Monthly Archives: March 2012

Is Guinness Good for You?

The saga of the most famous beer in the World Ever been to Dublin, Ireland? No? It is a must-visit place if you have a pub crawler in you. Whichever way you turn you meet pubs, pubs and more pubs. No wonder, James Joyce, the country’s most celebrated writer once mused aloud whether there was any way to cross Dublin without passing a pub. People! They took his joke seriously and pored over the city map. The fever reached such … Continue reading

Anatomy of Spice – Toddy Shops

Anatomy of Spice

The writer begins a whirlwind tour through the toddy shops in Kerala to savour the dishes which are fingerlickin’ good. The cool wind blows. The waters of Valapattanam river lap on the marshy bank where a nondescript toddy shop stands, no, teeters on to one side. It is perfect for a snap, but for the blue tarpaulin spread out against the hot sky and a potbellied man, who reads to me the Commandments. I feel the intense blue heat under … Continue reading


Freekick is back I waited with bated breath in that half-lit room. Hamme, a hundred pairs of eyes are on me. My doctor-neighbour checks the pulse of the old man lying on the bed. I am fed up. Every time they feel that the old man has died – not responding to tickles, pinches, pins, staplers, the voice of Ranjini Haridas – they send for the doctor to confirm their wild imagination. The doctor takes me as his companion. From … Continue reading