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
25 km off the quaint little town of Shillong, the Mawphlang Sacred Grove is no ordinary forest. Stories of the Grove Beneath the thick carpets of mosses, moulds and algae lay buried ancient secrets, stories and legends of The Khasi Folks. According to the legend, the sacred groves of Mawphlang is protected by the local … Continue reading Mawphlang Sacred Grove
Monolith is a symbol of remembrance in Khasi Heritage. While the largest cluster of monoliths is in Nartiang village, Jaintia Hills, numerous Monoliths are strewn in the nook and corners of the cloudy valleys, tiny villages or the secret forests of Meghalaya.There are two parts to a monolith: the upright part is known as ‘Mehris’ … Continue reading Monoliths of East Khasi Hills
Be it the gang of college friends, the love-struck honeymooners or the happy family of four on their annual holiday - Goa is in the list of all Indian travellers. Add the firangs in the equation, and we arrive at an over-whelming number of tourists at this tiny yet delightful state, nestled in the west … Continue reading Hotels, Hostels or Home-stays: Where to stay in Goa?
Udaipur, the city of lakes, was the capital of Mewar, built by Maharana Udai Singh, in 1553, from whom it derives its name. It has become popular off late as a wedding destination for theme weddings, given the abundance of lakes and the Rajput era palaces. It attracts travellers from all over the world and … Continue reading Unboxing Udaipur
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
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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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
Asian food has always been my weakness and thus Bay Of Buddha just had to happen! This is the rooftop eatery of the Promenade Hotel on the beach road and boasts of a great ambience. The Vietnamese spring roll and Mushroom Yakitori were delicious. For those of you who are always counting your calories, the … Continue reading Bay Of Buddha @The Promenade, Pondicherry
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 ?
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