When Vinit Patil was in school, he always stood out in class, thanks to his mother Geeta Patil, or Patil Kaki. The delicious tiffin that she packed for her son every day would grab everyone’s attention, he recalls.
“While everyone else would get the usual roti and sabzi for lunch, aai (mother) would ensure that she came up with something innovative to pack for me. Aai had her unique way of making sure I ate my vegetables. She would make a vegetable filling and add it to a regular paratha dough. The only difference was that it would be shaped as a samosa. I would gobble it up with all the vegetables in it. Every day, I couldn’t wait to open my tiffin at school. It’s a different matter that before I could eat any of it, my friends would finish it all off,” says Vinit.
Meanwhile, for Geeta, this love for cooking up delectable meals and running a business from home came from watching her own mother, Kamlabai Nivugale, who ran her own venture and would pack tiffins for as many as 20 people every day. “We would often help her with it as well,” Geeta tells The Better India.