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February 2017

food indi

of chilli chicken, hakka chow, and other such important things.

this morning, a friend who had tracked me down after years, thanks to writersbrew (that thought makes me so happy i listened to a young girl and started writing here), sent me a lovely little video on whatsapp. it was an edited version of the one here. do take a look, bound to touch you. video credit uploader i saw the short video and grinned. so many memories, delightful tastes traipsing in my head, making me hungry. i have always…

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Literature

The Vesuvius Club

vesuvius club review

I selected Vesuvius Club as my next read based on the recommendation that readers who like P. G. Wodehouse (an author I absolutely adore) would enjoy this novel by Mark Gatiss. The recommendation promised a whimsical spy novel with dry wit. While settings in P. G. Wodehouse’s make believe British universe remain chaste and refined, Mark Gatiss delights in the crass and grotesque. Vesuvius Club wastes no time in setting the stage for hero Lucifer Box. Painter by day and British secret…

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road to singapore

time travel off hyderabad road

why is hyderabad road called hyderabad road? i couldn’t crack the puzzle. once upon a time, long long ago, that insanely rich man called the nizam of hyderabad may have owned property here… or he may not have. there is some mention of this in a newspaper – the hindu, published in india – from many years ago (net digs can bring up all sorts of things). anyway, i am not at all sure as to why the name of…

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Television

Sailaab – A 1995 Zee TV Classic

A beautiful ghazal sung by a ghazal maestro for the title song, stellar performances by the main and second leads, superb direction and brilliant script writing are some of the highlights that make Sailaab a popular and unforgettable show. This 1995 classic, that was first shown on Zee TV remains one of my top few favourite shows among all times. Sailaab can be called as TV’s own Silsila because the story is about two ex-lovers who meet again while they…

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Now Brewing

Learning Tamil… Konjim konjim…

learning tamil

Taxi driver – “Engay, madam?” Me and my colleagues (not having a clue of what he just said) – “Bhaiya, we want to go to RS Puram, Forest College.” Taxi driver – “Aww-pposite GCT, madam?” Me – “RS Puram, bhaiya… State Forest College!” Taxi driver – “Wo-kay wo-kay, madam… wo-kay!” Join Writersbrew guest writer Yangchen Bhutia as she and her friends learn Tamil.. konjim konjim.. This was the first interaction we had with any “Anna”… well, we did not know we had to…

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Espresso Shots

a winter afternoon : a story

she stood on the third floor balcony, looking out at nothing actually. it was a bright day, there was a faint chill in the air even though everyone said winter was over. anyway, winter this year had not been that cold, she thought distractedly, although shurjo had as always worn his wool cap from the first day of november. every year, sometime in the middle of october, he pulled out his two balaclavas and had them washed. one was dull…

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sarees tell stories

patola dreams

the edges of the patterns are slightly blurred, the colours are shimmering, the silk flows. i am holding this darkly lovely saree at a boutique in bombay and quietly falling in love. the fabric is soft as it falls languidly to the floor, the base is black with a mesh of yellow and magenta and purple and red and on it, the borders are ganga jamna… one red, the other magenta, not too wide, not too narrow. everything about the…

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Literature

Gift of the Phoenix

gift of the phoenix book review

Gift of the Phoenix is 574 pages of fantasy, magic, valour and love. It is a splendid read, specially if you like the epic genre. The prologue starts off in a faraway place and time where a magical phoenix is about to regenerate. The wizards of the land have a ceremony for the regeneration which takes an unexpected turn because the dying phoenix brings 3 magical stones instead of its usual offering of ash with magical properties. Hundreds of years later, an…

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road to singapore

what’s that in the water… kranji way

have you ever stood at a beautiful spot, bright, calm, and scenic, feathery clouds drifting in a clear blue sky, waters rippling by, the green of the grass pure and lush, and then felt it all go absolutely eerie? can’t say exactly at what point it hit me, but as i looked at the lone man fishing out there, and my eyes followed the even waters of the johor straits all the way to malaysia on the other side, as…

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