Peaceful Co-existence ~ Rajasthani Great Granny Anandkawar Chowdhari

September 4, 2014

Peaceful co-existence is the essence of life, says this Rajasthani great-granny from Chennai. Baiji is a darling, her granddaughter says. She is an absolute darling, her grand-daughter-in-law says. She has taken care of me during my sickness even more than […]

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Culturama Magazine ~ A Fine Balance

August 28, 2014

Culturama, the magazine for expatriates in Chennai, features an article by Pratibha Jain in the July 2014, Volume 5, Issue 5 titled ‘A Fine Balance’ with an Ayurvedic recipe from her cookbook ‘Sukham Ayu’. HERE IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE […]

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Leftover Rice Recipe ~ Rice Paratha ~ Chawal ki Roti

July 25, 2014
Cooking with Leftovers - Rice Paratha

Leftover Rice transformed into Rice Paratha! This is the first suggestion that will be given by all my aunts, grandmothers, mother and mom-in-law whenever there is leftover rice! I guess it’s a very Rajasthani thing to do. Popularly known as […]

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Serene Courage ~ Maharshtrian Great Granny Sushila Kulkarni

July 15, 2014
Serene Courage ~ Maharshtrian Great Granny Sushila Kulkarni

Serene Courage is how I remember this great granny from Nashik. At 85, her skin is as radiant as that of a young girl. Her serene gaze misses nothing and her warm demeanour draws people to her instantly. It is […]

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अशरण भावना ~ Unprotectedness ~ 2nd Reflection for Peace & Joy

July 7, 2014
Inner Protection, inner peace

We must come to terms with our unprotectedness, known as Asharana Bhavana. As a habit, we keep looking for external protection, for someone to be our saviour. We feel secure when we believe that someone is taking care of us. […]

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Hare Matar ki Chaat with My Gifted Friend ~ Designer Sharmila Bajoria

June 30, 2014
Matar ki chaat with fresh peas

There are some people who can transform the way you look, thereby giving you the confidence to step out into the world with a bounce in your step. To me, my friend and dress designer Sharmila Bajoria is one such […]

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अनित्य भावना ‍~ Impermanence ~ 1st Reflection for Peace & Joy

June 24, 2014
Anitya Bhavana ~ Impermanence of Jainism

This parable sheds light on the Impermanence of Life, or Anitya Bhavana, as explained by the Jaina seers. The ardent seeker must contemplate upon this truth to grasp life in its myriad changes. An extract from “Jeevan ka Utkarsh” by […]

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Mangalorean Pumpkin Curry ~ Spicy Flavours with Great Granny Henrietta

May 15, 2014
Bliss – a book about the power of non-possessiveness; cultivating contentment.

Known as Kuvalyacho Pollav in Konkani, Pumpkin Curry is a typical dish in Mangalore where coconut is used generously. This is a family recipe shared by Henrietta Colaco, a great-granny residing in Bangalore. Like most grandmother recipes, this one also […]

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Joy and Serenity in the Moment ~ Christian Great Granny Henrietta Colaco

May 5, 2014
Intreview - Serene Grandmother from Bangalore

Serenity is her middle name. Her simple, affectionate smile envelops strangers and friends alike. Mrs. Henrietta Colaco, aka Hetty, an 87-year-old Christian great-grandmother now residing in Bangalore, is mother of four, grandmother of six, and great-granny of five. We met […]

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Makai Khichdi ~ Gujarati Snack with Tender Corn ~ Saroj Ben Desai

April 5, 2014
Makai Khichdi - Gujarati Snack from Great Granny Saroj Ben

Makai Khichdi, also known as Makai Chivda, is a popular dish in many Gujarati homes. Rich with spicy and sweet flavours, which is very typical of Gujarati cuisine. This vegetarian snack tastes excellent when prepared with seasonal tender corn. Recipe […]

