About ten years ago, an old woman I lovingly called Ajji, brought the sweetest bananas to our doorstep every day. We conversed every morning while she rested for a couple of minutes at our front yard. She told me about her hour-long bus journey from her village to the city and all the interesting characters she […]Read more "ಬಾಳೆಹಣ್ಣು ಅಜ್ಜಿ – Balehannu Ajji"
When you go to a party or a get-together next time, look around. The first thing you’ll notice is food. Mounds of rice, trays of veggies and crackers, colourful drinks, portions of desserts, don’t they also indicate you’re going to have a good time? I recently met a few school friends after almost ten years […]Read more "Overcoming fears"
” . . . I was sitting at the table. We had finished dinner. We’re now having dessert. And we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you’ve ever seen and President Xi was enjoying it. And I was given the message from the generals that the ships are locked and loaded, what […]Read more "Food in the News- Don’t blame the cake!"
My next vacation is still a month away. While my excitement builds by the hour, I realise I still haven’t unpacked my load of ideas, inspirations and stories that I brought back from the Andaman Islands. I think I have already established that Andaman- Havelock in specific- is the island to be to experience the […]Read more "When life doesn’t give you lemons, just find them"
I will always remember the moment I realized food was my first love and making it was a privilege. My friend and I were watching a movie, sipping badam milk and eating hot pakodas his mum made to enhance our movie-viewing experience on a rainy day. I gorged on the onion pakodas, stuffing them all in […]Read more "Epiphany"
If there was an era I would go back to, it would definitely be the 90s. The music, the dorky yet doable dance moves, saying thinks like ‘Schwinn’, blindingly bold fabrics that were in vogue and the best of all, everything- I mean everything- was simpler! But what I miss the most are the circulating libraries. […]Read more "BIBLIOSMIA"
Recently, a friend and I argued about Gaggan Anand’s take on Indian modernist cuisine. His argument was (the way I heard it) food should be how it was 100 years ago and all this experimenting with science, flavours and textures are not “original”. There are many people who have a problem with Gaggan Anand’s original […]Read more "Food, slow cooked, with a pinch of research and a dash of passion"