Don’t cook to share

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity. — George Bernard Shaw I’m no chef. But I’m passionate about food — the tradition of it, cooking it, and sharing it. I cook whenever I’m excited, depressed, celebrating, and am a host. I love the way simple ingredients are transformed into exotic dishes. My passion keeps my kitchen and refrigerator filled with delicacies, and I love to share them all with friends and family. And that’s my big problem. For I almost never get any feedback for meals shared, let alone appreciation. After a dull and wet week of continuous rains, a bright sunny day is enough reason for me to make a spicy channa biryani that would sizzle in its ghee and tomatoes. My niece would get admission to a leading school in Houston and the smells of freshly baked fruit cake would fill my home! We would book tickets to visit relatives and I would fill my best containers with the goodies to gift relatives. All’s well, till I share the food with friends, neighbours or family. The moment the snacks reach them I start waiting for a phone call or a WhatsApp message appreciating my dish. And that would almost never happen. Be it a neighbour, a colleague, a host or the maid! Nobody has ever acknowledged. Especially after my appearance on a few TV cooking shows maybe people have started taking me for granted. Maybe everyone feels I cook just to seek approval or to get praise. But, I am trying in vain to make society understand my passion to cook and share.

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