Savouring Parsi cuisine at Batlivala & Khanabhoy in Chennai

If you ask me what is it about Parsi cuisine that is different, I would be at a loss for words. For it is pretty similar to Indian food that includes rice, roti, sabji and curry. But somehow it was different. It could have been the spices, the way it is prepared. But the difference…

Vinayakar Chaturthi: When eating kozhukattai is all you think about

If there is one thing that I look forward as Vinayagar Chaturthi dawns, it is the thought of eating endless supply of kozhukattai my mother would make that morning. Those sweet filled dumpling and the kaaram (it is a bit spicy to accompany the sweet)ones, I would eat them all day in installments. These dumpling are…

Too early to get a Holmes; Tamil cinema has to make to with Thupparivaalan

It is not difficult to understand why Tamil cinema can never get their own Sherlock Holmes. We just cannot do without sentiments, super action (unnecessary) sequences and dragging the climax just to bring out the villain sob story. Thupparivaalan tried to bring to Tamil audience the Sherlock Holmes from the 221B Baker street where actor…

Nitrogen ice cream at 196 Degree Below, Chennai

The best part about Soul Garden Bistro in Alwarpet was not their fast selling pink sauce pasta or the super filling italian sizzler. It is their dessert and drink corner 196 degree Below, where you get to eat Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream.  The order of Blueberry ice cream (it was super cold and you could…

When you are a Tambrahm and cannot sing

Oh! the irony of being a tambrahm and not being able to sing. I’m a Tamil brahmin and I really cannot sing. This is partially due to my inability to understand ragas and partially due to my lack of interest in carnatic music, something my parents never understood.   It is not that I have…

The smell of old books

I love those dim and dingy rooms that smell like old books, whose pages are moth ridden and yellowed with age. Those paperbacks and hard-bounds where men and women pour their hearts out, often about their unrequited love at the footnotes. These books, which find their place in second hand roadside shops, is my haven….

India’s Godmen culture

Godmen. Demigods for whom people are ready to die for. Godmen. A term so loosely used in India, where there are thousands of Godmen with crores of followers. Godmen. A topic I had always wanted to write about but never had the confidence that I could do justice. But I’m still going to give it…

Dining at Mamagoto in Chennai

I had a decent meal at Pan asian restaurant Mamagoto in Chennai last Monday. Somehow it was a pretty satisfactory meal in a long time. right. It is the kind of happiness that you feel when you look at empty plates and your tummy is content.  It is most likely because I learnt to order…

Manga with a dash of magical realism and good dose of reality

Reading manga is addictive, just like drinking coffee or smoking. It is habit forming, one very hard to break. You get sucked in not because it gives you a kick but it introduces you to so many ideas that you never thought possible. I have lost count of manga I have read till date, most…

When nature takes you for a ride

Nature. Man is yet to find something that is more mysterious than nature itself. Nature, with all its mystical qualities, makes you wonder; makes you ponder. It always takes you unaware just like last weekend when I was travelling to Vellore for my friend’s wedding. As cliched as it sounds, the sky was blue. The…

Making pasta in tomato sauce at home in a jiffy

It was the first time I tried to make tomato sauce from scratch without resorting to shortcuts like readymade sauce or desi Indian pasta with chilli powder and all-purpose masala. Unlike what I thought, the process did not take a long time and tasted better than my previous failures. So this is what I did…