Letter from India

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mango and green tea sorbet

My sister, brother in law and niece are coming for lunch today. Kabir, my son, learned to make chicken curry in Boston, under the watchful and creative eye of his cousin's husband. So, today we will taste his cooking (he made it last night), along with rice, rotis (Indian bread), okra (ladies finger... Sign in to see full entry.

August in Kabul

I spent the first ten days of August in Kabul. It was a homecoming of sorts. I was last in Kabul in 2006, for almost 6 months. This trip was hurriedly planned. It came about with the announcement of the Five Million Women Campaign announced by Wazhma Frogh on Facebook. Wazhma and I got to know each... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Grapes in Parwan province

Grapes in Charikar market, Parwan, Afghansitan Last Sunday, Shuja - who was assisting Ragini and me in the documentary production - and I got into his car and drove north to Parwan province, which straddles Kabul province. As the Kabul traffic and urban activity dwindled, the drive became... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Issey Miyake: History behind the man

Two days ago, as I was browsing through my electronic New York Times, I came across an opinion piece by Issey Miyake. I first came across him in a duty free section of an airport, I can’t remember where. It must have been in the early 1980s. I was walking by the perfume section and my eye caught an... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

HELP! Does anyone know what this plant is called?

Blogit friends: When I was up in the mountains a few weeks ago, a fieind has this growing in his home. He got the plant from a local nursery. No one seems to know what it is called. Can anyone here help out? Many thanks. ' /> Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Nostalgia in the Hills

Last Saturday, we set out to visit Manju and Siddarth Kak, who have a 150 year old house in Ranikhet, about 50 kms from Bhowali, called Hawa Ghar (the house of wind). The first time I visited their home was in 1992, when Mahesh, Kabir, Kanchi (the trusted cook and Kabir minder) and I drove form... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Under the Fig Tree

Among the many new developments in the mountain home is the fig tree. My brother in law, Jasbir, says it’s the fifth tree he’s planted and it’s the first one that has bloomed. The rest just died. I love figs. My first exposure to fresh figs was when I lived in Italy. Around April every year, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Bees in the Mountains

It’s here – the first box of bees. Here in their mountain home, my sister Saroj and brother in law, Jasbir, have got their first box of bees. This is the result of a discussion we have here over many years. They start with “we could also.....”. But, this is how it is. Being on holiday, in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Day in the Mountains

So, what do we do all day in the mountains? We hang out, as the current vocabulary goes. The sun comes up around 5.30 AM. We keep the curtains open, especially the part that covers the screens to keep out the insects. This lets the cool air through. The temperature is about 20 degrees at night, so... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Road Trip

It’s a trip I have been waiting for – for months - to my sister and brother in laws home in Bhowali, in the state of Uttarakhand, about 10 kilometres from well known hill station of Nainital. Circumstances led to it being cancelled many times. This time I was determined. My deadlines were done, the... Sign in to see full entry.

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