The Onam Story

King Bali (Mahabali) was born to Devamba. The asura king was trained by was mentored by his grandfather, Prahlada and eventually succeeded him to the throne. As an asura king, Mahabali was revered for his morality and administrative prowess. He was known to be the most generous kings alive. Being overtly ambitious, he wanted to…

Freshly Caught

For some reason in Bombay, Sunday is the best day to have seafood. While it is a fishermen’s home town, because the fast pace of the city, pin boning and cleaning becomes a painful activity. So Sundays, the day off for most working people, becomes the best day for devouring a seafood meal piping hot!

The Wonders of God’s Own Country

Kerala is a beautiful state with mesmerizing views. While I didn’t go house boating in Alleppey, the sights and sounds in Kochi definitely makes me want to explore each part of the state in great detail!

Tongue In Cheek

Kerala is wonderful in terms of tourism. If you are a sea food lover, it’s heavenly. Fort Kochi is the only nugget in this vast beautiful state that I have been to. It’s tourist friendly to the T, but sometimes, when you try too hard to be tourist friendly, you loose track of common sense….

Happy Solar New Year

Now several people in a major part of India are oblivious to the fact that south India is made up of five states (Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala) with distinct languages, cultures and celebrations. While Ugadi marks the new lunisolar year in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the same is celebrated as…

A Ray of Hope

Ray Of Light ~Madonna Zephyr in the sky at night I wonder Do my tears of mourning sink beneath the sun She’s got herself a universe gone quickly For the call of thunder threatens everyone Faster than the speeding light she’s flying Trying to remember where it all began She’s got herself a little piece…

São Gabriel

This is the stunningly realistic oil painting of São Gabriel; the flagship of Vasco da Gama’s armada for his first voyage to India in 1497-1499. After he invaded Kochi, the locals fought its new captors valiantly. The ship is featured in the 2011 Malayalam movie Urumi and is said to be a masterpiece. Hopefully, it will…

Going Full Throttle

Highlighting the connection between the Arabs, Indus Valley Civilization settlers and Kerala is the Maritime Museum in Kochi. The museum brings out some very interesting history of ship building in India. This is one of the speed dials on the iconic ships that the navy manned back in the days. The museum also has interesting…

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…

Overcome Evil With Good

    Noted as one of the oldest dance forms, Kathakali is an integral part of the Hindu culture in Kerala. Katha means story and Kali is drama in Malayalam. Based on the vedas, the performance brings the Samaveda (lyrical form of the vedas) to life. The intricate facial paint is non-toxic and made using…