Hassle-free Savaari for all your travels


Finding cabs has to be the biggest hassle for a frequent traveller. Whether it's to reach the airport, get around within a new city or make it to your own home, you just can't do without vehicle rentals and good taxi services. Savaari Car Rentals, an online cab booking aggregator, convenient airport taxi to get you to and from your city’s airport, and an extended local 12 hr/120 km taxi package. And now it has expanded its services to 98 cities across India - to help you travel to wherever your heart desires.


Airport taxi: Pre-book your pickup or drop to an airport near you
For those returning from a vacation or business trip, Savaari will get you home from the airport in no time. Need to head to the airport to catch your flight? Just give them a call on +91 9045450000 and they’ll send you a cab! Did your flight just land at an airport or did you get off a train at the railway station closest to your destination? You can use their airport taxi, the transit pick up service to cover the last mile. They’ll get you to your destination and show you some of the best sights along the way.

Local taxi: Engage Cabs for your half day, full day or extended requirements
For travelers looking for a car on standby when you’re out and about in the city, they’ve got you covered. Whether you've decided to explore the city in solitude, attend a business meeting or two, or take the family out on a shopping spree. They offer Indica, Etios and Innova cabs so you can choose which type of car you’ll be comfortable with. When you book a local taxi service for the whole day, you won't have to worry about getting from place to place. Head out and spend the day shopping, exploring and rediscovering a new city. Go ahead and book a cab for 4 hours/ 40 km, 8 hours/ 80 km or 12 hours/ 120 km, depending on your plan for the day. They’ll pick you up from the location of your choice and drop you back.

Outstation taxi: For memorable road trips
Head to over 6,500 destinations from 98 cities, whenever you like. They have a chauffeur driven car for your every road trip need. Pack your bags every weekend, rent a car and explore everything there is to see around you. Whether you're on a road trip with just your family or a large group of friends, they have a car to suit your needs. When you book an outstation cab, you can choose between an Etios for your small family, and an Innova for your large travel group. They’ll send you a travel kit to help you plan your trip, send you recommendations throughout your journey and ensure that our expert drivers guide you and give you a taste of the local flavour.

Weddings



Fading henna - 
Still beautiful,
Like the
Dregs of a striking sunset.
Birds by the poolside
A lingering melody
Even when
The shehnais have died down.
Bedecked and bejeweled
We try,
And fail
To match the bride's glow.

Sustenance Granola: Delish Breakfast or Power Snack


I've never been keen on cooked breakfasts - for one, I just don't feel hungry enough and second, where is the time to cook when one is rushing off to work? Enter modern cereal-based breakfasts like rolled oats and muesli. But a while ago, Sustenance Foods, a boutique gifting studio by Richa and Neha, sent me something even better - granola.

Rather like energy bars, granola is chunkier and tastier than plain cereal. Sustenance Granola comes in three variants and all are gluten free, vegan, packed with nuts & seeds, 100% natural and sweetened with locally sourced organic honey. Besides, each batch is hand mixed and baked in small batches at low temperatures to give it a nice crunch and toasty flavour. Here is my detailed review of their three granola variants.

Chocolate and Hazelnut 


Super chocolatey and replete with large hazelnuts, I tried this first (but of course) and loved it the most. It was all right with milk but the best match was thick yoghurt. If you have Greek yoghurt, that's even better. I also loved the fragrance of cinnamon and the dark chocolate chips.

Cranberry and Pistachio


The folks at Sustenance Foods don't believe in skimping on the good stuff at all - the granola had ample chunks of dried cranberry and crunchy pistachios. They often stuck together with the oats and seeds to form delectable clusters. This variety is quite sweet because of the cranberries.

Figs and Walnut



Walnuts are great brain food and figs are very fibre-rich, making this granola very good for you. The dried figs stand out a little but the granola is still quite tasty. However, out of the three, I preferred this least. But it's all about personal taste and if you want to keep your breakfasts healthy, you should ideally have all three variants in rotation.

The granola comes in high-quality glass bottles that could be reused later for storing nuts or dried fruits. However, if you store them for too long, the granola sticks to the bottom. The three bottles I received were 230 gms each and it took me a month to get through all of them.



The founders suggest spooning the granola over ice-creams and fruit salads as well. But honestly, it is so delicious on its own, you can easily replace unhealthy snacks like chips and biscuits with a handful of granola.

The story doesn't end here. They also make excellent preserves & jam, organic coffee, cookies, biscotti, honey, tea cake, flavoured nuts, crackers and indulgent treats. These come packaged in attractive gift hampers. For more information (and a great granola recipe), visit http://sustenancefood.com/breakfast-bowl/.

The tastiest cabbage or patta gobhi sabzi recipe


This is the tastiest Indian cabbage (patta gobhi) sabzi, to be enjoyed with roti or dal rice. I've made it many times in the past but it never turned out this well. The key is to increase the ratio of capsicum (bell peppers or shimla mirch), peas and potatoes. Also, ginger garlic and chillies add much needed spice and flavour.

