Women- in Literature and Lore

Our new Study Group had begun! And it’s a topic close to my heart. Here is our write up. We have 12 lovely ladies who’ve signed up and have chosen strong and inspiring women to present on! ************************************************ Esther Woman has inspired mankind from time immemorial. As Gaia the Mother of Humanity, as Penelope the…

George Clooney and Rainbow Rice-paper Rolls

You may well ask, what does George Clooney have to do with Vietnamese rainbow rice-paper rolls? Does he make them? Or eat them, regularly? Or endorse them? I have no clue….as we haven’t communicated of late :)……but then I haven’t communicated with anyone in almost a month. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Busy making cakes,…

Arabian Nights

I have no excuses! None at all. But I’m back to posting now, and you are going to hear a lot from me! On my travel, on cakes and of course our wonderful Study Group on the Silk route, that just came to a close. For the finale, I wanted to surprise my friends with…

Study Group Wednesdays!

I look forward to my Wednesdays! Not just the interactions with like minded people, not only the array of delectable treats, but also the learning that comes from these beautifully pared-down talks. Kabul and Kandahar and their respective roles in the trade along the Silk Route, was our first talk for the day. The story…

Study Group Wednesdays!

The new Study Group has begun! And it’s on a topic that appeals to the romantic, in each one of us- the Silk Route. There was an overwhelming response, and in the space of a mere couple of weeks we had 24 people who signed up to research on myriad aspects of the Silk Route….

Perfumed Passionfruit Flan

Our Study Group on Women in Statecraft- In a Man’s World, came to an end last month. We had three presentations. Börte Üjin, and Kwa Geok Choo. Two strong women, wives of Genghis Khan and Mr. Lee Kwan Yew. And more importantly, companion, confidante and counsel to their man. Fittingly, our last presentation was on…

Study Group Wednesdays

This week’s presentations were on five women. Three of whom I’d never heard of! Golda Meir, The Soong sisters Sirimao Bandaranaike It was fascinating to hear the story of Golda Meir a Ukrainian refugee whose family migrated to the US when she was a young girl. Who resisted her mother’s attempt to get her married…

A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time!

Study Group Wednesday again! And this time two presentations on two amazing women. Two Persian women, separated by 350 years of history. One who stood by her man through intrigues and the dirty court politics of Mughal India; and the other, whose man stood by her, lending her his quiet strength and support through the…

In a Man’s World- Women in Statecraft

Study Group Wednesdays are starting again! We begin on 30th January, with a group of 16 enthusiastic ladies, who’ve been reading up on their favourite historical woman- famous and infamous! Here is what we wrote for the ‘Passage’: History is defined by powerful men. Conquerors and conquistadors, explorers and emperors, pioneers and philosophers. Biographies have…