Category: India

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