Category: India

A Solo Trip

Last month I traveled half-way across the world to see my Dad. It was a solo week-long trip and had none of the highs associated with travel. I know that 22 hour-long flights are painful no matter how fun the destination or how great the company…but this trip stood out as one of the most trying ones yet. Mostly for personal reasons.

My Dad was … Read the rest

Durga Pujo in Kolkata, India

Let me start by saying Durga Pujo in Kolkata is not your usual Pujo, a word that roughly translates to “offering of prayers to a deity.” It’s not about penance, abstinence, or thriftiness. Think of all the fun festivals around the world. Dare I say Rio? New Orleans?

Okay, now that we are in the right direction, let’s add a fierce goddess (DurgaRead the rest

‘Tis the Season to Chill

Growing up in Calcutta (ok fine, Kolkata), I was exposed to celebrations of various countries and communities, and Christmas was a big part of it. I will be damned if any kid will let go of a festival which involves stockings full of presents, cake and pudding, and best of all, a holiday.

India is home to Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, not just Hindus so we … Read the rest

Crispy Dosas, Bag Loops, and Other Stories from India

We are back from a month-long stay in Kolkata, having touched upon Mumbai, and for the briefest of time, Frankfurt. We flew for 8 hours straight, twice in a day, and then some more. We had a three-year-old with us, and it was his first time on a plane. Apart from not being too keen on wearing seat belts, we think he handled it pretty … Read the rest

Back from The City of Joy

Blasts in Mumbai…again!

Mumbai is the city where I met my husband, it is where I lived and worked for over a year. The financial capital of India, it is undoubtedly the safest city for women in the country. The roads are always battling traffic snarl-ups but it’s a place where hard work and entrepreneurship are appreciated. It has the glitzy trappings of a big city, complete with … Read the rest