Sacred Food: Kashi Part 2

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Sat, Feb 27 2016. 11 35 PM IST How blind faith is choking the Ganga The mission to clean the Ganga will be a pipe dream as long as Indians have no problem in perceiving and accepting the river as both pure and dirty Photo: Shoba Narayan…

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Sacred Food: Kashi

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Sun, Feb 21 2016. 06 59 PM IST Of dead cows and the Ganga: The paradox of religion In her quest to embrace faith, the ultimate feel-good pill on the rocky road called life, this writer looks for divine intervention in Kashi Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan…

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Sacred Food: Puri Jagannath

Home » Mint on Sunday » Sacred Food Last Modified: Fri, Jan 01 2016. 04 19 PM IST What use is temple cuisine? Dining locally and seasonally is a fad now. Most traditional societies used to do just that. The second of a three-part series from Puri Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan In 1810, Robert Southey, a somewhat effeminate-looking British…

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Azhagar Kovil Dosai

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Sacred Food Last Modified: Sat, Sep 12 2015. 11 30 PM IST Azhagar Kovil’s excellent dosai The humble dosai, a staple at breakfast tables in south India, takes a divine turn in the kitchen of Madurai’s Azhagar Kovil Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan It is sunset when I walk into the…

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Sacred Food Palani

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Mon, Aug 10 2015. 07 12 PM IST Palani’s heavenly panchamritham The prasadam of the popular hill temple not only tastes out of this world, but is also a healing potion Photo: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan Carnegie Hall has nothing on Hindu temples. I think of this…

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Sacred Food in the Golden Temple

MINT ON SUNDAY Home » Mint on Sunday » Sacred Food Last Modified: Sun, Feb 12 2017. 02 42 AM IST Rolling rotis in Amritsar’s Golden Temple In the latest instalment of the long-running Sacred Food series our correspondent marvels at the serene supply chain at Harmandir Sahib Photos: Shoba Narayan Shoba Narayan Amritsar: The family standing at the long, snaking…

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Haveli Dharampura and the future of India’s past

Home » Mint on Sunday » Big story Last Modified: Sun, Dec 25 2016. 12 20 AM IST Haveli Dharampura and the future of India’s past The restoration of Haveli Dharampura offers a template for breathing life into dilapidated heritage homes in a bid to woo foreign tourists Photo: Haveli Dharampura Shoba Narayan In January 2015, the urban development ministry…

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Oberoi Rajvilas

Telegraph Review  Shoba Narayan, travel writer  The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, Rajasthan, India View on a map 8 out of10Telegraph expert rating This hotel just outside Jaipur, with red-brick architecture reminiscent of a Rajasthani fort, boasts stylish tented rooms, Mughal-inspired trellises, courtyard fountains, superb cuisine, wandering peacocks on the 32-acre grounds and staff who anticipate your requests before…

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ITC Rajputana, Jaipur

This hotel evokes the spirit of Rajasthan through the use of riotous colour, mural paintings, excellent Indian cuisine, and folk music every evening. The rooms with jewellery motifs, outdoor swimming pool and the pomegranate-themed spa offer respite from the desert heat.

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Shangrila Hotel, Bangalore

With 397 rooms, this hotel in central Bangalore — a favourite for glittering Indian weddings — ably represents the Shangri-La global chain with an outstanding spa; Chinese, Italian, Indian and Japanese restaurants; and a rooftop bar that offers sprawling views of the city. 

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