Home Made

There is nothing more delicious in the world than when your mother whips up everything that you crave for. This was a long time ago, when Ma was prepping for avial. Avial is a South Indian delicacy which has elephant yam, white and red pumpkins, carrots, drum sticks, curry leaves, and broad beans, etc. (you…

The Merry Crowd

Pune is considered as the cultural capital of Maharashta. To see the city in its full festive glory you need to be there on the morning of Ananth Chathurdashi, or the tenth day of Ganesh Visarjan. With chants of ‘Ganapathi Bappa Moriya’, you will be greeted with the energetic beats of local bands called Dhol…

The Shy Bride

“My feelings are too loud for words and too shy for the world.” ~ Dejan Stojanovic If you have ever been to Jaipur, these lovely Kathputlis (string puppets), are everywhere. The most popular kind of puppetry in India, the word kath means wooden, putla is a lifeless doll. These single-string marionette based shows are a…

Sweet Nothings

This sumptuous affair I found at a very famous art gallery in Fort Kochi. Famous not just for its food, but also because it is owned by one of the most pretty looking actors from the Malayalam film industry (yes, I drool on him, not his acting chops though). The place, Kashi Art Gallery, is…

How Much Is Too Pink?

The Hawa Mahal, or Wind Palace, is one of the most famous monuments in the Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The Jharokas or colourful window panes have an amazing effect on when you walk inside the majestic palace. But when night falls, the windows look even more magnificent from the outside. Wonder what stories these…

Skies Are Calling

Rainbows seems more like magic than science. What else could explain the skies on the right turning into the scene on the left? To repeat the words of artist Gilbert Baker: We needed something to express our joy, our beauty, our power. And the rainbow did that. The rainbow is a part of nature, and…

Rainbow of Love

Most of the rainbow cake recipes I have seen online (no, I don’t fancy baking, just watching) are usually a single-flavored cake in different hues, and the same frosting. This little devil that I devoured with friends was something else. To start with, the pastry comes with millimeter-sized cake layers in different varieties and different…

Street Food Mania

Food is a great leveller; irrespective of preferences, it’s a necessity for all, and a luxury for few. This is all the you get if you plan to savour the local cuisine of Jaipur. I’m not a fan of sweet thing, savoury items tug the strings of my heart more. In this picture, you see…

50 Shades of Pink

Pink ~Aerosmith Pink it’s my new obsession Pink it’s not even a question Pink on the lips of your lover, ‘Cause pink is the love you discover Pink as the bing on your cherry Pink ’cause you are so very Pink it’s the color of passion ‘Cause today it just goes with the fashion Pink…

Stray Love

There is something about love that transcends words. Take music for instance; even without words it makes us feel things. Have you had friends who don’t speak in the same tongue as you do? Coming from the land of 18 major spoken languages with over 1600 regional dialects for company, I still get a lot…

Fishing For Food

I grew up in near the Koli (fisherman) community in my formative years, and their culture was fascinating to view from a distance. Their colorful attires, strange floral hair strings, love for bling and smell of the sea was very interesting. Their celebratory dances lacked finesse but made up in enthusiasm. With time, modernization took…

Relax. Renew. Refresh

Nothing is as relaxing as a good bath after a long day. Sadly soaking our skin is not something we have space for in India. But like Sylvia Plath suggests: There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Guess it’s time to soak…