The dainty white and yellow flowers, originating from the daisy family, are known to pack a punch. An exquisite herb, the new and dried blossoms of chamomile is used widely as a wellness ingredient, with vast ranging benefits. While the flower is local to Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, it is an ingredient used across the world. Continue Reading
It’s been more than a year since it came out and yet “The Girl on the Train” seems unlikely to be dislodged from its place on the best-seller lists any time soon. Indeed with good reason, Paula Hawkins’ debut novel is a gripping work with malice, betrayal and drama, distributed along a shaky timeline. Continue Reading
There is something deeply calming about the rituals. I am not referring to any extravagant ones but the small ones, the ones that fit into our daily lives. For some it could be the elaborate end-of-the-day shower, for someone else, it could be the process of rearranging their book-shelf. As a tea lover, for me, it is the ritual of making, and having, tea.
Don’t we love sipping our tea while biting into a slice of buttered toast or a butter cookie or bun maska at the next-door Parsi cafe! Now what if the butter element was added to the tea itself? Continue Reading
Here comes the time of the year when Indians around the world will be celebrating to honour the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, fondly referred to as Ganpati or Vinayak. The festivities begin on 5th September this year with the murti sthapna (installation of the idol) at homes as well as in public places and celebrations will go on for 10 days. Ganpati is known as the God of Wisdom and also as the God of beginnings, hence it is customary to invoke his blessings at the start of any Hindu ceremony or ritual. Continue Reading
It may have been a hamlet nestled along the Hill Cart Road on the way to Darjeeling, but Kurseong, a small hill station, also known as the Land of White Orchids, has become quite popular amongst tourists. This sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district is surrounded by a myriad of tea gardens, including the world famous Makaibari, Ambotia and the Goodricke Group owned Castleton Tea Estates, hence making it home to the costliest teas in the world. Continue Reading