A Spicy Tale

A friend recently called me to enquire about our homemade recipe for Milagai Pudi. Molagai podi as some call it, is our indispensable South Indian spice powder accompaniment for idly and dosa. Milagai Podi comes handy when you are not in a mood to prepare an elaborate sambar or chutney to go with idly and…

Coffee Tales

I realized it is six weeks now without a cup of coffee. My coffee intake during the past five years has been about half a cup a day. It is over a decade now since the time I shifted to drinking black coffee without sugar. It may be surprising to hear that my son who…

The Flying Yogi

Preparing the ground. I first met Chott during a summer vacation when I was in middle school. I was introduced to him by a friend of mine. I never knew his complete name and for some reason he was always called Chott. Chott was a tall man and nearly six feet in height. He had…

The essence of beeda

The betel leaf has an interesting significance in our lives. I occasionally enjoy the pleasure of a delicious paan beeda with my family at the end of a hearty meal. It is interesting to watch how the paan is made in front of you at the little paan beeda stall present in front of most…

Coffee Tales

Last week while in Bangalore, I caught up with a friend of mine at Coffee Day in Indiranagar to discuss business activities of mutual interest. The temperature outside was hovering at 37 degree Celsius. The abnormal temperature is becoming the norm in Bangalore and you may blame it on global warming or the relentless destruction…