Category Archives: Miscellaneous


Comeeat, March 10, 2016   Every dish tells a story. And when the dishes multiply, so do the stories. So, you end up with a feast on one hand and a book on the other. That, in essence is the life story of Mita Kapur, our home culinaire for the week.   When it comes to food and literary pursuits, Mita needs no introduction. But what is not known is how much these twin passions are intertwined in her life, like […]

Jaipur – The city I live in

Namaste – The ITC Hotels Magazine, February, 2016 There are many Jaipurs within Jaipur – the city you see mapped on the political map of Rajasthan is not the city I live in. I live in my Jaipur. If I were to map my city –a Jaipur that means to me something more than mere roads and buildings — it would be a haphazard meandering between the old and the new. My city would be about the herringbone pattern on […]

‘Read, research & rewrite: The secret of creative writing’

The Times of India, February 29, 2016 It was a perfect Sunday morning for a bunch of budding writers to get tips on creative writing from an author and literary agent Mita Kapur and senior columnist Bachi Karkaria at a workshop titled ‘The Times Passion Creative Writing  Trail’ held at The Times of India office on Tonk Road, Jaipur. The event was organized by the The Times of India to encourage writers, journalists and copy editors. Kapur kicked off her […]

Food for memories

The Asian Age, February 20, 2016 Mita Kapur has brought together 23 diverse experiences of food in her latest anthology, with writers choosing different literary forms to give the reader a peek into their food memoirs.   There is something extraordinarily visual about the whole food experience. You may not see it, but each time you listen to someone describe a rare food place, each time you read a recipe broken into the tiniest little piece, there is a clear […]

Chillies and Porridge

Bengaluru, February 19, 2016 Food Lovers – Spring (Quarterly)


Verve Magazine, February 3, 2016 The founder and CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary consultancy firm, and one who has written for Verve in the past, Mita Kapur’s book Chillies and Porridge: Writing Food celebrates the most vital ingredient of life — food. With essays by Bachi Karkaria, Floyd Cardoz, Janice Pariat, Jerome Marrel, Kai Friese, Mamang Dai, Manu Chandra, Nilanjana S Roy, Saleem Kidwai, Sidin Vadukut, Srinath Perur, Tara Deshpande and Wendell Rodricks, the book explores experiences with food […]

Why khichdi makes for great food porn

The Times of India, February 7, 2016 Take a close look at the most popular posts on food instagrams, they’re all about the emotional connect, writes Mita KapurI want to live the life of a professional food Instagrammer. It’s my next happy place. I want my life ruled by hashtags: #food, #foodporn, #foodgasm, #foodie, #instafood, #travel, #picoftheday, #foodstagram and it goes on! It’s a thriving sub-culture and apart from that, it’s nurturing the growth of insta-entreprenuers.I follow @New_Fork_City, which has […]

How Does One Get Published? Can a Literary Agent Help? Here Are the Answers

‘If you have the words, there is always a chance that you’ll find the way.’—Seamus Heaney


From a new food anthology to a biography on salt and novels with culinary magic, Shivani Kagti lists must-reads for those with an appetite for good food and books.

Kitchen chronicles

The Week, January 10, 2016 Vijaya Pushkarna The cooks have become chefs, and the chefs, master chefs. When they throw in some blogs, books, articles and TV shows on what they cook, serve, eat and love, food becomes much more than what fills the tummy. From fond family memories and history, to spice trade and tricks of the trade, to gardens, orchards and all things green, food lovers tell these stories through food. One such story comes from Wendell Rodricks, […]