Hyderabad Coffeetable Book

A Coffee-table Book on Hyderabad written in 2012 by myself. Over 4,000 words written for the book, it was...

Work From Home

Being a writer, isolation is second nature to me. Writers are known to living in a dreamy world they’ve...

Spiritual Bali

Traveling is all about new learning, discoveries and experiences. Memories we create are the stories we would keep reciting...

Katra Sattvik Food

To understand the food of Katra, one must understand the concept of Sattvik. We all know that Sattvik is...

Watch it, Bai.

She sat hunched on her knees, eyes bereft of remorse yet welled up, occasional hiccups bringing a kind of...
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Hyderabad Coffeetable Book
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Work From Home
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Spiritual Bali
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Katra Sattvik Food
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Watch it, Bai.
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Seviyan

Seviyan is most popular as a celebratory dessert. For Muslims it marks Eid-al-Fitr, for Hindus it’s served on occasions like Rakshabandhan and after Karwa Chauth.

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Arabic Chicken Curry
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Arabic Chicken Curry

Though every Gulf country has a specific style of cooking their curry, this curry is quite generic and would be like an introduction to the region. What is differentiating from Indian curries is the use of vegetables, so it becomes more like stew. And the use of lemons too.

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Egg Kabab
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Egg Kabab

I am always fascinated with the preparations that could be done to eggs. It’s the most versatile dish after all. Though majorly used for breakfast, there are so many recipes that go well into supper.

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Dushmani to hai

This video was made during World Cup 2015, especially for the India-Pakistan match, the biggest match of the ICC World Cup. We were brainstorming on the thought when I went silent. When an idea comes to my mind, I become oblivious to the crowd or the chatter and start penning my thoughts, as if I am sitting alone.

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Spiritual Bali

Traveling is all about new learning, discoveries and experiences. Memories we create are the stories we would keep reciting all our life with equal enthusiasm and a bit of exaggeration. We get to understand cultures, sample foreign food, hear the cacophony that defines the cities, get a whiff of underlying smells in each nook, do things out of our comfort zone, commute by means which we only saw on postcards, meet people and hear their extraordinary stories…there is so much that our five senses go through. Bali is one of those unique destinations that can leave a transcendental imprint on your life.

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Katra Sattvik Food

To understand the food of Katra, one must understand the concept of Sattvik. We all know that Sattvik is pure vegetarian food, just as is Vaishnav food. But there is more to Sattvik than just the pleasant sounding name. It stems from Ayurdeva

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Art Dubai

Once a desert enclave, Dubai has today transformed into an oasis of arts. The glitzy skyline and swanky malls may feature in picture-perfect postcards, but it takes more than a canvas to reflect the art scene is Dubai.

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Vienna

Reaching Vienna (called Wien), it is advisable to peek out of the aircraft window, in fact there should be an announcement “Please look out, heaven below”. Simply because the sight is surreal. Swathes of green fields dotted with solar windmills look like an idyll world. The slow whirring of the windmills is symbolic of Viennese life, which you would realise later as you absorb the city.

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Croque Madame

This week’s exploit was Croque Madame. A French Ham Sandwich essentially, popularly known as Croque Monsieur, but when you add in a fried egg, it becomes Croque Madame. While the sound of it may seem easy to cook, after all what’s the big deal in a ham sandwich, but then, it’s French. Nothing is as easy as it sounds, not even the names!

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Leopold Museum Vienna

Christmas Markets are widely popular across Europe, some of them being ancient, while some of them have ancient backdrops. While the vibe is festive, family oriented and cheerful, I loved the Christmas Market at Leopold Museum, Museumsquartier (MQ) in Vienna.

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That Sandalwood Hoarding

This was in mid 2000s, when Indian advertising wasn’t orgasm-ing on overtly emotional routes of ‘Khushiyan, Rishtey, Garmahat’ etc. This hoarding ad was just a fancy painting, to say the least. Yet, for someone it was a piece of art, which spoke to him in ways he hadn’t expected.

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The Island Spice Grove Sri Lanka Sahil Banga
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Visiting A Spice Grove

The walk through this forest was informative as we saw the plantation and cultivation of cocoa, spices, herbs, vegetables, fruits and other natural items. It’s a serene place, almost like a cocoon that shields you from the pollution, noise and speed of the city life.

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Gourmet Salts Sahilosophy
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Gourmet Salts

Svaneti Salt has travelled far & wide, though it can also be made at home. The texture of the salt is coarse, while it isn’t as dry as spices are, with garlic adding a bit of moisture.

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An Everyday Saga

As the last ray of sun melts into the horizon, the sky changes colors like a chameleon. The clouds do try to bounce off a kaleidoscopic luminescence with joyous oranges, yellows and reds, but the light is short-lived.

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Recipe: Chicken Tabahi

Presenting: Chicken Tabahi, a name coined by me.

Tabahi is a colloquial term that literally means disaster, but in regular lingo is an expression of OMG or wow (denoting something extreme).

I named it Tabahi simply for its spice quotient.

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Silver Beach Cafe Review Sahil Banga
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A Sensory Affair

Everything is rosy and dreamy until the food arrives. That’s when the senses go for a real spike. The mood suddenly becomes ecstatic. The food here wins your heart, and that is the true testament of any restaurant.

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Metcalfe House Delhi Sahil Banga
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Photostory: Metcalfe House

Thomas Metcalfe, a civil servant, renovated this tomb to be his summer retreat in 1830, known as Dilkhusha. A couple of gardens, water bodies, pavilions and terraces etc. were created to elevate the ambience of this place. It was strategically built to keep an eye on Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

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That Place Review by Sahil Banga
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That Place: Review

Once upon a time, there used to be Chicken Tikka & Shish Tawook, in their barbequed glory. There was Butter Chicken with its creamy curry, Biryani with its saffron induced rice, and Pasta with its morsels of awesomeness.

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Advertising: Snap It Swap It

We at Praxis added our creative twist to one of the biggest head-turners for Home Centre – one of the region’s leading retail concepts. What was briefed in as a furniture exchange campaign went out as a full fledged engaging sales campaign right from the word go! All people had to do to get their old furniture replaced was to take a snap of their rickety old stuff to their nearest Home Centre stores. From print to outdoor to digital, the campaign was a huge business success!

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