The Ghosts who Walk Kashmir

If there are any ghosts wandering around Srinagar City, they’re probably discomfited by how much the city has changed since they passed on. They probably cannot recognize it as the place in which they lived half a century ago. Not because of the pace of life, to be sure, but because of the skewed ratio…

Lesser Known Spots of Kashmir

Every destination acquires its own tourist treadmill and Kashmir is no different. Touristic clichés are a wonderful thing in most cases: when you are pressed for time, a quick drive through all of them, and you can safely tick the boxes. While it would be rather eccentric to miss out on quintessential Kashmir via Mughal…

Casablanca meets Gurgaon

It’s a full-time job keeping up with the restaurant scene in the capital. No sooner than Afghan food begin to take root, when the cuisine of Manipur and Nagaland become popular in another part of the city. Perhaps one day there will be at least one restaurant for Russian, Peruvian and Nigerian food, but right…

Nando’s

Chicken Peri Peri meets Kukkad, Tandoor da in a burst of genius The long lines and thronging crowds at this outlet are a reality, but at the end of it, there’s some seriously good, spicy, succulent chicken with a tang. Even tandoori chicken is not this good! Atmospherics: Forget about the rather insipid interiors done…

100% Rock

After the iconic Turquoise Cottage moved out of its original location in Adchini, it has been renamed 100% Rock. It has just opened in Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, while outside Delhi it is in Jaipur. You can’t keep a good product down, as they say, and in spite of litigations and changes of name, the…

Chi Kitchen and Bar

Cuisine: Oriental Stylish surroundings, surprisingly authentic food and down-to-earth prices: a winning combination You don’t go to Chi for starters and main courses as much as their signature meals-in-a-bowl. Atmospherics: There are three branches, the most crowded being the one in Select City Walk and the most well-appointed being at the Eros Complex, Jangpura. This…

Ahhh Praaague

When my son (now in his 20s) was tiny, he had gone to see a film with his best friend’s family. I never did get to learn the name of the movie, but it had a scene in it, which, described by a 4 year old, consisted of a cupboard with a door. You walked…

The world of vegetarianism

The whole jigsaw puzzle about vegetarians and vegetarian food goes awry in India, more or less. You see, it’s like this: in every other part of the world, vegetarians are a tiny minority, and because of that, they are perceived as exotic birds who subsist on impossibly rare ingredients. Truth be told, they are privately…