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 …

New Year, New Trends: Where to travel and what to do in 2019

Move over predictable itineraries, it is time create new, off-beat experiences Luxury at the beach. The first image that comes to mind when you think of a beach is that of crowds jostling for space. But what if you could have the whole beach to yourself? Imagine long stretches of soft sand and never ending …

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 …

#metoo, even though I wish I could say #notme

#Metoo So what if not in workplace. Every woman I know has a #metoo. It ought to stop. Now.

That Girl In Muddy Boots

I have been thinking long and hard. I have read through every #metoo post that has appeared on my timeline in the last few days. I have felt the pain in each of them, I have understood the anger behind every story, and, needless to say, I see myself or someone I know in all of them. Even though I always knew molestation, harassment, and sexual abuse is rampant, these stories have filled me with a deep sense of helplessness. Or should I say fatigue?

Fatigue of fighting all the time. Fatigue of watching my back every second of the day. Fatigue of looking at every man with suspicion. Fatigue of checking on the eye and hand movements of every friend and relative who is close to me, my sister, my daughter, my niece, my friend, my cousin…

I was never taught to stay quiet about the wrong that was…

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