“In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance.” ~ Jeanette Winterson
With a brain that can (reasonably) think, a pair of hands that can (reasonably) concoct – thanks to the genes – I decided to give a little more structure to my fondness for writing and cooking (So glad that the World Wide Web is at my disposal).
I began writing poems as a kid. The little success that I got in the form of being published in the school magazine did not matter to me at that time. I wrote as I pleased. Apart from being a moody foodie, I am also a moody writer. I remember writing a poem consoling myself when I had not fared well in a test. Such were the rare occasions and moods that prompted me to write. Years later, after landing in the strange land called the USA, I had so much in my mind but could not count on endless phone calls with parents, the frequency of which diminished for reasons out of our control. Hence, I started a blog where I vented out. I kept at it for a while, but when other pressing commitments came into existence, I retired to a mundane life of technology. And when the mundane translated to frustrations, my writing sword struck again. I began writing on a more serious note. But one hobby was not enough to distract me from the mundane.
I love to eat. I do not remember when and how did I transition from being a snob that loathed nutritious food and seldom stepped into the kitchen, to appreciating food of all kinds. The appreciation and the separation from parents inculcated in me a slow desire to wander into the culinary world. I experimented on self, and I still do. Shopping for groceries, kitchenware, and related stuff were my new found loves. So (almost) every evening, after getting back home when the writer in me was not able to deliver, the cook (and baker) would. I graduated from simple to more demanding recipes. The writer in me faced a slight setback, as the cook (and baker) overpowered. I could not let any of them fade away.
Hence, this more structured (I hope) blog was born in June 2016. I had to keep my writing and culinary companions alive and exist in harmony. In here, you will find my poems (some rants, some not) from long back that I migrated over from my old blog (2012 – early 2016). On top of that, I continue to cook fresh and write fresh and present them here to you, in the hope of gaining exposure, appreciation, and criticism alike. The pictures accompanying my posts are my own. Another companion of mine is my camera, and I had to introduce it to the world as well!
P.S. I am a technology consulting professional that moved from a quaint little town (my favorite place on earth, home of 17 years) in Odisha, India to Los Angeles in 2011, enjoyed life in and out of the classroom for two years, and then moved to Indianapolis in 2013 (yes, a braveheart that ditched the California sun for getting a feel of “white Christmas”, that lasted longer than normal that year and the year after). I am fond of flora and fauna (but my love is a wee bit more for dogs). I am fond of and intrigued by mathematics. I like exploring new places as much as I like to stay indoors.
“If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is.” ~ John von Neumann
“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.”
― Pierce Brown, Golden Son