Indian food has a reputation for being spicy hot. The kind of hot that burns from the moment the food touches your tongue. The kind of hot that lingers—for days. This reputation is not undeserved. Many expats struggle with the heat of Indian food. Inevitably, when I eat Indian, the waiter always asks, "It's spicy. … Continue Reading ››
Me: "For Z, I'm writing about Zomato." The hubby: "Zo- What?" Me: "Zomato, the online food search engine. It's like Yelp in the US."I guess not all Mumbaikers are familiar with Zomato. Clearly, that situation needs to change. From the Zomato website:
Zomato was created to help people find and connect with great places to eat … Continue Reading ››
Every Sunday, as part of the celebration of Mass, Catholics around the world offer each other the sign of peace. This ritual occurs immediately after the Our Father and before the Lamb of God.
The priest says "Peace be with you." The congregation responds, "And, with your spirit."This response used to be "And, also with you," but … Continue Reading ››
I first had Indian food in the late 1990s while I was a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. At the time, Providence had a decent variety of Indian restaurants. That's when I discovered aloo gobi (sometimes spelled alu gobi). I loved ordering aloo gobi on Fridays during Lent to observe the American … Continue Reading ››
Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the monsoon issue of Chalo! magazine. The Food Security bill was signed into law in September.
Malnutrition. Hunger. Starvation.These words are a sad … Continue Reading ››
Crying over onionsAs I attempt to make Akuri-style eggs in my flat, I am chopping onions and thinking about the Indian economy. Honestly, I had a late night; I probably shouldn’t be thinking about anything this early in the morning. Let alone the Indian economy. But, it’s hard to chop an onion in India … Continue Reading ››
If you are an American living in Mumbai, chances are good that you will visit the US Consulate at least once during your stay here. But, if you have never lived abroad before, you might wonder what a consulate team does. Its primary purpose is to promote US-India relations, especially in political, economic, commercial, and … Continue Reading ››
Starbucks has finally come to India. More importantly, it has finally come to Powai. Located just around the corner from my flat, the newest coffee shop has created much interest and buzz. But, what is all this buzz really about, anyway? Powai has at least three good coffee shops already. Gloria Jean’s is just a … Continue Reading ››
My posts of late have been quite serious and heavy: school shootings, malnutrition, behavioral economics. So, I thought I would switch to a lighter topic. If you think an 8-lb Chihuahua is light, … Continue Reading ››