Stew or Jhol- 4 recipes from Grandma's kitchen

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For those who wants to read a bit of history of our traditional cuisine from Bengal: https://travellingwingsblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/stew-or-jhol-the-bangali-way-to-a-healthy-summer/ From my Grandmother-in- law and Grandma’s kitchen: To continue with the story as to who were responsible for steamy stew, here are 4 … Continue reading

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Stew or Jhol- The Bangali way to a healthy summer.

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When I talk food, it’s not everyday food that interests me, but the exotics and unknown which has been a part of our cultural cuisine but was seldom mentioned. But nowadays when everyone is writing about everything, these dishes and … Continue reading

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Off To Ladakh: Mulbek, Namik La, Fotu La,Lamayaru, Nimmu

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So where was I? In Kargil of course. On our journey from Srinagar to Leh, via Kargil. After being stuck in Srinagar for 2 days, it was time for us to be bold and courageous and start our much coveted … Continue reading

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Hilly Humor: Tales on road to Leh, Ladakh.

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I have a serious disconnection with titles like ‘6 road signs that will have you crack your ribs’ and a subtitle ‘The 6th one is the most hillarious’ . Hence, I write stories, experiences which brought a smile on. The … Continue reading

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Delhi : 6 Lipsmacking Eateries- Voila!

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Delhi. To write about Delhi is indeed a nostalgic trip for me as I am reminded of my pre-independence life in that city. Jokes apart, it is not as emotional as City of Joy or as meticulous as Mumbai, but … Continue reading

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Tawang Diaries 2- Through Sela Pass to Tawang

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And then it was….. Sela Pass- Through the entire Himalayan range ‘La’ means a pass. In ladakh, I came across Zoji-la, Namik- La etc. and here in the Eastern Himalayan Range there was Se-La. Situated at the altitude of 13700ft; … Continue reading

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Tawang Diaries- Tezpur to Dirang

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The beginning. “Tawang!” “Tawang?” “Yes Tawang.” This was a conversation which I was having with my sister in law who stays in Assam and had been long trying to lure me into a trip to Tawang. For me, only one … Continue reading

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Cuisines of Kashmir: The lure of the Baked Goodies

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Kashmir & The legacy of Baking. The bakeries in the valley carry their own flavor. The shelves are lusciously enriched with variety of bakery products like Katlamas, Kulchas, Khamira Bread, Modur kulcha, Khatais and Bakerkhanis. The products took on a … Continue reading

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#AKLF- Some candid moments.

With notun gur and pithey comes Boi Mela to Kolkata every year. This is the high of winter time in Kolkata. Since I had started blogging, I have been really keeping my eyes and ears open for any other story telling celebrations in Kolkata other than Boi Mela. Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest had been a worthy forerunner to Boi Mela for sometime now. This year I got my chance to be a part of it with the Calcutta Instagrammar’s group, with a talented and thriving group of photographers & photo bloggers covering the event. I for one immensely enjoyed my discoveries about Kolkatan’s love for books and literary meets, with this group. Kolkata just loves to celebrate books,films and any  Expressions of  creativity. I managed to catch some candid moments while the celebrities when they were arriving for the inauguration ceremony at Nandan. Aparna Sen, Kalyan Ray,Ben Okri, Barun Chanda, Anjum Katyal, Shobha De, Ms.Maina Bhagat, Debajyoti Mishra and many more.

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Spot the star

The young 'Uns@Calcutta Instagrammars

The young ‘uns@Calcutta Instagrammers

Anjum Katyal, with the volley of stars.

Anjum Katyal, with the volley of stars.

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The three a’mused’

Demure following,

Demure following,

The stalwarts in art: Barun Chanda

The stalwarts in art: Barun Chanda

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Caught unawares

the speaker in Limelight.

the speaker in Limelight.

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Two in a row. ‘Muse’ing

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Hence it began

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All in the same hue

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The master of the craft-Ben Okri

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The unity in diversity

All in a row-the glitteratti pic courtesy: Devopam

All in a row-the glitterati
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  •        On a serious note:The inauguration was threaded together with the garland of the excellence of the famous theater personality Shri Badal Sircar. Having spent a chunk of my life in Delhi,we wouldoften queue up outside auditoriums like Mavalankar and FICCIor Kamani to catch his plays being enacted during Festivals. Plays like ‘Ebong Indrajit’ ‘Baki Itihaas’ ‘Pagla Ghoda’ have left a fond remembrance in my mind. Anjum Katyal’s book on him was inaugurated and Aparna Sen’s movie Sari Raat, which is based on his play, was premiered in the inaugural ceremony of AKLF. Of all the matters that were talked about by Ms. Aparna Sen in her wonderful rhetoric style, the best pointer was her request that films should be made inclusive in school syllabus. I was quite taken in by her idea. Ben Okri was at his eloquent best and spoke at length about his ‘Indian’ experience. He reflected the aura of his

The movie was premiered in the presence of the esteemed audience and the film’s lead actor Shri Anjan Dutta. Some of the other crew members including Neel Dutta,who has composed the music in the film, was present too. The movie as usual left an impact. Ben Okri was at his eloquent best and spoke at length about his ‘Indian’ experience. The festival had begun with all glitters such an occasion deserved. The three days ahead was going to be full of buzz and all the venues promised some goodies. Different venues in the selected are agog with people, events and views.  Kolkata is reunited time and time again with its love- Literature.

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For a comprehensive look into AKLF please check: http://www.kolkatalitfest.in/

Write up and pics: Mohua Roy (leaving one).

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Cuisines of Kashmir- Kahwa and other tea.

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My first introduction to the  Kashmiri Cuisine was through the words of passionate Kashmiris who vouched that they had the best platters in the whole world. Of course I always take such blatant statements with a pinch of salt and … Continue reading

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