An Incurable Insanity
by Simi K Rao
Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.
Simi K. Rao was born in India and has been living in the United States for several years. The inspiration for An Incurable Insanity came from what she has seen transpire among and within the immigrant community. Some of the experiences included are her own; some have been garnered from friends and casual conversations with acquaintances...
Excerpt - HOMESICK
in front of the large bathroom mirror, she combed her long thick hair. Should I
leave it loose or braid it? Should I put on makeup or go bare? Should I wear
all my bangles or just a couple of them? So many questions! Why don’t all men
come with a user guide?
braided her hair, glossed her lips, chose a pair of gold bangles for each side,
and figured she was done. Then she offered a silent prayer, thanking God for
the absence of her mother-in-law.
Herbal raspberry tea bags and Cheerios! And this man expects me to eat? Her
spirits taking a dive, she put her head down on the table and mournfully longed
for a piping hot refreshing cup of masala chai with cauliflower stuffed paratha on the side…Mama!
off in neverland?”
sat up, startled, to gaze dolefully at him while he smiled cheerfully at her,
looking handsome and crisp in casual white shirt and jeans. Why was she always
at a disadvantage?
for some hot pizza?” He swept a large colorful cardboard box in front of her
nose. “Authentic Neapolitan from our very own Tony’s. My favorite!”
didn’t care for it, too cheesy.
frowned at her while she pursed her lips together feeling helpless.
is crazy! If you don’t eat, you will disappear in no time. Then there wouldn’t
be anything left to send back home!”
glared at him acutely hurt. They had just reached here, and he was already
thinking of sending her back home? What did he take her for?
I see. How stupid of me! Your parents must be terribly worried!”
up immediately, he dialed her home; and yes, they were in a state of
panic.Hearing their voices, she nearly broke down…wanting to reach out and
touch the loose end of her mother’s sari.
“Accha. All right, I
shall hang up now,” she said and handed him the phone, just as a tear
threatened to roll down her cheek. She rushed to the window—the purple flowers
had taken on a silver hue."
Poor Ruhi....I'd miss the food of home most, too!
This is a very basic curry recipe, traditionally using "Major Grey chutney", which became the British standard of chutney after they realized that British Imperialism introduced them to delicious cuisine.
You can use any chutney you like, mango or not, as desired.
- 3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken, sliced thinly
- 1 onion, diced (I used green onion, 'cuz I'm a rebel)
- 2 1/2 Tblsp vegetable oil (I used coconut)
- 1/4 cup curry powder
- 1 cup mango chutney, pureed
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- Pinch salt
- Chives, for garnish
- Fry onion in oil until translucent.
- Whisk in curry powder and cook for 2 minutes.
- Whisk in chutney and cream (add salt to taste).
- In a separate pan, saute chicken until cooked about halfway through (approx. 3 minutes).
- Add sauce to chicken and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
- Serve over rice, garnished with chives.
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