Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Saturday, February 12, 2011
The two threads of the story here focus on Mangalore and a Country that I lived in for 4 years - Egypt.
The description of Mangalore did not ring any bells, as it focussed mostly on the town as it existed 800+ years ago.
This is a book of non fiction. Amitav Ghosh chanced upon a letter between Abraham Ben Yiju, a Jewish merchant living in Mangalore, India, and Khalaf ibn Ishaq from Egypt, written in 1132AD. Part of this narrative focuses on Ghosh's search for more documents relating to Ben Yiju and part of the narrative tries to imagine the world that Ben Yiju lived in.
My entire Review can be read at http://karishmapais.blogspot.com/2010/02/book-review-in-antique-land.html
One of its 9 chapters is dedicated to Mangalore: where he initially flounders in his quest for the perfect Manglorean fish curry, but soon with the help of friends he discovers eateries that are hidden gems, known to the locals and discovers tawa fried fish, rawa fry and other delicacies too.
He first ate at Hotel Dakshin as he had no one to guide him. Hotel Nihal he found slightly better. And then Manglorean friends guided him to Mesha near New Chitra Theatre. Jaideep Shenoy - the Hindu correspondent took him to Narayan's near the Bunder wharf (go to SBI & ask for Narayan's anyone can tell you) famous for its tawa fried fish. (I myself will need to visit these 2 places when I'm next in town as shamefully inspite of having lived there for the better part of my life, I still hadn't heard of these places)
His encounter with Vasudev Boloor (President of multiple fishermens associations) leads to an impromptu meal of home cooked Manglorean fish curry which any Manglorean would know is infinitely better than anything that a restaurant can ever serve.
Some of his observations are spot on: Mangalore seemed sleepy when I got off the train & it seemed sleepy when I left my hotel in search of lunch. I was to learn over the course of my stay there, that it was a town that seemed sleepy right through the week and the book is a lovely read.
My detailed review can be read at http://muserkim.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-review-following-fish.html
Going through this particular chapter on Mangalore and Samanth's quest for the perfect fish curry in Mangalore, I was wondering what I would have replied if I had been asked for a recommendation. Other than my mums and grandma's curries, I think I may have recommended Hotel Mangala near Fatima Retreat House for its fish curry.
Which eateries in Mangalore would you recommend for fish curry / fish fry?
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
1. Moong ani Keerlyache nisthe - Green gram and bamboo shoots
2. Charmuri/Jhalmuri - Puffed Rice snack
4. Dosas & Idlis
5.Mussels Masala Fry
6.Mince Cutlets/ Indian burger patties
I have a seperate blog called Jhovaan for recipes and cooking.
In this day and age and with my work load, it is not possible to cook only Manglorean food, so the recipes are from all over. But I do cook Manglorean food too. For this some typically Manglorean kitchen implements are a part of my arsenal.
Take a look at the koithi
and the kanthne
Monday, January 26, 2009
Online searches led to daijiworld, Times of India and IBNLive.
The attack happened on Saturday and daijiworld says that the local authorities did not take the incident seriously until it caught the attention of national media.
The self styled moral police acting this time under the name of Sri Ram Sena entered into a pub and molested/physically abused the women on the premises. The pub owner in an interview on NDTV said that his waiters tried to stop the miscreants, but were unsuccessful.
The abusers have attributed various reasons for this attack:
1. they beat up young girls for "violating traditional Indian norms"
2. they forcibly entered the pub claiming unethical activities were on inside.
3. alleged that the pub owner was allowing the boys and girls to dance in an "obscene manner"
4. Prasad Attavar, State Deputy Convener of the Sri Ram Sena said that it was a spontaneous reaction against women, who flouted traditional Indian norms of decency.
5. got into an altercation with the women customers saying they were dressed indecently.
6. because of the attitude of the young women
7. accused the women of "involving themselves in immoral activities, including consuming alcohol, dressing indecently, and mixing with youths of other faith"
The questions that beg to be asked are:
1. Who the hell is the Sri Ram Sena or any other group of individuals to decide what Indian norms of decency are?
2. What gives them the right to impose their ideals on anyone else?
3. What gives them the right to physically harm anyone else?
Traditional Indian norms also say that women should be treated like Goddesses. But it seems that the moral brigade today has decided that Indian women should behave like Goddesses, if not they will treat them worse than animals/slaves!
Unfortunately these hooligans will be soon let go and we may see them being hailed as the "saviors of Indian culture" and we may even find them contesting elections pretty soon!
