The tale of the Ramen Bowl @Mizu

The day had come. The storm had risen. The final call was taken. And there she stood, finally going for dinner with her father. He was a simple man with a wrinkled nose. An upright posture and thin, pursed lips would make you believe he was a tough man. But only she knew how often…

The tale of the chicken dim sums

It was the year 2005. He was on his own. Gallivanting through the streets of Thailand. A bird flew past and he ducked. The world had truly changed. Even the birds had become a little too adventurous… Ambitious? Atrocious! Whatever it was that these new kids were feeding on, he wanted some of it. He…

The tale of the Grapefruit Gin & Tonic @liltmumbai

They looked at each other, stumped. There was an awkward silence weighing the air down. And all he did was stare. She met his eye, with a little bit of suspicion and some amount of concern. “No”, said she. Without giving him the chance to say a word. “But I haven’t even said anything yet.”…

The tale of the schezwan cheese pizza @shiv sagar

The moon sat atop a sea of clouds with the purple mountains giving it some company. The trees rustled as they admired the view. A twinkle here and a flashlight there. Dusk had its own beauty. And the three of them just sat there, looking out at the lush highway as the sun dipped its…

The tale of the Gimlet Soda @TrueTrammTrunk

Do you know that Gin and Tonic was first discovered in India? He took a swig of his premixed cocktail and said, “How does that make a difference to my life, son?” “Umm… you’re having something inspired by that, son?” “Yeah so what d’you want me to do? Clap?” “Why are you being such a…

The tale of the blue rice sushi @FooMumbai

She watched the television set as if her life depended on it—unblinking, hypnotised with the digital image and its myriad colours. It was the Miss Universe Contest 2019. There were so many contestants out there, from different parts of the world who had a darker skin tone than hers, but they looked so confident in…

The tale of the sweet soda lime

The tale of the sweet soda lime Take some time off and think. What do you want to be in life? How would you like to introduce yourself when you grow up? He sat there thinking, almost going cockeyed thinking of the possibilities. Chachu, I want to be a dog walker! “Are you serious about…

The tale of the prawn momos @busago

They met once in a year. He never got his eyes off her. She never stopped talking. And every time they met, it was like the time they first met… in Goa. That day was a special one. The sun was up. The birds were a little too chirpy. She walked out of her room…

The tale of the classic hummus @Bayroute

Write with a broken heart, it writes better than a pen. The ink oozes through the gashes, bleeding feelings onto the paper. And the story… well it only gets better. It’s the kind of catharsis you’re looking for, making you feel alive. Your heart loves to tell stories, it’s well known to be naive. Write…