Indian cuisine, just like its people is diverse owing to its regional and religious diversities. India’s internal north-south divide has over popularized certain cuisines and neglected some. Until now, South Indian cuisine is less popular than North Indian cuisine outside the subcontinent. Generic Indian restaurants around the world have Mughlai paintings adorning their walls and largely carved elephants welcoming the patrons. Nothing about the ambience gratifies the nostalgia of South Indians visiting those restaurants regularly. Dishes that distinguish South Indian cuisine have more or less been absent or less popular in the ‘take away’ culture.Monsoon Diary by Suba Narayan is a heartwarming memoir to South Indian cuisine. She explains the ingenuity behind the origin of different dishes that balance flavors and offers various health benefits. For Narayan, the need to cook traditional food developed only after she started living in the US. Unusually, only after emigration cooking becomes ‘a voyage of personal discovery’.She has penned her difficulties in re-creating ethnic foods which she found perfection in. Such perfection is deeply associated with a place when she says.