Author: Anumita C. Roy

The Guilt Train Ride

Beginning this Monday, we introduce a new column, ‘Mother Writes’. It’s a parenting column, from a mother’s perspective. You may be an expecting mother, a new mother, a seasoned mother or a mother who has adopted a child. Motherhood is not restricted to biological or adopted, it also includes grandmothers and aunts. Tell us about […]

Home Remedies to Remove Sun Spots

Sun spots or liver spots are caused by the UV rays of the sun. Prolonged exposure to the sunlight without a sunscreen on causes such spots to occur. This is common with light skinned people. As light skin have less melanin and excess production of melanin in concentrated areas cause darkening or smudges that appear as spots on […]

Fifteen Customs that are Distinctly American!

Anumita lists fifteen customs that are very different and stand out as American tradition/norms, which most foreigner find strange, initially. This is not meant to offend anyone but is just a collection of opinions from people, who visit or come to stay from other countries. We are sure that all the countries have such norms, which are strange to […]

Say No to Double Chin with Simple Exercises and Home Remedies

Double chin is a very common issue for both men and women. Most of us hide it with clothing or taking pictures with our head tilted. In most cases, double chin is caused due to age or weight gain. With age, skin tends to lose elasticity and the lower part of our chin loses its grip and sags. As […]

Comfort Food: Delicious and Healthy Chocolate Cake Boosts Energy and Mood

Chocolate is the most popular flavor in the world. It is been used in all kind of desserts, drinks, and recipes. It is said that chocolates especially the dark variety has health benefits. Dark chocolates are nutritious, rich in antioxidants, help blood flow by reducing blood pressure and raise HDL and reduce LDL. Anumita says, “During the winter months […]

Christmas Grinch might steal Gifts, but Never the Festive Joy!

Dr. Suess’s Grinch and the Grinches of today are mean and are thieves too. They steal Christmas presents and decorations. There has been a series of robberies in a certain neighborhood. The TV screen panned into some recorded scenes of a young man actually stealing some the packages left on the porches. They found a culprit, at least […]

95-year Astronaut John Glenn, the Oldest Man on Space, Passes Away

John Glenn, other than being the senator from Ohio, was also the oldest man in space. He is, and will always be, one of us, an Ohioan’s favorite. His demise at the ripe age of 95, on December 8, 2016, is mourned by many. He breathed his last at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in Columbus. […]

Black Friday: Sinister Designs and Ploys of Shoppers for Big Bargains!

Black Friday, following the Thanksgiving Thursday, is a time of big bargains in the US. People wait for this day. But, the mad rush to literally grab the goods meant that ‘push’ came to a ‘shove’. There were clashes at times to outdo each other. People got up hours before the stores opened, braving the chill. With online […]

Thanksgiving: Yesteryears and Now

Anumita tells us about the tradition of Thanksgiving, tracing its genesis. What began in the north of the US is a nationwide celebration. Sarah Josepha Hale, a prolific writer and magazine editor also known for the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamp, took upon herself to propagate a fixed date to celebrate Thanksgiving all over the United […]

If it is the Apple Harvest Season, it has to be Apple Cake!

It’s fall, the harvest season of apples, in the US. Apples flood the market in every size, shape and colour. In the grocery the stores these fruits fill up counters after counters and give a beautiful festive look. From Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Rome Beauty, Fuji, Jonathan, York, Gala, and Yellow Newton and many more. The […]

Autumn: When the Leaves Blush!

Autumn brings in a riot of colours. As Albert Camus said, “autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower,” nature blushes into the brightest colors of red, orange, yellow and gold. There seem to be a competition among the foliage to show off. Each tree becomes a spectacular vision. Writers and poets have talked about […]

Five Layered Bean Dip: Yummy Americanised Mexican Starter

Five layered Bean Dip is an Americanised Mexican food. Its history is hard to trace. This dip has many ingredients readily available in cans and packets; it cannot be called an authentic Mexican dish. My guests loved it. It was spicy, creamy and crunchy at the same time. It was filling yet not so oily. And this dip […]

…And One Day-I

The protagonist, Nandini, was orphaned at the age of five, when she lost both her parents in an accident in the Western Ghats, in India. She was being brought up by her uncle and aunt, who were more interested at the substantial sum of money they received for looking after her. A lonely person, brought up in neglect, was […]

Yankee Doodle and Macaroni: Americanisation of a Nonsense Verse and an European Recipe

Kraft put the famous macaroni and cheese in a box, in 1937, and set a tradition of American children growing up with this Italian converted dish. The American version of macaroni and cheese has two places of origin, one in New England and one in southeastern Connecticut. It was famous as a Church casserole in New England and […]

Rejuvenate with Clean Food: Asparagus and Garlic Green Beans Stir Fries

Clean foods are those which are less cooked or not cooked at all. A mild sauté or steam of vegetables both leafy and fibrous is good for the body. It promotes good digestion and results in overall improvement of the human body. Anumita tells us about two such delicious recipes, Asparagus with mustard paste and garlic […]

