North Indian Wedding – Food

North Indian wedding is incomplete without food. Rather it is the charm of a wedding that makes people happy. Find out all the interesting things you find at weddings with regards to food. Hope you like it:

Geography of food stalls – Will you go to a wedding where the invitation card doesn’t mention ‘Preeti Bhoj’? There is a point in doing so. Indian weddings and food go like Siamese twins. With the passing time, way of presenting food has changed. Earlier, one wouldn’t see too much variety but now the food section looks like some fancy art exhibition. Even simple steamed rice has 5 varieties – rice with peas, rice with some color, rice with coriander leaves etc.

Food stalls have their own chronology. Just as you enter, on your left you might find ‘snacks part 1’. This section is just like rough work before you see some finalized work later. These days, snacks involve some peculiar looking spring rolls, finger chips and empty sections because children ripped the waiter apart who was taking care. Still, eat whatever comes your way. Now, keep moving. Here comes the boss of snacks – snacks part 2. The sections start with mandatory gol gappa, tikki, dahi bhalla, cheela, muradabadi daal, pao bhaji and followed by other not so significant items. The main course food is kept at a distance, you may require time to search or you can take a rickshaw as well.

The main course food is an elaborate affair and is usually put up in a hall. This hall looks like as if some show is going to happen. Even though you enter, someone will tell you some beautiful lady in skirt is waiting for you to give plates. This is true but she isn’t nearby that is when the hide and seek game begins. No one will tell you that this lady has nestled her warehouse a mile away from the food hall. Search till you realize among so many strangers, a mystical looking beautiful woman is sheepishly smiling at you. Yes, there she is! Go, fight for your rights now – your plate. These plates might weigh more than you and the complimentary tissue can be used as a towel. Finally, when you are ready with the luggage at the food hall – ATTACK! Put in everything you get. For paneer particularly, it is a thumb rule to filter all the paneer in your plates and leave no morsel for the next person in queue.  Take papad, achar, dal makhni, unbreakable naan, and customary food you could find and assemble them on your plate. Eat them till you are ready to waste at least half of it.

Take a break – Once you have taken every grain of snacks, take a break. Chase some waiter who is throwing tantrums for not coming towards you. Show some dignity and still chase him. Once, you have filled your tanker with massive amount of snacks, take a mini stroll around the food hall, gaze at chamko chamko saree, contemplate the irrelevant light bulbs, study the fancy yet complex decorations, see maniacs at the DJ or take a selfie. If all of that gets over, rewind till your tummy is ready for another yummy. Just go ahead, and eat what comes your way.

Divide your human resource and survey what is new– When will your friends and cousins come to your rescue if not in weddings? The moment you enter the venue, throw your men at all angles possible. Keep the younger one around you not because he will get lost but he will fetch you the cold drinks. Let two cousins stroll the golgappa section, their job is to tell you if the aunties have left the vendor and the gol gappa wala is still alive to offer you some. Let other two cousins go around the bride and groom and inform you if traffic is less and you can get a picture with them. Whatever remaining cousins or friends you are left with, just assign them to click your pictures.

Always make it a priority to check the menu and the latest entrants. No matter how new a food item is, go for same dal makhni, naan, chole, dahi bada et al. That is the custom.

Do not disturb fruits – They are the most ignored part of the entire food saga at the weddings until an overtly health focused creature starts trotting around fruits. The fruits might look at you like orphans and you are not supposed go all sympathetic. Attend them when you are done with everything. Look at them like a set of puppies laying in search of mother. Eat the fanciest one. These days Indian weddings are experimenting with fruits that have ‘firang’ look and feel as in not mundane apple and banana. This is how fruits are going to entice you towards them. Go till you wish to not eat anything else.




What job switches teach you?

The other day, while contemplating life, I wondered I have done so many job switches. Was it really worth? How will I ever face the bombarding questions by future employers? In this chaos of thoughts, I felt these switches taught me life. Keeping that in mind I have penned down some points which shall tell you why job switches aren’t that bad. All those who have been through this, do read and let me know if you feel the same.

  1. Types of work cultures – Every organization that you work with has its own way of leading its functions. The culture involves company’s timings, shifts, human resource, premises, location etc. So working for a start up and a well established company differ at a large magnitude. Let me share an experience of mine. Once upon a time, I worked with a start up that was self funded and was nestled in one BHK flat (it was given an office look and shape and the washroom was common). I remember the days when there was no water supply and we were asked to leave work by 5 in the evening and look out for other avenues to meet the nature’s call. Since, I used to be an early bird, I was given the office keys to take care of. So, the moment I would enter the office, the maid and the litter collector would follow me. They even asked me for pay once. But, this wasn’t the case when I worked with a brand. Even at an executive level, I had the luxury to get treated with respect and with all the amenities I could have asked for.
  2. Diversity of races, people and cultures – Now, I can say that I have friends from all walks of life, country and globe. I would have never known people from close, if ‘work’ never happened in life. It is my work experience which has developed my hobby to explore surnames, diverse cultures, festivals and languages. In the current landscape of employment when every fourth Indian is working for US or UK markets, somewhere we all are working in unison to lead the project and materialize it. It is different kinds of people, why I learnt how it is running for home during weekends, battling IRCTC, honing English to fit in the work culture, bonding with people etc. Also, job switches taught me types of people in terms of behavior. I learnt how shrewd can people be and how selfish and buttering they can get. Would you learn all that, had you not worked?
  3. Types of protocols and methodologies – Enterprises develop on stern niche of principles and ethics. These principles and ethics differ from one organization to another. One may support sandwich leave and the other may not. One may have contractual based work while other may not even have probation period. One may give cab after 8 PM while other may not. If you have worked in both, you have developed your own flexibility, you are no more rigid. You understand that in any employment, you are a matching fit and easily adjust. When I say adjust, I am not directing towards compromising.
  4. Work profiles – In one of the organizations that I started to work with, I realized they didn’t have HR. They didn’t feel the need. The processes were taken care of by the respective department managers because simply collecting documents didn’t require personnel. I remember a receptionist handling the job of administration, HR and reception – all three in one. This is how sometimes, companies save cost and extract work from one resource. The employee in this situation becomes one man army for various works. He or she develops expertise in handling several activities all together. I am not recommending such a criteria because it creates stress too. But even if once you have worked in such a situation, it will someday add more colors to your personality as an employee – someone who will handle multitasking both in personal and professional life.
  5. Individual development – Job teaches you so much that no other thing can. A lot of people have this tendency to take up business because they can’t work under anyone. But what working under a strict master and acute work pressure teaches you, nothing in this world can. Such a strict work environment may create stress but if you take it positively, it teaches you discipline and helps you organize your activities in proper synchronization. At least, once in life work in acute pressure, under strict deadline and a tyrant master, take all of this as a challenge; nothing will move your core conscience ever.