Silent Diwali & a Smoky NCR

This year we did not celebrate Diwali as Krishnan’s Chachaji passed away. We just put up a few lights and sent Diwali messages to everyone. We didn’t even make sweets at home. When my Mama called me on Diwali day from Chennai to talk about something else, we couldn’t hear each other because of the … Read more

Diwali Reflections…. Happy & Sad

For us South Indians, Deepavali was yesterday. Since we live in the north, we celebrate on both the days – yesterday and today. Some of the traditions that we follow for Diwali celebrations are – applying sesame oil heated with peppercorns, on our heads early in the morning and taking bath; eating “Deepavali marundu” a … Read more

… And a Happy Diwali it was! 

For many years our Diwali celebrations have been muted. We don’t go to the card parties because we don’t play cards and South Indians anyway don’t play cards during Diwali. We never did the regular “Pooja” that was done by my parents and my in-laws because we don’t generally do “Pooja”…. I don’t have a … Read more

Nutty Ladoos and Spicy Halwa 

Every Diwali we make the  “Nuts” ladoos and the Deepavali “marundu”. Even though this year we are not celebrating Diwali, we continued the tradition and made both. While the “marundu” was made with the spice powder that dad had made in 2007… the ladoos were made by me using my current obsession OPOS (One Pot … Read more

Deepavali “Marundu”

Every Diwali many people in TamilNadu make the Deepavali “Marundu”. Marundu in Tamil means medicine. This is made during Diwali and eaten right in the morning before eating anything else as it helps in digestion and has several medicinal herbs that help ward off many diseases. If we pay close attention to our traditional festival … Read more

A string of “Deepavali” memories

Dear Appa, Yesterday, we made the Deepavali “marundu”…. with the mix that you had made in 2008. Yes, its still safe and not spoilt at all. We have kept it in an airtight bottle and anyway Hyderabad and Delhi have dry weather so things don’t spoil as easily. Appa, Amma and I were remembering how … Read more