I miss winters and being in Mumbai the only way I feel close to my favourite season is by visiting the vegetable market. All the greens call out to me from the carts and baskets and I feel like – I say this quite often – a cow or a goat. For a household of two people, I end up buying vegetables for an entire village. This season, apart from the regular sarson, bathua and spinach, I ODed on green or spring garlic also known as leela lasan.
The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll look down and whisper “No
– Alan Moore, Watchmen
December 14, 2016
Woke up with a hangover. Exhausted, hungry. Nothing in the kitchen. Just some beans and eggs. Eggs, can’t eat them raw. Rorschach does, but he has more important things to worry about than cooking eggs. I look at eggs again…no, can’t eat them raw. Rummaged through the fridge and found tomatoes and some bread. Can cook myself canned beans and egg with toast. Yes, sounds good. Continue reading
I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.
– Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Liesel Meminger couldn’t have written a better line to end her book with. Like her, my relationship with words too is of love-hate kind. I have loved them in times when everything seems right and when things have gone awry, I have hated the same words with a vengeance. However, I have always tried to do justice to them and make them all right in the end. Continue reading
Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.”
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Always! I think I will always be a Potterhead and would love the magical world that J.K. Rowling created, despite the bile inducing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, despite people telling me that they’ve moved over, despite the awful movie version of The Deathly Hallows. That reminds me, did you watch Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them? I loved the film and the adorable beasts. I would love to have my own Bowtruckle and a Demiguise to babysit me. I think I should try making demiguise shaped dinner rolls like Jacob Kowalski in the film. Also, I cheered and hooted at every Harry Potter reference in the film. Continue reading
A well-worn Japanese proverb has it that Tokyoites spend all their money on footwear, Kyotoites on kimonos and formal attire. But Osakans save their funds for food and drink. There’s a word for this Osakan propensity, kuidaore: to eat until you drop.
– Matt Goulding, Rice Noodle Fish – Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture
It was Matt Goulding’s description of Osaka’s street food that made me pick the city as one of the three places to visit on my recent Japan trip. As I stepped inside a tiny sake bar on my first and only night in Osaka Namba, I knew that everything he mentioned was true to the last detail. The cheerful hellos, kanpai (cheers) with every drink ordered, sharing food with strangers and being offered to be accompanied to a crab place close-by, I experienced everything as it was straight out of Goulding’s book. And then there was Dotonbori, the thin stream of river teaming with restaurants and street-food stalls on both the sides – fried meat on stick, barbeques, yakisoba and Osaka’s own takoyaki and okonomiyaki. Takoyaki – the fried balls of gooey dough with a chewy nugget of octopus in the centre was a peculiar dish, but it was okonomiyaki that kept me hooked – the thick Japanese pancake studded with pork, with a generous drizzle of barbeque sauce and mayonnaise, and feathery bonito chips fluttering on top; few refills of Sapporo was all I needed to complete my meal. Continue reading