My favourite mangakas

What is the difference between having a favourite manga and a favourite author? Lame question. Of course everyone knows that you like a manga because it is good and you like the author because you love two or more of his/her works. Well I have a lot of manga I love (I would have read…

Fruits and Pasta

Fruits and pasta. Does not sound like a combination that will go well, does it? True enough. When you incorporate fruits in a main dish you need to be careful that they do not overpower the dish. There is a delicate balance you need to maintain. (I will stop with my MasterChefish tone in a…

A lesson in history enroute to Tirunelveli

I love travelling in interior Tamil Nadu. Green fields, weird dialects, rarely any good eateries in sight but amazing hospitality and lot of open space. You could actually feel the time passing by as you walk but the picturesque lakes and mountains. It makes the journey worthwhile everytime and this time for me was no…

Setsubun, where you throw beans so hard that it might hurt

I was reading this comedy manga ‘Baby Kokoro no Mama ni’, a Japanese comic that follows the story of a college student Ryuji, his one-sided love interest and baby Kokoro who seems to be attached to him. In the manga, Ryuji says: “Ah I feel bad for all the fathers in Japan today.” I wondered…

Thai food at Benjarong, Chennai

There is something about Thai food that is mesmerises you, that makes you want to taste it time and again. When you have a friend whose only knowledge of Thai food comes from Pumpkin Thai red curry you cooked at home, you know that she deserves better. What better way to explore Thai food than…

Enroute to Nagercoil, my hometown, in pictures

There is no place that would bring me a greater than my hometown Nagercoil. Everytime I visit the place I’m hit by the nostalgia. Everytime I visit there Iearn something new about the legends and temples. The laid back town that has not changed a bit is my haven. These are snapshots of various cultural…

Padmaavat: A confused movie that proves nothing it was set out to

The most controversial Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat was amazing in a lot of ways. For one, it has the honour of putting me to sleep in the first 15 minutes since the start of the movie. A feat not even actor Vijay’s lame movie Puli was able to. Padmaavat, after all the trouble it went through…

Travelling the world in a hot air balloon

When I look at hot air balloons dotting the vast blue sky as they fly, it makes me dreamy. Like I’m in a fantasy story book that will take me beyond the realm of the familiar world I live in. But for all those dreamy tales I weave, I have never flown the hot air…

Of popular Boys Bands and short-lived Girl Groups in 2000s

It was somewhere in 2000s. I was in early teens, who just started listening to English music. Watching SS Music, MTV and VTV were considered ‘hep’ during those times. If you happen to listen to bands like Backstreet Boys (BSB) and BoyZone, you would be the ‘IT’ girl in your class. Well, if you were…

Learning Japanese!

Learning a new language is difficult. I have been trying to learn Hindi for a really long time but I can only barely understand and find it hard to respond. It is the same with Malayalam despite the fact that I grew up with Malayalam speaking grandmother and father. I can understand it better but…

Hokkaido: The latest Japanese restaurant in town

北海道. It translates to Hokkaido, a name of the place in Japan. That was also the name of the restaurant I went to sometime ago. The Japanese restaurant (of course) is barely few weeks old but it seemed to have garnered attention. It was late evening when we went there and it was lively. It…

Curly hair tales

Everytime I go to a beauty parlour for a haircut, it is a war between salons, who try to impose the idea of what they think is perfect is and I, a noodle head who defies it. For the question, “Would you like to go for keratin or a smoothing treatment?” never stops haunting me….