Dhabas of the GT Road

One of the many things that Sher-Shah-Suri had in mind while building the Grand Trunk Road was the safety and convenience of his people. It was with this vision that he had built inns for travellers and shelters for their animals along the road. These inns, built at every kos (2.25 miles), were marked by …

Sampling the Food in Vietnam

Food is everywhere in Ho-chi-minh – in roadside stalls, on pushcarts, in baskets tied to bicycles, inside cafes and stores, and of course in restaurants. I have landed in the city with only one mission, to eat, and the city does not disappoint me. Within just a few minutes of my arrival, en route to …

This Spring Colour Your Rice Yellow

The first time I had to describe tehri to someone, I was at a loss. More difficult than explaining the simple dish was accepting the fact that there was someone who did not know what tehri was. After all, I had grown up eating it every other day. As luck would have it, in the …

Why I Travel Alone And Will Continue To Do So

I have been travelling for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I travelled with my parents all around the country--from the snow-covered passes of Himachal, where we went with my four-month-old brother, to the oceans of Kanyakumari, where we travelled, a few years later, with grandparents and cousins in tow--we travelled …