Interviews with elders

Pramoda Chitrabhanu

Just listening to Pramodaben seems like a spiritual experience. She has found her life’s calling in promoting veganism as a non-violent way of life. The softly spoken words she utters have the power to transform hearts.   Her recent cookbook, […]

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Nalini Deshpande

I first heard her singing at her daughter’s mehendi ceremony. Her voice had that perfect harmony of melody and mood. The listeners had no choice but to shout ‘once more’, again and again. Later, I was surprised to find out […]

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Pachrangi Achaar

“I think cooking is an art. But it is also an intuition. If you are truly interested, you can experiment effortlessly. Food definitely binds a family together,” says Mahaveerchand Bhandari with his wife Lalitha Bhandari as they share family recipes […]

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Lalitha & Mahaveerchand Bhandari

What does it take to keep a joint family together? Is it easy to create a sense of space as well as togetherness? How does one foster interdependence as well as dependability among the family members? Is it about sacrifice? […]

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G. Chandrasekharran

He describes Sirukizhangu (a seasonal root) as having the fragrance of first rain on dry earth. He laughingly informs me that sambar podi is not traditionally used in preparing sambar, but only in kozhumbu. And he gives simple tips such […]

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Suresh2

It was wonderful to see a father and his two daughters interact so passionately over recipes and ingredients. Even though the older daughter resides abroad, the food talk with Appa is part of her daily ritual. The younger one boasts […]

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Chinese Noodles

Chinese noodles with Indian vermicelli! I wondered, but once I tried the dish, there has been no looking back. Loaded with vegetables and seasonings, this recipe has been shared by Mr. Kamlesh Patel who gave me the reason for the […]

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BG Mathew Taste Maker

Simple and unassuming, this 73 year old retired banker from Kottayam loves cooking! B.G. Mathew especially enjoys whipping up festive meals at Christmas and Onam. He loves to share recipes and enjoys improvising. His simple dictum is: “I cannot eat […]

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Sambhariya - Suresh Kimtee

A delicious side-dish and a cherished memory, this recipe of Sambhariya sabzi reminds Sureshji Kimtee of his mother and her penchant for perfection. This is a much-loved recipe and a family favourite for decades. He says the trick is in […]

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Sattvik Sensibility - Narayanan Rao

Sattvik Sensibility is the phrase to describe the meeting with 60 year-old Narayanan Rao and his family. It was an insight into how India’s spiritual heritage has been nurtured by devotees across eons. As a family, they have dedicated their […]

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