Mathura: Where Spirituality Meets Gastronomy.

Known for Krishna temples, Mathura is a gold mine of authentic flavours and rustic food of the Hindi heartland. Lord Krishna loved his food and so does his people. Milk specialties, Chappan Bhog, Puris, Kachauris, Mithais, the little town has some of the most exquisite food in the country. Here’s a list of what you …

Burma Burma: Bringing Mandalay to Mumbai

Samosa in a soup, tea leaves in a salad, and rose in a cheesecake — the combinations take you by surprise first, and then, as you open up to them one tiny spoon at a time, they engulf you in their flavours, textures, and of course taste. No, I am not judging a spin-off on …

A Marriage and a Fast

I was not always a food writer, there was a time, nit very long ago, when I wrote about things close to my heart. I have talked about broken marriages, unfulfilled love, sex and even justified adultery. In a nutshell I have sinned. So even as my stomach growls and my wrists are ready to …

What to Eat in Allahabad — and Where.

At 6:30am the fire has been lit. A pot-bellied halwai swiftly beats yeasty batter, a young man fills pastry dough with spicy potato mix, a small crowd meanwhile has already gathered in anticipation of their breakfast—crispy jalebis and spicy samosas. Welcome to Allahabad—or Prayagraj?—the land of early morning breakfasts and Ganga-Jamuni flavours. Food is everywhere …

Mystery, History, Culture & Art: How One City Is Home to It All.

A motley group of men dressed in blazers and hats, accompanied with accordions, cellos, and guitars, is performing at the sidewalk. Singing peppy songs, swaying to the beat, and smiling at passers-by, they have everyone’s attention: red vintage cars with black hoods slow down and wave at them, groups of school girls stop by and …

Things to do in Prague: Celebration Special

Czechoslovakia declared itself independent from the Austro-Hungarian Empire on 28th October 1918. Even though it was only the beginning many other struggles—occupation by Nazi Germany, Soviet Rule, and the Velvet Revolution—the date remains significant for the Czechs. The city celebrates its 100th year of independence this month and the celebrations are planned on a grand …

Pot Belly – A beautiful tribute to a beautiful cuisine.

I have, off late, become very vary of eating out. Especially when it comes to a new place. Most places, even 5 star specialty restaurants, end up disappointing me. No, it's not because I'm too hoity toity or I need some special attention, it is because most places seem to have forgotten the basics. If …

Becoming a Bangali Bou, One Durga Puja At A Time.

As a new Bengali bride, I found the hullabaloo around Durga Puja quite silly. The compulsive need of people to discuss Pujo weeks in advance, the inevitability of a week long vacation from work, the madness of shopping, planning, gifting -- all for a festival not even celebrated at home! As it is I disliked …