Book Review: Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods by Tishani Doshi is a journey from sublunary everyday happenings to death, from Ode to Patrick Swayze to Summer in Madras, to other unflinching, haunting poems. Tishani Doshi works her magic again in this poetry collection with striking imagery, simultaneously sensual, humourous and tender, making an indelible mark…

Interview With Writer and Theater Activist Paromita Bardoloi

Paromita Bardoloi is an Independent writer and a theater activist. Her writings over the years have been published in many national websites and magazines, including Huffington Post, National Geographic, Women’s Web, YourStory, Bonobology, Femina , The Quint, Complete Wellbeing and so on. Her writings have mostly dealt with women empowerment. She strongly believes it’s not…

Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate and bananas in one muffin? If that’s not heaven, I don’t know what is. The cinnamon season is going strong and so are my recipes inspired by the delightful spice. The muffins are soft and moist inside, with a soft crunch on the top. The aroma when the muffins are in the…

Book Review: Doppelgänger in my House

Nalini Priyadarshini’s first poetry collection, Doppelgänger in my House coils around you and takes you to a journey of love, heartbreak, sensuality and forgotten soupçons of the past, with sharp imagery and unique analogies, both mythological and mundane everyday happenings. She says in the introduction of her anthology: ‘I believe there is no beginning or…

Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven, and one of my favourite combinations. So, you know I had to make it happen again. These brownies are super sweet, fudgey, and the sprinkled peanuts give them a nice crunchy texture. And they are ridiculously easy to make, requiring only five ingredients. So, here’s…

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple and cinnamon, the ultimate sweet ‘n spice combination is back in the form of these enrapturing Apple Cinnamon Muffins. The soft, melt-in-the-mouth consistency as well as the embedded apple soupçons buried like treasures, bringing with them the charm of fall. They’re basically small apple pies, and nothing evokes the emergence of fall like the…

Banana Bread

Banana bread is something that everyone should try at least once. The rich, soft texture and especially the lucid aroma that fills the house when it’s baking is an amazing experience. It’s quite simple, not a lot of work and a delectable loaf awaits you on the other side of the process. So, here’s the…

Sizzle & Sear

Originally posted on The Terrified Amateur:
Food is why this journal exists, of course, yet the voyage only begins with taste.  By the time the plate is brought to the table, at least two of the senses are engaged, followed by a third and a fourth when the dish is sampled.  In a few cases,…

Homemade Thin Crust Pizza

When making a thin crust pizza, the dough needs to be near perfect. And I think mine comes pretty close, thanks to long but fruitful experiments. This recipe is quick and easy, taking only about an hour or so to make. As for the toppings, there’s nothing specific, of course. I usually add onions, tomatoes,…

Book Review: A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a ‘black comedy’ according to Wikipedia, although I failed to see it, set in a future where youth violence has gotten out of control. Published in 1963, when youth violence was a frequent occurrence in England, it revolves around the question, ‘reformation at what cost?’