Magnum, Mishti and more

Soha Ali Khan, Chef Kunal Kapoor, Magnum ice creams, Magnum launch in Kolkata
Soha Ali Khan and Chef Kunal Kapoor, during Magnum’s launch in Kolkata

Last week, the room in Taj Bengal was packed, all eagerly waiting for Chef Kunal Kapur and Soha Ali Khan to launch the Magnum ice creams in Kolkata. While waiting with bated breaths, I sipped water from the glass. Magnum is yet another addition to the sweetness of the city’s culinary delights.

Bengalis have forever been in a love affair with sweets. The very mention of the word “Mishti” (sweet) invokes a hundred million positive sensations in the Bengali heart. Bengal, after all, is the birthplace of the Rosogolla, Mishti doi, Shondesh amongst others. And the love for food here does not just stop with a sweet tooth. Bengal boasts of a delectable variant in any food category. Famously known as the land of fish, our cuisine consists of dishes made from almost every ingredient available in the country, with a generous dash of those unparalleled spices that have changed international relations in times past.

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Photographs of Ravangla, Geyzing (Sikkim) trip.

Kangchenjunga, Himalaya, Sikkim tourism, Ravangla
Kanchenjunga | during the sun rise. The view from Ravangla.
kanchenjunga, ravangla, sikkim tourism
When the first rays of the sun hit the tip of the world’s third highest peak | Shot with Tamron 70 – 300 lens

 

Sikkim Tourism
Sikkim – the land of exotic festivals

I’ve never been the beach guy ever ! During the sultry Kolkata summers, I prefer staying indoors testing my AC’s ability to keep the temperatures as low as 16 degrees, if not lower. So naturally, mountains have always been my choice when it comes to travel. Be it my first solo travel to Darjeeling and north Bengal, the Meghalaya trip with Harshit and Surrbhi or the very recent trips to Ravangla and Pelling, both located in Sikkim.

While Pelling was a solo travel last week, I went with a few friends to Ravangla during December 17th, 2014. It was the harvest festival and our intent was to photograph Chham. You can read the blog post here.

In this blog post, I’ll share a few photographs I have shot.

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The curious case of Kolkata’s Literary circles

Shobhaa De, Kolkata Literature Festival

Anirban Saha |  Edited by: Srabasti Bhattacharya.
February 12, 2015.

“There is a craze in Kolkata about books” exclaimed Shobhaa De who went on to add that year after year families save to buy books at the Kolkata Book Fair, a book lovers’ paradise! Shobhaa De had recently come to Calcutta for the Kolkata Literature Festival, the last of the literary gatherings the city recently witnessed.

The city that is known to be the birthplace of the first Non-European nobel laureate for literature is also known as the cultural capital of India, and not without reason. Nowhere else in the world have books been so celebrated as it is here! It boils with tremendous energy that is almost infectious and there is no escape!

A city so engrossed in books and literature naturally was a host to not just one but, three literature festivals this year, one after another. The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, the Kolkata Literary Meet and then the Kolkata Literature Festival.

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Wi-Fi and Kolkata, the city of the future.

Wi Fi in Kolkata, first city to have Wi Fi in India
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien, Mayor and Dr. Amit Mitra, honourable minister of finance launching the Wi-Fi service in Kolkata.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal – Mamata Banerjee today launched the Wi-Fi in the Park Street area. She had earlier announced, in the course of the next two months, the entire city under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the area of Salt Lake shall get access to “free” Wi-Fi, provided by Reliance Jio and aided by the Government of West Bengal.

While waiting for the official launch near the oldest building in Park Street – The Asiatic Society, I wondered how Kolkata wanted a rapid image makeover from the sluggish laid back city to be as progressive as Calcutta used to be, till mid 70’s. After years of degraded economy, Kolkata now comes up with a variety of visible changes to the city – beautified river banks, newer set of trident street lights, AC bus stops to name a few and now the Wi-Fi.

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