Being loved to death: the Slow but Steady decay of Darjeeling!

Darjeeling Travel Guide: lepchajagat Sunrise

Dusty roads and rusty sky, golden rays shining on the peak of Mount Kanchenjunga and bucket list weary tourists sipping on the ubiquitous first flush from the first floor of Glenery’s, rowdy cabbies and Bhutia shawlwallas nudging each other for another prospect of a sale. During one such winter afternoon, Darjeeling appeared in front of … Read more

DURGA PUJA 2020: Stay Safe & Socially Distanced in the Age of New Normal

durgapuja Travel Guide 2020

About this blog: A guide to celebrate Durgapuja 2020 with essential tips of social distancing and safety protocols. That is if you are celebrating. If you are holding off the mass celebration for this year, and waiting for “Asche Bochor Abar Hobe” (next year, we will celebrate the festival of Durga Puja again), heartiest congratulations. … Read more

DARJEELING Mon Amour: Useful Travel Tips for the First Time Visitors

Tiger Hill Sunrise: kanchenjunga Sunrise Shot

About this blog: Planning a trip to Darjeeling and want to explore the pristine Himalayan hamlets of North Bengal? This travel guide will help you prepare for what to expect in Darjeeling and must know travel tips before visiting Darjeeling. These set of Darjeeling travel tips are furbished keeping in mind you are planning a … Read more

The Potato in Mutton Biryani of Kolkata and Where to Find The Best One!

Arsalan Mutton Biryani: Best Kolkata Biryani

About this blog: Kolkata biryani stands as a triumph on the face of food fascists. Not just the present political skirmishes but it survived the British colonists, the riot that rendered partition to the subcontinent and whatever followed suit. It made its way to the commoners from the lavish regal kitchen with elan. Unequivocally, it … Read more

Saras Mela: a Winter Handicraft Fair in Kolkata

About this blog: Indian folk art is not just sustainable, they are ecologically made out of scraps and take unforeseen aesthetic shapes. often times, they are the yield of a thriving cottage industry. Women folks of a village make them in their lone time, in between household chores and performing mammoth other responsibilities, which range … Read more

The Curious Case of Bankura Horses: India’s Quintessential Best SOUVENIR

terracotta horses of Bankura: indian folk art

About this blog: Bankura Horses (Bengali: বাঁকুড়ার ঘোড়া) are superior examples of ancient Indian folk art. Heavily revered for “elegant stance and unique abstraction of basic values” imbibed in this art form, Bankura horses are worshiped as Dharmathakur’s bahan and often symbolically sacrificed at “Thans”. The terracotta art-forms of Bankura horses have made entry to … Read more

A Death, Indian Spring and a month in Kolkata: Life in the Times of Corona!

[This is NOT a blog post to tell you to travel or not during the worldwide breakout of Covid 19 pandemic. I am writing this from a lock-down house in Bangalore. This is just an account of how life panned out in past one month, with a series of events occurring while Corona Virus took … Read more

7 Bengali Cultural Traits Reinstated as I attended a Family Wedding! (Photo heavy Blog)

About this blog: This is a photo-blog on traditional Bengali wedding celebration. It illustrates wedding rituals, Bengali culture, what we eat, how we roll and captures moments that I found evocative! One of my cousin brothers got married less than a month back! By the virtue of now-fading-but-once-thriving great Indian joint families, we had spent … Read more

Chittoda’s Dokan at Dacre’s Lane: Home to Kolkata’s Finest Street Food!

About this blog: Kolkata, the grandmother of all Indian mega-cities, has received many an accolade for her intense street food culture. Dacre’s Lane in Kolkata is one of the oldest surviving street food hubs, that traces back history in the eventful days of British Raj. The fact that Dacre’s Lane features few century old food joints, which … Read more