Updated on January 1, 2020
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
Updated on September 19, 2019
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 (Durga… Read the rest
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
Updated on September 19, 2019
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
If I had to pick one of the many, many things that make living in a country different from the one you grew up in, a fun experience, I would go with the “fun of fusion.” You take a bit of this, an idea from that, and boom, you have a new favorite.
When on the road, in a country quite different from the ones I am used to, I always skip the continental spread in favor of the local favorite. Some countries like to start their day with a helping of the mild-mannered miso soup while others find solace in hearty sausages but for now let’s just classify all dishes under the broad categories of savory and … Read the rest
Updated on February 2, 2018
Today being the first day of August, I had half a mind to rant about the diminishing sunlight and lack of holidays this month brings forth. But as you can see here, Slate has beat me to it. If you read the piece you will find that even the staunchest August-skeptic has to admit that there are plenty of good things that happened this … Read the rest
If you like to travel and haven’t spent the last few months under a rock, I am assuming you have seen a rise in articles laying down guidelines about how women should dress, talk, and walk, when visiting India. To me, that sounds restrictive, and I would not want to visit a place that curbs my freedom and suppresses my individuality. As someone who has … Read the rest
School means different things to different people, few of them having anything to do with lessons learnt from tattered textbooks. Oh yes, all that is very much there but the things that take precedence over algebra and history are the friends we make, the lunches we share, the promises we break, and those that we keep, and of course, the teachers. The ones who take … Read the rest