The soft golden glow of the morning sun filters through the wide doors at Socorro, the flagship restaurant at Crowne Plaza Jaipur, where the hum of conversations blends with the clink of cutlery. To many, it’s a beautiful space that offers a tantalizing culinary experience. To me, it’s a sanctuary. A place where I found solace, strength, and a surprising ally in my battle against cancer.
Chef Chandrabhan Singh Rathore, with his meticulous precision and infectious enthusiasm, stands tall behind the live cooking station. It’s not just any station. It’s where, amidst sizzles and aromatic fragrances, eggs of all varieties come to life. Now, one might wonder, why eggs? Well, beyond their culinary versatility, eggs, particularly their whites, hold a promise — the promise of healing.
As a woman who has navigated the tumultuous tides of cancer, I’ve often found solace in the most unexpected corners. The war against this formidable enemy isn’t just clinical; it’s deeply personal. Every procedure, every medication, and every therapy leaves an indelible mark, not just on the body, but on the soul. In these moments of vulnerability and introspection, nutrition isn’t just about sustenance; it’s about rebuilding.
Egg whites became my armor in this battle. Packed with protein, they are free from the fats and cholesterol found in the yolk. Their high-quality protein content aids in tissue repair and muscle building, aspects crucial for someone walking the tough road of cancer recovery. Each time I visited Socorro, Chef Rathore would, with a reassuring smile, create egg dishes that were not just delightful to my taste buds, but also healing to my body.
But the magic of Socorro extends beyond its menu. It resides in its people. The heartbeat of this place isn’t just in its kitchen but is carried through its halls by its impeccable service team. Arnob Nandi and Sandeep Maity, the unsung heroes, ensure that every dish reaches you not just with flavor but with care. It’s a synchronized dance of dedication, where each member plays a crucial role, enhancing the overall experience. Their promptness and attention to detail don’t just facilitate dining; they transform it into an intimate affair.
In a world that often feels overwhelming, especially when battling a disease that seems larger than life, the small moments of kindness matter. The gentle check-ins from the staff, the customized dishes tailored to my needs, and the sense of being genuinely cared for added layers of comfort. The aroma of freshly cooked eggs became intertwined with memories of encouragement, laughter, and the powerful narrative of resilience.
Socorro, with its live cooking station, its heartwarming team, and the therapeutic essence of its egg dishes, became more than a restaurant to me. It became a chapter in my recovery story. Every bite was a gentle reminder of the strength that resides within and the beauty of finding allies in the most unexpected places.
In life, it’s often said that it’s the journey that counts, not the destination. My journey, with its highs and lows, led me to Socorro. It was here that I not only discovered the nutritive prowess of eggs but also the deeper meaning of sustenance. It’s not just about what we consume; it’s about the love with which it’s served, the stories that accompany it, and the shared human experiences that enrich it.
As I pen down these memories, with gratitude in my heart and hope in my soul, I remember a quote that resonates deeply with my journey: “Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty.” And at Socorro, it was about healing, one egg at a time.
For all the warriors out there, battling challenges seen and unseen, remember this — healing often comes in the most unexpected forms. For me, it was in the form of Chef Rathore’s egg delicacies, the comforting presence of Arnob and Sandeep, and the embrace of a place called Socorro. Whatever your journey, seek out your version of healing, for it exists, often waiting to be discovered in the most unassuming corners.
Pratibha Rajguru is an eminent figure in literature and philanthropy, known for her vast literary prowess and family dedication. Her expertise encompasses Hindi Literature, Philosophy, and Ayurveda. She held an editorial role at Dharmyug, a leading Hindi weekly, in the 1970s. Currently, she’s crafting a poetic anthology, detailing her fight with gastro-intestinal cancer in Sankalp Shakti, and steering the digital platform Pratibha Samvad, highlighting her literary contributions.