Interview with Jessie Hillel

Originally posted on Milk and Two Sugars:
Jessie Hillel Interview (This article was published in FWD Life Magazine, Kochi in their April edition) They say one has to be at Nashville to break into the music scene. They also say that one has to have, besides musical lineage, golden locks of hair falling down to the shoulder and a hamster for pet etc. Jessie Hillel was 8188 miles away on a tiny little island and was three years old when, unbeknownst to any, the muses took her. If it wasn’t for the Jim Reeves CD that was playing for the…

KITCHEN: Proving Ground for the Modern Man

‘Men cook to show off for an admiring crowd or simply for the pleasure of it. Women cook because they are expected to and because people around them have to eat.’ Men have been wandering into the kitchen with a sense of distinct purpose lately and not just to make tea and prepare bowls of cereals. What once used to be a dominant feminine area, with technology and gadgetry marketed to simplify and ease the drudgery of cooking, is now a masculine proving ground with all manner of gear, gadgets and hardware. Cooking shows, which also used to be dominated…

The Warsworn and the Witch (STORY)

THE WARSWORN AND THE WITCH cHAPTER ONE: pART ONE   The quill fell and rose in fluent efficiency, its tip tainted with the darkest black. It fell again on a scroll ruined with age and rode along in a tongue unfamiliar to the common eye. As the hand wrote, the mind wandered carelessly unhinging itself from the complexities of this simple world. The candle beside flickered violently in protest against its tormentor. The hour was late and the night grim, enveloped in a thin mist that frequents these lands this time of the year. It wasn’t wise to be awake…

FROM BEHIND THE BAR

I always thought bar-tending was about filling a glass with alternating layers of alcohol and fruit. But a closer observation and an in-depth field study from one of the popular clubs in town taught me better. The stench of sweat and vomit hung densely in the air. The local DJ was trying all he could to get them to move in sync with the music, not that it was his job, but those chaotic figures off whom weird lights bounced swung in relation to where the hottest girl stood. It was one of those nights, the last of its kind…

The Raj at War

The Second World War was not fought by British alone. India produced the largest volunteer army in world history: over 2 million. But, until now, there has never been a comprehensive account of India’s turbulent home front and the nexus between warfare and India’s society. At the heart of the Raj at War are the many lives and voices of ordinary Indian people. From the first Indian to win the Victorian Cross in the war to the three soldiers imprisoned as ‘traitors of the Raj’ who returned to a hero’s welcome, from the nurses in Indian General Hospitals to the…

Tiny Human Beings: A Legitimate Threat

You probably would not have noticed that young kid who sits behind you at work. Or you must have, you pedophile! With his heaps of files and neatly stacked pencils, he must have seemed like a gullible young fellow who thought he might just be able to sneak in here for a couple of days and get your company logo on his newly drafted CV wherein sentences drown in a sea of white space. You did not mind this at all. Nor the fact that he walks in an hour late, with sleep still in his eyes, clutching a Starbucks…

Interview: ANANDANA KAPUR

Life is short, youth finite, but there exists limitless opportunities. Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new – and sometimes unexpected – directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations. And it is this ability to recognize such opportunities that made Anandana Kapur a leading voice in Delhi. I had a very interesting conversation with her the other day and she walked me through some of her experiences and insights on how to find success and happiness: with persistence and preparation. Me: What made…