I was talking to one of my friends last week. She had just returned from a two-week family holiday. She told me all about the trip and the fun things they had seen! And then she said, “After all that travelling and eating different types of food, I just wanted to get home and eat some rotis and sabzi (vegetables).
That got me thinking.
I have heard so many people say the same thing – after being away from home for many days – that they want to come home to a simple, home-cooked meal. For me, that meal is plain curd rice and lime pickle.
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So, this ‘homecoming’ meal is different for different people – some people want rotis, some want bread, some want rice!!
What it boils down to is not the nature or content of the meal. What matters is that we are back home, in the comfort of familiar environs and smells. The home-cooked simple meal is a testimony to our everyday lives, our routines and the daily rhythm of who we are and what we do.
The meal is the bridge that slowly eases us back into the main artery of our crazy, everyday lives. This ‘homecoming’ meal helps take away the blues!
Yes, the ‘homecoming’ meal is significant. There’s a deep philosophy behind it.