Most news sites state The ugly incident has a murky dimension also with leaders of Sri Rama Sene and Bajrang Dal, another pro-Hindu organisation fighting to take CREDIT for the attack in the name of punishing those going against "traditional Indian norms".
What is our country sinking to? Hooligans and goondas have free rein over our country: Whether it is attacking art halls where they do not approve of a particular artists creative expression, attacking movie theaters when they don't like the subject being tackled in a movie being screened, rampaging bookshops which sell books whose author they do not approve of, burning public buses and trains when mud spatter is found on a statue, the list is endless.
Everytime, they go scot free. It is the honest, law abiding, tax paying citizen of India who is perpetually held to ransom by these miscreants in the name of "protecting Indian culture".
The Hindu reports Ten alleged activists of Sri Ram Sene were arrested and produced before a magistrate in connection with Saturday’s attack on a pub in Hampankatta area here.
The accused have been identified as Subhash Padil, Raghavendra Pai, Subhash, Harish Kumar, Jeevan, Kirtan Raj Shetty, Sharath Padavinangadi, Dinesh, Vinod and Nitesh. The legal adviser of Sri Ram Sena Dinakar Shetty, who is believed to have led the attack, is absconding, according to the Mangalore North police.When will our politicians wake up from their apathy and take stern actions against these inbred terrorists who have unleashed their own brand of terror against the aam aadmi? (ordinary Indian citizens)
We are tired of empty words, we need to see some action being taken against people whose agenda is to destroy the very fabric of society that holds us together.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Currently this is the most famous restaurant in Mangalore for quality seafood. The ambiance in the evenings is wonderful and relaxing, as it has a semi open air feel.
The food was all excellent and I have yet to find a dish that I do not like at this place.
For starters we had Chicken 65(85rs), chicken tawa fry (13ors) - highly recommended, squid/baandaas butter garlic (80rs), mussels/pacchile masala fry (70rs), fish tawa fry (1 large slice of surmai/king fish - 130rs)
Read my entire review here
Sunday, January 18, 2009
221 8693, 426 8087
The Parent restaurant "Hao Hao" has many fond memories for me. It was the place we were taken for the occasional treats by our parents when we did very well in our exams (first 3 ranks) It was the place we went for our 10th std farewell treat.
By the time, I came to college, Hao Ming had a new improved branch - Hao Ming - a short distance away. We did have a lot of college birthday treats at this place.
My sister being the current resident expert on restaurants in Mangalore, gave us suggestions on what to order.
The food here is Indian Chinese at its best. Reminiscent of Nanking in Hyderabad and Rice Bowl in Bangalore.
Read my entire review on my Restaurant Review Blog
Friday, January 16, 2009
I am an Ex-Agnesian (97 - science batch). I know Namrata maam was very strict, but she was also extremely encouraging of any student who had talent and creativity. She did go the extra mile for some students whom she liked. Yes, this could be perceived as partiality, but once you are in college you are in preparation for the real world. You are no longer little children who will be cossetted by everyone around you. The sooner you learn this the better.
I grieve deeply for the loss of young Ramya's life and my sympathies are with her parents. But I do not think it is fair to accuse a lecturer with over 15 years of experience that her harassment has led to suicide.
It is also painful to see the young girls on protest, smiling and laughing. There is no grief, no seriousness at all. If I perceive it right, the students have just used the excuse of unfortunate Ramya to get a day off and take out their frustrations against the nuns and college management.
Since when has a communal organisation like ABVP had membership among Agnesians? Looks like the Agnesian girls have allowed themselves to be used as pawns in a bigger political game.
Use your brains girls and think things through for yourself.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Frieda Pinto was born in Bombay, but of Manglorean parents - her dad Frederick Pinto (Neerude) is a senior manager with Bank of Baroda and her mother Sylvia Pinto (Derebail) is the principal of St. Johns High School in Goregaon.
Its not a large role, but Freida has created a huge buzz in the industry and has been recognised for her beauty and her talent and hopefully this will lead to us seeing more of this lovely lass onscreen.
She seems to be immaculately dressed for every public event unlike another Manglorean beauty - Aishwarya Rai - who has faced a lot of criticism in the past for her choice of outfits, especially at Cannes in 2003.
Here is an interview of hers with daijiworld in which Frieda says "I’m proud myself to be an Indian first and a Mangalorean ‘cause my parents are from Mangalore. My dad is from Neerude and my mom is from Derabail. I have been there few times and I love Mangalore."
We wish her all the very best successes in her future.