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The Culinary Art of Dinner Diplomacy
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The Culinary Art of Dinner Diplomacy

June 6, 2024

By Girija Madhavan Breaking Bread together” is a phrase that from ancient times has been a symbol of amity and fellowship. In 1959, when I became an Indian Foreign Service wife at the age of twenty-one, I realised that hospitality, both proffered and enjoyed, would be a large part of my diplomatic life. Being sentimental,…

The grand wedding of 1950 in Mysore
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The grand wedding of 1950 in Mysore

February 16, 2024

When a Brilliant Mathematician wed a Graceful Mysorean at a grand hotel in a stylish manner By Girija Madhavan  While dining at the Hotel Metropole in Mysore recently, I watched as a festive table was being prepared for a party; bringing back a sheaf of memories of a wedding lunch there in 1952. At 14…

A recall of the mid 1960s
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A recall of the mid 1960s

January 31, 2024

By Girija Madhavan A visit to the newly-widened Irwin Road in Mysore city, brought back in contrast, memories of the same road in 1965. Old landmarks, the Mosque, Temple, Post Office, Bank and Police Station are still there; but the old chaotic bustle has given way to modern sophistication. The road is named after Henry…

A Memory of Music at the Mysore Court
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A Memory of Music at the Mysore Court

July 13, 2023

By Girija Madhavan Mysore has always been home to the arts; classical music, dance, painting, sculpture and more. Music was a prized accomplishment for girls in Karnataka. Lessons were started for quite young children. When at seventeen, I fell under the spell of music in 1955, it was considered a late start. But to my…

Elusive Fragrance From Past
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Elusive Fragrance From Past

February 16, 2023

By Girija Madhavan Memories are like faded flower petals in a ‘Pot-pourri’ jar; once vibrant blooms, their colour now dimmed, their life over. Yet, when the jar is opened, a faint fragrance still wafts out. Old memories too come to fleeting life again when revived. Apart from my personal recollections of early childhood, I also…

To Hamelin… Town of Magic and Mystery
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To Hamelin… Town of Magic and Mystery

December 31, 2022

LOOKING BACK…By Girija Madhavan Story-telling is a treasured bond, knitting the family together; familiarity and repetition being the key to success here. A friend’s grandson often asks her to tell him the Kannada story of Punyakoti, the cow that kept her word to the tiger and went back ready to be killed. Small children love…

The Fall of the Berlin Wall: A November Anniversary
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: A November Anniversary

November 17, 2022

By Girija Madhavan Diplomats,  who witness a historical event with international ramifications in the country of posting, are very lucky. In 1989 my husband, A. Madhavan and I,  saw the Fall of the Berlin Wall (9 November 1989), a potent symbol of the Cold War. The event changed relations between the States of Europe, their…

Symbols…and their impact
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Symbols…and their impact

October 25, 2022

By Girija Madhavan Flowers, birds or animals are contemporary national emblems; the Royal Bengal Tiger is India’s representative animal. Indonesia honours the Komodo Dragon, the largest and fiercest lizard on earth [featured in a James Bond film, killing his armed adversary instead of Bond]. But some ancient symbols, like the Swastika, are an integral part…

A Toast to Diplomats
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A Toast to Diplomats

July 26, 2022

By Girija Madhavan Looking back on my thirty-five years as an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) wife, memories come flooding back; some happy ones, some of wonder, some of stress and tension. Holding an Indian Diplomatic Passport, I was a member of the Embassy, the official hostess of my husband  A. Madhavan. I ran the house,…

Campus life of long ago
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Campus life of long ago

June 16, 2022

By Girija Madhavan Reading about student life now in newspapers and magazines, the mind harks back my own days in Maharaja’s College in the University of Mysore in 1955-58; and how different it was for women then. We joined the institution as students, equal with the young men. But the social rules were very different…

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