How did I get the idea of writing this cook book?

Between my own children, large extended family, and even larger circle of friends, I had dozens of young adults and grown ups who would look to me for help on preparing daily and fancy meals. This led me to the realization that a formal collection of their favorite recipes would be my gift not only to them, but for generations to come.

What motivated me to write this book?

I still remember being a newlywed and struggling to put together the meals that my mother used to make so effortlessly. It is with this in mind that I put together this collection of recipes and useful tips for my children, who had recently gotten married and started families of their own. Both worked very long hours and still came home and tried to make the meals they grew up eating. With this book in their kitchen, it is like I am there every night helping them put dinner on the table for their own families.

Why is this book different?

My generation was fortunate to have mothers and other older women in the family around to patiently teach the art of cooking as we were growing up. I feel the newer generations growing up outside of India are really missing out on this wonderful experience. Nothing can replace the warm touch of a mother’s hand on your shoulder as you deal with the daily needs of life. This book tries to do the next best thing – provide a substitute for your Mom standing next to you lovingly helping you prepare excellent, nutritious Indian meals for every occasion.