When we have to pull them off the pedestal …Food for the mind and the body: Project 365/6 [Feb.8, 2012]

Food for thought: When we have to pull them off the pedestal …

A teacher’s aide has been accused of videographing himself in sexually explicit acts with his students. While this news comes in from a school in Brooklyn, New York, two ministers have been accused of watching a blue film even as they were participating in the state legislative Assembly session in Bangalore, India.

Every time we have to pull off the pedestal people in whom we have invested some amount of trust, how much more vulnerable do we become? To what degree is our trust in humanity compromised? How can presidents who lie and misuse their office and icons who drug their way to success continue to stalk the public stage as though the game has not changed? Is it their sense of shame that is in question or ours? Why are we not pulling them off the pedestal or, better still, pulling the pedestal from under their feet?

Food for the palate: Beans sathumadu

Snip 200 gm of French beans into 2 inch long pieces. Cook tender with 3 ounces of split red gram. Soak a ball of tamarind [size of a small lime] and squeeze out the juice. Boil together for about 10 minutes the cooked gram, beans and tamarind water with 2 heaped teaspoons of rasam powder, a few curry leaves pinched into bits, and salt to taste. Remove from heat after raw smell of tamarind goes. Season with mustard, spluttered in hot ghee/ oil and a pinch of asafoetida. Garnish  with coriander leaves if you like it and have it handy. Drink as soup or eat mixed with cooked rice. [Find rasam powder recipe at https://kshama.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/food-for-the-mind-and-the-body-countdown-3656-jan-6-2012/ or buy off the shelf]


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