I first started swimming when I was 4 years old. It was the summer of 1987. Hundreds of petrified kids would line up in a row on the wall, and ferocious instructors would bark orders at us.

Training generally worked on a premise of fear. My first few weeks involved…

Recipes I wrote down a decade ago, when I was fresh off the boat:

Key to Dals

When in doubt, use toor dal.

  • Moong dal: Khichdi, Pongal only
  • Channa dal: Payasa, Kosambri
  • Urad dal/Uddin bele: Idli, Dosa
  • Channa dal/Kadale bele: Puliyogare

Bisi Bele Bhath

  • 0.5 cups toor daal + 1…

This is a strong human interest story that would certainly make it to pg. 107 of the July 2007 edition of Reader’s Digest India, provided somebody rewrites it, of course.

I meet this auto driver in Jayanagar and chat him up. A quick background: he is an 18 year old…

Before it becomes a long past memory, let me quickly post an entry about Anusmaran 2005. I was (proudly enough) in charge of the Mumbai Anusmaran event. It’s a great feeling to run an event, and it reminds me of the last time I was so passionate about something– the…

So I, the dutiful son, have been assigned the duty of paying my mom’s income tax by the 15th of March. The form, of course, is like all government forms — 2 pages long, and to be filled in triplicate — one for the taxed, one for the government, and…

The death of Dr. HN brings back some nostalgia from my childhood. My mother studied in National College Basavanagudi in the 1950s and 1960s, and I swam at BAC (right next door to National College Basavanagudi) in the 1980s and 1990s. …

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