100+1 PHOTO STORY: ECOTONES – Munnar: The Road Not Taken

“The Road Not Taken” will take through small hamlets and village roads which are lovely way to observe local life and people. Spice plantation trail is a solid 3 hour walk over hillocks and glens. You will find out about the local spices cultivated by the people of Muduvankudi: from early turmeric to the spicy and pungent Bird’s Eyes Chilli or kanthari, you will learn about how farmers grow black gold: pepper. The cardamom plantations transport you to different world, with lush emerald stalks and giant tree canopies. As you walk along, check out the multi-hued bird life all around you! From the ravishing ruby-throated bulbul and chattering Malabar hornbills to the metallic blue Malabar Whistling Thrush – the forest birds you will see around are sure to leave you enthralled. Come with us: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”
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THE HINDU – Cafe Papaya: A space for expression

Published in India, June 21, 2013: THE HINDU – A space for expression


Movies, music and food are on the menu of the Cafe Papaya

In 1998, American singer-songwriter Dave Matthews wrote of ‘The Dreaming Tree’, a place beneath which promises held true, fears were conquered and creativity flourished unbridled. In a large house on North Janatha Road, a similar tree exists. Pencilled onto a white wall and lit by sunlight from a skyroof, the tree is packed chock-full of words and images that stand for oneness in Japanese, Hebrew, Tamil, Malayalam and a myriad other languages. It is the epicentre of Kochi’s new creative hub for movies, music and food — Cafe Papaya — a collaborative project between filmmaker Aashiq Abu, photographer Ajay Menon and Avial’s band manager Jithu Livingstone. (more…)

Udupi Food at Krishna Cafe in Mattancherry

“There are only a few places in this world where cultural pluralism exists the way it does in Mattancherry. In this maze of multiple streets, every right angle turn greets you with surprise, transporting you to a small town in some other part of the world.” Ananya Rajoo, Route Cochin

For us, who studied at Manipal University, name of the small town Udupi has two meanings – Sri Krishna Temples & Masala Dosa! Both ‘worshiped’ in different way… so when my friends told me: “Let’s go to Sri Krishna Cafe at Mattancherry. It is one of the oldest restaurants, run by Udupi Brahmins.” I simply stopped riksha and said to driver: “Sri Krishna Cafe at Mattancherry!” (more…)

THE HINDU – “On a common plate”

Published in India, November 22, 2013: THE HINDU – “On a common plate”


Two Slovak chefs scout for recipes from Kerala to recreate at Moshi Moshi, their restaurant in Bratislava

Jan Angus and Zuzana Zwiebel Magdova from Slovakia were friends as school children, but life took them down different paths. Zuzana came to Manipal for a degree in geopolitics, stayed on to travel South Asia, and finally settled in Kochi. (more…)