Author Archives: Zephyr

…..And I don’t think it was Valentine’s Day

Romance can be found in the unlikeliest things–even in a warm bhutta!

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more-4

When Hodge Podge talked of taking his cousins with him back to Canada, there were squeals of delight from his cousins.

A MEET-UP OF FOOD-COUSINS, TWINS, TRIPLETS AND MORE – 3

Called variously as bharta, gotsu, bajji, choka, begun pora etc., Baingan Bharta is a pan-Indian food.

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more – 2

I would have normally skipped the khichdis, but the cheer and bonhomie that the delegates exuded drew me to them. I am glad that I did, for I would have missed two unusual ‘cousins’ had I not stopped.

A meet-up of food-cousins, twins, triplets and more – I

You could say that foods have their own ‘taste-alikes’ just as we humans are supposed to have seven lookalikes each in the world.

How did Deepavali/Diwali become so ‘secularized’?

The efforts to secularize a culturally rich religious festival like Deepavali have taken away much of its civilizational value.

Eat your way into the record books!

But at what cost? The obscene quantities of food being demolished can feed hundreds of hungry people, besides playing havoc with the competitor’s health.

#Sareeswag? No, It is #SareeLove for me!

We need a saree revolution that would showcase the SAREE itself, as a great dress, if we have to stop the saree going the kimono way.

Worshipping Ganesha as Ashtavinayaks

The Ashtavinayak temples are not only ancient but are spiritually enriching to the devout yatri.

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?