Singapore- Eat, Shop and Roam

Singapore has been on the spotlight for tourism for some time now- but off late there has been a splurge in visitors. It offers a good package for a short trip- exposure to different cultures, excellent local food, great shopping opportunities, quaint neighborhoods and friendly people. So when I got an opportunity of a week … Continue reading Singapore- Eat, Shop and Roam

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Travel Plates – Georgia

Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonald's? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria's mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled … Continue reading Travel Plates – Georgia

Arabian Tea House – A gateway to Dubai’s past

Today we'd talk about Arabian Tea House, Dubai.Old-timers still like to call it the Basta Art Café. It is not an exaggeration to call this neighborhood and eatery a cultural reference point of Dubai. A journey into Dubai’s past could well begin through the door of this quaint tea house in the Al Fahidi Historical … Continue reading Arabian Tea House – A gateway to Dubai’s past

Souq’ing up Dubai

It is likely that the Dubai of our imagination comprises skyscrapers soaring towards a cloudless blue sky, mega malls sitting in the once arid and empty landscape, rows of sports cars gleaming in the untiring sunshine, residents and tourists frolicking in designer swimwear on white sand beaches, and, perhaps, the odd camel. That vision is … Continue reading Souq’ing up Dubai

Gender Fluid Clothing & Grooming: Fighting the Pink Tax Menace

I remember going to a toy shop to buy a bicycle with my father, as a ten year old. Well, let me re-iterate, it was a bicycle I was looking for. Not a doll or a toy gun, which are more often than not slotted according to the gender of the kid, rather than their … Continue reading Gender Fluid Clothing & Grooming: Fighting the Pink Tax Menace

Coffee Museum Dubai – a hidden gem

For those of you who know us, would also know that me and my husband worship coffee (and tea!). Coffee for us is not just a beverage. It is like that comfort zone where you want to curl up after a crappy day or perhaps like a tight hug by a loved one when you … Continue reading Coffee Museum Dubai – a hidden gem

Dressing up for Durga Puja- ‘Pujo r Shaaj’

The wait for Durga Puja starts from the moment it ends. So while the earth takes its fair share of 365 and a quarter day to complete this wait, the lesser mortals like us plan, schedule, shop and hope for the best 5 fun filled days of the year. Needless to say 'pujo ashche' is … Continue reading Dressing up for Durga Puja- ‘Pujo r Shaaj’

Protha: Continuing the tradition of Art

As they say, a Saree is timeless. Not just in the lifetime of the original owner, but a Saree is often treated as an asset and passed on through generations. Given the endless possible permutations and combinations of weaves and threads and colours, sarees never get boring. However, a lot of us are unsure of … Continue reading Protha: Continuing the tradition of Art

Bhatiar Gali, Ahmedabad – food and more

I am being rather honest and upfront when I say that my palatte has a innate inclination towards non vegetarian food. However, during our year long stay in Ahmedabad, one of the culinary challenges was the procurement of good non vegetarian food or raw material. While I would be lying if I say I did … Continue reading Bhatiar Gali, Ahmedabad – food and more

Checklist, Kolkata

Coming back to Kolkata after a year is one of the last things any bong wants to do. Because given a choice - he would never leave the city in the first place. But then again, that was like a decade ago. Now things have changed, and so have the bong sentiments. Being away from … Continue reading Checklist, Kolkata

Sudder Street, Kolkata – Things to do

This was the place where Tagore penned his famous poetry 'Nirjhorer Swapnobhongo' in a sudden moment of epiphany. A place that was once looked down upon for its 'hippie culture', and availability of hashish and pimps alike, Sudder Street sure is that non conforming, defiant and Bohemian soul of Kolkata. Over the years it has … Continue reading Sudder Street, Kolkata – Things to do

Playing Tourist in your own City – Reasons why you should definitely do it

In life and times of 'bucketlists' and 'epic itineraries', the inevitable flipside is bored and broke!!! Afterall as much as we drool, gawk and crave for all the 'pinterest-y' destinations, we need to trudge through a lot of daily humdrum to plan and execute it. But does that mean we just sit back and sulk? … Continue reading Playing Tourist in your own City – Reasons why you should definitely do it