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The little pakora shop

I have been to this shop several times. The pakoras (fritters) this gentleman makes are awesome, particularly for those hungry souls in nearby offices as well as for starved passers-by. And this place is forever crowded. Strangely, for a short while that I was there this morning, there wasn’t a soul in sight – but…

Living off the river – revisited

I had written this blog in January, speaking about my trip a year ago to the South Indian state of Kerala. And, now, the state tourism department has emailed me some pictures of their new campaign promoting the backwaters and all that tourists can look forward to when they visit.  I honestly feel this campaign…

Living off the river

Sifting though some of the pictures I took over the last one year, I came across these from my trip to the South Indian state of Kerala last March. That was a special trip for two reasons – one, I was part of the delegation of His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Deputy Prime…

The Backwaters

I never tire of looking at pictures I brought back from my trip to Kochi, the “commercial capital” of the South Indian state of Kerala. In spite of its crowded and littered streets, pollution, the chaotic traffic and all other “ills” of any other big Indian city, I found that after a tiring day at…

Yes! Sadhya at last

I finally got to have the traditional Onam meal this afternoon, 11 days after the Malayali community from the Indian state of Kerala celebrated the festival. I had then missed out on the party due to mostly my lethargy, but also because several restaurants had run out by the time I reached there after work.…

chicken kalamala

‘Don’t Angry Me’

Was so put-off by the despicable fare churned out in the name of Kerala food last night, I took things into my own hands today – literally. I wanted something spicy, tangy and zesty! And what better than chicken. Take oil in a flat pan, stir in generous amounts of ginger and garlic as well…

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Spice Not Right

During a brief visit to Kerala in Southern India earlier this year, I became more of a fan of the state’s cuisine. Three days in Kochi and I tried to sample as much of the specialties as I could. But time was clearly not on my side. However, when I had an urge to have…