I have never failed an academic test (Sachee, God Promise).
I was expecting my first-born, I was in farangi land and I failed my driving test – a grand total of six times. I needed sympathies then! But all I got was fail, fail and fail. (I was crushed to death). The predicament worsened as the failure score increased simultaneously with my bump. The seventh attempt was a matter of life and death, my bump was a few inches away from the steering wheel.
Listening every time to “Sorry you have failed” from What The Farangi made me half drowsy and more than half, panicky. Instantly, faces of my parents swam in front of me, the shame and dejection they would have to roam around with, the embarrassment that Mr. A would have to endure and the defame that my unborn children would have to live with.
Twenty minutes of driving around hilly suburbs of farangi city was making my nerves jittery, three point turn, parallel parking and emergency stop re-runs were frustrating. Finally, I was asked to park the car on the side and switch off the engine. With a storm (and a baby) inside me, and a cool demeanor (and a bulging bump) on the outside – it seemed the teacher was taking forever to do the scoring and then he finally looked up at me with his droopy eyes and his red glistening cheeks blinded me, when he calmly said, “You have passed!” (Bhangraaaa)
What The Farangi received a hug from me, a clammy shake hand and insane amounts of wide smiles. An unforgettable achievement! Talking of failures and achievements and moving onto What The Feta, the next recipe is a failure-proof combination of ingredients. The nutty brown rice, the earthy green spinach leaves and the white salty feta crumbs make up this simple yet comforting dish of Brown rice and Feta salad.
This salad is versatile, can be eaten hot or cold, incredibly easy to assemble (much easier than parallel parking) and bursting with flavors and nutrients. Cooked rice is mixed with wilted, garlic flavored spinach leaves, and briny feta cheese crumbled on top. Grapes and nuts are added for extra flavor and crunch. Just before serving, grind some pepper, drizzle some olive oil – and “You have Passed”