Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday, 1953! A girlish Audrey Hepburn and a swashbuckling Gregory Peck! A princess making a last bid for freedom before dull matrimony and the burden of the kingdom buries her in boredom. A dashing and gallant journalist (are there any of those anymore?) shows her around breathtaking Rome. ********* Roman Holiday, 2013! A middle…

Peppery Tofu

Originally posted on Sinsations By Radhika:
I am no Indiana Jones! I don’t trek up the Namcha Barwa, or white-water raft down the Zanskar. And I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never been pursued by the head hunting Dayaks of Borneo. Nor ever ventured crocodile hunting on the Zambezi. In fact I’m so not adventurous,…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Kind

I am back after a long break! Back to baking and blogging. Back to Singapore and the start of TWO new Study Groups! Back in the midst of friends and festivals… There is so much to share. A million thoughts racing through my mind. Two fascinating topics to research, and to present on. The festivals…

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….

Enchanting Malacca and Port Dickson

Malacca! ; Once the busiest entrepĂ´t in Southeast Asia. A melting pot of cultures….Chinese, Indian, Arab, African, European- all jostling for trade and power. ; Godowns and bazaars, cheek by jowl with bordellos and opium dens. A babel of different tongues- Tamil, Arabic, Gujarati, Hokkien, Bengali, Teochew. Shrines to Mazu and the Guanyin, elaborately carved…