A good book is like a Lifetime Romance…

reading

Are you often asked to recommend a good book? Isn’t it something more of a personal experience or a matter of choice? I myself got introduced with some books which had life-changing lessons to be learned but that was something of my own choice, though backed by recommendation.

An intense engagement with a book is no less than a passionate affair, it engages mind and emotions and distracts one from all else for the time it lasts. And when finished, it leaves you with loads of thoughts, sense of achievement and a big smile. Of course not every book can leave that impact but many do, where the author has been as intensely involved in writing as you in reading. When in the middle of my book, I tend to carry it everywhere with me, it’s like I can’t let it go even if I don’t have time to read it. Its presence only is so comforting accompanied with a promise of a good reading time ahead.

Inexplicably, if someone opens the book to where I am reading, it’s annoying as if someone has eavesdropped in a private conversation. This can be explained as I have a habit of marking passages and writing my thoughts down as I read along. When I read a good thought or a beautifully constructed sentence, I like to keep down my book and savor the thought for quite some time, as it is done with your favorite food, to deliciously slide down the throat, and then enjoy a while with the aftertaste.

After a good book ends, I possible cannot start with a new one for some time. At times, the Impression left behind lingers so intensely that I need to treat it with few quick reads, the kind that is more interesting and mindless rather than engaging and mindful.

It pains me to find out that reading habit is dying out. I would urge the more younger lot (Younger than me) to inculcate the habit of reading for all the conventional reasons- Reading makes you smarter, you gain more knowledge and perspective, improves vocabulary and writing skills, helps analytical thinking, is therapeutic, improves memory and reduces stress. But I also want them to read for the very reasons one enjoys it. . I want them to feel the indulgence, the pleasure and the expansion of mind that a good read brings.

Also, stop borrowing guys, Build your own collection and enjoy their presence. It’s the best feeling that cannot be described. Truly said, they will remain your best friends forever and are an instant mood lifter. An old book brings back so much memory that takes you to a ride in the past, which I am sure you would relish re-living.

 

Thanks for Reading!!!

 

The Desi fusion

iStock_000014183414Medium.jpgAre you ready for the sparkling feast? This got me really excited and inquisitive about the conversation that was about to start with my friends and colleagues from Europe and US. “Biryani” and “Kebabs” were something they were familiar of. Did we hear biryani and bubbly? They said, bring it on. Pairing Indian food with champagne or sparkling wine is the new hot trend globally.

A vintage brut is adding fizz to are very dear “butter chicken” and “dahi kebabs”. Sweet champagnes are sweetening payasams and rabris. Sommeliers feel sparkling wine and Indian food pairing is one of the biggest food trends catching the craze. Champagne has a fresh and bubbly effect that regular wines and whiskeys do not have which is perfect to cut the greasiness of Indian dishes.

We can stop tagging “champagne” only as a celebratory drink and start raising a toast with Indian dishes. And if champagne sounds too expensive, an alternative option is to try out Proseccos or sparkling wines. The rules that go out with it is that the drink is not served too chilled and second, only sweet ones are served with desserts.

The ability of sparkling wines in enhancing the taste of certain dishes due to their own acidic nature is making them a preferred accompaniment. Indian restaurants in the US and Europe are serving a wide range of wine, called “Mirza Ghalib”, that’s prepared specially to be paired with Indian food. Developed by team of sommeliers, led by wine experts, the French range is available in white, red and a sparkling rose. The fruitiness or sweetness of each wine is moderated as per set of dishes and each wine comes with a pairing suggestion to the extent of stating which one is apt for “Bhajia” and “Samosa”.

So, next time when you are drooling over that “Kebab” platter, ask your sommelier to pair it with the sweet French sparkling to counter the tangy side chutneys that we Indian are famous for.