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Dahi Vadas (Dahi Bhalla): Fried Dumplings in Yogurt Sauce

This recipe for Dahi Vadas, also popularly known as Dahi Bhalla, was created in partnership with  Hamilton Beach Canada, as one of their brand ambassadors. All opinions, as always, are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself. I clearly remember the very first Diwali party Hubby Dear and I threw together as a married couple. We had invited a bunch of our closest friends – about ten in total and ordered them to dress up in their finest traditional Indian outfits. We...
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Popular Recipes, RECIPES: VEGETARIAN, Dahi Bhalla, Hamilton Beach Canada, 30-Minutes or Less, Dahi Vadas Dahi Bhalla, Dahi Vadas, Chaats Samosas Chole Bhature, Dahi Vada

Happy Birthday, pd29june!

Lemme tell you a story. The kinds that is only possible on the Internet.  The year is 2003 (I thought it was 2001 but thanks to my obsession with not deleting anything ever, I discovered it was 2003). The age od chain emails and Orkut and coming of age, of people my age. The time is Diwali when everyone in India is in this cheerful and all that. And I am being the way I am - frivolous, enthusiastic, and trying hard at being funny. Some friend sends an email to some 100 people and I reply to...
Tags: Travel, La, India, US, Delhi, Mumbai, Diwali, Kung Fu Panda, Lem, sgBiography, Pd29june, Gurgoan

Untitled - 16Jun20

I slept off early last night. I was on my bed by 930. And then drifted off to sleep at around 1030 or something. No, it's not the earliest to be honest. I would love to sleep every day by 9 and then get up at 4 (yes I am a morning person). But I think till I reach a time where I can control my time fully (I can control a large part of my time, but not all the time) it would be tough. Lets see when that happens. It is 730 AM. I have been up since 7 at least and I have been puttering around. The...
Tags: Travel, Time, Starbucks, Goa, Mumbai, Diwali

Dairy-Free Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

This post was created in partnership with Hamilton Beach Canada, as one of their brand ambassadors. All opinions, as always, are my own. I only write about and recommend products I use and love myself. Diwali came and went by in... The post Dairy-Free Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding) appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
Tags: Travel, Diwali, RECIPES: SWEETS, Hamilton Beach Canada

This Diwali...

So, there is this tradition at home where all four of us (my parents, my sis and I) come together for Diwali. Well, come together is hyperbole. My parents live together at the place that I call home (in Delhi). My sis and I are often out for work. But wherever we are, we make it a point to come back to Delhi for Diwali. Even if it's for a day, we come back.We do the Diwali pooja in our kitchen (used to feel like such a big space when I was a kid; now we hardly fit inside. That's the thing with s...
Tags: Travel, Family, Personal, Rant, Delhi, Diwali, Free Writing

Happy Dhanteras and Diwali

Dhanteras and Diwali Greetings to all. First order of business. Have lots of fun eating sweets, bursting crackers, lighting lots of diyas and sparklers. Diwali, or Deepavali, is the Hindu festival of lights. It is also the festival of wealth. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth is worshiped on Diwali. Among Bengalis, Ma Kali is worshiped … Continue reading "Happy Dhanteras and Diwali"
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Deepavali, Indian Festivals, Dhanteras

Solo Female Travel in India — Is it Safe?

Solo female travel to India is much more popular than you might think. In some ways, India is actually a very good destination for solo female travel, despite all the warnings and dire media reports. I’ve spent many years traveling solo in India, and I now live there – in Rishikesh, which is an ideal destination for a solo female traveler interested in Yoga. (It’s called the Yoga capital of the world!) Having said that, I know that as much as I love India, and the adventure of traveling there, ...
Tags: Featured, China, Southeast Asia, India, Blog, Thailand, United States, Nepal, New York Times, Paris, Himalayas, Tripadvisor, Vietnam, Kate, Goa, Delhi

A Taste of Culture: 4 Amazing Festivals That Await You in Nepal

There are very many good reasons to visit the country of Nepal. For one, its landscape is something else. Consisting of breathtaking mountain views, Nepal is home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. As a matter of fact, eight of its summits rank within the world’s top ten highest mountain peaks. Another attraction is its variety of amazing festivals. They are held all over the country and all throughout the year. They are a fun way of learning about the local people and th...
Tags: Travel, Nepal, Travel Tips, Mount Everest, Travel Guides, Diwali, Indra, Mahayana, Dashain, Tihar, Kumari, Lhosar, Nepal festival, Tibetan new year, Yenya, Nepal Tihar Diwali Tihar

Planning the Perfect Trip to India in 2019

A country of symbolic colours, mesmerising diversity, ancient cities and old age mystery. Time seems to stop in awe as if watching the scenes of the silent 1913 Raja Harishchandra film. The quintessential lands of Maharaj, mysteries of the Maghal empire, magical allure of the Taj Mahal, the world famous Golden Triangle and last but not least, step in the boots of Indiana Jones and lose yourself in the narrow streets of Kathmandu. Truly quintessential India, surely worth a big tick on your buck...
Tags: Travel, India, Goa, Delhi, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Indiana Jones, Travel Blog, Diwali, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Holi, Agra, Jodhpur, Goa Goa, Raja Harishchandra

