'makingspace' is a collaborative blog that shares unique stories and experiences of being born into and brought up in cross-cultural parentage. It also highlights cultural experiences of moving to and 'fitting' in a new place, city, or region. The purpose of the blog is to connect with people who have similar stories, to be inspired by these stories and to be comforted in the idea that there are many others who occupy a similar cultural location. Apart from including my own stories, the blog also shares stories of people who have experienced some aspect of being and living cross-cultural. You are welcomed to share your experiences on the blog through a write up of about 500 words which can be emailed to
The ‘Hodgepodge’ series highlights the ways in which food and it’s associated traditions, customs and practises reflect individual identity as well as the collective identity of cross-cultural homes. Hodgepodge refers to a random assortment of things, in this case food as well as various cuisines and the manner in which these uncover the identity characteristics of their makers, tasters and consumers. Given the instances of modification introduced into traditional Anglo-Indian and Malayali recipes at my home with a pinch of ‘this’, a spoon of ‘that’ and a dash of ‘something’, I anticipate that similar instances are carried out in other homes. It is with this intuitive understanding that I want to draw attention to the way in which taken-for-granted acts of preparing and consuming food subtlety carry regional nuances.