Growing up, Janmashtami was special for two reasons. First, it was the day my younger brother was born, believe it or not, at the stroke of midnight, his birth coincided with Janmashtami, and that is why I have a fondness for the festival (not so much for him as per my birthright). The second reason was a mysterious fruit from my grandmother’s stories. Every year, she would fondly recall a fruit called tal (pronounced as taal) and the many dishes that were made with its pulp as an offering to Lord Krishna on Janmashtami. …


Getting pregnant post 30 is no longer a new trend. Madhuri Dixit became a mother at 36, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at 38, Kareena Kapoor Khan at 36, Anushka Sharma at 33. The list is endless.

Over the last two decades, celebrities have flaunted and helped ease the conversation around pregnancy at an advanced age. But it remains a topic of concern in families, especially where financial resources to tackle medical complications are limited. My own decision to start a family was no different. When I had the first conversation with my husband, we were on the same page. …


Sikkim was declared the first organic state in India in 2016. In 2018, the state became the first organic state in the world and was the recipient of the UN Future Policy Gold Award 2018, defeating 51 other nominees. Brazil, Denmark and Quito shared second place at the awards touted as Oscar for best policies.

Sikkim’s reasons to go all-organic


Kolkata celebrates every festival and enjoys the food associated with every festival with great gusto. While Durga Puja is when every corner is bedecked in brilliant colours, lights and food, during Ramzan you will find the entire city heading towards Central and North Kolkata. It is here that you will find the most amazing flavours that not only celebrate the holy month of Ramzan but also the Mughal history of the city.

Here’s a list of must-visit places during Ramzan in Kolkata to make sure you get your fill of biryani, haleem, kebabs and Roohafza.

1. Arsalan, Park Circus

A name that cannot be…


Waking up early on a school day was a struggle. Come Sunday and I would be awake at the crack of dawn. Sunday meant that I could go to the market with my grandfather. Once done, he handed the shopping bag and me to my grandmother. It was time for him to start his day. And that meant cups of kalo (black coffee) and adda.

Adda for Bengalis is not just an excuse to kill time. It is an intellectual exchange of ideas and thoughts about every imaginable topic under the sun. For college youngsters it is the rawk (a…


A regular day starts for me with a large mug of Thurbo Second Flush. As I move through the day, Glenburn First Flush makes for a soothing companion. Post lunch, when I need to keep myself from dozing off, I return to Thurbo. And when friends come over, Gopaldhara First Flush is always my go-to. Call me an addict but my husband ignited the love for tea and now he’s created a monster.

If these names come across as Greek, they are all variations of Darjeeling Tea. Yes, surprised as you may be, Darjeeling Tea is not the mass-produced branded…


No self-respecting foodie can miss out on these delicacies in the City of Joy!

If you thought cinema, football and adda are Kolkata’s calling? Think again!

There is one thing that supersedes all-food! In Kolkata food is a bigger religion than cricket and cinema. From local Bengali dishes to culinary influences from across the globe, and from substantial snacks to heavy meals, there is something to satiate all kinds of hunger in Kolkata.

Restaurants, sweet shops, street-side vendor, all have been judged (by generations of khaddo-roshik Bangali) on two simple parameters-quality and taste. These places have stood the test of…


Pan Asian street food Comes alive at Kolkata’s newest watering hole

On top of my mind, as I head to Wykiki, was the thought that Kolkata’s favourite hang-out joint, Splash at Swissotel was gone. And in its place was Wykiki, a south-east Asian street bar. As I walked in, the first thing I spotted was a gorgeous, glass-windowed cabana that also allowed for outside seating and a bar; unlike the predecessor. Wykiki allowed for both; a big tick.

The buzzy yet relaxed space has a community table for people to hang out. The idea was to build a space where…


Bengalis (not Bongs!) live by the adage ‘baroh mashe tero parbon’ (celebrating 13 festivals in 12 months). And it all begins with Poila Baishak or the Bengali New Year. When talking of celebrations, how can food not be on the list? …


When in Rome do as the Romans do! So, when in Kolkata during Durga Puja, visit these 10 puja pandals to make sure you get your fill of the sumptuous and satiating bhog (food served at lunch hour for everyone). From khichudi-labra (lentils and rice cooked together with a side dish of mixed vegetables) to luchi-alur dom (fluffy, fried bread with a side of slow-cooked spicy potato curry), you will find it all.

64 Pally, Satish Mukherjee Road

One of the oldest sarbojanin (open to all or public) pujas in Kolkata, this one is an amalgamation of two youth pujas…

Nilofer Sen

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