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On Gita

This blog post started out as a simple email reply to some questions about Gita Mehta aka Gita Patnaik, and went on far too long.  Only read what you wish.

Question 1. Have you read Gita's books?  If you want to know about all of Gita’s writings, check out this link on according to WorldCat It says she has "47 works in 296 publications in 15 languages and 5,485 library holdings." WorldCat has similar listings for all authors (see Philip McEldowney Only 6 works
I’ve greatly enjoyed reading her fiction (Raj and River Sutra), but never have gotten beyond the first few pages, for some reason, of her main non-fiction – Karma Kola, Snakes and Ladders.We (the UVa library) have those four books in our library, but not the coffee-table (non-academic) picture book Eternal Ganesh.
Question 2. Are “Sonny & Gita Mehta” listed in the credits of the “Vietnam” series running on PBS cur…
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Tiger In You by Shiraz Mukherjee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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I highly recommend it. The other fantastic, popular book on the Sunderbans, of course, is the well-written book by Amitav Ghosh - "The Hungry Tide." Ghosh is a better writer than Mukherjee, and had much better editors and proof-readers.
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About Gita Mehta

This is about the Indian writer, Gita Mehta, who attended Woodstock School (Mussoorie, India) a long time ago (1950s) and her fantastic accomplishments over the years.

This last week (12-19 September 2015) a friend sent me a link (Melwani below) which highlighted the Ganesh book by Gita Mehta – reminding me of the achievements of one of my high school classmates. Where have all my class mates gone?

Links below about Gita Mehta and Eternal Ganesha (Not in chronological order) ** Gita Mehta and Eternal Ganesha By Lavina Melwani • Sep 15th, 2015

See individual photos at ** Eternal Ganesh by Gita Mehta (Oct 2, 2006)
** Ganesha is the hero of Gita Mehta's…

Another full moon Sept 2013

Approaching the Fall equinox, 21 Sept 2013, or the beginning of Fall, another full moon - harvest moon some call it. These were taken on the 18th Sept evening. (click to see larger)

Halloween 2012

At least 5 trick or treaters this year - zero last year. They came to the back door - four were racoons, eating the treat of sunflower seeds they spilled out of a closed bucket they opened, while the fifth one (a fox!) joined in, picking and gobbling down the treat. I tricked them by opening the back door and shouting at them, as they scurried away. But when they came back, Deej really tricked them off with a party - popper. Bang!  Happy Halloween all.

Emperor Bahadur Shah's feast

Emperor Bahadur Shah's feast of lamb mince with rice and gram pulao and besani bread, the Mughal feast #7 on 27 May 2012. The last Mughal emperor, and the last emperor's feast cooked in this experimental series of 'old' Indian food.

For the last Mughal feast or #7 I cooked 3 recipes on Sunday evening on the 27th of May 2012 for Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar from Aurangzeb's and Bahadur Shah's sections in the S. Husain "Emperor's Table". The three recipes were
1. Rice and Bengal Gram Pulao or "Qubooli" (from Aurangzeb's section)
2. Lamb Mince with Pistachios or "Piston Ka Keema" (Bahadur Shah's section) and
3. Unlevened Gram Flour Bread or "Besani Roti" (als Bahadur Shah's section)

Here's are photos of the ingredients lined up -

Above is first for Pulao, then for Lamb Mine, and lst for Besani bread.

To see photos of cooking for this dinner, start with this Picasa photo and keep clicking the forward …
Emperor Aurangzebs's black beans with with cottage cheese bread
Mughal feasts #6 on 4 March 2012

For the Mughal feast #6 I cooked 2 recipes on Sunday afternoon on the 4th March 2012 for Emperor Aurangzeb from Aurangzeb's section in the S. Husain "Emperor's Table". The two recipes were
1. Rich Creamy Black Gram or "Dal Alamgiri" and
2. Cottage Cheese Bread or "Naan-e-Paneer"