Cabbage Sabzi Recipe
Serves: 4-6
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
1 small or 1/2 big cabbage
1 tomato
1 plate of peas
1 big capsicum
2 small potatoes
2 green chillies
Ginger garlic paste
Turmeric powder
Red chilli powder
Dhania powder
Pinch of asafoetida
Masala of choice
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons oil/ghee
Cumin seeds
Mustard seeds
Handful of coriander leaves
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:
1. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When they stop crackling, add cumin seeds.
2. Add chopped cabbage, capsicum, potatoes and chillies.
3. Season with salt, asafoetida and turmeric. Mix well and cook under closed lid for a few minutes.
4. When half done, add chopped tomatoes, peas, red chilli and dhania powder and masala of choice (I used chole masala). Mix well and cook under closed lid and slow flame for 10min.
5. Garnish with chopped coriander and lemon juice. Serve hot with roti or rice.

Notes: Decrease oil at the start and add some water when the veggies are half done for a healthier version. If using fresh ginger garlic, saute them at the start until the raw smell goes away. Add aamchur powder with the masala in step 4 if you don't have lemons.

Paneer Bhurji Recipe


I love paneer bhurji because there's paneer in every spoonful, unlike a paneer makhani or palak paneer, where chunks of paneer are used. It's semi-dry and thus, lighter, but goes very well with plain pav. I prepared it the other day for dinner and my husband loved it. I used a dash of ghee in the end to give it a buttery flavour and add moistness. I also like adding hing or asafoetida in all my dishes as it adds flavour, aids digestion and curbs flatulence. Right from the chopping to the garnishing, this recipe took me only 30 minutes.

Paneer Bhurji Recipe
Serves: 2
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
150gm paneer
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
Handful of green peas
Handful of coriander leaves or cilantro, chopped
A dash of lemon (optional)
Salt to taste
Two tablespoons oil/ghee
Mustard and cumin seeds
Red chilli powder
Dhania powder
Turmeric powder
Garam masala 

Pinch of asafoetida (optional)

Method:
1. Pour two tablespoons oil or ghee in a pan. When it gets hot, add mustard seeds. When they stop bursting, add cumin seeds.
2. Saute the garlic, followed by onions.
3. Add the tomatoes, peas, capsicum and chillies. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhania powder and garam masala. Cook for a minute.
4. Crumble the paneer into the pan and stir well. Cook for a few minutes.
5. Garnish with chopped coriander and a dash of lemon (if required).
Serve hot with pao or bread.

Dusk till dawn


 I listen to Zayn and Sia's "Dusk till dawn" over and over and keep hoping that the next replay will tell me how I'm going to get through this period in my life. I think I've been this miserable before too, but this time, it feels like things may never change. I live my life from dusk till dawn, waiting for the love of my life to come home and help me stop acting. For that's what I do in my current role as daughter in law. I act. I act like I'm a happy cook, housekeeper and companion for my mother in law when I'd rather be watching the trees, walking among busy streets, sitting at a wayside cafe or penning a monumental poem or two. Come Monday, I'll be taking a chance and finally introducing some colour into the drab canvas that my life has become. But what I really want is a gargantuan rainbow to overtake all the shadows in my past, present and future.

No two days are exactly the same.




No two days are exactly the same. Sometimes, there’s a difference in the way the sunshine scatters the dust on the window ledge. And sometimes, it’s the stare of a passer-by on the street that hadn’t pierced my home yesterday. Today, I spotted a beautiful coppersmith barbet in the overgrowth surrounding the ruins of a building that never saw the light of day. The one other time I saw this little green bird with black markings and a bright red forehead was outside the bedroom window of my mother’s home. Back then, tall trees had their own wild way with our courtyard. Today, they’ve all been hewn and the rare birds have become rarer still, rather like the moments of euphoria in my home-bound life.

If there’s one thing I always look forward to, it’s making tea. The way the froth bubbles over the rim of the saucepan, emanating an intoxicating aroma of cardamom and masala infused in tea – it never fails to press a refresh button on my senses. I like the taste of tea too, but it doesn’t come close to the magic of experiencing its preparation. The process of tea being prepared is like the unfurling of a new day – I know the day will never live up to the promise of its glorious morning and yet, that doesn’t stop me from revelling in the promise itself. Seated on the very same window ledge we discussed earlier, I romance the cool morning air and imbibe the sight of fluttering leaves and the sound of twittering birds into my thirsty soul. My spirit doesn’t seem to thrive on things that enliven many of my peers – events, chatter and religion. Rather, it seeks the peace of unfettered nature, the freedom of religion-free godliness and the perfection of silence and solitude. These aspirations don’t exactly endear me to other people but what can I do – I shrivel when placed in the glare of social and cultural demands.

Sometimes I think that all of my soul resides in a mug of coffee had on a quiet, solitary evening enhanced by golden sunshine and pre-dusk birdsong. And at other trying times, my spirit hides inside me, in a phantom mug of coffee on an evening I cannot reach. I love art and good music and to dance but I love stillness most of all. The raucousness of parties and celebration, the strange and inescapable requirements of being an Indian, a woman and a daughter-in-law – they feel like echoes of a world that doesn’t really exist. All I know, is that I’m alive in a moment that is perfect, if only it was untainted by the illusory trappings of an unfair and rigid society.

Time up



I try out lives the way I try out clothes
Not this
No, not this either
Not exactly
And then it’s time up –
And I’m leaving the store
The way I came
With only the clothes on my back
And a question in my heart
That remains unanswered.