So in 7th standard…my final exams were going on. That particular day was my Maths paper and after surviving a grueling “after-paper-discussion-session” without any heartbreak, I was pretty satisfied with my effort for the day! Even though next day it is mother of all examinations, History, I decided to feast myself with Maggi! It was an instant winner. Not 1 (who eats one at a time, Pff!), not 2 (it is a special day after all 😀 ) but 3 packs of Maggi! There is no one to stop me after all! (Evil laughter)
So I got into the act; pot carefully selected- not too big that it makes eating from it difficult, not too small that Maggi sticks to bottom. Water carefully measured with my trusty tea-cup! Enough to make the “Soupy” version but not too much that every thing is floating! Now comes the big question- Maggi first or Masala first! Now the problem here is that even though instructions behind packet tells you to add them together, but for all practical purposes you need to pick your favorite and “swaha” it in water. But then if you make noodles enter first, then pour in masala, there will be masala lumps stuck in noodles! If you make masala go in first and then put noodles, there is a chance that masala might get over cooked, leading to a tasteless Maggi! Ah what dilemma! How a 7th-grader was supposed to know the enigmatic concepts of entropy and diffusion! But some how practical results trump theoretical explanations! So going by the rule of thumb, I intelligently poured in Masala and then the noodles. All that is left is to cook it!
Now there are different ways to go about it! You can either stir it constantly, evenly mixing everything and evenly spacing noodles in your pot. Or you can leave the cake as it is and have nice rectangular chunk of noodles, just like in Lasagna (A western dish with alternate layers of noodles and gravy). Or you can do a semi-stir, and get best of both worlds! Hahahaha! Greedy Me! In those days, I used to go for Semi Stir, and then let the steam do its job! These days I am more like a Full Stir guy! Thinking about a movie or t.v. serial to see while feasting on 3 packets of Maggi! Those were the days when Byomkesh Bakshi and a Prem Chand Written T.V. serial used to air on Doordarshan! I glanced the wall clock to see what is going to be aired in next 15 minutes…..Byomkesh Bakshi! My favorite detective!!! (I wasn’t a Sherlock Holmes fan until I had seen Robert Downey Jr. play it later on!)
I took a quick look inside the pot, thinking how I will be wiping it clean as Byomkesh Bakshi solves the crime! Already drooling at the sheer amount of Maggi at my disposal, all for me! I feel like a Greedy King sitting in his treasury, tossing his money around with both hands! Now while I was day dreaming about my pot of Maggi, I realized that I have let it boil for too long and now I will have to wait for a while before I can start eating! So I covered it with quarter plate, placed the ladle aside and went on to switch on the TV! So I arranged a small stool in front of my comfy little chair placed at a correct distance from ceiling fan and in front of TV so that I wouldn’t get scolded for sitting too close to TV nor will I get drenched in sweat after a long bout with Maggi! (I am little particular about these things!)
And then the mother of all the heart breaks begun- Show started on time. Spicy murder mystery! First advertisements were rolled out and I ran towards kitchen at god speed so that I don’t miss out on anything at the end of adverstisements! I removed the hot quarter plate, only to find ants crawling all over my Maggi! 😦 I swear to god, first heart break and a painful one! 😦 That was the moment when I was able to justify the heinous crime of burning ant hills with magnifying glass! -_- Was I crying? No! But I learned that complaining won’t get you anything! You just need to move on and go to next best thing you can do, which in my case, was eating Namkeen and bid my sincere adieu to the Maggi hijacked by those tiny Ants! Also learned that never to imagine about something so much that it hurts later on!
This was my Maggi story (there are a lot more: like fighting with siblings over securing a fair share for yourself or sneaking in night to make Maggi).