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

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, 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

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