Festivities in a rural town

There was never a short of festivals when you are growing up in rural areas. More so when you are close to river, in the banks of perennial river Periyar.  People from across the district come to our village for cleansing the idols before the pooja.  Often, apart from priests the group also contains folk…

Khan market, not a foodie paradise

I’m kind of beginning to miss exploring different cuisine that I got so used to in Chennai. Being in the food capital Delhi should ideally give me more opportunities and there are places that offer cuisine that are more authentic such as the Ethiopian food offered at the Ethiopian cultural centre or Tibetan food the…

As the tempura stands today

The story as published in the Hindu Metro Plus dated July 27, 2018 From Buddhist philosophy to pasta, a look at the cultural influences that have left their imprint on Japanese cuisine through the centuries Japanese cuisine is gaining prominence around the globe. The food scene in the US is not complete without sushi and…

A crash course on Kalinga architecture in Bhubaneswar

I think the Ekamra heritage walk starting from Mukteshwar Temple to the medicinal herbs garden Ekamravan in Old town Bhubaneswar have to one of the best parts of my recent trip to Bhubaneswar. The walk started at 6.30 am and went on till 11 am and I hardly realised that I was walking for over…

King’s feast at the 13th Century temple kitchen in Bhubaneswar

Having lunch in a new city could be trying, especially when you a vegetarian and have no idea about the kind of cuisine you will find. Should I go with South Indian cuisine to play safe or try local cuisine? If I’m trying local cuisine is it possible to get good vegetarian dishes? What should…

Kabedon, an act of romance or dominance?

When you are reading a shoujo manga (Japanese comics) there are certain things, lets term them phenomenon, that are common and becomes a rage over a period of time. Kabedon is one such phenomenon and went on to become much more than that. What is kabedon? Let me explain you with a scene. Recently I…

When dreams and reality are at a tug of war

I woke up to the sound of rain thudding on the roof. It was going to be a lazy Saturday morning. I just wanted to cosy up in the bed. I still got up from bed, reluctantly, to get my dose of caffeine and cherish the rare rain.  The coffee freshly brewed, I set out to…

Colonial cuisine that dominates the Dutch food culture

Culture and cuisine goes hand-in-hand. A country’s food culture tells you a lot about the country, its people and in part how they have evolved over time. Take India for instance. Kind of food you find differs from region to region. If it is all about rice and sambar in Tamil Nadu, fish, red rice…

The Dosa evolution

Dosa! It is the first thing you hear the minute non-South Indian people you travel with you learn that know you are a South Indian. It could be the auto walla who was driving me from my meeting place to work or the Dutch official who you met for a story on a sunny afternoon….

Depth of ‘I don’t know’

“I don’t know”. It is an ominous word really. You hear them the most when you do not want to and people generally do not use them when they are supposed to.   But when you think about it, it is probably the most common and irritating word you hear on a daily basis.  More often than…

An old Ambassador car and a watch that ticks MGR’s grave

I recently visited late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran memorial house in Arcot Road, T.Nagar. You would think that memorial house of politician who died 30 years ago would invite hardly any enthusiasm. MGR, as he is fondly called, is obviously an exception. He was an actor-turned-politician who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu…

Reading Haruki Murakami

I do not understand. I simply do not understand what is so great about Haruki Murakami and his most popular book Norwegian Wood. What the hell was the book supposed to mean? As someone who loves Japan and Japanese culture, it is natural that I want to consume any sort of literature about the country….