Yazdani Bakery : Vintage charm

Food, India, india travel, mumbai, Photography

Tucked in the noisy bylanes of Fort, Mumbai, amidst printing and stationary shops is Yazdani Restaurant and Bakery. Opened in 1953, it is one of the few remaining Irani bakeries in Mumbai. The bakery offers a wide variety of breads, cakes and biscuits. Regulars like me go for their apple Pie, Multigrain Bread, ginger buiscuits and we never miss their rum cakes around Christmas. If you want to experience old world Mumbai, a visit to Yazdani is a must.  And don’t forget to try this chai and bun/brun maska!!



(C) Vandana Kandpal



Chinatown, Singapore

Food, Photography, Singapore, Chinatown, Travel

Back to sweltering Mumbai after a refreshing holiday. I was lucky to be able to visit my favorite Chinatown thrice, while in Singapore. Not to mention the two beautiful Chinese tea sets I picked up, apart from enjoying traditional Cantonese cuisine and Dim Sums at Tak Po!



(c) Vandana Kandpal



(C) Vandana Kandpal



(C) Vandana Kandpal


(c) Vandana Kandpal

Mouth-wateringly Delicious!

Food, India, india travel, Photography, Street, Travel


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This traditional Indian dessert will make anybody’s (who’s grown up in India) mouth water. These are Gulab Jamuns,  fried milk solid dumplings soaked in cardmom and saffron flavored sugar syrup. The Halwai (confectioner) in the picture is making sure that the fried hot dumplings soak every bit of the flavored syrup.

Hot syrupy Gulab Jamuns topped with vanilla ice cream is a popular combination any Indian will swear by!



Are these Peach blossoms? The Blue Project #4

Fine Art, India, india travel, Nature, Patterns of Nature, Photography, Travel


With the  temperature here gradually soaring and the city preparing for the summer, I find myself thinking about the mountains. This image was taken a couple of years ago while exploring Sitla,  a charming little village in Kumaon, Uttarakhand, India, with an enchanting view of the Himalayas. The blossoms I am assuming are peach blossoms. What do you think?

Hungry Kya?

Food, India, india travel, Photography, Street, Travel


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Everytime I see this image, I am hungry and I feel a twinge of regret. If only i had stopped by to taste some.  Bhature and a variety of Pakoras at the Mall Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. And wait a minute, do I also see a Samosa?

Knesset Eliyahu Synagogue : The Blue Project #3

Fine Art, India, india travel, Photography, Street, Travel

The bright blue and white Knesset Eliyahu Synagogue stands tall and proud in the heart of Kala Ghoda, Mumbai. A reminder of good and prosperous times and the  significant contribution of the Jewish community in the commercial development of Bombay.

The Synagogue was covered in tarpaulin and scaffolding for restoration around the time the image was taken, hence I could only click a part of it.


(C) Vandana Kandpal