Soul of Sambar

Being from a family of obsessive compulsive Sambar drinkers, I have some deep insights to share with the rest of the world. A good Sambar has a well rounded personality. Its enviable body is made of smoothly mashed cooked toor lentils (துவரம் பருப்பு / तुवर दाल). The key is ‘smoothly mashed’. Its mind arises from ...

Walking in the rain

After a long gap, I rediscovered the joy of walking in the rain with an umbrella today. I avoided main roads as much as possible, but had to deal with stretches of streets that were water logged. Despite the strain of navigating such streets, I felt good. The temporary relief from air pollution coupled with ...

Green New Year

2011. Another year to be grateful that we: – have so many beautiful things in life. – have so many wonderful people in life. – have tender emotions like love, compassion and gratitude. – are capable of giving back to the world and mother nature for being so kind to us. Wish you a new ...

A R Rahman and Sonu Nigam

When I was in College, I listened to Sonu Nigam for the first time. To his early album – Deewana. I was instantly dissolved by the joy of his singing. There was no doubt in my mind that he was going to rule the world of Indian playback singing. He did soon afterwards. Being a ...

A R Rahman and Dido

A R Rahman. Should I say anything more ? Dido. One of the few western musicians I have been listening to. Simple and honest music with a subtly passionate singing style. I was pleasantly surprised to learn these 2 got together for the song “If I rise” in Danny Boyle’s movie – “127 hours”. Sounded ...

Cook it up with love 1

My wife has started blogging her cooking inventions and improvisations. She is too excited about her new blog that she cooks up interesting recipes more frequently these days. (Good for me !). Frankly speaking, you will not be disappointed if you sincerely try these recipes. So, Cook it up with love  for dinner tonight !

Boss, tujhe salaam !

A R Rahman has just bagged 2 Oscars. The song “Jai Ho” for which he got the “Best Original Song” sounds “below average” when compared to hundreds of gems that he has produced over last 2 decades for Indian films. He has the potential to rule Hollywood’s music scene in the coming years. Indian Music ...

Idli Divine 3

> 5 Idlies A dash of sesame oil A shower of Sambar Toppings of Keerai Koottu Some fresh curd Invention of this millennium One of my crazy experiments…. Please don’t take this as a prescription. Just a direction.Please experiment on your own. Break the routine !

Insane Evening 6

> I and my friend Deva went out for Dinner 3 days back. What happened was strangely funny. ‘Pizza Hut’ in CMH Road. We were feeling clever to have chosen the un-crowded 7.45 pm time. Lots of empty tables gave us a very un-bangalorish feeling. We started ordering: “Tomato n Basil Soup – One by ...

Customer Service sans Service 3

>I get very irritated when I get unsolicited calls from Credit Card / Insurance companies offering their products. The bad part is that they will not let you speak, but keep telling you how wonderful their product is. The worse part is that they will not be able to answer basic questions in a sensible ...

Cooking – with love 1

I started cooking. When I had to. When I was sore of eating hotel food. My friend used to say. Food made for money will not contain love. I think he is right. I started cooking. I discovered a new pleasure. A great way to unwind. After a day of monotony. I can experiment. With ...

Subtle sounds 1

Come away with me – the album by Norah Jones that got 8 Grammies. I picked up the cassette hesitantly from the shelf of the music store. The hesitation stemmed from the fact that I had not listened to any of the songs before and that it was not popular at all among my friends. ...

Sound feelings

Office. Post lunch hour. Productivity level dipping below zero. Head free from thoughts about work. My headphone promises bliss with its ability to bring subtle sounds to my auditory nerves. I sleepily add two songs to my Winamp playlist. Both From popular Tamil movies woven by two different young composers. I hit the play button. ...