I don’t know if you eat onions in your house, in my house I certainly do. Sometimes foreigners ask me: “You say you’re from a Hindu background and you grew up vegetarian — does that mean garlic and onions were also banned from your house?” I have to hasten to deny that my family had any quarrel with onions and garlic. “It’s observant Jains who don’t let garlic and onions into their house,” I explain. “In fact,” I point out, “onions and garlic were two of the great pillars on which our type of Gujarati cuisine stood.”Ah, I remember onions very well. All sorts of food in the house would be totally dependent on onions, which in Gujarati we call dungali or kanda. Then, in the streets outside, one would get the waft of the classic Bengali piyaaj philluri, onion filluries — basically laces of onion dipped in spice and chilli-flavoured chickpea flour and then deep-fried. The commonly used names for this snack … [Read more...] about Deep-frying the nation batch by batch
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It rained last night here in Istanbul, and this morning. The sky has turned the bluest of all blues and cotton candy clouds are napping in the cool light of the day. Having lived off its age-old cliché — where Asia meets Europe — Istanbul is a magnificent blend of the old and new. With multiple pasts reigning its present, it is a city layered with fascinating legends and cultures.I am at İstiklal Street — Istanbul’s most famous avenue that stretches from Taksim Square all the way down to the historical Galata Tower. The boulevard is dotted with high-end clothes and make-up studios, chic boutique hotels, modern restaurants and terrace bars. These Ottoman era buildings were later designed into Renaissance style. İstiklal StreetThere’s a Starbucks prepping for the day ahead and an already busy McDonalds plonked across it. It’s almost reminiscent of Champs-Élysées, only narrower. Why not, this is after all the European side of … [Read more...] about Notes from Istanbul: beyond clichés
By Hannah Elliott Along the Pacific Ocean just west of Napa, Calif., a section of Skaggs Springs Road is known for fog-shrouded curves perfect for uncorking your stress and shaking down new cars. It was there I realized why Bentley is so darn confident about its new V8 Continental GT. The $198,500 beast ($218,350 for the convertible version) is just as devastatingly handsome as its W12 predecessor, with chiseled sides and a latticework grille and four round headlights so brash they look like they’re spoiling for a fight. But more important, as you round corners and hit the gas, it feels as if you’ve harnessed a linebacker with the footwork of Roger Federer. The 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 is power and agility blended into a cocktail you’ll want to pour down your throat. With a new engine, new light(er)-weight aluminum body, and new double-clutch gearbox (more on those later), Bentley has given the V8 enough juice to make anyone question why you’d buy the … [Read more...] about Meet Bentley’s best-selling beast: The devastatingly handsome Rs 1.37 cr V8 Continental GT
Scorecard | ImagesIndia failed to bat out the 50 overs for the third successive match and lost the fourth one-day international against South Africa by 80 runs, in Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday. South Africa, defending a target of 244, dismissed India for 163 runs, in 38.1 overs, to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. The first match was rained off. Makhaya Ntini (2 for 34) and Shaun Pollock (2 for 23) once again did the damage upfront, reducing India to 82 for five inside 20 overs. All-rounder Irfan Pathan played a resolute innings of 47 not out, but the knock came too late in the day for the tourists. Mahendra Singh Dhoni also sparkled briefly, hitting a six and four boundaries for 26 runs off 21 balls. Justin Kemp, who failed to get on the board while batting, returned with the ball to grab three wickets and polish off the Indian tail. Earlier, Herschelle Gibbs hit an unbeaten 93 to steer South Africa to a competitive 243 for eight. Gibbs, named man of … [Read more...] about India beaten again without a fight
Before we start talking about the car, I have to say that Tata Motors is making some of the prettiest cars in the Indian market right now. This started with the Tiago, a hatchback, and their latest offering is a hatchback too. It is called the Tata Altroz and it is Tata’s competitor in the premium hatchback segment in India. It is expected to be launched in January 2020 and it has managed to create a hype around itself. We got to drive it for a couple of days in the beautiful city of Jaisalmer and we found out whether the hype is worth it. Watch Video: We have to start with what is going to be the biggest attraction for the Altroz which is the way it looks, and while yes looks are a subjective matter, to me it looks brilliant and there are a few reasons for that. First and foremost is the stance that this car gets which is thanks to the new Alfa Arc platform which we will get to in a bit. There’s also the fact that how almost every single design detail works … [Read more...] about Tata Altroz First Drive Review: More to it than Just Looks?