I didn’t know much about Kamala Das when I started reading this book. I don’t remember how it ended up on my list. I might have read a poem of hers somewhere. I decided not to look her up until after I’m done reading the book. I wanted to form an unbiased opinion of her … Continue reading A Childhood in Malabar by Kamala Das – Book Review
5000 years of religion in 90 seconds. History of Religion Also, found this article to be very interesting: Cyclic universe and similar ideas in Indic history A quote on evolution on earth from the Yoga Vasishtha (6.1.21): I remember that once upon a time there was nothing on this Earth, neither trees and plants, nor even … Continue reading Shoebox – II
Made Masala Dosa for dinner today using store bought batter. Made two types of chutney and potato bhaji. Overall it was a success. Whenever someone asks me the question " What have you been reading?", I never seem to have the answer. I blank out even if I've completed a book a few hours before … Continue reading Day 12 – Masala Dosa and what have you been reading
India turns 70 next month. Culturally, are we better off today than we were in 1947?Potato, tomato and red chili were introduced to India during the colonial period. Today they are ubiquitous in Indian cuisine. It is hard to believe they are not Indian.
Currently reading Indian Philosophy Vol I, Radhakrishnan On the origin of classes and caste during the Vedic Age: The system of caste is, in reality, neither Aryan nor Dravidian, but was introduced to meet the needs of the time when the different racial types had to live together in amity. It was then the salvation … Continue reading Day 6 – Indian Philosophy and the Origin of Caste
Is it taste that's important each time we savor our favorite dishes? What do we look for in every bite? Is it the right concoction of spices and meat or vegetables? Should it be cooked and served in traditional vessels? Is it the texture and the color? Or is there something more? I have come … Continue reading Comfort Food
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I saw a video about Malleswaram on Facebook a few days back. I was at once nostalgic and also saddened. Nostalgic because Malleshwaram is special. It is where I was born and where I have spent many (maybe all) vacations as a kid. Saddened because the video reminded me about how Malleshwaram has changed over … Continue reading Post 30 – On Bangalore, cheese and the good ol’days
I began reading India After Gandhi a few days back. The book is 870 pages long and the reading has been very slow. I am only 11% percent done and so far it has been a good read. For me, reading a book is usually accompanied by reading about the author. This reading goes beyond the about-the-author blurb that is … Continue reading Post #15 – Happy Republic Day
On one particularly noisy day at work, a colleague suggested an app called Noizio. The app is available for Mac and iPhone. It has a selection of music/sounds that will help tune out the noise around and yet it does not distract you from your work. This app works well for me because I cannot work while listening to … Continue reading Post 13 – Noizio