Good morning to you all wonderful people on this bright Tuesday morning from the beautiful city of Boston. Cambridge actually.
It was the Mother’s day weekend 2 days ago. A beautiful day to celebrate Moms all over the world.
I do not really believe in Mother’s day. I am not sure if it is really necessary. It was never in our culture back home to dedicate one day to Mothers and celebrate it formally. Back home, the status of a mother is supposed to be so much more higher and larger than just being a mother. Traditionally, culturally and religiously mothers have been described as the “visible God”. Our history and mythological stories have great examples and anecdotes about the greatness and the value of a mother in ones life. It is often quoted that ” Since God cannot be present at every place at the same time, He created Mothers”.
So our regard and respect towards our mothers has to be shown through our actions in everyday life. It has to be a part and our way of life to express love, admiration, respect and regard for her every single day.
But having said that, in reality what we see is that , mothers are humans. they are real. They are emotionally strong and emotionally weak. They make mistakes, they work hard, they work their way out, they have their moments, they laugh, they cry, they give love, they do what is best for their child.
So today, due to global impact, Mother’s day is being celebrated around the globe in much enthusiasm. Which is great. It does feel nice to be acknowledged, one way or the other 🙂
It has been 4 years in my journey as a mother. Been great so far. I cannot talk much experience. As my older one grows everyday I am calibrating myself every step of the way in communicating and interacting with her and trying to show her the best of me. There is no perfection. It is an experiment, an exciting one. It is highly demanding and a daunting task to be a Mother.
So, to get a break from such task , we decided to celebrate our due of Mother’s day in our beautiful Boston Public Garden. It was less about Mother’s day and more about taking the kids out of the house to enjoy some Sun. I just love this place. The lush green just braces you and soothes your eyes. So refreshing, so serene.
We had an early lunch, a simple one, which you will see at the end of this post. We decided to leave home at noon and spend the whole afternoon out there. We took the train from across our street. I like the idea of how easy it is to get to Downtown Boston from our place. So we were there in about 20 minutes. We got off at Park street and just started walking across the Boston Commons and made our way into the Public garden. And wow, this Mother’s day thing was serious. we saw many many families scattered all over the grden and picnicking out there on the green lawns. Young moms, middle aged moms, old moms, grand moms ,all kinds of moms with their kids and husbands were out there celebrating the day with great vigor.
Family pictures were being taken, with Moms in the center of course. We even saw a mom who was pleading his toddler son to join the family picture, since it was Mother’s day. The kid was running away from his family as far as he could. Guess he could not handle the stress of the day. His only interest was to get in line for the carousel ride 🙂
Every year, on Mother’s day there is a grand celebration held in the Public Garden. The celebrations are done through enacting the popular children’s book, Make way for ducklings, by the artists of the Wheelock family theatre. Kids dress up in duckling costumes and go on a parade , there are balloon artists, face painting and whole lot of fun activities for the kids. Overall, a very festive air.
We skipped the actual celebration and decided to spend a much quieter and a slow paced afternoon with first a Carousel ride and then a Swan boat ride. Those two are the popular activities here in the summer.And rest of the afternoon we just spent walking around the garden, feeding the ducks in the pond, watching people around us, sat on the grass and just laid there feeling the fresh air and the lush green. All that greenness really calms you down .It is very refreshing and reenrgizing.
Then we walked over the bridge, past the pond and headed back to the train via Charles street. The streets of Boston have the historical charm. They are peppered with vintage boutiques, icecream shops, gourmet stores, all in the narrow lanes and cobblestoned sidewalks of the streets. We made a quick stop at an Ice cream parlor for some chocolate and coffee almond fudge icrcream for my daughter and myself, the Mom:)
Finally we made it to the Train station and headed our way back home.
What a fresh day!
Now for the dish, A simple Bhindi/ okra stir fry:
What we need:
2 cups of okra cut into 1 inch thick
2 tomatoes chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp roasted coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
2-3 red chillis
5-6 curry leaves
2 -3 tbsp oil
In a wide pan, heat the oil and add cumin seeds. once the cumin splutters add the red chillis and curry leaves . Once the curry leaves splutters and red chillis become crisp, add the Okra and fry for about 10 minutes, until all the stickiness dissappears and the okra changes in color from bright green to a blackish green.
Next, add tomatoes and fry for few more minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and let the tomatoes cook until soft.
Add salt and rest of the spices one by one and stir the entire dish well with a spoon.
Turn off heat. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro and serve with Chapatis or Rotis.