Bhiwandi Dhaba, Naigaon

It's 4.30 on a Sunday evening and we're somewhere in the middle of Mira Road visiting a relative. The elders are so drowned in the flood of gossip that lunch in a restaurant we'd been planning for long has gone awry. Who serves lunch at 4.30 anyway?! So, after the last bits of goodbyes are... Continue Reading →

Regenta MPG Club, Mahabaleshwar

MPG's an abbreviation for Mahabaleshwar Parsi Gymkhana; this I discover while having a little chat one misty evening with Jitendra, a member of the team who mans the reception and services guests. While flipping through the dinner menu, from the corner of my eye, I find him alone, pensively hitting the keys of his computer.... Continue Reading →

Imitations, emulations, copies will come and go.But legends, they stand, firmly rooted, undeterred and unaffected. Rocksolid. Lucky Restaurant, sitting proud at the busy crossroads of suburban Bandra for more than 80 years is one such.Specializing in Mughal cuisine such as scrumptious kebabs and kepsa, luscious kormas and an array of lipsmacking Biryanis, Lucky has been... Continue Reading →

Fort Rajwada, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

When I first stood gawking at the magnificent gate, camera in hand and mouth wide open, little did I know I was standing dwarfed by the same façade that was an eternal part of an award-winning TV show I've been a huge fan of... "Balika Vadhu". Jaisalmer - the city of wind-swept sand dunes, warm... Continue Reading →

Sherlock, Ooty

This isn't the place where the great Sherlock Holmes once lived. Or ever lived. Boy! he was fiction. But, I'm sure he would have given an arm and leg to buy this eponymous mansion as his post-retirement home. After all, even an eccentric detective like him covets this kind of haven to rest his deerstalking... Continue Reading →

Arco Iris, Curtorim, South Goa

I remember coming across a similar picture of a courtyard in one of the travel magazines. I also remember how it yanked me from my chair and ricocheted me decades back, playing in my grandma's Malvan home, with a bunch of cousins. How I miss those days... That picture never really left me. The longing to be there... Continue Reading →

Hidden Village, Shahapur, Maharashtra

The village may be magic It may be something in between In truth all I can tell you What I saw, not what I mean... It's a village, plain and simple In the woods, all shades of green Unkissed, and yet so perfect stuck in stasis, in between... Definitely borrowed, but these beautiful lines do strike a... Continue Reading →

Tudor Retreat, Khopoli

Breakfast swinging by the lake, morning stroll breathing in that fresh fresh village air, losing yourself in the vignette of the sun going down behind the hills and the silence interrupted by just the sound of your swing....sounds surreal. But a weekend at Tudor Retreat and you'll know how desperately you needed this bucolic and tranquil interlude. Lali along... Continue Reading →

The Tasting Room, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Hungry customers stretching their necks out like turtles, eager to be allotted a place. Every small, medium, large table occupied. Hip youngsters larking around pitcher laden tables. Families lunching in quiet. Waiters scurrying with loaded trays. This is a constant racket at The Tasting Room, an upscale restaurant nestled in the famous Raghuvanshi Mills Compound of Lower Parel. It sits... Continue Reading →

Tullahmore Estate, Mussoorie

"Oh my gosh! Is that the Himalayas out there? Yeah that's the Himalayas. Yaayyyyy we can see the Himalayas from our windoooowwww!"...I shrieked and leapt as I opened our window to let the morning sun inside our freezing room. Tullahmore Estate is a century old colonial bungalow. The earlier version of it belonged to the British... Continue Reading →

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