Food for thought?

Daily Prompt: Food.

I have taken a liking for the French gastronomy,although I have never had the privilege to taste a dish of such eminence.The chef is the artist,the dish his canvas and the food his paint.

The pictures below can give you a better idea why I love French gastronomy so much.

This is Thierry Marx.An adept of molecular cuisine,he is also a holder of 2 stars at the Guide Michelin.His punctiliousness is reflected through his trademark use of chopsticks to pick up food.He is France’s most famous avant-garde chef.

 

 

 

 

Here is a green tea mousse with lemon sorbet from Marx himself.Although it might not seem so,there is much work behind this dessert-he spotlighted the green tea,which is not so well-known among consumers,and had to look for another flavour that would complement it.

 

Chefs like Thierry Marx have reached such a level that any dish they conceive in their mind is sure to be a success.They weren’t born geniuses though;since a young age,they worked under other great chefs and life was far from easy.Thereafter they kept experimenting with food,all the time fuelled by the desire to propose something new and the passion for cooking.Once again,Aristotle was right:

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

In the future.

Daily Prompt: Write the About page for your blog in 10 years.

I hope by 2023 I will have reached my goal of reading all classics,all Booker Prize Winners and all cult books.In such case here is how my ‘About’ page will look like in ten years’ time:

Welcome to my blog.You will find everything related to classics and other great books here. 🙂

The Budget

Daily Prompt : Scour the news for an entirely uninteresting story. Consider how it connects to your life. Write about that.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us a CONNECTION.

The Mauritius budget for the year 2014 has been delivered today.It is uninteresting to you,who live at the other end of the world,and to a lesser extent,to me as well,because being a student, I am not directly involved.

However, tomorrow I will read every article about that budget just to see the reaction of people.Did the government once again-and as always-mess up,or did it relieve the poor? I will be curious to know the fate of cigarettes and alcoholic drinks too: will their price rise,as it did during these past years? As a non-smoker and ‘non-drinker’,I feel good when I see that I made the right choice not to taste cigarettes and alcohol during my teenage years,both for my wallet and for my health. – yeah,I’m mean,but I HATE it when people get drunk.

I will also make sure that the import of books here will not incur extra charges,even though such an anti-educational measure looks very unlikely.

A Book.My mentor.

Daily Prompt : Do you have a mentor? Tell us about him or her. Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us what that relationship has added to your life.

I don’t have a mentor per se,but I have books.I owe them everything.

A school book is a mentor.If you are ready to sit with it for hours and take everything it has to offer,it will take you to excellence.As Plato said: ”We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

A school book does not get mad at you,lecture you or belittle you when you get distracted from your goal.Instead it remains seated in its place and waits,sometimes for hours,sometimes for days.Its silence leads you to put your goals in perspective.If you want something big in your life,you will get back to the book,which will gladly welcome you again; if you will be contented with a quiet life with nothing extravagant,the book will let you leave.It doesn’t put any obligation on your shoulders.It doesn’t force you to study.

A school book is like Confucius.Without any artifice,it teaches and induces self-discipline in you.

Classics have also taken an active part in my life.They give me my daily dose of feelings,intrigue me and leave me in awe for days or weeks.

In times when I was lost,they enlightened with words of wisdom and offered me valuable lessons.They introduced me to some great guys like Dostoevsky,Hemingway or Kafka.Simply reading about them will not suffice to know who they are though;you have to read their books too,for it is through their words that transpires their identity – how picky they were with their structures,how hateful they were towards some systems or how sick they were when writing this book.

Knowing those persons has been of a great help to me.When I am in need of hope,for instance,I do not think of God.I think of them.

Yes,reading books has always been- and always will be- a life-changing experience for me.