Jhalmuri and More, Eat Cheap in Kolkata

Kolkata and suburbs take immense pride in her food culture, a blend of authentic Bengal, age old rituals, the heady hangover of colonial cocktail and essentially Nawabs. Of course there are Maach (fish), Mishti and More, but I am here to talk about the cheap eats of Bengal, which shall cost you somewhere around INR […]

Dakini Yogini: the Demons of Kalipuja

As I am writing this blog post, my forefathers from past 14 generations, along with a school of “Pretatma”, the disappeared souls with desire for Earthy pleasure have been unleashed from the hell. The smokescreens shall appear in the alleys. This is their night. Are you prepared to treat them with the relish of 14 […]

Monsoon in Goa

Dil Chahta Hain because, “Tumse na Ho Payega” generation we are! Little did Farhan Akhtar planned a travel industry boom while directing his debut masterpiece “Dil Chahta Hain”. We are the whole lot of Indian Blokes who grow up watching Bollywood while falling in love with the next door guy or playing the sad tunes […]

Kolkata Durgapuja: A Melancholy

If I have to tell you to come visit Kolkata, I need to tell you all about Durgapuja. All of it. The annual homecoming session is Durgapuja for the whole of Bengal. Hindu Bengalis believe the Goddess Durga takes a break from her household in Kailas and comes to her maternal home with four children. […]

My Goa Wardrobe Staples!

“I could live in a sari; I was born to wear a sari.” Vidya Balan, Bollywood actor   My love for Sarees knows no bound. I have seen my mother, aunts, grandmother wear nothing but a piece of Saree and trek the Himalayas or swim in the Bay of Bengal. The seemingly meek confrontation of […]

Punch Drunk in Love: Goan curries!

Making love with Goan food is easier compared to putting effort into blossoming a full fledged romance with a human love interest, in my opinion. I have made merry by the Konkan coastline in bright sunny wintry days as well as sultry monsoon evenings. Here is a fond ode to the esoteric food scene of […]

Romancing the Konkan Coast: Goa beaches

Hampi‘s ruins instilled an emptiness in my mind, never foretold. 9/11 with horrid visuals of twin towers crumbling to dust had been the only profound destruction I ever witnessed, with the panic stricken voices of United 73 airlines to jostle with the Islamic extremists to bring the aircraft down. I needed the sense of comfort […]

Darjeeling, my Himalayan abode!

[A tale of traveling in Darjeeling, a town of West Bengal, India for 2 nights by a group of five friends. Primary intention was to get drunk and make merry. But when in Darjeeling, expect to be enchanted.]   Romantic Bengali will remain punch drunk in love with Darjeeling forever and ever. My mother has […]