About ‘Harini and Harsha’
We are a mother and daughter duo, and this is the space where we share stuff – vegan recipes, travel experiences, opinions on anything ranging from books, movies, TV series, to random musings about life. We will also be publishing articles from guest writers.
When we migrated to this new domain (hariniandharsha.com) from our earlier space (tongueticklers.com), we decided to do away with all posts that we do not connect with anymore.
I am an early retiree, born again.
I have been writing a diary from a very young age, updating it less now than I did before. Sometime, as a 14 or 15 year old, I had jotted down certain skills I wanted to learn when I ‘grew up’. Every birthday I leaf through it, and on my 35th, I realised that most of the things on that list still needed to be ticked off. So that birthday I set a new goal. I’d retire by 45 and work on that list; the ten year plan was to help ease financial constraints that would follow. I did retire as planned, am now poised to explore new limits and meet challenges — physical, financial and mental. I look forward to living to the full — living fit, travelling wise and well, reading more, eating well, resting well — and opening my mind to new possibilities.
My interests apart from the cooking include knitting, crochet, painting, photography, reading, writing, watching thrillers, travelling and story-telling. Nothing is excluded.
My creative-writing journey began with Tongue Ticklers in early 2008 as a journal where I’d share food-experiences and recipes I learnt through life. By 2011, I knew I had more to tell than food-stories; hence this space.
I am happy to collaborate over projects involving lifestyle, fitness, life-experiences, activities, writing and photography, or any other project relating to my varied interests and supportive of cruelty-free, and vegan (plant-based) lifestyle. I also welcome sponsorships for travel and fitness goals, that would be mutually beneficial.
Aspiring philosopher, director, amateur photographer, and eternal optimist.
Growing up, Harsha was a massive bookworm. From pretending to know to read at age 3, to teenage weekends spent reading Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, along with the occasional Artemis Fowl. It was at age 13 that she fell love with film, realising it was another way to tell stories, that seemed to capture everyone’s attention more so than pages and ink ever could.
Now, she is figuring out the path of her life, falling in love every week, consistently searching for adventures and amazing people – to find the most compelling story to tell.
She also enjoys capturing moments, discovering new places, and writing in third person.
We are inviting guest writers with whom we have had association and who we have realised are experts in their own right on specific topics. They will be added here if they become regulars with us. As of now you can find out articles by individual writers by clicking on the author’s name in articles or the tags at the bottom of each article.
Food stories and philosophy (from Harini)
Our food section features vegan recipes with many gluten-free options, mostly made from scratch, and mostly written by me.
Most recipes though authentic in procedure, are made with locally available ingredients. In the process of converting conventional vegetarian or non-vegetarian foods into vegan recipes, I have often adopted unconventional ingredients and methods to achieve a similar end result. I believe that improvisation combined with intuition is often the key to achieving good results in cooking. I encourage you to do the same with our recipes though it is a good idea to stick to the recipe the first time, to gather the flavour-profile and character of the dish.
I prefer saying I share ‘food stories’ and not ‘recipes’ as eating is an experience for all our senses, often triggering emotional responses stemming from memories, and because food serves us in many ways besides physical nourishment. It is often an ice-breaker between strangers, a window to different cultures and their past, and a wonder-filled science activity and learning tool for children and adults alike. For the cook, it is akin to meditation and a way to nourish the soul. A meal is about people, places and many such factors that make it memorable, even if it may not totally serve the palate. My recipes often stem from a train of thoughts or memories, and I re-live a thousand lives in those minuscule moments. Not sharing the memories feels like serving a naked cake or a dish without salt or flavour. Some of my fondest food memories are from my friends’ lunch boxes. Many relate to books, characters from books and movies, even songs! I hope my recipes find a place on your table and make new memories for you.
Lifestyle articles, musings and reviews:
Harsha and I are both passionately addicted to books, TV, cinema and several other earthly indulgences. I often need to be torn away from books and the TV as I can carry through the night on a book or watch my favourite programmes over and over again, until my eyes go red. Early retirement has only worsened my addictions. It is therefore natural that I should keep you in the loop with what’s good on the telly or suggest books to read, right? I hope we will be able to connect through our favourite characters and stars, and through places I visit on my travels.
Harsha and I strongly advocate conscious living and this is our platform to share ideas related to our lifestyle.
Please click on the icons for different social media platforms on the top of the site.
Harini: Networking via social media just isn’t my thing, though in person I am very different. Please email at harini [at] hariniandharsha [dot] com.
Harsha: @harshap69 (send memes)
Our photography gear
Harini: After having been a Canon aficionado for several years having changed from 350D to 7D and then to 5D Mk II, I have finally settled on Sony alpha 7 (mirrorless DSLR). I use 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses depending on my moods and needs. It has been a happy transition and such relief to aching upper arms!
Harsha: Uses Canon 5D Mk III and is addicted to lightroom. Swears that it is often not the camera but the person behind the camera that matters.
Prints and photographs
If you like a photograph that’s on the blog or one shared by us on the web, and would like to use it, do get in touch.
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Harini: harini [at] hariniandharsha [dot] com
Harsha: harsha [at] hariniandharsha [dot] com