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Book Review: Thicker Than Blood by Munmun Ghosh

Thicker than blood

Book: Thicker Than Blood

Author: Munmun Ghosh

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Price: Rs299

Thicker than Blood is essentially a book about a typical Indian housewife’s struggle to experience the joys of motherhood. When everyone in cities is acutely aware of how many working women are intentionally delaying marriage and motherhood, this book comes as a whiff of fresh air. So women whose ultimate goal in life is to become a mother — a successful mother — still exist.

Munmun Ghosh’s story is about one such young woman, Mayuri Mehta, who feels her true calling is in being a doting mother. She is in her mid-20s and coaxes her reluctant husband into starting a family. However, nature is not so benevolent to Mayuri, who has to struggle through multiple doctor visits and tests because she cannot conceive naturally.

It just makes her life less difficult when she finds out that she and her husband both have minor biological shortcomings that are adding up to this problem. Women in India are aware of the torture they undergo when people blindly pin the blame on them alone — the bitter truth remains that they are considered baby-making machines.

Mayuri takes the help of technology, and baba, tantric, homeopath, alternative medicine, and almost everything under the sun that is suggested by her friends and relatives. Years pass on, and a now 30-year-old Mayuri seems to have accepted the fact that it will take a super human effort to get pregnant. Needless to say, it takes a toll on the husband-wife relationship as well.

The author has touched a subject that is increasingly becoming common among urban women. The complexities of life in a joint family, the predicament every bahu faces, the battle of sexes in which the wife is blamed for everything that goes wrong and the male ego refusing to acknowledge the fault in their stars has been beautifully brought out by Ghosh.

Full credit to her for writing a book about this turbulent phase in a woman’s life. It was long due. We can tell you the story in 25 minutes, but it would be rather enriching to read the 250 pages of this book filled with pure human emotions and love of motherhood.

A little more effort into the cover page would have helped. Overall, a good read to sensitise men and women about this issue.

The review was first published in Sakal Times, Pune edition, dated April 24, 2016.

 

 

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One egg in the fridge = A beautiful dish on my plate

Took this one right off Pinterest. I’ve hours on it, about time I actually learned something right? So I had this one egg sitting in my fridge. Couldn’t really make anda bhurji with just one egg, and the omelette would have been too too thin.

So I used a capsicum and tomato to fashion this amazingly trendy omelette loaded with cheese.

I am gonna do the photos all the talking here.

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Cool eh! I think you can simply mix and match the veggies. Maybe add onions, mushrooms and carrots. Unintentionally looks like the Indian flag here!
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I’ve cut a thin horizontal slice off the capsicum here and placed it on an oiled pan.
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I broke the egg in the middle and tried to keep it within the capsicum boundaries. If it’s a small capsicum, then you might have trouble keeping the egg within the green lines. Season with salt and pepper, and add tomatoes and chilies.
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Flip it over.
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Grate or just cut up some cheese on it and enjoy.