Tag: Diwali

… 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 […]

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 […]

A “cracker” of a ban

We came to Delhi in Aug 1997 and learnt about smog for the first time… the air was thick and there was fog+smoke, smog in the months of Dec and Jan. Then came the ban on “jugaad” rickshaws. These were people carriers that used a modified “motorbike” and […]

Diwali release

The only tradition that I followed for a long time was wearing a new sari on Diwali. This Diwali is no different, except that I have followed all the rituals and decked up the house in colourful lights too. Since we are South Indians, our Diwali comes a […]

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 […]

Unrelenting “Appeasement”

I think this post will irritate many readers and may provoke some… but so be it. Last Sunday, we were watching the “Neeya Naana” program on Vijay TV. Its a chat show that debates social issues. The topic of discussion for this episode was about the differences between […]

Paalum Pazhamum Sari

On the W3  (women, weave, world) page there is a spurt of these Paalum Pazhamum saris and I guess thats what prompted me to pull this one out to wear today. I have three of the Paalum Pazhamum type checks. This is a beautiful combination of copper sulphate […]

Random memories

Dear Appa, Yesterday we were remembering you .. Amma made the Deepawali Marunthu using the powder that you had made so many years back. It has turned out to be yum as always, just without the dollops of ghee that Amma used earlier :). She is miffed about […]

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