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The real taste secrets of a country’s food are hidden in the kitchens where its broiled. That authentic taste can only be created in those timeworn pots, with the home grown food ethos, with the practice of mulling the spices a certain way and with the panache of the sous-chef. I truly believe, if you want to deepen your culinary experience beyond just tasting food in local restaurants, go for a cooking class.Getting your hands dirty in a local kitchen is the best way to discover the nuances and details of a country’s taste. Quite fortunately, Srilanka offers a lot of cooking classes. Also, most of them are quite authentic, as they take you in their real home or restaurant kitchens to show what goes in making that delicious plate of curry & rice. Sometimes, they may also have a spice garden that they may like to show you around.…

Being from India, I always took notice of Srilanka, the tear drop shaped island just at the South base of my country. Having said that I missed (sometimes even skipped) chances of visiting this emerald island several times in life. Not sure why? May be I thought it’s going to be similar to India in many ways or it’s so close and I can go there anytime. Whatever the reason was it wasn’t justified. This was my wise realization in my recent trip to Srilanka to celebrate 33 years of my life and bring in 2019! So, what took me 33 years of life to finally decide to explore Srilanka? Well, few reasons but all very important: With a 2-year-old (who thinks he can do all), you want a short flight (from Dubai it’s just a 4 hrs flight for us) There are very few countries (within 4-5 hrs flight…

The Great Rann of Kutch, a dehydrated, monochrome and unwelcoming desert landscape spread over 7,500 square kilometers in Gujrat, India, ironically always had a very calling effect on my travel feet. At a younger age, images of Kutch made me wonder, if at all anyone could go there… because I could not see any route in or out of those hostile images…. All I could see was infinite cuts and cracks in a piece of earth. Several years later in 2012, on my honeymoon road trip across 5 states and over 3000 kilometers in India, I and my husband chose a very “un” honeymoon like stop over – The Little Rann of Kutch. Well, by then I had figured out that there is indeed a route to go into the barren lap of Kutch! Though google maps would still fail there : ) We stayed at Rann Riders, literally in…