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Gift yourself a travel diary

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A week ago, I did a few interesting things: I (finally!) started work on a ‘history journal’ project that had been given to me three months ago. I was supposed to have given it two months ago but then life happened, priorities were shifted and the project landed on the backburner. I attended a “solo female travellers’ …

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Carrot & Date Rolls with Chocolate Drizzle

I never thought I would say this but my phone is having a mid-life crisis at the age of two!  No, seriously! All was well till I finished watching the latest episode of Masterchef Australia Season 10 early on Thursday (say 1am-ish). All continued to be well on Thursday morning as I shuffled into the …

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Kicking off winter & festivities

December is here and so is the party season! Here’s a list of of delicacies that are perfect for the party season and will win you the ‘best host’ award.

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How to Kill Time at the Airport

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Wondering how to kill time at the airport during a long layover? Here are a few stress free ways to pass time at the airport

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Food Shaming is a Reality

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It’s the wedding season in town and I’ve been busy attending related functions and receptions. My attendance at these events depends on three factors 1) WHO is getting hitched and my relationship with them. 2) WHO among my friends or family will be in attendance? 3) FOOD! There’s always something interesting about shaadi ka khaana …

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10 reasons to make you blog

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A year! Wow! It’s been a year and a few days to that first click on the ‘publish’ button – that click marking the roller coaster ride that ‘From The Corner Table’ has become! Another upload and click sometime today will mark another milestone for the blog – I’ve got a logo that is a …

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Enjoying the Chill with ‘Orange Ginger Tea’

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Winter is here! Winter is here! Winter is here! Okay… almost here. Which means its time to start indulging in ‘winter foods’. We are yet to pull out the warm clothes, snuggle under the blankets or switch off the fans. But there’s no denying the nip in the early morning air. And the beautiful winter …

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The Magnet Stories #Azerbaijan

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A few years ago, the trend of refrigerator magnets trickled into our home when a ‘Statue of Liberty’ magnet found space on the fridge surface. Over the years, several magnets from India and abroad have jostled for space on the grey surface. From the front of the fridge, magnets made their way to the visible …

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Street food delights: ‘Mangsho Ghughni’ (Mutton & Peas Curry)

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I’m still staggering under the amount of sweets I’ve gorged on in the past few days. Diwali season was literally a ‘mithai season’ (sweets season) for me with sweets made at home, others’ homes and store-bought making their merry way into my system. I won’t insult your intelligence by insisting ‘I couldn’t say no’. Nope, I could have …

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Feasting with clove parcels ‘labanga latika’

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It’s amazing the way certain foods trigger memories of times gone by, relations lost in the passage of time – the memory brightening your mood faster than a cup of coffee or a quart of ice cream can. Labanga latika, a Bengali sweet dish, is one such food item for me. I don’t remember a …

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An Exotic Diwali with Azeri-inspired Halva

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Whew…  It’s still five days to Diwali but in our house on the fifth floor of an apartment, we are already feeling the effects. Doors and windows have to be kept closed after 8pm to keep out pollution created by the insane amount of firecracker bursting. Wonder what will happen by the time Diwali comes in …

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The Aristocratic Splendour of Durga Puja

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I know, I know… It’s been over a week since we bid an emotional adieu to Goddess Durga and almost everyone is in Diwali prep mode. Some of your houses and lives must resemble chaos now – pushing the painting/remodelling job in the house, the annual home cleaning session in progress, shopping and planning the …

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Of Celebrations, Memories & ‘Narkel Naru’ (Coconut Confection)

The festivities celebrating different forms of the Goddess are nearly over – the Navratri fervour will reach its crescendo tonight with Ravan dahan even as the Durga devotees are gearing up for that final adieu, the idol immersion. That feeling of having enjoyed a festival to its maximum, mixed with that bittersweet emotion of the end of something …

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‘Dimer Devil’ a.k.a Deviled Eggs, Bengali Style

One of the most popular street foods available in Kolkata, the ‘dimer devil’ literally translates into ‘the egg’s devil’. An easy to make Indian Style Deviled Eggs recipe

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It’s Cake Stall Time Again!

Oops… I’ve done it again. I’ve gone ahead and committed to being part of something that is adding to my anxiety-ridden life. One would think that being ‘experienced’ would rid me of all doubts. But tell me, does that one experience count? I still get sweaty palms when I think about those panic-filled days that …

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Elo Jhelo, Fried Bengali Pastries Dipped in Love

An easy to make Bengali delicacy, this sweet dish is a yummy combination of sweet and crispy

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How to Celebrate ‘World Vegetarian Day’?

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I’ll be honest. I was a bit flummoxed when I first read that October 1 is celebrated as World Vegetarian Day! As someone born in India, vegetarian food has been a part-and-parcel of life as far as memory stretches. My family loves its fish, meat, seafood and what not. But we love our vegetarian food …

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Spice it up with ‘Harepyaaz ki Lehsuni Khichdi’ (Spring Onion & Garlic Khichdi)

In conversation with Urban Khichdi, a new food venture in Ahmedabad, that promises to satisfy your khichdi cravings. Khichdi, after all, is the hug in a bowl.

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Tips for Eating Alone while Travelling Solo

Eating alone, especially dining alone on solo travels can be daunting. Here are my tips for eating alone like a boss and enjoying it.

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Quick and Crunchy Flour Fritters

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Made with just all-purpose flour and potatoes, these fritters are not something that I would define as healthy. But they are supremely easy to make and are the perfect dish to make when you open the doors to unexpected guests.