Peppy Twists to Summer Basics

Dressing up in Summers can often be nightmarish for people like us, thronging the tropics of the Earth. Specially for outings during the day, even the thought of heavy clothes and chunky, metal jewellery is a blooper. From metal rashes, to melting makeup and from sweaty underarms to synthetics sticking to the body, summers can … Continue reading Peppy Twists to Summer Basics

What’s Cooking at UberDine?

When was the last time your friends cooked for you? Last month, perhaps? And when was the last time movie stars cooked for you? For me, it was yesterday. As I opened the Uber App on my mobile a little before noon yesterday, to book a cab to meet a friend, I saw the option … Continue reading What’s Cooking at UberDine?

A Walk through the Food and Festivities of Eid

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Eid-ul-Fitr, literally means the Feast or Festival of Breaking the Fast in Arabic. The smell of new clothes, the tinkle of colorful glass bangles, the joy of hugging fellow humans, and of course, the breaking of the rigorous month long fast, mark the day of Eid.

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Being a non-muslim, with few muslim friends, the entire month of Ramadan, and the day of Eid was never really a thing that I could celebrate with much zest. My only connection with it was via our apartment’s caretaker, Nanku.  Since the time I remember, he has been extremely old and frail, but whenever asked about how old he he was, he would say forty years  (he was stuck at forty from my age of five years to twenty-five years). He was one my best friends in my growing up years and I used to see him wearing new, starched kurta- pajamas every Eid…

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That’s a Deal: My Favorite Flea Markets in the Country

What’s better than food therapy? Retail therapy, of course! Well, my sister and I should most definitely sign up for Shopaholics Anonymous, but this is an addiction we would rather keep. The only bad thing about shopping however is, it costs money. Well, I don’t see the Utopian idea of free stores being a reality … Continue reading That’s a Deal: My Favorite Flea Markets in the Country

Dolly’s – The Tea Shop: Certainly my Cup of Tea

Looking for that perfect Cuppa ? Here’s where you should be 🙂

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This one used to be a usual haunt for me a few years back, but somehow, with the appearance of so many adda joints around, it got sidelined for months and years. This is the place which made me fall in love with tea, and made me understand that it is so much more than a syrupy hot brown liquid.

Today when i visited Dolly’s after years together, the place greeted me just like it used to. As I sat down in my favourite corner, a rehydrating shot of cold water with salt and sugar was given to me, along with a cool wet tissue to wipe off the sweat and grime. This was such a wonderful gesture in the sweltering heat of summer afternoons, that I instantly fell in love with them once again.

I am a sucker for their Corny-Cheesy Sandwich and also their Orange Julep. But I…

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Let’s Show Off!

Aren't we all tired of two diametrically opposite views of India, by firangs? It's either a picture of a poor, dirty country, with everyone living on the streets in a deplorable condition; or it's that of an unreal opulence, tigers and elephants, palaces and pearls, and velvety grandeur. And such a partial and distorted image of … Continue reading Let’s Show Off!

Kolkatar Dosh Kaahon: Ten must do things in Kolkata

     1. Walk through the Gorer Math Gorer Math, or the Maidan, symbolizes two very contrary passions of us- the Bengalis. Dotted with over 75 sports clubs, small and big, it beautifully reflects Bengal’s madness about sports. On the other hand, the Maidan is synonymous with our carefree spirit mixed with oodles of ‘lyadh’. It's … Continue reading Kolkatar Dosh Kaahon: Ten must do things in Kolkata

Bagore Ki Haveli-A peek into the folk culture of Rajasthan

Udaipur is a beautiful city, and it had enthralled me the moment I had seen it for the first time in January, 2012. Such was the attraction that I couldn't resist myself from going there again in October, 2015. I loved the City Palace, the Jag Mandir, the roof-top eateries, the shops selling knick-knacks, the … Continue reading Bagore Ki Haveli-A peek into the folk culture of Rajasthan

What the Cake !

When there's Xmas, there has to be cakes. Not the fancy ones we normally prefer round the year, like 'a little savoury ones' or the ones lined with exorbitantly  priced exotic fruits; but the good old fruit cake. The maximum variation would be plum or chocolate. But get anything fancier, and it will fail miserably … Continue reading What the Cake !

The New-Age Bong Biye

Gone are the days when the perfect Bengali wedding was about the Paka Dekha - Ashirbaad - Aiburobhat - Gaye Holud - Biye - Bashi Biye - Bhaat Kapor - Boubhaat regime. The entire Bangali clan is a sucker for celebrations and has included a hoard of new blingy 'rituals' to add the required spice … Continue reading The New-Age Bong Biye

That smell in the Air

Yes, it is that time of the year again. The countdown has begun, along with the meticulous planning to pack as much as possible, into those  4 days .Well, to be honest, it’s not 4 anymore, as we have somehow extended this to almost a week. But hey, who’s complaining anyway 🙂 Be it in books,Bollywood … Continue reading That smell in the Air

Red Eye Reduction

My father, like most fathers, is always worried about his children, but not so much about himself. My sister and her husband, Devlina and Archya, who happen to be doctors,  keep a hawk's eye over his health, to catch the slightest sign of any deviation. My father, on the other hand, has taken it upon … Continue reading Red Eye Reduction