Children, Everyday, Everyday pleasures, Musings

Waiting For The Shoe To Drop

The sound of drums and cymbals reverberate through the house. I am at the stove sauteeing a mix of onions, tomatoes, ginger and curry leaves. The smell is sharp, pungent and reminiscent of my past. Saathi is sprawled on the sofa watching the Wimbledon Mens Semi-Finals the way I get immersed in books. I envy […]

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Abstract, Armchair activism, Everyday, Experience, Feelings


The view out the balcony mirrors my mood. Patches of grey sky peek in between the dense upper branches of the tree by the apartment block. Dead limbs hang limp. Tiny buds peek through the very tips of the healthy ones.  I hear raised voices again from the other side. I feel my body shake. […]

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Celebrations, Children, Everyday, Family, Feelings

Living in the now

The is little light filtering into the dining room where I sit. The blinds are down. The heating system wheezes as it deals with the cold outside. The kitchen window is in my peripheral vision and all I see is gray. Strains of a sweet childish voice singing herself to sleep trickles down. A smile […]

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Mmm! This smells good!

I sit by the breakfast table. The low hanging light fixture gives off a mellow glow. The wide glass door behind me is screened with a blind. It is dawn and the sun is just breaking. Pattani who has been waiting eagerly for me to join her, clambers on to my lap, her milk-bottle in hand. Adjusting herself […]

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Curry, Everyday, Exotic

Curried Brussel Sprouts

Background: The past few months have K and I hooked to the eat real food movement. Slowly we have shifted from Canola oil to Coconut oil. Vegetable oil spread to butter. Sparing use of coconut to liberal use of coconut. Wheat to rice. 2/3rd cup of rice from 1 cup of rice per meal. The […]

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Everyday, Exotic, Home made, Side

Dosa Mogalai Podi – A tambram kitchen essential

Background: Growing up the standard evening tiffin in our home used to be the ubiquitous dosai with molahai podi. Chutneys and sambar were for when we had guests or when we were guests at other peoples’ homes. Having said that I never realized there would be a day when the common dosai mohalai podi would become exotic. This weekend with Amma […]

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Everyday, Food, Stew

Vengaya sambar – shallots in lentil soup

Background: Sunday menus often feature this delicacy. A spicy lentil soup featuring shallots (chinna vengayam) and a mix of spices. In our home vengaya sambar is part of weekend lunch and leftovers had with puris or adai in the evening. Stuff you will need: Shallots – 1 cup peeled and slit 1 cup thuvar dhal […]

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