The thrill that Himalayan Drive 5 is!

Himalayan Drive 5

  The sun refused to set as the dense fog enveloped the mountain. The driver drove past the road beside the tea gardens, miles along the twisted narrow lanes and hair pin turns. Tired but equally thrilled, I kept looking at the cars as they “navigated” their way through during the Himalayan Drive 5.     Picture this – the […]

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Biswa Bangla J K Tyre Himalayan Drive 5 – the Flag off!

J K Tyre Himalayan Drive 5

The idea of 47 teams participating in a motor rally that runs nearly 1250 km across 3 nations which include Bhutan, was an idea exciting enough to say a yes to the organisers when asked me to cover the Biswa Bangla – J K Tyre – Himalayan Drive 5!   What’s Biswa Bangla – J K Tyre Himalayan Drive 5? That’s India’s […]

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Paradoxes, Irrelevance and Chhapakhana Trails.

chhapakhana trails

Did you ever pick up an engraved wooden block up, dip it into the colour and print that on a sheet of cloth? If you haven’t, you’ve no clue how incredible it feels. The Future of the Past’s participant – The Chhapakhana Trails had given us this unique opportunity to experience this and many more. The Future of the Past […]

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Chidambaram’s session at Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet

P. Chidambaram, Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, Tata Steel Kalam

Literature festivals see an amalgamation of people across the cross section of the society, the young and the experienced, across all professions come and listen to eminent speakers whose topics range from Literature to Politics to everything that moves the society now. How could demonetisation not find a space in the Kolkata Literary Meet, patronised by Tata Steel in the […]

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Time we talk about the Kolkata Literature Festival 2017

#KLF17, Kolkata Literature Festival

Kolkata, India’s first city of books and literature has not only a history of producing the best of litterateurs but also college street, which is a book lover’s paradise, the International Kolkata Book Fair, which is the worlds most attended celebration of books, and the three literature festivals – one which happens inside the International Kolkata Book Fair – The […]

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The Birders’ weekend destination – Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary.

Osprey in Purbasthali, Bengal

“Weekend Destinations” are perhaps the biggest bets in the Tourism industry now and with so many birders, bird watchers and bird photography enthusiasts in Eastern India, the Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary forms the best weekend destination.     My trip was coordinated by Swarnava Nandi (Young Bird Photographer) and a lot of interesting people joined in. Of them were Swaroop Singha […]

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My introduction to Birding.

Taiga flycatcher female

Sometime towards the end of 2014, I became friends with a kid; Souranil De. He is interested in good food and birds. “Because they are cute”, was his constant response every time I asked him why. There were times he went out with his friends for “birding” and sent me photographs of immensely small, cute, furry feathery birds and ask me, […]

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Ropeways: Transforming Tourism Destinations.

Trikut Ropeway

“Going to Gangtok? We have made the ropeways there. Meet the people and avail the services. It is beautiful!”. “Okay Mr. Chamaria, I would”, I murmured over the phone thinking to myself, how would the ropeways excite the imagination of a 27-year-old supposedly grown up Kolkata boy who shows little interest in the Science City ropeway? “Mr. Chamaria that was […]

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