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    Nariyal-Gaajar ka Halva | Carrot & Coconut Halva

    I have a strange relationship with expiry dates. I tend to forget about them until that moment of realization which leads to ‘mission expiry date check’. This is a mission in which you’ll find me combing through the medicine cabinet, my makeup stash, the spice cabinets and… you get the drift? The latest ‘expiry check’ had me cleaning out my mega makeup collection – I was left with an eyeliner and lipstick each. The scene was no different in the kitchen. Empty bottles of spices were lined up on the platform like school children gearing up for morning assembly. The near-expiry carton of fresh cream and an undated packet of desiccated coconut…

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    Run for yourself, run with Pinkathon

    The thought of waking up at the crack of dawn to go for a run gives me the shivers, irrespective of the time of the year. I’m the kind that wakes up early only for travel or in a life-death situation I’m also that person who’ll run only when food is involved I’m the one who never quite understood ‘running’ & feels like an out-of-control scooter going downhill when asked to ‘run’ The reasons seemed good enough to turn my back on all things ‘running’ and ‘marathon’ – up until conversations with these awe-inspiring three ladies and a childhood crush… Man Kaur | 103 | Track-and-field athlete Man Kaur, the…

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    Slow-cooked Mixed Vegetables

    Between the time I spend in the kitchen for the baking orders and winter laze that makes us want to snuggle under the blanket with a book, the ‘cooking’ mood at home has been at an all-time low. But since one has to eat and I’m doing my best not to succumb to the lures of ‘restaurant food’, Maa has taken to cooking food that is healthy, quick, easy and minimal. The winter vegetables that continue to sit pretty on the market shelves also help the cause. Mixed vegetables are the go-to for us on most days, especially the Bengali rosha (Bengali vegetable curry) and this particular nameless mixed vegetable.…

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    How these book lovers fell in love with reading

    To be honest, I don’t exactly remember how I came up with the idea of this particular post about books. It could be the time when my mother was talking about her favourite Bengali author, Sankar – bits and pieces of his works often find their way in her conversations. Perhaps it was that memory of a nursery-grade me lying with her head on the elder sister’s stomach, listening to the latter read out loud abridged versions of classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Little Women. Or when my father revealed that the first English novel he read was Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham at the…