Author: Anumita C. Roy

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 […]

Delicious Arepa: Quintessential Venezuelan Food – I

The food that we eat in our childhood is almost always our comfort food. It brings back memories of our carefree days. Anumita spent a part of her childhood in Venezuela. She went to school there and enjoyed Venezuelan food. She serialises some of the popular dishes from that country. Here’s the recipe for delicious and finger licking […]

World Photography Day: A Click in the 19th Century Brought about a Revolution!

On the occasion of the World Photography Day, Anumita walks us through the history of photography. A first click in the 19 th Century has brought about a huge revolution in the 21 st Century. Shooting a picture seems like a child’s play – thanks to the technological advancements. Now, approximately 350 billion photos are clicked, each year, […]

Disney World: Where Magic Never Dies!

Back from a recent holiday from Florida, Anumita takes us through the magic and mystery of the Disney World. Disney is synonymous to Mickey Mouse. This mouse was the brainchild of Walt Disney. A visionary, he created an empire which stimulates fun, love, magic, laughter and friendship. Covering almost 40 acre miles and more than 70,000 […]

Tangy, Zingy Kolkata Phuchkas

Kolkata and phuchka are inseparable. A popular street food on the City of Joy, phuchkas, though similar, are different from golgappa and panipuris. Anumita shares the recipe of the phuchka puris, its stuffing and the tamarind water. If you, like her, are staying far away from Kolkata, in some distant foreign land, you may enjoy the tangy, […]

Throb in my Vein

Strange are the twists and turns of life. Here the protagonist of Anumita’s story finds herself caught in layers of whirlwinds, of storms raging within her. She blanks out and moves mechanically. A deep tragedy manifests in strange ways. The protagonist finds that endings often contain beginnings too. A soulful short story for Different Truths. Walking past the […]

Friday Foodie: Munch at a Brunch

The pressures of living in urban spaces, in metropolises or big cities, in India or abroad, takes  its toll on our daily lives. Often we don’t have time for our breakfasts or lunches. Anumita tells us about the origin of brunch, a combo of breakfast and lunch. She shares two quick, sumptuous and wholesome Brunch recipes exclusively […]

Summer Grill: Wholesome, Healthy Food

The joy of cooking and eating outdoors is a land of white winters is immense. Here Anumita shares gourmets’ delight, the recipes of grilled fish, poultry, mutton, paneer and vegetables for Different Truths. Eat healthy, stay healthy. Living in a state (Ohio) where white winters are predominant, outdoor activities are usually limited during the few months of summer. […]

Tulsi Mancha

A beautiful love poem by Anumita, where the wife waits for her sailor husband, praying and pining at the Tusli Mancha. She pulls her sari veil over her head, with one hand And walks barefoot to the Tulsi With all her heart she lights the lamp In faith and belief that he will be home the […]