Home Design with Dipa Desai

Your home is a reflection of your family. The colours, the artefacts, the books in shelves tell stories of your life, your likes and dislikes. I am no ‘homestyling’ guru but…

Kitchen Stories – Meet The Village Fair, spreading the goodness of Cast Iron

Rewind back to India’s pre-independence years, and you would find that food was cooked in either iron or clay pots. Then, the aluminium and the steel revolution happened in the 20th century, whereby…

The Kerala-inspired home

The very mention of the word, ‘Kerala’, brings to me, visuals of coffee and spice plantations, the breathtakingly beautiful backwaters and palm-lined trees.  Now, I mention the next best thing and that…

Return of the Metals: Copper, Brass & Bronze in the Kitchen

Being in India for Holi is one of the most memorable time for me. On a visit to a friend’s home, scrumptious food was served in the most beautiful bronze…

Fabrics – Sew, Make, Buy

I love fabrics and having grown up having most of my clothes stitched, fabric shops have a special place in my heart. Choosing patterns in a shop, handing it over…

Light up your home

‘A million conversations in my mind, some nutty, some silly, about the lights I hope to find…‘ This search extended to the virtual space on the internet, where I explored the…

Dhurries & Cushions: It’s Springtime!

Spring is almost here and what better way to welcome it than with light, handwoven ‘dhurries’ aka cotton (mostly!) rugs and colourful cushions in your home.  Rewind a few decades,  and…

Tarusa: Handcrafted luxury

Last week, I visited the grand IHGF, which was tucked away, far away in Greater Noida, but every worth of that long journey was so worth it. I was spellbound by…

Patachitra: Not just another folk art

A couple of years back, on one of my visits to Kolkata, I happened to walk past Elgin Road on a sunday evening and stopped to hear some extremely melodious music….

Dress your home

Festive Season Alert!! Were you that ‘someone’, who happened to be not prepared for festivities in the month of August? Did they just catch you unawares? Well, if in the off chance, this…

Enliven with the Quirky

It’s almost coming to the end of summer and to be honest, I am looking forward to a bit of chill in the air, bursts of orange and stunning yellows,…

Bhadohi carpets: hand crafted luxury

Like a lot of other people, I truly believe in the power of furnishings to transform a space. I have been scouting for home furnishings, visiting some of my favourite stores, browsing through…

DIY kits from up-cycled pine, and Up-cycled furniture with a new face

Re-use, Re-cycle, whatever you want to call the process, the idea is pretty much the same; it is giving something a new look, a new face and perhaps even a…

Furniture – Handmade, Indian and Quirky

What does furniture mean to you? For me, it is nothing but a ‘movable item’ that makes a space livable. It’s for us to choose that piece of ‘movable item’ wisely to…

Dining tables

Whoever said dining tables were only created for the purpose of meal times, was only partially correct. In my home, it is the focal point of most activity; from serving as…

‘The Charpai’ makeover and going back in time

It’s almost spring and we are all looking forward to longer, brighter days and hours and hours of sunshine. What better way to celebrate the last few days of winter…

Kissa ‘Kursi’ Ka – hunting for the perfect chair

Sofas are all very good. I am all for them but when it comes to sitting down and relaxing with a book, or to add an accent piece to your…

Har Coffee Zaroori Hai

“Starts me up, makes my day…It opens up my eyes all the way…the only way I take is hot, so guess what I want….”One Cup of Coffee” One of the…

Courtyard by Aline: Taking you back to your roots with brass

In today’s fast paced life, reminiscing the past can be a heartwarming and indulgent experience. It reminds us to stop, breathe and savour the simpler things in life.  The joy of raiding kitchen shelves on a hot summer afternoon, waiting endlessly for tuesdays and the almost amber-coloured brass bowl of ‘besan ladoos’! As I attempted to mirror those sentiments and the old world charm in my home, I turned to brass. Sometime back we wrote about the ‘Return of the metals – brass, copper and bronze

