Begun Bhaja- Spicy Eggplant Fritters

When I became a vegetarian, the first thing most people said to me was “what will you eat now? Salads? Yuk!” I can understand their sentiment. All my favorite things from McDonald’s and KFC were no longer suitable for me. And eating french fries the whole time was just not an option. As an Indian,…

50 Things Harry Potter Taught Me

We are defined more by our choices and than by our circumstances. There may be a fine line between goodness and greatness, but it is there. Anyone can be brave if they are fighting for something they believe in… or for someone they love more than life itself. You don’t mess with Minerva McGonagall. You…

Once upon a time in Punjab- Khoon Aali Chithi

“Attwadi maa di garabh ton ni aunde– Pucchin kissi attwadi nu, ohdi ki narazgi hai?” (Terrorists don’t come from their mothers’ wombs– Try asking a terrorist why he is so angry?) — My Grandmother The corpse of a young boy lies in the unruly, wild grass. His once neat turban is lying at his killer’s feet. His hair is…

Home Fries with an Indian Twist: Garlic-Mint Chutney Potatoes

Food is one of those things the love for which transcends boundaries of culture, language, and tradition. People can fight over differences in political opinion, religious dogma, positions on climate change and any number of essentially contested concepts. But every such argument can be broken up by a hot cup of tea or coffee, served…

50 Things I wish I could tell My 17-year-old Self

You are not perfect and that is completely fine It is alright to not be good at everything you do Pay more attention to physics, because you will fall in love with it It is not super important to date someone Learn the art of bra shopping It won’t hurt you to learn how to…

Lemon Rice- A Satisfying Vegan Adventure

When people ask me what I love the most about my country, I don’t have to think twice before answering them. Food. It is India’s rich culinary traditions that top the list of everything that is awesome about my country. And being a bit of a gastronomer, I literally live to eat. Naturally, my love…

Contralto: The Missing Diva

The audience is waiting with bated breath. They have heard that a true contralto is about to take the stage. They have all heard about the rarity of this exquisite voice type, sultrily feminine at its highest, warm and motherly in the middle, and soulfully androgynous at its lowest, most guttural extremes. Alas, they are…

Scars are not Sexy

There is no dignified way of expressing pain. There is no such thing as being poetically broken. And being damaged is not romantic. It is time we started distinguishing between stories and real life. While there is always light at the end of the tunnel in a novel or a movie, there are no such guarantees…

Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra is a work of art presented on the reel

The mesmerizing courtesan. The unhappy wife. The amoral husband. The reverent lover. Mira Nair weaves a story of ill-fated relationships in her brilliantly misnamed film ‘Kama Sutra- A Tale of Love.’ India has often been called the land of the Kama Sutra, a treatise on love, sex and relationships, written in Ancient India by Vatsyayana….

Kashmiri Dum Aloo: The most delicious potato ever

South Asian cuisine is rich with numerous cultures contributing to a vast array of specialized regional recipes. Kashmir, the northernmost part of India and Pakistan, also a politically troubled region enmeshed in separatist conflict is often in the news for all the wrong reasons. However, Kashmiri culture or Kashmiriyat is centuries old and goes beyond…