Author Archives: Sonal

bpb Review: L’ Amour Fou Afghan

Originally published in Brown Paper Bag Delhi, January 18, 2017. Hidden in a quiet gully off Kalkaji’s main market, L’Amour Fou Afghan catches our eye for its location and its extraordinary name: Afghan eateries usually call themselves Balkh or Kabul or Mazaar, and cluster in neighbourhoods with settled patron populations, such as Lajpat Nagar and Bhogal.  The Fou Network In […]

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Published: 18. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

bpb Review: Owl is Well

Originally published in Brown Paper Bag Delhi, January 12, 2017. The midnight burger has become an heir of sorts to the 24/7 hot dog, the first after-hours trend to help expand Delhi’s traditional late-night kebabs and parathas. A new fly-by-night specimen, operating out of GK-I, adds itself to the flock.  Knock Knock, Hoot’s There Steering clear of […]

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Published: 12. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

Party Workers: Two New Services To Bookmark For Your Next Bash

Originally published in Brown Paper Bag Delhi, January 5, 2017. Whether the weather, the political climate, or the deep freeze of your finances, two start-ups from the greater Lajpat Area promise to improve matters by bringing the party to your doorstep this winter. (We were just motivated by desperation in the run-up to New Year’s […]

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Published: 05. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

bpb Review: Kofuku, Ansal Plaza

Delhi’s Japanese dining scene may have a slight edge on Mumbai’s in terms of numbers, but with the novelty of Tsukiji-sourced seafood wearing thin in recent years, the arrival of Bandra’s Kofuku restaurant in the refurbished Ansal Plaza ought to rejuvenate this genre, with its casual approach to offerings that go beyond sushi and teppanyaki. […]

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Published: 02. 01. 2017 | Comments: 0

Drive-By Hooting: On Board Delhi Tourism’s Party Bus

2010 was a red letter year for Delhi transport. The airport’s T3 was inaugurated in time to welcome athletes arriving for the Commonwealth Games; the Delhi Metro opened two more lines. Cycle lanes sprang up along recently constructed BRT routes. A fleet of big, blue high-capacity buses also joined their shiny new red and green […]

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Published: 02. 11. 2016 | Comments: 0

Neighbourhood Guide: Khanna Market

Neighbourhood Guide: Khanna Market ♦ Each of the four big markets in the quadrangle of land bound by Lodhi Road, Nehru Stadium, Aurobindo Marg and the railway line has its own special charm, from the leafy literary appeal of Jorbagh; to the sleepy specialty stores and restaurants of Lodhi Colony Market; to Mehar Chand’s mix of haute […]

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Published: 24. 03. 2016 | Comments: 2

Mini Music Videos

Phoneography.   A video posted by toutress (@toutress) on Mar 1, 2016 at 12:34pm PST A video posted by toutress (@toutress) on Feb 28, 2016 at 3:34am PST A video posted by toutress (@toutress) on Feb 8, 2016 at 4:03am PST A video posted by toutress (@toutress) on Feb 25, 2016 at 2:44am PST Posted […]

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Published: 02. 03. 2016 | Comments: 0

The Angst of Being a Modern Indian

The Cosmopolitans ♦ Anjum Hasan Penguin India, 309 pages, Rs 499. “Being a modern Indian is hard work,” a former king tells Qayanaat, the protagonist of Anjum Hasan’s The Cosmopolitans. If this is true for the King, the dispossessed monarch of fictional, small-town Simhal, it’s certainly so for Qayanaat, a 53-year-old single woman who lives in […]

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Published: 28. 12. 2015 | Comments: 0

Crash of Civilisations

City of Spies ♦ By Sorayya Khan Aleph Book Company, New Delhi, 2015, 239 pp., Rs 295 (PB) ISBN 978-93-83064-78-6 Pakistan was scorchingly hot during the summer of 1977, the narrator of City of Spies recalls: “the newspapers were filled with worry that rain might never come”. And the persistent Cold War chill in relations between the United States of America and the Soviet Union only […]

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Published: 09. 11. 2015 | Comments: 0

Comic portraits

                 

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Published: 24. 10. 2015 | Comments: 0