Thursday, November 05, 2009

Odd foods - kharwas

Been wanting to do this series for quite sometime now. So heres the first of the series - kharwas (the marathi name for this mildly sweet snack), also known as 'ginnu' in kannada.
For the uninitiated, ginnu is made from the milk of a cow that has given birth to a calf recently (within a week, the closer it is to 'calf birth', the better). Animal rights activists rest assured, the calf first has its fill and only the excess is used.
This milk, which is extra thick and full of nutrients is boiled with gur (jaggery) or sugar (jaggery version is better) and let to cool, and thicken. After cooling, it gains the consistency of jelly and is eaten as a snack/sweeet.
Available at the Aarey store in Aarey Colony, this mildly sweet sweet brought back memories of childhood when mom used to prepare it, getting the necessary milk from any of the many tabelas that existed (then) in cosmopolitan Mumbai.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

We, the people

The captioned event that yours truly witnessed, took place in that microcosm of life, the Mumbai local train. It was late evening and the train was fairly sparse. People were all lost in their own thoughts, ruminating over the day's events, when all of a sudden, this middle aged gentleman starts playing blaring music on his mobile. The numbers that the contraption belted out were jarring, to say the least. The eight odd passengers in the immediate vicinity, were visibly annoyed. To my great surprise, not one, I repeat not one person told the guy to pipe down. Even the chaps sitting next to him made faces, but did not utter a word. After watching this drama for a few minutes, I tapped the guy and told him to use his headphones. Evidently, the guy was oblivious to the nuisance that he was causing, apologised and switched to earphones. Half a dozen faces looked at me with a mute thanks. All it would have taken was for one person to speak up than suffer silently.
We, the people. We Are we like this only?