Travelling with Books

Books can take us to faraway places even when we cannot travel. ©Ivan Kruk/Shutterstock.com ‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.’ One of the most quoted lines from …

Fascinating legends and tales from India

Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kerala ©Shutterstock India is home to the most fascinating stories and myths and some of them come in forms of architectural wonders, monuments, even temples and schools. Imagine a 6th century temple in the heart of South India, with half a dozen secret vaults hidden in its basements, hundreds and thousands of kilos …

The rise of niche and curated travel in India in times of COVID-19

Dunes of Thar Desert present a scenic getaway for the locked Down soul ©Anubhuti Krishna There is nothing we have missed more than travel in the past few months. Whether it is the weekend trip to the town next door or the long leisurely vacation to foreign shores, this summer of being locked down has …

Changing face of the Indian chocolate

Until a few years ago. if you wanted to buy chocolate in India, all you would have found was mass produced, sugar laden, multinational brands. Apart from a few local names like Campco and Amul, there was no Indian chocolate in the market. Chocolate, in fact, was hardly considered an Indian product. Today, however if …

There is (always) light at the end of the tunnel.

Depression doesn't mean you cannot lead a normal life. “The signs were all too familiar. I could not sleep at night and would be tired and groggy through the day. I felt angry, sad, distressed, and dejected all the time. I shouted or sobbed; ate too much or nothing at all. I did not want …

Lessons in life from Gulzar.

I had bought the cassette from a posh music store on Birhana Road in Kanpur on my 13th birthday. I had heard one of its songs on TV and had fallen in love with the poetry. Lucky for me, my birthday was close and I could arm-twist my uncle into buying it for me as …

Kangri Dhaam: Robust Flavours from the land of the hills.

I first learnt about Kangri Dhaam a year ago. I was doing a story on the food of Uttarakhand and my editor insisted I should add a section on Himachali Cuisine. It will, felt the editor, make the story fuller. I agreed. There was only one issue: I hadn't been to Himachal in decades and …

This Week: Places That Are On My Wishlist.

The most common misconception people have about food writers is that they eat out all the time. And there is no better example to bust that myth than I. All of this week I kept planning to order some food in, but last week revelry and all the eating out in the past two-three weeks …

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