Breakfast bites 💕

Good morning 🌤 Friday evening we had a visit once again from the Carnival Cakes & Breads people; they had a couple of new items on their menu this time – Focaccia bread, veg puffs, egg puffs and vada pav😘. The egg puffs were in demand and were over in the first thirty minutes of…

Monsoon memories 🌧

The books arrived one by one on different days; I tear open the plastic envelopes in happy anticipation. Finally I have the five books to read through the monsoon months of June, July & August. Am living in Bangalore, but half of me is synchronised to the events calendar in Kerala🗓. By 2 June, monsoon arrived…

Kanji and red coconut chutney🌶🥥

Kanji is the tradition for lunch on Good Friday in Kerala. And it is served in the church at the end of the Good Friday service. The service starts in the morning at about 8:00 am and lasts till 2:00 pm; by the end of it people are famished. This simple rice gruel is one…

Raw mango: A tangy twist to curries

A few slices of raw mango can bring a tangy surprise to coconut based gravies in both veg and fish curries. The sourness increases the next day, if you happen to have leftovers; which is a good thing. And people sometimes let the dish sit for a night in the fridge so as to enhance…

Wedding weekend in Kerala💐

Republic Day weekend; the kid’s school sent a message asking us to watch the Republic Day parade on the TV to see “the newly inducted stealth attack helicopter Apache and the transport helicopter Chinook” taking part in the fly past for the first time. But we were miles away in Kerala attending a family wedding….

Season’s Special🎄❄️

Last day of 2019; December passed by so quickly thanks to exams, travel and family functions. In the first two weeks the kid had is pre-board exams. With that out of the way, an excursion for his class to Auroville followed. They were staying in Auroville for 3 days to see and learn about sustainability, organic…

Easy Indian meal (Set #6)🍳🍖

Last week in Kochi, I was at my brother’s home for breakfast and my sister-in-law made the most crispy dosas ever 😋 !! Back home in Bangalore, I was commending on the dosas and the kid said that he wants to have crispy dosas too. For me the humble dosa became an overnight celebrity when I saw Gary…

ABC 🚗💨

Driving…are you crazy!? Who wants to drive in the rain, jostling for space on the crowded roads with pot holes filled with water !? 🤨 Me !!🙋‍♀️ Most of the old bridges in Kochi are two lane, but to get on the single lane, there will be cars, two-wheelers, autos etc converging at the foot…

On the road in the Monsoon 🌧🚕

“Monsoon is a perspective…it is a bane for those whose houses have been flooded and a boon for those who find time to enjoy it with a steaming cup of tea on the verandah.” the RJ on the radio was chirpy and we were waiting for the Malayalam songs to follow. 7:30 am, cloudy morning…

Flying in the Monsoon…🌧🌧

…to Kerala…in August. Anything to consider? Memory is short lived. The euphoria of going on a holiday was at forefront and every other thought was pushed aside. August 2018 was chaos in Kerala due to the unprecedented floods, but lightning never strikes (the same place) twice (guess its a saying, not to be considered literally…

Seagull

Located in Fort Kochi between the historic Aspinwall House and Pepper House is this  restaurant called Seagull. It’s the sort of place you will want to go to with friends. Step inside, you see the waters of the Arabian sea glistening under the sun on the opposite side and you want to have a table…

Craving continental (Photoblog)

….in Kochi ? Head to the Cocoa Tree restaurant in Panampilly Nagar. Great ambience, delicious food. The dishes are well known; enjoy the pictures !! Till next post, take care !!

D for Dosa

If you are in Kochi and looking for a good place to eat, try the Curry Tree Diner. Dosa, the south Indian vegetarian breakfast staple, is traditionally served coconut chutney and sambar. The plain dosa is made tastier with a filling of mildly spiced potatoes and becomes a masala dosa. The dosa even made  an…

Art in town

Woodcut prints by Dennis Muraguri – a Kenyan artist, depicting the matatus – privately owned buses that serve as the primary mode of transportation for the people in Kenya. The buses are mass-produced, but each matatu is modified to be made special and unique; re-painted and fitted with music to attract and amuse the passengers. Hence…

Bekal fort : A more famous afterlife

Bekal may have been a prominent port of call during the medieval period with the profitable the spice trade in the Malabar region with the Arabs and then the Europeans. But Bekal was never a capital of any empire and hence lack any grandiose stories. During the time of Tipu Sultan, it was briefly the administrative…

A tranquil oasis in God’s Own Country: Taj Bekal

Starting with a story from the Hindu mythology…… Vishnu is the Preserver in the Hindu triad. Vishnu is said to descend on earth in various avatars to restore order. Parasurama is the sixth avatar of Vishnu. Parasurama was born as the youngest son of Jamadagni, a sage and Renuka. In the Vedic society, the Kshatriyas were the…

New Beginnings

Date : 01.09.2018 Place : Kochi, Kerala As I was driving my car down the busy Kaloor-Kadavanthara road, the vehicle in front of me braked suddenly. I too slammed the brakes, but lightly bumped the vehicle in front of me. I dreaded what was to follow – a slanging match with four letter words going…