Samosas & Sunshine

Lights. Camera. Action.  This vibrant metropolis is the home of Bollywood, but it would be a mistake to assume that it is its only attraction.  I lived here for 6 weeks in 2007.  The length of time and the freedom I had to wander meant I came across a number of unforgettable places and experiences that didn’t show up in the tour guide.  There was the Jewish Synagogue taken care of by a barefooted Rabbi, the Anand Chaturdashi festival (in which Hindus flock to the beach to submerge Ganesh statues in the ocean) and the Dahi Handi festival (in which Hindus create a massive human pyramid to break a hanging clay pot).  These incredible experiences  highlighted the character, diversity and spiritual commitment of the city’s inhabitants.

Pro Tip: September is a good time to visit – it is post-monsoon and you can try to catch the very visual and inclusive Anand…

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Travel Shot: The hat with legs !

My Favourite Things

There I was walking down one of the many streets in the historical centre of Bukhara, idly looking at stuff being sold at the many pavement stalls lining the street. As I passed the stalls, I made a mental note of the interesting stuff that I could come back and have a closer look at later and perhaps pick up something to take back home with me. There were carpets, paintings, booklets, terracotta figurines, ceramic tiles, silk scarves, embroidered material, ikat products, hats…

I suddenly stopped at a stall selling hats. There were many hats, but one of them had caught my attention. And I stopped and stared with disbelieving eyes. I actually rubbed my eyes and tentatively reached out to touch the hat with ‘legs’ dangling from it.

#MyDreamTripUzbekistan, Bukhara, Travel, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, Shopping, Souvenir, BizarreEvery place has its share of the funny, quirky and the bizarre and this hat with legs was definitely my pick…

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Top Fine Dining Restaurants in Delhi

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Are you planning to go for a weekend dinner party with your family? Well, if you are a foodie and love fine dining, then Delhi is the best place to relish authentic Indian cuisines. There are a number of fine dining restaurants which are perfect for a family dinner. These restaurants promise to offer an awesome dining experience that you surely won’t regret later. Heading to any of these restaurants will make sure that you enjoy an awesome meal with your loved ones. Listed below are some of these restaurants:


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Vegetarian delights in Korea

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Vegetarian delights in Korea

Sandeep Narang

If you are a traveller packaged in a group tour, your travel agent will certainly fix up the dinners for you at an Indian restaurant. And there are plenty of them! Seoul ranks eighth in the top 25 global cities, so it does not come as a surprise that a quick search on TripAdvisor nets 106 Indian restau-rants with ubiquitous names –  Taj, Ganga, Om, Bombay Grill, New Delhi, Shanti …  with the Jyoti restaurant (www., near Sinchon station being ranked #12 of 12,969 listed restaurants.

If you are yearning for that Naan, or missing your post- meal papad, Seoul has it all. And it will all be below $25 per person (probably with a beer thrown in). Almost all Indian restaurants serve North Indian or Punjabi food. Most of them have multiple branches, so check out the one closest to your hotel…

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Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice at The Masala Library

Food With Saylee

Its tough to actually talk about Masala Library without sounding lavish and flamboyant.

What’s so special about this particular restaurant that its almost always full? That you hear stories of people making reservations months well in advance? That visiting it for a meal is a matter of prestige? Well that’s what the Kalras’ Masala Library is all about!


The pioneer in Molecular Gastronomy on Indian food, we did end up going gaga over the mere presentation of the dishes when we first heard about the place. From exotic names like the Jalebi Caviar to the Dal Chawal Arancini, this statement maker inspired throngs of similar (but no where close) restaurants to follow suit. Hence its quite safe to say that its my favourite when it comes to molecules and modern Indian cooking styles, proven by all the accolades Masala Library has received.


Often described as a modern Indian gastronomic voyage…

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Rezala with Lamb Cutlet

food we love to eat

[A]: Mutton (goat meat) rezala at Sabir’s in Kolkata was something to look forward to if you visited that part of the city. The chief attraction of eating out was to taste something different from home cooked food and being able to buy the same at amazingly low prices. Sabir was successful in bringing this Muslim stew dish to the forefront and catch the imagination of the people of Kolkata.

The dish is rather easy to cook and can be a real money maker in the restaurant business as it uses some very basic ingredients and cheap cut meat that has a generous portion of animal fat. The dish’s appeal is from the long slow cooking over a charcoal flame that helps to soften the meat and blend the fat with the light yoghurt sauce to produce a delicate, flavoursome stew where spices are minimum and subtle. A drop of…

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Saleem’s of Delhi, Dubai

We were invited for a Bloggers Event at Saleem’s of Delhi in Dubai to taste their menu and try the Purane Dilli Ke Zaike. Saleem’s of Delhi serves Mughlai Cuisine from North India. The entrance is a giant wooden door and once we entered, to our surprise there was a musician playing some traditional music on the Tabla (Indian Drums). There was also a photo booth where you could dress up as a Mughal King and a Queen to pose against the backdrop of a Mughal monument.


The interior space is not very big but the interior is done very well to maximize the space. All the walls are painted with Mughal Era theme.


Our welcome drink was a Tornado Twist which was Cranberry and Lime. It was refreshing. Fellow bloggers on the table were The Gluttonous Couple and its always a pleasure knowing Bloggers in person.


We were also served…

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Dakshin (Delhi, January 2016)

My Annoying Opinions

Once upon a time in Delhi, restaurants at five star hotels were pretty much the only option if you wanted to go out for a fancy meal. The pre-eminent restaurants in the category were the Maurya Sheraton’s Bukhara and Dum Pukht, and through the late 1980s and 1990s they set the tone for similar restaurants at the other five stars: meat-centric North Indian food with either a Northwest frontier or nawabi focus. The hotels usually also all had Indian Chinese restaurants (each of which pretended to be “authentic” Chinese) and 24-hour coffee shops, and some had one outlier restaurant: the Meridien had a French restaurant, for example, (Pierre, I think its name was—for all I know, it still exists.) and the Oberoi had an excellent Thai restaurant for a while: Baan Thai. 

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