Friday, August 12, 2011

In LOVE :)

Loving this new style I am working on :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Antz Store, Bengaluru

The store in Indiranagar, Bengaluru
The entrance

The serene green rooftop cafe

The lovely mouth watering non-alcoholic baverages

Interesting bamboo magazine holder

Bamboo at the cafe
The steps to the cafe .. with quotes and sticky ants :)
Cafe .. this way
Beautiful Bodo textiles photo frames
Bamboo craft
Black pottery mugs

Bit of home linen

Endi silk stole
Coin bags

Beautiful Mizo handloom
Assamese silk stoles

There are some places you just connect to instantly. Such is the amazing "The Ants Store", in Indiaranagar, Bengaluru.

The ANT - The Action North-East Trust
is a non profit public charitable trust in the Chirang District of Assam, India. They work at the grass root level with the villagers on issues of health, women’s empowerment, information, livelihoods and sensitizing people to press for their entitlements from the government ; village pharmacists through women volunteers & community laboratory technicians; women’s groups; alternate income opportunities through weaving, agriculture and off farm activities; information collection & distribution in user-friendly ways.

For once, during my studies in NID, Ahmedabad, I got a chance to work with Dr. Sunil Kaul, who is running The ANT in Assam. Being from Bongaigaon, Assam, a close by town to Chirang, I had the advantage and the luck to visit the place and spend some time there.

The ANTs Store in Bangalore, is a store housing beautiful craft products belonging to the North-Eastern India. It also houses a beautiful cafe called The Ants Cafe and it is very famous amongst world travelers, Designers, writers, craft enthusiasts and a lot of people who are looking for a peaceful place to sit and forget the rest of the world.

The ANTs work on the core values of Ahimsa, Truth, Honesty, Humility, Trust and Love. Which the place so much reflects in every step.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mass Bhaji (Fish fry)

The best way to fry fish is with mustard oil for Assamese cooking. And the best thing for the fire is definitely fire wood.
Maagh bihu (Bhogali Bihu) is a festival in Assam which is celebrated after harvest. And is is also celebrated with family get together and community cooking and feasts. If you want to describe Bhogali Bihu in one word, its "F-O-O-D". I would settle for 2 words ... :P .... that would be
"G-R-E-A-T F-O-O-D"

Delicious Steamed River Fish :)

Dear all, I am back after a long long time. With my new found love for traditional cooking, I feel all energized and with high spirits.

This is a very simple dish I tried at home the last time, when I went to visit my father, in Assam. I dint know that would be the last time I will be seeing him. But I am glad we all spent some quality time together.

Its a traditional dish cooked in Assam, where we use very simple ingredients to steam fishes. Its super healthy and has no spices in it and for sure it tastes delicious. I saw it the first time at a friend's place in Delhi. His name is Tridip and he is an amazing cook. His cooking energy and my husband's love for traditional Assamese food has inspired me enough to start this new adventure :)

I will try and keep a good pace with blogging from now on.

Bon App├ętit