Gudhi Padwa, 1993

Notes:
1. Gudhi Padwa marks the beginning of the Hindu lunisolar calendar, i.e. a new year’s day.
2. Gajar halva is my favorite carrot pudding that my mother often makes.

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gajar halva, gajar halwa

I was happy that morning because it was Gudhi-Padwa. I knew mother would make gajar-halva; I’d seen her buy carrots yesterday. It was my favorite dessert and I was really looking forward to it.

Unfortunately, mother fell ill that day.

“I’ll cook it tomorrow my dear!” she said, seeing me upset.

“NO!!! But it’s a holiday!! Why did you have to get sick today?” I pouted and yelled. How could she do this to me?

A realization stuck me few hours later. My stomach churned and I felt awful for being so inconsiderate. I hadn’t even asked mother how she was doing! I was being totally selfish…me!me!me!

Then it came to me – I should cook gajar-halva for her!

Here’s how to cook when you are clueless: I picked up a carrot and, with great difficulty, managed to accumulate a few spoonfuls of shredded carrot in a cup. Now I just needed milk to make it perfect! I poured some milk and mixed it with the carrot. But it looked terrible… nothing like the gajar-halva that mom makes! I panicked, and in the process knocked over the milk pitcher. It fell on the floor making the loudest noise ever.

Mother came to the kitchen to check. She saw me there standing in a pool of milk with carrot shreds everywhere and a cup in my hand…

Well, the rest of the story is not as interesting. But my mother says that it was among the best Gudhi Padwas she’s ever had!

16 thoughts on “Gudhi Padwa, 1993

  1. If i am not mistaken the image in this blog is the one you actually made in Canada and also posted it long time back as a receipe.
    So did you complete your half left 1993 halwa and served it to your mom when she recently visited Canada? Haha… Just killing time. Wish you a very happy new year.

  2. Hi Priyank, so did you learn to make it properly eventually?!
    Very amusing story, thanks for entering our competition, and Happy New Year from London.
    Sarah

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