Chronicles – Bisi Bele Bath

This is a actual story as told, heard and described by yours truely at the ripe age of 10 years.

Gopal mama was a bachelor. He was working for Accounts General Auditors Office at Bangalore. The era was 1970’s and many modern inventions which could have castrophic changes werent allowed into India yet. Not yet!

Gopal mama being my mothers younger brother was living in a rented room as a bachelor and wanted to cook his own food (This food stickeness runs down our family line).

He was a decent cook as described by the neigbours based on the pungent smells that originated from his room periodically and seconded by venki the neighbourhood maid who doubled up as a maid and gossip station.

Life was quite serence and good but one day mama confessed to my mother that cooking has been taking too much of his time and wanted to some how speed it up.

Mother dutyfully introduced him to the pleasures of pressure cooking. She explained the science of dipping once finger till 4 inches of water and 1 Inch of Rice proportion.

Just like balancing his Ledgers, mama nodded his head and with Mothers Introduction, Thamboo Cheetty and Sons was rich by 85 Rupees while Mama was smiling away to a 5 Liter cooker.

When some body gets to know about computers, the first things thought about is Hardware and Software.

Mama discovered that hardware is useless unless proper software ( reciepes) are procured and products dished out. Mother again rescued him and invited him to witness the making of Bisi bele bath so that he could take notes and learn the art as byhearted by grand mother and passed on down generation.

Thanks to him we had a good , stomach full of BBB on sunday. Mama took me on a big ride on his sports cycle that evening, brought me the big rasa bale (bannana). He was too happy.

2 weeks passed and we had all forgotten about the coaching classes and my aunt who lived a stones throw away happened to visit mama as she had to pass on some letters of mama.

Since there was no telephone those days, data travelled slowly. We got it delayed and relayed on next sunday when aunt visited us.

Mama according to mothers wishes put the mix of bele, rice , veggies and even did a pradakshina namaskara to the cooker. He poured water as taught and put it on the kerosene stove. After 25 minutes of Hamam soap bath he was back to see the water vapour and put on the weight.

Mama than reportedly proceeded to wash his cloths. After 30 minutes of washing,rinning (applying Rin bar soap to cloth), rinsing ( last step of washing machine) and drying he heard a hissing sound.

Holding his panche in one hand, the empty bucket containing RIN bar soap in other he ran double quick to his room upstairs. He saw the cooker wobbling a little and doing barthanatyam on the stove.

Fear grips men when it comes to cooking stuff containing vegetables it seems. Mama was no exclusion to that. He immideatly put the kerosene stove off, safely got the pressure cooker down and with great effort removed the weight on the cooker.

Venki till we met her last time used to have tears in eyes to describe that great event. Mama had removed the pressure cooker and under pressure the entire hot bele and Rice mixture had spurted out at high speed missing mama’s head by inches, hit the roof, rebounded to walls and at end ; ended up on mamas head.

So mama had a real good bisi bele bath.

He has just left to USA to visit his son but dont think he had this kind of bath anymore! Now, are there any takers for me making bisi bele bath?


19 Responses to Chronicles – Bisi Bele Bath

  1. Diya says:

    Hahahaha πŸ˜€ Wonderful narative style πŸ™‚

  2. usha says:

    hilariious one … πŸ™‚ of course papa nim mama… narrow escape….

  3. rk says:

    bejaan nagu banthu odhi….olle thamasheyagi barithira saar nivu.
    highlight of the article:

    He saw the cooker wobbling a little and doing barthanatyam on the stove.

    heege baritha iri saar…

  4. Vani says:

    Now we know the trend of things in your house! Cooks are precious commodity ansathe! πŸ™‚

    Nice story.

  5. Vani says:

    Nim mama innu cook maadthaara?

  6. Veena says:

    paapa nimm maama!!

    nimmanna katkondre olle samudrakke kallu kaTkondange..
    cooker dancing was hilarious.. you write such articles better than those finance & serious ones…

    silli lalli, paapa pandu script bariri , super hit aagbiDatte.

  7. Shruthi says:

    Too good, Mohan!! Sakkath enjoy maadide! :))

  8. praneshachar says:

    olle bisibelebtah hasya rasadouthana aitu
    nakku nakku hotee kukkihoitu
    very good description of what you have heard
    long back and I really enjoyed it
    thanks mohan keep posting them it is nice
    treat in between loads of files
    thank again

  9. rk says:

    Mohan yavaglu Banker Margayya
    Thili haasya maadutha
    Thamashe Maadayya
    Nakku Nalisuva
    Rasadouthana Badisayya
    Intha bombaat lekhana hecchu barlayya

    – Bellur

  10. some body says:

    … if only he had opened his mouth wide in astonishment, his hunger would have abated! πŸ™‚

    good one!

    vani says:

    “Nim mama innu cook maadthaara?”

    yen kelteeri neevu? mama is currently visiting usa as udupi hotels’ top h1b consultant!

    – s.b.

  11. Diya, Usha, RK, Vani,Shruthi, Praneshachar, Somebody

    Thanks for all your time and comments. Glad you liked it. Mama did cook delicious stories after that πŸ™‚

    Thanks. This shows that every man should learn this art before marriage?
    I think there are professionals writing those scripts.

  12. Prashanth M says:

    Yathaa maama thathaa aliya πŸ˜›

    But I’m still ready to take risk… πŸ™‚

  13. Vijay says:

    @Mohan: As you say.. looks like it runs in the family.. good story
    @SB: Had his mouth been open… in one end and out the…. you complete the sentence.. πŸ™‚

  14. M O H A N says:

    Will let you know soon. The current pressure cooker at home is giving some problems anyway πŸ˜‰ Dont worry all your risk taking ability will soon nose dive – all we need to do is get you married.

    Thanks – SB has done a neat completion.

  15. Hahahahah ROTFL!!!

    Sakat dinaa aadmele olle bisi bele baath tinda anubhava aytu πŸ™‚

    Mama did cook delicious stories after that


  16. Srik,
    Glad you are laughing!

  17. Prashanth M says:

    ayyo, maduve vishya maatra ettabedi saar.. eega obbane beyiskond tinta iddeeni – aamele naane ibbrige adige maadabekaagutte… eegina kaalada hudugeerge aduge maadakke elli barutte sir…

  18. Prashanth,
    You are bang right on target. Just check out veenas comment “nimmanna katkondre olle samudrakke kallu kaTkondange”. This confirms your fears.

  19. Thanks for sharing explanations and writing this article. Looking forward to more of your stuff. Hopefully you continually update your website often since you have found a loyal visitor .

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