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At Momo I Am, Reinventing Comfort Foods of the Darjeeling Hills

At Momo I Am, Reinventing Comfort Foods of the Darjeeling Hills

At Reevu Wangdi’s Momo I Am, expect to be treated to comfort foods of the Darjeeling Hill but with added twists. The graffiti art on the walls will transport you to the 90s.

Road Trip: Northern & Central Oregon Coast

Road Trip: Northern & Central Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast is a celebration of scenic beauty. Impressive rock formations, old-growth forests, mesmerizing sunsets, views to die for…join us on a drive from Astoria to Cape Perpetua.

The Complete Guide to Shnongpdeng: Meghalaya’s Water Sports Capital

The Complete Guide to Shnongpdeng: Meghalaya’s Water Sports Capital

The first time I heard about Dawki, I was sitting in a 3 by 3 office cubicle. A colleague had just returned from a holiday in Meghalaya and she couldn’t stop gushing about the scenic beauty of the state. In the photograph on her phone, she was sitting in a kayak which seemed to be suspended in thin air above exquisitely clear, emerald-green waters. The shadow of the boat rippled on the riverbed. So clear was the water, one could count the pebbles and nuripathor! As she gushed about the many thrilling things to do in Shnongpdeng, I looked at image after image of boats afloat on the crystal-clear river and longed to be a part of that magical fantasyland.

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Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) Hike, Oregon

Tamolitch Falls (Blue Pool) Hike, Oregon

In Oregon’s picturesque Willamette National Forest, you can hike among conifers and along the Mackenzie River to the surreal, topaz blue Blue Pool.

Remembering La Bella, Ahmedabad

Remembering La Bella, Ahmedabad

Homesick and craving meat in Ahmedabad, I found a slice of home in a tiny eatery named La Bella. Run by Mrs Lobo, it serves Goan curries and comfort food.

My Introduction to Iftar: Beyond the Zakaria Street Ramadan Food Walk, 2018

My Introduction to Iftar: Beyond the Zakaria Street Ramadan Food Walk, 2018

Chaotic is the operative word to go by if you ever find yourself lost in the lanes and bylanes of Colootola during Iftar. An unfailing melting pot, Calcutta has always been a place where differences in cultural narratives are not only embraced and celebrated but also shared, often over food. Thus, it comes as no surprise when thousands throng the Ramadan celebrations around Nakhoda Mosque, sharing tables and opinions as they wait for the siren to mark the end of the day’s fasting. Nobody asks you your religious or ethnic identity. Nobody asks if you are a believer or not. You join the locals around rickety makeshift tables, perspiring and praying for a cool draught of wind while sipping on glasses of milky kesari chai. All around you, in brightly lit shops people holler for the best bargain and owners of street food stalls hang skewers of marinated meat from hooks, arrange delicate rolls of lachha, stir cauldrons of haleem in preparation for the evening. Nobody can tell at what point this chaotic come-together floods the confines of a religious ritual to become a carnival, a celebration of life, under the summer skies of Calcutta.

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Revolver, Darjeeling: A Home Away from Home

Revolver, Darjeeling: A Home Away from Home

Not so much a review as a warm recollection of why I return to the Revolver, a Beatles-themed hotel hidden in the hills of Darjeeling.

Field Notes: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Field Notes: Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

Hiking the Trail of Ten Waterfalls in the Silver Falls State Park in Silverton, OR is a lesson in the art of observation.

A Nostalgist’s Guide to Eating in Darjeeling

A Nostalgist’s Guide to Eating in Darjeeling

The only true downside of eating everything under the sun is that sometimes even renowned institutions can leave you in a state of tepid dissatisfaction. Heavy blows, if you have not only spent countless nights pondering on what to eat and where to eat in Darjeeling but also obsessing on menus to figure out what to order and then fantasised about particular dishes. My first foray into taking a bite out off the high street of Darjeeling cuisine turned out to be one such misadventure. Debanjan, my co-traveller on this trip who puts up with my questionable dining choices was pretty pleased with Ara by Bellevue when we walked in on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Chic with upholstery that can be described as urban hip, Ara is the newest gastropub to open its doors in Darjeeling.

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Lepchajagat: A Story of Change

Lepchajagat: A Story of Change

The lack of awareness about responsible tourism in the Darjeeling Himalayas is leading to a loss of cultural identity in hamlets like Lepchajagat. How can we help?