Check out the Tapers Section on the official Grateful Dead website for a fine selection of the band’s music from the 1960s onward. It’s completely free and immensely enjoyable.
Earlier this year, when A Bit of Sunday moved to Cambridge Layout in Bangalore, the store remained closed on Sundays, prompting inane jokes among regulars. This time, they’ve done away with entire sections such as clothing, ceramic ware and stained glass. The favourites remain—such as the Kreeda board games (Rs300-750), where you can pick up ‘chaupad’ (‘pacheesi’) and ‘paanch kone’. While the good stuff is all there—terracotta handicrafts, wrought-iron dolls, prayer bells, wind chimes, masks and murals—the layout is smaller.
42, First floor, 7th Cross, Cambridge Layout, Ulsoor (25553796). Daily, 10.30am–7.30pm (Jaideep Sen)
Sadar Bazaar in Delhi shelters around 100 umbrella vendors. This vendors’ bazaar has been around for 50 years, according to Radhe Shyam of Raj Kumar Classic Umbrella, which opened in 1979. He says sales all over India are good these days and the Chinese competition is not a problem.
Toliawali Gali, Sadar Bazaar
These oven-roasted ‘khasta kachoris’ are so light; they’re like a puff of air surrounded by a thin layer of garam masala and crisp bread. ‘Khasta kachori’ chaat is a Rajasthani street snack that’s disappearing from the streets of Mumbai. We found a nice version at Nila Mehta’s Snackxx. The package says “Oil—less than 10% ”, but they are still flaky. We got a pack (six kachoris, Rs50) one evening and still had room for a small dinner.
Poornima Apartments, B2, Ground Floor, 23 Peddar Road; Mumbai
(Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi)