The Vegetarian

The Vegetarian isn’t an easy read. However, I also knew, I couldn’t miss being a part of the revelry. For the first time, the translated work of a Korean author had won a Man Booker International Prize. Local bookshops and Korean newspapers had posters (like the one above) splashed across glass windows and the front page. Why…

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Back-Alleys of Gwangjang Market

Seoul breathes at a frightening pace. It’s not difficult to lose yourself or your breath, here. Towering slabs of mortar and glass, dominate a jagged skyline, often competing — for a spot of grey. Following a Darwinian model of survival, primitive structures are quick to be razed, to be equally quickly replaced, by monsters of…

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Seoul Food

Generally, I don’t pay much attention to local food. I could survive on bread & cheese or opt for fast food. And I would prefer vegetables over meat. I can visualise food lovers shaking their head in disappointment. I guess, I’m that not into food. And it works for us – as Basil is the foodie. Korean…

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A Day in the Life of Shanghai

In April, we stayed collectively for a period of three weeks in China – clocking two weeks in Shanghai. I’m not sure if the time was sufficient to make me get a deeper understanding of the city, but, I’ve always felt the minute you choose to stay in an apartment over a hotel, scout for…

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What does Chinese food taste like?

Undoubtedly, Chinese cuisine is probably the most popular food globally. So, what does authentic Chinese food actually taste like? There seems to be a common belief that authentic Chinese cuisine is largely raw or bland – without a trace of spice. While there maybe some truth behind this misconception; it’s hard to categorise Chinese food into a…

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Two Left Fingers

 If you’re considering a trip to Japan, you might want to practice eating with ‘chopsticks’ prior to your visit. Although, larger (more modern) cities such as Tokyo and Osaka always offer an option of a fork and knife; it’s traditional towns (Nara) which might pose a problem. WikiHow offers you a step-by-step guide on chopstick etiquette. We…

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Tea Slip

In a quaint coffee shop in Shillong… I sip on my green tea. The waitress politely smiles at me. I smile back. She: “Excuse me Ma’am. It would be better if you removed the strainer.” Me: “Oh! I thought…umm…I’m embarrassed!” She: “It’s all right. We get that often!”

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