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Shishir Ritu: The Threshold of Parva-kaal

Posted by: The Hummer on Wednesday February 22, 2017

Extending through mid-March, the cold and dewy Shishir season is known for being a combination of hot and cold. The intense rays of sun absorb the moistness of surroundings, leaving the environment devoid of moisture.

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When autumn leaves start to fall...

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Saturday November 19, 2016

There’s a pleasing nip in the air, woollens are slowly making an appearance across the city landscapes and in another week or two, the dip in temperature would have announced that it is indeed winter, but I digress…

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Those Monsoon Greens...

Posted by: The Hummer on Friday July 29, 2016

Now that we’re entering August, the clouds of the Indian monsoon have spread all across the subcontinent. Oftentimes they touch the surface as a gentle sprinkle, and with the cool breeze rises the desire for a warm cup of tea or coffee. At other times, they lash the ground incessantly and become unwelcome.

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Indian August

Posted by: The Hummer on Friday July 31, 2015

Cha rahi kali ghata
Jiya mora lahraey hai
(The sight of clouds heavy with rain gathering in the sky gladdens my heart)

What’s a rainy day without paper boats to float on puddles, some tea-warmed loveliness and the unhurried languor of a Begum Akhtar song?

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Spring is In!

Posted by: The Hummer on Friday March 27, 2015

India is a vast country; many nations can find themselves fitting into either a single state or their entire county population making up a single city in India. With the vastness, it is understood that India has varied geographical contours and regional variations in weather and temperature.

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Exploring South India's Culinary Diversity

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday November 12, 2014

South Indian cuisine comprises dishes found in the five southern states of India: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana. With its clever combination of flavours, colours, seasoning, nutritional balance, fragrance and visual appeal, each regional cuisine showcases distinct tastes and methods of cooking.

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Royal Vega: A One-of-a-Kind Luxury Vegetarian Experience

Posted by: Star Chefs from ITC Hotels on Monday November 10, 2014

CHANDELIERS, GILDED TRIMMINGS, kundan embellishments, silver crockery – some elements are indispensable to the idea of dining in state. Imagine it coming together in the highest Indian traditions just for you. Royal Vega draws on the philosophy of taste, the use of seasonal produce, and the legacies of India's princely states and aristocratic homes.

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Arusuvai Vrindhu: A Quiet, Noble, Sixer of a Feast

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Thursday March 6, 2014

MANY DECADES AGO AT a banquet, I had that transformative  across-a-crowded-room moment – clear as a raga interpreted by Aruna Sairam. It came in the form of a neat heap of  white rice and a brief pour of enigmatic rasam.

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Romancing the Rain

Posted by: The Hummer on Sunday June 30, 2013

A bright yellow umbrella, a splash in a muddy puddle and a distant rainbow in the sky – some childhood memories instantly rev up as soon as the monsoons make their presence felt. There’s something about this season that makes my heart soar. I don’t know whether it’s the heavenly smell of wet earth, lazy monsoon afternoons spent in the company of a good book or simply playing football in the rain; I can never really tell. 

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Grishma Ritu – Summer’s Offerings

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday May 15, 2013

A thriving household depends on the use of seasonal produce and the application of common sense.”   
Ancient Quote 

Luxury comes in many forms and a luxurious dining experience is perhaps the most satiating. The Royal Vega restaurant at ITC Chola, Chennai successfully merges royal tradition, vegetarianism and the ancient tenets of Ayurveda to translate into an exclusive dining experience. 

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