I’m not really sure where to start, but it’s probably best to begin at the beginning. I grew up in a small town in south India and moved to Chennai when I was seventeen. I began travelling around the world not long after, and I’ve lived in, worked at, and travelled around some of the most amazing places. When I was living in Australia I began blogging; I’ve always written all my life, but I began seriously blogging. That blog was the mother of this blog, in a sense, and I’ve never really stopped. I began to be fascinated by food at around the same time that I began travelling, so it was a happy marriage of complementing circumstances.

This blog first began as a food blog, although I now record other things here that I find fascinating, such as food histories, linky love, things I found fascinating on the internet, and so on and so forth. I also sometimes write down my thoughts and opinions, or just write poetry, or rant about things in my Writer in the Kitchen column. I sometimes post affiliate links which enable me to make a small income from my blog, as do the advertisements that keep the blog going. Please consider turning off your ad blocker because it really does make a difference in my life.

I’m currently living in Chennai – for now, anyway – with three cats and a wild garden I never tend, but that flourishes anyway. I also own a baking business called The Dough Whisperer; I take orders for baked goods and deliver happiness to people. I’m a little dough-obsessed – hence the name of my baking business. Everything I touch turns to bread. Sort of. Also, you may notice that there is a solitary chicken recipe; that’s because I briefly danced around the idea of being non-vegetarian; it’s not something I enjoyed and I went back to being a vegetarian. The post remains up, but everything else in this blog is – and will always be – vegetarian. I’m slightly obsessed with The Great British Bake-Off and Masterchef Australia, which is what I watch in my spare time. I also love to read.

I am a depressive and suffer from Major Depressive Disorder; I’ve always been very honest and open about my struggles because it is time to #EndTheStigma. I’ve had it since my mid-teens and I am now on anti-depressants. My brain doesn’t make the chemicals that yours does, so it needs a bit of a nudge!

My little seaside home is where I create and write, and you’re all invited to a cup of coffee at my kitchen table.