Celebrating Independence Day with Food Art

There was wide spread joy in India yesterday as the largest democracy in the world celebrated 67 years of Independence.  August 15 was the 68th Independence Day and as always our Prime Minister spoke from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi. Built in 1648, this historic monument was at one time the royal residence of the Mughal Emperors of India. The Indian tricolour flew for the first time here in 1947 when India got freedom from the British Raj. ...more

Getting The Best out of Cooking & Blogging

I was always keen on cooking. On learning new recipes, and of trying out different types of cuisine.  After all, I had been cooking as a homemaker for some 35 years. My husband, Prem Rao, a writer himself and an avid blogger, pushed me into blogging....more

Good Things from the West!

I am a South Indian born and raised in Bangalore, India. I have lived in Bangalore for 24 years of my life – completed my education and worked in an IT firm. In 2009, after my wedding, I moved to the US. When we were in India, we used to hear all the good stories as well as bad stories about the US. Unfortunately, some of these are misconceptions....more

Traveling to a Different Country? Here is a List of Mistakes You Should Not Make

Each year millions of people travel to different countries other than their native ones to explore new culture, life and scenery. With the increase of foreign tourists, international travel became comparatively easier and hassle free. Here is a list of mistakes you should avoid while traveling to a different country....more

She builds bridges, schools and delivers results

Mother of three children and a home-maker for more than a decade, few in her sleepy village would have imagined that she would be planning bridges and schools today.  But that is Vandana Bahadur Maida’s life in Khankhandvi, in the populous state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Despite family opposition and cultural norms that define a woman’s place in society, she was elected Head of the village council, the first woman Sarpanch. Her election was path-breaking for the village and  also for Vandana’s family—as she superseded her own husband who used to be a member of the village council but never the elected leader. ...more

My Holy Holi At Nandgaon And Barsana

[Before I begin this post, I wish to thank my fellow-traveler, Natty Singh, for generously donating images for this blog-post. I am extremely thankful for all the four images that he has let me use here. His photography is as natty as he himself is. What I like about him is the fact that he could have easily managed an FB-page titled something like 'Natty Photography' with a decent fan following, but instead, he does it only through his personal albums on Facebook. It is refreshing to meet such under-stated people in the era of blatant advertisement.]...more

Dying to live: the gender dimension of child mortality in India

Sharing the voices of Indian women, a new UN Women report details work towards meeting MDG targets and sheds light on the issue of female infanticide, son preference and violence against women. ...more

20 life lessons I learnt living in India

Living in India has its ups and downs. Having lived in India for most of my life, I have learnt some skills. These skills would not have been acquired if I had been elsewhere. ...more