Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

Working Out the Kinks in the Inter-Generational Recipe Transfer Protocol

My new essay on The Aerogram: So each time we sat down at my breakfast table I would bring out not only all our assorted notes, my computer, and pens … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Makes Food Comfort Food?

The Aerogram published my essay on why a bowl of rice and some pickle is my comfort food. On any other day, late night infomercials would give me company through … Continue reading

October 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Aksharaabhyaasa (or Vidhyaarambham) – A prayer for a milestone

Growing up in India, it is very easy to feel like you’re drowning in the frequency and number of rituals in any given year. There are the numerous festivals, there … Continue reading

October 22, 2009

Review: Not Becoming My Mother, Ruth Reichl

A couple of weeks ago we were in the check-out line at the library, standing right next to a shelf of newly released books. As the kids and and I … Continue reading

October 8, 2009

Long Story: The Story of She and He

This story is not called the Long Story for nothing. It is long. Really. Do consider┬áreading it in parts. I’ve tried to insert breaks in all the appropriate places. Hope … Continue reading

March 23, 2009

Phelps, marijuana and the suddenly empty pedestal

My eight-year-old thinks Phelps is the coolest dude ever to walk the earth. With a devotion hitherto only accorded to cricket, soccer and football, he devoured the swim events at … Continue reading

February 22, 2009

Ajji (Grandmother)

By the time I was 30, I’d lost all four of my grandparents. I know my paternal grandparents as Avva and Thatha, but only by way of referring to them … Continue reading

December 11, 2008