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  • Talk

    Of blogging, influencing & growing

    In conversation with Juhi Bansal of Closet Buddies fame, a first-gen fashion influencer from Gujarat Think first generation bloggers in Gujarat and the one name (and perhaps the only one!) that comes to mind is that of Juhi Bansal a.k.a fashion blogger of the Closet Buddies fame. One of the few among the first set of bloggers to have survived the ebb and flow of this world, Juhi is a force to be reckoned with in the influencer world. I first heard about Juhi around 5 years ago while working on an article for the newspaper I was working with. I’d been hunting – I needed to talk fashion with…

  • Tuck-In

    Korola aloo chorchori | Bengali-style bitter gourd & potato

    We are a family of bitter gourd lovers. Give us bitter gourd in any form and we will love it, especially if it has retained that light bitter taste – boiled, mashed and seasoned with mustard oil and salt; crispy fried; stuffed with spices; stir-fried – we heart this green. So much so that each time I am about to travel to Bristol to visit the elder sister and brother-in-law, the parents get nearly a kilogram or two of bitter gourd and then spend hours cooking it to crispy perfection. This dish is then securely packed in airtight containers which are opened only in the Bristol kitchen. I surmise that…

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    Dalgona & a Cocoa Coffee Recipe

    Yes. I did it too. I jumped on board the Dalgona boat, pulling my parents along for a ride – Maa lured by the visuals I kept showing her, Baba convinced with the promise of ‘interesting hot’ coffee. Following the instructions, I measured out the requisite coffee-milk-sugar in a bowl and spent 15 minutes whisking the life out of the holy troika while the mind wandered down nostalgia lane. I found myself thinking about those two years of post-graduation, the days of sharing a tiny apartment with three other girls, the growing up we did together and the ritualistic coffee + Maggi sessions that marked the exam nights. Back then,…

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    Kola boda | Banana fritters

    Banana are a must in our kitchen. They make for an easy snack any time of the day, are tasty and easy to eat. All you have to do is peel and chomp. And my father feels incomplete without them. Sometimes I feel they are the food version of a security blanket for Baba – I’ve seen him get agitated when we are down to that last banana and rush out at 8 pm to hunt for the fruit. “There’s only one left!” he’d say before pulling on his walking shoes and making a rush for the vegetable store. While that’s not happening in the current scenario –coronavirus lockdown continues…

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    Methi omelette | Fenugreek leaves omelette

    On a lighter note, have you noticed the process of essential shopping is like undertaking a short trip? Think about it. The essential shopping excursion is planned over some – if not several – days. A shopping list is made, often remade. Because the idea is to get all that you need at one go, a route is mapped. And then the shopping list is readjusted to ensure minimal movement and contact. On D-day, bags are counted and laid out. Clothing accessories are checked then the mask, the gloves and sunglasses are put on, almost like an armour. Bags are checked for that extra set of wipes and bottle of…

  • Featured

    In Naoli, a global e-magazine

    The more the readers, the happier I am.Isn’t that the same for everyone who writes?Would you say no to being published (for free) in an e-magazine that could be read by a group of people in a different (and exotic for me!) country? And that’s the very reason why I was delighted when the editor of Naoli, a souvenir e-magazine released by the Kampala (Uganda) Durga Puja Committee, told me to send in two articles for their very first edition! I was travelling then, unable to write an exclusive article so I gave them a free rein: “Take your pick from the blog and let me know.” They picked up…

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    An emotional Iced Apple Chai

    A fellow blogger and adorable friend recently shared a beautiful post on her Instagram feed. The sentiments she expressed in the post echoed my thoughts, many of you might also agree with me… Posts like this one by Kamini Patel of the Kitchen Therapy, the various positive videos and memes on social media platforms are like energy shots on dreary days. There are also some wicked friends who’ve kept spirits high with their unswerving dedication to sharing food photographs – for instance… Hriday Bhatia of The Chef From India who diligently sends me lush food photographs before they make it to his Instagram feed! Proof below…And the girlfriends who send…

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    This 'n' That

    Use a gratitude jar to ease lockdown anxiety

    These are unique times in our lives and we are all making history – albeit not of a pleasant kind. Uncertainty and confusion, the constant bombardment of information and claustrophobia are just a few of the things that a lot of us are grappling with. The past week has been chaotic and stressful – I’ve had to step out of home twice (for essentials) and both times, I’ve returned home feeling dismal and hollow. The deserted roads feel haunted, there is a wariness and every eye, a desperation in movements… its an evidence that this is a battle we are fighting together, and strangely, alone. In this scenario, as each…