In picture: Colors of Naropa Festival: A Photoblog

The pride in her face!A Ladakhi lady in traditional dress and headgear, before the celebration of Naropa Festival began! I love region specific festivals since they bring you closest to the people. Despite extreme geographic condition set amid a bleak mountain landscape, Ladakh’s population is a fun loving as well as colorful lot! A school […]

Naropa Festival: Tracing Back Antiquity at the Kumbh mela of Himalaya at Hemis Monastery, Ladakh

The Naropa Festival at Ladakh, High Passes of Himalaya: Touching the Peaceful Soul of Ladakhi Culture Offering peace and love from Hemis Monastery, Ladakh to the world! A riot of colours splashed against the bleak mountains of highlands of Ladakh as the monks from Hemis monastery emerged from the fold of barren lifeless Ladakhi mountains. The […]

Bijoya Sammiloni: A Trip Down the memory lane with Food Spread and Familia!

Post Puja depression is a real thing in a Bengali’s lifespan. And whom to blame? In the dingy old alleys of Kolkata, the festivities bring is an unprecedented light. It ushers the old metropolis with a much-needed splurge of energy, a measure to sustain the ensuing mellow winter, cruel summer and deluge rendering monsoon! Pin […]

An Essay on a Trip to Shillong and Meghalaya for a Week

Chasing the Scotland of the East: Shillong-Cherrapunji-Mawsynram tour for a week! We descended from the steeps of Bomdila,  Arunachali Himalayas rather quick and entered into the warm embrace of the Khasi Jaintia hillside in a day, fourteen hours of road-trip to be precise! Verdant landscapes and still bodied Umiam quickly formed a layer on our memory, […]

Bridging the Border: In Search of Bangladeshi food in Kolkata: Kasturi Restaurant!

Kasturi Restaurant: One of the Best Bengali Restaurants in Esplanade Area! I heard of Kasturi during my internship days in a famous Dharmatala hotel. It was a monthly ritual of the staffs to host an occasional party at Kasturi, despite them being working at one of the best Bengali restaurants in a star category hotel! […]

Finding the Best Assamese Thali from the High Roads of Assam: A Necessity of North East Roadtrip!

The Assamese Thali: Highlight of North East Roadtrip! Travelling Northeast India calls for long hours of being on the road! Which also means a handful of exciting meals. It is the roadside Dhabas en route Guwahati to Tawang where I tasted the best of Assamese food! An Assamese Thali is a huge spread of really good […]

Bonedi Barir Durga Puja of Kolkata: Photo-walk in the Century Old Heritage Houses Amid Celebration!

The Bonedi Bari Durgapuja of Kolkata: A Forgotten World? In a Durgapuja world of abstract themes, artistic prowess and the overwhelming feel of a grand carnival, the Bonedi bari Durgapujas of Kolkata beams with pride of heritage! For the uninitiated, Durgapuja was celebrated in the old Rajbari (the royal palaces), the elite families, most Hindu […]

How to Ride the Kolkata Metro Rail or Subway: Insider Tips from a Local Girl!

Metro Rail or Subway? What is in a name! The Kolkata Metro Rail is the underground (mostly) public commute system running since three decades and diligently connecting two parts of the city, north and south, Dumdum to Tollygunge. As the city of Kolkata grew with time with more people and started engulfing more spaces from […]

Durgapuja 2018 in Kolkata: A Complete Guide to the Grandest Bengali Carnival!

Durgapuja 2018: To be or not to be in Kolkata (Your complete travel guide to experience the Durgapuja 2018 in West Bengal!) The first memory of Durgapuja in my mind is of Purulia Express, along with a huge pile of the crowd, jostling with the urgency of an army evacuation on the 8 number platform […]

Where the Durga Pratimas are Made in Kolkata: A Photowalk in Kumartuli!

The History of Kumartuli: Where Bengal’s Durgapratimas is Born! Back in 1932, the Bonedi Barir Durgapuja (the Durgapuja celebration of royals) of Kolkata was slowly dying as British took off their interest and finances from the grandeur of religious celebration to elsewhere. The era stood witness to an eventual transit to the Barwari Pujas (a […]