The easy way – make paneer from cottage cheese

Last weekend, I made paneer makhani again. I am getting addicted to this stuff. Paneer makhani, or paneer butter masala as it’s sometimes called, is really quick to make, makes you feel like a super chef and quite tasty too. I had a half hour to squeeze in cooking between grocery shopping and gardening, and…

The many forms of tourism

S called me in the middle of a busy day.  But that was okay, because I wasn’t doing anything important anyway. I was just busy, which is a completely different thing. “Did you read this NY Times article on this boom in tourism to Mexico?” she asked me. Now, I hadn’t read that NY Times…

A heart-warming story for our times

A darkened synagogue in Midwestern America. Two Americans are praying – one, a neurosurgeon who super-specializes in complex brain surgery involving repairing the brain’s thinnest blood vessels and dissecting tumors. The other, a social worker who lives and works in Ethiopia. What are the chances these two strangers would meet? But they do meet, and…

Movies in a recession

Do people spend more on movies when there is a recession? If they do, why is it so? The New York Times had this interesting observation about the box office collections last week: Overall the Top 10 films took in $134.4 million, according to Screenline. That is about 10 percent higher than the $122 million…

A Haiku tag

I have been meaning to try writing Haiku verse for some time. In a tentative, will-it-bite way, I love Haiku, though I am not sure I can do any good with it. I am too verbose for Haiku, I can never use five syllables if five hundred would do the job instead. But then, Shefaly…

Good neighborliness

For a short time after we moved in, I did not have any immediate neighbors. Now I have the usual complement of “adjacent” neighbors – one on either side. I have never been to either neighbor’s house. With one, we chat every weekend, standing in our respective backyards. Often, we do this while holding (i)…