A crash course on Kalinga architecture in Bhubaneswar

I think the Ekamra heritage walk starting from Mukteshwar Temple to the medicinal herbs garden Ekamravan in Old town Bhubaneswar have to one of the best parts of my recent trip to Bhubaneswar. The walk started at 6.30 am and went on till 11 am and I hardly realised that I was walking for over…

King’s feast at the 13th Century temple kitchen in Bhubaneswar

Having lunch in a new city could be trying, especially when you a vegetarian and have no idea about the kind of cuisine you will find. Should I go with South Indian cuisine to play safe or try local cuisine? If I’m trying local cuisine is it possible to get good vegetarian dishes? What should…

Colonial cuisine that dominates the Dutch food culture

Culture and cuisine goes hand-in-hand. A country’s food culture tells you a lot about the country, its people and in part how they have evolved over time. Take India for instance. Kind of food you find differs from region to region. If it is all about rice and sambar in Tamil Nadu, fish, red rice…

A lesson in history enroute to Tirunelveli

I love travelling in interior Tamil Nadu. Green fields, weird dialects, rarely any good eateries in sight but amazing hospitality and lot of open space. You could actually feel the time passing by as you walk but the picturesque lakes and mountains. It makes the journey worthwhile everytime and this time for me was no…

Enroute to Nagercoil, my hometown, in pictures

There is no place that would bring me a greater than my hometown Nagercoil. Everytime I visit the place I’m hit by the nostalgia. Everytime I visit there Iearn something new about the legends and temples. The laid back town that has not changed a bit is my haven. These are snapshots of various cultural…

London, through my rose-tinted glasses

I could not contain my excitement as I peered out of my window seat in British Airways as it was getting ready to land at Heathrow airport, London that December five years ago. Those tidy lands, spectacular buildings one of which looked like a castle, row houses all similar and roads that looked like still…

What it means to travel solo for an Indian woman

Travelling Solo. Travelling alone in a big bad yet beautiful world, alone. All those wonderful people you are going to meet, who will give you fond memories. Not to mention ‘What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ kind of experiences. Ah that sounds so exotic, is it not? It is more so if you are…

When nature takes you for a ride

Nature. Man is yet to find something that is more mysterious than nature itself. Nature, with all its mystical qualities, makes you wonder; makes you ponder. It always takes you unaware just like last weekend when I was travelling to Vellore for my friend’s wedding. As cliched as it sounds, the sky was blue. The…

Coffee plantations, perfumeries and cave temples of Yercaud

Yercaud. It is a small tourist area set amidst the misty mountains, rocky terrain and picturesque valley. The place is like a breath of fresh air from the chaotic city life. You will never see another human being if you do not wish to. There are no sounds except for chirping of birds and rustling…

A chat with a Sommelier over a glass of wine

What is in a glass of wine? It is either white or red, sometimes rose and if occasion calls for it a Champagne flute. Some sweet and sour and the rest just sour with a punch. Yet for connoisseurs of wine, it a whole new world with unique flavours from places they come from, be…

Remnants of our Colonial past in North Madras

I had in fact forgotten how beautiful North Madras could be. It is so easy to forget that it was where the British had their headquarters during the time they ruled, before the commercial hub T.Nagar and orthodox Mylapore became the ‘cultured part’ of the city, tourists usually frequent. But the only part of Chennai…