Treasures of The Orient — in Delhi.

Those who know the culinary landscape of Delhi know how significant Oriental Food is to Delhi. And those who know how important Oriental cuisine is here, cannot not know about the legendary restaurants that have always been around giving the city an edge over all other. The House of Ming, Thai Pavilion, Spicy Duck three …

Cooking or The subtle art of healing.

It is a bright Goan afternoon and I am in chef Sarita Carvalho’s kitchen at Tempero, the Goan specialty restaurant at ITC Goa, learning to make rava fry and stir fried mushrooms. Dressed in a monogrammed apron and a chef’s hat, it is my first time in a restaurant kitchen and I am as excited …

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. …

48 Hours in the City of Lights

Paris. The world capital of fashion, art, food and literature, home to wide tree lined boulevards, quaint crêpe stands, chic boutiques, classy art galleries and of course, iconic sights. The idea of covering the city in just two days seems impossible. But it isn’t. With a little thought and planning, you can make the most …