Fatemah’s Hummus

I am munching on carrot sticks and celery with some bleu cheese dressing. This is not my usual style but sometimes, it is my only option. I make a face at the sharp taste of the off-white dressing, wondering if there was anything else in the fridge that would make my official diet snack more…

Why Wonder Woman Should Have Won An Oscar

“I used to want to save the world. To end war and bring peace to mankind. But then, I glimpsed the darkness that lives within their light. I learned that inside every one of them, there will always be both. The choice each must make for themselves – something no hero will ever defeat. I’ve…

Vegan Mushroom Minestrone with Fried Tofu

There is a lot to love about winter. I can get away without wearing a bra (courtesy-big, comfortable, pink baggy sweater). I can laze around in bed on the weekends if there’s snow outside. I can eat like a guinea pig (you’d be surprised at the size of their appetite). And I can make fun,…

Hanukkah in Bergen-Belsen

‘Like a barrage of machine-gun fire came the German commands “Komme, komme, komme, komme, komme.” The men selected were marched outside. S.S. Men with rubber truncheons and iron prods awaited them. They kicked, beat, and tortured the innocent victims. When the tortured body no longer responded, the revolver was used… The random selection went on…

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…