Happy Diwali to everyone! 🙂
Due to the current Covid-19 crisis we did not get fish for the last four months or so. In a typical Goan family like ours not having fish for four months is a matter tantamount to the global covid crisis; and if you were to take my son’s opinion it is an even bigger crisis. He has been nagging his mother for quite some time now to get fish or chicken.
So finally today the intrepid mother decided to risk it all and courageously go out to the fish market to fetch some fish for her hungry son, covid or no-covid! Well if one carefully looks at the calendar they will find that yesterday was the beginning of the holy month of Shravan and many Hindu families refrain from eating non-veg during this month. So I would say a more astute mother than intrepid. 🙂
Here is what was on the menu today:
- Paplet (Pomfret) fry
- Bangda (Mackerel) fry
- Chicken kebab
- Koshimbir (salsa)
- Soongta che hooman (Shrimp curry)
- Xhit (White rice)
When I took my first morsel I chewed it slowly and kept it rolling in my mouth until I felt the taste deep within. Even though the fish was sub-standard the joy of eating a fish thali after such a long time was heavenly! Drool on…
This day, exactly a year ago, I visited the Armstrong Air and Space museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio with my dear friend Scott, to celebrate the fifty year commemoration of human landing on moon. What a day it was! Perfect summer day and I even got to meet Sunita Williams! Here are some of the vignettes from that memorable day.
P.S. The painting “Footprints on the moon” are by artist Anne Kingenburg.
A typical Portuguese “casa“, house, in Goa has to have a beautiful garden in front of it. These gardens flaunt various local as well as exotic plant varieties. I spotted one such garden in a house in Siolim, Goa.
Yeh Shaam Mastani literally means ‘This lively evening’. And actually some of the evenings are so lively and vivacious that even everyday common objects also start to look like beautiful landscapes. One such “landscape” photographs from a mastani shaam.
P.S. Enjoy this beautiful eponymous song by the legendary Kishore Kumar…”Yeh Shaam Mastani…“.