अमृतसरी प्रेम कहानी, जो हो न सकी…

निकला था मैं देश देखने, खाने पीने, और कुछ अच्छा लिखने. क्या पता था यह सफ़र मेरा दिल तोड़ देगा, ग़म भरे मोड़ पर ला कर मुझे छोड़ देगा. भरवान दा ढाबा के वोह करारे कुलचे मदमस्त चने और खिलखिलाती लस्सी. फिरनी जैसी आपने कभी न खायी, नरम पनीर की बाहों में संतुष्टी पायी. चटोरेपन का […]

A Walk through Misty-cal Shimla

It is still early in the morning and Shimla is slowly waking up to the misty morning chill and steaming tea vessels. The bus stop seems quite unprepared for 7AM in the morning, with newspaper vendors still unwrapping the Punjab Kesaris, and the bus windows being cleaned of dried vomit from yesterday’s torrid journeys. I […]

Episode I: What to eat in Varanasi?

Anything. Simply, anything. Amidst all the chaos and confusion of Varanasi, food is one thing which instills some sense of order, with its simple yet mouthwatering flavors dominating a lot of other experiences one has in the city. Varanasi’s food is defined by its place in Hindu culture and tradition, its regional influences (Eastern Uttar Pradesh and […]

We are what we eat and whom we meet.

How about listening to locals talking about their life and aspirations while sipping a chai and dipping a Parle-G; or sharing a drink with an unknown traveler listening to their experiences; or cooking meals in someone’s kitchen creating chatpate menus; or weaving sari with a local weaver; or gobbling those lovely cutlets on Indian Railways […]

Fear of Motion Sickness

The idea of traveling is often accompanied by a variety of emotions and a switching mental state. Love, laughter, disgust, amazement, fear, curiosity are all significant emotions one can relate with travel. But nothing disturbs our mental state more than the fear of motion sickness on travel. Motion sickness is a condition in which a […]

The First Sip

Years ago when I was a kid, I had accidentally discovered and realized the existence of Alcohol. I had stumbled upon a bottle of Whiskey, while looking for something in my Father’s wardrobe. Till that point of time I had seen people drinking on-screen, but I certainly couldn’t imagine my father doing the same. There […]

A Day in the Life of an Indori Jalebi

Indore is my kind of place: vibrant, extrovert, loud, confused about its future, and yet rooted to memories it has grown with. Despite being known across India for its food, the place is rarely explored except for people from Central and Western India. One can claim to have had its namkeens and sweets, but it’s […]

Return to Korba

Over the past 2-3 years I have travelled across various parts of the country. Most of these trips were planned and executed around a friend’s wedding, and given I have had so many friends getting married in the recent past, and at locations such as Indore, Dhanbad, Raipur, Kerala, Rajasthan, Interiors of Maharashtra, and Delhi, […]