Lush Greens

Being a south Indian, rice is quite extensively consumed in my household. But being a city dweller, I hadn’t even seen rice fields all ready to be harvested. I have seen farmers plant saplings, but never a field that full. A particular patch in Dambulla is full of rice fields, which is well protected by…

Tē Vēlāva

The title means “tea time” in Sinhalese. The drive to Nuwera Eliya cuts through pristine tea estates, and hence there are several tea factories on the route. If you love your teas, it is paradise! they make teas of different kinds and strengths. With the darker the brews, you can add milk. the others are…

Where Were You?

What do you look forward to when you plan a vacation? If you ask me, I’m there for the culture, colors, language and, of course, food! Sri Lankan cuisine is paradise for sea food lovers and Malayalis alike. Why Malayalis? Because it does seem like a gastronomical extension to the south of India. While the…

The First Meal

Like the last supper, I believe the first meal is just as eventful, and most often very joyous. This is a story of how 2019 started. I moved from Bombay about five years ago and three years after the reverse-cultural shock in Pune, I have been calling Bangalore my new home. So a new city…

Bring on the Cheer

So, two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. ~ E. M. Forster


“A man without a sweet tooth is not to be trusted.”  ~ Kristen Painter, The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride

Berried Love

Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup. ~Wendell Berry

Diwali Palaharam

  Across the country, and because of brain drain, the world in general, Indians are busy celebrating Diwali. I personally love Diwali-the festival of lights, because it also marks my own birth in the world. Imagine what a lovely time to be born, when e world lit up to drown the darkness! Anyway, we celebrate…

Who Doesn’t Love Ice Cream?

  It is like a temptation to eat ice cream instead of something that is better for you. ~Pete Sorensen Not to like ice cream is to show oneself uninterested in food. ~Joseph Epstein You can pour melted ice cream on regular ice cream. It’s like a sauce! ~Chris Pratt

Fake or Real?

It is absolutely a real piece of tart. Here is a piece of the tart that I eventually ate. I was just checking if what I write gets read at all!