The saree, the quintessential Indian garment featuring nine yards of pure grace, is worn in a wide variety of drapes across the Indian subcontinent. From young to the very old, stick thin to well-endowed, the saree enhances every woman who adorns it.

I absolutely adore the saree, but sadly I really lack the skills required to drape it gracefully. When I wear one, it is armored with a battalion of safety-pins, toilet stops get postponed and I find myself walking ever so cautiously lest I trip and unravel all my pleats.

Indian fine-dining restaurant Tresind is an institution of sorts. Unarguably the pioneers in molecular gastronomy in Dubai, Tresind continues to surprise their diners with their sheer creativity that never compromises on taste. Tresind lives true to its French-inspired name; they take inspiration from global cuisines and source global ingredients, but at the heart of it all, their dishes remain true to Indian culinary sensibilities. Très Indian all the way.

Every Ramadan, we really look forward to our Iftar at Tresind. This year, the iftar theme at Tresind was ‘Indian Steakhouse’, a three-course menu that’s priced a very reasonable AED 179 per person.

Another year, another birthday! This year marks a milestone birthday. I have now joined the league of people who cringe at the thought of adding another digit to their stats, yet I feel abundantly blessed to have got here.

I have so many fond memories to look back at in wonder. I’ve managed to jump so many hurdles and accomplish far more than I thought possible. I am healthy and self-sufficient, and surrounded by beautiful loving people. The older (somewhat) wiser me decided to pen together an entire list of life tips, more for my self-reference than anything. Hope you enjoy this!

Are you a bookworm? Does your library of beloved reads take up most of your space? Do you like reading on the go? If you’ve ticked yes to atleast one of these questions, chances are you’ve either a) heard of and considered buying a Kindle, or b) are already a die-hard fan.

I fall into category b). My husband gifted me my very first Kindle over 2 years ago, and this ultra slim portable device literally goes everywhere I go. It is a handbag staple, and carries over 900 reads. My collection of books range from classic favorites to ones I have been recommended. I also have a few bedtime stories tucked in for my mini human. Who would have thought you could chug along an entire library in a handbag?!

Indo Chinese cuisine, a mashup of Chinese stir-frying techniques spiced up with the heat of an Indian palate, deserves to gain more attention on an international scale. It’s flavors and techniques are advanced enough to discriminate it from both origins.

Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure of enjoying a feast of a lunch at newly opened China Bistro. Located in the foodie hub of Karama bang opposite Spinneys and adjacent to Regis hotel, China Bistro is owned and operated by Foodlink India.

The restaurant chain has been a big hit across Indian metropolitan cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Dubai opening is the brand’s very first venture outside the home-ground.

There seems to be a raise of a new genre of Indian dining in Dubai. Taking cues from the Insta-friendly requirements of millennials and combining it with the nostalgic vibes of Bollywood that transcends generations, we have a brand-new dining destination for Indian funk, fusion food and live entertainment.

Located on the lobby level of Grand Millennium Dubai (Barsha Heights) is Hitchki, which is Hindi for ‘hiccup’. Urban legend has it that when you hiccup, someone who loves you is remembering you. Hitchki is about all things nostalgic, yet quirky enough to have a name that resonates as ‘new age’.