Celebrating Sri Lankan Flavours in The Heart of India.

Fiery Masks, fragrant tea, airy lemon puffs, stringy hoppers -- few things define Sri Lanka like its food. Very similar yet completely different from Indian, the culinary gems of the island nation are hard to describe, even for a food writer. One reason, I have not yet written much about the food from the nation …

Holding on or Letting Go — The toughest decision there is.

I am quite indifferent when it comes to technology. I do not care what brand of TV we have at home, or if we possess the best quality Home Theater System or not (although, apparently, we are quite close, or so husband says). That is also why I have always had the cheapest cell phones, …

Ordering In or Eating Out — A food lover’s dilemma solved.

When it comes to food, I am rather conventional. I like to go to very few places (unless it is work) and hardly experiment with new things even in old places. And I never order in (no, not even pizza). So when I got to know that Orient Heritage was a delivery kitchen I was …

How Chef Rana Makes the flavours sing at Jade.

"Please do not serve ma'am those chilies, " chef instructs, Hussain, our server. "No, no!" I want it. I interrupt. Sandwiched between his boss and me, Hussain is unsure, when I smile at him and signal to serve me some fried chillies and the sauce. He obliges. The fish that chef has prepared for me …

Flying Air India, or Shopping in a Seconds sale?

Travelling in air India is like shopping at a seconds sale. You walk into the shop knowing you're going to buy a compromised product, but you are happy nonetheless because the white shirt that you had wanted so badly, will, perhaps, be within your budget now. Even though it may have some insignificant flaws. It's …

If you do not mourn

They say you die everyday, if yo do not mourn those who have gone away That with every one who leaves you, a part of you is also gone, That you lend some of your soul to the dead if you do not mourn; They say you begin to lose your hopes, happiness and joy …

Breakfast by the Bay

Four tiny vadas, and one sticky, steaming hot idli, eaten at a stall, sitting on a narrow bench that had turned black with dirt and grime, with just a few street kids playing across the road, and the family of three -- mother, father, son, -- taking turns at the stove, the tap, and the …

What is my worth?

What is my worth and how do I calculate it? My bank account says I have a couple of hundred thousands – is that my worth?My salary statement says I make a fraction of what I used to years ago – is that my worth? The husband says he cannot do without me. The girls …