Passion To Profession: How I made my ‘hobby’ My Career.

Sweet are the uses of adversity. Aren't they? Although sometimes the sweetness takes time to come out. In my life this sweetness has arrived in the form of me taking new risks -- doing things that I would never have done. Coming on camera for example. Yes, I wrote about it last time too! I …

A live, some cooking and random musings: Things that are seeing me through the Pandemic.

Last week I did something I have never done before. I spoke live for one hour to an audience that watched me from all over the world. Later that week I also cooked live for another set of audience. It is no big deal, really. In a world where every one is always on the …

Surrender and Acceptance — Things This Pandemic is teaching me.

Last week was a bit crazy. And I guess the one before that too. Although time is of no consequence anymore in our lives — days pass sooner than before and yet weeks drag on. While it is already May and yet it seems like the year has lasted forever. Somewhere I read what we …

Reliving The Past

Today was my turn to go and pick vegetables and fruit. This is something I dreaded until a few weeks ago, avoided and procrastinated until I could. This morning I woke at 6, finished my chores, did jhadu-pocha, and was ready like a child who has to go to a picnic. It is a picnic …

Of Memories & Pyaz ka Paratha

Never in my dreams had I thought I’d write a recipe for Pyaz ka Paratha. It was something as common as dal chawal at home and was made every second day. In a large family of 14 back in the 80s and 90s these parathas served as both hearty breakfasts and simple dinners. In the …

Atte ki pakodi — a three ingredient recipe to bliss.

This has been on my mind since I made pyaz ke parathe. ...A three ingredient recipe like the pyaz ka paratha, atte ki pakodi is very common in western UP. It is more rustic than its cousin besan ki pakodi and my favourite pakodi. It’s another thing that I made it after years today. Don’t …

Locked Down — inside my head and inside my house. But at least I have a house.

It has been a crazy few days, what with covid and corona being the only words flying around, the world being locked down and us being thrown in the middle of this crazy current. We were supposed to start a new life this week. With all of previous years commitment fulfilled we were to move …