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. …

Books, Cities, and Stories.

Sixteen years before man landed on Moon, Tintin had already shown us what the moon looked like. Julius Verne took us Around The World In Eighty Days at a time when people hardly ever left their homes; closer home The Ramayana and Mahabharata showed us not only parts of India but also foreign lands. Books …

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 …

Yoga, or how I learnt to beat the demons in my head.

It is clear cool morning and lukewarm rays of the sun stream into the hall illuminating it with a golden glow. As I sit there basking in the warmth of the sun, breathing deeply from one nostril and then another, I feel a sense of calm taking over me. My head is slightly light from …

Solitary Reaper

It is two 'o clock at night and I am not sleepy. Perhaps because in the last one year, I have hardly slept before dawn. I have been reading, I have been writing, I have been working hard, sometimes all through the night. And after a hard night, sleep does not take long to come …

Ghent: What to See, How to Reach, Where to Feast.

Ghent is often referred to as the hidden treasure of Belgium. A lesser-known university town, which is often overlooked in elaborate itineraries, happens to be an electric blend of traditional and modern.

Chota Kothi — Back to Basics and Peaceful Existence.

Nestled between fluorescent green trees, crimson earth and clear azure sky, Chotta Kothi, located in the heart of West Bengal, is an inviting, warm, and charming place. Surrounded by an expansive thicket, inhabited by birds, bees, and fireflies, the cottage is perfect for a quiet weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the busy …

My Bond with Ruskin Bond

Have you ever wept while reading a book? Not because you have fallen in love with the hero and he is dead, or because the heroine has cancer and she may not live – but, because the words have touched your soul. Have you sobbed after a book has ended? Have you ever agonized over …