Calcutta’s Must-Try Street Food in Durga Puja

Come Puja and the city of Calcutta turns into a life-size food court. Streets are lined with stalls, people queue outside eateries, and plates full of food are passed between family and friends. Then there is bhog, the most important part of any Puja. On some days it comprises of simple khichdi and labda, on …

An Insiders Guide to Surviving Calcutta’s Durga Puja

There are two types of people in this world: one) who love Durga Puja, two) who hate Durga Puja. There is another tiny variety though -- of people who hopped over the fence somewhere along the way. I belong to that category. Making the switch is not, however, the easiest thing even if you are …

An Ode to Khichdi and How To Make It (the khichdi, not the ode)

Monday lunches are often Sunday leftovers. Not that I mind, especially if it happens to be Urad ki khichdi. Monday lunches are often Sunday leftovers. Not that I mind, especially if it happens to be Urad ki khichdi. While the world, at least a large part of it, thinks khichdi is a gooey mish mash …