India Loves Agatha

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH She may well have been an icon of colonialism, pertaining to a bygone era, but modern-day aficionados of English literature in my home country India simply cannot do without Agatha Christie. This prolific author whose novels were outsold only by The Bible and Shakespeare (an unbroken record yet) still enjoys global popularity (including erstwhile colonies of Great Britain) decades after she walked … Continue reading India Loves Agatha

The Overwhelming Case For BIOT

BY DANIEL KAWCZYNSKI MP Most Britons could not locate the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) on a map. But this far-flung outpost plays an absolutely critical role in our national security. Home to a joint Anglo-American naval facility on Diego Garcia, the peninsula is known as America’s ‘unsinkable aircraft carrier’. In the 1960s, the BIOT helped to contain Soviet ambitions in the Indian Ocean. In … Continue reading The Overwhelming Case For BIOT

Spicy Mashed Aubergine with Peas

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: 1 – 2   medium sized aubergine/ brinjal/ eggplant 1 cup shelled peas 1 large onion chopped 1 large tomato chopped 1-2 garlic cloves chopped 2 tbsps of chopped parsley Cooking oil Salt  as per taste ½ tsp chilli powder Method: Dry roast the aubergines over an open flame. Peel the singed skin, wash the mass inside with water and transfer to … Continue reading Spicy Mashed Aubergine with Peas

Gram Flour & Oats Pancakes

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: Gram flour: 2 large scoops Plain white oats: 2 large scoops Salt to taste Cooking oil:2 tbsps per pancake Carom seeds/Bishop’s weed: 1 pinch Onion: 1 medium chopped Green chilli: 1 /2 large chopped Parsley: 2 tbsp chopped Procedure: Combine all of the above ingredients into a smooth batter neither too thick nor too watery. Heat a large griddle, sprinkle oil … Continue reading Gram Flour & Oats Pancakes

What You Seek, O Human?

BY MAHIMA SHARMA What do you seek from Life? What do you seek from the Divine? Health, wealth or peace from Sunshine? Or the ultimate blessings of the mighty Divine? What do you seek everyday from Life… Have you ever discussed it with family or Wife? The needs, the wants…or any urge that haunts? The greed, the grants…or the societal pressure that commands? What do … Continue reading What You Seek, O Human?

My Quill’s Moonlight Love

BY MAHIMA SHARMA   Metaphors of the Moon…. And the countdown to a twinkling Night, The Night knows nothing, while the Quill scribbles love notes, Verses soaked in the Moonlight or the Stardust? The Sky inks the beauty…with Moonlight Love!   As the Wind sings familiar melodies from its ancient book, The trees sway with joy to the green rhythm of life, The full Moon … Continue reading My Quill’s Moonlight Love

Catharsis

BY MAHIMA SHARMA Longing for their Love, rips my heart apart… Smiling through pain…trying to perfect this Art! As the clouds swift past the Moon, the longing creeps in…. As the wind caresses my hair like Mum, My heart sings the lullaby to the Moon…the one my Granny used to hum, The two brightest stars, they say, are my Granny-GrandPa, Grown up I am, but … Continue reading Catharsis

Sugary Coconut Balls

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: Dessicated fresh coconut 500 gms, Sugar 250 gms, Black cardamom powder ½ tsp. N.B. In case fresh dessicated coconut is not available, you can use dried & packed coconut powder available in most supermarkets and grocery stores. Method: Take a wide, deep pan /wok. Over a low flame, sauté the coconut until the oil begins to leave the sides. In case … Continue reading Sugary Coconut Balls

The Elephant’s Child

BY MANDY BALDWIN The baby elephant rushes screaming after its terrified mother, its back legs being consumed by flames. Its mother, her own feet burning, rushes into the forest.  Around them, humans laugh, shriek with savage delight, and throw more flaming tar balls which stick to the elephant’s skin. The baby – product of a two-year pregnancy, child of a species which nurtures infants to … Continue reading The Elephant’s Child

The Beauty of Punjabi Weddings

BY DR PREETI TALWAR Marriage is the beautiful blending of two lives, two loves, two hearts. Since time immemorial Indian weddings have been arranged weddings which are solemnised in the presence of elders of the family. During ancient times the girl and boy did not meet before the wedding and all the formalities were taken care of by the elders of the family, but it … Continue reading The Beauty of Punjabi Weddings

Peace

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Just a tiny little world So replete with meaning Everyone desires peace Men, women, children Birds & animals seek peace In their own little ways There is peace in humming of bees Murmuring of brooks, rivulets Snowy clouds in the azure sky Usher in a sense of peace A walk through a forest glade Midst profuse greenery & foliage Evokes serenity and … Continue reading Peace

Happiness

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Since the dawn of civilisation, Mankind has sought Happiness. Happiness in daily life, Happiness in body, mind and heart; Humans relentlessly seek happiness. Sadly it eludes their grasp, So they wander around in vain, Seeking happiness in all directions. Happiness is a state of mind, How varied  people’s  minds can be ! Fair Sex craves for jewels, apparels, Silks. satin, other elegant … Continue reading Happiness