The other day my wife, Annie, made jackfruit chips curry at our Chennai residence after a long time, and everyone liked it. This is something that goes well with rice, chapathis, pooris, appams, puttu and so on. It is quite simple to make. You can serve ‘chakka’ curry anywhere in the world if you have the jackfruit chips with you.
Friday, 31 July 2009
In the ongoing gas-pricing dispute, is the Government partial to either of the Ambani brothers, as claimed? No, it is not, avers Bhamy Shenoy, a senior advisor to the Center for Energy Economics at University of Texas, Austin.
“It is the bounden duty of the Government to safeguard the interests of the taxpayers. Billions of dollars are involved in this deal and the Government cannot be a mute spectator,” he adds, during a quick email interaction with Business Line.... More
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Shivaji had called it the most impregnable fort in
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Today afternoon, I happened to accompany my friend, who is a doctor, to his hospital and there I saw one of my English teachers. It was nothing short of a surprise to me as to what he was doing in a hospital. I asked my friend about that. He didn't answer and just drifted out of the scene. I was puzzled. My teacher was not his usual self..... More
Sunday, 26 July 2009
I didn’t know what a Scoville Scale is. Even my ten-years old know-all granddaughter Nonee didn’t know. So I looked it up on the Internet. It is a measure of the hotness of chilli pepper...
Saturday, 25 July 2009
The Taregna eclipse was not a patch on the fun we had during the 1995 October eclipse. It was Doordarshan's first live coverage of a total solar eclipse, and the centre of action was the little Rajasthani town of Neem ka Thana.
The moon's shadow bypassed Madras, so we decided to follow it on the telly. Prof Yash Pal of the UGC was anchoring the show from the studios in Delhi, and they had a remote unit at Neem ka thana. We were very impressed with the set up and excited as well.
Jog falls is best seen when the monsoon fury is tapering and the Linganamakki dam over the Sharavathi River is full. Jog Falls is also the highest plunge waterfall in India, falling from a height of about 829 feet.
While the priests chanted mantrams, the bridegroom placed a small yoke on her head, symbolizing that they would have to work together for the success of the marriage. And after this the bridegroom tied the mangalasutra, or thirumangalyam threaded on yellow thread, round her neck. More. . .
Thursday, 23 July 2009
The incident took place not in
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Saturday, 18 July 2009
Friday, 17 July 2009
Its Harry Potter season again. The Half Blood Prince is in the theatres, and I'm sure that I shall see it sooner than later.
Brought back memories of my coming face-to-face with Voldemort and his death eaters, last summer.
It was a strange and interesting visit to the Juna Mahal.
Thursday, 16 July 2009
I wonder how many of the millions who watched the parade on July 14 knew the historic significance of the Indian soldiers’ presence in
......At the same time, on a much more modest scale, on a far more humble stage – within the walls of our home in Madras – raged another Cold War, complete with a Space Race and Big Brother casting his shadow. It was the rivalry between my older brother and me – an overawed, terrified younger sister – and it permeated every pore of my being......More
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Saturday, 11 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
I remember enjoying this at my sister Sarada’s wedding. We were then living in Trivandrum city, away from the river. So we just bathed at home, went to the nearby temple and offered prayers, and walked back home. On the way we were stopped at a few houses, and my sister was welcomed with aarathi and thamboolam. More. . .
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Being a Tulu speaking person, this news is really very saddening. Though the report does say that it might take another 80 to 90 years for the language to ease out from the Indian languages, which is definitely after my lifetime, news of death of a language is painful for its users.
The decline of a language, like its birth, is not so easy and..... more
Incident 1- This year, one of my very close friends asked me when was my birthday, just when it was round the corner!? I promptly told him that it got over two days back, when in fact, it was two days later. I told him the real fact only few months later!
Incident 2- Once again, this year,..... more
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
The Sanskrit name for the climber is nagavalli. The word means snake-like vine. It is cultivated in many parts of
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Friday, 3 July 2009
As a ten yr old, she was told to come straight home from school and help out her mother.. while her brother got to play with his friends.
As a teenager, she was told to dream within ‘limits’. To just hope that she gets married quickly and does not remain a burden on her parents.
As a college going student, all she remembers is lots of people coming to ’see’ her… more