DEVIN CASTLE BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

When I said that I am going to Bratislava, I got a “mixed bag” reaction…. Where is it? What is there to see? Who goes to such unknown and “untouristy” place? Well! That decided it… I needed to visit, see and then write about this capital city of Slovakia, the other half of breakaway country…

SIGDI RESTAURANT

Address : Surat Navsari Road, Kafletha Village, Surat district, Gujarat. Sigdi, an open garden restaurant, situated at Kafletha village near Lajpore, is a perfect place for an evening out with friends…….. This is a multi cuisine restaurant……. The waiters are very helpful…… The Fish platter they suggested as Starters is quite good…… Platter contains pomfrets,…

K.RUSTOM’S ICE CREAM

ADDRESS : 86, Veer Nariman Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Khodabux Rustom Irani started a Department Store selling various things except ice creams at Veer Nariman Road, in a nondescript building, just a kilometre away from Marine Drive……. But in 1953 they decided to sell ice creams….. Initially, ice creams were served on pretty porcelain plates……..

KALA GHODA FESTIVAL

An annual festival, the Kala Ghoda Festival takes place in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai…… This historic area has institutions like Jehangir Art Gallery, David Sassoon Library, Mumbai University, Max Mueller Bhavan, etc……It is nine days long and generally starts on the first Saturday of February…… This much awaited festival attracts visitors from…

Autumn Sonata in Japan

Japan, a country which conjures up image of Sumo wrestlers and Sushi for some; robots, cars and highly advanced electronic goods for others; maybe Mount Fuji and blossoms (fondly called Fuji san and Sakura by the Japanese) for nature lovers; but for me it is a country which is as beautiful as a bride when…

BROOKE BOND TAJ MAHAL TEA HOUSE

  ADDRESS : 36/A, Sanatan Pereire Bungalow, St John Baptist Road, General A.K.Vaidya Marg, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra. While visiting Mount Mary fair last month with a friend, came across this wonderful place – Taj Mahal Tea House…… Liking the look of the place, we entered…….We were pleasantly surprised by the cool blue & white…

VISEGRAD ON THE DANUBE BEND, HUNGARY

Danube is the second largest river in Europe, originating in Germany and flowing through ten countries. Along with Volga, Rhine and their many tributaries, it forms a big network of waterways for transport of cargo by barges. Most of the major cities on its banks have the mandatory river cruise for the tourists to showcase…

LOGARSKA DOLINA, SLOVENIA

This is my second trip to Slovenia. When I returned from my first trip, my “skeptical” friends were amazed to see the fabulous pictures that I had brought back. It is mini Switzerland! I had covered the Lake Bled and Bohinjska area in that trip. I had heard about the wine area around Maribor and…

REMEDY FOR STOMACH -2

Another simple recipe for stomach upsets which my mother made for us whenever anyone of us had stomach upset…….. A very simple and effective recipe…….. In Bengal, it is called CHINRE SEDHO…….This is actually a simple Beaten Rice Porridge……. In Bengali, Beaten Rice is called Chinre and Sedho means boiled. DIRECTIONS : Wash chinre……… Boil…

REMEDY FOR STOMACH UPSET

The other day came across a simple recipe for stomach upsets….. Here in Maharashtra , it is called Sabudana (sago) ki Pej…….. This is actually a simple Sago Porridge. DIRECTIONS : One must soak sabudana overnight or for at least six hours…… Boil water in a pan….. Add sugar according to taste and a pinch of…

Flam Railway & the Bergen line of Norway

Do you remember that geography lesson in school, when you were asked to write a short note on the (difficult to pronounce) “Fjords”. I could just manage to write a line or two describing the natural feature and add a line that they are found in Norway. As time passed and the travel bug caught…

EASY MANGO DIP

Indian Summer in all it’s glory is here….. And summer means mangoes….. Ripe or unripe, mangoes are a must in every Indian household….. Unripe mangoes are very tasty and are rich source of pectin, vitamin C, etc……. Being an wonderful cooling agent it helps against heatstrokes……. Helps in digestion by activating the secretion of the…