GHAR KA KHANA

Somewhere in the middle between complaining about “Ghar ka khana” and missing and eating hostel food in silence, she realized that the food lacked flavor.

Before going to our houses for the first time before the Diwali Vacation, I am sure that all of us have developed a list. This list may include things like shopping, getting together with friends, and other things. However, I have already planned out what it is that I want to consume by writing it down. things that I would like my mother to prepare and pack for me to take with me to the hostel from here on out.

On the day that I arrived home after eating some very revolting food on the train, I was greeted by gulab jamun, Kurkure wali bhindi dal, rice, and proper rotis. After several months, I was finally able to identify the type of vegetable that I was eating; there was neither rice nor Sambhar, just a straightforward and reassuring home-cooked dinner. Ah… the feel of those tender, homemade rotis, which are wonderful.
That in and of itself does not imply that I am looking down on the food that I have been provided within the dorm, but the fact of the matter is that no one in this world can beat the flavor of the food that my mother prepares for me, nor can anyone beat the love that my mother has in her eyes while she is serving that food to me. Therefore, it is more of an expression of affection and love that I have for my mother rather than a complaint to her about the meal that I’ve been provided.

The meal that was being presented to me, as well as the fact that I was eating food that had been prepared by my mother, gave me a sense of happiness, satisfaction, and thankfulness.

While I was eating, I experienced a sense of security and serenity.

Sometimes it is not just the meal, but the feeling that one person carries within themselves and the high sentimental values that are associated with the cuisine. I used to tell my parents that we ought to eat outside more frequently, and I used to consume food that is not homemade, very much. However, when I was unable to acquire my “Ghar ka khana,” I ached for it. Earlier in my life, I used to tell my parents that we ought to eat outside more frequently. I have known for as long as I can remember that eating food cooked at home has many positive effects on one’s health and that there are a great number of advantages to doing so, but now I can say that eating food cooked at home is also good for the heart because it provides a level of satisfaction that one can never get from anything else.

Other than this, whenever I would tell my mother things like “I am on a diet” or “I don’t want to have the food which makes me chubby,” her consistent response, which she never grew tired of giving, was “you’ll know the value once you will stay away from me and the food which makes you FAT beta.” She never seemed to get frustrated with this response. And now I can experience the anguish that my mother was experiencing at the time while she was saying those things, as well as the feelings that were behind them.

When I first arrived back in my hometown after being away for five months, the first thing my mother asked me was, “How is the Food in a Mess?” Kitni roti khata hai? Time se khata hai ke nhi ? Blaaaa Blaaaaaa. And I swore to you that I had tears in my eyes at the time. My mother comprehended the feeling that was causing me to cry, and as my tears fell, she whispered, “Aaja Kurkure wali bhindi banai hai.”

Things that used to be a burden in our life and things that were aspirations of ours at some point in our upbringing have, for the most part, switched places and are now the opposite of what they used to be. This indicates that the idea of living in a hostel and hanging out freely without permission has now become the thing that we don’t want to follow, and instead, the dream for us is to get permission from our parents or loved ones and stay with them.

The majority of us have repeated the phrase “Change is the only thing that is constant in life,” and it has been brought to my attention.

I have had numerous experiences in which my preferences have shifted, whether it be regarding how one dresses or the concept of enjoyable activities. I miss it every single time while having food, every single time when friends come to my room to call me for the mess, and whenever I check the menu on the menu board I miss my mother screaming at me for not having food on time and calling me again and again “khaana tumko khaana hai ki mujhe,” “leave that phone and come straight here,” the way she always waited for me to come back home from college. The only thing that has remained the same is that I came to understand its significance in my life, and throughout the years, that significance has only grown.

Now that we are back in the hostels, we are attempting to make peace with the messy food again, which consists of rice, sabzi, dal, and whatever else, and we are waiting for the time when we can make our “lists” again. Sometimes it isn’t just the food; some feelings are attached to the food, which is something that only a mother can carry.

Dev Gehlot

(PGFC2216)

32 thoughts on “GHAR KA KHANA

  1. I am also a hosteller and I can easily connect with what you have written. I am going home for Diwali vacation, and I do have a list of foods that I want to eat. You have described every hosteler’s emotions very well. As you have said mess’s food is great but it can not be compared to home-cooked food.