Festivals of Lights from Around the World

Most cultures and peoples celebrate the festivals of lights. Anumita reveals many traditions, which are basically same. ‘Tamso ma jotirgamaya’ of the Hindus find echo in the Biblical ‘Lead symbolises ignorance (Avidya, death and despair). Fire and water are of great significance to the major religions of the world. Anumita takes a global view at the various festivals of […]

Toronto: The Enchanting Getaways of Canada

Travel with Anumita into the many enchanting getaways and tourist delights of Canada. The Lion Safari Park in Hamilton is a 700-acre land with almost 1000 animals of different species. Lions basking in the sun, giraffes poking their heads at the windows, and curious ostriches were the highlights. The Ontario Royal Museum, one of the largest in North […]

Being a Desi in America

America has been the crucible, a veritable melting pot, of many cultures. The south Asian community – Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans – are the Desis. They pride in their spices and the Bollywood numbers. They are the math, science and the spelling bee genius breeding species. Food is their focal point, the essential soul of all […]

Mutton Xacuti: Brings Alive the Warm Sands and Breezy Coconut Trees of Goa

Here’s a dish that brings alive the ambiance of the coastal state, Goa. Its food usually has ingredients like coconut and dry red chili. Mutton Xacuti uses Kashmiri Chilli, which adds a new dimension to the whole dish. One mouthful of it and you can feel the warmth of the sand and the breeze of the coconut […]

Technology Helped Learning for the Special Needs Children

A tablet was issued to the students and their education became part virtual and part pen and paper. It was huge transition for parents and for some children too. But most of the children, especially those with disabilities found it easier to participate in class activities. Those with physical disabilities did not need to write their answers. Software […]

Murshidabad: A Land of Grandiose Monuments of the Bengal Nawabs – Day Two

Murshidabad, the land of the Nawabs of Bengal, is a must-see for history buffs and those who love grandiose monuments. The architectural beauty, despite ravages of time and utter neglect, speaks of an opulence of a bygone era. Here’s the second and final part of the two-day trip of Anumita, with her family. She tells us about Katgola Bagan, House […]

Bangaliyana: A Search and Assertion of the Bengali Identity on Foreign Lands

Bangaliyana is the search for the composite Bengali identity in distant lands. It’s not just the clothes, food, music, adda, humour or language but something much deeper. Durga Puja is the time when Bengalis all over the world return to their roots. This rootedness is the Bengalis’ need for asserting their identity. The void of leaving one’s home […]

And then…

Sneha, the protagonist, goes about her routine life with clockwork precision. She gets up at the crack of the dawn to prepare breakfast for Ayushi, her adopted daughter, and to send her to school, like most Desi Moms, in the US. Ayushi was her first cousin’s child, born out of wedlock. Her cousin lost the battle of life […]

Pocahontas and Peace

Pocahontas (meaning the naughty one or the spoilt child) was the nick name for Matoaka. She was the chief of the Pawhatan’s daughter. She had stopped her father from killing John Smith when she was barely seven years old. Later, during her teenage years (1612) she was captured by the Jamestown people when she was visiting them. Her […]

A Chinese Affair at Home

Anumita tells us how to cook delicious, finger-licking Chinese delights at home. Here are two yummy Chinese cuisines, wholesome, healthy, hassle free and quick to prepare, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Most Fridays I do not feel like eating the usual meal we cook at home. Feel a craving for a Chinese takeout, but do […]

Murshidabad: Where the Bengal Nawabs Dwelled-Day One

Murshidabad, known for the Nawabs of Bengal, had a Mughal background. It was also the place, which witnessed the famous Battle of Plassey (about 47kms. from Murshidabad). British victory, Robert Clive, changed the role of the British at Plessey in Bengal. This battle played a crucial turning point in the history of India. It was the foundation stone […]

The Public Library System in America: Actualising the Right to Read

The public library is one of the systems, which is supported with the tax payers’ money. The government has given the country an incredible place to read, listen and grow. Every community across the country has a public library, which carters to the likes of a child to that of an elder. There are people attached to a […]

Chivo en Coco (Goat-meat in Coconut Milk) Venezuelan Food- II

Every country and region has its unique food – taste, flavours and presentation. Anumita tells us about her childhood years in Venezuela and the cuisines she tasted there. She shares another Venezuelan recipe, Chivo en Coco (goat-meat in coconut milk) a lip smacking, delicious dish that you might cook at home. Here’s the secret, in the weekly column, […]

The Date 9/11/2001: America Strong and Resolute after the Terror Attack

Anumita recalls the fright, panic and immense sadness of 9/11. Terror attack on the Twin Towers did not just kill people, it killed a part of every person, in America and elsewhere. It has been 15 years. But, the wound bleeds and the hurt is raw. Despite the immense pain and grief, America emerged strong […]