Thursday, May 3, 2007

Dubba Time

Well well well, I really want to be a good cook, a great pal to my hubby and a good writer! Hmm, not too many expectations.

What I should also aspire is to be an early riser. Linus wakes up before me except on weekends. I gingerly get up to his early morning sweet nothings. I have in fact induced him to saying 'Ram Ram' the first thing when he wakes me. It reminds me of my nani (maternal grand ma). She used to do that when I spent a month with her as a kid.

So, I get up and dash to kitchen within few minutes. Luckily I plan breakfast the night before. So I do not waste a single second thinking (which is such a chore!!) and get along making nashta (breakfast). Linus is not really someone who likes milk, except in cold coffees or strawberry shakes, that is. So no crunchy cereals. I juggle the breakfast among, upmas and pohas and aaloo toast and parathas and toast with baked beans and vegetable sandwiches. So far so good. Much to my delight, he is not finicky at all. And ocassionally kisses my hands as a gesture to praise how good the breakfast has been. He is bad with words, and I always forgive him for not talking too much because there hardly is time when I have finished my chatter!

Well, so after breakfast I generally pack the same dish for his tiffin. He takes this tiffin at tea time in office. For lunch he goes the cafeteria in his office and eats boiled carrots and broccoli, which he would otherwise never come close to at home. Today for a change I packed paranthas and sabzi (curry) in his tiffin. I made Gobhi parantha for the breakfast and struggled to prepare alloo matar and plain paranthas for his tiffin. All this within an hour is prize for me...but lousy for Linus. He got late today! He leaves 8ish and it was 8-30 today..

However, he just messaged me that sabji (curry) was great! Hmm and I tell him so more of 'Munna bhai lage raho' (keep going buddy!!) And he smiled. I felt like a real nice wife for the first time this morning .. packing the traditional going to office tiffin, rather than school time tiffin.

Umm, I must explain I don't feel like a wife, or I guess there is not much wifely feeling really at all. It is like a friend to another. And yes, the closest and dearest friend.

So, here I am deciding to be an early riser because it is 'Dubba Time' (pack the tiffin! time)

I hope I will be able to continue doing small things for him, even after I go back to India. That's because my mother in law looks after everything there and she pampers me a lot and wouldn't want to see me slogging in kitchen!

:) but I like packing his lunch! Seriously.


Nandita said...

very very sweet touching write up Vid, makes me miss my hubby so much more than he is away for 2 weeks....I make sure we do brekky together and i pack dabba for him, but my planning starts only when i enter the kitchen at 7.30 am after half hour on tea.

found this for you, bread made with ryze flour, aata and maida and BEER. You can either halve this or make two loaves with this recipe and gift one to a friend

Nandita said...

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archana said...

Just came across your blog.Liked the article on dubba. Even I get immense satisfaction if I pack a proper tiffin for my hubby.But I don't plan, thats where I go wrong :)
Liked your blog name :)

Cinnamon said...

A very sweet and nice article... the smile on hubby's face or a sweet appreciation from him, makes us forget all the hardwork :)

Anupama said...

You have a knack of expressing your thoughts well. I too pack a dubba for my hubby with great care and he loves it.He particularly is very pleased when his colleagues look at his dubba ask for a taste of something and go home and tell their wives about the fantastic food that they tasted in his tiffin.
Hosting a food event on my blog for the first time and would love it if you could participate. Do come over and take a look.

Nirmala said...

Hi Vidwata,

I just came across your blog through Nandita's Feedback page and really liked your article.

Even I pack my husband his daily dubba for lunch when he goes to work.

It gives immense satisfaction when all the hard work is appreciated well.

Keep up the good work.


Nirmala Iyer
Santa Clara

santan said...
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santan said...

Thoda sa padne ke baad hi bhook lag gayi.

Pura pad hi nahi paya.

Nicely written.

We all have feeling but very few are able to express these feeling beautifully in words .You are one of them.
Carry on