A Labour of Food

Online shopping brought organic gardening into my life. Living in a slightly remote area, far from my traditional hunting grounds, I began to look for websites that deliverednallennai and ulundu to rural Assam. For some helpful reason, the e-commerce portal asked me if I wanted to buy Alick Percy-Lancaster’s book A Sahib’s Manual for the Mali. I would have bought…

A Tale of Three Stories

In his TED talk, Shekhar Kapur said, “We are the stories we tell ourselves.” It seems like this statement has a resounding ring of truth. Louder, perhaps, than any other philosophy I have read. And so, this week, with the Red Hills Reservoir running completely dry, and water tankers finding their way back on to…

MY PAATI STRONGEST!

There is an exception to every rule. And I voluntarily and enthusiastically break my NO-PLASTIC rule with and for just one person in the whole world- My (maternal) Grandmother. My Jaana Paati* is truly unique. At 87, she keeps her mind busy with prayer and her hands – with domestic chores. She has a time-consuming hobby –…