The Annual San Francisco Bike Race is on – and there are signs of life in my neighborhood, Pacific Heights. As the bikes go barreling past – okay I made that up – there are more people on the roads today than I have seen in past five months (the first five of my year … Continue reading Spotted 4 brown people in Pac-Heights
Many of us who have lived or live in New York, know how fortunate we are to have a high-quality Indian bistro like Tamarind. But apparently that pales in front of London’s Tamarind, which despite its age is still the gold standard amongst Indian restaurants. In article of four best Asian restaurants in London, The … Continue reading A Zaika of Tamarind, of Mayfair
We all know how crappy the movies coming out of Bollywood can be, but I have a short list of films which might be easier to digest than the regular dance-drama fare. Chupke Se : A romantic comedy by Shona Urvashi’s. It is about the dreams of a middleclass girl played by debutante Masumi. Market … Continue reading Bollywood’s new micro-brews
Far Eastern Economic Review has this wonderful review of Shoba Narayan’s Monsoon Diary. The review, unlike some of the mostly positive reviews in the west, is sharp, witty and gets to the point. If you are considering buying Monsoon Diary (please see the list on the right – you are helping the website by buying … Continue reading Monsoon cooking is better!
Zakir Hussain is the greatest living exponent of the tabla. Starting as a child prodigy playing traditional music, Zakir expanded the scope of his instrument through his experiments with Indian and Western idioms. THE SPEAKING HAND is the most in-depth record of this living legend at his prime. Features archival concert footage and rare interviews … Continue reading Did ya know that Zakir can make his hands speak?