Shravan – the holiest and also the busiest month as per the Hindu Calendar.
Holiest, because the entire month is devoted to Lord Shiva. And every day of this month is an auspicious day for the beginning of everything new.
This is also a month of fasting. Irony is, Shravan is full of festivals. Every week. I’ve never been able to wrap my head around the idea of fasting when festivals keep ringing in and kitchens waft with aromas of fried and steamed and baked delights. Fasting isn’t for a food fanatic like me!
Busiest, because festivals cause continued influx of guests and thus keep kitchens busy.
Guests bring gifts. Shops are therefore loaded with innovative gift hampers and artisanal sweets that exhibit the incredible dexterity of the maker.
The eyeball grabbing hampers are a visual treat. I couldn’t help but compliment the helpers over how sunning they looked. They instantly directed me to the guy whose creation this visual merchandise was. It was nightfall and he’d been on his toes all day with the continuous pouring of customers. With this unexpected appreciation in front his colleagues and boss, he said I made his day. Such a happy face it was!
So, dear ones, compliment people whenever you get a chance. It may just put a smile on a tired soul… or help adding those much needed brownie points from their boss 😊
Warm welcome to BitesandPlaces!
My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.
Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂
I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.
Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.
After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!
Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…
I like staying connected. And it’ll be a frosting on my cake if you drop a line or two at firstname.lastname@example.org.