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 …

Inky Thoughts

There is something very old world and romantic about writing with a pen. Although most of us now write with our keyboards, the verb write essentially means using a pen -- or pencil to form characters on a material in order to record an event, thoughts, emotions or information. But in the world of tablets …

To a long lost friend….I miss you!

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, …

A Taste of Lucknow, At home In Delhi.

When it comes to food of Lucknow I am a little touchy. Okay, make that very touchy. Call it my privilege of access to Lucknow or my fuss but I eat the food of my city only in my city. The only exception in the last 20 years for this has been Dumpukht at ITC …