Spice Trails: A Guide To Thekkady, Kerala

I do not remember the last time I took a break of ten days to get away from the city life, and most importantly, from work. While working with a national daily publication, we used to work six days a week and get a holiday only on Diwali and Holi days…and that cycle continued for…

#ChutneyDay: Of Saving That Zing!

I have always been the person who prefers pickles over chutneys, but at the same time one cannot deny the place that a chutney occupies in the thaali of every Indian. Growing up I have always preferred the mint-coriander (dhaniya-pudhina) chutney, and I think owe to that to my lack of knowledge of chutneys, in…

The Gateway Hotel, Nashik (Taj Hotels): Of The Old And The New

“Here was a hotel to rival the best in the world, built by an Indian – designed by an Indian architect, too – and run by an Indian.” – R.M Lala, Beyond The Last Blue Mountain One thing that happens as you grow up is that the time that you spend with family unconsciously reduces…

Discovering India One Plate At A Time: A Kutchi Bhatia Meal

I’ve spent my growing years in multiple states of India and it is something I take pride in, as I grew up to be more sensitive towards other communities and their culture. Ask anyone in the family and they’d tell you how conversations were always a driving force for me and the keenness to adapt…

A Royal Awadhi Meal At Novotel Juhu, Mumbai

We Indians are no strangers to the Mughlai cuisine what with those creamy, rich, laden with dry fruits and ghee dishes. And as much as we later repent eating those and putting on more kilos than we can shed, I’ve never seen anyone every saying anything close to a ‘no’ to eating these delicacies. Oh…

Want An Animated Food Experience? Say Hello Guppy!

Set in the plush complexes of Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, Hello Guppy presents Japanese cuisine in a refreshing twist. You enter to what looks like a bundle of happiness, a sparkling bar counter setup, and quirky indoor lighting, all of which set up a wonderful ambience for a relaxed luncheon in the midst of a chaotic…

Brewing Health And Happiness: Gardner Street Teas

I, like most Indians have enjoyed my cup of tea more than coffee, always. The first thing in the morning after I wake up, is to brew a perfect up of strong tea for myself, and then go about my chores planned for the day. Now see, the thing about tea is, that it is…