Solitary Reaper

It is two 'o clock at night and I am not sleepy. Perhaps because in the last one year, I have hardly slept before dawn. I have been reading, I have been writing, I have been working hard, sometimes all through the night. And after a hard night, sleep does not take long to come …

Momos, Thukpa, And Memories of another Winter.

The only time I had eaten a momo before I came to Delhi was in a small roadside shop enroute Gangtok in 1998. We had been driving on zig zag roads for hours after a 2-day train journey and were famished. Those were not the days of packaged food or Rajdhani trains (at least for …

Vienna: How to Explore World’s Most Beautiful City

Walking through Vienna is a bit like walking into the pages of a fairy-tale, as horses and carriages trot past ornate palaces, baroque churches, and gilded concert halls, you are transported into a world you have only imagined so far. The city centre is bursting with Imperial history, museums showcase some of the world’s finest …

Biryani — One Dish Many Stories.

“Humari baat maniye Tundey ki nahi, agli gali mein Shakeel ki Biryani khaiyega. Pasand na aaye to paise hum denge.”  I was in Lucknow some years ago when I realized the significance of Biryani in a common man’s life. The rickshaw puller who was taking my friend and me into the lanes of Old Lucknow …

Tunisian Food Festival — New Flavours from the Mediterranean

"If you like spicy food, you will love Tunisian cuisine." I have spoken about food with a lot of people across the country and outside, but this is the first time I am talking with an Ambassador about the cuisine of his country. But His Excellency Nejmeddine Lakhal, the ambassador of Tunisian Republic, is unike …

Asian Hawkers Market: Sixth Season of Oriental Flavours

Not so long ago, Asian food often meant corn flour laden gravies served with saucy noodles. At the recently concluded Asian Hawkers Market in Delhi, we discover how the love for Asian food in India has gone far beyond the Chilli Chicken and Hakka noodles combo. About three years ago four avid food lovers felt …

Ghent: What to See, How to Reach, Where to Feast.

Ghent is often referred to as the hidden treasure of Belgium. A lesser-known university town, which is often overlooked in elaborate itineraries, happens to be an electric blend of traditional and modern.

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 …