The proverbial saying, 'you are what you eat' isn't just a phrase. For inherent in this practice is the key to how strong you will be in the face of any threat to your health - whether it is a mild cold, a chronic ailment, or even a global pandemic. Eating the right kind of food at the right time is the key to living a healthy life. While the world struggles with a global health crisis, Indian kitchens have been
I remember growing up watching documentaries based on Kerala, the word itself created waves of emotions in the little me, for reasons unknown. Growing up in the country’s capital with concrete buildings all around, the backwaters, beaches and the swaying palm trees of Kerala seemed a distant dream but at the same time, I felt a very strong inner calling to God’s Own Country, an almost unquenchable thirst until I finally set foot on a land that topped my bucket
Aerial view of Kalga Village. Photo: Devashish Vaid Located amongst the hinterlands of Himachal Pradesh - the land of the mighty Himalayas is a small village called Kalga. Considered to be one of the cleanest in the country, Kalga, in the Parvati valley, is a model of eco-tourism. Knowing Kalga Beyond the settlement of Barshaini, near Kasol, a tiny village called Kalga is the epicentre of our story. Kalga is surely a paradise for anyone looking for the quietude and serenity that the mountains offer in
goStops provides social stays for young travellers, besides basic services like quality bedding, security, front desk, etc. After returning from a Euro Trip in 2013, Pallavi Agarwal (Co-founder and CEO, goStops), fascinated and inspired by the hostel-culture in Europe, wanted to create something similar in India. With only a handful of hostels in the Indian market back in the day and an intense passion for creating social spaces for the youth, she started the first goStops' hostel in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Malihabad Kakori The story goes something like this - sometime in the late 19th century, Nawab Syed Mohammad Haider Kazmi, Lucknow’s local aristocrat hosted a lavish banquet for his British friend, during the mango season. A snooty British official ridiculed the coarse texture of what were considered the kebabs in Lucknow. Offenders, the Nawab ordered his rakabdars and khansamas to recreate the softest and finest seekh kebabs. After ten days of rigorous experimentations and trials, what came out of the kitchen lives as a legend even today. Centuries
Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt fable? There is an element of intrigue to the idea of digging the ground to find a precious chest of gleaming jewels or gold coins lurking within. Only in the case of Munshi Aziz Bhat’s family, it turned out to be a true story. The story starts nearly hundred years back in the scenic town of Kargil in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir where Bhat worked as a commissioning agent on
It was by chance that Simon & Garfunkel were singing 'Slow down, you move too fast, You got to make the morning last' through my I-pod as the Serai guest van drove through the verdant green gates. I was instantly hypnotised by the smell of fresh jasmines around my neck and the sandalwood tika that was part of my welcome. This is the only 'traditional' aspect of living at The Serai Chikmagalur. This isn't a traditional hotel, but more like
Different recipes for rice puddings are popular in nearly all parts of the world and are served as dessert. National Rice Pudding day is celebrated on August 9 in the United States by treating friends and family with a mouth-smacking dish of sweetened rice dishes. Though, the origin of it is not known yet. World-over different cultures celebrate their special occasions in their particular way. Apart from customs and rituals, food is an important part of the celebrations. And most of
At the outset, the one thing about Aahana Resort that got me excited was its location - bang in the middle of tiger territory - surrounded by Jim Corbett National Park. And when I reached the resort well into the night, I was welcomed by the distant moaning of a tiger. I slept with expectation of seeing the kind of the jungle face to face, but as I woke up the next morning, the smell of fresh air (so rare
While exploring the gali Dariba of Chandni Chowk during winters, the sight of white cloud of cream with a hint of yellow is quite amazing just like sun rays glinting in the vast sky covered with white clouds. For a street food lover, the sight of savouries in the heaven of street food is delighting. The cloud of white cream covered with muslin cloth invites me to taste it. I approach the vendor although a little apprehensive about the dish.