Dubai’s German chef and his adventures in Emirati cooking

By Nivriti Butalia

After a couple of years in the Emirates, I know this about Emirati food: I haven’t eaten much of it. I’ve popped a few louqamat drizzled with date syrup, sure. I know what a chobab is (in my head it translates to a pancake, a besan chila minus the besan [gram flour]). I know khamer bread —  it’s a bit sweet. And I do like their desserts, Umm Ali and Muhalabiya, sweet lord! Continue reading Dubai’s German chef and his adventures in Emirati cooking

Hang on, all you Apple-loving, eager upgraders of the iPhone

By Alvin R. Cabral

As I write, I’m still jetlagged from two almost 16-hour flights in six days, fresh from meeting 10- and 82-year-old app developers who made me question my existence, still in shock after seeing Tim Cook within arm’s reach after he made a surprise appearance at a private event, and everything Apple at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. Continue reading Hang on, all you Apple-loving, eager upgraders of the iPhone

Plan a trip to this salt mine that’s a short flight from Hitler’s abode

By Disha Dadlani

If your mother or father tells you that he/she loves you ‘more than salt’, just lap up the compliment. As I pen my salty adventure in the Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, I’m reminded of my favourite bedtime story. It was about a king who wanted to determine which one of his three daughters loved him the most. Two daughters claimed that they loved their father more than all the riches in the world combined, but the third simply said that she loved her father ‘more than salt’. An infuriated father only learnt what she meant when he realised the importance of something as simple as salt. Continue reading Plan a trip to this salt mine that’s a short flight from Hitler’s abode

Is having no one to talk to better than too many chatty folks?

By Sushmita Bose

Someone forwarded me a screen grab of a stat that was flaunted on the Twitter page of Data Freaks (the name is, clearly, self-explanatory — these guys revel in data): “54 per cent people would rather be completely alone for five years than be constantly surrounded by people for five years”. That’s more than half ‘people’.  Continue reading Is having no one to talk to better than too many chatty folks?

Gluten free: It’s not a fad for those who live with celiac disease

By Crystal Skinner

So for as long as I can remember I always had a circus going on in the gut that really should have left my system as a baby. My mum just thought half the time I was being a drama queen but when I started avoiding food and regularly taking time out of school because I felt sick, tests needed to be done. Continue reading Gluten free: It’s not a fad for those who live with celiac disease