I write about travel, food, arts and culture, books, development, and social media for a range of Indian and international publications, including BBC Travel, South China Morning Post, Silverkris, The National, Conde Nast Traveller and Mint, among others. And in my spare time, I writes blog posts...
Wherever I travel in the world, on work or holiday, people tell me India is on their travel wish list. They talk about gap-year plans that suddenly got rerouted to Thailand. Some wistfully mention friends who spent nights under the open skies in Rajasthan, while others tentatively ask about violence against women in India. Is that all true? A few bold ones exchange emails and promise to catch up when they arrive. But in Israel, almost every other person I come across has already been to India.
For many people, Indian food begins and ends at curry. But, in fact, there is actually no single dish called curry. It's British, in both origin and usage. In India, each gravy has a specific name, depending on ingredients or the type of cooking â€” like "paneer butter masala" or "chicken korma," for example. Furthermore, while Indian cuisine does have a dazzling variety of vegetarian and meat gravies, the food goes way beyond that.
At Porto’s Sé cathedral, the azulejos on the walls depict events from the ‘Song of Solomon’Image: Charukesi Ramadurai It is only on my last day in Lisbon that I discover the wonder of the azulejo. Sure, the façades of many old buildings in the Portuguese capital’s hilly old town area are covered in these bright and beautiful tiles, but it has been a glorious spring week, with so many things to see and do, that I had not paid them much attention.
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