• India.,  Overseas Dining.,  Telangana.,  Travel,  Wine & Dine

    I Found my Briyani

    Since the age of nine, I have been fascinated with briyani, an Indian rice dish popular with all races. Who doesn’t love a good briyani? I still remember the unforgetteable day vividly when I was a child. I used to be fast asleep, but rudely awakened in the wee hours of the morning by my mother. As soon as I…

  • India.,  Overseas Dining.,  Telangana.,  Travel,  Wine & Dine

    Thai Pavilion

    While in Hyderabad, I suddenly had this craving to eat non-Indian food for a change. Vivanta by Taj Hyderabad offered me the chance. I was hosted to a dinner at the Thai Pavilion Restaurant there. This was my first experience eating Thai food in India. I went there quite sceptical about it, but trust me, at the end of it…

  • India.,  Overseas Dining.,  Telangana.,  Travel,  Wine & Dine

    Of Kebabs and Kormas

      I was all prepared for an authentic Hyderabadi cuisine at the Firdaus Restaurant in Taj Krishna in Hyderabad. For this occasion, I had skipped my lunch and tea so that I could savour every morsel of the rich, traditional Deccan and North West Frontier dishes. Come to think of Firdaus restaurant, only chandeliers, velvet upholstery, ornate wooden columns, elegant…

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    Charminar and Laad Bazaar

    One the second night, I decided to check out the iconic Charminar area and the Eat Street, well known for its street foods. The staff at the hotel told me that it was not very safe for a lady to go there at night. But then, was I not there in Hyderabad to check out the bazaars and street foods…

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    Pigging out at Taj Deccan

    From Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, the Taj Deccan, the part sponsor of my stay in Hyderabad, was about 40 km away. From the airport, there were taxis and shuttle buses waiting to ferry passengers to various destinations in the city. Rental car booths were located at convenient locations some distance away from the arrival hall.  A car was waiting for…

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    Demand for Flowers

    This morning I visited the colourful Flower market in Mehdipatnam in Hyderabad. It was such a busy place and I did not know that flowers are in big demand in India until I went there. There were garlands of many sizes, bouquets and loose flowers in bags. Apparently, the flower market is very busy before noon. This is so because…

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    Meat Cuts to Heads and Hoofs

    The meat stalls can be a bit of an eye opener – as usual there’s no refrigeration and you could see anything from standard meat cuts to heads and hoofs. There was blood splattered on the walls and floor. Live cows and goats were walking around the carcass of the slaughtered animals. I guess they don’t know that it is…

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    A Market in Hyderabad

    It is mounds of green vegetables, lemons, fruits, curry leaves, green mangoes and more at the Monda market. There was the all-time favourite Gongura leaves (red sorrel leaves) and mountains of ginger and rice. Of course, this are not the only stuff you see in the market right? The vendors made my day. The price of the vegetables was unbelievably…