There is (always) light at the end of the tunnel.

Depression doesn't mean you cannot lead a normal life. “The signs were all too familiar. I could not sleep at night and would be tired and groggy through the day. I felt angry, sad, distressed, and dejected all the time. I shouted or sobbed; ate too much or nothing at all. I did not want …

Lessons in life from Gulzar.

I had bought the cassette from a posh music store on Birhana Road in Kanpur on my 13th birthday. I had heard one of its songs on TV and had fallen in love with the poetry. Lucky for me, my birthday was close and I could arm-twist my uncle into buying it for me as …

Kangri Dhaam: Robust Flavours from the land of the hills.

I first learnt about Kangri Dhaam a year ago. I was doing a story on the food of Uttarakhand and my editor insisted I should add a section on Himachali Cuisine. It will, felt the editor, make the story fuller. I agreed. There was only one issue: I hadn't been to Himachal in decades and …

This Week: Places That Are On My Wishlist.

The most common misconception people have about food writers is that they eat out all the time. And there is no better example to bust that myth than I. All of this week I kept planning to order some food in, but last week revelry and all the eating out in the past two-three weeks …

Lakhnavi, Asian, and Artisanal — my choice of places this week is as diverse as it is niche.

So, last week's list came from you guys. A big Thank You for that! It is impossible to sample everything out there even if one wants and so I rely on you, my readers, to fill me in with what is hot. This week I am back with my recommendations. I have three places for …

Becoming My Mother, One Bottle of Jam At A Time.

My mother spent her whole youth making jams, jellies, sauces, ketchup, sherbets and squashes at home. Every season guavas, apples, apricot, and mangoes were cooked in pots and packed in bottles. In winter tomatoes were simmered, strained, seasoned and poured into bottles. Oranges and limes were squished into squashes. Our home would forever be fragrant …

Hello Panda — The most exquisite oriental delivery you’d come across.

I know I am supposed to bring you the list of place to order from every weekend, but today is an exception. Today's post is not just another food place that you can order from but one of the best places you can ever order from.     A few weeks ago, when I got …

Some drinks, dumplings & desserts: places you recommended.

So I am back as promised, and today I have places recommended by you guys and not me. Also, since I want to be sure of who we are recommending, I am looking at putting only three places every week. It is impossible for me to sample anymore than those in a week and I …