Greet Your Friends

Thank you for being a friendTraveled down a road and back againYour heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant I’m not ashamed to sayI hope it always will stay this wayMy hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow And if you threw a partyInvited everyone you knewWell, you would…

True Love

I have never understood how a foodie is described socially. I love trying out different things, but sadly I have a small stomach. So I can eat a lot of different things, but not a lot in quantity. My gastronomic journey in Bangalore has been disappointing to say the least. One of my favorite things…

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

Toothless

“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…