#metoo, even though I wish I could say #notme

I have been thinking long and hard. I have read through every #metoo post that has appeared on my timeline in the last few days. I have felt the pain in each of them, I have understood the anger behind every story, and, needless to say, I see myself or someone I know in all of them. Even though I always knew molestation, harassment, and … Continue reading #metoo, even though I wish I could say #notme

Jagannath Puri: A Gem Discovered

Miles and miles of fluorescent green paddy fields covered in mist. A gleaming white Pagoda in the horizon. Impossibly blue skies with cotton candy clouds floating in and out of the frame. Patches of fluffy Kaash phool swaying to mild autumn breeze. And, among all this, the serpent of a road slithering majestically. No, I am not talking about some exotic location in the heart … Continue reading Jagannath Puri: A Gem Discovered

This Diwali Cut Lose Your Demons

Some weeks ago I cut my hair really short. Well, not that short by most standards, but short enough for me to take another look at the mirror to ensure it was me that I was looking at. My mother always had long, straight lustrous hair. She usually kept it tied up either with a handkerchief, or in a loose bun or a braid. But … Continue reading This Diwali Cut Lose Your Demons

Missing The Good Old Letter, this World Post Day

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone? Or should I ask if you ever got a  chance to write letters at all? For, a lot of us in today may have rarely written or received letter, it is the occupation of the old.  If you are over thirty however, chances are you have not only seen, but also written and received … Continue reading Missing The Good Old Letter, this World Post Day

This Mental Health Week, Learn How To Tame Your Mind

It happens so quietly that you cannot prepare for it, and before you know, you are enveloped in its grip so tight that escaping seems impossible. So what does one do? Does one sit in a corner with the head bowed, eyes shut, and arms tightly wrapped, waiting for it to leave, or does one stand up and fight? Battling with anxiety, stress, and depression … Continue reading This Mental Health Week, Learn How To Tame Your Mind

Calcutta’s Must-Try Street Food in Durga Puja

Come Puja and the city of Calcutta turns into a life-size food court. Streets are lined with stalls, people queue outside eateries, and plates full of food are passed between family and friends. Then there is bhog, the most important part of any Puja. On some days it comprises of simple khichdi and labda, on others it is a lavish fare of mutton curry, luchis, … Continue reading Calcutta’s Must-Try Street Food in Durga Puja

An Insiders Guide to Surviving Calcutta’s Durga Puja

There are two types of people in this world: one) who love Durga Puja, two) who hate Durga Puja. There is another tiny variety though — of people who hopped over the fence somewhere along the way. I belong to that category. Making the switch is not, however, the easiest thing even if you are a sucker of food, arts, music, and culture — elements … Continue reading An Insiders Guide to Surviving Calcutta’s Durga Puja

An Ode to Khichdi and How To Make It (the khichdi, not the ode)

Monday lunches are often Sunday leftovers. Not that I mind, especially if it happens to be Urad ki khichdi. While the world, at least a large part of it, thinks khichdi is a gooey mish mash of dal (often yellow), rice (often broken), and sometimes vegetables (ever tried the bong khichuri?) to me this firm yet soft mixture of urad dal and long grain basmati … Continue reading An Ode to Khichdi and How To Make It (the khichdi, not the ode)

Food Street of The Steel City

Every evening, after the sun sets in the steel city, the sky lights up. The orange glow can be attributed partially to the burning metal at the steel plant, and partially, to the illuminated carts of the food street in the heart of the town. Tatanagar was founded a little over 100 years ago when Jamshedji Tata decided to set up a steel plant here. … Continue reading Food Street of The Steel City