A Ladakhi Feast

In the harsh landscape of a rocky terrain, there lies Ladakh, quaint and quiet, calling India’s highest plateau its home, as it calls itself the “land of high passes”.  Lying between the Himalayas and the Karakorum mountain ranges in Jammu and Kashmir, it seems isolated, consisting of empty plains, a cold desert and steep passes.

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10:00 PM at Gurgaon
What’s in a Vegan?

Like most I’ve had trouble understanding the concept of veganism and vegan food. Veganism, I’m told is a way of living, which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

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9:16 AM at Gurgaon
This Festival of Lights, I acknowledge the Light within You

Light forms an integral part of tradition and culture across the world, and lighting a lamp fills the entire space with positive energy; a row of lit lamps offers an ambience of warmth and goodwill. This, in fact, is the true essence of Deepavali, the festival of lights.

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5:20 PM at Gurgaon
Discovering Local Love ‘Round the Corner

There is a saying that “you can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans.” And when you stop to reconsider it, it’ll probably turn out to be quite true.

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7:00 PM at Gurgaon
Arpo Irro, Irro!

Once upon a time, in a kingdom not so far away, Mahabali defeated the gods and took over the three worlds. To placate the unhappy gods, Lord Vishnu took the form of a dwarf and visited the king, requesting him to grant him three wishes.

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11:55 AM at Gurgaon
Many hands are a blessing

India is no stranger to the many communities and customs it is home to, and while Ayurveda and regional cuisines take centre stage, we’re discovering smaller communities that seemed hidden away. A sect that originated in Yemen, and established its roots in India and Pakistan, Bohri Muslims form an integral part of the Mumbai cityscape, and tales of their delectable cuisine has spread across the globe, from the Middle East to Africa, and even the western world.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
The Tiranga of India

As an Indian, there is an innate sense of pride when you see the tricolour hoisted. A symbol of national pride, each aspect of the flag has its own significance. Saffron on the top band indicates the strength and courage of the country, the white band in the middle indicates peace and truth, while the green band at the bottom is a reflection of the land’s fertility, growth and auspiciousness.

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9:00 AM at Gurgaon
You’ve got a friend in me!

Once, every couple of weeks or months (depending on how much work I’m submerged under), I’ll send a cryptic text that only my best friend in the whole world will truly comprehend; and she will reply with a “Hallo! From across the oceans and seas.”

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8:00 PM at Gurgaon
An oasis of delightful indulgences

There is a saying in Rajasthan, that you don’t relish your food until you perspire whilst eating it.

Rarely has the world seen so rich a cuisine, created from so little that was available from the land that is the desert of Rajasthan. Yet, its people have lived and eaten over generations, creating an exotic cuisine from a soil that brought forth pulses, millets and trees with beans that were dried and stored for use in the summers, when nothing would grow.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
Hyderabad on my mind

Hyderabad is a confluence of several cultures; but in the erstwhile royal state, food was important and its flag was uniquely inspired by the shape of the “kulcha”, a leavened bread. Gastronomy is a continued passion, and it is said that the Hyderabadi eats to savour good food and exult in its taste,

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3:00 PM at Gurgaon
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