Life in a Delhi local

 Every city has its lifelines. If Mumbai has local trains and the famous dabbawalas, Kolkata has its metro rail since the 70s and 80s, and Delhi has its famous Ring Road and the DTC buses. By the way, Delhi also got metro rail some years back, and it rapidly became the National Capital’s lifeline. Have…

Matchbox strikes a new light in Gurgaon

Many years ago, a mail was forwarded to me by my editor. The mail contained two restaurant reviews done by a blog, and he advised me to review the places. I called up at both the places, one responded, and another didn’t. The one who responded they went to become very good friends, and the…

Milk the goodness of Desi Cowboys

Childhood memories are always special. Among all other things that form our childhood memories, one can never forget the pestering of our mothers to drink milk. My mother was a little fortunate as I have a love for milk. Today, I may be a Delhiwalla, ballooning, drinking the rich buffalo’s milk, but as a kid…

Add a spoon of good taste and comics to your life

Eating out is just more than enjoying the food; it is an experience, and the challenge in the hands of today’s restauranteurs is choosing a theme for their restaurants or cafes, which offers an enjoyable experience to the guest. Somewhere the choice of the theme or how the interior of the restaurant has been done…

Time to park your palate at The Bikers Cafe

On an early Friday evening, if there is a waiting for a table in a cafe which is themed on automobile, located in a semi- residential and commercial area beside the Golf Course road in Gurgaon, you know that there is seriously something good about the place. The place in context is The Bikers Cafe….

Why Afghan cuisine is a large-hearted cuisine

Going by my love for different cuisines, from time to time, I feel I must have been born in that land to which the cuisine belongs in one of my past lives. At times, I strongly feel, I must have been a Tibetian for my love for momos, sometimes Italian for my love for penne…

Tea seller Mr Pandey’s gift to a daughter, whom he never met

The parking area on the road leading to Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi is mostly empty during the day, and if it is a public holiday, the parking lot ticket collectors are also nowhere to be seen. On one such day I met Praduman Pandey, a tea seller in that parking area. My meeting had…

A Tughlaq-era hunting lodge in the heart of Delhi

Pardon me for the language, but “Delhi is littered with monuments”. I say littered because there are many monuments lying in shambles across Delhi. Perhaps not feasible and possible for the governmental agencies to restore or take proper care of them. A large section of the population is not sensitized about them, and a common…

Jab I met Khubani Ka Meetha in Delhi

It may sound a very filmy kahani, but it’s actually a foodie kahani. It happened so that a few days ago, I was watching an episode of the food and travel show Raja Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniya in the Epic channel. The episode was on the food habits of Leh Ladakh region. Among the many…

Tracing Mumbai’s bhel puri in Delhi

Traditionally, puffed rice is not a part of Delhi’s street food. Two iconic puffed-rice Indian street food dishes are bhel puri and jhal muri, both belonging to two extreme corners of India. Bhel puri belongs to Mumbai and jhal muri is from West Bengal, down South if not puffed rice, you have the good old…

The apple of my taste buds in Majnu Ka Tila

At 10.30 am, I start from my home at Jamia Nagar for a meeting to R K Puram. I reach my destination after an hour. I, constantly, keep looking at my watch because I am next headed to Majnu Ka Tila in North Campus for lunch. From R K Puram to Majnu Ka Tila, travelling…

The new love of my life ‘donne biryani’ at Sanadige

Most of us in India have grown up perceiving biryani as a dish with a strong yellow colour. In present days, it’s less of saffron and more of the yellow edible colour. And if it is the Kolkata aloo anda biryani, then it accompanies a strong kewra essence, too. So, for someone like me, who…