A Historical Evening at The Book Shop

An evening with William Dalrymple -historian, writer, curator, critic. An exploration of Koh-i-Noor, and why it continues to remain something that both nations and individuals deeply care about.  The fact that The Book Shop in the Jor Bagh market is a quaint, little (literally) charming, overflowing with books, shop; mandated a…

Dancing with Ruskin!

When you face a writer’s block, a good look and read of the Lone Fox Dancing, Speaking Tiger, Ruskin Bond’s autobiography will help you get over it. How? By reminding you that life’s simple pleasures are free and inspiration may just be round the corner. It is as much a traversing of his…

What’s cooking KFC?

He is feisty, he is entertaining, he is unapologetically confident and now he is in India! No, not Jim Carrey- but the indian version of Col Sanders, the founder of the fast food chain KFC.  A celebratory evening in the land of (I’d say, one of) the tastiest chicken in the world saw…

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,…