A Marriage and a Fast

I was not always a food writer, there was a time, nit very long ago, when I wrote about things close to my heart. I have talked about broken marriages, unfulfilled love, sex and even justified adultery. In a nutshell I have sinned. So even as my stomach growls and my wrists are ready to …

What to Eat in Allahabad — and Where.

At 6:30am the fire has been lit. A pot-bellied halwai swiftly beats yeasty batter, a young man fills pastry dough with spicy potato mix, a small crowd meanwhile has already gathered in anticipation of their breakfast—crispy jalebis and spicy samosas. Welcome to Allahabad—or Prayagraj?—the land of early morning breakfasts and Ganga-Jamuni flavours. Food is everywhere …

Mystery, History, Culture & Art: How One City Is Home to It All.

A motley group of men dressed in blazers and hats, accompanied with accordions, cellos, and guitars, is performing at the sidewalk. Singing peppy songs, swaying to the beat, and smiling at passers-by, they have everyone’s attention: red vintage cars with black hoods slow down and wave at them, groups of school girls stop by and …

Things to do in Prague: Celebration Special

Czechoslovakia declared itself independent from the Austro-Hungarian Empire on 28th October 1918. Even though it was only the beginning many other struggles—occupation by Nazi Germany, Soviet Rule, and the Velvet Revolution—the date remains significant for the Czechs. The city celebrates its 100th year of independence this month and the celebrations are planned on a grand …

Pot Belly – A beautiful tribute to a beautiful cuisine.

I have, off late, become very vary of eating out. Especially when it comes to a new place. Most places, even 5 star specialty restaurants, end up disappointing me. No, it's not because I'm too hoity toity or I need some special attention, it is because most places seem to have forgotten the basics. If …

Becoming a Bangali Bou, One Durga Puja At A Time.

As a new Bengali bride, I found the hullabaloo around Durga Puja quite silly. The compulsive need of people to discuss Pujo weeks in advance, the inevitability of a week long vacation from work, the madness of shopping, planning, gifting -- all for a festival not even celebrated at home! As it is I disliked …

Bratislava: The Little Big City

Set along the Danube, corralled with thick wilderness and rich farmlands, Bratislava is a little known town that hides big experiences – a trait that has helped it earn the title of the Little Big City. After being the poor cousin of Prague for a long time, Bratislava came on its own in 1993 when …

The Mother of All Festivals

At 5 in the evening the sky has already turned dark. There may be a few stars here and there but most of them are camouflaged by thick clouds that lurk low. There is no sight of the moon either, or maybe it is hiding somewhere behind the imposing hoardings dotting the skyline of the …