Today on Mahatma Gandhiji’s 71st death anniversary, what better tribute could we pay to the father of the Indian nation than taking time out to reflect on what came to be one of his favourite bhajans? These words resonate with those who walk the path of peace and endeavour...
Whether you are planning a staycation in England or visiting on the trip of a lifetime, the National Trust is an amazing resource for tourists and travellers. It owns and manages forests, beaches, islands, archaeological sites, historic houses, gardens, farms, moorland, pubs and one of the largest art collections...
Khadi: the word and its meaning 'Khadi' (pronounced Khādī) or Khaddar means 'cotton' in Sanskrit. It refers to any kind of cloth that is spun or woven by hand. This natural fibre is found abundantly in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. History Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, started the Khadi movement...
Ships and boats ready for tourists on the Nile The Ha-Shihor (in Biblical Hebrew), Nilus (in Latin), en-Nil (in Arabic), or the Nile (in plain English), as it is commonly known, breathes life into the ancient land of Egypt. The Nile river cruise is a popular journey taken upstream from...
Go barefoot and jump in a barrel of freshly-picked grapes and stomp away to your heart’s content at The Resort’s grape stomping fest. Taste the different varieties of Grover Zampa vintage wines with the perfect pairing of flavoured cheese like Emmental, Brie, Camembert and English Cheddar, which will make it...
Kumbh mela, by far India’s most revered and sacred festival, is now also inscribed by the UNESCO as the intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Tens of millions of devotees attend the purna kumbh mela that takes place every 12 years in Prayagraj, Haridwar, Nashik-Triyambakeshwar and Ujjain. Apart from this,...
The haldi kumkum ceremony is quite popular in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Goa. The married women of Tamil Nadu host a similar function called Aadiperukku, which is celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month called Adi (mid-July to mid-August). This small function is hosted in...
The regal state of Rajasthan is on almost every international tourist’s itinerary for its varied landscape, ethnic folklore, delicious food and warm people. Royal palaces and formidable forts apart, Rajasthani thali food seasoned with spices and herbs is visually appealing and tastes great. The winter harvest festival of Makar Sankranti...
Sometimes we need to make that external physical journey in order to make that inward spiritual journey and connect to our souls. That is the essence of the Pandharpur Yatra (pilgrimage) or ‘Wari’ as it is more commonly referred to. The Wari Sant Tukaram was the first one to set out...
Every state in India has its own unrivalled cuisine. Gujarat, the state on the country’s western fringe, has its unique flavour. Folks of all convictions have pooled in to form various aspects of the Gujarati cuisine. The dishes of Parsis, Bohra Muslims, and Khojas (from Arabia) have all acquired...
To make your Christmas and holiday season celebrations cheerful, Chef Ranveer Brar shares recipes for decadent treats and mouthwatering desserts using Hershey India syrups and spreads. Chocolate Fruit Cake with Hershey's cocoa powder  Prep time: 30 minutes + three hours soaking Baking time: 45 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients For soaking: ¾ cup dry fruits and nuts...
Most of the traditional meals during Christmas include a turkey and so the tradition continues at Keys Hotels as Corporate Chef Manish Kusumwal shares a few delightful recipes that you can offer to your guests this season. Cajun spiced turkey wrapped with bacon Ingredients: 1 large turkey breast 1 tsp Cajun spice 1 cup...
Vanilla Bundt cake with coconut filling, topped with chocolate ganache Ingredients for the vanilla cake 290 gms flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 110 grams butter 2 tablespoons castor sugar 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 80 ml milk 1/2 tbsp vinegar 150 ml soda Making the vanilla batter: Add salt, baking powder and baking...
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year, but none so popular as the Christmas time. The famous Georgian sandstone that the city is built in twinkles like pillars of gold when the decorative lights are up, and while the bustling...

The bamboo bait!

Bamboo brings to mind different things for different people. For a foodie, it is either curry with bamboo shoots or the bamboo boxes in which dim sums are steamed and served; a wildlife-lover will identify bamboo as Panda’s favourite munch while a textile-maker will attribute its fibre or grass...

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