Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

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

Bangkok – The Hindustan Times

Everyone told us Bangkok would be beautiful. Modern. Developed. Great for shopping. The roads would be great. The airport would be fantastic. We rolled our eyes and said, “Yeah, yeah, … Continue reading

March 8, 2008

Washington, D.C.: Power Point – Mint Lounge

I’ve never seen so many suits in one place,” declared a friend visiting from Ohio, as we surveyed the packed metro train to Washington for empty seats several summers ago. Suited, … Continue reading

February 29, 2008

Hanoi: Behind the Scenes – Mint Lounge

The two middle-aged Americans sit at a long table along the wall-to-ceiling windows of the small cafe just outside Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Sunburned and happy, they down beers and guffaw … Continue reading

January 11, 2008

Sydney Opera House

If you are ever in Sydney (as opposed to Sidney), a visit to the Opera House no doubt occupies pride of place in the list of things to do, but … Continue reading

October 24, 2007

Uluru: Rock Around the Clock – Mint Lounge

She sat on the floor in one of the main halls of the Cultural Centre—shoulders hunched, working on a painting; her dark blue frock-style dress fanning out around her. The … Continue reading

October 19, 2007