• The Grand Hyatt, Panjim (Goa)

    Before I left for the United States on a short visit where I write this from, I had the opportunity to visit my maternal home – Goa, twice. One was in December for my sister’s wedding, the usual extravagant affair with pots of love, family and fun. Before that, sometime in October I had been [...]

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  • The Gateway Resort, Damdama Lake, Gurgaon

    I clearly recollect one of my first contributions to a magazine from the luxury pickings for men – Mans World. I wrote a couple of pieces for them and my very first assignment was covering a very intriguing concept brought on board (infact, developed and refined since many years of its inception) by one of [...]

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  • Sheraton Hotel, at Brigade Gateway, (Bangalore)

    When out of town and about, I have always made it a point to consciously select hotels, whether I am on business or not, which are either full blown resorts or are at the least in luxury personified. This is an imperative choice since I believe that once done with the day out working or [...]

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  • Pan Asian, ITC Maratha (Mumbai)

    Does you palate get seduced when you are watching a dish being cooked live? Is it not pure pleasure when you sit in front of a kitchen platform, a bubbling pot or sizzling pan of your meal is slowly being transformed into a treat, the scents of the ingredients subtly envelope your senses and your [...]

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  • Alila Diwa, Goa

    Blogging from home ground about home ground has always been my forte, this is probably the first time I am talking about a place which is away from home, but still falls under the category of “A home away from home”. Yes, I speak about the much adored holiday destination ofIndia –Goa. I call it [...]

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  • Koh, The Intercontinental (Mumbai)

    What happens when you combine an international star chef and an immensely talented Indian chef and let them loose in a restaurant housed in a hotel chain at Mumbai’s prime residential area?   A recipe for success… I had this opportunity to meet with Chef Pongtawat “Ian Kittichai” Chalermkittichai, the world’s first Thai national to [...]

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  • Botticino, Trident BKC (Mumbai)

    There are perfectionists and then there are people who infuse passion to perfection. What happens when both these traits are imbibed in one person? It’s pure talent. My latest discovery for Nonchalant Insider was a difficult choice considering I love Italian food and there are very few establishments who manage to satiate my cravings. Botticino, [...]

    Chef Vikas Vichare
  • Four Seasons Hotel (Mumbai)

    Luxury is something which is measured in quality rather than quantity. Mumbai has and always will be a honeyed flower for potential money-bees and to learn the art of sucking dry the sweet nectar, it is an acquired talent and only the seasoned know how to make the most of it.   Four Seasons Hotel [...]

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  • Dum Pukht, ITC Maratha (Mumbai)

    Royalty – a word synonymous withIndia. We have grown up reading rich tales of folklore which were inundated with Kings and Queens who lived in much pomp and splendor. A fantasy imbibed in each of us in our childhood and which somehow worked to our benefit in our growing years as we strived to reach [...]

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The Grand Hyatt, Panjim (Goa)

Before I left for the United States on a short visit where I write this from, I had the opportunity to visit my maternal home – Goa, twice. One was in December for my sister’s wedding, the usual extravagant affair with pots of love, family and fun. Before that, sometime in October I had been [...]

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Day in Kyoto: A Reiteration

I know this is probably going to be my second Sake post, but let me tell you, apart from being one of the most popular beverages in Japan it was also one of the few beverages which I was drinking more than water. It is but just a norm to be served this delicate spirit [...]

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Pecan on a bitter pill… with a pinch of salt

I was dining at a popular restaurant in Beverly Hills a couple of weeks back. It was a Wednesday night and the bar was packed for some reason. My table was due in 20 minutes and I was ushered to the bar where I order a glass of Pinot Noir to while away my time [...]

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A Relic of Reciprocity

What you do unto others is but a sheer reflection of what your own life will do unto you ~ Nikhil Merchant At the time I write this I have one leg in the United States and the other in India. With the food world taking so much of my time I had to quit [...]

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The Gateway Resort, Damdama Lake, Gurgaon

I clearly recollect one of my first contributions to a magazine from the luxury pickings for men – Mans World. I wrote a couple of pieces for them and my very first assignment was covering a very intriguing concept brought on board (infact, developed and refined since many years of its inception) by one of [...]

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Marooned in Luxury

Off the coast of Kedah is a cluster of 99 islands offering the best of many worlds: beautiful beaches, world- class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra- cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends. 1 such island stands out and you will know why. Destinations around the world are being picked out as must-go [...]

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The Early Okonomiyaki

What is the first thing you do when you land in a new place? Well, you make a beeline straight from the airport to the nearest street side kiosk serving up a local delicacy. To be honest, well I was just extremely tired when we landed at Kansai International Airport from Singapore (a cool 4.5-5 [...]

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A Singapore Kitchen

Kitchens come in all forms and sizes, there are restaurant ones, home ones, studio ones and catering ones. I have visited many kitchens in the past, met the owners, interacted with chefs and even cooked in some. For me, coming close to a professionally run kitchen has been to all those luxury F&B Establishment kitchens [...]

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High Flying

I am quite a fidgety and curious flyer. Yes, I am one of those who panic at the slightest bump and take a window seat only to keep staring at the wings to see if they are going to burst into flames or we are going to lose a tire or two. I have no [...]

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A Persian Dream

The temperatures soared to about 41C in Dumka, the second capital village of Jharkhand, one of India’s poorest states. I had uncomfortably seated myself in the front seat of the town squires dusty old 4×4, no air conditioning and his trusted driver, Panditji. He wrapped a moist checkered cloth around his head to take me [...]