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Reciprocity Of Sorts…


Most often, I eat alone.

Shaji,  Dalila and Anu serve my food but prefer to wait until I have finished before they sit down to enjoy their meal.

Tuesday mornings are different.

Robin joins us and we all eat breakfast together.

Vegetable oothapams, Kerala Sambarcurry meen,


This may be stretching the idea of  reciprocity.

Shaji went shopping for the ingredients. Anu helped prepare the vegetables. Dalila cooked the meal.

“Sir” was having his regular ayurvedic massage!

But if I had made breakfast

At the end of the meal, we would certainly not be looking at five empty plates.



2 responses

  1. What is the significance of the upside down plates?

    April 6, 2011 at 3:18 am

    • Plates and unfilled glasses are left upside-down until the food is served. I think it’s something to do with keeping any flies and dust at bay. But as with most customs, I tend to “go with the flow” unless it seems truly bizarre!

      April 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

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