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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

This Holi, celebrate Basanta Utsav in Shantiniketan, West bengal

A prelude to Basanta Utsav in Shantiniketan During my life in Delhi, Holi came and was gone twice. The days preceding the event were usually filled with enthusiastic description of Bhaang, the experience from drinking that from the previous year, the preparation. My friends would order a swimsuit or two from online world, usually in royal […]

Bishnupur Temples: Rediscovering the era of Malla kingdom

Prologue: Bishnupur temples or Bishnupur silks (Baluchari saree) of Bankura are world famous. So are the horses of Bankura. I am a native of the district and may get a bit overwhelmed. Instead of a typical “things to do in Bishnupur”, I tried to share my personal experience as the old temple city with all […]

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 […]