Lebua Corbett: Where Understated Luxury and Love For Nature Coexist.

When was the last time you washed your face with turmeric and sandalwood? When was the last time you had a bath under the stars, what was the last time you had food made with locally grown produce, out in the open? Imagine the joy then when I got all this in a hotel in …

This Diwali, Don’t Pass on Gifts — Choose Them With Love.

For the longest time after I moved to Delhi, I did not understand the craze around Diwali gifting. The noise, crazy traffic, and crowded markets left me irritated and angry. But what I disliked the most is how impersonal these gifts were: a chocolate packet for people who may be diabetic, crystal glasses for people …

A little story of a little dumpling.

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 fancy Rajdhani trains that served five …

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. …

Bo Tai Drunch: Perfect Sunday Outing.

Sunday means long lazy hours fed by good food and great wines.Better still if you indulge in it while looking at the magnificent Qutub district. Sunday also means sitting still at one place without a worry in the world. We had the opportunity to sample the Drunch at @_botai recently. The long lazy brunch accompanied …

Mughal Gardens — A Spring Tradition

Thousands of tulips, hundreds of lilies, beds full of roses, and acres of dahlias – if there is one place that defines spring, it is the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Inspired by the Mughal Gardens of Kashmir, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, these gardens have been ushering in spring in the capital for decades. …

Southern Flavours — and How I discovered them.

Being born and raised in the heart of North India in the era of no internet and limited television meant many things, but most of all it meant that your exposure to the world was limited. That world did not necessarily mean the foreign lands; often it was your own backyard. Case in point, the …

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 …