I Am

The email below led to this video of me here and pasted below.

She had me at Alarmel Valli!!

Dear Shoba

Hope all is well. Not sure you remember me but we met at the Festival of Sacred Music two/three years ago. I now have a performing arts’ company called Aalaap and under the banner of Aalaap, I edit and publish a performing arts magazine. Will send you a few copies if you give me your snail mail address.

I’m writing to you on behalf of Ahalya, an exclusive, high-end jewellery brand, whose creator is a very intelligent and insightful designer by the same name. Ahalya Bespoke is a sub-brand of Ahalya and to grow the bespoke brand and to create a community of sorts, who celebrate the idea of self and individuality, we have created and manage a social media platform called I Am that is a platform for conversations and thoughts, ideas and inspirations.

In it, we intend to – through stories and films – echo the philosophy of the brand – I Am – where the idea is to celebrate people the way they are; women and men who live life on their own terms and have a point of view that matters.

You can take a look at the page at Facebook.com/theiampage.

I’m writing to you to invite you to be a part of this page’s series of films wherein you share a particular idea/thought/expression/story, etc, that is integral to who you are. So far, we have had two films (Alarmel Valli, the dancer and Sharanya Manivannan poet)

Our camera team will be in Bangalore between October 24th and October 25th and if you are up for this, it’d be great if you could indicate the time and venue where we can shoot this film. The whole process including the shoot will not take more than 90 minutes.

I really look forward to your response…

Warm regards
Akhila

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

I was involved in a wonderful TV show called Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. It is an award-winning show aired on Public Televsion stations all across the US. My job was to find and coordinate the folks who would appear several episodes. This is the second season of the show. The first season is available from the itunes store for free. Anyone interested in food should watch it.

Here are some of the episodes in which I was involved with blurbs from the show.

1. Southern India: the Spice of Life

Join us as we experience the flavors that define South Indian cuisine. We’ll visit the home of an award-winning author where she savors the enduring recipes and aromatic spices that connect her to family and an ancient past. Next, we’ll visit a tiny farming community where local farmers cultivate indigenous ragi grain without the use of pesticides. We’ll also travel along the western Malabar coast where a distinguished chef makes a local favorite using the region’s abundant seafood and coconuts. Watch the episode HERE

2. Bread: Foundation of a Meal

Bread: a simple staple at the center of almost any meal, on every table, across the globe. We’ll travel through the bustling streets of Paris to learn the secret to a beautifully baked French loaf, and then head to Italy where an Italian baker shares the legend of Tuscan bread. We’ll also spend time in the Adirondack Mountains with a baker who sees bread as a way of life. Back in the Gourmet kitchen, we’ll get a taste of a legendary recipe for savory brioche from Richard Bertinet.

Watch the episode HERE

3. Fine Fast Food

Who says fast food can’t be superb? Join us as we visit chefs around the world who are redefining the very concept of fast food. Chef David Chang of Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York City turns out a spectacular meal in next to no time. In Florence, Italy, a vendor of tripe sandwiches shows us the glories of the city’s oldest form of fast food, while in Hong Kong we visit a local wonton noodle shop that has gained widespread fame for its recipe, which fans consider to be perfect. In the Gourmet kitchen, we’ll show you how to make Steak Diane in a flash, using a very unexpected ingredient.

Watch the episode HERE

4. Drinks: the golden age of spirits

Come along as we travel the globe to discover the exciting and flavorful world of spirits, looking into the slightly wacky world of mixology and meeting the cocktail artists who are raising the bar for bartenders everywhere. In the field of molecular mixology, risk-taker Tony Conigliaro is known for blending some of the most innovative cocktails in the UK. In India, we’ll watch Keralan coconut climbers make fresh liquor from the sap of a coconut tree. We’ll also visit the first and only micro-distillery in New York, which has been producing bourbon, rye, and vodka since the Prohibition era. And in the Gourmet kitchen, we’re reinventing the multi-layered Pousse-Café.

Watch the episode HERE

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie’s Ancient Traditions Show

I drank Kallu (Toddy) for this one.

Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie

I was involved in a wonderful TV show called Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie. It is an award-winning show aired on Public Televsion stations all across the US. My job was to find and coordinate the folks who would appear several episodes. This is the second season of the show. The first season is available from the itunes store for free. Anyone interested in food should watch it.

Here are some of the episodes in which I was involved with blurbs from the show.

1. Southern India: the Spice of Life
Join us as we experience the flavors that define South Indian cuisine. We’ll visit the home of an award-winning author where she savors the enduring recipes and aromatic spices that connect her to family and an ancient past. Next, we’ll visit a tiny farming community where local farmers cultivate indigenous ragi grain without the use of pesticides. We’ll also travel along the western Malabar coast where a distinguished chef makes a local favorite using the region’s abundant seafood and coconuts. Watch the episode HERE

2. Bread: Foundation of a Meal
Bread: a simple staple at the center of almost any meal, on every table, across the globe. We’ll travel through the bustling streets of Paris to learn the secret to a beautifully baked French loaf, and then head to Italy where an Italian baker shares the legend of Tuscan bread. We’ll also spend time in the Adirondack Mountains with a baker who sees bread as a way of life. Back in the Gourmet kitchen, we’ll get a taste of a legendary recipe for savory brioche from Richard Bertinet.
Watch the episode HERE

3. Fine Fast Food
Who says fast food can’t be superb? Join us as we visit chefs around the world who are redefining the very concept of fast food. Chef David Chang of Momofuku Ssäm Bar in New York City turns out a spectacular meal in next to no time. In Florence, Italy, a vendor of tripe sandwiches shows us the glories of the city’s oldest form of fast food, while in Hong Kong we visit a local wonton noodle shop that has gained widespread fame for its recipe, which fans consider to be perfect. In the Gourmet kitchen, we’ll show you how to make Steak Diane in a flash, using a very unexpected ingredient.
Watch the episode HERE

4. Drinks: the golden age of spirits
Come along as we travel the globe to discover the exciting and flavorful world of spirits, looking into the slightly wacky world of mixology and meeting the cocktail artists who are raising the bar for bartenders everywhere. In the field of molecular mixology, risk-taker Tony Conigliaro is known for blending some of the most innovative cocktails in the UK. In India, we’ll watch Keralan coconut climbers make fresh liquor from the sap of a coconut tree. We’ll also visit the first and only micro-distillery in New York, which has been producing bourbon, rye, and vodka since the Prohibition era. And in the Gourmet kitchen, we’re reinventing the multi-layered Pousse-Café.
Watch the episode HERE