All posts tagged: India

Tapri~The Tea House, Jaipur

Till recently, there were hardly any cafes in any part of our country, with the eternal chai as the focal point, except of course, the unassuming roadside “cutting chai stalls” which are dime a dozen. And it almost makes me wonder why, in a pre-dominantly tea drinking nation such as ours(ORG-India Tea Consumption Study,2012 says 83 per cent households in India consume tea), we seldom focus on a beverage which is so widely consumed, and is very much a part of the Indian culture and heritage. Tapri, which means a makeshift roadside tea-stall, is a recent entrant in this space in Jaipur and is a cafe almost true to its name, in concept as well as spirit. The decor is bang-on, vibrant and very innovative, right from the menu which looks like a “sarkari file” to kettles and cutting chai glasses used to decorate the walls, and the typical big glass jars to store biscuits and cookies. The best thing about the cafe is the big open terrace sitting – just the type of place one would want to hang …

Magical Kerala!

Kerala – a state so diverse and magical – you will find it difficult to leave! From beaches to backwaters, spice plantations to mountains, wildlife sanctuaries to cities, not too forget the unbelievable food, Kerala will completely captivate you. Kerala has a charm which is uniquely its own – from its art and culture, to its natural beauty and friendly people. Agriculture is a big part of everyday life – Coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices including cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg are core to the agriculture sector. There are numerous paddy fields everywhere, and not to forget abundant fish (Kerala is one of the leading producers of fish in the country) I spent 9 days in Kerala covering 4 places – but let me assure you, there is definitely more to see! ( Click here to see my photo blog on Kerala) Kovalam Stay at The Leela, Kovalam – such a fantastic magnificent property, built right on top of a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea. No matter what part of the hotel you are in, you will be close …