Falling in Love with a Quiet Man


The mornings were quiet. It took a while for the conversation to warm up, first beginning with little “Hmms” and “Huhs,” then moving on to simple questions about breakfast and coffee, finally ending with “Bye!”

But there were many comforting sounds that kept good company in the absence of actual conversation. The busy water kettle, the low hum of public radio, the bathroom faucet, birds chirping in the backyard… So what if our conversation doesn’t feature actual words or sentences?

We need nothing, not even a word, to convey our deepest thoughts and strongest feelings. I feel your presence, my darling, I do. Your silence is eloquent. You are the most expressive man I have ever known.

Visit to Aladdin’s

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon. We happened to be in Sandy Springs, and lunch was beckoning. P suggested we go to Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill & Deli on Roswell Road. I enjoy Mediterranean food, so off we went. It has been a long time … [Continue reading]

Meghamalhar: An Old Film, A New Take

Had the opportunity to watch an old Malayalam film "Meghamalhar" recently. Starring Samyuktha Varma and Biju Menon in lead roles, the movie is a charming attempt at understanding the dynamics between two adults who once shared a deeply intimate … [Continue reading]

Sesame Coconut Cookies

I chanced upon Love Food Eat a while ago and, I am sure, like most visitors, fell in love with Chinmayie's gorgeous photography and drool-inducing recipes. Her recipe for Kashayam was a hit! It is my morning beverage of choice, coupled with a slice … [Continue reading]

Being a Homebody/Inspired by La’s Orchestra

A book I love dearly is "La's Orchestra Saves the World," by Alexander McCall Smith. I had borrowed it from the library a while ago. I read it, loved it... and returned the book. There was something about the story that resonated so deeply with me... … [Continue reading]

Buckwheat Spelt Cookies with Cashews and Sesame Seeds

Sounds so tantalizing, hmmm? This was a good batch of cookies, and surprisingly, they turned out well when I made them the second time too! I have experienced beginner's luck many times, so I am fairly cautious when it comes to singing paeans … [Continue reading]

Food, Spirituality and More

(Read Chef Daniel Peach’s adventures here – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) Q. Can you talk a little about your spiritual journey, and how, if at all, food features in your story? A. I think my entire life has been a spiritual journey, you know? All … [Continue reading]

Dining at Golden Temple, eating Malaiyyo in Varanasi

(Read Chef Daniel Peach's adventures here - Part 1, Part 2.) Q. Can you share a memorable dining experience from India? A. One of my most memorable dining experiences was at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. It is said that the temple feeds up to … [Continue reading]