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India@75

India@75: sikkim organic farming revolution

What do we know about organic farming in Sikkim?

India’s (and the world’s!) first 100% organic state in 2016, Sikkim has a lot to be proud of. 75 years of independence later, how far have we come and where do we…

Indian railways

The Indian railways: A journey to glory

Be it nostalgic childhood memories or glimpses of a shining future, the Indian Railways is a vital part of Indianness. There’s something about travelling by trains in India that makes the journey…

A landmark in dadar, pritam's iconic status is indelible.

80 years later, what keeps Pritam as iconic as ever?

The restaurant is easily one of the oldest in the city, a landmark in its own right. Its gifted Mumbai not just the iconic butter chicken, but also a sense of community.…

Shorba

Shorba for the soul

Shorba is a testament to India’s openness to external culinary influences, and how we assimilate them effortlessly and make them our own. We recount how shorba — a love-it-hate-it curative dish —…

Curd rice

Rethinking curd rice

Curd rice was once seen as healing food, acquired fame as a beloved summer special and conquered palates for its cure-all properties. Here’s how the famous Thayir Sadam and its ilk have…

Pashmina

The Pashmina Trail: Weaving tales of glory

All the way from the highlands of Changthang region in Ladakh, pashmina or ‘the soft gold’ comes with the tale of a regal past and the promise of a lustrous future. I…

Gujiya and holi

Gujiya’s sweet pact with Holi, the festival of colours

Now synonymous with Holi, the festival of colours, this is the story of how gujiya — the crescent-shaped sweet — warmed into the heart of the celebration, not only in the North…

Butter chicken and tandoori roti

Divided by boundaries, united by food

A story of food and migration seen through post-Partition restaurants in India and the rise of dishes like butter chicken, dal makhani, Pindi chhole and tandoori fare. The Partition was one of…

Marine drive, mumbai, art deco, architecture, history, maharashtra, india

The gleaming allure of the Queen’s Necklace, Mumbai

The year 2020 came and went in a haze of fear and frenzy. What we all missed in the midst of the pandemic, was the centenary of the creation of Mumbai’s most…

Republic day

Rajpath, Republic Day, and the grand renovation!

The proud venue of the Republic Day celebrations, Rajpath along with other iconic landmarks scattered throughout Lutyens’ Delhi, stands at the crosswords of time, waiting for a new chapter to either make…

Boondi ladoo

Republic Day’s sweet connection

It’s sweet, popular and has inspired many a variant, each cloyingly addictive. But how did the unassuming boondi ka ladoo come to be associated with Republic Day?  A few years ago, when…

Gajar ka halwa or carrot halwa

Gajar ka halwa

Healthy, hearty, and soothingly hued, when it comes to brightening a winter morning, nothing quite does it like a bowl of warm carrot halwa, lovingly called gajrela or gajar ka halwa. There…

Muziris, kerala, lost city, india, india travel, kodungallur, kerala tourism

How the lost city of Muziris in Kerala found itself

Once an ancient trading port with connections across the world, Muziris is again a hub today, but this time, it attracts global patrons of art, heritage and culture. The heavy monsoon rains…

Pista buffi at sheeren bhawan

The heritage sweet shops of Old Delhi

Many of the venerable sweet shops of Old Delhi came here after Partition, carrying with them the flavours and heritage of an undivided India. There is a glow in ex-cricketer Hari Gidwani’s…

Mallakhamb

Mallakhamb — a fascinating tale of athleticism and tradition

Steeped well in tradition and still continuously evolving, the ancient sport of Mallakhamb deserves every bit of attention from the world’s audience. Here’s why. It was a nippy December evening in 2019,…

Delicious chicken biryani

Biryani

It came, it saw, it adopted, it conquered and then it ruled. If there is one Indian dish that befits this epithet, it is biryani, the ultimate comfort food.   There is something…

Hope diamond

The stones of Golconda still speak

From sparkling diamonds to solid granite, the fort has seen everything. A visit to the once-powerful citadel near Hyderabad today can give you a glimpse of its brilliant history that is rich…