For relaxing times, make it Suntory time

I returned yesterday from a business trip to Tokyo. In my current job, I’ve travelled there frequently, enough to call it home away from home. With all things food, Tokyo is my paradise city. London and New York may claim greater diversity of world cuisines under their roofs, but for sheer quality, Tokyo is supreme. … Continue reading For relaxing times, make it Suntory time


International Dateline Hotel

It is not uncommon logic for one country’s cuisine to reinvent itself while setting up shop in another country. Eateries create menus likeliest to make sense to local eating sensibilities. Techniques, ingredients and presentation are all fine-tuned to furnish a midpoint experience between authentic and approachable. Emigrant Chinese restaurateurs took this approach to its very … Continue reading International Dateline Hotel

No cappuccino after 11 a.m.

It might seem a time-worn cliché to open Italy with a mafia theme, but The Godfather is not your average cliché. A compound tapestry of gangster psychology, immigrant experience and family values, the book and later the films transcended their commercial success. They influenced popular culture in significant and sometimes unforeseen ways. In a case … Continue reading No cappuccino after 11 a.m.

Katerina, Lyudmila, Antonina

Mikhail Gorbachev was in and out of my life in the 80s. The newspaper introduced us. Chernenko dead. Gorbachev the new General Secretary. Next year, he came to India on a state visit. The Soviet Cultural Centre in Madras held an art competition for school students, themed “Portrait of Mikhail Gorbachev”. I submitted a drawing. … Continue reading Katerina, Lyudmila, Antonina