Priya Pathiyan

Priya Pathiyan has been tracking trends, interviewing key people, and writing prolifically in the lifestyle space for more than 20 years. Published author, established food critic, and passionate world traveller, her wide-ranging interests span wildlife, culture, design, music, anthropology, and social media.

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Editor’s Letter — January 24, 2023

Travel has that rare quality of opening the mind, of allowing us to view ourselves from a different perspective. Of going beyond today’s tropes of Bollywood, spicy food, and chai to reach the core that is truly Indian, rooting us in the culture of the sub-continent that goes back thousands of years. To sense the essence of this high-context, supportive society.

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William Dalrymple on the JLF: ‘That books can be performed publicly is an idea this country is friendly with!’

All roads are now leading to Hotel Clarks Amer as the Jaipur Literature Festival — the biggest literary festival in the world — is set to open again on January 19 this year. Celebrated author & historian William Dalrymple, who co-founded the annual festival along with Sahitya Akademi award-winning writer Namita Gokhale in 2008, traces its trajectory and tells us what to expect at Jaipur Literature Festival 2023.

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Editor’s Letter — January 17, 2023

Everyone visiting the mountains wants a valley-facing room with the most splendid view. It’s how you want to commune with nature. It’s what you want to share on your social media feed. It’s one of the things you want to talk about when people ask you about your travels. But have you considered what this penchant for being perched on the edge of the mountains does to the destination?

George castle, madhya pradesh

The mysterious castle that time forgot

George Castle, in the middle of the dense forests near Shivpuri, is worth a detour if you’re in the vicinity. We met the testy caretaker of this fascinating yet forgotten monument in…

Nadis, srinagar, kashmir

Review: Nadis, in tune with the pulse of Kashmir

We discover that Nadis, a boutique property endorsed by RARE India, gives you everything — creature comforts, local love, and a chance to bond with nature. There’s a side to Srinagar that…

Travel, 2023

Editor’s Letter — January 10, 2023

Priya Pathiyan Deputy Editor How has 2023 been treating you so far? Have you got back into the swing of things at work and home? I find that the first week or…
Lonar lake

Lonar Lake: 5 amazing facts you should know before you go

The mysterious lake in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district is worth a visit. Here’s why. Lonar Lake looks just like any another land-locked water body. Until you look carefully and realise just how symmetrically…

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Editor’s Letter — December 27, 2022

Priya Pathiyan Deputy Editor It’s that time of the year. When hotels are all sold out, flights are almost bursting at their seams, restaurants are buzzing and everyone’s out and about. This…
Vegetarian, switzerland

Going vegetarian in Switzerland!

Eating green, sustainable, local, foraged… these aren’t just watchwords for avant garde chefs in Switzerland, but a growing movement everywhere you go. We travelled across the country to track the vegetarian trend…

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Editor’s Letter — December 20, 2022

Priya Pathiyan Deputy Editor Across India, there’s an uprising of sorts taking place. It’s as though the pandemic was the equivalent of farmland left fallow, after which the soil, which has had…
Prague, christmas

Czech out 10 reasons why you should pick Prague for Christmas!

Picturesque Prague, the capital city of the Czechia, has a huge holiday tradition, magnificent monuments that are lit up for weeks, and Christmas markets straight out of a Hallmark film! Looking out…

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Editor’s Letter — December 06, 2022

Priya Pathiyan Deputy Editor Across India, there’s an uprising of sorts taking place. It’s as though the pandemic was the equivalent of farmland left fallow, after which the soil, which has had…