It’s been raining in Hyderabad. The dreaded heat has been eaten up and replaced by a cool, breezy weather which is a delight to experience!
Any Indian will tell you this sort of cold, rainy weather brings with it the temptation to savor the ‘Bhutta’. A Bhutta is a grilled/roasted corn on the cob spiced with lime, salt and chili powder. You will find Bhuttawallahs in almost every street corner selling corn on their mobile carts and fanning the roasted corn to tempt bystanders with the sweet aroma of their bhuttas.
Yesterday, when I was eating one of these, I couldn’t help but wonder at the profound wisdom which was present in the way a Bhutta was made! When looked at stage by stage, the metamorphosis of a corn cob into a mouth-watering dish held precious lessons in self-development!
To Transform You Need to Burn
The corn cob is a hard and unyielding creature. It has great taste and a potential to be a delicacy but it needs to be roasted for a long time on all sides for it to become worthy.
It’s very similar to all of us when we start out on our life journey. After a certain time, we tend to define ourselves in rigid personality structures and have our own preferences about the way we want things to happen. A resistance to change starts creeping in slowly.
This is detrimental to growth. In fact, the lives of great men and women reveal they had to undergo great trials and were forced to confront their weaknesses in order to realize their potential.
It is wise to remember that some fires don’t just burn but also transform. Everytime you face a situation where you feel uncomfortable and get a sense that your boundaries are being stretched, count yourself lucky. Because, you never know when these tribulations could trigger a transformation in your life forever!
Constant Reinforcement – Fanning the Flames
The Bhuttawallah is constantly fanning the flames. Once the corn is roasted, the flames underneath are kept burning to ensure the corn doesn’t become hard and the flames don’t die.
Doesn’t this remind us of the need to fan our inner flame constantly?
I hear all the time how people nowadays excitedly pick up new ventures but rarely manage to sustain the enthusiasm. Initial hype and excitement disappears leading to a breakdown and eventually apathy.
The way to prevent this is we need to act as a corn maker to our inner flame. We need to fan it constantly by reinforcing our vision and remind ourselves of the reason we set out to do a particular task in the first place.
Good books, mentors and self-reflection are powerful fans which will help you to keep your inner flames alive!
Balance – A Perfect Seasoning Requires All Flavors
Once the corn cob is ready, the corn maker makes it taste heavenly by adding a perfect seasoning of salt, chili and lime. It is very important to balance these flavors or else the final recipe is a sure disaster!
Even as you undergo a multitude of experiences in life, it is important to remember having a limited mindset always inhibits you. Too much of any flavor in life leads to misery. What makes life a pleasurable journey is a sound balance of choices, experiences and decisions.
Over to You
Whether it be your personal or professional life, these simple insights are bound to have an impact on the way you live your life. The final recipe is after all, in your hands.
Ready to create that perfect Bhutta? Let me know how it turns out!