Saturday, March 04, 2006


Yogender is a happy-go-lucky guy. He is about 5ft 5 inches, a mop of hair and a moustache. My first memory of his is the nonchalance and joy with which he meets everyone who comes to stay at the guest house. I have on a number of occasions sat with him and listened to his monologues. He studied till his 10th in a Hindi medium school in Jaipur. After this he decided to learn cooking and today he is an accomplished cook and can cook different kinds of cuisines. He reminisces today that he wishes that he had gone on to graduate and made something out of himself and yet he is happy with everyday of his life. To see him whistling and cooking and dancing to the tune of the TV while cutting vegetables in the kitchen is a sight to watch.

Its his wish to go the US and work as a cook there as he has an uncle who runs a restaurant of some sort there. He has also started learning to read some English as he feels his prospects would be better if he knew the language. He is a nice likeable guy and its the care he takes of his guests that I find most impressive. He insists daily that we eat only hot chappathis and that every wish of ours is met as best as he can. He is getting married in April and he has now
been quite eagerly looking forward to it. He leads a very normal and routine life and yet he is happy and on so many occasions people who do so much more or who think they are doing so much more seem to remain unsatisfied. Good for you, Yogender! Good for you!


Blogger RamantheB said...

i try cooking whenever i feel stressed out. Like when i know abaan and her friends are coming over and my apartment is such a mess and theres nothing i can do about it. It helps!!! :-).

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of those few people who inspire you to carry on.


11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally an article from your end. Good read and nice to have you back in Chennai sir. Thank you for dropping into ma blog too. Yes..i have been out on the road and loving it. Email me when you can...will tell ya all about it. Me using no mobile too.

11:00 PM  

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