Spice Route

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The egg came first, ending my eternal causality dilemma. A delicious cocktail of tender coconut and mango, served as a welcome drink in a mock egg shell. By the time the eighth course arrived, half of a minuscule bajra roti stuffed with caramelised onions and a dot of herbed butter, a tiny sprig stuck on top, I had realised the obvious. We would have to stop for dinner at some ...
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I…..me…..myself !!

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For want of a better word we called it a selfie danda, the name my son-in -law gave it when he presented one to me two years ago. It is a 4 ft telescopic rod on which you can mount your mobile and take a selfie by clicking a conveniently located button. If 2014 was the year of the selfie with everyone from the Pope to POTUS to our own newly elected PM joining the fray, then 201...
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Born Free

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The father of our nation recognised the power of violating laws and used it to fight foreign domination. Almost a century later, more than a billion of us, most of whom were born free, are trudging the same path not realising that the Britishers have left and by not obeying the laws of the land we only harm ourselves. Lets admit it, we are a nation of law breakers. We break ...
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Didi’s anthem

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I vividly remember the last time I saw her. She was fighting a losing battle with cancer and was confined to a wheelchair. It was the school's annual day and I was attending as an alumna. At the end of the function everyone stood up for the national anthem. She was too weak to rise. But as we reached the second stanza she struggled to an erect stance and stood in attention well...
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Breaking News

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It rained today, the continuous drizzle was excuse enough for the vendor to not deliver the morning paper. Strangely I was relieved, almost happy. Ignorance can be blissful specially because what I don't know can't hurt me. A couple of years ago I stopped watching the news. I couldn't bear the sight of seemingly intelligent newscasters make a fool of themselves trying to fil...
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Maid of Honour

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She was a lowly maid. And yet thirty years after she exited my life I often remember her when there is talk about duty and honour or when incense fills the air. As a fourth class employee in our hostel her job entailed sweeping and mopping our rooms. She would also wash our dishes and clothes for a paltry payment and run errands if we asked nicely. That day I asked her to take ...
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Grudging Gadgets

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Shhh…… They have ears! I am not sure whether they can read but they can definitely hear. I have learnt this the hard way but want to warn you. It all started when we were planning to buy a new fridge. The old one was working perfectly but didn’t match our renovated kitchen. So we were discussing the newer models with their superior cooling power and hot metallic looks. Some ...
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Big Bro

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As a child most of my birthday parties had two cakes instead of one. Surrounded by friends, as I smiled into the camera, trying to occupy centre stage, he would stand beside me, stealing my thunder, insisting on cutting a cake though he had celebrated his own birthday six months earlier. Dad's suggestion to ignore him and 'his cake' didn't pacify me one bit. He could con...
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Kitchen katha

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Once upon a time there lived a maiden who felt her kitchen needed remodelling. This wasn’t a whim but a decision taken after much deliberation . The old kitchen had to go. My husband wasn't convinced and the fact that I detest cooking made a very strong argument. But sometimes I like to play chef and on such occasions I feel that the kitchen should look it's part. It took so...
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My Kitchen Katha

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Once upon a time, long long ago, there lived a maiden who felt her kitchen needed remodeling. Far from a fairytale? Read on, it ends like one too! This wasn’t a decision taken on a whim. It was something I had been deliberating for quite some time. I needed a new kitchen. The old one just didn’t work. My husband wasn't convinced and the fact that I hardly ever cook made a ve...
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