Before marriage I was a happy go lucky girl and since my mother and grandmother were there never learnt cooking . They used to finish their cooking by 7 a.m. My elder sister was also there so I did not take interest in learning cooking . My grandmother was expert in cooking and used to make yummy dishes and of our choice. My second brother used to like sevai very much so my grandmother used to make every sunday that too in th esevai nazhi. She used to say life time is there to learn cooking so she never used to trouble me . I also used to like to enjoy life. That time I did not know that I will be married to a family where all including men will be expert in cooking. Their family was a big family and when I got married my mother in law,brother in law and two nephews of my husband used to stay with us. Evenings before I came from office my nephews and brother in law used to finish the cooking. I used to feel bad but what to do in one way I was happy that they are helping me. I learnt cooking from my husband only. I knew little of cooking but not all varieties. Later we shifted to a different place and I could cook better. New after retirement I have learnt varietyof dishes and cook yummy dishes and feel happy when my husband appreciates. I learnt to make mysorepak also and taught my friend and my lady boss how to make it . Now I usually make 7 cups because I feel it is easy to make. My first experience in making coffee Dear friends When u read this I know u allwill laugh. You all know that we South Indians make filter coffee. First time when I prepared dikaction( I do not know how to spell it) I thought u have to put for each person 3 spoons of coffee powder in the filter. My cousins were coming home they were four of them. So I put 12 spoons of coffee powder in the filter and put water at the top. I was staying with my brother and sis in law. I could have asked my sis in law how to prepare it but my ego did not allow me to ask her. After sometime the filter could not hold more water so all the water came out. Actually in my young days I was not so fond of cooking. So I did not bother to learn. Sometimes I used to see the recipie book and make something. Once I tried to make Groundnut halva. I should have tried with few groundnuts but I took more amount of groundnuts. I had to grind the groundnuts. That time my elder sis in law was pregnant. She could not stand the smell of groundnuts and she started vomitting. I had to leave the groundnut halwa in half way only.