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Women cooking pongal over small fires

Celebrating Pongal in Tamil Nadu, India

 “Please join us!” the woman in a gold-trimmed green sari exclaimed, waving a wooden spoon in our direction. Sweet smoke wafted from hundreds of...
making sheerma in Lucknow

In India, Lucknow food meets Awadhi history

Outside a busy Lucknow restaurant, two men work in harmony atop what appears to be a small room, but is in fact an enormous...
Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj, India

As the seemingly endless line of saffron-clad men walked past us, many smiled and waved. I lifted my camera just as one of them...
Deccan Odyssey

Seeing India in style on the Deccan Odyssey

My husband and I have been back from India just a couple of weeks, and we are still talking about our many experiences in...

India’s Holi festival: more than color play

Every year, thousands of Hindus participate in Holi, the festival of colors.  Tom and I arrived in Mumbai on the eve of Holi, and...
Spiral staircase, Rubin Museum of Art, New York

Rubin Museum exhibits Indian art

The Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea is a human-scale, tastefully designed display and performance venue. The re-purposed retail space (previously a Barney’s department...
Incense and candle with blossoms, Rajasthan

Endearing, enduring India

After a full month in India, I’m on overload. This trip is done, but the friendly people, fabulous food, history, and artistry that permeates...
View across the Douro at Porto

Living the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal

Portugal's state of emergency in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic was lifted at the beginning of May, and on May 4th the...
Chef flaming a dish in the kitchen

Anita’s Feast celebrates ten years

Anita’s Feast began around a table with our neighbors in Basel, Switzerland, as we unpacked the Swiss ritual of raclette to a background of...
FAmily standing near a kolan

Tamil Nadu’s kolam art tradition

One of India’s most distinctive art forms is that of rangoli, in which patterns are created on the floor or the ground using materials...
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