The Halwai Culture Of Bikaner

There is something very alluring about life in a smaller town, to which I have always been attracted to. Being accustomed to life in India’s maximum city, it is borderline essential to step off the gas at times. Alighting the overnight train from Delhi at Bikaner, I couldn’t help but take a deep breath and…

Narendra Bhawan: Meditating One Plate At A Time

In my last post I gave you an insight and a virtual sneak peak into the world of Narendra Bhawan, and in this post I want to take you through a very unique journey and the real reason for which I was at the luxurious property – food meditations. Narendra Bhawan brings back the grandeur…

Narendra Bhawan: The Saga Of Contemporary Royalty

Unabashedly, unapologetically luxurious and grand, Narendra Bhawan brings back the grandeur of pre-Independence royal families and imagines how the prince would have lived. Many years ago, a friend of mine had stated how the scale of luxury and grandeur is often directly proportional to how elaborate and intricate the flooring of a place is. It…

Punjab Series: The Journey Has Begun

Amritsar’s town hall was no more like I remembered it. The cluttered lanes had given way to a spacious arcade with a uniform architecture with open brick walls which were new, but transported you to a time bygone. Standing at the centre of the town hall with The Golden Temple on one side and Jallianwala…

Punjab Series: The Keeper Of Memories

After a seven hour road trip that commenced at 7 in the morning, and two pitstops later, we reached Adampur (district Jalandhar) at about 2:30PM in the noon. We had eaten tandoori parathas paired with a big glass of chai at Amrik Sukhdev, the dhaba-land of NH1, in Murthal early in the morning, which ensured that…

Punjab Series: Back To The Roots

I have been visiting Punjab since I was born. In fact, I was born in Jalandhar, as my paternal family belongs to that district. By birth I am a Punjabi, but not having lived there, I do not speak the language and understand the culture’s nitty gritty’s the way my cousins and the extended family…

Of Friends Who Opened The Gates To Gujarati Cuisine

I went to a school in suburbs where every second person was Gujarati and it was very normal that when I’d visit a friend’s place that their grandparents would assume I am a Gujarati too and would automatically start speaking to me in the language, only to be subtly told by their grandchildren that I…

My Tryst With The Keto Diet

The struggle with the body weight is an on-going and a never ending one, and with the profession we are in, it doesn’t make it any easier to shed those kilos either. In the last couple of years I’ve piled on a lot of kilos and it doesn’t help that I am an inherently lethargic…