“Curry & Rice” on Forty Plates: The British Raj Encore

In 1859, George Francklin Atkinson, a captain of the Bengal Engineers and a writer of some imagination as well as artistic skill, published “Curry & Rice” on Forty Plates: or the Ingredients of Social Life at “Our Station” in India. Illustrated with forty drawings, or the “plates” in question, Atkinson’s fictitious account of life in … More “Curry & Rice” on Forty Plates: The British Raj Encore

MOVE OVER, MAJOR GREY

In keeping with the whole British colonial heritage story [See HERE and HERE for more], here’s a change of continents. From Africa to the Indian subcontinent. Chutney. Etymologically, the word entered English via Urdu ( چٹنی ), Hindi ( चटनी — caṭnī ), and  Bengali (চাটনী) . Chutney is chutney is Major Grey’s mango chutney. … More MOVE OVER, MAJOR GREY

UPDATED: BREAKING: Indian Food Critic / Journalist Sabina Sehgal Saikia Dead in Mumbai Terrorist Attacks

Sadly, I’ve just learned that Sabina Sehgal Saikia’s death has been confirmed by her friends and family: A massive fire has gutted major portions of the floor she was in. Till late Friday night, her husband Shantanu Saikia, who is also a journalist, was “hoping against hope” that she would be found alive. But that … More UPDATED: BREAKING: Indian Food Critic / Journalist Sabina Sehgal Saikia Dead in Mumbai Terrorist Attacks