Why Bama Samayal :
Growing up in 1960s, in my village Sri Vanjiyam (near Kumbakonam) was so much different than today. We had no fancy kitchen gadgets and we had stoves lit with charcoal and firewood. Time spent in the kitchen everyday, from those days has helped me to learn the nuances and before I knew it, I was comfortably able to cook and serve my family which comprised of my parents and 5 siblings.
I owe a lot of my cooking experiences to my first teacher, my mother, Smt. Susheela Venkatraman. I used to complain about the burden of cooking everyday to my mother. One piece of advise from her changed my perspective and that was – ““When you prepare the food, you assume the position of the creator (Brahma) and hence by nature, you transfer your emotions in your creation (food) during preparation. Sasthram says “Annam Parabrahma Swaroopam”. From then on, it has become my prime responsibility to give it my all and cook with love and care keeping the eater in mind.
Everyday samayal (cooking) during the later days after marriage and children was more of a routine.
Now, we are enjoying our retired life, settled with grand children, and I have all the time to enjoy whatever I am doing. Cooking has shifted from a responsibility and routine to a passion.
I had earlier established a very successful venture named “Sri Sai Gayathri Catering” in 2002 with the able guidance of my husband, Sri. S L Narasimhan, in Chennai. It brought the comfort of home food to a lot of bachelors who came away from home in pursuit of their profession.
Having shifted to Bengaluru, I was not able to continue with my venture. That is when I thought of using technology as a medium to connect with a lot of youngsters and share all my experiences and recipes. I write all my recipes in Tamil and my daughter, daughter in law and like-minded friend have graciously agreed to help with the translation in English and managing the cause using the technology, despite their professional commitments.
I realized that youngsters nowadays have an in born passion to excel in whatever they are doing. There are a lot of men/boys who are away from their families and are eager to start cooking unlike earlier days, where kitchen was restricted to women alone. To help such enthusiasts, I start this endeavor to reach out to you all.
Though I do not read a lot of English books, there is this one quote of Stephen Covey, remains that my favorite – ‘Live, laugh, love, leave a legacy’. Through this site, I wish to pass on the legacy that I received from my mother to the future generation.
Most importantly, have fun and enjoy cooking ! All the best !