Evidently, I’m not having a good day. I’ve expressed myself on Twitter and Instagram too.
But while moping, I remembered something and it caused me to take on this project.
I was going through my Hotmail inbox (yes, I still have one) and I found an email from a wonderful lady who’s the co-founder of a singles’ community. It was an invitation to write for their blog. I replied much later with one of my famously long emails and signed off with love. I literally typed ‘Love, Dhruvi’.
I had no idea then what I had started. But she wasn’t having a great day and she read my email and smiled. She thought to herself, ‘Of course, love can make everything okay.’ And she told me the story of how this little gesture altered her communication with others. I had no idea what I had started.
If there is one thing I know to be true, it is that ‘love’ is kind and it can grow if we share it. It can heal and it can blossom if nurtured. So, I’m going to take on this task of spreading love. Simply message me privately here or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with your postal and email address. In no time, you’ll received a handcrafted love note from me. And when you do receive the love note, upload a picture to your own social network and hashtag it #AllINeedIsLove.
Whether or not you’re a travel buff, call yourself a foodie, or simply love the “local experience”, you have to have to (repetition for emphasis) check out Authenticook.
Authenticook is the brainchild of Aneesh Dhairyawan, Priyanka and Ameya Deshpande. Quite simply, Authenticook allows you the opportunity to share a meal with strangers (albeit as passionate about food as you) prepared by a home chef in their home. When they mean a “local experience”, they deliver a local experience.
I was fortunate enough to taste a Gujarati Rajwadi Jamanwar with Home-chef Jyoti in her cozy home in Sion. In fact, I was so happy to go there as I realised I had crossed Pai Hospital (my place of birth) on the way. Chef Jyoti was extremely welcoming and her son, a budding restaurateur gave us a fun history lesson while we were enjoying the meal. Apparently, the brass silverware we ate in originated in the time of wealthy Gujarati merchants. They would serve a feast in this silverware on special occasions like birth of a child, marriage ceremony in the family, or conquest.
Of course, the menu was finger-licking delicious. See for yourself.
Sparkling jal jeera
Bharela marcha and chutney
Methi kela na bhajiya
Churma nu ladoo
Sambhariya ringna bateta nu shak
The complete thali
The complete thali
Happy to have eaten
Priyanka quizzed me on what I knew about indigenous cuisines other than my own. Of course, I knew very little. We’re pretty much stuck in the trap of eating the International cuisines available to us in city restaurants or at our disposal when we travel. But being Indian, we haven’t tried a Tamilian Iyengar lunch or a Maharashtrian Brahman jevan. There are several reasons for it, but primarily, it’s the lack of awareness and accessibility thereafter.
Authenticook beautifully bridges this gap and not only takes you into the home of a native Indian family but also makes it comfortable (no awkwardness whatsoever).
What more do you need to know before you request a meal? I’d say log on to the website and do it this weekend!
Last week, I met actor Shah Rukh Khan for an interview. Witty as he is, he joked that God had custom-made him to be a ‘star’. Almost like, it was his destiny to be King Khan, while still in production at the hands of God. Of course, he said it jokingly. He even said he didn’t miss the ‘normal life’. He didn’t feel the need to be ‘eating sev puri at the beach’. He admitted to being very happy with the stardom and the ensuing adulation he received, almost on a daily basis.
This morning, I was at the YRF Studios preview theatre, at 10am, like a diligent audience to watch the movie, FAN.
We watched the movie in one go, not even taking a break at the intermission. Here’s what I thought of it.
I first went to Sula Vineyards at Nashik in 2009. I was obviously charmed and enamoured. I have been visiting every year after that and the place has only become bigger, better and more beautiful. On a Tuesday, last week, Sula Vineyards invited me to spend the day there. My sister, Himani (whose photographs you often see on the blog) accompanied me. Also, I have deemed her the official photographeress for everything I do. 🙂 Check out her work at www.himanishah.in.
So, here’s a photo story on how we spent the day in wine and food heaven.
After a long, 4 hour journey from Mumbai to Nashik, we lunched at the Soleil by La Plage.
Fun fact: We celebrated our arrival with a Sula Brut Rosé bottle. And we learnt that what we see in the movies about popping open a bottle of bubbly is not the right way to go about it if you want to drink the wine. We actually saw a demo on how gently the cork comes off if done right.
I didn’t really understand Shah Rukh Khan fandom until I was 22. Before that, I loved his films but I wouldn’t call myself a fan. I remember going to the set of Badshah when I was a teenager and not liking it because he went out to smoke. I was a child and I thought it was a dirty habit.
I watched Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi at my dad’s cinema and I fell in love with Shah Rukh Khan. Some magic took and I had a change of heart when I saw him on screen.
At the Fan trailer launch event, I truly became a fan because I felt this was the Shah Rukh Khan his fans loved. He had shades of grey, he was not perfect but he was playing a character, albeit very close to the King Khan he is in real life. And with thousands of fans thronging the event, some even hugging him tight, for not being able to contain themselves, others crying out of happiness, SRK maintained his cool. He was as calm as could be, because this is his life perhaps. It happens to him often and he maintains his composure.
Yesterday I got a call to meet Shah Rukh Khan at the YRF Studios and interview him. I was a bundle of nerves. What do you ask a man that everyone has interviewed and who everyone seeks to ask questions about life. What do you ask someone who is real but has a demigod status. What do you ask SRK?