Vishukani

Vishu, and Tamil Puthandu are the start of the Solar calendar in the two states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. As my father is originally for the border of both states, we observe both festiviteis at our home. For Vishu, the celebration involves setting up a Vishukanni. In Malayalam, kani translates to ‚Äúthat which is…

Stay Calm, Peace On!

The collective thinking of any race, or herd mentality, is a force to reckon with. Stupidity and confidence are two sides of the same coin. Knowledge through facts, and research guided by intuition is what keeps the world sane and logical. But when intuition (read over-confidence) becomes your source of knowledge, and you use research…

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…

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…

Soul Food

Home made food, the way my mother makes it, is probably the best thing in the world. While I do cook quite decently, I am surely not a chip off the old block. I tend to cook better when I have someone to feed, and as I start loving myself more, I most certainly like…

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!

The Spread is Laid

Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself. ~Anthony Bourdain Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we…

Chicken Out

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting. ~Abraham Maslow