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  2. After reading this blog ‘Ghar ka Khana’, It remembers me the first meal I had in my hostel. That was the afternoon time and all my hostelmates were together sitting in the mess. It was a sudden change in my life from having lunch with my family to have lunch with the new faces. The food offered to us on the very first day was good but the difference between ‘Ghar ka khana’ and the hostel food was the affection at the time of cooking. The affection of the food prepared by our ‘Maa’ stands uncomparable with any of the expensive dishes in the world.

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  3. After reading this blog ‘Ghar ka Khana’, It remembers me the first meal I had in my hostel. That was the afternoon time and all my hostelmates were together sitting in the mess. It was a sudden change in my life from having lunch with my family to have lunch with the new faces. The food offered to us on the very first day was good but the difference between ‘Ghar ka khana’ and the hostel food was the affection at the time of cooking.

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  4. Since I am not a hostler but after reading this blog ‘Ghar ka Khana’, it brings me back my old memory which came to my mind after reading that paragraph where you described how mother asks about mess food? That were the very joyful days when we return back from hostel to home and enjoy the regular meal. That meal which was earlier considered boring and worst when we use live at home. Since there is a lot off difference between ‘Ghar ka Khana’, and “mess ka khana”.

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  5. Reading the “Ghar ka Khana” blog reminded me of my very first hostel meals. The other guests at my hostel were all gathered in the common room that afternoon. When I first started having lunch with the new people, it was a big difference from eating with my family. All of the first day’s meals were tasty, but “Ghar ka khana” had that extra special something: the love and care that went into preparing it.

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  6. After reading this blog, I got flashbacks of ‘GHAR KA KHANA’.I don’t live in the campus hostel but I live in a hostel outside the college. I remember when I had my first meal at the hostel. I was sitting in the mess with a completely new stranger group. it was a complete change as I was not with my family sitting at a dining table. The food which was served to me was good but I was missing badly the taste of food cooked by my Mumma. it has been 3 months of living away from my home but still I miss Ghar ka khana more and more every day.

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  7. Right now, I am in the hostel where I do either Swiggy or Zomato, I miss my “GHAR KA KHANA”, which is healthy & tasty. I liked his thoughts on this which I can totally relate with. I appreciate to bring this topic forward as many are away from home and staying in a different city, thinking of favorite curry that their mother cooks, but at home we always complain about the food our mother prepares with efforts and love.

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  8. After reading the “ghar ka khana” blog. We all connect and feel your words to those who stay in Pg and hostel. I can also relate to this. When I lived at home there were always tantrums for my food. I always choose street food rather than ghar ka khana. But now whenever I was hungry it’s remind me how my mom prepare food for me. When I shifted to Pg at initial days my mom called me every morning “ have you eaten something or what you prepared for your lunch” that was causing me to cry and as my tears fell.

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  9. You have written very well which is heart-touching. After reading this blog ‘Ghar ka Khana’ I remember when I had my hostel food for the first time. There was always a taste of magic in the food prepared by the mother. Always remember the food of mother’s hands away from home. Everyone would miss home-cooked cuisine when they are away from it. It makes us think of our traditional foods, Ma’s love, and the stories that the walls of the kitchen have told about many recipes.

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  10. I probably have never resonated with anything more than this. When I left for the first time, I cried whole year for food. I used to rush back to my mother for every home cooked meal. I am a person who cannot get along the day without good food and no matter how much I spent, I never got the food I desired away from home.
    Your blog takes me back to those old memories where all the words of my mother about my eating habits came alive. She makes the best food for me and never even sits before feeding me warmly. Thank you for bringing back those grateful memories.

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  11. This blog is something which i think every hosteler can relate to, ” Ghar Ka Khana”… These are not just three words but a emotion of every person who are living far from their homes due to any reasons, during our lunch at college i eat food which my dayscholars friends bring from their homes and i just love eating it, the same food which i remember denying eating at home. And now finally when we all are at our homes during Diwali gonna eat all the tasty dishes prepared by our mom’s with so much love.

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  12. in the wake of perusing this blog ‘Ghar ka Khana’, It recollects the very first feast I had in my hostel. That was midday time, and all my hostel mates were together sitting in the wreck. It was an unexpected change in my life from eating with my family to eating with new faces. Ghar ka Khana is not just a phrase but an emotion and each hosteller or a person living away from home can relate to this. The story touched my heart and surely many others as the love of the food cooked by our ‘Mom’ stands incomparable with any of the costly dishes on the planet.

