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    15 Cooking Hacks for the Budding HomeChef

    This past year of learning the language of food, picking up recipes that have been in the family, understanding traditional cuisine and learning to adapt the food to the local produce has been possible only owing to the parents – especially my mother.  Were it not for her support, I would still be making the occasional instant noodles and egg curry. With Maa, I’ve taken the shaky steps from a beginner to someone inching towards intermediate. Interestingly, Maa is not a fan of cooking – despite being an amazing cook – and has several little tricks up her sleeve to make kitchen time easier. These tricks, she says, have been tried…

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    Golden Sweet Balls with Yoghurt | Doi Boonde

    Those of you familiar with the food recipe I’m sharing today are probably having a good laugh at the translation of the name. And you should! I’ve been chuckling since I translated ‘Doi Boonde’ or ‘Dahi Boondi’ into ‘Golden Sweet Balls with Yoghurt’. I’m honestly at a loss for words here. The emotional connect with the delicious, crispy and sweet boonde are lost when I call them ‘golden sweet balls’ but what is the option? Where are the words that describe the rush of memories at the mention of making boonde at home? How does one translate the delight that used to fill this little girl’s eyes when they spotted the heap of boonde at the…

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    Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #2

    … continued from Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #1 Sparkling after the holud treatment and decked in their wedding finery, the bride and groom sail towards the ceremony that marks the beginning of a new chapter in life. With the bride’s family responsible for the wedding function, the groom and his family head to the selected venue. Bor Jatri & Bor Boron – The groom (and his gang’s) journey to the bride’s home/ wedding venue is the bor jatri (groom journey). At the venue, the groom is welcomed by the bride’s mother (photo below) and other elders in the traditional method of showering blessings accompanied by the sound of conch…

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    Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #1

    • A long holiday for a wedding and travel• Bouts of influenza and viral fever• A sudden rise in mercury levels• The laptop battling a midlife crisis• Chronic neck-to-fingertips pain• Time to deal with messy matters of the mind These are just a few things that have kept me from being as regular a blogger as I have wanted to be. The drama queen in me tends to look at these reasons as a band of villains that conspire to bring me down. The practical me is struggling to accept the fact that some things are just not in my control; at times, it’s best to go with the flow.…

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    10 Things You Must Do In Edinburgh

    Two trips to Scotland in a span of two years and a couple of blog posts later, I’ve had several people connect with me for tips on ‘things to do/see in Scotland’. These considerable numbers of friends have grilled me on topics ranging from the obvious… What to see in Scotland? What to eat in Scotland?  Where to stay in Scotland? … to city-specific questions like How many days do we need in Edinburgh? Should we stay in Edinburgh or Glasgow? Would you recommend driving in Scotland? Do loos in Scotland have water? The answers to these queries have differed each time, depending on the interest of the traveller – while…

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    Creamy Bengali ‘Mishti Doi’ (Sweet Yoghurt)

    Mention that you are a Bengali and conversations are bound to lead to Rabindra Sangeet, Kolkata and food. There are assumptions galore that with Bengali genes you are a walking encyclopedia of all things mentioned above. It’s rather amusing – for me at least – when I say I’m not very knowledgeable about either of these. Having been brought up outside Bengal, my exposure to culture has been varied – I’ve learned a few things Bengali from my parents, I’ve learned several things Gujarati having grown up in Rajkot-Baroda-Ahmedabad (cities in Gujarat) and I’ve learned loads of things pan-Indian owing to my friends who’ve been from different parts of the…

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    Memory String 2018 Unravelled #2

    Beat this now! I’m getting better at planning! I actually managed to time the second part of my ‘best of 2018’ and am publishing it on the last day of the year! I could go on and on about how amazing it feels but let’s keep it short and sweet today. It is a Monday, several of us are battling the Monday blues with the added shot of sad coz who wants to work on a Monday when you know you are going to party the night into the New Year! Depressing much? I’m going to ring in 2019 with my friends-more-than-family. It’ll be a night of music, dance and…