Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Ragamala Dance: Song of the Jasmine
8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland
University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park, MD
Tabla master Zakir Hussain has long explored other cultures, and his newest project, Celtic Connections, makes its U.S. tour debut, pairing the beautiful and flowing melodies of Celtic instruments including bodhran, violin, pipes, flutes and whistles with tabla, bamboo flute, and Carnatic (south Indian) violin, providing a musical experience that explores common threads with sounds rarely heard together. “Musicians are the same the world over
'Monsoon' is my love letter to India. I've been romanced by the idea of monsoon since I can remember. I've travelled often and extensively throughout India, am married into a big Indian family and have long dreamed of experiencing the monsoon, so when (producer) Ina Fichman offered me the opportunity to make a film about it I jumped. I guess it's kind of personal on many levels. For one thing, I love weather, and I especially love big weather. Something about it brings me a feeling of mystery and awe that's as close to god as this non-believer will likely ever get. I've lived in India and made a film there (Such A Long Journey) and experienced how challenging and, on the face of it, impossible, everything can be there. Even a trip across town can be a whole-day affair. And despite this, in every photograph I've seen of myself in India, I have a big smile on my face. It's just something about the place, and especially the people, that makes me feel that, in spite of all the obstacles, things are possible. That sense of the possibility, of faith, is what drew me to this project. I saw in the monsoon an awful, beautiful, unfathomable phenomenon and wanted to both experience and meditate on it.Sturla Gunnarsson Director of Monsoon
Thursday, December 25, 2014
A visit to India is exciting with all the different food that you can taste.
Growing up in India it was a habit to drink tea with "Rusk". Rusk is like Biscotti and from what I remember available only from local bakeries or in Tea shops. (Coffee was very much a Tamil Nadu habit)
This morning at my brother's house I am now eating this Maska Rusk made by Brittania, a brand I grew up with eating their biscuits.
I love the fact that the comfort for from the streets is now a mainstream product. I plan to look for these in the Indian grocery stores back in the US.
What foods do you remember from your childhood?
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
My friend and chef of Washington DC's Al Tiramisu always says that food is a ritual that should be savored. In this post Anil K Rajvanshi says "
Great food not only gives us energy; the taste and aroma are balm for the soul."
Words to remember when you are eating in a hurry in a fast food drive through lane.
Read the post here
KFC in the Telugu Language pic.twitter.com/uosWFjFP3vMy visit to India coincided with the opening of the latest of the 345 odd stores that KFC has in India in Warangal, Telangana. The signs were in Telugu, a brilliant marketing move. The menu is very customized to local tastes and I found the rice Bowlz very interesting.
— Shashi Bellamkonda (@shashib) December 23, 2014
Yum Brands chose well. Warangal is about 150 miles from Hyderabad and is the second biggest state of the newly formed state Telangana. It has a population of 7 million and has the high literacy of 84%. It has a NIT ( National Institue of Technology) a preimier educational institution and well connected by rail.
"Yum! Brands has been in India for more than 10 years and is the largest and fastest growing restaurant company in the country. At the end of 2011, we separated our India business to create a standalone reporting division to underscore the potential scale of this exciting emerging market. "
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sometimes good times are coincidental. I got pulled in to volunteer at the talklocal / Disruption Corp tent at the #SipAndSalsa event in Crystal City becuase my daughter had volunteered as well. I am so glad I did it. Crystal City has a very good vibe and is amazingly walkable. I love the fact that there are several below ground walkways with shops and restaurants. I have eaten at the Jaleo and the Neramitra Thai restaurant. Attended tech startup events at the Crystal Tech Fund/ Disruption Corp offices.Concord At Crystal City Apartments and my colleagues were at the #SipAndSalsa event as well. UrbanIgloo.com