Taste of Banaras

Banarasi khana is unique in its taste - very different from its Western UP counterpart or even Punjabi cuisine. Banarasi cuisine over centuries has created its own taste with influence from Bihar and Bengal, even taken inspiration from Muslim rulers and inhabitants. In Banaras, one even finds an Italian pizzeria, a Japanese restaurant or a…

Khele mashane mein Holi

Holi across the world is largely associated with Krishna, and people flock to Brijbhoomi to witness the festivities. Even the songs or paintings that celebrate this colourful festival centers around this playful God. But in the city of Shiva - Banaras (Kashi or Varanasi), Rangbhari Ekadashi marks the beginning of the festival six days before…

Discovering India

I have been wanting to read Jawahar Lal Nehru's Discovery of India for some time now, the reasons are many including the need to remind myself of India's history which is hazy in my mind now. I have also been wanting to read on India - its culture and traditions, people, it's impact on the world and…

We, the People of India

A couple of days ago India celebrated its Constitution Day - the day when Indian Constitution was adopted by constituent assemble paving the way for becoming a Republic and for holding the first general elections of the country. India having gained Independence quite late in the timeline of many other democratic countries could take advantage…

My Sari Story

I come from family where sari was worn every day, my mother and masi were teachers in the University and I stayed in the campus where everyone wore saris to work. Even the school teachers those days wore saris everyday. Salwar-kurta was not the dressing norm till much later in my lifetime. Every year change…

To read or to watch?

For last 3 nights I have been glued to Star Movies Select channel at it's 9pm show with some great movies on air with technical, critical and/or popular acclaim. The first one was The King's Speech made in 2010 and was recommended by a friend. The film is about the stammer problem faced by King…

Story of India

I have read all of Amish Tripathi's books and have heard him speak couple of times. So when he announced the release of his new non-fiction book Immortal India, I was very excited as I am fascinated by Indology. But I have figured that I am a tsunduko, my to-be-read list is always longer than…

Origin by Dan Brown

The latest by Dan Brown in his Robert Langdon series Origin has been long time in coming from the time the publishers announced the pre-booking in January. This book like all others in the series follow the similar pattern - Robert Langdon finds himself in a tight place being almost accused of a murder and…

A sojourn on the Ganges

It was a quick short getaway for a much needed break to The Glasshouse on the Ganges - a Neemrana property. Nestled in couple of acres, it is situated right on the banks of gushing river Ganges. It is a comparatively modern property amongst the Neemrana stable and the huge glass windows bring in the…