Articles by sanjay

A marriage that’s music to the ears

See them together and they seem like any other ‘normal’, cross-cultural couple. Undergo a rapid change of opinion the moment you put them on stage with Sitar and Cello. Subhendra Rao from India and Saskia Rao-de Haas from Holland have not only married each other but have also succeeded in marrying Hindustani music with world classical music.

Shubhendra is a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar and plays the classical Indian sitar. Saskia Rao-de Haas on the other hand is credited with introducing the cello to north Indian classical music. She has trained under the renowned Hari Prasad Chaurasia.

When they play together the result is mesmerizing. This is a performance by both in London. It has perfect accord, resonance and harmony. Essential ingredients for creating uplifting music. And enduring relationships.

Video: RolfKillius

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July 2, 2010 2 comments

Eating right – The Indian way.

So you have been in India for a little while. Learnt to do the namaste greeting, visited countless historical monuments, sampled fare at most of the ‘must eat’ places. You are now almost ready for the real deal: a meal at an Indian house.

    Wrangling the invite

You would have made Indian friends by now. The trick is to lead the conversation to food, then to homemade food and then to the fact that his mother, wife or even the grandmother cooks like no one else you know.

At this crucial juncture, put on a suitably forlorn expression and declare: ‘Oh! I wish, I could have food like that, no restaurant food can compare to a mother’s/wife’s/grandmother’s cooking…’

There, it is done. From then on, matters follow a pre-determined chain of events and one fine day you are invited to lunch or dinner to your friend’s house.

Indian sweets come in a bewildering range of varieties. Enlist local help when buying.
Indian sweets come in a bewildering range of varieties. Enlist local help when buying.


June 21, 2010 8 comments