Gujarat’s delicious dhokra

Dhokra is a Gujarati savory cake. Yes, that’s right. Not sweet and sugary. It has mustard seeds popped on top with, in my version, curry leaves, grated coconut and chopped chilli, while the cake itself is mostly steamed chick pea flour. Continue reading Gujarat’s delicious dhokra

Letters from the past: Jaipur

Amber Palace — Photo courtesyÚ Rod Waddington — Wikimedia Commons

As I continue reading my old letters, I’ve arrived in Jaipur. I remember much of the visit to the Amer Palace, eleven kilometres from the pink city. But there’s always some tit bit you’ve forgotten. Continue reading Letters from the past: Jaipur

Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan’s anthem wins my vote

I’ve never been a fan of Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan, but this week he blew me away. It wasn’t from any one of the over a thousand movies he’s made, but his heart felt rendition of India’s national anthem. Continue reading Bollywood’s Amitabh Bachchan’s anthem wins my vote

In letters from the past: Indian trains

Photo courtesy: Honzasoupup  Wikimedia Commons

As I read letters I wrote to my sister, there’s another gem I had completely forgotten: the pace of Indian trains. I’m sure they’re faster now, but when I was in India in the seventies, they were as slow as peak hour traffic. Continue reading In letters from the past: Indian trains

In Letters from the past – Held up in a Mumbai Hotel Room

Photo courtesy: Rahul Megharaj — Wikimedia Commons

Some memories you choose to forget. I did this on my last Mumbai visit. In the letters I wrote to my sister decades past, I’m enlightened on my forgetfulness. Continue reading In Letters from the past – Held up in a Mumbai Hotel Room

Once upon a time in India there was a toilet but now it’s gone

Gujarati village children — Photo courtesy: Anirudh Bhati — Wikimedia Commons

While at our Jamnagar relatives’ house, my oldest daughter, three at the time, needed to go to the toilet. When we asked where the washroom was, we were told there wasn’t one and she could go on the cement balcony before us. Continue reading Once upon a time in India there was a toilet but now it’s gone

A Buzzing Gujarati Curry

Goat curry — Photo courtesy: Alpha — Wikimedia Commons

We showed up at our relatives’ compound (ten kilometres from Jamnagar, Gujarat) unannounced, but in India, that’s fine. The property was bordered by a high wall and contained three separate two-story apartments for each of the two brothers and their wives. Continue reading A Buzzing Gujarati Curry

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