November 13, 2006

Mami's day out

Went to the Accord Metropolitan for dinner- Maamis cooking festival. When I called for reservations , here is how the conversation went:

Me: Hi Could I have a table for 3 for tonight 7.30pm for Mami's samayal ?
Them: Yes madam. The festival focuses on pure Iyengar food. Pure vegetarian.
Me: How come the newspaper ad shows an Iyer maami?
Them: That is what madam, Iyer and Iyengar menu - I mean Brahmin Menu- pure vegetarian madam.
Me: That sounds good. Thank you then. ...

The food, infact the menu, was a let down- no keerai, no paruppu ususli, no akkarai vadisal. Bajjis & vadais were flat, veggies rather uncooked.To be fair , the desserts & the service were great though. And they gave us a takeway tamboolam of kai murukku- simply superb.

A keyboard performer in the lobby played" Mr Postman" on my request and Anush sat in rapt attention and did the thaalam ( karnatic style) to that song with her head bobbing like a Music Rasikaa at the November Fest. ( The Hindu's music festival- an eclectic mix of musicians)

Before I forget, we saw Parthipan and his daughter - Kirthana is it? My mom met him up at the buffet and appreciated his Azhagi. He seemed happy and responded chirpily. We got discussing whether "stars" feel good when recognized & spoken to in public or would they rather be left alone and go inconspicuous. What do you think?

15 comments:

Keshi said...

hey thats not too bad then :)

Keshi.

The Kid said...

Ammmaaaa! so much food! did you know you are kind of torturing me in a land far-far-away, by describing such delicacies?

o maaan parruppu usuli ?? (it has been 4-5 months since I made it) akkarai vadisal ellam romba over!
btw why did they serve bajji for dinner? what about iyengar special puliodarai/pulianjatham ? no thayir saadham or aviyal?

I miss the iyengar food I used to get in the apartment above ours in Madras. cha...

Anonymous said...

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Kalpana said...

Yes, stars do feel happy when recognized. Where did the festival go?

itchingtowrite said...

i guess they feel a let down when no one recognizes or acts as if they hav not recognized???

Inder said...

i guess recognition is fine to an extent... i think it is like this - wannabe celebrities die for attention, celebrities are used to and sometimes irritated by attention, faded celebrities miss the attention :)

Something to Say said...

I guess if you dont bother the stars - they dont mind the recognition. I wonder how they'd feel if you plain unrecognised them. You think egos wud get hurt?

Anonymous said...

so centuries-old Srirangam cooking is now a hip 5 star thing?? interesting!

and what is Mr Postman - am kinda outdated on the music scene here..

abt the movie stars, maybe it depends on how high up the ladder they are...maybe a top gun might prefer their privacy during family outings.

Anonymous said...

Most of the celebs like to recognised but not disturbed :)

RandomThoughts said...

Celebs do love to be recognised... in case you do it subtly & not continuously question them.


Rashmi.

artnavy said...

@- Mr Postman is in fact a back of beyond song from the Carpenters

I sure want to keep see the comments coming in- maybe because I am not a star!

Anonymous said...

Mr Postman goes back even further than The Carpenters. The Beatles covered it previously. I think the Marvelettes were the first ones to record it in the very early 60's.

Anonymous said...

hi artnavy

though artists are happy to be recognised and appreciated i think the vanity and pomp wanes in time. yesterday was my friends b'day dinner at grt grand days, actor pasupathi is our friend and some guests wanted to take a snap with them; he preferred being with his fish fry than with some homosapiens.

jagan
radio one

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