YOU KNOW YOU ARE AN ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER WHEN…

1. Travelogues turn you on

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Be it in the form of books, magazines, feature films, television shows or documentaries.  Pouring over pages after pages of travel related articles, sitting glued to your chair while watching a travel based show or listening to someone recount their adventurous travel tales excites you, entices you and makes you happy.

2. Researching a new place is your forte

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Discovering snippets of information on a town’s history, its art and culture, monuments or
tourist attractions is an immensely satisfying and rewarding experience. You would happily burn the midnight oil studying about a faraway land from the comfort of your own home.

3. Discussing different cities / cultures is your favourite pastime

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Exchanging information on rituals, beliefs, food, laws etc with other like-minded
people keeps you going. If you meet someone well-travelled, you pick their brains about their journey, what they saw and what they experienced.

4. You know as much about a place as a local resident

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You might not remember the last time you actually packed your bags and hopped onto  a bus / train / airplane, but you probably know more than an average tourist who  just visits the popular ‘touristy haunts’ and does not feel the need to explore, take in the
very essence of an area.

Actual travel may be limited to wishful thinking for you, but in no way means that you are unaware of the world around you. You might be an armchair traveller by choice, due to restricted time / resources or any other personal / professional reason but you know your lust for anything travel related isn’t lesser than anyone else.

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6 REASONS ONE SHOULD LEARN TO COOK #Burp

1. I COOK, THEREFORE I AM

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There is some comfort in the fact that if you were stranded on a deserted island with a kitchen and a fully stocked pantry, you wouldn’t die of hunger. Dying of boredom is another matter entirely !

Larning how to cook means that you don’t have to depend on your mom or the pizza delivery guy to satiate your hunger pangs. Ever ! Feeling independent doesn’t get any more awesome than this.

2. CREATIVITY ON MY PLATE

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Hundreds of ingredients, thousands of ways to combine them to create a million different delectable dishes ! Experimenting with flavours or cooking techniques invariably brings out your creative best. Having said that, not all experiments end in success. You just learn to take the disastrous ones in your stride. Putting your grey cells to work doesn’t get any more inspiring than this !

3. ALL AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLATES

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Every city, every town, every country has its own way with food. Exploring a place through its culinary heritage is educational , fascinating, not to mention an absolute treat for your taste buds. Imagine recreating and eating Waffles from Belgium, Tacos from Texas, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding from England and Tandoori Chicken from India ! Upholding your identity as the citizen of the world doesn’t get any more fantastic than this !

4.BEAUTY AND THE FEAST

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‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. No, this isn’t a decleration made by someone who flunked biology. Well, this much exhausted piece of advice wouldn’t have lived for this long if it weren’t true. And this applies not only for men, but practically everyone from your teacher to your dog. Winning someone over doesn’t get any easier than this.

5. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…

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Bake lemon cake, or tart, or curd. You will be appaled at the Plethora of things you can make from the same boring, old ingredients that you find in your fridge. We all know about comfort food, but we strongly believe that comfort cooking is also a thang. Cooking can be a stress buster and in some cases even therapeutic. Giving life your best shot doesn’t get any better than this.

6. #FOODSTAGRAM

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In this day and age, no one can possibly resist Food porn on Instagram. That moment of glory when you get more likes since you’re the one to have concorted a culinary masterpiece, is priceless. Impressing people doesn’t get any easier than this.