I feel as though I’ve stepped into the fantasy world of Pandora from the film “Avatar.” The lush, landscaped gardens of Bangalore’s Taj West End hotel dazzle with tiny white lights, some dripping from trees like willow branches. Sitar music fills the air. As I move down the lit walkway, I’m handed a glass of strawberry lassi, a sweet, refreshing …Continue reading
What to Eat
If you’re going to try one South India delicacy, the paper masala dosa is it.
To attend a wedding in India is a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list kind of experience. Whether Hindu or Muslim, Indian matrimonial traditions are steeped in rich culture. The celebration of two people coming together isn’t just between families and friends, it extends to an entire community. Today, Farakh and Qurrath are getting married. Though weddings take place over several days, this …Continue reading
It’s Farakh’s wedding day and I’ve been invited to share in his final feast as a single man. The meal is breakfast, but this is no ordinary egg and toast affair. Farakh’s parents are throwing him a traditional groom’s breakfast, featuring his most favorite Southern Indian dishes. Knowing Farakh and his outspoken affinity for sheep offal, this was going to …Continue reading
The first public festivities of my friend Farakh’s wedding are called the shukrana, which literally means “thanksgiving.” We gather in a room at Bangalore’s chic St. Mark’s Hotel, where the wedding gifts are on display. These are the jewels and clothing that the bride, Qurrath, will receive from Farakh’s family. They are presented alongside an incredible, colorful spread of fresh …Continue reading