I have heard, just a rumor, that the new DSM-V, out in January, 2012, will include a diagnostic code for a disorder called, “Monday Morning Blues,” or 234.10 or MMB, as it is known to sufferers. In an article related to his work on the DSM-V, the author of the section, a Dr. Franklin Goer (U-Penn Medical School) acknowledges “partial Pfizer funding” for the study that led him to conclude that the disorder exists and is “best treated” with Zoloft, a Pfizer drug.
I do not suffer from MMB, as every day for us village idiots is pretty much the same as every other day. The world remains a mystery: Tides, sunrises, condensation, anything related to science is a miracle or a surprise.
All this is my way of saying that I am back to reality.
Here’s the thing: Left Kerala on Wednesday. The house we stayed in was lovely and pleasant, as was the beach, but the food was two bites away from inedible. Bland, monochromatic, and prepared with no love, interest, or care. It was that deadly combination in a kitchen of inability and apathy with, top down, direction from a boss who was soused and deeply incurious.
So it was a thrill to arrive in Mumbai for two way too brief nights at the Taj on the harbor. Delicious dinner at Marsala Kraft of tandoor chicken and dal! Great breakfast of dosa and sweet lime juice! Good Chinese food at Golden Dragon! A final meal at Marautha at Peshwari of tandoor lamb, black dal, and onion kulcha.
The Taj is by far one of the most interesting properties I’ve ever stayed in: Views of the harbor, a tragic history, a noble history. A history. How many buildings have as rich a history?
Mumbai itself? Can’t wait to return: Sidewalks where you can go for miles beneath arcades, through diverse crowds of suspects, and in view of Victorian buildings from the Raj. Mumbai is a city that begs for inspection.
Meanwhile, back in black & white Boston, I’m seeing mental patients–two hospitals on the Saturday morning of our return–and running and cooking: Grilled Waygu, salmon burgers, veal polpetti.
MMB, take that! Back, MMB! Back!