Sanjeevanam Restaurant : Healthy Eating for Happy Living!

Can you go to any restaurant and say, ‘Hey, I am going to be healthier by the time I come out?’. Rare. Very rare. Sanjeevanam restaurant in Chennai (part of Medimix group) aspires to be among that elite of restaurants where customers get to eat fresh and healthy food!

The best thing about this restaurant is – they don’t use refined foods (like maida, white sugar), they don’t use red chillies, tamarind, garlic, ginger, etc. Needless to say, they don’t use artificial/chemical coloring agents, preservatives, taste enhancers, etc. (It seems many restaurants use ajinamoto, banned in most countries as it is a harmful taste-enhancer). They don’t do deep frying, they buy and use fresh ingredients and don’t reuse/store them. In short, they don’t follow all those health-detrimental practices, normal in many restaurants. Continue reading

Which Party should I Vote for in this 2014 Elections?

I got my Voter ID card recently. At last! Actually I applied for it to get an address proof, but, it seems, it’s got another use also – I can vote!! :P

So, for the first time I am going to change the fate of this country elect an MP. But now comes the REAL CONFUSION – which party/person should I vote for, in this 2014 General Election?? To complicate things further, my Tiruvallur constituency (Tamil Nadu) has 8 candidates from known political parties and 6 independent candidates. (Source). Total: 14. Didn’t know that this was such a HOT constituency! Continue reading

The Monologue (Short Story)

Jack Russell Puppy

He: [Rings the doorbell]
She: [Opens the door] You know what your son told me, today? He told me not to ‘interfere’ with his life.
She: Did you hear what I said just now? I am ‘interfering’ with his life, it seems. I carried him in my womb for almost a year; I sacrificed my career to give him the best possible attention; I dropped him to school, tution classes, hobby classes, and brought him back daily, for years; I made sure he got healthy meals even though I slept hungry on some days; I have sacrificed so many things for his happiness only to hear him tell me that I was ‘interfering’ with his life? Continue reading

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Book Review)

Literary Fiction, at its finest. This book is about marriage, and the politics surrounding it, in the early Nineteenth Century England. I can’t believe that this book was published first in 1813. The author brings the characters, situations and imagery to life and we are forced to believe that the story is happening right in front of our eyes, now! This is the first classic I ever read, and I now want to read more classics :)

Make no mistake – this is neither an ideal book, nor an easy book to read. I took many days to complete this book. Had I read it before even just a few years, I would not have completed it. I think, to be able to read and appreciate classics like this, one needs to be (somewhat) old and mature. This is almost a fairytale and has been written to give false hopes to young girls that marriage is the only worthy thing to look forward to, in their life. Maybe it was like that, back then.  Continue reading

Water Bowl Project: Quench the Thirst of Animals on the Street!

Blue Cross of India is an organization that is involved in rescuing, protecting and caring for animals on the streets. They are based out of Chennai. I visited their premises on Saturday, to know more about their Water Bowl project.

Before a few years, I accompanied a foreigner who came to India (for the first time). While traveling in a taxi, he pointed to some roadside dogs and asked me, “Who cares for these dogs – how do they grow up?”. I must admit that such a thought never occurred to me earlier and I just shrugged my shoulders. The concept that dogs could be left on the streets, was alien to him – I guess!   Continue reading

Poynter Journalism Workshop, Chennai, India: My Experience!


* Whether you read the article or not, don’t miss the song embedded in the end *

You maybe thinking – why did this guy go to a journalism training workshop? Frankly, I am wondering about the same too! :)

Who is

“We teach those who manage, edit, produce, program, report, write, blog, photograph and design, whether they belong to news organizations or work as independent entrepreneurs. We teach those who teach, as well as students in middle school, high school and college—the journalists of tomorrow.”

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