Author Archives: Zephyr

Stars in their eyes and dreams in their hearts….

Most youngsters from the underprivileged sections of urban India dream of a career in the glamour world, as they fanatically follow the lives of their favourite stars.

What makes for ‘authentic’ food?

Is there anything as the ‘only authentic version of a dish’?

Are coaching classes choking our children?

Children are being pressured into joining coaching classes in the hope of getting into one of the prestigious engineering colleges – preferably IIT!

Listen to my favourite road trip songs as you go #aageseright!

Sing along or play these hand-picked road trip songs on your next trip! Don’t forget to watch them – each one is unique, accompanied by interesting trivia.

Pongalo Pongal!!

Indian festivals are a great gastronomical delight, and Pongal is no exception.

Let’s ‘ring’ in 2018!

I wish all my readers a very Happy New Year, filled with positivity, health, joy and contentment.

When utensils were a source of health

When are you going back to the future in terms of cooking utensils? They are all the rage now.

Pori Urundai – the light-as-air laddoo

Snacks need not be laden with calories. They can be light and tasty too, as this laddoo.

Don’t throw away those peels!

Vegetable and fruit peels are loaded with nutrients. Use them!

When the cat is away

The house was spick and span – the beds all made up, the table free of clutter, the kitchen sparkling… The house had never been this clean even when I was around. I was pretty impressed. It all seemed too good to be true.

Khichdi, did you say?

It is about time for us to find and showcase our treasures, from yoga to khichdi. Why wait for a foreigner to point them out to us or worse, sell them back to us, neatly packaged and labelled?

Has Deepavali/Diwali become too ‘globalized’?

In our efforts to ‘globalize the festival, have we taken away from its heritage and cultural roots?

Listen! Nature is talking to you!

Ravi Muthuswamy’s pictures often tell a story.