The festive season is well and truly upon us, accompanied by enough traditional delicacies to last us till next Diwali! Our country has countless varieties of mithai and our cover story features Diwali sweets from all over India, some well-known and some unfamiliar to those of us who live out of that region. The festive fun continues with luxury blogger, Vishal Fernandes’ rendition of Thanksgiving festivities in his household. Although it is commonly known as an American festival, many Indian families celebrate this day to give thanks and count their blessings, with get-togethers filled with Indian and Western specialties. Our Culinary Maestro this issue, is hospitality stalwart, Chef Ajit Bangera, senior executive chef at ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. This highly respected MasterChef has established the award-winning restaurant, Avartana, which has broken mindsets with its contemporary and innovative South Indian dishes.