Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

South Indian Vegetarian Recipes for a Holiday Feast

There are many, many dishes in the Indian culinary pantheon that boast ingredient lists a mile long. But there are an equal number, if not more, that require fewer than … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Tamarind: A Fruit that Doubles as Spice – How to Use it in South Indian Cooking

At first blush, the tamarind fruit is quite unassuming, dull in fact. But it has gumption and is not afraid to shake up a dish and give it that zing. My new essay on The Aerogram, with two recipes: one for Tomato Dal and one for a raita (yogurt condiment) made with baby radish. They do make a great pair.

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

When All That’s Left of Pressure Cooker are Fragments and Hurt

As an intern at a communications consulting company many years ago, I had to get familiar with the firm’s documents and their various formats and templates. The resident tech guru pointed … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Yard Sale – The Smart Set Magazine

Orginally published in 2009 in The Smart Set and reprinted in 2010 in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. It was a bright yellow table with four sturdy legs. White flowers arched … Continue reading

October 30, 2009

Volunteerism vs. terrorism

It has been a week since a handful of terrorists brazenly attacked Mumbai and mowed down innocent people going about their lives. A twisted ideology, a few guns and hand-grenades … Continue reading

December 22, 2008

Managing Work and Parenting

This essay was published in 2007 in ICFAI Press’ anthology of essays titled ‘Women Balancing Home and Career’. I.       Introduction Bhagya is a fifty year-old mother of two children. Her … Continue reading

March 10, 2007

What makes a community?

A weekly “compact” newspaper called Bangalore BIAS is all set to be launched in Bangalore at the end of this month. This is what the founders have to say about … Continue reading

August 22, 2005