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24 October, 2019

Importance of Reading

My mother would read out all kinds of stories. I loved it when she would modulate her voice and she’d make all kinds of animal noises too. She would sometimes even make up her own stories and I would add my own bits. The magic of words, the warmth of their caress still lingers on […]

11 October, 2019

Pesarattu

Mother ladles out green colored batter onto a sizzling flat big flat pan that reminds of a huge jellyfish. The center clump gurgles and splatters up extra moisture from the batter and projectiles to the sides. Then using the concave base of the ladle, my mother swirls the mixture from the center to the sides […]

11 October, 2019

When The Gods Arrive

Theyyam begins when God has arrived. An ancient ritualistic art form, Theyyam predates Hinduism and is derived from tribal animism. It is a possessed performance wherein the dancer attains a state of trance before the culmination of his performance. An exclusively male domain, Theyyam dancers are trained from their tender teenage years and disciplined in […]

9 October, 2019

Hyderabadi Biryani

The meat simmers away in a delectable concoction of spices. The delicate preparation requires the meat to be cooked until it just falls off the bone softly with no resistance. The fragrance envelopes entire gullies that have become used to this infusion of aromas early in the morning. The day hasn’t even broken into dawn […]

30 September, 2019

Gender Bender

Mother toils in the kitchen, wiping the sweat off her brow preparing hot meals for all of us. Three of us sit at the table awaiting food, while mom picks this, chops that and tastes this while adjusting salt in others. Then she would suddenly remember something and rush to the kitchen and lift the […]

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