City of Rats

Once there was a boy named Jess. He had many pet rats. Once while Jess was in the Central Park with his rats, it began to rain. It was raining cats and dogs! He was soaked in water from head to toe. He wasn’t able to count his rats so he just took whichever one he saw…

Cottage Cheese Cutlets

Cutlets made of mashed cottage cheese can be the new delicious serving during your next party. The cheesy taste which can tempt the taste buds of anyone is attained by freshly prepared cottage cheese(paneer). This new delicacy can be served in the form of small cheese balls as well as oval/square shaped cutlets. Ingredients: 4…

Celebrating Govardhan – a day after Diwali

 Krishna lifting the Govardhan mountain on his little finger. Govardhan is a mountain in Vrindavan near Mathura in India where Lord Krishna was born. The day after Diwali is celebrated as Govardhan. The story/myth behind the celebration is very interesting. A long time ago Vrindavan was a village kingdom. The inhabitants were mostly farmers and…

Celebrating Dushehra

Ravan is the face of evil and burnt relentlessly all over India for centuries because he abducted Rama’s wife Sita. Can we learn from the past and take such actions in our present.  Each one of us needs to kill the evil within ourselves and let the good prevail. Celebrating Dushehra every year is a…

Navratri…. Celebrating the Girl Child

The fabric of our society and religion is woven with reverence, regard and worship for the female energy.  So what is going awry that is ripping this fabric apart……..!!   Navaratri celebrates the power of the female goddess in all her manifestations. This festival is celebrated all over India in the months of October /…

Janamashtmi – celebrating Krishna

As a child in the sixties and seventies, growing up in Army Cantonments in India I loved festival time as it meant lots of exclusive dishes cooked for the occasion.  Some of these were annual recipes and Janamashtmi also has its share of unique recipes.  Sweetmeats ( barfi) made of  coconut and thickened milk, musk…

Eid Mubarak

I love the festival of Eid. For me growing up in Army Cantonments, all festivals were awaited and celebrated with great gusto.  Being confused as to which Eid is to be celebrated when I was young, for me it was sewai Eid as I love the way Sewai  is cooked for Eid.  Eid ul Fitr is…

Happy Fathers Day

Father’s day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and this year it is on the 21st of June and is coinciding with the International Yoga Day. Today we live in the age of instant information and awareness of all that is happening around the world. Within minutes news travels.  We are truly a…