Category Culture

What makes for ‘authentic’ food?

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

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.

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?

Dussehra memories – Of drums, dread and thrill

Back in my childhood, Durga Puja brought with it drumbeats and terror. I don’t know why we were so terrified of the drums, but we used to rush blindly in the opposite direction of the drums when we heard the beats.

On this Guru Purnima….

A teacher might be a Guru, but a Guru is not just a teacher….A Guru Purnima tribute to our great Gurus.

Give a person a good name…

There is no motivation for the bad dogs to reform, for no matter what they do, they will be demonized and vilified and might even end up turning into criminals.

Where have all the games gone?

It is a pity that many of the games that were played a couple of generations ago have become virtually ‘extinct’ today.

Let there be Light!

The tradition of lighting candles and lamps during various festivals around the world, all have behind them the figurative significance of dispelling the darkness of the mind and ushering in wisdom.