A New Beginning…

“I am the owner of my actions (karma), heir to my actions, born of my actions, related through my actions, and have my actions as my arbitrator. Whatever I do, for good or for evil, to that will I fall heir.” ~ Buddha

A lot has happened since my last blog post. My life has taken a new turn and I know deep inside my heart that I am going to succeed in whatever life has chosen for me. My new year started on a great note. I was able to overcome my fear/ chaos/ uneasiness about making the two most difficult food I have loved since childhood. The fear of something going wrong, bad taste, hours of hassle, loads of sweat and heartbreaking outcome has always holded me back from trying to make any of these savories for years. Yes, I am talking about the soft, plump, juicy and heartwarming momos and pitthas. They can light any dark day of my life!

Apart from starting a new year, January would bring the farmer’s festival, Makar Sankranti, when our house would get filled with the aroma of varieties of pitthas, puris and laddoos… It was a festival to die for! The hustle and bustle of maa and her various chores would bring curiosity and eagerness among all the kids at home. The excitement of eating loads of jaggery sweets and other Sankranti delicacies made us hop around throughout the week. The steaming chana daal, til and khova pitthas always brought big sparkles in our eyes! The different fresh jaggery laddoos made with lots of love and care would create a rave among everyone. My grandmom played a vital role and would always be ready with some or other delicacy prepared in the mud stove with perfection. The slight hint of the smoke, the earthen flavor, jaggery mixed with love never failed to amaze us. Dark starry nights, filled with sizzles of heartwarming food, tender care, the urge to eat to the heart’s content and the brisk scoldings of maa… I guess formed the magical aura. Gone are those days. All I am left here is with such sweet memories of childhood. Memories which assures you of happiness that can be found in small yet meaningful things which can’t be brought to you by million sparkling treasures.

I remember, when last time I had friends, flown down from Nepal, we had a big momo party. Friends, chit-chats, laughter, team work and smoking hot momos was the flavor of the day. Great company and good food can always change mood and atmosphere.

Momo and PitthaPhoto courtesy: Puneeta Prakash

Maa would say that making pittha was one of a damn skill and it takes years of practice to master the art! Just like Kung Fu I guess 😉 Honestly, before this January, I would have never dared to think of making momos and pitthas without company keeping in mind the hours of work and mastery it required! But, as I said earlier, this year is different and I know I will overcome all my fears. With this thing in my mind, I wore my cooking shoes, put on my heart print apron and set forward to win over my family member’s heart the same way it use to woo me years back! Long hours of STD and ISD phone calls, loads of kneading and grinding, chopping and cooking brought out some real beautiful, steaming and tasty results! Huh… the hard work has paid off!

One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; one of the best ways to make people happy is to be happy yourself ~ Gretchen Rubin

2014 was a challenging year and before ending it taught me humbleness, generosity, faith in letting go and to pursue my love and passion. I hope that 2015 is a year of dreams fulfilled, happiness achieved and fears overcomed. I hope all of us are able to meet the inevitable challenges and setbacks with heart and fortitude. I hope we learn and practice the virtues of excepting ourselves, spreading love, forgiving the worthy and pursuing our passion. Thank you everyone for reading my blog, showering me with encouragement and diligently loving me in some way or other!

Happy New Year dear readers. Stay blessed 🙂

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