The Holi of my imaginations,

holi, nandgaon, srivatsan sankaran

The word “Holi” creates vivid imagery in our minds. Especially if you are a Bengali who has grown up listening to either Ranga Hashi Rashi Rashi, Oshoke Polashe, Ranga nesha… or Khelbo Holi Rong Debo na, Tai kokhono hoye? And must have once definitely giggled while playing Holi with a select few friends or perhaps a cousin when they come […]

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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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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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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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Experience at the Naropa Festival 2016

Naropa Palace, Naropa festival

Blogging about culture gives me enough opportunity to read, experience and learn. After I photographed the Chham dance in Sikkim, Buddhism has gradually formed a major aspect of my life and travel. I’ve always looked forward to the kindness in the conversation with the Lamas; have even picked up a thought or two from them. It is my privilege to […]

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St. Teresa of Calcutta – Places to see in a day’s trip

St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Teresa, Calcutta, places to see in Kolkata, Kolkata Mother Teresa, Mother teresa places to see

Even after the Sainthood, I’m sure she would still be more popular as “Mother” Teresa for her immense contribution to the needy in this part of the nation. Mother Teresa of Calcutta would remain an inspiration for millions who wishes to serve the society and the downtrodden. Her service in the Hindu land resonates heavily with Ramakrishna’s “Serving the mankind is […]

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16 Kolkata square frames as clichéd af.

Not always does a young Delhiite come all the way to Kolkata to meet me and see Kolkata around. But when he does, I should make sure he sees all things clichéd, be it the Howrah Bridge or the Victoria Memorial. How could I not tell him and his friend about the Jewish Synagogue or the china town? I even made […]

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Saga Dawa at Gangtok Sikkim.

saga dawa

If the Almighty restricts you from something, always know for a fact that something better awaits. I kept asking God, “What’s up? Why did you stop my North Sikkim trip? What would I do in Gangtok the entire day tomorrow?” Inside my head, I kept screaming, “Seriously? THIS much rain, God?” Almost crestfallen, I strolled down the hill trying to […]

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10 shades of Holi in Vrindavan & Mathura

Holi Widow in Vrindavan

Holi in Vrindavan & Mathura | Arghyadeep Roy and Anirban Saha | 27.03.2016  Radhe Radhe.   The Holi in Vrindavan and Mathura is already spoken much about on all travel and news portal. We could hardly add anything new to it. We could perhaps share our experience and we must say it was great! For those who still believe that Holi […]

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