Durga Pujo. The quintessential Bengali annual gala. Months of prep leading to the epic finale- the 4 (now 7) days of endless pandal hopping, sumptuous breakfast, lunch, dinner spreads, and late-night snacking. Unlimited Adda, getting stuck in the never-ending traffic at 3 am, long queues to the pandal, and the ultimate pushing and pulling to … Continue reading Pujor Khichudi 2020
We are at War. It’s Us vs It. It's crazy what a virus can do to our lives. Just a few days back we were going around freely, doing things that we needed to and didn’t need to. And then ‘you know who’ struck, and we all started running for a place to hide. When … Continue reading Life in times of Corona
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
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
Food forms a very integral part of the life at IIMA, for two very critical reasons Good food is essential to instil that extra energy that all of us need desperately. Prompt and quick service, 24*7 to ensure that you get whatever you crave and whenever you crave- to act as potent stressbusters So, to … Continue reading Campus Bites: Places to eat inside IIMA
“May Day. May Day. Crash landing imminent. Brace yourselves for impact. “ That’s the kind of message getting broadcasted in our minds right now. It’s been 2 weeks into the PGPX regime, and we are way past the ‘dreamy-eyed-so-excited-to-be-here’ phase. Reality has hit us, and hit us hard. From campus hopping selfie taking new recruits, … Continue reading PGPX Diaries, Chapter 2: Classes, Cases and Crashes
This is Sparta. That is exactly the kind of feedback that I got from every alum I had tried to speak to when I had finally got a call for PGPX, at IIM, Ahmedabad. But such is the charisma of the institute that despite getting calls from some other top institutes from the country, I … Continue reading MBBS to MBA: 1st Day at PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad
Every year, this time round, I am hit by severe Agoraphobia- fear of going out in public places. And I have my father-in-law to blame for that. The condition was still manageable five to six years back, but since then things have gone severely downhill. The fact that I cannot possibly find a cure for … Continue reading My V-Day hitch !
Taking a sip from the freshly brewed makaibari tea Prasad had just served him, Lebuda glanced on the day’s paper. It had been a week since his last case, and he was feeling bored. Patesh had called him up last night to enquire about his health. “Bhalo achi re….”, he had replied. Physically there wasn't … Continue reading The Curious Case of Lebuda
Kolkata is a city of laid back charm. People here romanticize the rains, believe in slow fashion, and savour their bhat ghoom (siesta). The old cabins and kitchens of Kolkata still reverberate this culture. There was a time before the avalanche of swanky malls and sleek cafes, when a stroll by the maidan, a movie … Continue reading Cabin Kotha – A dying culture
Weekends present me with a unique dilemma. How to best utilize the two days of much needed break I get from work? Having exhausted all possible avenues in the city, over the past few months, makes it a grim issue. I was brooding over this perennial weekend crisis, when I saw posters of “India Story” … Continue reading The India Story
I still remember the time my wife gave me the news that we were pregnant. I couldn’t help but scratch my head in bewilderment, “What? Really? You sure? Should we...mmmm check again? “ But the one cardinal thing that the few years of marriage has taught me is not to question the statement of the … Continue reading And thus, I became a father !