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For the love of food

I was back in Dhaka, which, in itself, is a very comforting feeling. Meeting up with friends, relatives, visiting places that hold a lot of memories. Time was flying and we had no fixed plans. Then, disaster struck. A family crisis reared its ugly head and tied us down.

My wife was distraught and her parents were distressed. Many arrangements had to be made to avert possible catastrophe. Amidst all that, we were supposed to meet up with a bunch of very dear old friends in the evening. With obvious reasons, my wife opted out but I decided to go ahead and meet up with them. After all, I was doing nothing at home besides being worried silly.

So we met up at our favourite Japanese place. Honestly, I was in no mood to order, which usually is my territory. Fellow foodie friends did the needful. The menu contained one thing called a Sea Food Jijimi. Yeah, that's right. Jijimi. Sounds unknown? It did to me as well. What came looked like an omelette. The more illustrious cousins of jijimi, read sushi, sashimi and shoba, overshadowed the humble omelette which lacked the silky wrap of nori, the jasmine like appearance of the rice, the colourful, fresh slices of fish, the neon bright wasabi and the iridescently pink pickled ginger.

And we secretly questioned the wisdom of ordering this mundane looking, staid yellow blanket covering the plate. Overcoming the initial inertia, I reached out with my chopsticks and broke a piece and ate it. I think I have used the term “belief system altering” before to describe some other meal. My apologies for using the same term again, for I cannot find a better word (more to do with my lack of vocabulary than anything else).

My mind was blown away. The eggs were set in custard like consistency and were studded with bits of soft squids. Further exploration revealed the presence of small prawns and pieces of fish, all nice surprises in an omelette. And the seafood was pleasantly punctuated with the crunch of scallions. The occasional dip in Soya sauce did not hurt either. In fact, the Soya sauce heightened the sweetness of the fresh seafood with its bracing saltiness.

Suddenly the sushis and the sashimis and the shobas were forgotten. Suddenly, we were fighting for the last piece of jijimi. In an otherwise bleak and eminently forgettable day, who would have thought that something akin to the humble omelette would bring such contentment and joy?

I went back to my in-laws that night feeling a lot better, a little more at peace than when the crisis struck. And I have to thank the omelette, nay, jijimi. And my friends, whose company made the evening all the more memorable. I can't wait to go back!

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By Sanjana Rahman


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