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Perfect Rapport with Daughter-in-law ~ Gujarati Great Granny Saroj Ben Desai

April 5, 2014
Samayika Sutra - Finding Inner Balance & Peace [Translation by Pratibha Jain]

To remain equally cheerful in the peak of health and comfort as well as in times of old age and sickness is surely a sign of equanimity within. ‘Sweet smiling’ is the phrase that comes to one’s mind as soon […]

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Sindhi Kadhi with Tomato Gravy ~ Vegetarian Recipe with Bhagwanthi Nagpal

March 15, 2014
Sindhi Kadhi

Kadhi is usually made with yogurt (curd), but I was surprised to learn that the main ingredient of Sindhi Kadhi is tomatoes. Bhagwanthiji, a great-granny from Chennai who shared this recipe, says that the correct way to eat this kadhi […]

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Vegetarian by Choice from Childhood ~ Sindhi Great Granny Bhagwanthi Nagpal

March 5, 2014
Bhagwathi Nagpal01

At the tender age of eight, she decided to become a vegetarian for life. Serene-faced and compassionate, she is now a mother of 5, grandmother of 12, and great-grandmother of 10, and enjoys interacting across generations. Bhagwanthiji Nagpal (79), a […]

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Batata Saasam ~ Potato Sabzi ~ Saraswat Recipe with Meera Savoor

February 15, 2014
Batata Sasam

A SARASWAT recipe, Saasam, meaning mustard seeds in konkani, is a side-dish with many variations prepared by tossing vegetables, and also fruits, in a coconut-mustard dressing. This is a popular dish of the Saraswat cuisine.   Ingredients: Potatoes – ¼ […]

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Hindustani Vocalist & Saraswat Brahmin ~ Great Granny Meera Savoor

February 5, 2014
Meera Savoor

A Hindustani vocalist who starts training at a young age carries her riyaaz with her for life. “One was struck by the pristine purity of the swaras and the phenomenal range of her clear ringing voice with which she traversed […]

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Lila Pulav ~ Gujarati Recipe with Great Granny Hasumati Shah

January 15, 2014
Lila Pulav - Family recipe shared by Great Granny Hasumati Shah

The Jains are known for their food restrictions. On certain days of the month, many observe abstinence of even vegetables and greens. This is known as ‘sukha khana’ as as opposed to ‘lila khana’ which means a meal consisting of […]

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Large-hearted Understanding of Life ~ Gujarati Great Granny Hasumati Shah

January 5, 2014
Hasumati Shah - Great Granny Interview

Every incident down memory lane with this great-grandma was about co-existence and togetherness. At 88, more than anything else, she misses the sisters-in-law (jethani) with whom she lived after her marriage. She does not think that in adjusting with each […]

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Paal Kozhukattai ~ Sweet Recipe with Tamilian Great Granny Saradha

December 15, 2013
Paal Kozhukattai ~ Sweet Recipe with Tamilian Great Granny Saradha

  When I asked the family about Saradhaji’s specialty dishes, they reeled off a list of traditional TAMILIAN recipes in one breath. As her daughter says, “Most of her culinary skills were downloaded from my paternal grandma. They were a […]

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Gujarati Meal ~ Traditional Recipes with Reiki Healer Kirtida Shah

December 12, 2013
Traditional Gujarati Meal

  I have known her as a Reiki Healer and Ashtamangal Meditator until now. I enjoy speaking with her about topics such as aura, healing and positive vibes. What makes the conversation interesting is her curiosity and open-mindedness. She is […]

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Loving Domestic Animals for Decades ~ Tamilian Great Granny Saradha Rajamani

December 5, 2013
Saradha Rajamani - Grandmother from Salem

  The two topics that received her undivided attention and enthusiasm were grandchildren and traditional recipes. Mrs. Saradha Rajamani, a 75-year-old Tamilian lady from Salem is a mother of 3, grandmother of 4, and great-grandmother of 2. By her own […]

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