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 …

Soireé de Luxe: For those who like the good life.

Friday nights in the capital are usually made of loud parties and deafening music. It often entails pub hopping and rubbing shoulders with people you have never met before or will never meet again. At best, they may entail a quiet dinner, at worst, you may be stuck with drunk men. And so, Friday nights …

Celebrating Sri Lankan Flavours in The Heart of India.

Fiery Masks, fragrant tea, airy lemon puffs, stringy hoppers -- few things define Sri Lanka like its food. Very similar yet completely different from Indian, the culinary gems of the island nation are hard to describe, even for a food writer. One reason, I have not yet written much about the food from the nation …

Holding on or Letting Go — The toughest decision there is.

I am quite indifferent when it comes to technology. I do not care what brand of TV we have at home, or if we possess the best quality Home Theater System or not (although, apparently, we are quite close, or so husband says). That is also why I have always had the cheapest cell phones, …

Ordering In or Eating Out — A food lover’s dilemma solved.

When it comes to food, I am rather conventional. I like to go to very few places (unless it is work) and hardly experiment with new things even in old places. And I never order in (no, not even pizza). So when I got to know that Orient Heritage was a delivery kitchen I was …

How Chef Rana Makes the flavours sing at Jade.

"Please do not serve ma'am those chilies, " chef instructs, Hussain, our server. "No, no!" I want it. I interrupt. Sandwiched between his boss and me, Hussain is unsure, when I smile at him and signal to serve me some fried chillies and the sauce. He obliges. The fish that chef has prepared for me …

Flying Air India, or Shopping in a Seconds sale?

Travelling in air India is like shopping at a seconds sale. You walk into the shop knowing you're going to buy a compromised product, but you are happy nonetheless because the white shirt that you had wanted so badly, will, perhaps, be within your budget now. Even though it may have some insignificant flaws. It's …