Who’s Mrs. Sharma?
Hi! I’m Marianna.
A designer, unshakable optimist, enthusiastic cook & non-Indian Indian wife. A born-and-raised Kyiv girl with keen interest in spirituality, miraculously turned Pune dweller years back.
Days, people, love shared, lessons learnt, tastes, places and of course, Mr. Sharma without whom there’s no Mrs. Sharma, compose my Indian stories. I believe life is about small things which bit-by-bit inspire change and i’m excited to share them with you.
9 random facts about Mrs. Sharma:
1. I’m from a small country which is double size of Maharashtra, called Ukraine. Green widespread landscapes, Carpathian mountains, river Dnipro and Black sea compose it as one of the most picturesque countries in cross-road between Europe and Asia. Politico-economic hustle & bustle of last few years only prove Ukrainians are the nation of freedom fighters. Yet to me it is and always remain one of the most beautiful places in the world.
2. I love our office. To me it’s the most relaxed place in the world and a second home (as we spend here more time than at home). When straw curtains are down on sunny day and the hill in front is out of sight, i often feel it’s Goa outside. Our wide open studio space is a little messy yet full of bustling energy. Art, paintings & artifacts brought from different countries make it absolutely unconventional.
3. I love savoury tastes of Indian cuisine. Tanginess of mangoes pickled in mustard oil mingled with spices, Goan fish curry flavoured with freshly ground coconut, tamarind and garlic, milky sweetness of Gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa) enhanced with a pinch of cardamom, are absolutely irresistible. Yet the flavour of phulka made directly on fire with a little ghee on one side is the most tempting for me.
4. The most surprising for me in India was the person in the office building lift who takes you up and down. He sits on plastic chair which occupies around 3/4 of the elevator so maximum passenger capacity comes to 2-3 at a time.
5. I’m a bookworm. The first book to read on my own was The Jungle Book, I had no idea at a time the Jungle and the names are Indian. You can say it’s karma. Being a student I used to spend monthly stipend on collecting Dostoevsky and Bulgakov, and today i carry extensive part of my library in Kindle.
6. It took me a year to learn making Indian chai, while i’ve learnt making chapati in 3 months.
7. When i was 4 years old, i used to get into dad’s car and play shifting the gears and turning steering wheel. No one knows still. That time it was the most advanced soviet vehicle to have, today its’ worth is hardly $300, – Moskvich which my dad still owns and refuses to sell. Why? Because he services it himself.
8. I’m a coffee addict. There’s no better way to start a day than a cup of freshly ground turkish coffee simmered for 5 minutes in copper jezva.
9. It took me 5 years to get driving license in India, – 3 years to convince my husband and 2 more to convince RTO.