I enjoy Stream of consciousness hosted by Linda G. Hill. I was wondering whether I would be able to write this week’s challenge posted by her. Fortunately, the prompt is butter and that is a slice of my life. I thought I would combine the two challenges.
Curds and buttermilk are a daily staple. We eat curds for breakfast too. It is a good combination with dosas and idlis. I cannot imagine lunch and dinner without curds. Every night I add a teaspoon of curds to warm milk to set curds for the next day. The next morning, I remove the top layer of cream and store it in a vessel. When it is full, I churn it in the mixer to remove butter and we get butter milk too. We love butter and jaggery syrup with dosa. Our grandchildren love icing on the cake 😊. We too love it but at our age we have to careful.
Butter takes me back to childhood when our grandfather told us stories from our epics and from elsewhere too. He read aloud to us stories of Lord Krishna. The child Krishna and his love for butter are part of our psyche. We celebrate His birthday every year which is called Krishna Janmashtami. Our town Udupi, has one of the oldest temples to Him. There are many cultural activities on that day and invariably toddlers are dressed as Lord Krishna.
And another little girl who is a very sweet part of Indians is the Amul girl of the Amul butter fame. She has been around since 1967. The advertisements are topical and the Amul girl and Amul butter are a part of it. Over the years I have enjoyed each and every one of them. Some make us laugh and some move us to tears and most of them make us think.
And what about people buttering up others for their own gain? It does seem demeaning to do that. What can we say about the lives of others and their problems which make them act in that way?
But we do love to butter up our grandchildren, calling them very sweet names. It is such a pleasure to see them responding. Time flies and they will grow out of this phase of life and only precious memories will remain.