by Chiradeep Patra

I never knew this kind of celebration before till I participated in one. It was the first week of December in 2013. Christmas was closing in… the atmosphere was ecstatic. I was wondering what can be Pot-lock Lunch celebration…!!! We all were asked to make one dish of your own choice. There were no specifications. And we were asked to make for only our own family members. I mean if we are two in the family then we will make only for two people.


Finally, when the time came we had to carry our own cooked dish and visit our church. In one of the rooms, there were tables together for the foods to be kept. We kept ours on the table. My wife made “Dahi Bada“. There’s a picture of the same below:

(Dahi Bada)

Now slowly all our church members started to barge in the room with their cooked dishes. It was an amazing sight. I kept clicking everybody with their dishes. Let me display few of those pictures for you all…

(Plain Rice)

There were three young boys of our church who were asked to cook only rice so that they won’t feel burdened financially.

(Fried Rice)

Apart from plain rice, there was some fried rice as well by another church member. That was so sweet of her.

(Chicken Kofta/Cutlet)
(Malai Chicken)
(Plain Chicken Curry)
Fried Chicken)
(Fried Chicken)

Above, I displayed all FOUR chicken preparations for you to savor… I mean only with your beautiful eyes… 😉

Now, next, I would like to present prawn items for you…

(Malai Prawn)
(Prawn Curry)

If you have finished eating prawn items then we can move on to egg preparations as the next items…

(Fried Eggs with fried Potato)
(Egg Curry)
(Egg Curry)

Now let’s move quickly to the veg and dessert section finish our lunch as soon as possible… 😉

(Fried Pottato & Beans)
(Fried Potato & Beans)
(Kheer or Payes)

Then finally we drank water in utter satisfaction… I don’t have the pictures of water… You can google it. 😉

You must be thinking I am just sharing this event just for the sake of sharing… But my main motive behind this was to let you know the lesson that I learned from this special lunch gathering…

You won’t believe we all were satisfied and overjoyed. Though the preparations were not that grand, the quantity  of each dish brought was not sufficient for all but when we shared that small amount with all there was no shortage of food but there was food still left till the end. People were forced to eat the rest so that nothing go as wastage.

I was so overwhelmed with the brotherly love and blessings that day. I learned that when I share my portion with others I will never lack anything instead I will be satisfied to the highest.

Keep sharing the love and blessings that you have today…

Stay Blessed!!!

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  1. Wow delicious dishes, it’s mouth watering to see them, a great message, a good lesson learnt and congrats on your first post for quillnparchment. A great writer who writes to make some change and to impact people, keep up the good work boss.

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  2. Welcome to Quill & Parchment dear CP 😊 Glad to have you here. It was a pleasure to read your very first post here. It was a heady feeling as I remembered the day I made my first post on Candles, it felt nice to be able to offer you a place where you can write and oblige me. A beautiful post with awesome food pics. The message in there was powerful. It is true that sharing never leaves us with lesser, in fact sharing leaves us with a lot more. It’s so much fun to eat when you have lots of people to share your food with. I was reminded of the picnics I used to have with my family and I am inspired. Soon will post something on this very subject. Till then keep visiting and keep writing for Quill 🙏

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  3. It’s always more fun to share with others – the food looked delicious, what a treat! Thanks for your follow, I look forward to seeing more of yours! Peace and blessings! 🙂

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  4. The images are amazingly good to see and the varieties awesome.
    But as far the knowledge and my participation in such pot luck dinner or lunch goes it is the item each one has to bring which is persecuted and told. The numbers of people coming for the feast is also informed. If the number is big then the dishes are divided.
    As you have said it brings a lot of joy and pleasure to everyone.

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