This New Year Do Not Forget The Old

A version of this post appeared in The Open Road Review. A couple of days ago, I got myself a sleek, shiny, and very suave MacBook. It had been on my mind for a while, but I had been resisting the change: I did not want to let go of my old one. The old …

Tis’ the season.. Missing The Good Old Greeting Card..

December means different things to different people. For some, it is the time to celebrate the year gone by and look forward to a new beginning. For others, it is the time to introspect, to look back with fondness — or regret — to long for the time lost. And to some, like me, it …

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 …