What Lucknow Wakes Up To (No, it is not Jalebi).

At 6:30 in the morning you’d expect the business district of any town to be quiet and sleepy. With the offices yet to open and public yet to trickle in, it is only an appropriate assumption to be made. Until you have seen this little shop in the middle of the capital city of Lucknow, …

Ghent: Medieval yet Modern

Ghent is often referred to as the hidden treasure of Belgium. A lesser-known university town, which is overlooked in elaborate itineraries, Ghent happens to be an eclectic blend of traditional and modern. Dominated by the Gothic Bell-tower, the Belfry and the medieval count’s castle, the town is all about cobbled streets, narrow lanes, gliding tramcars …

Ramzaan in the City of Wajid Ali Shah – Lucknow

Being in Lucknow during Ramzaan is a treat for all your senses -- touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. It is nothing like anything anywhere else. From the Korma and Kebab at Tundey, to the Biriyani and Nihari at Chowk, to the sheermaals, ulte tave ke parathe, seviyan, kheer, kulfi, everything is a sensory overload. …

Depression: and How You Live with it

The worst thing about anxiety, worthlessness, polarity and chronic stress is the way they affect your relationships. They make you do things to people you'd normally not do. It makes people do things to you that they normally wouldn't. In this state of SAD—Stress, Anxiety and/or Depression—you sometimes, for no valid reason, spew venom on …

Khajuraho: A Complete Guide To The City of Love.

Think of a temple town in India and images of dusty lanes, congested streets and crowded markets will float in your head. But what if we tell you that there is one temple town in the heart of the country, which is neither crowded, nor dirty; there are no congested streets and the lanes are …

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 …

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 …

Learning To Tame My Mind, One Step At A Time .

It happens so quietly that you cannot prepare for it, and before you know, you are enveloped in its grip so tight that escaping seems impossible. So what does one do? Does one sit in a corner with the head bowed, eyes shut, and arms tightly wrapped, waiting for it to leave, or does one …

Of Loss, RD, and Gulzar

They say you leave a little bit of yourself with everyone you have loved -- and lost. No wonder then that we eventually remain just a skeleton of who we once were: when you give away parts of your heart, soul, mind, and sometimes even body away skeletons are the only things that remain, isn't …

Bar-B-Q — Quintessential Chinese in the heart of Kolkata

“Anirban! The middle-aged man has already called the name out thrice when he decides to stop and allot the table to the next person. Next in line is a group of women who are only too pleased at the unexpected promotion. Just as they are about to occupy the table, Anirban appears out of nowhere. …