Navratri Fanfare

I LOVE stories.. it is the butter, jam, jelly, caramel and pickle to my bread. As a story teller, Navarati is most certainly my most favorite festival of the year (well, second to Diwali, which is usually birthday time!). For the past few years, especially since I moved to Bangalore, I look forward to setting…

The Feast Is Laid

Golu or Kolu is a display of dolls on odd numbered steps or padis  depicting scenes from Hindu texts, royalty, weddings or everyday scenes. While the practice dates back to centuries, it is still a huge part of Navarathri celebrations in South India. Although I have lived in western India for most part of my…

Comfort Food

In Maharashtra, we love puff breads, lovingly called as pav. We can eat pav with just about anything  — Vada pav, tikki pav, pav manchurian, samosa pav, bhajji pav, masala pav, dabeli, pav bhaaji, omelette pav, bhurji pav, kheema pav, bun maska (and a special variant with mixed fruit jam too) basically everything! This here is a classic…