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  13. “Ghar Ka khana”
    Missing it by reading the name itself?
    To all the people staying away from home, maybe for studies or job?
    Ask any one of them, which food do they miss the most? Chucking all the cuisines from the world they will simply say “Ghar ka khana”, atleast I will say so. That “Khana” might not have been cooked with the most fancy ingredients, but surely with the most pure emotions.
    Staying away from home, you miss your room, your house, your friends, the streets you grow up in and a lot of other things, but “Ghar ka khana” tops this list.
    Whenever we go home for my vacation, before reaching, all of us say just one thing to our mother, “Mumma please kuch accha banana Aaj”. Nonetheless, even a simple chapati tastes tastier than the food from the most fancy restaurant? Isn’t it?

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  14. I can totally relate to this blog and I’m sure every hostler can relate to this topic. Living away from home is not easy when your Mumma is not there to cook for us. I always loved the food cooked by Mumma but never told her. But now when I’m struggling in hostel for Ghar ka khana I realize that was the best food I ever had. As I came home for the Diwali vacation I had already prepared a list of food that I wanted to eat cooked by mummy. “Ghar ka khana” is an emotion that is prepared with love and affection which has no comparison with “mess ka khana”.

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  15. I can totally relate to this blog and I’m sure every hostler can relate to this topic. Living away from home is not easy when your Mumma is not there to cook for us. I always loved the food cooked by Mumma but never told her. But now when I’m struggling in hostel for Ghar ka khana I realize that was the best food I ever had. As I came home for the Diwali vacation I had already prepared a list of food that I wanted to eat cooked by mummy. “Ghar ka khana” is an emotion that is prepared with love and affection which has no comparison with “mess ka khana”.

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  16. Hey I think I feel you bro. Ghar ka khana has been the most missed thing whenever I am out. Because even if you by chance fine the taste outside you’d never feel the love in that food that our mom puts in that I actually feel makes our body healthy, that vibe she puts in the food is everything.

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  17. I can relate to every word of this blog since I am living in a hostel away from home.
    Only in your hostel life, you will come to realize how good your home food is.
    Earlier I used to say to my mother that you do not make good food and there is no variety in the food but now I have realized that the food which I did not like before, now I miss that food a lot.
    At times, we tend to ignore and fail to appreciate the little things around us. Only if we stay away from those things for some time, we get to know their importance.

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  18. Definitely true…After reading this blog, I am missing my home and Mom. Before getting admission in Jaipuria collage I used to tell my mother that I was bored with the regular meals I wanted something new taste and change…But a turning point came in my life after settling in the hostel…In the FIRST WEEK, I think the food of mesh Is very lovely…But after some days the curtains were removed from my eyes…The diet was fallen down.. doesn’t eat dinner…My weight was come down from 3 Kg…After that, I started to missing Ghar ka khana made by my Mom which is delicious with so much love and affection…

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  19. In the wake of perusing this blog ‘Ghar ka Khana’, It recollects the principal feast I had in my hostel. That was midday time, and all my hostel mates were together sitting in the wreck. It was an unexpected change in my life from eating with my family to eating with new faces. Ghar ka khana is not just a phrase but an emotion and each hosteller or a person living away from home can relate to this. The story touched my heart and surely many others as the love of the food cooked by our ‘Mom’ stands incomparable with any of the costly dishes on the planet.

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  20. After reading this blog, “GHAR KA KHANA” sprang to mind. I reside outside the college, not in the residence hall on campus. I can still relate when I had my first lunch at my Mess. I was seated in the muddle among an unfamiliar group of strangers. It was a radical adjustment because I wasn’t seated at a table with my family and having gossip’s, and I missed that thing a lot, I was seated with those whom I don’t know until I met them. Although the food that was provided to me was kind of good, but the food was not made by my mother that thing I missed a lot, I was really missing my mother’s cooking. Despite staying away from home for couple of months, And I am going to miss my GHAR KA KHANA until I reach my home.

