The Dharamsala Series, Part I: Of Faith And Love

“I like the mountains because they make me feel small. They help me sort out what’s important in life,” someone once said. Honestly, I couldn’t agree more. With so many changes that have taken place in my life in the last year, this year is all about settling in and rediscovering myself. I promised myself…

Throwback of the centuries: A weekend at the Neemrana Fort-Palace

Now in its sixth century, the Neemrana Fort-Palace is a one of a kind heritage hotel that sparked off a trend, while keeping its actual flavour intact. When I moved to Delhi four months ago, one of the many things that I was looking forward to (apart from getting married, of course) are the numerous…

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…