I so much wished to go kid's friendly today. This innocent bunch of crunchy, munchy sweeties are always my favourite, I find solace in their company because I need not be pretentious amidst them, neither they are. I was teaching Speech & Drama in the last of the three schools I worked in total. The day I wore a saree, they would say you are looking beautiful. Particularly, a very smart, little girl would make cards or pluck a flower for me on such days. After leaving that job, I met the same girl elsewhere.... I asked how is your new teacher doing? She said... I think she is slightly better than you... but we loved you. I agreed, smiled and hugged her. I whispered that is the reason I left the job without any notice while I was supposed to serve for three months after notice. I strongly felt I was not delivering the way I should, a Speech n Drama teacher needs to be far more vibrant, vocal and engaging. If a teacher gets lost watching a robin or a cuckoo outside the class door, she has no right to be there for a single day. I never went back and asked for an experience letter either ... at least this amount of wisdom we all have.
Where did I take lessons of wisdom?.... from life itself and from a then little boy some ten years back. He is the only son of a neighbourhood, dear couple friend..... Deepro Roy.... whether his parents approve of it or not, I call him my elder son. It was him among the youngsters who approved that S aunty can cook and her fried chicken tasted a bit near KFC ones. At age 12-13, he did discuss Kafka with me, his aunty been not so well read as him, did not understand always what he said. Paying due respect to all my teacher friends.... from school to university level .... who are even full bright scholars and visit Edinburg and NYC State Universities as guest speakers, I would say my elder son has excellent command over English. He is a poet and painter, he has published articles to his credit. Do I love him only for this? No.... He was a little boy of 10 perhaps and my son 6... a rebel, throwing tantrums now and then, extremely apathetic towards strangers. When every other person told this poor, sobbing, worried mother that your son needs counselling, my elder son said, no he does not require any counselling, he is just different... he need not be like others... Deepro... been my son's Jishnu dada was the 'Quora' bank for my son. In the school bus his work was to answer my son's weird questions. Been a sailor's wife, I had to spent a considerable amount of the time alone without been able to share my worries with my senior. Deepro would say instead of been worried... take pride in your son that he watches Stephen Hawking shows on television at age eight .... whats the point...? now he plays games on computer. At present Deepro is doing Liberal Arts in an well known institute of Western India, he wishes to go for film direction. Where did he inherit this love for art and culture?... from his very much culturally inclined parents.... who read, write, paint and recite..... and they did not attempt suicide when Jishnu said he does not wish to pursue Science or Mathematics further.
My post will remain incomplete if I do not talk of another father, who is apparently modern, a very dotting daddy too but gets very primitive when his beautiful daughter scores less in mathematics.... goes to the extreme of hitting her may be. I wish to ask him did you score full marks in mathematics at school? My next question will be did it stop you from being what you wished to be in life?.... you are well placed enough to take pride in yourself. It is good to be well read in mathematics but not doing so does not make one a failure. Follow your passion. Some of my friend's kids do good in mathematics and love to cook for the family as well. Taking all the kids together today, I felt let me prepare something the innocent beings can prepare easily and enjoy eating with family. Meanwhile, let my men search Google for way to the kitchen, perhaps they do not even want to step into the kitchen. I am in a good mood today, a very dear friend and cook said my 'tel koi'... a fish preparation was yum that I sent for him yesterday. I will talk about him later, I have to because he prepares the best Kolkata style mutton biryani in this island .... He feeds me biryani and I feed him kochu, ghechu, chocchori. I sent this dessert to his very beautiful dessert loving wife Nibedita ..... who is a former actress and dancer and another friend Ipsita, yet to get a feedback.
Here is a no bake, no cook, hearty, chilled dessert that you can prepare in an one hour notice. Done with hung yogurt, ripe mango, cream and topped with chocolate, its taste is guaranteed. Come let us do it together once we get to see yellow, ripe mangoes in the market.
Ripe Mango : 2big [I used Thai Honey]
All Purpose Cream : 100ml [I used Nestle]
Plain Yogurt : 1big cup [hung]
Condensed Milk : 5tbsp
Sugar : 3tbsp
Cardamom Powder : 1tsp
Chocolate : 1/2small cup [ I used Cadbury Dairy Milk]
Serve with wafers if you wish
Take the plain yogurt in a piece of cloth, tie and hung for an hour or two. Take down, untie and transfer to a bowl.
Take the cream in a big bowl.
Add the hung yogurt to the cream and mix well.
Now add the condensed milk and sugar to the mixture and mix well.
Now it is time to get the mango pulp.
Wash, peel and squeeze the mango pulp in a mixer. Discard the seed.
Add the cardamom powder and mix the whole thing well gently with a spoon.
Keep the bowl in the refrigerator to chill. We will melt the chocolate and top the dessert with it only before serving. Boil some water on gas stove. Take the chocolate pieces in a bowl and hold in the boiling water.
Give a stir as it starts to melt.The chocolate will melt in two minutes.
Serve the extremely delicious chilled dessert topped with chocolate to your family and friends and enjoy.