Cook the 5 Star Way!

Do away with ‘What to cook’ quandaries – The Insider curates a ready reckoner of recipes from chefs at Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Mamallapuram  for you! Read on and don your chef hats!  Pardewaali Murgh Hawah Mahal Ingredients Ingredient Qty Chicken 180 sms Butter 30 gms Garlic 10 gms Green Chilli 5 gms Black Pepper 1…

Of Hinduism, Political and Otherwise.

Before anything, read the critique of the book by Kancha Illiah in the Caravan. Essentially,  an evaluation of flaws in Tharoor’s conception of Hinduism- of which I am neither an authority nor an observer.   Why are you a Hindu?  Now to the book. Why I am a Hindu– Shashi Tharoor, –…

Roy’s Non-Fictional Fiction!

Anyone who’s familiar with leading polemicist and political philosopher, Ms Roy’s non-fiction would have a strong opinion of her philanthropic and Marxist leanings- others merely label them humanistic. Her raising and supporting some of the most contentious issues of the nation- from sponsorship reservations of festivals to building dams to public lynchings- have stationed her in the eye…

Making The Right NOI(SE)

The Chanakya opens its doors to NOI, a contemporary high energy spirit bar The Insider was at the latest party hub, pub-a high energy bar at the plush Chankaya- Here are the deets!  Known for creating world class destinations, DLF today opened doors to its latest offering – NOI –…

Dressing up for a Club…

‘Members only’ has, by nature an exclusionary connotation, whether we like it or not. This is not the first time a well known personality has written about being denied permission to enter an elite club.  As is customary, no opinion piece may proceed before the usual disclaimer- So, here, The text following the…

Fashion with a Heart!

The Insider witnessed a one of its kind fashion show in the capital recently. The event “ASHMITA” held at Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya, New Delhi honored and raised financial support for Women facing social atrocities which included survivor of acid attack. The survivors walked the ramp with aplomb, sashaying down it in designer Sumona Parekh’s…

A Personal, Global History

There’s something about a book borne out of a promise at a social meet. Such as the one, that stemmed out of Moin mir’s catching up with the publisher.  The book, a 200+ -pager, Surat –Fall of a Port, Rise of a Prince, Roli Books, unearths nuggets of Surti history, previously unheard of,…

Organic Skincare this Summer

Pollution, dust, stress and crazy (read, an absence of) work-life balance- are just some of the things that make us want to hate our skin breakouts in summer. There was a time when we celebrated and cared for our skin without moving out of the kitchen, ie: with naturally available…

All you Wanted to Know about Beauty Treatments

I am all for a healthy life, against ageism and of course, a believer in beauty is skin deep- but do love to have a spotless, healthy skin! There, all disclaimers intact, let’s broach the topic of beauty treatments. I  was recently at the ISAAC International Skin and Anti Ageing Centre, one amongst…

An Irani Cafe Must do!

The SodaBottleOpenerwala Experience The moment you enter this concept restaurant and bar, a.k.a a Bombay Irani Cafe, you are in a  quaint time capsule. Full marks to architect Clement and Sabina for bringing the Bawa way of life, to life. The familiarity associated with Irani cafes intact! I had the pleasure of being invited by the effervescent chef and…