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Mr. Mansoori’s Mutton Pickle

Several years ago, Mr.Mansoori got us a whole load of SHAAN masalas from Pakistan. Nowadays of course these masalas are easily available at Crawford Market, but in those days when they weren’t, I carefully tried to analyse what quantities went inside the masalas and came up with my own proportions of the spices enumerated in …

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Celebrating All Fools’ Day

The Fish Thekaddy which turned out to be Tandoori pomfret with a Malyali name. In the last week of March I happened to meet Diki in the lift and she reminded me that we hadn’t met for a long time. Rather impulsively I told her we’d meet the following Wednesday which happened to be All …

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On getting a new tooth.

When I was six years’ old, I went to my first dental visit. Being a Naval kid, every six months I saw a new dentist ( either because he was transferred or my father was transferred). It was no wonder then that I had gone through a whole heap of dentists before I turned 20. …

LIFESTYLE, Mumbai Diary

Florist for a day : When my home becomes a florist’s shop.

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.                                                                                    Gerard De Nerval I love flowers …

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Shopping in the time of Chaos

Running a household is challenging especially in the time of chaos. Like all householders/housewives/housekeepers I have to deal with several variables1) changing preferences and needs of individual residents2) availability and prices of various necessities3) logistics of purchase and delivery while juggling other essential activities4) weather conditions ( too hot or too wet)5) street conditions ( …