By Swapna Peri
In this book, the author Esha Deol Takhtani shares her experiences from being a star kid till she being a mother of two kids. Also, in the book, she has beautifully incorporated several recipes starting from pregnancy stage of a woman till post-pregnancy and the toddler’s food also.
Esha Deol Takhtani is an Indian film actor with hits such as Dhoom, Na Tum Jaano Na Hum, Yuva, No Entry and Dus to her credit. She recently portrayed the role of a chef in the short film Cakewalk, which was released globally on a digital platform and has won a cascade of awards worldwide
In this book, as a reader, everyone travels with the author right from her childhood until her being a mother. Each chapter upholds a great story of being a girl child to a star couple who live in an extremely star ridden atmosphere. Esha shares an umpteen number of memories that have been inscribed with great inspiration.
The book starts off with her being a small girl child who is always fed with vegetarian and especially the mighty Tamilian food. Her food mostly contained idlis, dosa, sambhar, rasam, rice, roti, and sabzi. There are moments of laughter and childish fear mentioned in the book. Her first-time experience of eating a French Toast really amused me a lot. In this chapter, she also shares how her mother, Mrs.Hema Malini understood the child’s craving for new tastes in food and helped Esha and her sister Ahana to experience new tastes. We also get to taste that ever child’s childhood is the same irrespective of the house she or he is born in. There are many places s where the readers can relate to themselves. Many lighter and lovely moments with their father Shri. Dharmender Ji who was a vegetarian at home but a ‘ pakka Punjabi ‘ having non-vegetarian during vacation times are worth reading.
Later, in the book we get to read Esha’s transformation into the hot Dhoom girl avatar, the pain behind shedding the weight and toning up with a movie star kind of persona is extremely inspiring. The book then also gives the readers a great lesson on how her partner Bharat, a great asset in being a friend, husband, and father and sets an example to be. Not to forget Esha’s mention about her mother-in-law, Smt. Puja Tathkani’s contribution to her life.
The book’s introduction and acknowledgements are extremely interesting to read. After the chapters, then comes the absolute takeaway to the readers, the numerous recipes that the author Esha has mentioned. It is undoubtedly a great help to all the mothers to be from the book’s point of view because there are things like issues related to pre and post-pregnancy, the hormone ups and downs, how to deal with all such stuff.