The other day I was reading in a couple of newspapers about Book stores stocking all kinds of gift items occupying space and how the salesmen were not able to help customers locate books they had asked for. In the prevailing situation these book stores should say ‘books are also available’ was the tongue in cheek conclusion of the writers. Perhaps the scenario is no different in other cities as well. However the redeeming feature is the existence of a few Book stores in Chennai which may not be large ones but still stock only books and the sales persons readily come to your assistance to locate books on different subjects.
The other day we had a ‘bhajan’group comprising a dozen people perform at our place at the end of which they all had dinner. We had ordered for catering with the menu consisting of various items topping with a dessert, considered a delicacy which involved laborious preparation. On my part I had prepared coconut chutney as an added side dish. To my surprise they all lapped it up with such relish wanting a second and third helping with the result it was all over in a jiffy.
While departing they all thanked me profusely going into raptures about my coconut chutney (some men even asked for the recipe) and said they will refer to me as a ‘chutney specialist’ in future.
Well, some time ago I had written in my post how I had earned the epithet ‘chutney mami’ and the epithet appears to have returned, however with a slight modification. Similar to the case of Book Stores, probably they will say, ‘chutney specialist is also an author’!
n.meera raghavendra rao