It was a calm and serene Calcuttian Sunday morning. The sun was shining with the mildest of the rays hitting the humans and making Vitamin D. But in the Ghosh house, curtains were Captain America’s shield to protect the Sleep castle.It was 7 am in the morning. Rest and relaxation spread like the incense aroma all round the house.
In that moment, Arindam woke up as usual. He goes to work at 9 and hence has to get up at 7 am. Exercising was a daily routine till 8 followed by getting ready for the Rush Hour at 9 am.
Debonita, usually awake at 5 am on the weekdays was deep into slumber today as it was the only REST day for her. She would wake up at 5am everyday and make Arindam a nice light breakfast along with packing a tiffin for him. After that waking up her 7 year old Animesh for his school,getting him ready and sending him for school was the usual morning for Debonita. Literally she got only one day off in a week.
Grandma Vidya and Animesh were also still in the Land of Dreams, and so Arindam had a thought. The bulb above his head lit up as he decided to bend his schedule a little bit. The Ghosh house were fond of their food. Everyone from Grandma to Animesh, all were finger licking food lovers and Arindam then thought, there is nothing better than waking up to a Sunday morning where someone is standing at your bed with a tray in hand with sumptous breakfast ready for being gulped. Arindam himself enjoyed cooking. A simple family and happy family altogether. It was time they got a surprise.
And thus began the process of making the perfect beginning meal of the day. He went up to the kitchen. Looking at the fridge, “So now. What do we have here. Eggs yeah! I need them. Milk? Ofcourse! Ma would want. And what more? Ah the Dosa batter. Lets eat some dosas today. Haven’t had them in a while.” With all this taken out, he put on the stove, pre heated the pan, “Cluck” cracked the egg and swisshed in the pan. Frying and toppling the sunny side up was ready for Animesh.He toasted some breads, poured the orange juice in the glass and Animesh’s perfect kind of breakfast was ready.
Hearing the ruckus, Animesh came out. Rubbing his eyes,”Baba what are you doing? I smell eggsy being cooked.” Arindam then told him to go and watch TV as this was all a surprise. Now for Grandma, he heated the milk, put some honey in it and kept it aside. Took another pan out, stirring the batter he poured it over the pan and made two dosas in no time. And Grandma’s meal-o-magic was ready. Now for his sweetheart, he cracked two eggs, put them in a bowl, chilly powder, pepper, onions and whisk whisk whisk… he poured the mixture in the pan making an Omelette. Then he made a Dosa for her as well. Poured some juice in, kept some chutney and now he was ready.
By now, Grandma was awake and came out sitting besides Animesh. Arindam took the tray and opened the door. Animesh and Grandma heard the door opening and thought of checking in.
Arindam kissed Debonita on the forehead,waking her up. She was startled as she opened her eyes. “Oh my God.” She shrieked. Hearing this Animesh and Grandma went to the room but stood on the door because what they saw was beautiful. Arindam put the tray in her lap saying, “Here ma’am. Arindam in your service. Here is your taste bud bonanza.” Then as with teary eyes she took the first bite of the omelette, Arindam bent down, touching her feet. She was baffled at was he was doing and so were the two standing at the door.
“You work so much for all of us, keeping us healthy. I wanted Durga maa to keep all of us happy and so i just worshipped Durga maa. You are Durga maa to all of us. You are our Goddess and our protector and so i worshipped you.” Upon seeing this, tears filled in Grandma’s eyes as she now had seen the most beautiful thing as a mother. Her son had just said and done the most gracious act. Animesh ran in and hugged Arindam from behind. And seeing his maa crying, Arindam went and touched The Elder Durga maa’s feet as well.
It was the perfect beginning of the day. Blessings, breakfast and learning curve for Animesh what respect is and how to treat women. Everyone gathered around, sat on the bed, and their GOOD morning became THE BEST!