I write about travel, food, arts and culture, books, development, and social media for a range of Indian and international publications, including BBC Travel, South China Morning Post, Silverkris, The National, Conde Nast Traveller and Mint, among others. And in my spare time, I writes blog posts...
On a warm Tuesday morning, under the canopy of trees in a park, Tamil’s only writer-duo, Subha — Suresh and Balakrishnan — in a freewheeling chat, spoke about their beginning in writing for magazines and how entering the movie world through director K.V. Anand has taken them to half a dozen top directors:Suresh and Balakrishnan met in Presidency College when they joined B.Sc. (physics) in 1972. There was a competition in Tamil and Balakrishnan was declared winner of the first prize.
First it was cemita, a huge round sandwich that Poblanos, inhabitants of Puebla, are so proud of. Then it was cremita, a vanilla pudding, in a place called California that resembled one of those U.S. restaurants from the 70s that I had only seen in movies. By the time we stopped in a candy shop to treat ourselves to coconut rolls, I was so full I didn’t want any more food for the rest of the day. But my gastronomic tour wasn’t over yet.
When we lived in Istanbul, my wife and I called it “the Last Supper wine.” It had a print of the Da Vinci painting on the label, not as a proclamation of its particular genius but because it was a communion wine made by Assyrians outside the city of Mardin. You can’t talk about this wine’s terroir; you have to talk about its dirt. The wine tastes like the earth of Eastern Anatolia, and also of its history. The grapes are put in sacks, stomped, and left out in the sun to ferment.
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