How Chef Rana Makes the flavours sing at Jade.

"Please do not serve ma'am those chilies, " chef instructs, Hussain, our server. "No, no!" I want it. I interrupt. Sandwiched between his boss and me, Hussain is unsure, when I smile at him and signal to serve me some fried chillies and the sauce. He obliges. The fish that chef has prepared for me …

Flying Air India, or Shopping in a Seconds sale?

Travelling in air India is like shopping at a seconds sale. You walk into the shop knowing you're going to buy a compromised product, but you are happy nonetheless because the white shirt that you had wanted so badly, will, perhaps, be within your budget now. Even though it may have some insignificant flaws. It's …

If you do not mourn

They say you die everyday, if yo do not mourn those who have gone away That with every one who leaves you, a part of you is also gone, That you lend some of your soul to the dead if you do not mourn; They say you begin to lose your hopes, happiness and joy …

Breakfast by the Bay

Four tiny vadas, and one sticky, steaming hot idli, eaten at a stall, sitting on a narrow bench that had turned black with dirt and grime, with just a few street kids playing across the road, and the family of three -- mother, father, son, -- taking turns at the stove, the tap, and the …

What is my worth?

What is my worth and how do I calculate it? My bank account says I have a couple of hundred thousands – is that my worth?My salary statement says I make a fraction of what I used to years ago – is that my worth? The husband says he cannot do without me. The girls …

Beauty

She never thought she was ugly, on the contrary, she believed herself to be charming and pretty. Her belief lent her a poise and grace that was not easy to find in girls her age. She often admired herself -- the long slender fingers, the curvy eyelashes, the little button nose, Her eyes, she thought, …

On a Tintin Trail..

I had gone to Brussels with zero expectations. A friend, who had recently returned from there, hadn't too many good things to say. She had felt it was boring and dead, and too cold. But my tickets were done, rentals were booked and the bags had been packed, so nothing could be changed. If nothing, …

Mugaritz, Basque Country, ITC Dinner, and India: What chef Andoni thinks when he thinks food.

You may know him from the Netflix Original Series, The Final Table, or from the Michelin Guide. His restaurant, Mugaritz, located outside San Sebastián, Spain, has been on the top 10 of World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 12 consecutive years. He, meanwhile, he has retained his 2 Michelin Stars since 2006, even while keeping the …