Saee Koranne, is a writer whose work has appeared across several publications. Her second cookbook, Pangat, A Feast, released just a few weeks ago. “I did my Masters in English Literature and spent a few years working, first as an Editor and then as an Instructional Designer. I had started writing about food and set up my blog and was beginning to think about approaching food as a more focused career when my first child came along.
I continued to blog and read up on food through pregnancy and after birth. In a way, it gave me a sense of purpose. Around then, a friend opened a cooking studio and invited me to teach bread there. That’s when I realised that all the books available in India on baking were not specific to India at all--the flours and yeast they spoke of were not available here, the techniques unsuited to our climate. Thus was born my first book, Crumbs! Bread Stories and Recipes for the Indian Kitchen. By the time I researched and wrote this book, my twin sons were born.
I wouldn't wish twins upon my worst enemy--the pregnancy is very stressful for the mother. But apart from that, I have absolutely no complaints. My transition between work and motherhood was fairly smooth, and I would have never been able to do it without support from family and domestic staff!
My second book, Pangat, A Feast, is just out after three long years of research and writing. I'm going to take a bit of a break, but there is certainly more writing in the offing and a few precious consultancy projects that I am looking forward to!
I think guilt is a leitmotif throughout motherhood. There's always something that makes you feel guilty--a shortcut lunchbox or canteen money given, snapping at a hyper child when you have a deadline to meet--the list does not end. But despite all that, I think choosing to do something beyond the demands of motherhood makes motherhood itself a more fulfilling exercise. It gives you relief and confidence to be a more balanced caregiver. I am deeply grateful for the role I get to play. And my only suggestion to mothers, no matter what age your child is, is this: ASK FOR HELP. YOU NEED TO RELAX!”
#SuperMomSunday is my small way of shining a light on mothers who work, study or have started their own initiatives and businesses. Being a mom is a full-time job on its own, and these women are acing the very daunting task of balancing work and a family!