As usual, a flock of gawking admirers would collect about him and he would , basking in the admiration, showoff , make noises, call me, yell for my Mom, ask for food, wave and say good-night and good morning, and his favourite, go off into a hysterical cackle!!! One day that girl also joined the throng outside the college and stared... eyes wide with wonder and eyebrows that had long disappeared into that fringe. Slowly she walked up, curious , wondering if the bird was real or a stuffed one, and was it the bird talking or was it the girl mimicking? Pittu on looking at her showed off some more and she smiled. After that we (Lisa is her name) became friends and later BESTEST friends.
She always raised her eyebrows at my Bambaiyya Hindi.. Perhaps a "aarey yaar, tereko maloom hoyenga na woh rasta?? or " chal apan na uus baju se jate hain" was murder of the language, if you call it a language!!
Someone sent me an email a few days ago, reading it I felt all Bambaiyya and remembered all those incidents
You know you are from Mumbai when.....
Stock market quotes are the only other thing besides cricket which you follow passionately.
You take fashion seriously.
You spend more time travelling than you send at home. 9:47 fast, means something to you.
You think that Delhi copied INDIA GATE from Mumbai's GATEWAY OF INDIA...
You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.
Amitabh Bachan's house is a landmark
When there's no place to breathe in the trains but there's place to play cards and sing bhajans!
You refer to the city as Mumbai and not Bombay .
You say that Pani Puri is waaaaaaay better than Gol Gappa's even when they're the same thing
Every three months you look at your street and say 'Why're the digging the road again?'
You actually pay for your rickshaws by the meter.
You know what the term 'video coach' stands for in the local trains...
'Gheun Tak' is your life ideology.
You aren't surprised when somebody throws a water balloon at you while you're walking on the streets during March.
You can only smile forgivingly about the size of any other city in the world.
Every time you speak Hindi in front of a Delhitite they have the WTF expression on their face.
When while giving directions you say 'Right MARO aur wahan pe ek bridge GIREGA'
You have hung on to dear life at the local door.
When you think everyone who lives to the south(Mumbai) of you is a snob and to the north of you sucks
When u see movie names like 'shootout at Lokhandwala' & 'Ek chalis ki last local' & don't have to ask what the name means
You consider the local train 'empty' when you find a spot for your two feet to stand on.
When 'chalta hai' is the most commonly used word
Everything to the north of Mumbai is UP-Bihar and everything below is Madras
If someone calls u 'aap'-- u start laughing on their faces...
When you call the BEST bus, BST, even though BEST is painted on every single public transport bus operational in Bombay
It takes longer to get off from your house to the station than from one end of Mumbai to another by train.
Being truly alone makes you nervous. Crorepati, Lakhpati, Hazarpati, Chillarpati all travel in local Trains daily-together!
You have learnt how to stand in a queue u treat Mumbai as a country itself when you actually see random people coming to help you
When u have a problem u want to get into the train already that is already in motion & u have 5 hands taking u in..
You are back to work next day after the city is bombed - Truly the spirit of Mumbai
When you allow complete strangers to spend the night in your house because its raining outside and half the city is submerged...
And now coming to the recipe!!! I was always a fan of Parathas and fell deeply in love with them after my first visit to Lisa's home in Delhi! One one occasion I rolled out 'nice fulka like paper-thin parathas(??)' which was something I always remember with a chuckle!!
At times I take shortcuts as I did with this one and also used up leftovers !!
I tried these Wraps and had some tofu and beans and spinach left over.
I am copy pasting the recipe for the Tofu marinade and the Beans - Spinach vegetable, but for the original recipe, step by step instructions and spectacular pictures to make the wraps please visit Suganya's blog – 1 cup
MarinadeCoconut milk – 1 cup
Grated ginger – 1 tsp
Grated garlic – 1 tsp
Green chillies – 2, minced
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Garam masala – 2 tsp
Sugar – ½ tsp
SaltTofu – 1 lb, cut into 6 pieces ( I used medium- firm)
Juice of a lemonSautéed GreensAny greens like chard, spinach, or kale – 1 cup, chopped (I used Spinach)
Onion – 1 small, diced
Tomato – 1 small, diced
Cooked beans like black, pinto, or black-eyed peas – ½ cup (optional) (I used Pinto)
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
While I enjoyed the wraps, I was not too keen on eating them the next day, so all I did was:
Used the mashed marinated Tofu
Mashed the beans and spinach mixture
Added salt, a hefty pinch Turmeric, 1/2 tsp (approx) red chile pwd. ,
1/2 tsp each cumin and coriander powder and a dash of lime juice.
To this mixture I added Wheat Flour and made a soft Dough.
Cover and let the dough rest for 20-30 mins.
Heat a tawah ,roll Parathas. Shallow fry with a bit of ghee /oil.
Serve hot with ketchup or pickle!