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!
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
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
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 !
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
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
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
I am one of those women who can walk, run, jump, skip and dance in heels. But am I comfortable in those? Hell, no! Heels are painful. Period. There's no denying that. Some manage to bear the pain. But if someone claims that she is 'comfortable' in heels, then either she is a compulsive liar, … Continue reading View From the Heel-Top
Remember the Kaleidoscopes we had as kids? Mine was a red plastic tube with a glass hexagon inside and a few pieces of coloured glass which beautifully arranged themselves into a new pattern each time I looked. In college years, in my khadi-jhola-kohl phase, glass bangles used to be my favourite accessory. Now that I … Continue reading The Kaleidoscope