A walk through the Tamil town in Paris

That Sunday morning was unusually cold, yet pleasant. I decided to take a short walk to soak in the cold after heavy breakfast. It was the kind of morning that implores you to.  The streets, dotted with supermarkets, eateries and clothing stores, were almost empty.  A lady in thick red-striped sweater and blue jeans carried…

Nandi temple where turtles, gold fishes, sword tails swim carefree

What to do in Bengaluru over a weekends? Pub hopping.  Ok, but I would like something else. What do you recommend?  That question is a lot harder to answer considering the kind of city Bengaluru is. The city’s weather is amazing, but its public transport system sucks and so does its infamous traffic.  Considering all…

Where people voluntarily walk on the bed of fire

On that Sunday evening Ulsoor, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Bengaluru, was anything but calm unlike every other Sundays. It was late evening. People were milling around what appeared to be a large rectangular pit.  That was until a group of men, in the age group of 30s to 40s, filled the pit with…

Moving cities, new jobs and growing up

It has been over three months since I blogged. For someone who has been blogging regularly for two years, even when there is not much to, it really has been a long time. Even if I had been writing till November, it was hardly just one blog post since July 2018 compared to four or…

Rice wine that connects the Asian countries

It is not always you meet great group of people when you go for conferences. Most times you just end up wishing for conferences to get over so that you can go back home. Other times you find amazing company that you have a blast irrespective of how the conference goes. I’m not sure if…

Getting a flavour of Buddhist way of life in Shey, Ladakh

Rarely are work trips, or in journalism terms junkets, fun despite being fancy. You are tucked up in fancy 5-star hotels and pampered with five-course meals. But then you will have to attend mostly boring seminars that make you sleepy the whole day. But the recent junket to Leh was probably one of the best.  I…

Journey of the humble dish, Curry

‘One day the king begged us to eat cooked rice whose grains unbroken looked like jasmine buds, all the grains of the same size with no streaks and long like fingers along with curries (Kari) mixed with roasted seeds’ This is a verse from the Sangam literature Pathupattu that reflects the food habits of ancient Tamil Nadu written…

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…