Mumbai movie mania

Photo courtesy: Humajunn Peerzaada — Wikimedia Commons

Flying into Mumbai, the old familiar odour hit the senses as soon as I exited the airport. Nothing seemed to have changed in my five-year absence. The traffic was chaotic; the sound of horns trumpeted the vast city; and the heat and humidity glued my clothes to my back. In spite of these discomforts, I was excited to return. Continue reading Mumbai movie mania

India’s Ellora and Ajanta Caves

On another tourist’s recommendation, I travelled north-east to the Buddhist caves cut into the side of a mountain. Some were elaborate, others simple, but all had a musty smell. Continue reading India’s Ellora and Ajanta Caves

Ever had an oil bath?

Gingerlly oil
Gingerly oil

I grew up where summers were sticky and the thirty degree heat didn’t subside even by midnight. If I turned on a tap for a glass of water, the liquid was lukewarm. Arriving in sweltering Rameswarm, you’d assume a seasoned tropical dweller like me didn’t feel the heat, but that wasn’t the case. Continue reading Ever had an oil bath?

Try South Indian paan if you want to break a tooth

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A foolish choice I made when I was younger, was smoking. By the time I got to India however, I wanted to quit the vile habit. Continue reading Try South Indian paan if you want to break a tooth

My first sight of Buddha earlobes in South India

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When you’ve never seen a sight in your life before, it’s hard not to stare. That’s what a lot of people did to me when I first arrived in South India so well, it was okay for me to ogle too when I spotted the first woman I’d ever seen with Buddha earlobes. Continue reading My first sight of Buddha earlobes in South India

South Indian masala dosa

I’ve tried making masala dosa but they always turned out the soggiest, floppiest hunk of cooked rice flour you’d ever manage to drop straight into the bin. So naturally, I’m on the look out for a good South Indian restaurant Continue reading South Indian masala dosa

The magic of South Indian rasam

Photo courtesy: Rameshng — Wikimedia Commons

Whenever I felt “something” coming on, that tummy rumble or slight fever, I nipped into a Rameswaram restaurant and ordered a stainless steel cup of resam. Continue reading The magic of South Indian rasam

Did you catch India’s stainless steel mania?

Most people who travel to India catch one of those bugs where they can’t leave the washroom for days, but the bug I caught was the stainless steel kind. Continue reading Did you catch India’s stainless steel mania?

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