10 Things Not to do in Paris- Part 1

The idea of travelling in Paris can be intimidating but as long as you are mindful of basic Parisian dos and don’ts, there is no reason why you won’t have the time of your life in the city of love. Here is a list of things you must not do in Paris, and the things that you should be doing instead.

French Food Rituals: Eating with my French Husband Part 1

For my husband and I, being in an inter-cultural marriage (him being French and I, Indian) opened up a world of tastes and experiences. It has also made us confront some of our own cultural hang-ups around food, food-combinations and habits. Join me as I talk about some of my adventures in adjusting to my French husband’s food rituals.

The 1000 Silhouettes of Les Secrets de l’Opéra

This piece is about art that unlike the Opéra, quite understated, but quiet a fitting tribute to it nevertheless. It is called ‘Les Secrets de l'Opéra’. This piece of art is spread over the whole of Opéra metro station and consists of tiny silhouettes depicting scenes from within the Opéra Garnier.

Explore Paris’s Le Marais: A Different Side of Paris

Much of what we know as Paris’ architecture and style, was the result of the 17 long years of urban renewal project, led by Georges-Eugène Haussmann.This means that a lot of what we recognise as Parisienne style dates back to the 1800s. All except for Le Marais! Find out more about the beautifully preserved buildings and roads from medieval Paris.

Monsoon and Memories: Mangoes with a Pinch of Salt and Chillie

My mother left me a whole assortment of food: mutton with potatoes the way I like, a small piece of fish with mustard, a side of sticky rice that smelled like heaven, a crispy brinjal, lentils and lemon. And then a bit disjointed from the overall theme of the meal, was a bowl of raw mangoes grated fine and tempered with salt and chillies. Was it in lieu of dessert? It smelled of childhood memories.

Paris Secrets: Salvador Dali’s Sundial

Dali took the inspiration for this sundial from scallops! I mean, are we surprised? As you can see in the attached image, it is indeed scallop-y with bright blue eyes which are aflame, as an homage to the sun. The last detail is definitely my favourite: the hair cascading down is in the shape of the signature moustache twirl of Dali! Isn’t that a classic Dali twist at its best?

Short Stories to Read : A Sad Days List

When I am sad, there is nothing more comforting than reading some great author who not only writes about emotions that I am feeling, sometimes giving me the words to express them myself, but also produces a certain kind of melancholia that is essential to sooth the heart of the lonely and sad. It like being extended an embrace, that invites commiserating without wallowing.

5 Book about France for the Curious Francophile

These books would help unravel some of the anthropological conundrums of the French culture and people. And who knows, they might even inspire some of you out there to open your horizons and seek discovery and delight . If consuming only an external idea of French aesthetic is not your cup of tea, this list is for you.

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