I’ve been home for a little over 4 days now. With 5 more to go, this has been one of the longest trips I’ve made away from Goa. Apart from copious amounts of home-cooked food, filter coffee, lots of movies watched sandwiched between my parents and getting a decent amount of writing done, I am guzzling in the Internet.
I’m not sure if just having a faster connection makes these things pop out at me, or it was just a case of good timing, but I have seen a fair amount of interesting Internet-ty stuff that I thought I should share them here.
The reason I’m sitting here in Bangalore to get some writing done is because I have been struggling with getting into the habit of making time for myself. Some how the things that don’t have a deadline, are not for anyone else but me, and that don’t have any immediate outcome always seem to get pushed out of sight and out of mind. I have been trying hard to cultivate the habit of putting away some time to chisel away at these easy-to-forget goals, a little at a time on a daily basis. This article says there is a science to fixing a habit. Also pretty doable, I see myself trying some of it out.
Jamie Oliver has always been my number one kitchen inspiration, more for his free-spirit attitude to life which comes out loud and clear not just in the way his food looks and tastes, but the way he cooks it. This video cracked me up. I knew he was always a bit of an eccentric nutter, but I didn’t think he could sing and pull off a music video. About fish stew. ’nuff said.
Every trip to Bangalore opens my eyes to a kind of frenzied consumption that I am still somewhat protected from, living in Goa. Our first “mall” opened 2 years ago, and it is a joke considering how far malls and organised centres of consumption have come in most other cities. While I do sometimes miss the conveniences, I have realised in recent times that the lack of it has forced me to work my life around it. This article on wealth addiction really scared me, because I realise there are so many people I know who suffer from it in varying degrees. Maybe “addiction” is a strong word to use, but the constant frenzy to amass wealth and buy stuff is overwhelming, when I visit home and invariably walk into a mall (which I do, no matter how hard I try and avoid it, because it seems there is no other place for people to just meet and hang out anymore).
I think moving to New Orleans has fueled something in that corner of Joy The Baker’s mind, where her fabuloulsy tongue-in-cheek writing comes from. She has been on a roll lately and I’ve shared a couple of things on the H&E page already, so sharing this one here. Fool’s Day meets general mockery of the oh-so-serious world of food blogging right here in this chuckle-worthy post that I loved. There’s nothing like laughing at yourself, when you’re trying so hard to get it right, that you’ve forgotten why you began!
VC and I have been really taking up the ante with home-cooking, and have cut down eating out to almost once or twice a month, which is a long way from our days of eating out a minimum of two times a week. For more reasons than just health, cooking at home has started to make sense and is becoming my go-to in the most unimaginable situations. So this video that makes a simple point about how cooking at home is not just good for you but can change your life, really hit home.
Related to that is this article on how cooking food could very well save the world. Michael Pollan is known for his radical views, but it’s hard to refute the things he says when it is backed up by logic and empirical data about the history of food and how we have been made to consume it.
But until then, I’m off to get some more work done.