Guru Shishya ~ At Olympia Theatre, London 2008

by on April 20, 2008

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara. Indian tradition says that Guru is respected and loved as God, as one who creates, one who sustains, and one who dissolves.

Pratibha & Jigyasa speak at the Olympia Theatre, London

Pratibha & Jigyasa speak at the Olympia Theatre, London

These are the words with which we began our presentation at the Olympia theatre, London where the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards were held this year. Mr. Cointreau (behind us in the pic, holding a mike), the President of the organization, made the announcements about the winner books in the respective categories. Just like last year, we were stunned with his knowledge about each book, the interest with which he highlights what makes the winner books special. The one that really caught our attention since it was also a tribute cookbook was Roshan Ara Khan’s ‘My Grandmother’s Cookbook’.

Our own presentation revolved around how knowledge in Indian tradition is rooted in the concept of the Guru-Shishya relationship. We spoke about Pedatha as our Culinary Guru…just as all traditons are rooted in the spoken word, our learning from Pedatha was through what she spoke. She spoke and we wrote, documenting her speech into a book of recipes.

We spoke about the precious pearls of wisdom she had shared with us, how she had taught us that when you cook, don’t look at the time, look at the pan. She said, when you cook, don’t forget to love.


Caricature by Michaela Maria Drux at Olympia show

We ended on the note that we as learners & seekers pay homage to our teacher in the presence of many Culinary Gurus who are here today.


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