The Mother of All Festivals

At 5 in the evening the sky has already turned dark. There may be a few stars here and there but most of them are camouflaged by thick clouds that lurk low. There is no sight of the moon either, or maybe it is hiding somewhere behind the imposing hoardings dotting the skyline of the …

Chota Kothi — Back to Basics and Peaceful Existence.

Nestled between fluorescent green trees, crimson earth and clear azure sky, Chotta Kothi, located in the heart of West Bengal, is an inviting, warm, and charming place. Surrounded by an expansive thicket, inhabited by birds, bees, and fireflies, the cottage is perfect for a quiet weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the busy …

Sirsasana and Smoothie

When it comes to yoga, everything  becomes a trend –studios, apparel, mats, and now cafés. The latest trend in F&B, these quaint little places often come attached to a yoga studio; sometimes they are stand-alone too, either way they provide an opportunity to eat clean and green often in a contemporary and hip setting. Here …

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 The Roll

No one knows when it was first made, or how. Some say it was 'invented' when the British found it impossible to eat the roti and kebab combination using their fingers, others say it was created when the busy people of Calcutta (now that is an oxymoron), found no time to sit and savour their …