Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.


A weeping cherry tree in full bloom. Unfailingly brings with it happy memories of the first spring in a new home and of a newborn baby. And right along with … Continue reading

April 10, 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

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most visited tourist sites in the Washington, D.C. area, with around four million visitors every year. The evidence is all too clear as … Continue reading

May 25, 2009

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

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

9/11 remembered

A generation ago, the question was, “Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?” For my generation, there are too many questions. Tragedies and calamities abound in our collective memories, … Continue reading

September 9, 2005

Hurricane Isabel – Fairfax County Times

I started cooking first thing in the morning – something I don’t do, ever. I cleaned the house – made the beds in all the rooms, put away all the … Continue reading

September 17, 2003