South Indian’s obsession with curd rice

One of the perks of being a business journalist is that you get to eat in fancy hotels, where more often than not wonderful array of mouthwatering delicacies from pasta salads to exotic desserts are spread before you. But no matter how much I drool over those refined dishes, my eyes always look for that…

Nagercoil Summer diary: Nungu Sharbat

Summer in Nagercoil is not pleasant. It is hot and humid. Air that blows is so hot that your eyes are burning all day. You sweat all over. But there are rewards though when you go out brazing the blazing sun, like Nungu Sharbat. You could say it is the watermelon and tender coconut equivalent…

When you can eat with your eyes

The story on importance of food arrangement in Japanese culture was published in the Hindu MetroPlus today (March 30).  There is a popular saying in Japan: “Me de taberu Nihonjin (Japanese people eat with their eyes)”. Yuko Shimizu, a Japanese language teacher in Chennai, explains that for the Japanese, the art of arranging food is…

Silambattam among the bookshelves

Tiruvannamalai, a town in Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is known for the Hindu deity Shiva’s temple and Indian sage Ramana Maharishi’s ashram in the vicinity of the temple. Thousands throng this temple every year during festivals and the temple gets at least few hundreds of visitors every day. The ashram too is a tourist paradise….

When foreign culinary culture becomes your own

Food culture of a country is complex. With long history of invasion, war and trade, countries have assimilated other culinary cultures into their own. India, for instance, has a lot of Persian and Middle Eastern influence. Naan and samosa that have become a part of India culture were popularised by Persians. I think that is…

Food in Japanese movies

Everyday I go to sleep thinking what I will pack for lunch and wake up planning my breakfast. Not a day goes by when I do not worry about a finding a good snack to munch on or looking for a interesting recipe for dinner. Food or thoughts of food are a part of our…

Falling in love with steamed buns at Va Pho, Chennai

I have been wanting to try the restaurant Va Pho The Asian Canteen for a long time. First of all I just love the name. Va Pho in Tamil translates to come and go. Apparently Pho is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, herbs and meat, primarily either beef or…

Forgotten superheroes before the dawn of Marvel and DC heroes

The concept of superheroes is not new. We have seen and read enough superhero movies and comics to understand that. Through these mediums we have come to associate superheroes with people with extraordinary powers to save the world we live in from big bad supervillains.  But may be the idea of a superhero might not…

When Superheroes become humans

I remember seeing the movie Batman and Robin starring George Clooney as Batman back in the late 1990s. It was not impressive. Then came Spider-man movie series starring Tobey Maguire from 2002. For a teenager, the series was good enough. But not great enough to make a fan of Marvel or DC universe. There were…

Haiku

I grew up knowing and reading ‘Haiku’ poems in Tamil right from when I was small. They are short, easy to understand and funny. The topics could be anything from war and policy changes to our mundane life. But how many of you know that the idea of ‘Haiku’ originated from Japan? I’m not sure…

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…