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Friday, August 27, 2010

Rasgulla fiction

Hey everyone.. Another food fiction today. This story was written for the event "Of Chalks and Chopsticks" started by Aqua, hosted by Jaya, the Desi Soccer Mom this month.

 

I have made Rasgullas before and posted the recipe in the past. So am referring to my earlier post for the recipe. When I made Rasgullas the first time, we were about 7 people and only 15 Rasgullas. 2 gullas per head were just not enough! These are so light and fluffy, one could easily wolf down quite a few at a time. And that memory is what generated the little piece of fiction that follows. 


The story of Vividh-bhaarthy Paarthasaarthy..

Vividh-bhaarthy Paarthasaarthy came from a long line of musically inclined Paarthasaarthies. Vividh-bhaarthy's family was filled with singers and musicians. Her twin-brother was a child-prodigy, the first haarmoniumist to play at the super-bowl opening ceremony!

Vividh-bhaarthy, however, was the odd one out. She had no musical talent, nothing to boast about. All her life, she had tried and she had tried-er.. but the gift of music was just not inside her.

Finally Vividh-bhaarthy had had enough, she said, "Bas kya!" and set out to the mountains to do ghor tapasya (penance). After many days and many nights of Viv standing on one foot, a Rishi (sage) appeared before her (clean-shaven, kind-of-cute.)

"Eat Rasgullas and you shall, sing sweet like Shreya Ghoshal!" he said and magically, a bowl of 15 Rasgullas appeared before Vividh-bhaarthy.

He continued ominously, "But if you over-eat, then beware, a horror of horrors you shall have to bear!"

Vividh-bhaarthy could hardly wait for him to finish all his yakking. Her excitement bubbling over and patience running out, she plopped a whole rasgulla straight into her mouth. The sweet cool syrup rushed down her throat, heavenly nectar with the spongy gulla afloat! 

And wonder of wonders.. words could not suffice, Vividh-bhaarthy was transformed into the Nightingale of Paradise! She sang Raag Basant and Spring arrived at their feet. Birds twittered, bees hummed, and deer danced to her beat.

The sweet rasgullas excited temptation that Temptation, herself, couldn't resist. Vividh gulped another gulla and went to the next Raag on her list. She sang Malhaar, and it rained a monsoon. She ate one more and sang Raag Des. The whole country, nay, the whole WORLD, was united in a patriotic blaze. Another rasgulla, another song.. now Raag Multani was in tune, and every woman's pimpled acne cleared up before you could say, "So soon!?"

There was no stopping Vividh-bhaarthy any more. She was gobbling rasgullas and singing songs galore. The world was her stage, she was the best in the nation. Music directors scrambled to sign-on the new singing sensation! The power, the buzz, the sugar and the rush!

Finally, to catch her breath, she paused for a bit.. reached for another gulla, but they were gone.. "Oh-$H!T!!!" She had polished off the lot solo, all in one morning! One look at the silent Rishi and she remembered his warning.

What horror lay in her fate?

Well.. every system needs a break.

Yes, Vividh-bhaarthy was immediately plagued by a terrible terrible.. tummy-ache!!!!

Vividh-bhaarthy had learnt her lesson as she squirmed and writhed in pain. Oh-boyo-boyo-boy.. no.. she would never do this again! She turned to the Rishi and tried her best to apologize and explain, "Oh-boyo-boyo-boy, Rish... I'll never do this again!"

The Rishi, though a drama-king, was really a benevolent fella. He winked a wink, looked-left, looked-right.. and sneaked Vividh a Hajmola! He said, "The next time, Viv, you want to sing, the recipe for Rasgullas is at this link. But Vividh-bhaarthy, do not forget.. one, two or three, but then.. that's it!"

Disclaimer: My Rasgullas are delicious!! But I must confess, they won't make you sing. This was all just BS.

Cheers and thanks for reading everyone!

31 comments:

Bong Mom said...

Ha, ha, ha... I cannot stop laughing at this Vivid narration :-D What do I say ? Too Funny you are

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, great story dear and I agree 2 rasagullas per person (specially home made ones) are not enough :)

Priya said...

Tempting rasgullas, beautiful story..

Jaya Wagle said...

What a tongue-in-cheek zinger SS! I loved it, the Vividhe Bharathi, the cute rishi, the boon, the curse...
Raag Multani cleared the pimple hun? Only if it were so simple (sigh). Thank you for this humorous entry. :)

SS blogs here said...

Hey Bong Mom.. Thanks! :) After I chose her name the story dictated itself. :D

Thanks, Priya.. yes, once I had the home-made ones, Rasgullas became my favorite! :)

Hey Priya.. Thanks for the compliment! :)

Hey Jaya.. thanks for the compliments! Yes, if only real life were one big musical-comedy! :)

Thanks for reading and the comments you all!! Cheers!

Niloufer Riyaz said...

simply cute story!!

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Niloufer! :)

Sushma Mallya said...

had a nice time reading this story...and rasagulla has come out really perfect..

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Sushma! :)

sanjeeta kk said...

Rasgulla looks spongy and juicy. Great read.

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Sanjeeta!

Aparna S Mallya said...

Haha, nice story. Loved the (cute) rishi angle.

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Aparna! Rishis are all too often portrayed as bearded and elderly. How unfair, I felt! So mine just had to be clean shaven and cute! :D Cheerio!

Subhashini said...

Lovely story with lovely rasagullas/

Subhashini said...

first time in your space.Nice recipes.would really love to have you on my dashboard

Panchpakwan said...

Wow mouthwatering yummy rasagullas. Nice story..

SS blogs here said...

Thanks for stopping by Subhashini! Look fw to seeing you around.

Hey Jyothi.. thanks for the compliments! Cheers!

Lav said...

Hey First time here...yummilicious blog ...love to visit often :) Do visit my space !!

Lavanya

www.lavsblog.com

SS blogs here said...

Hey Lavanya.. thanks! I'll defly stop by your place.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Tasty and tempting rasagullas

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Sharmilee! :)






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hi,

wow...rasagullas....

hmm..i love them...

Sameena@

www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Sameena!

aqua said...

:) what a lovely story! Can't stop grinning. And Raag Multani? Really?

SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Aqua. :)

Raag Multani.. actually I don't know much about Raagas. I just searched the word Raag on youtube and out popped a few worthy candidates. And a name like Raag Multani was just irresistible! :D

Jaya said...

SS,
I remember Vividh Bharthi was used to be a radio channel we used to listen to while growing up and there a raag based programme which was scheduled every morning at 7.30 a.m. ..what was the name..oh! yes .."Sangeet Sarita" ..dont know if it still runs..anyways loved it thoroughly every bit and couldn't stop laughing..
Thanks for making us laugh which I think is very difficult than making one cry..we need persons like you today who can laugh and spread the virus of humour ..I dont need to say anything about rasgullas.They look great..
hugs and smiles

SS blogs here said...

Hey Jaya.. that is such a nice compliment! Thank you very much! :) Yes, we loved the radio station. It was a regular feature at our place too, like constant background music in the morning. :)

maybelle's mom said...

thanks for visiting and the compliment. what a very funny story--though now that I know they don't make you sing, I am not sure if I will make them.;>

SS blogs here said...

Lol! :D Thanks and nice to have you here, Maybelle's Mom!

Mona said...

Hilarious! I thoroughly enjoyed your writing. :D
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SS blogs here said...

Thanks, Mona! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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