The rise and revival of the ancient Rampuri cuisine

Say Rampur, and one in all likelihood be reminded of Rampuri Chaaku of Bollywood fame (the long, foldable switchblade that the villain would often carry, and which the Indian government had to ban after Dawood Ibrahim became big). The town, which was once home to poets like Mirza Galib, is today a relatively obscure place in India’s modern geographical layout. But this was not always the case. There was a time when Rampur, a free kingdom tucked behind the lush boundaries of Lucknow, was the place to be in for…

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Ancient wisdom: Learn more about Chanakya, Vidur and Indian culture at Banaras Hindu University

Do you know what Chanakya Neeti is, or for that matter Vidur Neeti or sage Kamandak’s treatise on military techniques and warfare management? If not, enrol at Bharat Adhyayan Kendra (BAK) of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi to learn more about ancient Indian streams of knowledge. BAK aims to promote Sanskrit as well as ‘sanskriti’ (culture) and will initiate professors and students into Chanakya Neeti, Vidur Neeti and Vedic sciences and other skills and techniques. The centre will invite students of various departments in batches to spread awareness about…

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Go for ‘Grills on Fire’ to relish heavenly kebabs at The Ancient Barbeque

Ever wondered how a dish named drunken fish or wine-glazed mushroom would taste? Head for the ongoing Grills on Fire — a fiery feast at The Ancient Barbeque (TAB) in this suburb of the national capital where an array of 24 kebabs — vegan and non-vegan — await the opportunity to tickle your tummy. TAB specialises in grilled delicacies and this makes it an ideal place for foodies who enjoy digging into starters more than the main course. “There are too many restaurants with the same menu. We thought of coming up with…

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