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 …

Spanish Festival, Seville

Candle in my bread, soup in my roll, sunset in my dessert and mushroom in my cappuccino -- that is what happens been you eat at Seville, one if the most enchanting places in the capital.   Spanish gazebos, quaint canopies and brilliant flavours have always marked Seville, at The Claridges but the place is …

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. …

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 …

The Delhi I love (and that loves me back.)

Delhi is a hard place to love. It is rude and ruthless, cold and indifferent. It tests you in ways no other city can. Its vast open spaces can intimidate  you, its crowded streets can terrify you. And its people? The lesser said about them the better -- or so they say.  Landing into this …

Millets for Dinner — and Lunch and Breakfast!

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say millets? Until not very long ago, I could think of only ragi mudde, bajra khichdi, and makai roti. That changed about a month ago when I attended the #tastingindiasymposium in December. The symposium focused on matters like sustainability of crops, welfare of the farmer, …