Of Mango Panna, Childhood, and Flying.

"Would you care for some crossiants?" asked the girl in aubergine. Today I figured what she meant but that day I hadn't. Back in the 90s when the budget airlines hadn't come in most of us almost always took trains. It could be to go to the next town or to a far off city. …

A husband a lover and a woman caught in between.

Dear B, You might be slightly surprised to see this letter. After all, we haven't spoken in almost four years, since that muggy afternoon when I left. It is not that I have forgotten you, in fact I remember you very often -- and very fondly -- but I have not had the courage to …

Megu: Delhi’s finest Japanese Food

Have you ever seen fresh horseradish paste being made? I hadn't either until I met Ishwar, the smiling young man at Megu who did it in front of me. Brought in from Japan, ground fresh on a piece of shark skin (also from japan), the fresh horseradish turned out to be much milder and more …

Lucknow: A home that no longer is

The one thing that amuses and comforts me in equal measure in Lucknow is the language. The हम and the आप, the lilt and the singsong; the subtle goading and the open dismissal all done with love and brotherhood. I wonder if I spoke like this too (some people say I still speak like that) …

An Eid in Lucknow

I grew up a vegetarian in Lucknow. Okay, I will repeat if it doesn't register. Yes, I did grow up a vegetarian in a city that is celebrated all over the world for its kebabs and biriyani. And until 24 years of age, I hadn't even seen what the kebabs or biriyani here looked like. …