Solo destination: Shantiniketan, Bengal

About 165 kilometres away from Bengal’s capital is the dusty and crowded town of Bolpur. As I alighted from the train on Bolpur Railway Station, I was taken aback by the crowd. I was even more shocked with the chaos and noise outside on the main street. This was not how I had imagined Shantiniketan…

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A Quick Guide to Kolkata, Bengal

I had a fellow blogger and friend visit Kolkata last year. In my course of hosting Kathleen, I explored a part of the city, I now live in, as a tourist. This is always a surreal experience for me. Firstly, backyard travel is a rare practice in today’s travel culture. Secondly, a fellow traveller can…

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The Mushrooming of Microbreweries

If today I wanted to travel to across India, only to explore the plethora of microbreweries in the country, it is plausible. The metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata are seeing a rise in numerous brew pubs. My first brush with a craft brewery in India was in Pune. Established in 2010, TJs…

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Top 5 Cocktails Bars in Kolkata

There are plenty of bars in Kolkata. An evident foodies’ haven, this city comprises eateries, restaurants and watering holes across budget. However, getting my occasional fix of cocktails remained a concern for me. After a couple of years in the city, I can now claim that I have a few favourites. Unlike beer, cocktails require…

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Exploring Kolkata Through a Different Perspective

Have you ever explored a place looking at it through someone else’s eyes? It could be any place—perhaps the city you live in or a destination you’re visiting for the first time. The perspective changes. I call this the ‘magical perspective’. It doesn’t permanently change the way I look at things, it helps me identify…

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Photo Story: Walking Through the Heart of Kolkata

On a humid April morning, I decided to take a walk down some of the oldest alleys of Kolkata. My guide and my storyteller was Calcutta Walks. And even though Kolkata is my temporary base-city, I don’t really step out to explore it at all. This morning, I decided to travel to the heart of…

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