Trabelsiyeh | A Lebanese Fish Dish

Yesterday was Friday, a weekend holiday in the middle east. I thought of having my dinner at a restaurant. I went to the Mansour Mall in Baghdad, Iraq in the evening thinking of what to have in the dinner. Undecided, I walked into a Lebanese restaurant, named Ahwak — an Arabic word, which means I…

Impressive penetration of digital payments in India

A few days ago, I went to pick up my son from his hospital in the morning; he was finishing his night duty. We decided to have tea from the tea-shop just next to the hospital gate. I was surprised to find that the tea-seller was accepting digital payments. Then again, a couple of days…

Patratu Valley | Mesmerising Road Trip

I am brought up in Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, mainly. We thought of driving down the Patratu valley earlier but because of Naxalite threats, we didn’t pursue our plans earlier. Now, the areas are safe and free from the Naxalite menace. During this visit of my father, we thought of driving down to mesmerising…

Biked to cross the Tropic of Cancer

I recently bought a Royal Enfield Classic 350 Signal bike. My father and I just decided in the morning to drive the bike to cross the Tropic of Cancer and have our morning tea on a roadside eatery after crossing the Tropic line. The Tropic of Cancer is one of the five major circles of…

Ajam Emba | Great tasting, healthy food

It was for some time my son was planning for slow food lunch. The Durga Puja days also mean feasting. We decided to go for the slow food lunch at Ajam Emba — an indigenous slow-food eatery in Ranchi serving authentic Oraon dishes. Ajam Emba in Kurukh language means great taste, healthy food. Slow food is the food…

Down the memory lane | Chandigarh in 1986

While chatting with my classmate Aranjit a couple of days ago, Chandigarh came into our discussion. I recollected my first visit to the city and he suggested me to pen it down on my blog here. The time that I am referring to in this story is of May 1986. I was then undergoing training…

If you want to save the earth, Veganism isn’t the answer

I recently read a post on WhatsApp urging people to go vegan quoting a statement from 16-YO Greta Thunberg. She said: “You can’t be a meat-eating environmentalist. The fishing, meat, dairy, and egg industries aren’t just relentlessly cruel to animals – they’re also a nightmare for the environment.” I thought of writing my views on why I should…