Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

Budapest: No Rest in the Pest – Mint Lounge

Ajay Devgn. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. His stark white suit. Her lusciously rich red sari. The earthy tones of the concrete and metal of Chain Bridge. A maudlin song wailing in … Continue reading

March 5, 2011

Vienna: Street Music – Mint Lounge

The drone of early morning traffic trickles in through the thick double-paned kitchen windows and into our apartment in the heart of Vienna. I hear buses, cars and a couple … Continue reading

October 24, 2010

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

The Letter – Chicken Soup Series

This story was published in 2009 in the Chicken Soup series anthology titled, ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul’. Maya crammed the last of the clothes and books into … Continue reading

January 1, 2009

Indira Mahajan: A Voice of Her Own – The Hindu

Indira Mahajan hangs on to the piano as if for dear life; as if the power of her voice would carry her slight frame right off the stage if she … Continue reading

November 11, 2008

Amalfi: Always on the Edge – Mint Lounge

The four women stand out from the mostly professional crowd on the packed subway train leaving Rome’s Colosseum station in the evening rush hour. Grubby jeans and T-shirts, rotten teeth, … Continue reading

August 29, 2008

Washington’s Cherry Blossom Festival: An Explosion of Pink and White – The Hindu

There comes a time about three months after the official onset of winter — after months of freezing temperatures, early sunsets, late sunrises, barren trees, and drab, colourless landscapes — … Continue reading

April 6, 2008