Mohan Mahal — Thousands of Mirrors, Hundreds of Candles.

Imagine a glass palace illuminated by hundreds of candles with a mosaic of mirrors glistening on the ceiling and tiny pieces of glass gleaming on the walls. While you are only settling in, imagine a convoy of servers arriving with the land’s most exquisite cuisine, chefs bringing in their signature dishes, and butlers carrying the …

Mother’s Recipe – Not Half as Effective as Mother’s Cooking

घुइयां की सब्जी और रोटी। I grew up a vegetarian and still remain primarily a vegetarian. This means good food isn't limited to or comprises only of meat for me. In fact, all things close to my heart are simple vegetarian dishes which I grew up eating. Like most of us, I reckon. I started …

El Chico — Of Food, Friendship and Memories

If you’re in Allahabad, then you need to visit El Chico at least once. The restaurant’s range of eat treats is sure to bring you back. In 1964, a young man named Ganesh Rai went on a world tour. Among the many things he brought back with him, was the love for the café culture …

On Finding the Easter Eggs and the child within

I first saw Easter Eggs when I was about nine. We were in Allahabad at the time and father had brought this fancy  large egg. It was white and it was hard, made with sugar, perhaps. The surface was beautifully  decorated with intricate pink detailing of bows and ribbons, flowers and leaves. To the middle …

Belgium: A Passport to Indulgence

Think of Belgian food and the first thing that comes to mind is chocolate, but there is a lot more to food in Belgium than its chocolates. Cuberdons. Throughout summer, carts laden with tiny translucent cones appear at every market square in Belgium. These carts, often manned by elderly gentlemen, stock piles of little cones …

When Death Befalls

I often think about death, and wonder how would others describe me when I am gone. While I hope others have nice things to say about me -- they always say only nice things about the dead somehow -- this is what I would like them to know about me. * This morning Anubhuti Krishna, …

Of Bangalore Dosas and Tamil Idlis

So I hadn't slept all night. It is a typical trait of my travel: I am so excited that I do not sleep the night before, and I cannot sleep on the flight or the train. And then when you arrive in a city like Bangalore at 5:00  in the morning how can you sleep? …