Father – Son combine for Mother’s Day Surprise

Mother’s day is another reason for us to thank the mom’s. Each day is actually mother’s day

Yes, Mothers are indeed special, not only on Mother’s Day but 365 days a year. According to me #EveryDayIsMothersDay. The role they play in bringing up the children, managing the household and juggling between domestic and professional demands is probably un-parallel and the toughest in the world.

So this Mother’s day the boys in the house decided to give mom a special treat; a surprise by cooking dinner for the evening.

I do have a confession to make, it’s not the first time that I was cooking. I do cook occasionally, but the caveats are that the raw materials would be chopped and ready for use by the Master Chef, a.ka. ME. Like any celebrity chef (tongue-in-cheek), my prowess lies in mixing the ingredients and giving it the magic touch.

Since it was Mother’s Day the cook too had been given an off…so that meant that my son and I would have to do everything from scratch. Chopping and dicing are not necessarily my best traits in the kitchen and since we had planned the surprise there was no getting out of it.

So after freezing the menu, i.e. Kuchumber Salad, Bhunna Chicken (my style), Cucumber Raita along with Tandoori Rotis; my son and I took stock of the raw materials to set ourselves for the evening. Capsicum, Red and Yellow Paprika, Cabbage, Carrots, Cucumber, Onions, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic along with Boneless Chicken marinated in Curd were the raw materials identified to be used.

Now came the most boring and tough part according to me i.e. chopping and grinding. Here’s where technology came to the rescue in the form of Philips Onion Chopper. It is God sent.

Having washed and cut the vegetables for chopping, we plugged in the Philips Onion Chopper to use. All my son had to do was put in cut pieces of vegetables for the Kuchumber Salad in the chopper, and, lo and behold, finely chopped vegetables for the salad were ready. The consistency and size of the chopping was amazing and uniform across vegetables, i.e. carrots, cabbage, capsicum, red and yellow paprika were chopped squarely and fine. Same was the case with the cucumber.

We changed the blades for grinding the Onions and Ginger Garlic for the masala for the Chicken and were not disappointed. Extremely smooth and efficient with excellent consistency of paste is what we got courtesy the Philips Onion Chopper. My son felt extremely involved, motivated and most of all proud of his part of the program, as had it not been for the Philips Onion Chopper, he would not have been allowed to use a knife and chopping board at his young age.

Needless to say the tough part of cleaning post-use was also relatively simple and easy.

After the tough part of chopping and grinding was over, putting it all together into a mouth-watering, lip smacking meal for the Mrs. was left hand’s play for the Master Chef (tongue-in-cheek). Net-net, it was a great Mother’s Day Sunday evening where my son and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves thanks to the Philips Onion Chopper.

And as expected, we got a 12/10 for my cooking from the Mrs. and 100 on 10 for not creating a mess.
My son now wants this to be a weekly ritual…along with a contest thrown in…i.e. who can complete his task faster…..phew…..tough times ahead… 🙂

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Making our kids future ready

It will be safe to assume that most parents will, within their means, try and give the best of everything to their children, be it schooling, exposure, sports, materialistic possessions or, most importantly, principles and values.

While parents will have their own inimitable style and experiences to share and dwell on, two values which according to me stand out are as follows:

Dare to be different i.e. not straight jacketed, treading on paths unknown and breaking stereotypes. Seeing the number of new and different kind of businesses surround us it is evident that there are a number of people who create their own paths. The other value of significant importance is the ability to share. In a hyper competitive world we are all busy trying to acquire, live and build upon our dreams. Focus is on achieving, achieving and achieving more. While we are on a roller coaster ride pursuing achievements, it is of utmost importance to keep in mind the lesser haves, particularly in the third world and developing countries.

Interestingly, I am seeing quite a few communication campaigns based on these two values on television, one of the leading brands being Surf Excel. The brand has taken an angle that “dirt is good” to communicate that nothing is wrong in getting your hands dirty for a righteous and kind purpose without worrying about “daag”. Additionally, the ad shows friends helping and supporting each other.

The seeds of sharing as well as making your own path have to be sown at a very early age. It is fairly easier for kids with siblings than single children. Typically, this begins with sharing toys and goodies like chocolates and sweets with each other at home. With age the circle gets wider and can extend to old books, clothes and games, etc. Through free play, interaction and trial and error children learn to rely on themselves and their own decisions.

Parents can lead by example to inculcate confidence in children so they do not hesitate in exploring their paths in life. In a hyper-competitive world, as parents, we can only hope for the best for our kids and ensure we provide them the right platform to make a success in life. It is equally important for us to not stress on achievements alone but to encourage the children to develop into well-rounded individuals who know how to stand for themselves as well as the art of giving back to the society they live in.