Arpo Irro, Irro!

Once upon a time, in a kingdom not so far away, Mahabali defeated the gods and took over the three worlds. To placate the unhappy gods, Lord Vishnu took the form of a dwarf and visited the king, requesting him to grant him three wishes.

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Posted by: Busy Bee
11:55 AM at Gurgaon
Many hands are a blessing

India is no stranger to the many communities and customs it is home to, and while Ayurveda and regional cuisines take centre stage, we’re discovering smaller communities that seemed hidden away. A sect that originated in Yemen, and established its roots in India and Pakistan, Bohri Muslims form an integral part of the Mumbai cityscape, and tales of their delectable cuisine has spread across the globe, from the Middle East to Africa, and even the western world.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
The Tiranga of India

As an Indian, there is an innate sense of pride when you see the tricolour hoisted. A symbol of national pride, each aspect of the flag has its own significance. Saffron on the top band indicates the strength and courage of the country, the white band in the middle indicates peace and truth, while the green band at the bottom is a reflection of the land’s fertility, growth and auspiciousness.

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9:00 AM at Gurgaon
You’ve got a friend in me!

Once, every couple of weeks or months (depending on how much work I’m submerged under), I’ll send a cryptic text that only my best friend in the whole world will truly comprehend; and she will reply with a “Hallo! From across the oceans and seas.”

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Posted by: Busy Bee
8:00 PM at Gurgaon
An oasis of delightful indulgences

There is a saying in Rajasthan, that you don’t relish your food until you perspire whilst eating it.

Rarely has the world seen so rich a cuisine, created from so little that was available from the land that is the desert of Rajasthan. Yet, its people have lived and eaten over generations, creating an exotic cuisine from a soil that brought forth pulses, millets and trees with beans that were dried and stored for use in the summers, when nothing would grow.

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4:00 PM at Gurgaon
Hyderabad on my mind

Hyderabad is a confluence of several cultures; but in the erstwhile royal state, food was important and its flag was uniquely inspired by the shape of the “kulcha”, a leavened bread. Gastronomy is a continued passion, and it is said that the Hyderabadi eats to savour good food and exult in its taste,

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3:00 PM at Gurgaon
Daddy is the best!

There’s an unspoken bond between fathers and their children – a bond that includes taking the car out for an emergency in the middle of the night, of being tucked in whilst you’ve dozed off watching the telly, of having a special plate of goodies hidden away for only you…

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Posted by: The Hummer
3:00 PM at Gurgaon
Telengana Food Festival

The 29th state in the Republic of India came into being three years ago. It is said that Telangana leaders in 1955, accused the people of Andhra of "colonising the region" and then merged with the state of Andhra in 1956 to create Andhra Pradesh, a united state for the Telugu-speaking populace.

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3:10 PM at Gurgaon
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
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