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Bhaingan Bhartha

Raghu came out of the kitchen and went in search of his big brother.

“You know what!” he said, “Amma’s in a swag mood tonight!”

“Izzatso?” asked Raju. “What’s up then?”

“I dunno” said Raghu. “She’s dancing in the kitchen; and there’s Imagine Dragons playing in the background and all.”

“Woah!! Swag it is!” agreed Raju.

“And we’re having a fancy dinner.” added Raghu.

“Keep the info coming li’l bro” said Raghu. “I’m lovin’ it. So what’s for dinner then?”

“I dunno” said Raghu again. “I asked and she said – ‘You ready for this dude? We’re having roasted aubergine nestling in a rich bed of scallions and tomatoes; with long grains of cereals steamed to perfection.” 

“Woot woot” said Raju punching the air with his fist. “Aren’t we fancy shmancy….!!!”

“Let’s go tell Appa.” The two rushed off to break the news to The Uncle.

“Appa, Appa….. should we get out our tuxedo and bow tie, do you think?” yelled Raghu.

“Now wait a minute…..” said The Uncle fishing out his mobile. “Let me do a quick research. Aubergine = brinjal; scallions = onions….. Uh oh you poor souls you!  I think we’re having Bhaingan Bhartha with rice, that’s all!”

Raju’s jaw dropped – “Bhaingan Bhartha!!!! Nooooooo,” he wailed.

“Bhaingan Bhartha!!” said Raghu. “Again?”

“Ever since Amma learnt the recipe from Lovely Aunty we’re having only that. S’not fair.” said Raju. “Appa should we just order pizza? Please!!”

“Let’s just go out for dinner” suggested Raghu.

The Aunt sailed in majestically and plonked plates and dishes on the table. “No one’s going anywhere.” she declared. “You guys are going to sit around and eat what I cook.”

She glared at her family defiantly.

“Amma…. ” wailed Raghu. “We ate it two days in a row. I’m bored !”

The Aunt turned to him and patted his head gently.

“Oh, let’s see now…… who said it wasn’t as good as Lovely Aunty’s and that I need more practice…….. ? That too in front of her!!!” she said, mimicking Raghu’s voice. The Aunt looked at two small boys and one big boy staring at her with long faces and said, “You wear tuxedo, bow-tie or boxers. I don’t care. But Bhaingan Bhartha is what you’ll are going to eat tonight and every night until I get it right!!”

“Boys,” said The Uncle dramatically, drawing out an imaginary sword. “Ours not to ask why. Ours just to do or die! So it’s Project Bhaingan Bhartha till we ….. er, whatever!”

“But” he continued, “no bow-tie or boxers for me. To suit the occasion I shall come to dinner wrapped from waist to ankle in an off-white flowing garment.”

“What’s that?” asked The Aunt suspiciously.

“My lungi of course!!”

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This is the 2nd in the series – The Adventures of The JP Family

as part of the A to Z Blog Challenge 2019

Illustrations  – Sudarshan Rao

18 thoughts on “B – Bhaingan Bhartha at the JP House.

  1. Meena says:

    I love baingan bharta! But paapa for the boys!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Truth to tell – I love Bhaingan Bhartha too!! 🙂 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Neeraja Rao says:

    Oooh nice !
    But the poor boys… all three of them…must be wishing that the rule Baingan Bharta tomorrow Baingan Bharta yesterday but no Baingan Bharta today…applied to Aunty’s kitchen 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahaha!! True that.:)


  3. Baingan Bhartha s my absolute favourite and especially with rice……salivating now !! #blogchatterA2Z

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My mouth was watering while I was writing the post too!! 🙂


  4. iScriblr says:

    Brilliant! Love it!👏👏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ramesh says:

    Baingan se peth bhara…But Mann nahi bhara…Looking fwd to C the next dish.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahaha!!! That’s a good one! ‘C’ you tomorrow then!! 😆


  6. That izsokyut! Loved reading it!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zanku madame Shristi!! 😄


  7. floatinggold says:

    That was funny. I was wondering what they were so happy about.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Poor things na!! 😁
    Thank you Goldie!


  9. Sudarshan Rao says:

    If only the kids knew that their favourite footballer and the Big B loved Baigan Bhartha made the way Aunt had
    ” tried” ,they would have wolfed down the lot and asked for more.😄


  10. Ruchi says:

    Hope it was as good as lovely aunty’s or they will have to eat it again !

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha! That’s true Ruchi. If The Aunt follows the policy of ‘Try till you succeed….!’ 😉😄

      Liked by 1 person

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