Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sweet Impulse

Picking your way through the traffic-ridden streets of Bandra around 7 pm on a weekday evening is an exercise in attempted suicide. So when you have traversed a particularly crowded bit of pavement, logic dictates that you carry on.

But, sometimes, when the feet have moved on, the nostrils stay behind, drawing the body back, telling the mind in a hot, sweet, sticky whisper....'jalebis'.

You peer at the kadhai where he's frying them - the oil so hot it ripples like water, and golden circles form like magic as he spins, rotates and dances his hand high above. All is lost. Especially self-control.

And, armed with a packet that has the sweetness oozing out of every pore, clutched on with slightly sticky fingers...you make your way home and blog about it.

But of course, you eat the entire packet first.



16 comments:

Chica said...

You make me smile :)

Ekta said...

akele akele?!?!

dipali said...

The joy:)

SBora said...

yumm!do me a favor-buy another packet and savor it again for me! the jalebis you get here are not jalebis-i dont even know why indian stores sell them!utter disgrace!

Thinking Cramps said...

Chica: That's part of what I'm trying to do with this blog :)

Ekta: Well husband and friend claimed a portion - small but significant - like TDS.

Dipali: True. Both start with J.

Suku: Oh, I know - those NRI jalebis that are sweet, sticky and bright orange but lack the jalebi soul! Will eat some for you. It's the least I can do ;)

Spirited seeker said...

Wow! jalebis, now I want to have some too!

Nice post! how you redeemed the traffic-laden evening with jalebis. How it suddenly became cheerful!

Thinking Cramps said...

Seeker: Go get some :)

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eve's lungs said...

Since you are eating for others Ana , have one for me too :p

Sue said...

Hey wow, you've changed your template. I like this new one. Also I strongly approve all this jilipi-eating. :)

the mad momma said...

alright then. long enough break. get back and write write write...

OrangeJammies said...

Are you still gorging on those jalebis or did the fingers not separate after? If you keep up this non-writing business, we'll just have to visit the Salt Water Cafe again.

Rrishi said...

"small but significant - like TDS"

Oh, ha ha! Is this original??

Actually dropped by to urge you to blog more often. :^)

prateek sur said...

i really liked ur post..nd hav u ever tried garma garam jalebi's amidst a heavy downpour??the fun doubles..rather trebles..neways ur a pretty old blogger and i'm a very new one..plz try and check out my blog and if possi try commenting on the posts and try following me if u like them jst as i am doing u..
www.HeadacheAndTension.blogspot.com

Thinking Cramps said...

Eve's Lungs: Done.

Sue: Isn't it pretty? I love it too! Almost as much as the jilipis!

MM: No ideas in the brain - such a vegetable I am being.

OJ: That's my strategy.

Rrishi: It's original. Feel free to use it though.

Prateek: Of course - jalebis in rainy weather - that goes without saying :) Will check out your blog too!

The Reluctant Mum said...

I almost tasted the jalebis. And missed Bandra like mad. After ages, I've found a writer who can actually write :)