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It was a bright, sunny day in Veggieland, and there are some simmering tensions in the air as a result of some foreigners arriving in town.


Elsewhere, it’s life as usual.


The hierarchy is well-defined. Size does matter. As does colour.


Discriminations abound.


And nobody likes the elites.


Very often, inter-clan tensions can reach boiling point.


Violence is never far away.


Tragedies are common.


But there is always the wise philosopher, who tells it like it is.


And in this case, the philosopher is totally right.


And the Bisibelebaath was delicious. I am off to my Sunday siesta now.

46 responses to “Bisibelebaath”

  1. Nitya Avatar

    Q: What do you call a shy Okra Winfrey?

    A: A Vende-coy

  2. narendra shenoy Avatar

    “Oh Wise multilayered one”! Rich!

  3. K Avatar

    You took all those photos ?????????????????
    Ashok: Yes. In the morning

  4. K Avatar

    Uhmm, one doubt. why is that veg-thingy (okra ?) telling “Oh Yes” ?
    Ashok: Tis not used in BBBaath

  5. maami Avatar

    “Kaaya” vechuta pa!

  6. Harish Avatar

    You just made me hungry!

  7. rads Avatar

    Alright! Woke up this morning wondering what to cook for lunch, this is it!
    Thanks pa ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Rekha Avatar

    Haha.. Same day same lunch.. Enga aathlayum Bisibelabath.. Next time I make it though.. Indha full kadhai thalai lae odum ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. sindhu Avatar

    ah digicam *sighs* , you’d make awesome webcomics, if you did this on regularly.

  10. Lavanya Avatar

    So you visit the kitchen at least to take photos eh?

    Truly varied are your sources of inspiration.

    Gnana pazhams. Wisdom fruits. He he.

    Delicious photos. Particularly liked the straw tray. Don’t see it in mod. kitchens today!!

    Good show.
    Actually, India is making me lazy. I was a very passionate cook during my stay in the US. Used to experiment quite a bit. But here, what with wife, moms, moms-in-law, cooks etc, hardly any chance to hit the kitchen.

  11. radha Avatar

    Looks like you had a bisi morning. Awesome ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can you do this more often?

  12. maxdavinci Avatar

    reminded me of the days when I was a kid. Used to call the veggies in my salad by names as they fought the great giant(me!).


  13. aalasanthosh Avatar

    Fantastic recipe for Bisbelebaath Ashok. You are really good with the photos.

  14. Pri Avatar

    no kadalekai??? and sheeps??? [that would be chips, not stray farm animals]

  15. Kiran Avatar

    Inzy, Inzy…slander, slander at this blog…sue him, sue him…sue him for contempt of court as well as insulting your (in)sensibilities!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Bikerdude Avatar

    Holy-‘annah! That was good!! Excellent light in the photographs, by the way.

    Nitya’s Okra Winfrey-Vende Boy pun cracked me up.

  17. Lavanya Avatar


    Men never cease to amus/aze me with their ability to find women responsible for everything they can and cannot do.
    [All in jest only. :)]

    Interesting – ‘wife’ is (carefully) singular and ‘mom’ and ‘mom-in-law’ plural. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. mohanlal Avatar

    WOW ! that is some rich imagination and story manufacturing… though I am at variance with some of your personal beliefs, can’t hide my admiration for your intellect. Keep rocking

  19. B.Rajendran Avatar

    Hi Ashok,
    Some talent u have. How did u ever get this
    idea. Great.

  20. scudie Avatar

    aagaaga.. thalaivaaa… rupture panniteenga.. what software for the comic balloons?

    btw, be careful.. andha tomatova sadhak sadhak nu kuthinadhuku onga mela PETA maadri PETV aaramichi case potra poraanga!
    Nothing fancy sir. Tis a photoshop shape that I got from some free collection of shapes

  21. Giridhar Avatar

    ippo kitchenayum kalaichacha??

  22. Arunk Avatar

    Obviously you had a lot of time in your hands, but more importantly a whole lot more of talent and inspiration in your head! LOL! But also WOW!

  23. complicateur Avatar

    Big Lentil – LOL . “But Aana” the Lentil is the big Kahuna as far as Sambhar is concerned. Aaha Mani Iyer Sambharla Meen – All analogies lead to MMKR!

  24. Rithish Avatar

    It’s 8:30 in the morning… Haven’t had breakfast yet.. bisibelebath it is, then… ;o)

    Great blog!!!!

  25. Thenga Chutney Avatar

    “Big Lentil”

    Nattamai vengayam also.

    Chancey-no wonly!

  26. ayre Avatar

    I’m sure the bisibelebaath was delicious despite the massacre ๐Ÿ™‚

    This was a good interlude, reading your post between work.

    Will be a regular voyeur now.


  27. Akshaya Avatar

    For tat long gap you gave and madu us wait… this is indeed a fitting and sumptuous return.. slurp slurp!!!!

  28. Pachcha Avatar


    ROFL ma. had me in splits. The wise multi-layered one ๐Ÿ™‚ , you should seriously consider taking up cartoons full time

  29. Joey Avatar

    Great Stuff….Admire your intellect !! Keep Rocking….

  30. inba Avatar

    This piece is HILAROUS! Problem now is, the minute I take an onion in hand I think of “wise multi-layered one” and burst into giggles. As it is folks at home think I’m a little loony…

  31. inba Avatar

    hey, that must have been HILARIOUS

  32. Na.Su.Krishnan Avatar

    Eve teasing and violence parts were great. Have some gyan for the flu attaced chickens?

    Nice work thala..

  33. Aparna Avatar

    Awesome post! I visit often but never delurked…..
    “Born in a pistil” Priceless!!

    Nitya’s Okra pun cracked me up too!

  34. Sundakkai Avatar

    great! violence in Veggieland
    I would have preferred Avial man!

  35. bharath Avatar

    i was missing the rice thro’ the conversation

  36. […] Krish Ashok has a witty story-in-pictures about a day in VeggieLand with a ’spicy’ ending! […]

  37. ramesh Avatar

    lovely man lol

  38. Jam Avatar

    Just when I think I’ve seen you at your very best, you go ahead and come up with a post like this, which simply belies all known expectations from you.

    Anna, give me deeksha, show me the path to such humor in daily life, and I will forever be indebted to you.


  39. Hari Avatar

    I wonder what the multilayered philosopher say while he was chopped and fried for the bath…..

  40. Vasuki Avatar

    Dude…that was highly creative! :))

  41. Sriram Avatar

    Hi was just superb ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ with so much of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. hiren Avatar

    enjoyed reading the stuff. and fwd the same to friends.

  43. dineshbabu Avatar

    Loved the use of Comic Life. Great to see a Chennai Mac User. I am a Mac User from Madurai, so Cheers!

  44. kathy Avatar

    Hey Krish – your coloumns are the best of the crazy-funny kinds I’ve ever read . I’ve been shaking with laughter all day at work thanks to ur ridiculously funny musings – would love to read more – BTW this coloumn was utterly briliant and i’ll never look at vendecoys or big lentils the same way again ๐Ÿ˜€

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