It was my first job, teaching at my mother’s school. There was a cultural function just round the corner and while making a model for the exhibition or a prop for the stage, I don’t remember which, I had fallen short of adhesive and a colleague of mine had offered me some araldite, which they were using for some woodwork. He had playfully mimed its advertisement, Aralditesticks everything except broken hearts. Since then, I always think of this punch line and the product when I find things broken. 

Time has flown by since those green years. A late bloomer, I, had no use of advise on broken hearts till quite late in my life. By then I had developed my own coping mechanism. I had found solace in the written word. I found peace, quiet and a deep sense of calm in music. A book could cure me of anything that ailed me. So could music. 

When things got a bit more messy, I discovered F. R. I. E. N. D. S, the TV show. No matter what I was feeling, however low, anxious or broken, I could watch it and relieve my inner turbulence. 

I have grown since then too. I have realised that escapism of this kind, distractions of these sort have a limited shelf life. It’s not until we face our demons, look them in the eye, think, analyse, accept and come to conclusions, that we find peace within. No person, worth his or her salt, who has ever lived, can escape the challenges that life poses and we grow only when we take them on fearlessly, with an open mind and heart. 

I have recently discovered an ultimate Recipe for Respite – Cooking. It’s something that has kept women going, for ages. It’s what has kept them together. I am thirty seven, and for the first three decades of my life I had no or minimum concern with household chores, no cooking, no cleaning, no house keeping for me. I would instead read. That is the luxury of an extremely efficient elder sister and a doting younger one. Between them, they had the kitchen and household covered. 

I never thought I would ever say that, much less write about it but the kitchen has now become my sanctuary. Whatever my mood, it can be lifted just by being there on my own for an hour or two. In a household full of people and voices, it sometimes become difficult to hear you own self. Cooking gives me that, much needed, opportunity to shut out all other voices and just have a conversation with myself. It’s the most precious ME time I get. Many of my blogs have been thought and conceptualised while Chopping, Grating, Kneading or Peeling. 

Even if I do no thinking while cooking a dish, I end up feeling cleansed, serene and calm once I am through. It gives me immense satisfaction to think up new ways of making the same old veggies. It invigorates my mind, body and soul. I have experienced that cooking not only rejuvenates my mind, detoxing me of stress and anxiety but also relieves me of aches and physical discomfort. The sheer pleasure of making something while I can think and analyse ‘N’ number of topics, is refreshing and comforting.

It’s the place where I, Saute my Stress, Chop at Concerns, Grate Grief, Knead away Knots, Fry the Fears, Boil Boredom, Grill Grudges, Peel Pressures, Wash away Worries, Trundle Trepeditions, Cube the Qualms, Marinate Malice and Malevolence, Bake Benevolence, Chill Certainty, Ladle my mind into a Lull and finally Dish out Determination. 

And the best part is, I try not to avoid my apprehensions, instead I confront them, deal with them as best as I can, accept and move on

I am suddenly out of words so I am gonna give it a rest, until next time. 

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Comments
  1. Sonia jalan says:

    Dear friend u were an awesome (kachi kali)person I had known in my early teens and now l see a (full ripe) matured person this is what time does It takes away something but gives back so much more .
    Things like pain and the power to suppress it,love and power to forget (hide) it,tears and smile so real to hide it.
    Ur bloc is worth reading and I had just loved it

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  2. Shweta Jain says:

    Suddenly I think cooking has given me a feeling of phenomenal job. The write up is again a master blaster .I will cherish the recepie of determination.The mantle of kneading, boiling, washing, rolling ,best is baking ,apron which I am almost covered with has compelled to salute the job of household ,the home maker .Well done dear

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  3. नीरज सक्सेना says:

    ‘I try not to avoid my apprehensions, instead I confront them, deal with them as best as I can, accept and move on.’ प्रभावशाली पंक्तियां ।

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  4. Vaishali says:

    Yummy recipe of determination…..loved it. Sometimes I think how similar we both are. Cooking gives me also immense pleasure. whenever I am stressed it acts as a stress reliever.

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  5. Monika Raghuvanshi says:

    That’s the utmost pleasure wen v start enjoying all the work piece even cooking..even I like cooking n my favorite food is the one cooked by me ….

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  6. Reetu says:

    Wow……exactly the same feelings I go thru, while I cook……..best time to talk to oneself without any disturbances……. U R too good in your writing dear……God Bless You.

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  7. Shakti Singh says:

    Beautiful

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