Peepal Kothi, India

Peepal Kothi: Leaf-rimmed tranquillity

The evening waves a wand of coolness over Haryana. But even as the temperature goes down, the birdsong rises in volume. Seize the day they must, and in the last remaining minutes of light, their excited chatter and the intoxicating fragrance of freshly watered grass fills the air. Voices carry over long distances in this still swathe of greenery and I can hear clearly, the … Continue reading Peepal Kothi: Leaf-rimmed tranquillity

Hobart Harbour in Tasmania

Ricky Ponting is Tasmania’s brand ambassador

Although he lives in Melbourne now, Ponting returns to Tasmania every chance he gets. Talking about why his hometown has such a special place in his heart, he says, “I still travel around Australia and the world a lot. But nothing beats home. The beautiful clean air, breath-taking scenery, the incredible food and wine, brilliant golf courses, lifelong friends and of course, my family make it special.” As one of the internationally best known faces of Australia, Ponting is a well thought-out choice for Tasmania’s brand ambassador. Continue reading Ricky Ponting is Tasmania’s brand ambassador

Veranda, Bandra

Tasting menu at Veranda, Bandra

On a rainy afternoon, we troop into Veranda, a recently opened fine dining restaurant located on the first floor of Hotel Executive Enclave, Bandra West. My first reaction is that it’s incredibly beautiful. Walls adorned with Indian art, classic white interiors set off by multi-coloured, floral chair cushions, lots of indoor plants and pretty lamps and a refreshing view of the rainy landscape outside the large windows do create the illusion of a veranda. Chef Monish Rohra greets us immediately upon our arrival and leads us to a corner table beside a window. Continue reading Tasting menu at Veranda, Bandra

Hyde and seek bourbon cocktail at Asado the Cocktail Street, Mumbai

Asado the Cocktail Street

Bandra is the go-to ‘cool’ haunt for practically everyone in Bombay. Whether it’s the sea you seek or a drink at a swanky restaurant, this artsy Catholic suburb never fails you. But it isn’t often that you come across a place you’ve never heard of. Asado the Cocktail Street has an exotic ring to it when I receive the invite and I immediately want to … Continue reading Asado the Cocktail Street

Panorama shot of Bandra Worli Sea Link

Exploring Bandra with Coolpad Mega 2.5D

It’s a bright and summery Saturday morning and my day out is made all the more better by the chic royal gold phone nestled in my bag – the all-new Coolpad Mega 2.5D. Given that it has an 8MP front and back camera, 16GB ROM and 3GB RAM at a throwaway price of Rs 6,999, it doesn’t deserve to remain stashed in my bag. And … Continue reading Exploring Bandra with Coolpad Mega 2.5D

Chef Prakash Lopez At The Bawaji Cafe At Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel Mumbai BKC

Khavanu, pivanu, majjani life!

What is an Irani cafe set-up doing in the middle of Mumbai’s swankiest five star hotel, I wonder. I ought to be glimpsing Salade Nicoise and asparagus quiche; not brun maska and paneer akuri in a place like Pondichery Cafe, Sofitel Mumbai BKC! And then it dawns upon me. The Parsi New Year is almost upon us and the good folks at Sofitel want me to have my dinner “Khavanu, pivanu, majjani life” style. Continue reading Khavanu, pivanu, majjani life!

Girl sea beach

Travel beauty essentials

Frequent travel calls for a carefully curated toiletries kit. Our skin and hair are used to the humidity levels and temperatures of the place we call home. But when they are assailed by new weather conditions involving salty seas, drying mountains or clammy forests, they may react adversely, leaving you with sunburnt skin and rough hair. Here are six travel beauty essentials that I’ve used and loved. Continue reading Travel beauty essentials

Masters Paridaeza, farmstay resort in Gholvad

Discovering Gholvad with Masters Paeridaeza

We have heard much about its Parsi heritage and chikoo orchards but Gholvad charms us from miles away, as we drive through mountain-flanked roads in the green, monsoon month of July. The cool and moist monsoon wind has already put us in a good mood and when we spot the lovely Masters Paridaeza, nestled among a dense cluster of trees, we’re certain that we’ll enjoy this homestay experience. Continue reading Discovering Gholvad with Masters Paeridaeza

The terraced vineyards of Lavaux, Switzerland

The terraced vineyards of Lavaux, Switzerland

Visiting Lavaux was never part of the plan. But one afternoon, during our idyllic stay at the quiet, French-speaking Swiss town of Lausanne, we realised that we wanted more of the beautiful Swiss wine we’d been having at every meal. The locally grown grape is called Chasselas and morphs into a wonderfully fruity white wine under the right conditions. It’s a great accompaniment with fondue … Continue reading The terraced vineyards of Lavaux, Switzerland

The curved Chinese-style entrance of Haw Par Villa, Singapore

Haw Par Villa: Singapore’s hell on earth

In 1935, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the scions of the developer of the famous Tiger Balm decided to build the Tiger Balm Gardens as a life sized demonstration of the key facets of Chinese mythology. Now called Haw Par Villa, the uncannily real depiction of the Ten Courts of Hell makes this the most unique experience of Chinese folklore and otherworldly retribution you’ll ever have. Continue reading Haw Par Villa: Singapore’s hell on earth