Cooking for the Experts

Confession time: I get super nervous about making Indian food for Indian friends. Why, you ask? Ummm….seriously?! I did not know what form ginger was sold in or what on earth turmeric was until late 2008. And now I’m cooking staple foods for friends born and raised in the sub-continent. Zoinks.

Don’t get me wrong, Varun and I love hosting people, and I really enjoy cooking. Varun knows by now that I have a ritual of freaking out the day of, over-cleaning and over-feeding, apologizing profusely and usually pulling it off. To accommodate my panic, he dutifully vacuums the rug, takes out the trash and participates in several (forced) taste-testings before guests arrive.

In case you haven’t guessed, we’re having dinner guests. Varun invited two Indian friends over for supper. Nothing fancy, just chana masala, chocolate chip cookies and then they’re headed to play soccer. Nothing to be nervous about. Just a day in the life of.

In other news, this song has been on repeat in this household. Despite the goofy tune, repetitive lyrics and odd video, something about it is oddly appealing. According to Varun, the majority of Indians have this song stuck in their heads…

To the best of my knowledge, the chorus means, “Why this rage?”. I’m still formulating my opinion about the whole song.

It’s certainly been amusing us…

Me: Hey, he says “White skin, girl–lll-girl-lll”. That’s me!

Varun: The next line is “Girl’s heart black…future dark hai”. So…

Me: Ooh..right. That’s not me.



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vasudha
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:56:16

    I love this song. Its super goofy and doesn’t make much sense, but the tune’s super catchy. Yes, its a BIG hit back home in India! :)
    Check out this video,


  2. Joanna
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:58:13

    This is the song that’s been stuck in my head. I love when he skips through the soccer field with the tennis ball :)


  3. Karen
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 16:19:38

    I really hope you weren’t nervous making food for us. I had never had Biryani like that…I just concluded it’s maybe how the pahadi’s make their biryani. Did you also learn the chana from the cook? Thank you guys again for your hospitality!

    and thanks for posting that mom keeps singing it to me over the phone…so I should watch it.


  4. Sharon
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 16:10:44

    It is a very strange song, and strangely addictive too. It makes me what to do belly dancing movements. Haha.


  5. Patrick J. Rafferty
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 17:45:34

    Someone want to explain these lyrics? Very strange!
    Life’s empty, Girl shows up, Life’s going downhill.
    Read more at:


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