• “No Onions Please, We’re Brahmins”: A Serving of Caste for Breakfast

    Despite being from a cosmopolitan family, I realised that every day, I was unwittingly consuming our caste on my plate. In the game of kitchen politics, caste is a far more deeply riven divide, than the differences between North and South Indian food.

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  • bihu Khao Piyo Khisko – Bihu Special

    Arre Grub: Bring in #Bihu, the Assamese New Year, with an exotic Red Ant Egg Scramble that won't bite back! Geetika Saikia, who runs Geetika's Paghod, introduces us to an authentic Assamese tribal meal.

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  • tamilnewyear Khao Piyo Khisko – Tamil New Year Special

    Arre Grub: Celebrate #Pudhuvarusham, the #TamilNewYear with a traditional bowl of sweet-and-tangy Maanga Pachadi, chased with a creamy payasam dessert, all prepared by the loving maami, Jayashri Suresh

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  • The 5 pm Office Snack: Where Diets Go to Die

    Evening snacking is the death that all noble intentions meet. Vada pavs, samosas, bread rolls can be found guilty of causing everything from weight gain to cholesterol. And 5 pm is that deadly hour when all hell breaks loose.

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  • Restaurant The Restaurant Caste System: Goras are the Brahmins, Stags the Outcast

    Indian restaurants and pubs have their own caste system. Firangs are the Brahmins of the restaurant world, and next in line are Silver Spoons – celebrities from the film industry. All the hospitality is reserved for them. At the bottom of the rung are single, young men, aka the Sad Stag Group.

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  • Gulaabjaam Gulabjaam: A Marathi Food Film With a Caste Problem

    Maharashtrian cuisine is endlessly diverse. Puneri cuisine is very different from food from Konkan, Vidarbha, or Kolhapur. Within these cuisines, lie the differences of caste and class. But the problem with Sachin Kundalkar’s Gulabjaam is that it doesn’t acknowledge any of this.

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  • Teetotaller A Teetotaller’s Request: Stop Fun-Shaming My Kind

    Life is not a Quora thread and hence not all teetotallers have grand backstories that involve prisons, arrests, and a dozen deaths. Sometimes our reasons are as simple as we don’t friggin’ like alcohol. So stop urging us to “loosen up and embrace the times”.

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  • It’s Time Someone Asked the Million-Dollar Question: Is Lactose Intolerance Just a Fad?

    We seem to have become intolerant to the very foods that used to be household staples – butter, cheese, milk, and rotis! Has something truly changed, or as my mom would say, are we just trying new ways to push up our cool quotient?

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  • Hey Gujjus, Who Made You the Food Police of India?

    Gujaratis inherit a penchant for "food terrorism". There were Gujarati kids at school who wouldn’t drink “jhoota” water in case it had been touched by a meat eater. And there was my grandmother who’d remind me that I was Jain every time I’d go for an evening snack.

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  • The Urban Guide to Surviving Just About Anything

    A list of essentials that urban Indians need to survive First World problems and the Armageddon.

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