Chandri's Kitchen

Chandrika Balasubramanian
Food for the mind; food for the body.
Created 29 Aug 2021
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  • Hope
    30 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 3 5
    We ate out five times a year. Our birthdays. And our parents’ anniversary. And when we were in India, back from Yemen, our meal of choice was always Chinese. Indian Chinese, of course. And during my h...
  • Chocolate grandfathers shooting up
    23 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 3 1
    He always had a twinkle in his eye. And irrespective of when we saw him, whether he was expecting us or not, he always had candy for us in his pocket. One of the pockets of the black formal jacket he ...
  • Methinks thou dost protest too much
    16 Dec 2021 • 8 min read • 3 4
    My paternal grandfather, Tata (/t̪ɑːt̪t̪ɑː/), is the only grandparent I got to know a little; my maternal granddad died when my mum was a teenager; my two grandmothers died when I was 8 or 9. Tata liv...
  • Old, dusty bookstores
    09 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 3 4
    Share Chandri's Kitchen Memories…down a specific lane. Dark, dusty, shelf upon shelf, in row after row of old books. My brother and I eagerly pulling books off shelves to explore what we could dive in...
  • There's Englishes and Englishes
    02 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 3 2
    This week’s post got its inspiration from the fact that a friend and I just completed an edited volume yesterday – that we just turned in to the publisher. Hurrah. And the idea for the book stemmed fr...
  • Curries, Mathematically Speaking
    25 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 4
    A much lighter post today. I thought moving away from the weighty issues of the last two posts was in order. The idea for this post came from a question I noticed on one of the Facebook food groups I ...
  • Untouchability
    18 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 4 2
    It always smells the same. Food smells, usually saaru (the Kannada word for rasam), and whiffs of the smoke from the wood burning stove out back. The stove that faithfully heats up huge vats of water ...
  • On Choice
    11 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 3 3
    Subscribe now Share Chandri's Kitchen A more personal post this week. More social than linguistic. Diwali. Fireworks. For the kid me, these were simple: sparklers and flowerpots. Sparklers were silver...
  • Thoughts prompted by dreams
    04 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 2
    Subscribe now Nice warm evening in Asheville, North Carolina. Summer 2009. Moon is stunning. I have just finished dinner – out somewhere, and am walking home. Past the Civic Center downtown. It is a l...
  • On Adapting. And Creating
    28 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 5 1
    Share Subscribe now So the idea for today’s post came from this picture that was posted in one of the WhatsApp groups I belong to, and is an ad for a new restaurant. Called FaceBhook. I delighted at s...
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