On The Road: Israel & The West Bank In light of the recent round of violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, I probably chose the worst possible time to visit the “Land of milk and honey” for the first time. But as luck would have it, a weeklong cease-fire in mid-August provided a convenient window of opportunity to make a quick trip there to sample its ...

Zzzzzzz Woke up to see this. Walked outside to worship the sun. Spoke to the flowers. Enjoyed a blissful moment. Made love to rice and curry. Time to slap some white sandalwood on my face, courtesy of Sita.

Pakka Time With Buds A good journey always has a start. It also has a small pit stop. Ok, maybe a slightly bigger pitstop. A few other travelers may join… …and desire more liquid offerings. The destination is reached… …not just once… …but again. Thy duodenum screams – Rest please! And you say – Onwards! Another journey awaits! More vistas of paradise! Oh, ...

The New York Times carries this fascinating story about Hike, a new app that is being driven by Sunil Mittal’s son. Those who consider every smartphone app as a mortal threat to the telecom business should read this. In a first for messaging apps, Hike allows its users to send free text messages to people who use “feature phones” —low-end ...

Naan (Indian Leavened Flatbread) Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and made from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, however, we can now easily make it on top of the cooker. It tastes best hot and ...

Naan (Indian Leavened Flatbread) Unlike some other staple Indian breads, which are unleavened and made from durum wheat flour, or atta, fluffy naan is made with all-purpose flour and yeast. Traditionally, the dough is slapped against the chimney wall of a clay tandoor oven and baked over wood fires, however, we can now easily make it on top of the cooker. It tastes best hot and ...

Five Must Try Lamprais Spots in the Country Lamprais from Colombo Fort Cafe Anybody Lankan would know this delicacy very well. From my younger days, I remember my father calling up the Otters Club, to reserve lamprais each and every Sunday morning for the entire family. In most cases, a limited number of packs are made each time and put up for sale. And “The early bird gets ...

Chettinad Chicken – Complete Taste Explosion When I was in India last year (Chennai – previously known as Madras) I had a cheap Chettinad chicken dish on my last night from a take-away restaurant in a local non touristy area (aka Koli Milagu Masala = Chettinad Pepper Chicken). The guesthouse owners got it for me as it was not deemed safe to wonder around that particular ...

Chettinad Chicken – Complete Taste Explosion When I was in India last year (Chennai – previously known as Madras) I had a cheap Chettinad chicken dish on my last night from a take-away restaurant in a local non touristy area (aka Koli Milagu Masala = Chettinad Pepper Chicken). The guesthouse owners got it for me as it was not deemed safe to wonder around that particular ...

ගිය සතියේ දවස් දෙකක් මා ගත කළේ නිව් සවුත් වෙල්ස ප්‍රාන්තයේ කුඩා නගරයක. ප්‍රධාන වශයෙන් ආර්ථිකය කෘෂිකර්මය පදනම්ව ඇති මෙවැනි කුඩා නගර වල ජීවිතය හරි වෙනස්. ඒ වගේම මේ කුඩා නගර කොලනි පාලනයේ මුල් අවස්තාවේ පැන නැගුන ඒවා. නගර මධ්‍යයේ තියන ගොඩනැගිලි වලට පවා ශතකයටත් එහා අතීතයක් හිමියි. මා එහි ගියේ තවකෙකු සමග. අප දෙන්න නැවතුනේ නගරයේ තියන එක මෝටෙලයක. ...

ගිය සතියේ දවස් දෙකක් මා ගත කළේ නිව් සවුත් වෙල්ස ප්‍රාන්තයේ කුඩා නගරයක. ප්‍රධාන වශයෙන් ආර්ථිකය කෘෂිකර්මය පදනම්ව ඇති මෙවැනි කුඩා නගර වල ජීවිතය හරි වෙනස්. ඒ වගේම මේ කුඩා නගර කොලනි පාලනයේ මුල් අවස්තාවේ පැන නැගුන ඒවා. නගර මධ්‍යයේ තියන ගොඩනැගිලි වලට පවා ශතකයටත් එහා අතීතයක් හිමියි. මා එහි ගියේ තවකෙකු සමග. අප දෙන්න නැවතුනේ නගරයේ තියන එක මෝටෙලයක. ...

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