How to plan your Ideal Trip to North India

This is a guest post by Rebecca Siggers. Vacations coming up? Want to explore the incredible sights of India? Then why not consider a visit to the North of India! From the foothills of the Himalayas, sacred pilgrimage sights, famous cities, and – of course – the delicious food, the northern region of India is a cultural spectacular. Which states make up North India? While you may not have heard of many of the States that make up North India – Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Asia, India, Rebecca, Guest Post, Himalayas, Delhi, Mumbai, Lonely Planet, Destinations, Diwali, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Intrepid Travel, Shooting Star


The day starts with only one thing in mind to go for a strip. I went home for Diwali and before even being to home I had only one thing will surely make a trip there were certain options Pahalgam Mcloedganj Patnitop even Vashno Devi at that point it was
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Mcloedganj, Pahalgam Mcloedganj Patnitop, Vashno Devi

Ram rajya is nothing but capitalism – next article on Times of India blog

This was originally meant for publication on Diwali day, but as you know, something had gone wrong. Now things are back on track. I revised the article for non-Diwali day publication. Ram rajya is nothing but capitalism Please share this widely, as it links the ideas of freedom and minimum government with one of the […]
Tags: Travel, India, Liberty, Diwali, Swarna Bharat Party


Sadly we have to leave the idyllic pleasure of the Taj Mahal Palace. As usual hotels worry about traffic and we arrive at Mumbai airport ludicrously early at 930am. The queues look horrendous with the hordes returning from their Diwali holiday but Indigo
Tags: Travel, Mumbai, Diwali, Ahmedabad, Taj Mahal Palace

Deepavali vs Diwali: A short, stupidly chauvinistic rant (in four graphs) on the mind gap between the South and the North

“North vs South” is an evergreen story in Indian journalism. And maha fun too. Newspapers, magazines, and pop-columnists have for decades banked on the all-too-real differences between the people, food, movies, music, habits, efficiency between the two geographical halves of India to rescue them out of many a deadline crisis. End of akhand story. Yesterday was Deepavali below the Vindhyas, which, of course, has been shortened to Diwali above it so that it is easier on the tongues of the langua...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, India, South, Diwali, South South, Deepavali, Supreme Court of India, APPA, Churumuri, Sans Serif, Kannada & Karnataka, Issues and Ideas, Life Etcetera

South Mumbai

We had earmarked today to visit Elephanta Island but David was not feeling his best and Sara realised that as its Diwali the crowds were likely to be worse than usual. As the trip was going to involve five hours or more in the open sun with a lot of
Tags: Travel, David, Mumbai, Diwali, Sara, Elephanta Island

Ram rajya as capitalism: This Diwali day, let us determine to overthrow socialism.

A few weeks ago I was stranded in traffic in Delhi in an Uber vehicle. I had time for a long chat with the driver and so we discussed India’s situation. He started by supporting both Modi and Kejriwal but minutes into our conversation, he couldn’t identify a single improvement on the ground. I then […]
Tags: Travel, India, Delhi, Diwali, Modi, Kejriwal, Swarna Bharat Party

List of topics for my future write-ups in the Times of India online blog

This is a list of things I want to write about in the coming weeks/ months on my TOI blog. As the topics are done, I’ll put them into the “completed” category. Some of these may be converted into articles for the main newspaper. Urgently needed police reforms (Sent – not yet published) Diwali as […]
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Times of India, About Me

List of topics for my future writer-ups in the Times of India online blog

This is a list of things I want to write about in the coming weeks/ months on my TOI blog. As the topics are done, I’ll put them into the “completed” category. Some of these may be converted into articles for the main newspaper. Urgently needed police reforms Diwali as an occasion to remember that […]
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Times of India, About Me

The best 2018 Bonfire Night parties

“Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason, and plot!” The old adage refers to the celebration known in the UK as Guy Fawkes Night or Bonfire Night. On November 5th, all over the country, great bonfires are lit, fireworks are set off, and straw-stuffed effigies are burnt. But what do these celebrations that now involve children’s rides, street food stalls, and laser displays have to do with a dramatic plot against the King of England, and a man called Guy Fawkes? On November...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Wales, Scotland, David Cameron, United Kingdom, Yorkshire, Sepp Blatter, Devon, Parliament, King, Ottery St Mary, Bonfire Night, James, Lewes

