Bisnupur — Red Earth, Blue Sky.

At ten in the morning you’d expect any tourist place to have people around. You would also expect to get basic nourishment, and directions to the touristy ‘spots’ the town is famous for. But then Bishnupur is hardly a tourist place. A tiny town, that appears to be more of a hamlet, Bishnupur sits right …

El Chico — Of Food, Friendship and Memories

If you’re in Allahabad, then you need to visit El Chico at least once. The restaurant’s range of eat treats is sure to bring you back. In 1964, a young man named Ganesh Rai went on a world tour. Among the many things he brought back with him, was the love for the café culture …

Shantiniketan — What When How, The Definitive Guide.

Shantiniketan is known world over for its contribution to education, arts, and literature, but Rabindranath Tagore’s town is much more than that. With quirky instagrammable spots, quiet bookstores, quaint cafés, colourful bazaars, sparkling rivulets and golden forests, there is a lot to do and see in the seemingly small town. Here’s how you can make …

Vegetarians, there is more to Lucknow than the kabab

One watches in awe as the man on the griddle deftly rolls mashed potato and dunks it into smoking oil. He flips the patty cautiously until it is fried to a golden perfection. Next, he transfers it on to a pattal (dried leaf plate) for dressing. First comes the yogurt, then tamarind chutney, followed by …

Paris: The Moveable Feast

A group of young men and women dressed in running gear practiced diligently on a quiet street, cheering each other loudly. The street was empty but for the odd vehicle that silently passed by. The sun had started to set, casting its golden glow on the athletes and the surroundings; the sky, meanwhile, turned a …

A Town Called Tata.

Scraps from the steel plant adorn the streets, wide tree lined avenues invite you for a walk; marketplaces with small shops and tiled rooftops take you back in time, and large bungalows with beautiful lawns make you want to retire in them. Jamshedpur is a town made of dreams. And so, even though we have …

Tundey: Kabab, Biriyani, and a 102 year old Tradition.

“I will have four kababs, two parathas and half biryani,” a lady orders without looking at the menu. “Two half biryanis to eat and 4 kebabs and 2 parathas pack” echoes the voice from next table. “Bhaiya do plate biriyani pack aur kabab parathe khane ke liye,” says the person behind me. A quick glance …

Belgium: A Passport to Indulgence

Think of Belgian food and the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but there is a lot more to food in Belgium than its chocolates. Cuberdons. Throughout summer, carts laden with tiny translucent cones appear at every market square in Belgium. These carts, often manned by elderly gentlemen, stock piles of little cones …

Mirchi Ka Achaar, or how I Turned into My Mother.

As a young girl I had imagined myself doing all sorts of things. These ranged from teaching in schools to working in a bank, from being a actor, to giving interviews for magazine (yes, yes!), but never had I imagined myself making achaar. That was a task reserved for dadi, or sometimes, mummy too. To …

Khurchan, Khoya,Ghee.. and how to make it.

As a kid we'd often get home from school to a strong earthy aroma. It not only enveloped the house, but you could also smell it outside in the lane, the gate, the lawn. (Yes! Those were the days of large bungalows). The heady smell was that of fresh ghee. The process of making it …

Buknu – The Spice of UP!

You can take a girl out of UP but not UP out of a girl. As a kid buknu poori and buknu paratha was my staple food at my neighbor's place in Kanpur. Those were times when you could spend days at someone's house without having to worry about inconveniencing them or invading their privacy. …

Of Mr. Bond and I, on His Birthday.

This is one of my earliest pieces of writing. I had written it only for myself on my now redundant blog. Putting it here for his birthday. The last few days were tough, there were thick clouds of uncertainty, darkness of despair and gloom of loneliness. The feeling enveloped me soon after a fairly good …

Harleem — A Slice of Dutch Life

Harlem, touted as one of the hidden gems of Holland, is just a stone’s throw away from the touristy Amsterdam, and yet it is a world apart. The tiny town offers local Dutch charms without the hassles of a tourist place. Ride a boat, take a walk, or just read a book – the choice …

Triple8 — Great food, great music, great experience

“If I was eating this, I would have picked up the bun, mopped the sauce and eaten it straight off the plate.” You know you’re in good hands when the chef tells you what to eat and how to eat it. It is another matter though that I had realized my being in great hands …