You can love it, you can hate it but surely you cannot ignore it! Well that is pretty much what Delhi is. From being the country’s power capital since ancient times, Delhi goes on to be a food lovers’ paradise and the fashionistas’ perfect fix. And trust me when I say Delhi and Winter- is … Continue reading Delhi Dreams
The last 500 steps were a daze. Our shirts could have yielded a bucket of water if squeezed, and our calf muscles felt like a thousand pins were being pricked into them. We were panting for breath, and taking even more step was a task. If you think you have stumbled upon some literary fiction, … Continue reading The Living Root Bridges of Cherrapunjee
The atheists may disagree, the sceptics may frown but there are moments in our lives when we feel closer to The Divine. For what a rationalist would call an “AHA” moment, they come mostly serendipitously and for other instances they have to be planned … yes much like the vacations and getaways! It was the … Continue reading The Near God Experience- Gurudongmar
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!
Summer and weekend getaways in my part of the world are like chalk and cheese. Well, at least it was so until we visited the beautiful village of Boranti (Baranti) in the Purulia District, at about this time last year. BARANTI FACTS: Surrounded by the Panchkot Hill at one side and the Biharinath Hill on … Continue reading Baranti- A Spring Retreat
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
With the International Kolkata Book Fair having kicked off, it was time for us to pay our annual visit. It is a tradition of sorts for people in Kolkata - a quintessential part of the blink-and-you-miss winter here. You don’t question why - you just go! The fair had lost some of its sheen when … Continue reading Have you Booked your date yet ?
The Bongs have long left their abodes, and have traveled to all corners of the globe, settling down in foreign lands and making it their own - soaking in local flavors and becoming a part of the global race. So what is it that still unites the Bongs the world over? It is their desire … Continue reading A Day Out in the City
Pondicherry is a food lover’s paradise. The White Town or French Quarter, is strewn with eateries, and is as delicious as it is pretty and pastelly. Cafes, bakeries, ice-cream parlours, uber fancy dining options, plain Janes serving simple yet delicious food- you name it and Pondy has it! Needless to say, it was an 'Alice … Continue reading Eating Out in Pondicherry
It was on the evening of Halloween, when having nothing much to do, I decided to embark on a trail to the haunted places in Kolkata, with my friends. Of course I had done my research and knew the top sites in the city, but having someone well versed in the game would increase our … Continue reading The Haunting 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
Bathed by the Bay of Bengal, infused with colors and cleanliness, Pondy is rather an affectionate nickname coined for the ecumenical Union Territory of Puducherry. The trip to Pondicherry was a much cherished one. While a few acquaintances questioned our plan to spend 4 whole days in Pondicherry as there are not enough touristy things … Continue reading Pondicherry – The City with a Split Personality