Rama," she ended, "at this rate, my husband would be sailing forever ( he is in the merchant marine ) to pay for your innumerable services. You are way beyond our reach."
I am cheered up for at least I could cook up an interesting blog!!!
  Seeing me crestfallen,  Tara attempted to cheer me up saying I could always turn the conversation into an interesting blog.

20 comments:

  1. ha ha enjoyed reading the post

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  2. I love your pictures..your dishes look so tempting:)

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  3. Nice write up Rama .That's how it should be ..a casual heart spoken blog post.It doesn't sound like a cook up .Hey the menu was really lip smacking.My taste buds started producing the secretions seeing the pictures:))

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  4. Wow! Loved all the pics and lovely cute writeup!
    Well, we share mostly the same story here...I myself donot keep(read never keep) a
    maid/cook/driver/gardener(neither in India nor in Singapore!)...and hubbs does a little bit of everything for me!:):)..

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  5. Really enjoyed that Rama, you have a way with words:) Too bad that you friends know you so well, it was a great idea:):) That pasta dish looks yummy.

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  6. Lolz. I would love to eat your awesomely cooked food :)

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  7. This post is so funnnnyyyyyyyyy. Start to end funny. Statements like I have husband ......

    And of course your friend's concern about weight...etc.

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  8. lovely foood your hubby has cooked .. and I definitely agree that a house wife's Job is 24 hour job .. a full time ...

    Bikram's

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  9. Wow these look amazing!! I'm glad you have these meetings every fortnight :) And you have a very interesting blog always!

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  10. Enjoyed reading the post!

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  11. you just awake my hunger dear ,tasty post ,and loved your pics ,you look great .

    thanks for lovely words and visit.
    have a wonderful day god bless

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  12. Enjoyed reading the post. Lovely pix as usual, you are looking yummy too!

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  13. Haha, what an inter-connected possibility starting with the cooking :-)

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  14. hahaha lovely blog post. I totally agree with the initial part. A woman's contribution in the house like my husband say is precious and priceless, yet so many of our housewives feel small when they say that they are housewives. Wish, their contribution could make them feel economically empowered in some ways too.

    About cooking, love your recipes and inputs about food. And, also the way in which you subtly praise your husband yet pull his leg a little bit :).

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  15. Maybe one day those that work in the home will be respected and the job of "housewife" will be seen for what it really is, never ending. Until then I think people have a little more respect for it then they use too. Nice post.

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  16. lol I loved this blog post... it was sooo enjoyable to read!!

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  17. beautiful pics
    with tasty dish to go with that
    nice

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  18. loved this post...simplistic and so conversational...loved it!...lol

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  19. such a delightful post!! Your posts feel like we are having a conversation, you and I, on your porch, with a glass of cool raspberry lemonade. awesome!!

    p.s I love love that header!! your smile is so charismatic and inviting. thanks for stumbling by my blog! you are definitely going to see more of me here :)

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