Classical conditioning

Priyamwada Redican Chakne | Updated on January 24, 2020

Remembrance: "The shrill call of mom's Hawkins Classic five litre pressure cooker" (Credit: ISTOCK.COM)   -  Getty Images/iStockphoto

With the shrill call

of mom’s

Hawkins Classic

five litre pressure cooker,

the aroma of mutton

cooked in a coarse blend

of ginger, garlic,


and fresh coriander

would flood

our entire house.

On this cold winter afternoon,

as I walk past

an Indian restaurant,


in the heart of Antwerp,

I hear once again

the tuneless whistle and,

like Pavlov’s dog,

I salivate.



Priyamwada Redican Chakne (the daughter of a Catholic Canadian father and a Maharashtrian Chambhar mother), a spoken word poet born in Pune and raised in Jejuri, is now based in the Netherlands. Her debut collection of poetry Children of the Mountains is forthcoming from Panther’s Paw

Published on January 24, 2020

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