Sherbets

This coming Saturday is Mint Lounge’s Summer Special issue.  I wrote a column on cooling summer drinks, which, I discovered is already up on the site.  So am posting it here. Columns Posted: Thu, Apr 5 2012. 8:12 PM IST The cooling draught There is no better summer drink that the traditional Indian sherbet from…

When Housewives March for Mint

For a while now, I have been focusing on what writers call the “telling detail,” where you observe something but pick out the detail that is new and unusual.  In this piece, it was the housewife telling her Maharaj to make dal, sabzi, roti, and then breaking off to yell, “Saaku Saaku, lanja saaku.” or…

Can you survive a year without shopping?

My latest Mint piece is a topic that I have been thinking a lot about. Can you show affection without buying people things? How to use the most precious thing we have– time– to tell the people we care that we care about them. Here is the Mint article t was the summer of 1845….