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

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

Nestled in the wooded hills of Meghalaya is Shnongpdeng, an idyllic village on the banks of the crystal-clear emerald-green Umngot River. It is fast emerging as the NE’s water sports capital! Visit to find out why.

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.

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

কুয়াশা ঘেরা দার্জিলিঙের গল্প, কথায় আর ছবিতে।

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: 24 hrs in Shillong, Meghalaya

How-to City: 24 hrs in Shillong, Meghalaya

Your guide to 24 hrs in the capital of Meghalaya, Shillong. Find the best things to do, eat, and see in this charming city.