You can take a girl out of UP but not UP out of a girl. . As a kid buknu poori and buknu paratha was my staple food at my neighbor's place in Kanpur. Those were times when you could spend days at someone's house without having to worry about inconveniencing them or invading their privacy. We half grew up in neighbors houses, napping in their beds, playing in their lawns, eating in their kitchen. In fact we almost half grew up in their house. . . The lady of the house, I called her Dadi, and her daughters, I called them bua, fed me the most amazing food every day. It was very different from the food made in our house because they belonged to another community. They were Banias, and we were Kyastha. So even though the basic ingredients were same, the masalas and tadkas were different. And that made all the difference. Buknu was one such thing. . . A mixture of many spices, buknu, was not a part of our kitchen but I loved having it nonetheless. It was earthy, musky,tangy, sour, all at the same time. I looked forward to eating it at their place everyday - with Dal Chawal, or Pooris, or Paratha. . . In growing up we lose many things the flavours of our childhood are often lost too. With growing older and eventually moving out of Kanpur, I lost Buknu too. And it was not until earlier this year, when someone put it up here on Instagram, that inwas reminded of it. . . Incidentally I happened to go to Lucknow and managed to get a pack of buknu. And since that day, Buknu is back in my plate and every time I eat it, I am reminded of the large kitchen and even larger hearts if our neighbors. . . #delhi  #travelgram  #india  #indiantravel  #solotravel  #writersofinstagram  #wanderlust  #travel  #travelwriting  #huffposttravel  #travelwriter  #instatravel  #instawriting  #instafood  #indianwriter  #indiantraveler  #bbcgoodfood  #foodgawker  #huffpostgram  #upkakhana  #indianfood  @thefeedfeed  @buzzfeedfood  @buzzfeedtasty  @lonelyplanetfood  #huffposttaste  #lonelyplanetfood #apbcookstudio #masaladay #buknu #spices #indianspices
We all know #ruskinbond as a writer of innocent stories, but do you know, this little novella, The Sensualist, caused much distress to him once upon a time? . . . . Written during the emergency, it had him arrested from his home in Musoorie and taken all the way to Bombay. The litigation lasted years. Needless to say, Bond swore never to get near any controversy again. . . The book is not his best work if I may say so - it seems forced upon him - he did force himself to write the series for #debonair in the 70s. . . Having read all his books I had to get this one too (God bless #amazon, else I'd have never found it) but it's the only book I have left midway. No, there's no sex or porn or even graphic details - it's just not him. But I'm glad I have this book in my collection. . . Do you have any such books from Bond? . . . Link up on bio, guys! . . #ruskinbondbirthday #ruskinbond #writersofindia #writingonbed #writersblock #indianbooks @penguinindia @ruskin___bond #thatgirlinharleem #thatgirlinmuddyboots #shortstories #fiction #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #instabooks #bookworm #booklover #ruskinbondbooks #landour #controversialbooks #debonairmagazine #sensuality #people #places #stories #adultliterature #adultfiction
On his birthday, a story I had done many years ago when I had just started to write. . . I did one recently too, which I await. I should have written it sooner for it to be out today, but then, writing takes it's own course and am sure he would knows that. . . . The story is up on the website @thatgirlinmuddyboots and also on @huffpostindia do take a look. . . #ruskinbondbirthday #ruskinbond #writersofindia #writingonbed #writersblock #indianbooks @penguinindia @ruskin___bond #thatgirlinharleem #thatgirlinmuddyboots #shortstories #fiction #writersofinstagram #bookstagram #instabooks #bookworm #booklover #ruskinbondbooks #landour #rb
Finally finished two long overdue stories. Now I can breathe - before getting started with at least half a dozen that is. . . . Can you guess at least one? . . . . P.S. This is one of my most favorite pictures ever! . . #indiansummer #indianwriter #ruskinbond #indianfiction #ruskinbondbirthday @penguinindia #writersofinstagram #pelicanink #kawecosport #bookeh #travelwriting #soulwriting #shortstories #poetsofinstagram #thattravelgirl #forkinmyluggage #indianbooks #bookworm #writers #reading #thatgirlinmuddyboots #thatgirlinharleem #instawriting #landour #doon #onstabooks