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Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis 10/10

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis Zorba is a passionate lover, brave fighter, a hard-working miner, an endless adventurer, soulful musician and a lot more. He cooks with intent, tells you stories around the fire and often dances to express things he finds difficult to put in words. Set in the Greek island of Crete, […]

Poonachi — or The Story of A Black Goat 7/10

Poonachi by Perumal Murugan Having been guilty of not reading much of Indian authors much, it was my resolution to start reading them. A Quora user pointed me towards a book I had never heard of. A book about a black goat in growing up in a small village – Poonachi. Sounded like an easy-breezy […]

Women Writers, Where Are You? Questions from My Bookshelf

I love reading. I have my own quirks and techniques like everyone else. I was arranging my books the other day and noted something weird. No women writers in my bookshelf! My recently read books include authors like Michael Pollan, Cal Newport, Andrew Grove, Adam Smith, Seneca, Neil Gaiman, Stephen Hawking, John McPhee, Perumal Murugan, […]

Reading Your Book? Quirks and Techniques

Reading is an extremely personal experience. Here is the way I read. Flirting with the Book Deciding on a book is critical. This sounds trivial but is not. Trust me. Good books are pointless if you have picked them at the wrong time. Your bookshelf is your literary playlist. There is a book for every […]

Authentic Food – What Does it Really Mean?

Eavesdropping “The food was outstanding, it was really tasty, I loved it but it felt like it lacked the authentic flavour of the region”, an enlightened customer proclaimed. “Which region? I grew up over there and this is how we made it in the family.” retorted the owner of a twelve-seater restaurant. “I have been […]

War & Food – About Hunger, Conflicts, and Good Stories

Welcome to Valhalla If you fall bravely in war, the Valkyries, beautiful battle-maidens who collect the soul of the noble dead, will take you and bring you to the hall known as Valhalla. He will be waiting for you in Valhalla, and there you will drink and fight and feast and battle, with Odin as […]

McDonald’s of the Future – Are You Lovin’ it?

The journey from restaurants to fast-food has been an interesting one. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on personal computers, computer software, or new cars – combined. McDonald’s is a household name. However, McDonald’s will/has hit a wall. Population US population is growing at a less than 1% growth. Lesser future stomachs. […]

Why Restaurants Got So Loud and Why it Makes Sense

I read an interesting article in the Atlantic about how restaurants got loud and this is an additional perspective over it. Atlantic Article tl;dr Restaurants are loud because architects do not want it to be quiet. Fashionable minimalism leads to lower maintenance and higher revenue. My Addition Restaurants have come a long, long way in its current […]

The Feast of the Seven Fishes – Decoded

We had an Italian guest on OpenOut and asking them about The Feast of the Seven Fishes got them bewildered. What we believed to be Italian, by hearsay, was something they had never heard. A conversation and follow-up research made us realise so much about Italian food and culture that we had to put this […]

The Chinese New Year – Origins and Mythology

If the greatness of a culture can often be found in the festivals, then this is the gateway to China. The Chinese New Year. Origins of the Chinese New Year A land full of mythical beasts and cultures, the story is a fascinating one. Tales and legends take us thousands of centuries back to the […]

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