Make The Ordinary Come Alive.

Yesterday I told my 8 year old to leave the TV and do something else. I wanted to watch friends, my only source of laughter in these times, and of course the kids couldn't be around. Now, I usually do not watch TV when kids are awake but I really needed a distraction and some …

A seashore, a holiday, and two spicy vadas.

I have been on a de-cluttering spree off late. First in Lucknow, trying to get rid of all that has been accumulated over the years in the lofts and cupboards, stores and attics and serves no purpose anymore, and later, in Delhi, where I have little to get rid of. Even though I am not …

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 …