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Category: Mumbai/Bombay

Crab and Pineapple Curry (and My Jhola’s First Giveaway!)

Crab and Pineapple Curry (and My Jhola’s First Giveaway!)

 {Scroll down for the giveaway!} This year is going to be about stepping out of my comfort zone. In the kitchen and otherwise. I think it’s the best way to learn—to challenge oneself, to face one’s fears in the face and give it all you’ve got. This may sound a bit dramatic for a recipe, […]

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When she didn’t come

When I was just married and for several years after that, I had a daily visitor. A friend. A confidante. I looked forward to the visit. Partly because I enjoyed our brief time together, and partly because it had become a ritual—one with all sorts of superstitions attached. She would be perched on the lower, […]

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Crisp Koli Masala Prawns

Crisp Koli Masala Prawns

A few months ago, when I first met an old blogger friend, Anjali Koli for the first time, she showered me with treats–some homemade peanut fudge, a beautiful handmade card, and a traditional spice blend typical to her hometown–a koli masala. I used the masala sparingly (partly because it was fiery and partly because I […]

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Signal girl

She stands at the busiest signal in the suburb. Her hair is a hay-like brown from undernourishment and her skin is tanned from standing in the sun all day.  I see her every time my taxi stops at the signal—more than a couple of times every week. Almost always, she has a smile on her […]

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Being a Work-from-home mother

Being a work-from-home-mum has its disadvantages. You tend to switch on the laptop shortly after you’ve brushed, hoping to check your email before the rest of the house wakes up—just so you can plan your tasks for the day when you’re still sane. And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. After responding to […]

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Translated Loksatta Article: Beyond 2 Minutes and a Pad Thai Recipe

Translated Loksatta Article: Beyond 2 Minutes and a Pad Thai Recipe

The original, Marathi version of this article appeared in Loksatta on September 1, 2012 and can be read here. In the swanky, heavily air conditioned suburban office where I took up my first job ever as an associate editor, two foods constantly poured out of the hole-in-the-wall pantry—ginger tea and Maggi. It was what helped […]

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Translated Loksatta article: The Perfect Birthday Cake

Translated Loksatta article: The Perfect Birthday Cake

The original, Marathi version of this article appeared in Loksatta on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Click here to read the Marathi version. We never bought cake. Definitely not for an occasion. My mother always, always baked a cake for our birthdays. She’d save good, pure, homemade white butter for weeks so she had enough to […]

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