Vestiges of European Colonialism

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I harbor a certain fascination for the colonial period of world history (1492 to 1961+), because the antics of the colonizers - mostly European -  provide endless examples of how our world to this day still bears the scars of that tumultuous and turbulent time. Few regions of…

A Case of Culinary Illiteracy

It wasn’t just the Thai language and its lacy script that rendered me illiterate. So also did the sheer variety of ingredients, the creatures – crawling, swimming, splayed, and grilled – and the vast range of vegetables and fruits on display in the Warorot market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My adrenaline levels soared as if…