Date with a Clause 

If anyone asked me how I envisioned my Christmas at the start of the month, I would have scoffed at the idea and barked of my role as the Grinch this coming season. Flashback to an impromptu meeting at a Saturday night market followed by a late night bike ride with a beautiful stranger had…

Smooth Criminal 

Smooth Criminal  Ever been called a ‘Smoothie’? An informal definition would pit it as a ‘man with a smooth suave manner’. Used in a sentence would construct accordingly- ‘A smoothie with an eye for a pretty girl.’ As for Miss YSL earlier- that’s the resonation she left me with. Whilst I thought it was the…

V for Vigorous 

As the year comes to a close, I decided to rant a little more and torment you poor sods every fortnight (yes, I’m considerate that way). Welcome to my column; aptly titled –a twit’s wit in Goa’s leading daily- OHeraldo.  I hope you all enjoy it and do send me your feedback on my rants…

The Suitcase Diaries: Legend of Banaras 

Varanasi, also known as Banaras, plays home to much that is magical and mystical. A journey through the core of Uttar Pradesh’s ascetic region, highlighting why this destination is one worth exploring  Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Banaras, is the world’s oldest continually inhabited city and has been a cultural centre of North India…

Tolerance or Menace? 

As a travel writer and consultant, i am of the firm belief that a place is defined by the holistic society that comprises it lending itself to the aura and experience of ‘tourists & guests’ that visit it.  The burning question today in the Times of India.  Is the menace of hawkers & beggars on…

Objectivity & Opinions 

Over a gifted night of wine & cheese in the solace of my own dominion, I read this phrase that stuck with me till date.  ‘Opinions are like arseholes, Everyone has one’ Without too much of a pun on the word, in my ‘opinion‘ everyone is entitled to their own as long as they don’t subject…

M.P.D @ Lafayette Gourmet 

Alter ego personality clashes are uncommon among most….. FALSE!!!  In my opinion- everyone has at least two personalities within whether they identify with it or not. Now take someone with Multiple Palate Disorder and an overriding sensation of being spoilt for choice, with 11 cuisines fighting for ones palate sample at La Fayette Gourmet, Dubai Mall…

The Art of Sushi 

Click on the image to enlarge and read.  A Guide to Sushi Etiquette · You may be offered a hot, wet towel (called an oshibori) at the beginning of your meal. Use it to wash your hands and try to fold it back neatly the way it was offered to you before returning it.  ·…

Ready.Set.Jump 

“Welcome to the jungle,” said the spider to the fly. You enter at ease, with dense scenic foliage around. Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary- a wildlife-protected sanctuary has an eclectic range of flora and fauna species nestled deep in the heart of South Goa. Painted billboards along the way, a guide to the forest dwellers inhabiting the…

Tea, The Bard & Me 

Hello from Abu Dhabi. What am I doing here? Well of course I’ve come for a spot of tea to Shakespeare & Company- a Victorian era themed restaurant offering a diverse menu of reputed international fare with a elegant French patisserie for most of their short acts.  The minute one steps into the gateway doors,…

A Spectacular Dream 

We all have dreams. However in order to make them a reality, takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. Stand forth Aakritee & Virendra Sinh of A Reverie. It a feeling of excitement engulfing me, as I pen down the second article dedicated to this dynamic duo and their work of art…

Cocktails & Dreams 

In the midst of reading this article there will be no words of wisdom from Doug Coughlin or the impish smile of Brian Flanagan (apologies for the spoiler alert).  The art of the cocktails has evolved from playing safe with the regulars for the faithfuls to the ever evolving palate of the discerning international traveler-…

Bacon..A high-five for your mouth

Let’s start off with a riddle to ignite your grey cells. Billy has 32 pieces of bacon. He eats 28. What does he have now? Happiness. Billy has Happiness!!!   Have you ever noticed that there’s no such thing as leftover bacon? There’s the intoxicating smell; that smoky, fatty, salty, porky-sweet flavor; the contrast of pliable,…

mr. NObody and The Goan 

Hello one and all. Currently living out of my suitcase, managed to have a lovely chat with the folks at The Goan recently.  A lovely tete-e-tete with Kurt Bento about the world of mr. NObody and his views on the world of gastronomy.  The full interview with mr. NObody.     What prompted you to do this culinary…

I want to EAT the WORLD & I want it NOW!!!!

I’m on a trip.  No, I am not under the influence of psychotropic substances or reaffirming my existence as a shaman in an alternate universe. However i believe at times I am almost there, when listening to one of my all time favourite artist- James Douglas Morrison. A poetic, retrospective frame of mind. And right…

Eat your Greens!

This is part of a series of articles written for Goa Times (Times of India) on people and happenings in and around Goa.  This article focuses on the importance of veggies in ones diet, their significant benefits as well as how restaurants in and around Goa, are taking global culinary cues to ensure the salad…

Art on a Plate 

This is part of a series of articles written for Goa Times (Times of India) on people and happenings in and around Goa.  This article encaupsulates Art on a Plate in the age of food being presented as a work of art- a feast for the eyes.  Click on the image to enlarge it and…

Goa’s Dessert Divas

This is part of a series of articles written for Goa Times (Times of India) on people and happenings in and around Goa.  This article features Home baking dessert divas and some of the delectable goodies they create.  Click on the image to enlarge for a better read.     Publication: Goa Times  Written by Nolan…

Planet Hollywood Hotel- it’s here!

Let’s dig deep and ask ourselves- are we star crazy? I’m not referring to the constellations or stars in the skies rather all the Stars in ‘Woods’ ranging from Holly,Bolly,Tolly and perhaps someplace in the world-Molly.  Let’s play the Instant two second reaction game? Ok! Here goes.What happens to you when you see a known…

Ant’s in my pant’s 

Many of you reading this post would relate to a statement in the affirmative if I stated ‘The ants in my pants, take me places’. Before you get naughty, let me course alight your ‘thought trajectory’- it’s directed towards my thoughts travelling at the speed of light and my body taking me places on roller…