An invitation to a Royal Feast

The city of Rampur, home to Mirza Ghalib, was a free kingdom tucked behind the lush boundaries of Lucknow. Legend has it that after losing Bareilly, Nawab Faizullah Khan established Rampur (erstwhile Mustafabad) in 1774 under the British protection as a Rohilla kingdom. Rampur became a safe haven for artists and patrons, and after 1858, the city saw many khansamas from the Mughal and other royal courts migrate to the city.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
The South Indian way

If you’re intending to visit South India, and you decide to survey the area on a map, it may not seem all that huge, especially when you compare it to the expansive North India region. However, once you get there, and gastronomic indulgences are what’s leading the way, you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of customs and traditions and influences each region brings to the table!

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7:18 PM at Gurgaon
“Naghza Tarin Mewa Hindustan”

This is how Amir Khusrau described the ‘fairest fruit of Hindustan’. And whilst the Persian poet was able to define the mango, Friar Jordanus in the early 14th century wrote that, “This fruit is so sweet and delicious that it is impossible to express it in words.”

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
She’s got a sparkle!

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln

I’ve had good days and bad – there have been days that never seem to end, and others that fly by in a whiff. Friends and family have said I’ve forgotten them, or worse, am avoiding them!

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11:00 AM at Gurgaon
Chirping Cricket, Night and Day!

Racing through homework, hoping it would all be done by 4 p.m., and then gulping that glass of milk…the green signal to an hour or maybe more with the gang, before it became too dim to look for the ball under the bushes, or miss a catch that would decide if I was on the winning side!

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1:45 PM at Gurgaon
In one drop of water, are found all the secrets of all the oceans.

Kahlil Gibran succinctly describes the sea and its mysteries in this single sentence.  A species that lives to eat, we humans have relied on seafood for sustenance for many centuries - with evidence of the earliest fish hooks dating back approximately 35,000 years!

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10:00 PM at Gurgaon
The Moveable Feast

Days are stringed instruments and every one strikes a different note.
– Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander

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12:35 PM at Gurgaon
Greetings on a Platter!

Oftentimes, I’ll catch up with an old friend and invariably we’ll plan the get together around a festival – India has so many occasions to celebrate and so, this year we’ve decided that since equality is the new go-to, we’ll meet on Vishu.

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10:00 PM at Gurgaon
Reaping the Rewards of Abstinence

In today’s fast-moving world, as we have done to most things, we’ve also adapted tradition and customs when it comes to fasting. Fasting is the act of willingly abstaining from the consumption of food and fluids, for a period of time.

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9:00 PM at Gurgaon
Avartana - Redefining Southern Indian cuisine

South India is a mosaic of regional diversity and cultural ethnicities. Though diverse, its identity is articulated through its cuisine – a distinct and singular representation of the region’s bounty of spices and peppers

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3:00 PM at Gurgaon
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