Shubho Bijoya and Happy Dussehra to everyone celebrating!
Today we bid adieu to Ma Durga… we don’t bid goodbye to a goddess but a daughter who’s going to back to her husband’s house. We had the joy of a mother welcoming her daughter home when the festive season started and now we have the heavy heart of saying goodbye to a beloved daughter. We smear vermilion on her forehead and feet and wish her a happy married life and then offer her sweets to ensure she leaves our homes with pleasant memories. I remember my mom touching the goddess’s forehead and then making the same gesture she did when she said goodbye to me. That gesture has stayed in my heart for decades and this one aspect of Durga Puja is the closest to my heart.
The bonhomie of sindur khela and the last day of festivities is always tinged with heavy hearts and tears. The vermilion stained faces and the crimson air around all of us holds tiny wishes that the goddess stayed a little bit longer.
But every year we end with the same mantra - “aasche bochor aabar hobe” which means that it will all happen again next year!
So here’s wishing all of you the joyous radiance of the same hope in your lives 🤗🤗. This is not a very pujo special pic because you know me guys - posing and having beautiful pics of myself is not something I excel in 😂😂 but I love this pic of both of us where we were naming all the pumpkins and being generally silly.
Happy weekend my lovelies
This is how we celebrated CSK victory. Sleep evaded after the match and no noodles in stock. Had few pasta left and very little milk, so that’s the bare minimum white pasta that I could whisk. Nevertheless a tasty one. Still, no sleep and we saw a movie - June. A coming of age Malayalam movie. Simple, fell good, earnest and a non judgemental of female character type of movie. The whole movie was aesthetic and refreshing and totally relatable, I mean which girl would not have pulled down her socks, tried FLAMES with her crush and so on. The climax is filled with pleasant emotions that will leave you happy at the end. Somehow the film has a fresh approach that saves it from being yet another cliched nostalgia trip. Overall a worth watch.
Outcome: Work up super late, did not cook lunch, borrowed breakfast from in laws and reached college just in time.
Have a great weekend guys.
During our trip to Chicago, we had some Indian food, that ushered in emotions of dining at a fancy Indian restaurant in India. I would go back to Chicago again and again, only to dine at this place! @bargoachi was just 3 days old when we went there! Thankfully, we made reservations beforehand, and the process of getting a table was pretty smooth actually! 😁
We had -
> Prawn Balchao with Poi Bread (A classic Goan dish in a classic Goan combo. It was a little spicy, but absolutely delicious!) ❤️
> Fried Rice with Shrimp and Chorizo (This was my favourite from the day! Haven’t had such a flavourful rice dish in a long time. The shrimp and sausages had blend in so perfectly!) ❤️
> Chicken Cafreal Sandwich (Cafreal is one of my favourite Goan dish too. They brought a twist to it by marinating the chicken in Cafreal marinade, then fried and sandwiched in burger buns. It was unique and delicious!) ❤️
> Pork Vindaloo Poiwich (If there’s one Goan dish I would die for, it’s Pork Vindaloo. I had high hopes for this dish, but it was a little disappointing. The meat was completely dry, no hint of the spices used to cook Vindaloo. I liked how they cut open the Poi bread in Venezuelan style of eating arepas, but hardly had any Goan touch to it, in terms of both flavours and plating. I hope they put efforts on improving this dish.) 💔
I would rate my overall experience as pleasant. But it was a very new place when we went, so I guess they will improve much more over time. We are teetotallers, so we didn’t order any drinks, but they looked quite interesting! Since @roohcolumbus group of restaurants change their menu on a regular basis, and @bargoachi is their sister concern, I am hoping they would do the same. I would very much like to come back again, and see what new things they have to offer. Really looking forward to it, and wishing them all the best for running this new joint! 😇