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Paris Revisited

I was thinking of revisiting Paris, and September seemed like a pretty good time to return. Because it is when tourists start to thin out and hotel prices are not steep either. I arrived in Paris to be greeted by wet weather. But the drizzling […]

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One morning last month, driving through the back roads, I noticed a broad swathe of blue flowers hugging the road and instantly I was swept off my feet by their brilliant color. I remembered seeing those flowers each summer, although they were sparsely scattered on […]


My grandmother on my father’s side was raised in a tiny village in the south of India. Growing up, I listened to her stories about relatives and friends, friendship and betrayal, roosters and tigers (roamed in sugarcane fields), that place she endearingly called her hometown. […]


A small seaside town outside of Tokyo is home to a one-of-a-kind Buddha statue. As I approached the statue, I was awestruck by its size and age. With some trepidation, I entered its belly through a door. I’m not Buddhist, yet I felt a spiritual […]


You can never replicate certain kinds of food in your kitchen. And why would you want to? They either don’t have the same appeal as the store-bought or aren’t worth the hassle of making them from scratch. But hummus is not in that category. The […]


I’ll inevitably be gaining weight thanks to all the sugary foods I have been making these past couple of days. I made an assorted number of pies, cakes and quick breads including the traditional pumpkin pie. Look, I’m no expert in making pumpkin pie. So I’ll admit my […]