He’s portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi. In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centres and malls are changing the fabric of Indian life, Puri’s main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when more challenging cases come his way,… Continue reading
It was all very cloak and dagger. One winter morning last year, I was told by an anonymous male voice on the phone to be outside a certain abandoned movie theatre in Delhi’s Old City at a certain time. I was to come alone. “We will be watching.” I did… Continue reading
Most of the subplot in The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri #4) takes place at the site of one of the biggest Hindu pilgrimages in India, the shrine of Vaishno Devi. The shrine sits high up in the hills north of the city of Jammu in the northern… Continue reading
‘An unparalleled parallel system.’ That’s how Vish Puri refers to the informal courier service that transports most of the world’s diamonds back and forth between Bombay and Surat, capital of the world’s cutting and polishing industry.
Known as ‘Angadias’, the diamond couriers blend in with the general population, travelling on… Continue reading
Thin and round slices of potatoes dipped in a thin layer of besan and deep fried are a delight to relish
Crispy golden yellow aloo pakora teamed with hot masala chai is a stealer. You can relish the mouthwatering aloo pakora along with your spouse or with a group of… Continue reading
This is one of Puri’s all time favourites – a tangy dish of marinated chicken and a makhani sauce created by mixing cream, butter, tomato puree with various spices, including cumin, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, pepper and fenugreek leaves. The dish was created at the old Moti Mahal Delux restaurant in… Continue reading