Friday, December 23, 2005
Growing up, Christmas, Onam, Deepavali and Holi were my favorite days of the year. In a diverse country like India, there are so many nice festivals and holidays. Friends and neighbors would come over with delicious sweets on Deepavali (and other festive occasions). On Christmas, it would be us returning the good will. The traditional Kerala plum cake (or fruit cake) is the best. Not to mention the traditional Appam & Stew.
Christmas in India was never about buying people gifts (Things are beginning to change). There was no last minute shopping. No stress and no panic. And no concept of Santa Claus. I always thought Santa Claus hovered around North America. It was simply a great day :)
Needless to say, I am feeling a little home sick. So I googled some and I found a traditional plum cake recipe. It looked a little intimidating. But I had to do it. To my surprise and delight, it came out pretty yum!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year every one!
Am off to California for some tree hugging.
Quote of the day
"Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?"~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes (via quotegarden.com)