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 …

August Encounters

So, I decide to share bits and pieces of my old writing here, because, it feels good to read what I wrote many years ago. This is one such. It talks about how I found my feet as a writer -- and am glad, I am still writing.  August, somehow, happens to be an overwhelming …

Lebua, Lucknow — A Poetry in Brick and Mortar

Lucknow is known world over for its cuisine and culture, but not many know that until not very long ago, the city was also known for its architectural finesse and design sensibilities. Thanks to the newly opened lebua Lucknow, a heritage property, the world is waking up to Lucknow’s lost architectural splendour – one courtyard …

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 …

Harleem — A Slice of Dutch Life

Harlem, touted as one of the hidden gems of Holland, is just a stone’s throw away from the touristy Amsterdam, and yet it is a world apart. The tiny town offers local Dutch charms without the hassles of a tourist place. Ride a boat, take a walk, or just read a book – the choice …

Things To Do in Allahabad

Ride along the Yamuna. “You have come at the right time, the river is best experienced in the morning.” Ramlal, the old boatman launches into a soliloquy, as soon as we get onto his boat. His sturdy though old boat is one of the hundreds that line the ghat and ferry people to Sangam, the …