• Musings

    The walls around us

    As we exit Delhi airport, my eyes spot a pink ‘Women on Wheels’ board. There is no queue in front of it, and I prefer to book a cab there. The heavy suitcases I am carrying squeeze…

  • Musings,  Travelogues

    Travel in the times of corona

    I am flying anywhere after precisely fourteen months. And it feels awkward and unfamiliar to be carrying a negative RT-PCR report with the boarding pass. In the departure lounge, alternate seats have yellow stickers saying “Do not…

  • Films,  Reviews

    Sir: Bridging the divide

    I stumbled upon Rohena Gera’s movie, Is Love Enough? Sir, one weekend while browsing through Netflix. It has been a few weeks since I watched it, but the two main protagonists have grown in my mind. I…

  • Films,  Reviews

    Tribhanga: A tale of three women

    Renuka Shahane’s directorial debut, Tribhanga, is a poignant tale which eventually makes the turmoil in your head settle down. Peace, as Kajol says in the film, is what you find inside. The movie begins with the incongruous…

  • Musings

    Lessons to learn

    A new dawn has arrived. The calendars will be replaced. New planners and diaries will make a customary appearance on my desk. Some more resolutions made. But there is a conscious awareness of the artificiality of this…

  • Food,  Heritage

    Doodh pittha: A dessert from Bihar

    Doodh pittha is a sweet dish from Bihar. We pronounce it as pittha (पिट्ठा) and not peetha (पीठा) as most television chefs pronounce it. It is a dish popularly made in the winters, especially in the month…

  • Food

    Pragaree: A Sindhi stuffed puff

    Today I tried to make a Sindhi sweet dish called Pragaree. It is a cross between a gujiya and a crisp puff and is usually made during Holi. A pragaree has several crunchy layers, and is stuffed…