Rakesh Sarna Quits as Taj Group MD CEO After Closing FY 20...

26 May 2017

WHEN I LAST reported that Rakesh Sarna had been asked to relinquish his position as Managing Director and CEO of the Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which owns the Taj...


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GST is more bad news for the hotel and food services industr...

20 May 2017

IT WAS Queen Elizabeth II who first used the Latin expression 'annus horribilis' to describe 1992, which was a particularly horrible, scandal-laden year for the royal family. For the Indian hotel...


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AnnaMaya: German Chef with 'Make in India' Vision Creates a ...

21 April 2017

WHEN I first met Alex Moser last year at a food awards event, he had been in India for barely a week and was already a worried man. "I have...


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Li'L Bit of Oova Oova in My Iranian Meal: Don't Miss Yestery...

06 April 2017

AS I CLIMBED the narrow, memorabilia-lined wooden stairs leading up to the Soda Bottle Opener Wala (SBOW) in Khan Market to have lunch with Anaida, the oomphy tune and tacky...


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Gurgaon Excise Dept to Start Measuring Motorable Distances f...

06 April 2017

THE PROCESS of measuring motorable distances from National Highway No. 48 to hotels, standalone restaurants and bars that have sprouted around it, and have been served notices to stop serving...


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Photo of the Day

  • The Iranian Halwa (in the foreground), which I photographed during my chat with Anaida at Soda Bottle Opener Wala, Khan Market, reminded me so much of the kadha parshad at the Golden Temple in Amritsar that I was convinced its recipe had been brought back to India by Guru Nanak's entourage, which passed by Iran on its way to Mecca. The ingredients of the Iranian Halwa are wheat flour, cooked with rose water in ghee, and flavoured with nuts and cinnamon. In the background you can see another Iranian beauty, Shole Zard, or 'yellow flame' saffron rice pudding made from aromatic rice flavoured with saffron and almonds.

After 28 years in active journalism, I have decided to quit the hurly-burly of daily newspapers and the joy of editing (massacring?) the copy of helpless souls, and become the master of my own time...

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