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More than Just ‘Love’!

Posted by: The Hummer on Thursday February 11, 2016

It’s not a public holiday in most parts of the world, but that doesn’t dampen the spirits of those lovers hit by the Cupid’s arrow! (Just to refresh: Cupid is the God of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection in classical mythology with a bow & arrow.) Why Cupid all of a sudden, you may ask? The ‘month of romance’ is here and the Valentine’s Day is around the corner!

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An ode to you…our supporters and well-wishers

Posted by: Nakul Anand on Monday November 2, 2015

Friends, I haven’t connected with you for some time now, only because we are trying to keep pace with the exciting times in the country and the company. But recently we’ve been exhilarated with some great news, which I had to share with you - because it is you, who made it all possible…from the very beginning.

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Freedom Song

Posted by: The Hummer on Tuesday August 11, 2015

We’re 69 ...and still counting! Each year as August 15 draws near, the skies in my neighbourhood are festooned with kites flying gaily and quite a few trees in the bylanes turn into fierce kite-eaters, their branches snagging many a delicate rib and paper heart! Flying tiranga kites in skies that take on the clear blue of hopefulness, is the closest I have to come feeling like a free bird or as if I’m hoisting the tricolour... internalizing the free spirit of an Independent nation, as it were!

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The Changing Face of Hotels - From Monuments to Pleasure Gardens

Posted by: Geeta Doctor on Wednesday June 11, 2014

As someone who has been involved in writing about architecture and art for many decades, Geeta Doctor brings her knowledge to an assessment of the way hotels have evolved in our country.

For a land that has been famous for its spectacular forts perched on hilltops, exquisite summer retreats in the midst of mist filled hillsides, or along the banks of rivers and lakes, creating a language of architecture meant for hotels has never been a problem. 

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The Indian Dastarkhwan: Centuries in the making

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday January 29, 2014

WE KNOW THAT SEVERAL centuries ago, the adolescent, would-be founder of the Mughal dynasty started out from his homeland in Ferghana in Central Asia, with stars in his eyes. He had little more than a horse, a few companions and a sense of his place in the world. He descended from Genghis Khan on his mother's side and Timur the Lame on his father's, but as things stood, he had little to show for all that. The nomadic streak racing through his veins saw Babur gallop, with a few detours, all the way from his homeland, to India, which would become home for the dynasty he would establish.

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Indulge yourself, all of March!

Posted by: The Hummer on Wednesday February 27, 2013

1st to 31st March enjoy irresistible surprises and offers on your favourite beverages which include an outstanding line up of the finest wines, whiskies (blends and single malts), spirits, cocktails and Champagnes. 

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Rajasthani Ruaab

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Monday January 14, 2013

Perhaps it stems from childhood memories, feeling unbridled awe, right from my very first encounter with the land of kings and queens, the land of forts and havelis, deserts and mountains, soldiers and legends, kathputlis (wooden puppets) and bright colours. I remember feeling the mixed feelings of a child on seeing the formidable traditional Rajasthani moustache from close quarters and veiled women wearing shellac bangles over the length of their arms.

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All for Haleem

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday January 9, 2013

Winter is the perfect time to advocate chicken soup as soul food, but that’s de rigueur, so having had a breakfast experience most pleasant in the week gone by, I take the opportunity to endorse Haleem. A bowlful of goodness, with flavours pirouetting, lingering and dancing just a little more with every mouthful, so much so that in the end there’s a fair chance of you standing and clapping in glee.

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A New Chapter

Posted by: The Gastronaut on Wednesday December 26, 2012

Let us be generous with applause, it’s the curtain call for the year gone by and all the achievements brought in its fold. Riding gallantly upon the back of these developments, the festive season arrives at our doorstep with a fair share of jubilation, merriment, gifts, reunions with friends and family and a brand new set of resolutions to match the newness of the year that lies ahead of us.

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Something to Dye For

Posted by: Insatiable Adventurer on Monday July 5, 2010

Pipar is a tiny village just an hour's drive from Jodhpur. Few know that this sleepy village is the nerve centre of the natural-dye fabric industry of Rajasthan whose earth colours, indigo dyes and prints are a rage among the chic ethnic sophisticates in India and abroad. In fact, a large part of the production is exported. The colours are not fast and this seemingly adds to the fabric's ethnicity and preference.

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