10 Books to Read before you Die

Helen Keller’s Teacherby Margaret Davidson– I read this book as a child and though I had read Helen Keller’s autobiography, the heartbreaking insight this book gave me, was priceless. This book tells you the story of a woman who made a deaf, mute, and blind girl the center of her universe. Anne Sullivan is the…

Live and Become- Solomon’s Homecoming

Dusty. That’s the first word that comes to mind with the opening scene. The emaciated faces, the desperation in their eyes, the listless toddlers devoid of the boundless energy that would normally be second nature to them. It is clear that this is a scene from somewhere in Africa. The hot sun, the dusky complexion…

Potato Kugel – A Holiday Story

Cool. Not Cold. That was how her hand felt on his fevered cheeks. It was the soft touch of her delicate fingers that had wiped the tears from his eyes before anyone could see them. Before his father could see them. She had spoken of faraway things and of the wondrous sights she had seen…

3 Ways to judge Salsa in a jiffy 

Take some sawdust and chili powder. Add tomato ketchup, bits of raw onion and bits of green peppers. Season liberally (go on, don’t hold back) with salt. Viola… Salsa is ready. NOT. The popularity of Mexican cuisine is no secret. Every city in the U.S. has at least three Mexican restaurants per neighbourhood. Most Indian…

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…