And I am so Stoned…

It all began with the current determination to cook at least one dish a day. A resolution, I must confess, which was broken yesterday due to sheer laziness and sudden social commitments which involved visiting a friend to ooh and aah over her newborn baby girl (of course, new borns win curled up wrinkly red hands down over getting into the kitchen and burning assorted body parts in the process). Some weeks ago, realising that I donot know either the theory or the practice of cooking, I began watching cookery shows in order to pick up tips on cooking which went beyond the recipes. And amongst the shows I watched, Masterchef India and Australia became particular favourites, because it involved people like me (with admittedly more cooking expertise) dishing out culinary delights to the cruel ticking of a clock. I, as you might have surmised by now, am among those who work the best when they have a deadline looming over their head.  And the Masterchef programmes both Indian and Australian,  dont really bore the socks off one by elaborating the steps to cook a dish, which in my mind is the most boring part of cooking. The process. Ah well. Now you know why I will never ever be a good cook. I seem to believe the raw ingredients will congeal on their own through the power of thought and emerge as the finished dish within microseconds without one having to ruin one’s manicure. And they have cruel chefs to yell at them constantly. I like it.

Therefore, there I was, sitting blissfully, having switched on Masterchef India on Saturday night. And was waiting for my fix of handsome man who can cook when, gaaaarhhhhh, Akshay Kumar comes on screen wearing a ladies top. With a low round neck and many sequins down the front. I had to take a paper bag to collate my barf. I mourned a bit about the loss of eyecandy on the show. I thought long and hard and thought it rather unfair that the men could salivate on Nigella making orgasmic noises whenever anything edible touched her lips while we had to be content with fat, fugly chef types on cookery shows (except of course for Anthony Bourdain). (Donot count Aditya Bal’s Chak De India in this, he is a thin chef, and I have an innate distrust of chefs who are too thin, you know!). And then, a kind soul recommended I watch Take Home Chef on TLC.  For which I am much grateful, will salaam in gratitude etc.

Curtis Stone, says the website I checked out. One show I saw had a fugly guy trying to mollify his fiance by having this creature dropped from the heavens cook a meal for her. Did he not know that said fiance would instantly drop him like the undercooked spud he was, when she saw the gorgeousness in her kitchen, rustling up a meal with great care? I mean, which woman in her right senses would be able to resist that vision. I would have my knees buckling under and would need to be revived with old socks and smelly onions and such like.

And he says things like a good homecooked meal takes less time than waiting for a take in pizza. I like. I approve of the thinking wholeheartedly, as long as it is not me who needs to be doing the cooking. Would I like to have Curtis come home and cook for me? Nah. For one, my kitchen, being the kitchen of a non cooker is poorly equipped with gadgets and such like that professional chefs would need to make their magic. For another, I dont think anyone in my home would appreciate the deviation from traditional Indian food, the dal, chawal, sabji roti that is the standard staple in our home 365 days a year. The spouse needs peeli dal at every meal. Regardless.

For another, I dont think I would be able to guarantee not collapsing into a puddle of puppy dog adoration in the presence of such a divine looking male creature who, bless him, cooks.

For now, I will content myself by watching the show, and ermm, trying to pick up interesting cooking tips from him. Akshay. Go learn from him. About how a man who cooks should dress. And please, fire that stylist. ASAP.



About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published nine books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016), psychological thriller with Missing, Presumed Dead (2018) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. In 2018, she was awarded the International Women's Day award for literary excellence by ICUNR and Ministry of Women and Children, Government of India. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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7 Responses to And I am so Stoned…

  1. poornima says:

    Kiran, thanks so much for this post. I was wondering how my fashion sense had taken a beating when Akshay sported a top similar to mine. I promise to write a post about my cooking – that would definitely give you an ego boost.(I take the title of being a terrible cook).


  2. Sue says:

    Checked out the link.

    *goes off to find a napkin to wipe her, er, drool off*


  3. sscribbles says:

    Checked the site and can’t stop salivating since then…


  4. Jayashree says:

    Thanks for bringing this guy into our lives 🙂


  5. Poornima says:

    Oh so ditto! Hate that Nigella, love Anthony Bourdain! And Curtis..? Oh MY! 🙂

    And yes.. the sexiest thing ever is your man cooking in the kitchen. I wish I could inspire the hubby to do that more often.


  6. Trish says:

    LOL!LOL!!!When I saw Akshay in that TOP,even I wondered,why he was dressed like that!And whats with those shoes???


  7. nirupama says:

    ha ha ha well thought of inspiring you with some eyecandy regds the cooks and cooking ! this one is where i rule the roost literally !!! :))
    here are MY eyecandys to generate max interest from u ! they are really worth the watch 😉

    jamie oliver — da cutesy lispy cockney lad

    James martin — DA DISH EVER! OOO I LOVE HIM ! (SAYS ALL)

    jean christpher novelli — dig his accent — droolworthy french chef doing english !

    Gordon ramsay — bad bad boy of cooking — gotta hear his swearing to beleive it ! ramsay’s fword – topshow!


    enjoy love 😉 world of cooking is sexy as everrrrr !


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