Rice porridge with red rice, a nice coconut chammandi and some pulses cooked lightly with no masala, makes good food. So when you add some kondattam to it, well then it is a feast.
When advertorials present happy families crunching on packets of cereals, coated with sugar and chocolate and feeling so healthy and abundant, you are sometimes misled to believe that it is what is good food and good living is all about.
Packets of food lining up the kitchen cupboard, where all you need to do is to pour in to your bowl and consume it, children, adults and everybody else. And that is healthy living! Really!
What a cheat story that is?
My daughter asks me some times, ‘so all that bournvita that I drank, it was nothing but mere sugar, is it?’.
I don’t have an answer because as a young mom, ambitious for her kid, I had often coaxed her to have her bournvita, in the belief, then all will be well!
So I thought, or because every body seems to be doing the same, so I just followed it.
But readymade food has not found much space in my kitchen maybe because the weekly dosa batter, the alternate uppmas or the delicious piniyarams, or the many parathas, had still not given up their pride of the place on the breakfast table.
That helped hugely, I like to think.
Good food is simple, it is difficult to get that, like good life, which is better, the more simple it is….
Or maybe a good dress.
It is just that we get lost in labels and perceptions and appearances and find fun in sophistication or what is masqueraded as elite!
Strange that life principles are so fundamentally simple, yet we get lost in the maze of life, so many of us.. perhaps that is living.
Look at the skies
watch the butterflies
know the cries of the birds
the dance of the clouds
know mostly your body
and how it speaks to you
listen to your heart
her soft whisperings
and her many dreams
go walking by the long road
biking in the country side
sit down by the waters
listen to the ripples
the swish and swoosh
of the breeze
the trance of the trees
the search of the roots
light begins in your eyes.
Simplicity in attire: set mundu from Kerala, in pic, amma and valliamma Pic courtesy: achan