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

India’s Love of Blyton

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH In India, the works of P. G. Wodehouse, Agatha Christie and Enid Blyton have mercifully never fallen out of fashion or favour. It is through these novels that many Indians learn not only the English language but also about British culture. Even on Enid Blyton’s 123rd birthday, she is as relevant as when I was a child and growing up on her … Continue reading India’s Love of Blyton

Gatte Curry & Dumplings

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: For the dumplings 1 cup besan / gram flour ½ tsp coriander seeds, crushed ¼ tsp carom seeds/bishop’s weed ¼ tsp turmeric ¼ tsp red chilli powder A pinch of  asafoetida ¼ tsp salt 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter 2 tbsp curd / yogurt Water For the gravy  2 tbsp oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp dry fenugreek leaves 1 bay leaf ½ tsp fennel seeds A pinch of asafoetida 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger garlic paste ¼ tsp turmeric 1 tsp   red chilli powder ½ tsp coriander powder ¼ tsp cumin powder … Continue reading Gatte Curry & Dumplings

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

Rhythm of Life

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH The creator of the world, Lord, God , Almighty, innumerable names; Is the greatest musician of all. Behold the harmony in the Universe, Not one discordant note, all steps matched. The magnificent sun rises punctually at dawn, At day’s end sets over the western horizon. Earth’s rotation and revolution accomplished, Day in and day out…in perfect symmetry. Tiny buds unfurl, blossom and … Continue reading Rhythm of Life

Crispy Brinjal Fries

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: 2 /3 medium sizes brinjals cut into circular /semicircular pieces of medium thickness Salt to taste A pinch of turmeric Cooking oil. Sugar (optional) Instructions: Heat oil in a wide rimmed pan. Take the circular pieces of brinjal and smear them with salt and turmeric. Next lower them gently into the boiling oil. Use a slotted spoon to flip both sides … Continue reading Crispy Brinjal Fries

Ocean

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH   O beautiful, enigmatic ocean, What secrets lie hidden in your bosom? O mighty ocean you fill human hearts, With a sense of awe and fear. Your latent energy & passion, Come to the fore as towering waves. Frothy, rippling waters hurtling down, On the sandy shore, is music to the ears. The roar of waves, has a certain rhythm. Since the … Continue reading Ocean

Unrequited Love

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH   The looks were divine. He towered tall among other men. The magnificent physique granite like, The fair glowing skin white as alabaster; His eyes like two limpid pools, holding secrets, Within their unfathomable depths. The majestic head, encircled by raven locks, Some falling limply on the massive forehead. The aquiline nose, sharp as a dagger, The firm chiseled lips, dark sensuous; … Continue reading Unrequited Love