London, through my rose-tinted glasses

I could not contain my excitement as I peered out of my window seat in British Airways as it was getting ready to land at Heathrow airport, London that December five years ago. Those tidy lands, spectacular buildings one of which looked like a castle, row houses all similar and roads that looked like still…

Bento: Japan’s fascination with boxed lunches

For most of us lunch boxes never held much fascination. These boxes are usually filled with rice, sometimes mixed with sambar, rasam, curd or more kuzhambu or packed separately. Rice and curry are usually accompanied by vegetable kootu or fry, eggs or fish and rarely meat. It is the more elaborate typical Tamil lunch box…