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Mar 312009

Some of our best childhood memories are of eating Sundal.

Sundal at home. Sundal at the neighbors. Sundal at the Marina Beach in Chennai, Sundal in Chidambaram, Sundal in Pondicherry, Sundal in Vridhachalam, Sundal at the temple, Sundal everywhere.

More a snack than a main course, Sundal is not restricted to Tamil Nadu. In Karnataka, they have a version called Usli.

Tired of writing and reading about Indian dads in India raping their daughters or Indian dads in the U.S. shooting their children, we sought some relief from an old friend – Sundal.

Sundal comes in different forms. What we are enjoying today as we write this post is Black Channa Sundal.

Here’s our recipe for Black Channa Sundal:

1) 1 cup boiled Black Channa (if you are using raw channa, soak overnight and boil for 20 minutes)
2) 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3) 1/4 cup finely chopped tomato
4) 5 to 6 curry leaves Continue reading »

Mar 312009

We are watching the 2007 movie Next (Nicholas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann et al).

This time, instead of ordering the DVD we are watching via Netflix’ online instant play service through the Roku box.

New Zealand film maker Lee Tamahori directed the movie.

We’ll update this post after we finish watching the movie.


Next is not a bad movie but no great shakes either.

The fast-paced movie starts off well but loses steam in the last 30 minutes or so. Continue reading »

Mar 312009

(inspired by what_if and an expanded version of our response)

What’s wrong with Indian Dadas oops Dads?

Horrific reports have come out recently that a growing number of Indian dads are going about raping their young daughters in India.

But what is less known is that there are disturbing incidents of Indian dads in the U.S. shooting young children.

The first shooting incident happened in October 2008 in the Los Angeles suburb of Porter Ranch. Karthik Rajaram shot and killed his three young sons (ages: 19, 12 and 7), wife and mother-in-law before finally turning the gun on himself.

Two days back, there came gruesome reports of another Indian dad Continue reading »