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  • Kamini Patel, Kitchen Therapy, #fromthecornertable, #kitchentherapy
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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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    Capturing Food in Art Frames

    One of my biggest concerns, when the blog was taking off five months ago, was photographs. I could manage the touristy/birthday photos with my little camera. But I needed better. While I was struggling with these issues and hoping I could get the blog rolling on time, someone told me that an “awesome” photographer was about to conduct a food styling and photography workshop. “This girl is really good with her stuff and is the preferred photographer for most food places in this city,” was the diktat. I did my bit of stalking on social media and fell in love with her vision. Off I went to the workshop, armed with my…

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    Tea time tête-à-tête

    This is the tale of a young princess, a little packet, a treasure chest and a childhood dream of unravelling tales stored in a trunk. This is the tale of the princess who turned her passion and love for the little packet into a lucrative business. This is the tale of Snigdha Manchanda, corporate slave-turned-tea sommelier and teapreneur, who is among the handful of people working to guide a nation of chai lovers towards understanding their teas better. Those of you who’ve been with me for a while might remember my post ‘Tale of three teas’ when I had attempted three tea recipes. I’ve come a long way since. While…

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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…

  • The Inspiration next door #fromthecornertable
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    The Inspiration Next Door

    At the New Year party 10 days ago, a bunch of us decided to warm up with a game titled “Looking Back”. Emotions ran high, albeit in a good way, and the room echoed with laughter and good-natured ribbing as we answered fun questions like: “Best song of the year”“Hardest you laughed last year”“Worst video of the year”“Most embarrassing moment” And then there were the introspective ones: “Your best holiday memory”“The happiest moment of the year gone by”“Your greatest achievement” Among these was a question that has prompted me to look carefully at the people in my life, the names stored in my phone book, the ‘friends’ in my social…