Interview With Poet and Author Shirani Rajapakse

Shirani Rajapakse is an internationally published, award winning poet and short story writer. She won the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013 and was a finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013. Her collection of short stories Breaking News (Vijitha Yapa 2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award. Her critically acclaimed poetry collection Chant of a Million Women (self published 2017) is a Finalist…

Carrot Cake Cookies

You know what’s better than Carrot Cake? Carrot Cake Cookies, that’s what! Soft and fluffy, these cookies are a treat to eat, not to mention that exquisite aroma floating around the kitchen as these decadent cookies bake to perfection. And its quite nutritious, with juicy carrots hidden in the cookies like little treasures. So here’s…

Book Review: I Exist. Therefore I Am.

I Exist. Therefore I Am by Shirani Rajapakse is a collection of disturbingly moving short stories of the atrocities women in rural India confront and the hope they have for a brighter future. The author’s evocative and unforgiving style of writing is what pumps life into the characters as they walk through life fighting various…

Why Bibliophiles Cafe?

I began my journey into the world of literature, recipes and more in 8th grade, when I made my first No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. My mum urged me to create a blog, which wasn’t something I was very enthusiastic about, hence the long gaps between those early posts. But I would get quite into this…

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…

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?’

Chocolate Brioche

This French delicacy is a light and tender pastry, usually cooked with either fruits or chocolate. They are served on their own, and sometimes used as a basis for other desserts. The first time I tried these, they came out well enough, but practice brings improvement and before you know, you’re baking a fantastic loaf…

Book Review: Animal Farm

Animal farm is one of the most satirical books I’ve read. Far from a fairy tale, the book is a metaphor for the Russian Revolution of 1917. George Orwell, a democratic socialist, was extremely critical of Stalin, believing that the Soviet Union had become a brutal dictatorship.

Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

When your dietitian tells you to have one cookie a day, its the peanut butter cookie cake to the rescue. Peanut Butter and Chocolate is a perfect pairing, and this is one of the best examples of that. The cake is rich and the chocolate chips explode flavour when bit into. Decadent and delicious, here’s…

Chocolate Mango Cake

Summer in India means a bunch of mango recipes. Be it chutney, pickle or ice-cream, there’s a lot to be done once vacations unravel those long, lazy days of procrastination. And no summer is complete without a classic mango cake. Its rich and soft texture with that sweet mango tinge is an experience in itself….

Chocolate Muffins

The first time I made these muffins, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice and chocolatey they turned out. They had little chocolate chips and chunks buried inside like little treasures. And it’s such an effortless and simple recipe, it was love at first sight. Here is the recipe for these moist and delicious chocolate…

Chocolate Brownies

These brownies are soft, easy and sinfully delicious. Top them off with some vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup and you’ve got yourself an enrapturing dessert. Here’s the recipe. Happy Baking!!!

An evening with Paromita

We walked into semi dark interiors of Wall Street a little before 4. Between light rock and a smattering of happy hour coustomers, spotting Sukriti resplendent in her blue dress and red heels was easy. On her side were Hardik and a slim attractive girl in short hair who soon excused herself and disappeared as…