Hailing from a typical bengali family in Kolkata, Satyajit Ray and Feluda have been as organic to me as macher jhol and nolengur ever since childhood. And why only me! It would not be an exaggeration if I say that Ray and his works have been a part of our being. From the suave bong … Continue reading The Satyajit Ray Short Film Festival @ Nandan
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
It’s Panchami and I am fretting around trying to figure out how to fit in those extra plans into my already packed schedule. Yes, it’s the Pujas in Kolkata and the next few days are going to be a hurricane. Three night outs, four day trips, two evening Addas, the Ashtami Anjali and Bhog- I … Continue reading Durga Puja- A Bengali’s Organized Mess
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?
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.
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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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
What kind of a "Jamai" are you? The good, the bad or the ugly?
Poila Baisakh has come a long way. From being a “common” essay in exams, to a blog post. From home cooked malaikari to Bhojohori. From Satyajit Ray to Jungle Book (3D). Ever since I remember, though, the reason behind celebrating another new year was never quite clear to me. Doesn’t mean I was complaining though! … Continue reading Poila Baisakh- From Essays to Blogs
With Holi knocking on our doors, this is perhaps the best time to share our thoughts about the occasion ! Some Mythology gyan The Term Holi stems from “Holika”, who was said to be the evil aunt of Prahlad, the son of demon king Hiranyakashipu. Unlike other Ideal sons of the country, Prahlad was not … Continue reading Holi Moly
It was a fine spring afternoon on the 18th of March, as the connoisseurs and dignitaries of theatre, literature, art, movies and food all gathered together to attend the event of ‘Soul Food’ organized by Blu, Aauris. The innovative concept of serving authentic Anglo-Indian cuisine taking inspirations from the culinary nuances of the British Raj … Continue reading Soul Food @Blu, Aauris
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
All good things come to an end. And so does Durga Puja. No matter how much we manage to squeeze in to those 4 days of pujas (or is it 7 now?), the pain following Bisorjon is excruciating. And that’s why ‘Pujo asche’ always beats ‘Asche bochor abar hobe’. Infact, the preparations for it begin almost … Continue reading The Puja Paradigm- Then and Now