Coronavirus diaries | Eating my way through the pandemic

One of the best things that happened during the pandemic was getting back to cooking, which I used to love.  From trying North Indian dishes to Korean pancakes, I have spent more time in the kitchen over weekends in the last few weeks than over the last one year.  There were lot of dishes that…

What happened to the once popular never ending game Temple Run?

I was killing boredom with a game of Temple Run 2 at the dawn of another boring day.  I ran. I ran further. I kept on running.  I crossed the rivers and hopped over the obstacles. Rewards were plenty and dangers bountiful. There were narrow lanes and fire coughing mountains, giggling rivers and dangling emeralds…

Besan ka Chila, from India to Africa’s Zanzibar

I was recently reading the book, Feast in the Islamic World by Anissa Helou, a cookbook focused on the regions, where its food culture was shaped by Islam including India, Pakistan, West and Central Asia, and Africa.  It was more of a recipe book sprinkled with information about when and which place it originated from….

From Kabedon to Wabi-Sabi and Ikigai, the beauty of Japanese language

How many languages do you know that has a word for every damn thing? I mean like literally everything. I know one – Japanese.  The language, based on my elementary proficiency and reading popular literature, has a vocabulary so wide that it makes me wonder if there are any situations that cannot be described by…

Coup d’état, small town style!

It was 9 PM. Men and women in groups of three and four were whispering in a remote village in a district in rural Tamil Nadu. After an interval, of say 15-20 min, a person from one group would move to the other to keep them abreast of the discussion, again in a whisper. That…

2020: A year like no other and surviving the pandemic

There cannot be a better cliche than – “A year that was”. It is cheesy, said way too often and well, people fall for it every time, myself included. But I cannot help feel nostalgic when a year ends. So I end up writing a reflection of the year gone by as a new year…

Story of sweet rice fritters from South India to Indonesia

One of the best things about Karthikai Deepam (a light festival celebrated in Southern India), is sweet appam (rice fritters). I love this snack. I remember waking  up to the wafting aroma of fried coconuts and cardamom as my mom makes the appam batter.  I had always looked forward to eating it in the evening. …

Aadi perukku by the river, once upon a time in Nagercoil

Ramu could still hear the river Pazhayar burbling its way through this small settlement near its bank in Nagercoil, where he grew up. Nagercoil is a small town in the Southern tip of India, Kanyakumari. Few feet from the river bank is a Shiva temple that he frequented after bathing in the river. A little…

How do Asian comics portray single women in their 30s?

There are three friends, women (29), who were friends right from their high school. They are at different stages of life, more or less. Let us name them Akira, Baka and Caito Akira has never been able to get a permanent job and the boyfriend she has been dating for four years is not looking…