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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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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Christmas eve celebrations at Ramakrishna Mission Belur Math

Christmas Ramkrishna mission

    “Blessed are the ones who know how to forgive”. This echoes inside my mind when deep down I feel hurt. Hurt by people, I’ve often referred to as family and I simply wanted to escape. I have been rude and I have had my share of mistakes in the past. “Do not say – I am a sinner. […]

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Two hands full of Durga Puja stories.

Durga Puja spells trouble in my life. A lot of people asks just too many questions about my work, hair fall or for the lack of any other topic – when I plan to get married! Outside my home, it is chaotic with a hundred thousand people vocally exhibiting their enthusiasm, abusively bargaining or busy scolding people around. I still do not understand […]

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Purulia trip in Square frames

Purulia trip: After the Meghalaya trip full of trek and caving, my next trip was lazying around Ajodhya hills of the Purulia district of Bengal. While Meghalaya was a crazy place, the friends, I went with, to Purulia were crazy! Such craze, enthusiasm and energy is something this IT employee misses while sitting in front of the monitor working all day. […]

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Murshidabad: Hazar duari and around.

hazarduari palace, murshidabad tourism

One of the chief attractions in Murshidabad is the Hazarduari complex. I would not write about the history of the Hazarduari palace as my knowledge is particularly limited to the Wikipedia page. The Hazarduari palace was built by Mir Jafar’s family while Shiraj Ou’Dullas palace was on the other side of the river, now raised to the ground.  The Hazar Duwari complex has – Nizamat […]

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Murshidabad : In search of Bauls (Part 1)

Part 1: Bauls: Spirituality over religion. I set myself out to Murshidabad, after the tiresome Friday in office, in search of the Bauls and the Fakirs. Before I write about my experience there, I want to brief my reader about my Bengal and the Baul culture.  Bengal never fails to amaze me. Its culture has been influenced by the Jains […]

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Gajan festival in West Bengal

gajan festival

Photograph #1: The street skit showing the dance of Lord Shiva. (Gajan | A tale of belief:  Gajan and Charak.  –          Anirban Saha & Sourav Halder, Krishnadebpur’ 2014. Read the Bengali translation by Tomoghno Saraswati here. A temple courtyard full of people watching performers depicting Gods. I had this wide eyed young boy beside me, who would smile at me […]

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Chandannagar with Country Roots

For the last few weeks, apart from my office, I am either resting at home or scribbling on my diary pages. I did not like any of the scribbles and tore the pages. I required a break. Break came to me in the form of a picnic, organised by someone I look up to – Agnimirh Basu, Delhi based fashion […]

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