Best Diwali celebrations

India is an obvious choice for anyone looking to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. But it’s far from the only option. All around the world, Diwali participants decorate their homes with oil lamps known as diyas and colorful mandalas called kolam. Fireworks spread across the skies of celebrating cities from Australia to the US to close out epic, days-long fairs. Whether you want to find a venue to observe the triumph of light over dark in a traditional fashion or simply wish to e...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Singapore, India, US, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Venezuela, Melbourne, Hinduism, San Antonio, Caribbean, Hindu, Little India, Trinidad And Tobago, Diwali

Tethered Together or Poles Apart? Japan and India: A Cultural Comparison

Cultures amuse me. They run like railway tracks – parallel, but never meeting, never quite the same – and that is where the beauty of cultures lies. Be it intra-nation, in a country as diverse as ours (India) – where, in one part of the country, women are obligated to touch the feet of the elderly, while in another, getting your feet touched by a female is a sin; or inter-nation, such as the cultural contrast between the Chinese and the English – “who believe it’s a slur on your hosts’ food if y...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, Featured, India, New York Times, Hsbc, Tokyo, Delhi, Mumbai, Comparison, NCR, Darwin, Gurgaon, Diwali, Forbes

Traders’ body CAIT wants e-commerce policy before festive season

BC Bhartia, the national president of CAIT, has demanded that the government release the National E-Commerce Policy before the festival season of Diwali starts in October, PTI reports. The Confederation of All India Traders, represents several brick-and-mortar merchants. “In the absence of any... ...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, News, Internet, E-commerce, Diwali, PTI, Cait, Draft National E-Commerce Policy, Confederation of All India Traders

Best cultural festivals to attend

If Burning Man and Coachella are not your thing, know that there are world-class festivals that don’t involve skimpy costumes and do more than just blast loud music. Expedia put together these cool graphics to showcase seven cultural celebrations taking place around the globe, each of which is worth traveling to. Far from the typical music festival, each festival highlights the culture and heritage of the country or city playing host — often in a very bright and vibrant manner. 1. Lee Peng a...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, China, Southeast Asia, India, Italy, Festivals, New Orleans, Rio De Janeiro, Venice, Vikings, Expedia, Diwali, All, Chiang Mai, Carnevale

5 Learning Experiences All Newcomers Should Embrace

Logo of a Canadian diner on Preston Street, Ottawa Fifteen years ago, halfway across the world, a very drunk and possibly high backpacker gave the following advice to my sober eighteen-year-old self. “Just go for anything that remotely interests you. Learn whatever there’s to learn and become fucking knowledgeable about it.” I don’t remember his name or what he looked like, but the advice stuck with me. I guess this was a lesson in itself—sometimes, drunk people can be surprisingly insightful, ...
Tags: Travel, France, Immigration, Canada, North America, Ottawa, Diwali, Mark, Feng, Life As An Immigrant, India Chinatown, Preston Street Ottawa

The Best Gifts to Give To Employees on Diwali

One of the most awaited holidays in the Indian calendar, Diwali is an incredible festival. Known as the festival of lights, it is one of the most popular of festivals among the Hindus. The festival celebrates the victory of good over the forces of darkness, as symbolized by the lighting of lamps in all houses. read more
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Goa and Diwali in Hampi

After another long train journey the staple of our time in India we arrived in Thivim in North Goa from Mumbai which Ill post about later as we actually visited twice.Weve found the trains to be a really good experience perfectly comfortable
Tags: Travel, India, Mumbai, Diwali, Hampi, North Goa, Thivim

Me Too, This Diwali

This is of Rhyme and Reason, my weekly set of limericks for the Sunday Times of India edit page. ME TOO For too long, men have not had a clue What every woman has to go through. This is a wake-up call. This applies to us all. That’s the value of saying ‘Me too.’ THIS DIWALI AIR I asked a friend this festive season, “Why are you coughing? What’s the reason?” She said, “Though I am young, I need a brand new lung.” I said, “Shhh! To complain is treason.” The India Uncut Blog © 2010 Amit...
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Sunday Times of India, DIWALI AIR

Trip to Agra

We wake the morning after Diwali and open the curtains to a thick fog outside pollution from all of the fireworks yesterday. Breakfast is once again a huge buffet feast and I stick to having a full indian meal for breakfast as usual but follow it up today
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Agra

Happy Diwali

Today is Diwali festival day and everyone is happy and wishes us Happy Diwali we manage to squeeze in more food before the taxi arrives to take us to Dehradun to fly back to Delhi. The roads are clearer today and so it doesnt take us that long to reach
Tags: Travel, Delhi, Diwali, Happy Diwali, Dehradun

Shubh Diwali

Dear all, Here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous Diwali. A bit about what Diwali is about from a previous year’s post follows. For most North Indians, Diwali means the worship of Devi Lakshmi. For Bengalis, in contrast, the main emphasis during Diwali is on the worship of goddess Kali, affectionately known as Ma Kali … Continue reading Shubh Diwali
Tags: Travel, Diwali, Kali, Indian Festivals, Shubh Diwali, Devi Lakshmi, Kali Continue

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