Pink is the Navy Blue of India

“There are no accidents… there is only some purpose that we haven’t yet understood.” This famous quote by Deepak Chopra was just so apt for me this morning! As it…

The Art of Knitting: Put down that phone, pick up some needles

On my way back home today, a sense of déjà vu enveloped me. I witnessed a scene familiar to my childhood – rays of the late afternoon sun, a group of beautiful women talking,…

Tomato, Tomaatoes…

There is something about a lush, green area in your home…be it a big garden in your house or a small balcony! Whether it be sunflowers, daisies, yellow tomatoes or…

Dishoom – An Irani style Bombay cafe

Are you a Londoner reading this or a traveller about to reach this ‘food and history’ paradise soon for a little adventure? I know your schedule is going to be packed with…

Kitchen Stories – Meet The Village Fair, spreading the goodness of Cast Iron

Rewind back to India’s pre-independence years, and you would find that food was cooked in either iron or clay pots. Then, the aluminium and the steel revolution happened in the 20th century, whereby…

Convert your terraces, balconies into farms – Meet Khetify

Urban farming is happening today and would you like to be a part of it? Buying your vegetables and fruits from your ‘sabziwala’ or nation-wide vegetable booths is certainly an option…

Pick your own veggies: Hand-grown Food by The Prodigal Cook Farm

Wearing handmade and having handmade goodies for ourselves is only one half of the ‘goodness’ story.   Sometimes the intention to ‘eat well’ does exist but then, our busy lives get…

Indian Masala Box: Magical Ajwain

Ajwain, known in the western world as caraway or even as carom, has been part of the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years. I have decided to write an entire post…

‘Feeling Good’ is on my mind

Stressed often, frequently over-eating and tend to panic at the smallest hurdle? Forgotten what  ‘Feeling Good’ feels like? Perhaps, it is time to make a change; invest in yourself and feel good again… Meditate, you…

Sesame and Jaggery are magical

Sesame and Jaggery – a combination that will rock your tastebuds and pack your body with goodness and warmth! If you haven’t already introduced these beauties into your diet, then…

Breakfast like a King

Breakfast like a King, is what all the wise recommend, though not everyone follows.  It’s all very well to advise someone to not skip breakfast, but if my first meal of the…

Maharashtra ka khana

Many, many years ago, while I was still in school, summer vacations meant time to travel (just like it is with school-goers today!). One such vacation was spent travelling to…

Buckwheat, the gluten-free wonder

It’s the time to be festive, it’s the time eat ‘kutu‘, aka buckwheat! Thanks to its wonderful existence, you can still enjoy ‘pakodas’, ‘cheela’, ‘puris’ and other naughty foods,  even when you…

Diwali festivities, one mithai at a time!

Diwali to me means family, fun times and plenty of food.  Five days of sheer celebrations and happiness; to be honest, the preparation and the waiting months leading to Diwali are…

Punjabi Tadka – finger-licking food!

Punjabis love festivities; they love their celebrations and never, ever miss an opportunity to dance, cook, eat and feed a truck full of family and friends! I think they are…

Durga Puja – food & more food

It’s almost time for ‘Pujo‘ and I can ‘spy with my little eye’, lots of busy-bees, ingredients, colours and food everywhere around me.  I think it might well be the ‘Pujo’…

Scotch Eggs, anyone?

Is there anyone out there (discounting vegans, of course!), who doesn’t love eggs? There are probably as many ways to cook eggs as there are different cultures.  Having grown up…

Street food of Allahabad

Last week was celebratory with Lohri, Makar Sankranti, and special anniversaries. This also means that I gorged on a lot of delicious food that essentially did not contribute to my health and wellness…

Street Food: The Indore Diaries

As we continue our love for street food – exploring the new while revisiting the old, I chanced upon some old photographs of some of us at Vijay Chaat enjoying ‘çoconut patties’….

My heart beats for Street food: In Cambridge today – Part I

Cambridge, is a gorgeous little place, tucked away in the East of England, known the world over for its amazing University, of course! But, what people don’t know is that…