I STOOD ABSOLUTELY STILL, letting the lingering aroma of mogra in the air, mixed with a faint smell of the wet soil as the first raindrops hit the ground, taking over my olfactory senses. As the clouds roared, I prepared for a downpour, taking shelter while making sure that I didn’t spill my much sought-after cup of filter kaapi. I hadn’t expected to trace the streets of Mylapore on a rainy evening like this one, but here I was staring at the Kapaleeshwarar Temple while the slightly damp air engulfed me.
Chennai is where cultures make and break. While some parts of the city exude an old-world charm; secured with a layer of a conundrum, the others pocket a cosmopolitan vibe.
I began my day with a hearty South Indian breakfast. Being the stickler that I am with my culinary choices, I went for the steaming idlis, crisp dosa, and a deep-fried vada. All of it with the lip-smacking sambar and dollops of coconut and tomato chutneys. However, as opposed to regular ones, I went for the much-talked-about ghee podi idlis. And as it turned out, they were a pleasant surprise and to date my go-to breakfast. If you’re the one to experiment with your taste buds, I’d suggest trying Pongal, a very common South Indian household breakfast made out of rice and served with sambar, or the idiyappam, a noodle cake made out of vermicelli generally.
While outsiders might classify missing Murugan Idli Shop a sin, the locals here vouch for the Ratna Cafe. Both the places have multiple outlets and more often than not a considerable waiting time too, especially on weekends.
DESPITE THE SULTRY weather
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Stargazing In Ladakh
Cleaning the dust off the DSLR was all worth it. This ride to go stargazing in Ladakh had many inspirational and joyous moments
CULTURAL & COASTAL CONCOCTION
Home to many undiscovered gems, Tamil Nadu has a lot more to its name than what it’s given credit for!
An Escape To Your Own Private Sanctuary
Hotels, hostels and nothing like home
Paris on a Plate
French delights have a new address in the capital, where all diets go to die
A Rainbow Summer
THIS SUMMER, IN THE CITY WHERE I lIVe, the rainbow flags are everywhere — up in the alleys, on top of buildings, and even outside the important-looking official buildings.
A New DIMENSION
A new adventure awaits every time one ventures into the incredible land of Ladakh. This was an epic ride that afforded unparalleled experiences
FOOD FIT FOR THE GODS
From rice and dal to delectable sweetmeats that make you see stars, Odisha’s culinary diversity is a journey you must make
THE Known UNKNOWN
Beyond the popular — but now routine — Ladakh, lies an infinitely absorbing stretch of the land that offers culture and life little known to the regular traveller — the Zanskar region
Of childhood memories and more
The oldest was thirteen, the youngest six. a day of choices, resilience, strength, friendship and above all, survival, binds six kids on the (mis) adventure of their lives
The other side of the mountain
THERE WAS NO GALE THAT MORNING, and the sea was far, far, away. In fact the Himalayan Pass of Nathu La is 18,380 feet above sea level, according to its board. But, apart from such factual information, whenever we discuss a project the floodgates of our minds spring open releasing a virtual storm of, often conflicting, ideas.
Corpn to extend paid parking to more areas
Aiming to streamline parking across the city, the Greater Chennai Corporation is planning to expand its on-street parking system to more areas. Under the system, one has to pay a fixed nominal charge for parking one’s car on the city streets. “if a resident is using the streets to park, it is only fair that they pay utility charges for it. We are looking to disincentivise haphazard parking and make sure a street has enough motorable space,” a senior Corporation official told Express.
We thought customers would not come back, but they surprised us: store owner
EVER since Suresh (54) and his family tested COVID-19 positive, the names of the two small stores they own in Mylapore, were flashed in the media all over the city. This gave them sleepless nights for the most part of their quarantine, wondering whether they would be able to get good business again.
Relishing ‘Sweet' Beginnings
Sri Krishna Sweets will be offering Hot Dry Fruits Ghee Pongal from its live kitchen
5,400 Runners Participate in the 8th Edition of GAVS Dream
GAVS Dream Runners Half Marathon 2019, witnessed a participation of a record 5400 runners from all over the country.