Day 1 Breakfast: Menu: Idli sambar, coconut chutney; upma; chai; chickoo I take my first bite of a chickoo since 2003 and I’m home. It’s summer and I’ve raced my cousin up a tree in my Naynamma’s yard. All the way back to 1984. The memories like the taste are crystal clear. I slurp it … More Day 1
My first memory of scarves is of a dupatta that you wear around your neck over a salvar or chudidar. I loved wearing them and was only allowed to wear them on special occasions for my mother feared I would lose it–even though I begged to wear them daily. Mostly I wore dupattas to church … More “The Real Revolution is the Evolution of the Mind”–Public Enemy
Since the moment I left that craft store in Delhi, I’ve been on that high. You may know it if you’ve ever haggled your way to the price you want. It was a Friday night and the Chinese Vice President was visiting Delhi on official business. This normally wouldn’t matter to me, except that security was … More Limbo
There once was a Shah, who brought religions together to live in peace. Upon red sandstone he marked with liberal symbols unified were they. Tolerant was he: Abu’l Fath Jalal Akbar of my country’s land.
“It’s a hard place to leave but an even harder place to live.” –Papa F aka PG’s philosopher dad. I know for a few days now I’ve been mostly sharing about the beauties of my motherland and there are so many. Every time I land here, I have the urge to move back. It’s an … More Queue the Line
The first time I should’ve experienced jet lag would’ve been in October of 1990, when I moved to the United States. However, that month was so full of firsts that I don’t quite remember what it was like to adjust to American Eastern time. Thus, the first memory of jet lag comes from when I … More Great Expectations and the Art of Laziness
Tuesday night, after a crazy day of feeling stressed and sitting in traffic for forty-minutes, I came home to a warm dinner made by my awesomely kind and romantic partner in life. N made roasted butternut squash with sage and bacon penne. Imagine having a picnic in a pumpkin patch or apple orchard because this … More Community Supported Cook aka CSC