Aarti Paarti, the Book!

Well, colour me (and yes, don’t forget the ‘u’) astounded. Two months from today, my very first cookbook, “Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul” is officially out. There are many things I imagined for my life. Winning a Peabody for producing an eye-opening documentary… being Bren’s eye candy as he walked the red carpet at the Oscars because he had been nominated for Best Supporting Actor… having a gaggle of kids to form our family band… But a cookbook? Well, that never even entered the realm of possibility for some reason. So, as you can imagine, I’m pretty chuffed. I’m also petrified that it’ll be a colossal flop. I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. But if you have read this ol’ journal… Read More »

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PPD update: the power of a group

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Frankly, I was astonished at the outpouring of support and EMPATHY after my last post. I knew that I wasn’t alone, that fifteen to twenty percent of mums experience some form of post partum depression (and just so you know, “depression” is kind of a blanket term for mood disorders including anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis), beyond the initial baby blues. But, those numbers seem so, well, small. To see testimony after testimony put some flesh on those numbers and helped me realise that this is probably more prevalent than we realise, especially nowadays when the expectations and pressures put on mums are so pronounced (but that’s another blog post!). Many of you have asked how I’m doing since I wrote that post, gosh… Read More »

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Coming out of the Fog

So, in the past year I’ve given birth to two babies: my first cookbook and my actual baby, Eliyah. It’s been busy to say the least. I’ve tried to let you guys know what’s going on through my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But there’s one thing I’ve been keeping from you. I’m battling post partum depression. And it’s gnarly. This past weekend was the most severe. I found myself in tears for most of the day, and not just quiet sobbing. Howling. Despair and utter hopelessness swallowed me whole, shrouding me in such darkness that even the bright light that is my sweet Eliyah and superhero-awesome Brendan couldn’t pierce through. I’ve been dealing with this since she was born. And I wondered whether I should mention it on… Read More »

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Where have you been?! and other FAQ

Oh Lord. It’s been so long since I’ve written here. By now, I’m guessing you know the two reasons for my silence over the past number of months: not one, but two babies! You mean you’re having twins? Well not exactly. I am indeed pregnant, about 36 weeks along at this point. I’m due around October 10th, which is just around the corner! ACK! The second baby is more of a metaphor… my very first cookbook! Ironically I began to work on both of these babies around the same time: January of this year. God has some timing, huh? Before I found out I was pregnant, I was so worried that something was wrong with me; my palate was completely off, and I couldn’t stomach the smell of… Read More »

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