Author Archives: nimi naren

Mysore Pak every 365 days


It is that time of the year again. Deepavali. The festival of lights. I have been busy all morning, melting ghee, sifting flour, and preparing sugar syrup of just the right consistency. Stirring the mixture with my right hand, and … Continue reading

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Vibrant traditions


My husband and I are walking down a crowded street in Bengaluru, India. It is late in the afternoon, and the sun’s rays form net-like patterns on the pavement and the road. Hundreds of small shops line both sides of … Continue reading

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A Pigeon’s Point of View


Most afternoons, when a gentle breeze sways the curtains, and the sun shines high above, I have company. Pigeons visit my balcony, and sit on the railings. If the house is quiet, and I remain perfectly still, the pigeons sometimes … Continue reading

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Shopping Basket Philosophy


I am standing in line at the billing counter in the supermarket. I have left my phone behind at home, and feel that I am missing an integral part of myself. With nothing to swipe or refresh or read, I … Continue reading

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Rose Nectar Vanilla Delight


The sun has set on a wonderful nine days of festivities, after the Indian festival of Navrathri. All the wonderful anticipation, pre-festival, has now been replaced by exhaustion; but of a very beautiful and fulfilling kind. The nine days seem … Continue reading

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Wisdom from 150 Beans!


I am flipping the pages of one of my handwritten recipe books. The book is yellowed – with both age and stains from the kitchen; from having balanced the book near the cooking pot or from having turned the pages … Continue reading

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Smart Charades


My mobile phone rings, and its call is insistent. I drop what I am doing to pick up the call. It is an important call, and I settle down with pen and paper, jotting down notes, and doodling unconsciously, eyebrows … Continue reading

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Sunset


We are lounging on reclining beach chairs, staring at the ocean that stretches beyond one’s comprehension. Waves vie with each other to play tag with the beach – the younger waves, smart and nimble, as they compete with each other … Continue reading

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A slice of family history


Thanks to messaging apps and social networks, families and friends have come closer. There is a joy in reconnecting with cousins, aunts and uncles, and knowing that you are family. This afternoon, on my husband’s maternal cousins’ group, I saw … Continue reading

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A view from the balcony


My living room clock shows 6.30 p.m. The day is winding down. Children, who have played outdoors all evening, are heading back to their homes. The birds have returned to their nests. The world is still aglow, lit by the … Continue reading

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