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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

Food can foster brotherhood and harmony. Join us as we jostle through the crowds on Zakaria Street to partake of the Iftar Feast and learn lessons on humanity.

Revolver, Darjeeling: A Home Away from Home

Revolver, Darjeeling: A Home Away from Home

Back in 2014, I had to leave Calcutta to make Ahmedabad my temporary home. The initial mon kemon (a sense of longing that is hard to describe) mutated into an ennui that had me cursing my luck as I missed familiarity: the scent of home and the winding alleys, the street food of Calcutta. Around half a month into the stay, I discovered, in the alleys of old Ahmedabad, a little eatery named La Bella. In the land of no fish, no chicken, and no beer, La Bella promised beef and pork, fiery red Goan curries that you pour over a plate of steaming rice. I discovered a sense of belonging, a touch of familiarity in a land that was not mine. This was the first time I had found a home away from home. Far from the cacophony of North Calcutta, in this dim-lit eatery run by Mrs Mary Lobo.

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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

Darjeeling evokes expressions of nostalgia and a hunger for momos. On this trip, we reminisce about our old trips and learn new secrets about this perpetually changing town.

Lepchajagat: A Story of Change

Lepchajagat: A Story of Change

Ab to zamana badal chuka hai,” says Pashang Tamang with a wry smile when over a cup of chai, I ask him if the kids these days prefer to pick their own partners. Times have changed but even in the last decade, the Lepchas were part of a close-knit community in which marriages were arranged strictly between families with the same surname i.e. within the same sub-caste. The formal consent of the families was the first impetus behind starting a conversation between a man and his wife-to-be but tourism has sunk deeper into the social fabric of the Lepchas than can be gleaned from a night at one of the numerous homestays in Lepchajagat. As the Lepcha teenagers of today text each other about their dreams and desires, Pashang still looks somewhat unsettled at the thought of a Tamang marrying a Gurung.

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Field Notes: Darjeeling

Field Notes: Darjeeling

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Finding Love in Fontainhas, Goa

Finding Love in Fontainhas, Goa

On our first trip together, we quickly discovered that travelling as a couple is not always rain and sunshine but a little empathy goes a long way.

How to Order at a Telebhaja’r Dokan

How to Order at a Telebhaja’r Dokan

Of course, this world and its people will impart a lot of education to you. But have you ever, on an evening stroll, wondered what to do about that sondhyebela’r khide? Have you ever felt that pressure of impressing your Bangali premika with a thesaurus-like knowledge of chop, cutlet, and peyanjis? Has the Herculean responsibility of arranging the finger food for a murimakha and adda session ever been bestowed upon you and you have no clue what to do? But no more worries! You, dear seeker, have come to the right place. Read on to find out how you can navigate through the numerous items at a telebhaja’r dokan and be ready for the next renaissance, the industrial revolution that is chop shilpo!

Note: Much has been spoken about the singara, the Bengali cousin of the samosa, and though we love it immensely, we are giving it a break from this article.

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How-to City: 36 hrs in Seattle

How-to City: 36 hrs in Seattle

Our best of Seattle in 36 hrs guide shows you around the Emerald City and recommends Things to Do and See.