How To Avoid Pseudo Complications: A Cynic’s Guide

First things first. I am SO GLAD I didn’t waste a good 500 rupees on a movie so formulaic that it’s smug director doesn’t even bother to look back once and realise how impasse his ‘stories’ have become. And why should he, when the formula sells? On second thoughts, the 120 odd bucks I spent …

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Bundi: Greet, Street, Eat

It’s been more than a year since we went to Bundi. It has a special place in my heart for more reasons than one: the first trip I made in more than 3 years and also the first one with Mr.B. Bundi is one of the least known tourist spots in Rajasthan. At least, the …

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SHILPGRAM via Ranthambhore, Sawai Madhopur

A visit to Ranthambhore is mostly - if not entirely - concerned with getting a glimpse of the majestic tigers in their natural habitat. Other than the quintessential safari, there’s the fort and to some extent, the museum. SHILPGRAM, a State Government initiative inaugurated in 2013- however, has got no takers. As a concept, it …

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Of caste, class, politics, and…food: Part II

Now that brings me to the other - this time accurate observation - in the article: Upper Caste Hindus (read Brahmins) and their austere Vegetarian food habits, which is their ‘superiority card’. A lot has been written about the ‘vegetarian fascism’ ever since the Modi Government came into power. Food - as I am sure …

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Of caste, class, politics, and…food: Part I

'In India, caste system ensures you are what you eat'... reads the headline of a rather engaging article I stumbled upon during my daily dosage of FaceBook scouring one of these days. The article is largely about a new trend in cookbooks, i.e. chronicling of traditional recipes according to caste rather than region. After giving …

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