She … ponders over the geometry of ‘Chapaatis’.

She ponders over the geometry of ‘chapaatis’ . The beloved flat bread of India , without which a north Indian meal is orphaned … actually incomplete. She wonders at how easily she strays from the the expected geometry of it. A decent (correction acceptable) ‘chapati’ has a radius and circumference of a perfect circle . It mystifies her how the perfect chapati transforms on the fire from a flat round to a sphere …. its as enlightening as the paradigm shift to the humankind when it was discovered that the earth is not a flat but a sphere!

But sigh the geometry of her ‘chapaatis’ is not the celestial shape of the earth but the measly maps of the landforms over this life giving planet . The frayed jagged corners . The differing thickness . The way every ‘Chapaati’ comes out unique . Some even puff up like little dis-shapen toys . Some rare ones are perfect rounds and turn spheres over the gas on fire . Those are thrilling moments .

Perhaps that’s why she has been working on chappatis more than anything else in the kitchen . Not for the perfection that the social code has defined for her … but for the enlightening variants she can come up with. The frustrating failed attempts of her initial trying at ‘something that has been perfected by many’… never succeeded in deterring her. She fondly rolls the dough over and delights in the imperfections of the geometry of her chapaatis … cos in the end it tastes alright .


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