Jeevan Ka Utkarsh - Jaina Hindi Translation

Below is an extract from “Jeevan ka Utkarsh” by Shri Chitrabhanu, translated into Hindi by Pratibha Jain. Among the twelve reflections of Jainism, the 4th reflection on freedom from dependency teaches us to focus on the soul power of aloneness. […]


When I interviewed Kamini Agarwal in 2017, she said, “I want to see my poems in a book.” When elders share their bucket list with me, I feel excited at their zest for life. But it is even more exciting […]


Samsara bhavana Jainism reflections

“Among the twelve reflections taught in Jainism, the 3rd reflection is called samsara. This means to move constantly up and down, down and up, in rhythmical motion like a Ferris wheel. When a person is motivated by greed for pleasure […]


sukham ayu buttermilk

Buttermilk…the Sukham cooler we relish in Chennai throughout the year. The Ayurvedic texts recommend it as an after meal drink, also known as anupana. Buttermilk or takra, which is diluted and churned yogurt, is considered an ideal anupana after lunch. […]


Jain Valley JISL Jalgaon sculpure

Had the most INSPIRATIONAL visit to Jain Valley, Jalgaon, Maharashtra with my co-sisters. The credit goes to VISIONARY entrepreneur Padmashri Bhavarlalji Jain (1937-2016), who was the founding chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. (JISL). Currently the second largest micro-irrigation company […]


Curry leaves sambar healthy recipe

An unusual and delicious recipe from the kitchen of the popular cookbook author, Chandra Padmanabhan. In this traditional Karvepillai kuzhambu, the curry leaves is ground with the rest of the spices thus enhancing the flavor as well as retaining all […]


Cookbook author Chandra padmanabhan interview

It was back in 1992, when I received a birthday gift that sparked my interest in South Indian cooking. It was Chandra Padmanabhan’s Dakshin, which went on to become a bestseller among cookbooks. I tried one recipe after another, and […]


Sunanda Jain tribute recipes

This post is about my lovely childhood friend Sunanda Jain and her signature dish – Rajasthani Khoba Rotis.   Standing together in my kitchen this past Sunday, we counted the many blessings of our friendship. Sunanda skillfully prepared these Khoba Rotis […]


Makki ka Dhokla

In Rajasthan, millets such as bajra, makki and jowar are used predominantly in preparing a delicious range of sogra (thick rotis), dhokla (dumplings) and ghaat (porridges). Enjoy this simple and tasty dhokla recipe using maize flour.   Ingredients Maize flour […]


Vijaya Mehta

The serenity and finesse with which she runs her household are truly admirable. Although she grew up in Maharashtra, Vijaya Mehta’s love for Rajasthan is palpable; her charming residence at the heart of the Pink City bears testimony to this […]


Kheere ki Kachori ~ A Sheherwali Delicacy with Neetaji Raisurana

March 15, 2018
Kheere ki Kachori

Neetaji Raisurana is an influencer. Never again can I close my cupboard without checking whether the fold of all the saris are falling into a neat line. Nor can I chop veggies without ensuring that the pieces look identical. As […]

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Well Manicured Living ~ The Perfectionist Neeta Raisurana

March 5, 2018
The Perfectionist

As anyone from the Sheherwali community (also known as the Oswal Jains of Murshidabad) will tell you, while chopping vegetables or fruits, the knife should not leave its mark on them. Nothing is cut in a random manner. For instance, […]

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Instant Vadai ~ Food Experiments with Sundari Ganesan

February 15, 2018
Masala Vadai

Sundari Ganesan’s deep love for experimentation can be seen in this delicious recipe of instant vadai. It is such a family favourite that she always keeps a bottle of powdered roasted gram (daaliya in Hindi, udacha kadalai in Tamil) in […]

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True Experimenter at Heart ~ Granny Sundari Ganesan

February 5, 2018

“I enjoy learning and experimenting,” she says. It is a simple mantra that reflects her zest for life and keeps her young at heart. For Sundari Ganesan, a TamBram living in Mumbai, variety is truly the spice of life. With […]

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Family Ties ~ Godhumai Payasam with Girija Srinivasan

January 5, 2018
Wheat Kheer

As soon as I entered their Coimbatore home, I was struck by the simple and sweet aura that surrounded this family. Everyone gathered in the room, happy enough sitting around and giving their inputs as I spoke with Alamelu Srinivasan […]

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Puli Kootu ~ Southern Chickpeas Dal with Rajalakshmi Sampath

December 15, 2017
Puli Kootu

I don’t know whether it is being creative or not, but I am always experimenting with new vegetables and ingredients. Despite living in so many different cities in India, I have stuck to some traditional rules such as cooking without […]

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The Value of Self-Reliance ~ Learning from Rajalakshmi Sampath

December 5, 2017
Rajalakshmi Sampath

The more I admire my friends, the more I want to meet their parents. This curiosity often stems from their underlying presence in many of our conversations. They are mentioned when we are discussing traits or habits or even likes […]

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Kele ki Sabzi ~ Spicy Green Plantain Curry with Susheela Samdaria

November 15, 2017
Kele ki sabzi

“There is no hidden secret to the taste of food. When you love the people around you with a pure heart, you will cook with your heart and soul,” says Susheela Samdaria, a grandmother from Chennai.   A family favourite, […]

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A Legacy of Flavour ~ Rajasthani Granny Susheela Samdaria

November 5, 2017
Susheela Samdaria

Living in a full house with family members spanning four generations is a woman completely immersed in her roles as daughter-in-law, wife, mother and grandmother. The youngest member of the family is her two month-old grandson Samyak, and the oldest […]

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Tomato Paste and Gooseberry Paste ~ Preserve with Kameswari Kunapuli

October 15, 2017
Gooseberry Paste

Every year, when tomatoes are in season and cheap, Kameswariji makes this sundried tomato paste. It requires no cooking, yet stays good for a year without refrigeration. She adds a ladle of this paste to sambar, chaaru (rasam), or even […]

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