The epithet I earned 21/12/2010

No, I am not talking of nick names this time but I wonder between  a nick name and an epithet which is better or more complimentary. I can  give  the best known chefs and culinary experts  a run for their money if only I  decide to launch my brand of ‘chutney’ which  I can claim is getting more and more popular day by day.  Whatever chutney I prepare, whether it is the tamarind chutney, mango or ginger chutney, my guests unhesitatingly ask for a second and third  helping  to mix  it with steaming hot rice and a little ghee added to it  unmindful of the calories or fat. They also relish  this hot stuff as an accompaniment to curd rice.

What is the  secret  behind my brand of chutney  which is patronized  by my inner and outer circle of  chutney lovers, you may ask. Well, it is probably something I  learnt from my mother and m-in-law  who believed in making authentic  stuff, exactly the way Andhraites  make it,  with an over dose of red chillies and gingely oil  which act as natural  preservatives (when refrigerators were not known).

Am I proud of  my talent for making authentic chutneys, you may ask next.

To be honest, the answer is a yes and no. I  feel happy when  I am complimented for my art of making good chutneys but no,when  all my  chutney fans  little children  included,  call me chutney mami or chutney aunty  which  is  certainly  an unwelcome  ‘epithet.’


n.meera raghavendra rao



4 thoughts on “The epithet I earned 21/12/2010

  1. Prof.V.N.K.Kumar

    Reading your graphic description of gastronomic delights of how chutneys should be eaten made my mouth water. It is nice to have the ability to create something which others envy because they cannot replicate it easily. Here’s wishing more power to your elbows in culinary skills.

  2. Professor V.Raghavan

    Thanks for elaborating on the subtle distinction between nickname and epithet. To add an example to chutney aunty: a seemingly unending war is called cold war. Note that an adjective is added to the original name here. Whereas in nickname, the original word may disappear altogether. For example, Sanskrit teacher Subramanyam is called Bharathi.

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