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  21. I can totally relate with this blog . Having lived away from home and consuming the mess food all the while, I have to say that Ghar ka khana is a luxury rather than an obsession.
    While planning to visit home, my mom’s first question on phone has always been “beta, dinner me kya bana ke rakhu?”
    (Dear, what should I prepare for dinner?)
    And getting to eat ghar ka khana has always topped the list of the excitements of visiting home. I have had the opportunity of eating from the most expensive restaurants to the road side momos, chaat, chhole kulche, rolls, maggi, etc., but none of these could ever give me that inexplicable blissful satiating experience which the yellow daal and bhindi ki sabzi prepared by my mom gives me.

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  22. I can totally relate with this blog .Having lived away from home and consuming the mess food all the while, I have to say that Ghar ka khana is a luxury rather than an obsession.
    While planning to visit home, my mom’s first question on phone has always been “beta, dinner me kya bana ke rakhu?”
    (Dear, what should I prepare for dinner?)
    And getting to eat ghar ka khana has always topped the list of the excitements of visiting home. I have had the opportunity of eating from the most expensive restaurants to the road side momos, chaat, chhole kulche, rolls, maggi, etc., but none of these could ever give me that inexplicable blissful satiating experience which the yellow daal and bhindi ki sabzi prepared by my mom gives me.

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  23. After reading this blog, “GHAR KA KHANA” sprang to mind. I reside outside the college, not in the residence hall on campus. I can still relate when I had my first lunch at my Mess. I was seated in the muddle among an unfamiliar group of strangers. It was a radical adjustment because I wasn’t seated at a table with my family and having gossip’s, and I missed that thing a lot, I was seated with those whom I don’t know until I met them. Although the food that was provided to me was kind of good, but the food was not made by my mother that thing I missed a lot, I was really missing my mother’s cooking. Despite staying away from home for couple of months, And I am going to miss my GHAR KA KHANA until I reach my home

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  24. After reading this blog, the first thing that came to my mind was that when we were at home we always complained to our mom regarding the food, we just avoid GHAR KA KHANA and mainly just prefer to eat from outside only i e. either order from Swiggy or Zomato and when we are far away from our home, we crave for ‘GHAR KA KHANA’ only. The value of GHAR KA KHANA, we realise after going far away from our home

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  25. As blog title “GHAR KA KHANA” describes Flavour, Dishes, Love, And Sentiment whereas you may be eat outside in any of the hostel mess, restaurant, dhabha and tiffin services but it could not give you that sentiment and love of mom’s home cooked food and also the flavours of food are also comparatively very different of outside food and mom’s home cooked food and you also have a sentimental value attached to that dish or towards your mom food it could be anything.
    At last, I would like to conclude that please eat healthy and home cooked food and also your mom deserve some respect towards their hardwork.

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  26. Being a hosteller myself, I can relate to what you’ve said quite simply. I do have a list of items that I want to eat because I am returning home for the holiday of Diwali. You did a great job of capturing the feelings of every hostel guest. Mess’s food is excellent, as you noted, but it cannot be compared to food that has been prepared at home. Being a hosteller myself, I can relate to what you’ve said quite simply. I do have a list of items that I want to eat because I am returning home for the holiday of Diwali. You did a great job of capturing the feelings of every hostel guest. Mess’s food is excellent, as you noted, but it cannot be compared to food that has been prepared at home.

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  27. The first meal I had in the mess when I arrived in Indore for the first time comes to mind after reading this blog, “Ghar ka Khana.” All of my dorm mates were gathered in the mess at that time in the afternoon. My life abruptly changed from eating lunch with my family to eating lunch with the new people. The meal served to us on the first day was nice, but “Ghar ka khana” food differed from hostel food in that it was prepared with love. But because I enjoy cooking and started missing meals that my sister and I prepared together, I always miss the food that I make for myself. Every time I come back My sister usually makes dosa and aloo paratha whenever I visit my hometown since she is aware of how much I enjoy her home-cooked dosa and aloo paratha.

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  28. As soon my eyes sighted on the title “Ghar ka khana”, it reminded me of my mid-2019 days when I came to Jaipur. whenever I had my meal so I used to remember the food my mom made for me at home. sometimes when she visited me so I had the pleasure of having “Ghar ka khana” even not at home. This blog is a beautiful example of an “experience blog” by bringing in health concerns and the love of our mothers.

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  29. Name it self caught my attention as this is the word I am chanting right now. Being away from home, home cooked food is what you miss the most. You have chosen topic well as many of us can feel connected to this blog.

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