A town called Jamshedpur

I first saw it in the stories of my husband’s boyhood: when he told me about fishing in the local river with his bare hands and when he described the tough climb of the adjoining hills. When he told me about the ghost that changed shapes and the tortoise that came home. There were also …

A taste of Sichuan at The China Kitchen

As strange as it may sound, it is not wrong to say that Chinese is the most popular Indian cuisine. It is after all India's most popular food -- from Gobhi Manchurian in Bangalore to Chilly Paneer in Lucknow, from Hakka noodles in Calcutta to cheese fried rice in Udaipur Chinese food is everywhere in …

Calcutta’s Durga Puja: the biggest art festival in the world

http://www.instagram.com/reel/CU40N9HFAsp/ Many refer to Durga Puja as world’s largest art installation; others think of it as a 5-day carnival open to all. The festival might mean different things to different people but Durga Puja pandals remain the undisputed pivot around which the festival is centered. While every pandal and idol in Kolkata is unique in …

How Bengal got its Badi Pujos – and how they became community events

Durga Puja may be an ostentatious community festival now, but it has its beginning in the humble harvest festival of rural Bengal that was celebrated in the courtyards of the wealthy landlords to pay respect to the farmers.  At the cusp of winter, when the winter chill is a few months away and the summer …

Who is That Girl In Muddy Boots and what does she do?

So, a lot of you are new here. And many of you are confused about this funny handle. You see, like most of us 5 years ago, I had given in to get a catchy name for my page. The intent was to stand out rather than be lost in the slew of accounts - …

Best Gifts This Season

With the impact of Covid looming large and small businesses striving to keep their shops running, this can also be a great way  to support your favourite brands and people.

Food and Travel Writing Workshop with Anubhuti Krishna

October Dates: 9-10th October and 23-24th October Every once in a while a young, to not so young aspiring writer reaches out to me for help. It is mostly on Social media or email and I almost always reply too -- in whatever way I can. Writing however is a long and subjective topic, it …

Calcutta: A 330-year-old love story

A monochrome view of the city of Kolkata ©ABIR ROY BARMAN/Shutterstock.com It is impossible to date Calcutta, and yet, in its modern avatar, Calcutta has a date of birth, all thanks to the British and their record keeping. Its official birthday makes Calcutta exactly 330 years old this year.  Memorial of Job Charnock, the man …

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