welcome jyothi.... i also joined recently and i am thrilled to be part of this community already, i have gotten extremely valuable insight on every question i have posted and learn from others daily! a few years ago, i worked for a year in an information technology company in the u.s. that was owned by people from india and 75% of the workforce was indian, from all parts of the country. the greatest benefit for me, other than sharing an incredible friendship and receiving such warmth and kindness, was our lunchtime as everyone would bring dishes prepared at home the way they are eaten in india.... i was in heaven!! i am very fond of indian cuisine and have seen a few shows in which sanjeev kapoor has explained about your dishes and i also have several books by madhur jaffrey. i am looking forward to your postings!