Author Archives: Zephyr

Book Review: Writing Across A Cracked World by Vamsee Juluri

This book opened my eyes to many things. What I’m most grateful to the author for, is to have shown me that my civilization and culture were being put on a stand for being the most wonderful system of thought there ever was in this cracked world of ours.

Coming full circle–The turbulent teens III

I was torn between defending my dharma at school and fighting with my parents about the same thing at home, thinking that the sum-all of Hinduism was its traditions and customs.

Coming full circle: The turbulent teens II

I wonder how it is that when someone pulls down something dear to you, even if you have been pulling it down yourself–your hackles are raised enough to defend it tooth and nail.

Coming full circle–The turbulent Teens I

One can learn to tackle hate, but how does one cope with humiliation and the very negation of one’s identity?

This is the most important takeaway for me from Modi 1.0

The message has gone loud and clear that the poor of India, across religion and castes are eligible for the highest awards and offices of the country—our PM is OBC and our President belongs to SC.

Coming full circle–my journey of faith

The journey has been long–painful at times, exhilarating at others, but coming full circle has never been so enriching.

You call us quirky? No way!

Do we inherit quirks and eccentricities from our parents? This one is for the genealogists.

What kind of friend are you?

I have often wondered about what makes a friendship either tick or zonk out.

Maavadu/Vadu Mangai – tender mango pickle

Try out this easy-peasy tender mango pickle. But hurry up. They are available only for a very short period at the beginning of summer!

Idli-dosas and Me!

The humble idli has gone places and is even celebrating a World Idli Day! #WorldIdliDay

A peep into the mind of a mosquito

These scientists just study the appearance, habits and behaviour of mosquitoes. But do they tell you whys behind their behaviour? No Sir!

Naivedyam III – When the Deity hosts the devotees

The meal served in a temple is nothing short of Anna Brahma, a special gift from the Lord to His devotees.

Naivedyam II – Interesting Legends behind some temple prasadams

A Vishnu temple has saltless items as naivedyam for the Lord, while another temple dedicated to Lord Murugan has Munch chocolates!