Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Thanksgiving Memories

While we remember Anuj fondly every hour of every day, Thanksgiving in particular brings back a flood of memories. This is because Anuj was simply the center of this holiday for the Mohan family. Every Thanksgiving, for the last several years, Anuj got up early in the morning to pick out all the ingredients for a traditional turkey dinner. For the next several hours, sometimes with the help of family and friends, most notably his kid brother Kapil, Anuj would take over the kitchen and masterfully cook up the entire feast from scratch. In addition to the perfectly moist turkey filled with his signature savory stuffing, there would be several sides, from a couple of types of potatoes to an assortment of vegetable dishes. To cap off the sumptuous meal, Anuj would bake a variety of pies, making even the crusts from raw ingredients, so that we could have our pick of fresh berry and fruit flavors.

Thanksgiving at Mom and Dad's. Some of Anuj's creations are on display. Fall 2003.

The food was delicious. But, of course, the day wasn't only about the food. Perhaps more importantly it involved spending time together, watching a little football and sharing old stories. Even though he was busy cooking, Anuj was an integral part of all of this as well. And that is why we miss him so much today.

Anuj, we have to believe you are with us on this Thanksgiving because without you, the holiday is meaningless.

All smiles after Thanksgiving dinner. Fall 2003.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I woke up this morning, there was obviously a sense of heavyness inside me. Andy's love for cooking and especially cooking for his family was just one of the things we will always remember him for. And what better day was there than Thanksgiving day when he use to show us this love to all of us by creating a hearty feast from scratch for all of us. I love you and Andy and miss you alot.
But oddly enough on this Thanksgiving day as memories of past years come rushing back, suddenly I realised that everything was falling in place as I was doing my morning chores, and it made me think that its just a sign from you that you are there with us, showing us the love and support as you always do and all we need to do to see it is to look up into the sky and your smiling face would be looking down on us every second of the day.
I love you alot.
~Kapil

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was fortunate enough to spend Thanksgiving with the Mohan family last year. I recall sitting on the couch, talking to Anuj. We chatted about tech, we tried to find the ideal TV volume (as not to disturb others) and we laughed. I felt his warmth. I am deeply saddened to realize it was one year ago that I last saw him smile. I miss him very much.
~Chaitanya

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing at all is the same without you, especially Thanksgiving. You were the connector, bringing all of us together. You fed us and our spirits. We miss you so much.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous A Bhushan said...

The complete website and blog is just so beautiful and very touching. It puts Anuj's whole life in perspective, how present moment is interwoven with past memories and pictures to create a deep connection with Anuj's spirit.

Love & best regards,

Abhay

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are overwhelmed as we read about Anuj's amazing Thanksgiving feasts...he was truly GIFTED and generous with his many gifts. Having our own sweet memories of him, we are reminded of when we first met him in NYC at the New Year's Eve dinner, just days before Hema and Neal's wedding. We were part of a large, spirited group and after dinner we moved to the other side of the table so we could get to know Anuj better. We ordered desserts, spoke at length about pies and thanks to Anuj our hearts filled with joy knowing that we were becoming family with kindred spirits.

Thinking of Anuj and all of you.

Love,
Archana and Harinder

10:39 PM  

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