Most of us have grown up eating many homemade delicacies made by our mothers, aunts and other ladies, in our case dad and husband too. Indian food and festivals are inseparable. My mom used to have specific delicacies on festivals. She never made anything mismatch to that season of the festival. Say for example, for Nagpanchami ( It is a festival where we pray to the Snake God) she used to make naivedhya of Sakhar Bhat ( Sugar Saffron Rice). On the last day of Ganapati, that is on Ananta Chaturdashi, she used to make Banana Pachadi ( Kelachi Koshimbir) which she used to call as “ Anantachi Koshimbir,” these things were seldom repeated as may be those festive days would be perfect weather-wise to have this all. After her, I have never seen anybody so thoughtful with regards to food. Come rainy season and we used to refrain from Brinjal, Onion completely, and Garlic, the simple reason would be that rains make the digestion sluggish, if we eat something like onion, we would need a good digestive power, as the winter approach, the digestion gets back to normal and after Diwali, we can actually start eating Brinjal, Onions, and Garlic. There is a specific day called “ Tulasi Vivah” when one can start eating everything. Diwali sweets were made well in advance and were allowed to be eaten only on the Abhyangasnan Day ( Narakchaturdashi) the tradition which continues till date.
Why this much thought in eating?
Because our food science is very well advanced and it is as per the season. Seasons affect the gut and digestive power of the stomach. If we eat as per the digestive power, we are never to fail. I totally believe in eating seasonal food. Diwali is meant for eating. Good food and Good times equal Diwali. Diwali Palaharam is a matter of great interest across India. With the talks of diet and nutrition in place, life has become difficult.
How the supply in the market changes our perception of food.
7 to 8 years ago, PepsiCo introduced oats in India. The campaign was making India heart healthy. The campaign was successful and slowly other companies like Britannia, Kellogg’s also rushed to bring in the most healthy cereal of the world “ Oats.” Looking at the facts, it is apparent that slowly with these types of campaigns India has become 200 crore market for cereals which is nothing but packaged food presented wonderfully and advertised really well. Same goes with other packaged goodies such as Wafers, Noodles and so on. The question on my mind is why would we give up our food and go ahead to eat something which does not even taste a bit like Indian food. The answer is the power of ADVERTISING and BRANDING.
How colors, advertising, branding, and campaigns change the food scenario?
Nobody branded Poha, Upma, Idli, Dosa the way we are bombarded with Pizza, Noodles and Masala oats advertisements. Same goes with Diwali Snacks. After Navratri, you can watch Cadbury advertising about how to gift Chocolates ( Cadbury Chocolate Pack) this Diwali to your loved ones, neighbors and so on. I mean really? When did the warmth of homemade ladoo, murukku, shankarpali was replaced by something made in the factory with many other products with loads of preservatives?
Oats Chivda, Ladoo Without Sugar and Gluten Free Chakli
There cannot be Chivda without Poha, Corn Poha, or Sabudana Poha period. There cannot be ladoo without sugar ( palm sugar or jaggery are good replacements of sugar), and there cannot be chakli without gluten as Chakli wouldn’t happen if there is no Gluten in the mix. So, the gist of all the above is, as we always say, eat in moderation. Have those long walks every day consistently to feel good and fit.
No million dollar company can be worried about your heart, and it’s health though they claim. Ultimately, you are the only person who knows your body and its needs. So, eat homemade, think homemade and seasonal. Whether should you have all the sweets? Please have as you wouldn’t get the warmth and thought with which it is conceived and made.
Such a direct and straight question isn’t it? In the changing times, things that bother us are many more than things that make us happy. If you just sit and relax, your mind quickly revolves around stuff which you did not like for that day or for that week.
In fact, there would be thousand other good things that must have happened to you in due course but our mind concentrates on the stuff which we did not like. When something is really bothering us we are seldom at peace.
The other day I met one of my friend in the market. She is a great girl having a good sense of humour and seeing her at the market was a pleasant coincidence. We both were very glad but she quickly talked to me about something which was bothering her all these days. I lend her a patient ear but I really felt her need to be talking to someone even if that someone is not so close.
Here there are two things at play, first is her restless mind which is focussing on stuff which was bothering her for a long time. And the second is that
whatever was bothering her was stopping her from looking beyond that particular aspect. I do not blame her but we are wired to think it that way.
Venting out is perfectly fine but when it bothers beyond venting there is always a solution
“Ask yourself, will this issue bother me 5 years down the line?” if the answer is “No” then it is not worth thinking about.
Now a day, I don’t remember what was bothering me a week ago 😉
One of the accounts manager at a renowned bank is an acquaintance, he has been in the business since last couple of decades. He has a happy family and overall great career just as one would want in the early forties. I met him some days ago and he started talking to me about how the bank leadership is changing and the challenges he is facing at his workplace, he was restless, wanted to go back to the earlier scenario which existed at his workplace but it was in vain.
There was an interesting survey conducted in an organization where they asked every employee “ Would you rather work for change or just complain?” More than 80% of them answered “Do I have to pick?, This is hard.” 🙂 🙂 🙂
Most often we do not want to step out of our comfort zone and resist change which might open a new door of opportunity. Discussing the status quo with someone and working a way out of it could be a great workaround.
Recently I saw a video on facebook where a man has a pen and paper. He has an ant on the paper. As the ant walks from one end to other, the man draws a line in front of the ant. The ant thinks that it is an obstruction and finds another path. Actually, it can very well cross the line but it does not. That is how our mind is.
We confine it as per our convenience and think it as an obstacle which is non-existant.
Letting something bother you is okay, for sometime, we all are humans but letting it take a toll on your thought process is not worth it.
Is something bothering you? Pour your questions in the comment.
Life comes a full circle when I enter the month of March. It is mostly because the monthly calendar is filled up to the brink in this month. The Palash flowers bloom as the month of Holi starts, and the heatwave makes its way through Northern India. The Gulmohar starts shedding its dull look, and the red flowers bloom for almost two months till May.
Indians formally welcome the summer through HOLI, the festival of colors, nature plays Holi with different color flowers blooming.
It is also officially the last month in the new financial year, and all the entrepreneurs have to muster up the courage to close the old financial books and open the new ones. In many ways, March needs a lot of preparation and planning to just be through it, unlike other twelve months.
So what is on cards in the Month of March for me?
- Content Planning
- Implementation of Kaizen ( Continuous Improvement)
- Better Employee Relationships
- Personal Habits
- Working out six days a week
- Clean eating
- More water intake
- Reducing Gadget Time
- Household Organization
- Using KonMari Method
- HW and Play Date Planning
- Family Functions
I plan using #Hobonichi Techo Cousin and #Hobonichi Original English Version.
Because discipline in all these aspects only will bring the best out of this month..With all this in my kitty, I should say
March, Here I Come!