And so here we are. Back in the States. A full circle? Well depends on where the circle started. Three years ago when we moved to Singapore I felt we had come a full circle in a way, or were on our way there. We started our lives in India and we were now moving back, to Asia. Where it all began. But we once called the USA our home. And then realised with all our moves that home is really where the heart is. So when it was time to move back to the U.S., we truly had mixed feelings. Isn’t that always the case with change? You begin to get comfortable, almost too used to one thing and then it’s time to start the cycle again. Change is always the only constant. And this is something I think life has taught our family in more ways than one. The past few months may have been chaotic, turbulent, unpredictable but eye opening lessons in patience, fortitude and acceptance. And as a Master I met told me “you say you want to go with the flow but then you hold on tightly to the rock in the river. To experience life to its fullest you have to let go of the rock.”
It has been three months since we are back and I am still fascinated at what keeps unfolding. For one I have realized that when you move away for a while and come back, you return back expecting people to have “moved on” or forgotten where you were. Or at least that’s what I have heard people tell me. Interestingly I find that our friends and families are the same lovable people. I have, instead, moved on. My thoughts and ideas have changed. What used to be a routine I was comfortable with a few years ago suddenly seems mundane.
To some, moving every 2-3 years is impulsive and risky. To us, now bitten by the wanderlust, it’s an adventure and opens our minds and hearts to new experiences. To some instability is disturbing. To us, stability is a state of mind. To each his own. And as long as we understand where each of us are coming from, we can get back to where we started. And complete the circle still holding a place in each other’s hearts like we always did.
Our first few weeks back in the US were spent completing this circle at our friends, the Patels home, which is where I got my first recipe for this blog! And my second weekend was spent in my friends Radhika’s and Uma’s homes, which incidentally is where we began our stint in Dallas exactly 10 years ago! These are not mere coincidences, they are more what I would call synchronicities, working together to help us all fit back in. These dear friends have always opened their homes and hearts to our family years ago and still do in a heartbeat.
I have some recipes to share from each of their homes too which have been stored away and the move hasn’t given me a chance to sit down and pen them all. I promise to share them over the next few weeks.
So it’s already three months in and though a lot has happened, I thought it was timely to celebrate change with this post with the beginning of Navarathri – when we celebrate the 9 days of paying obeissance to the changing season, and the feminine energies of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. I will continue to document the daily “neivedyam” or offering on the blog’s Facebook page.
I thought I would share a new method of cooking I am experimenting with called “One Pot One Shot” or “the Fastest Cooking Project” discovered and patented by Ramakrishnan or Ramki as he is known as in his blog. This method, introduced to me by my friend Uma uses the humble pressure cooker for cooking some simple and complicated recipes. I am still a newbie to this method but wanted to experiment it with the 9 days of neivedyam (offering) for Navarathri.