Moms are special and absolute sweethearts! As you probably already know, Madhu Bindra @ Mads’ Cookhouse is my dear mother. She recently turned 75 on November 3rd. To celebrate this important milestone, I invited her to my blog. We got talking about something we both love – food and books! Read on to know more about the amazing lady I call mom.
Ritu: Welcome to Bohemian Bibliophile, mom! Please tell us more about yourself.
Madhu: I am a young lady of 75 who loves to cook, feed, and eat. I am an interior designer, a fauji brat, and a fauji wife. I am a blogger and the author of three cookbooks. I won the Best Debut Blog of 2021 at the FBAI (Food Bloggers Association of India). I also have a YouTube and a Podcast channel that is ranked among the top 10 home cooking podcasts worldwide.
Ritu: How did you come up with the idea of Mads’ Cookhouse?
Madhu: Cooking is often less complicated than it is made out to be. I wanted to share recipes that are easy to cook. I started with a blog and then to YouTube and a podcast.
Ritu: The name Mads’ Cookhouse is quite catchy. Please share the story behind it.
Madhu: My elder sisters call me Mads. My younger brother calls me Madhouse. I just moved a few words here and there and came up with Mads’ Cookhouse.
Ritu: Please share with us some of your food memories.
Madhu: My mother was a brilliant cook and I get my cooking genes from her. I still remember her cakes and cookies. She used to make the most delicious mutton chops, kettle chicken (a chicken roast), and chicken achaar.
As a fauji wife, I have traveled the length and breadth of India. I have picked up recipes and invented a few of my own. When you have foodie brats at home, experiments are a way of life.
Ritu: Ha ha. That is true. What are your favorite dishes?
Madhu: There are a lot of them. My mother’s kettle chicken, chicken achaar. I also love palak wala meat and aloo baris. Give me baris in any form.
Ritu: You turned 75 this year and are an inspiration to many. How do you do it?
Madhu: I believe you should always be young at heart. Age is just a number. And when you are counted among the younger cousins in the family, you are never really “old”. At this age, I am still called beta by my older 80+ and 90+ cousins.
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Ritu: I know the feeling. Now to our next favorite topic, books. Please tell us the books you grew up reading.
Madhu: That was ages ago, almost seventy years. I come from a family of book lovers. My parents had a bookshelf in every room with books on practically all topics. For us, there were Enid Blytons, Malory Towers, Famous Five, and tons of comics. Then came Barbara Cartlands and Mills and Boons, historicals, and those special Readers’ Digest collections.
Ritu: We are book gobblers! What are your favorite books? What genre do you enjoy reading?
Madhu: I pick up whatever I lay my hands on. Ludlum, Jeffrey Archer, Arthur Hailey, thrillers, espionage, romances. There is no particular genre. My favorites are Avalance Express, Chariots of the Gods, and Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy.
I always read two books simultaneously. One heavy read and one a Mills and Boons. When it gets too heavy, I switch to the light reads.
Ritu: That is where I get that habit from. What would be your advice to parents who want to encourage a habit of reading in their children?
Madhu: My main advice is not to force your child to read. This would turn them against books. Set an example. If they see you reading, they will automatically pick up books. That is how my kids picked up the habit of reading.
Ritu: That is a piece of great advice, mom! I remember everyone reading, and I too just followed suit. What are your thoughts on ebooks and audiobooks?
Madhu: Ebooks are great for oldies like us who find it a problem to read small prints. I haven’t tried audiobooks much but I really like what little I have heard. Books are books, doesn’t matter what form you read.
Ritu: Absolutely. What advice would you give to someone who wants to pick up the habit of reading?
Madhu: Read what you want to read and not what you should be reading. That is the main reason people give up reading. You should enjoy it. And most importantly, find a place and time where no one would disturb you.
I hope you enjoyed this little tete-a-tete with my mother. Please join me in celebrating her diamond jubilee year.