Cricketer Jhulan Goswami, who is celebrating her birthday today, prefers a quiet time at home. She feels the pandemic has taken a toll on most of us and this is not the year to go gung-ho with birthday parties.
“I started my day with regular training in the field in the morning and I wish to spend some quality time with my family. There are no plans as such. But I might visit the Eden Gardens once today for the bell ringing ceremony at a CAB tournament held there. Some close friends might visit me in the evening. But I will do all this with all the COVID protocols in mind,” she said.
Be it at home or elsewhere, birthdays call for some special meals. So, what all will be on her platter today? “No matter how modern we have become nowadays with cakes being an integral part of our birthday celebrations, I think paayesh is inevitable in the Bengali households. So, my mother will make paayesh. Also, I love biriyani whenever I am eating out. But this birthday is going to be all about homemade food. For my matches, I get to travel and eat at hotels so much that homemade food feels like heaven to me. Even during tournaments, I make sure I get homemade food from my friends living in those cities. So, today it will be fishes and regualr items at home,” Jhulan shared.
It is usually said that the one who is a connoisseur of food is also good at making them. Can she cook her favourite dishes too? “I can’t cook at all. In these six months of the pandemic, I got ample time so tried my hand at it. It turned out to be very bad. So, I decided not to cook anymore. But I make my own tea and coffee. I don’t like it to be made by others,” she said.
The cricketer is not looking forward to gifts this birthday either. “When I was young, I would make a list of what to ask as gifts from whom. But now, all that matters is their blessings. Blessings for good health and good work,” Jhulan said.