Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

A piece of Turkey

In Culture, Europe, Travel, Turkey on February 12, 2017 at 10:15 pm


With our daughter M already two years old, I decided it was time to take out my bucket list and be a little more ambitious in our travels. So far we had travelled to and in India(mostly with family), within France and to Portugal with her and it had taught us that not only was it possible to travel with our darling chipmunk but that it does us all a whole lot of good!

So we decided to push the bar a little higher. Read the rest of this entry »


On the roof!

In Culture, Europe, India, Places, Travel on March 12, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Taj Mahal

In Amitav Ghosh’s  novel “Shadow Lines“, Tridib, the uncle of the narrator asks his nephew:

“Did you notice that Ila’s house had a sloping roof?” Read the rest of this entry »

An ode to the Humble Omelette.

In Culture, Food, World Cuisine on January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

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As far as I can remember, I have loved eggs. I can have it at any time of the day and when the rest of the food on my plate looks unappetising and bland, an omelette is all I need to cheer me up and feel good again. Hardly a surprise that this was the first thing I learnt how to cook as a teenager. Read the rest of this entry »

It is Owl!

In Culture, Language, Travel on August 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

“Sky, My husband!” is the name of a book a friend recently gave me. It is a book of french expressions translated into English: literally and then more correctly. The literal translation of course is much more fun, as the name of the book itself goes to show. Read the rest of this entry »


In Culture, Europe, Food, Spain, Travel, World Cuisine on May 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Español: Tapas en un establecimiento de Barcel...

Español: Tapas en un establecimiento de Barcelona (España) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We took a friend of ours visiting Europe for the first time to a restaurant specialised in Tapas. Her reaction?

How wonderful to be able to share your food instead of having to order your own stuff.”

She looked so blissful at that moment that we were sure, we could have served her absolutely anything and it would not have mattered as long as it was Tapas style. Read the rest of this entry »

The road to Leh : Part 2

In Culture, India, Photography, Places, Travel on April 29, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Lamayuru monastry. Our first halt since Kargil and we were itching to do more than just drive through the mountains. There had been nothing much to visit since Srinagar so we were really looking forward to some sight-seeing!

(This post follows my earlier post The road to Leh: Part 1 which covered our journey starting from Srinagar in Kashmir to Kargil and a bit beyond. ) Read the rest of this entry »

Spellbound in Amiens

In Culture, Europe, France, Places, Travel on March 17, 2012 at 12:31 am

Amiens, a city in Northern France, on the Somme river.

Amiens. Most tourists visiting France don’t think of going to Amiens. Even if it is an hour and a half by train from Paris. Hell, people living in France don’t think of going to Amiens. I have no idea why we did. Not for very long though. We were there for a day on our way to somewhere else. Read the rest of this entry »

Lost in the streets of Brussels.

In Belgium, Culture, Europe, Travel on March 11, 2012 at 4:57 am

Broussaille, the character created by Frank Pé, seen in this mural with his friend Catherine.

Tintin, Lucky Luke, Smurfs, Largo Winch, Ric Hochet, Spirou…. Belgium to me is the land of comics. Er, apart from the land of waffles, fries, beer and mussels, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Chai, garam chai!

In Culture, Drinks, India, Random, Travel on February 21, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I had to write my first post in the cuisine or food &drink section on Chai. After all, I named my blog after this humble drink.

Would you like to have some chai?”

Do you know how to make chai?”

Confronted with questions like this from non-Indians, I did not initially understand what to make of it. Read the rest of this entry »


In Culture, Europe, France, Germany, Places, Travel on February 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

A woman looking at the work of one of the residents of a squat in Berlin

The Oxford online dictionary reveals the following entry for Squat:

verb(squats, squatting, squatted)

  • 1 [no object] crouch or sit with one’s knees bent and one’s heels close to or touching one’s buttocks or the back of one’s thighs: I squatted down in front of him Read the rest of this entry »