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

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

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

An Ode To The Roll

No one knows when it was first made, or how. Some say it was ‘invented’ when the British found it impossible to eat the roti and kebab combination using their fingers, others say it was created when the busy people of Calcutta (now that is an oxymoron), found no time to sit and savour their meal. There is one more school of thought, which does … Continue reading An Ode To The Roll

In Tagore’s Backyard, Learning a Thing or Two

“Jodi tor daak sune keu na aashey, tobe ekla cholo re…” the words from Rabindranath Tagore’s famous song rang in my ears as I walked along the dusty path early in the morning. It may be a coincidence that I was walking in Tagore’s own backyard. The sole purpose of my visit to Bolpur, or Santiniketan, in any case was solitude. I had heard and … Continue reading In Tagore’s Backyard, Learning a Thing or Two