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    Top 10 Reasons To Blog

    A year! Wow! It’s been a year and a few days to that first click on the ‘publish’ button – that click marking the roller coaster ride that From The Corner Table is! Another upload and click sometime today will mark another milestone for the blog – I’ve got a logo that is a visual representation of the idea that is ‘From The Corner Table’! Do check it out on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Amid this nostalgia trip and a bit of excitement over the logo, my current mood is similar to that of a child let loose in a playground – jumping from ‘astonished’ to ‘pride’ before rushing towards…

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    Finding Therapy in Pots and Pans

    I was all of 18 when I marked the first international trip of my life. It was with the elder sister Raka, and we flew to Bangkok where she was pursuing a Masters’ degree. We stayed in her boarding room, part of a two-room unit with a shared bathroom and kitchenette. My first memory of that trip – other than drunken co passengers on the international flight – is of waking up to a smell that left me gasping for breath. As I stumbled out of Raka’s room to find her in the kitchenette, she introduced me to her neighbour of Thai origin and the smell – it was breakfast…

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    Painting Stories in a New Language

    One of my resolutions for 2018 is to get a better grip on my mother tongue, Bengali. While I can converse in the language, I cannot read or write in it and that creates a feeling of disconnect. There is also a lot of literature in Bengali that I am missing out on and the bookworm in me bemoans that. As a bonus to myself, I also want to learn a new language this year – Spanish or French or Urdu. But that’s a decision for the second half of the year – I go by my game plan to achieve New Year resolutions. The credit for this ‘language learning…

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    Comfort in a Bowl of Khichuri

    First things first, what is khichuri? Khichuri, my dear friends, is the ultimate one-bowl meal. Made of rice, lentils and vegetables (optional), it is comfort, health, warmth and nostalgia in a bowl. You will find variations of this super healthy food as you cross over India. In West Bengal, khichuri is often the first dish anyone learns to cook. A step I seemed to have missed completely. This was evident when Maa was out of town and Baba and I wanted to eat khichuri. And neither of us was sure how to make it. Horrors! This ‘shameful’ situation was relayed to maa over the phone and she guided Baba in…