Finally someone agrees to write for pikturenama and its not just anyone but Antara Roy . A dear friend who is always ready to get into a banter and keeps on fighting with me but as we collaborated for Durgapuja 2015 this is what she wrote for us . Over to Antara 


If you don’t already follow me on social media, then you are definitely missing a lot of dope and gyan and fun stuff that’s happening up there. Do you know I have teamed up with 2 other extremely talented bloggers to create this amazing project which will make everyone’s Durga Puja Special? Oh wait, maybe u did know because about 10 days ago I posted something about it out here. So today is more about this event that we are planning and trying to execute out here to make all of yours week special. This time we come with large hearted sponsors who are happy to be part of this amazing project.

Now to the biggest question, what is #DurgaPuja2015??

Well it’s a fun thing where 3 friends are attempting to make more friends in the real and virtual world. A little about our friendship first. I met this sweeter than the roshogulla couple on a day visit to Kolkata, where I had gone to study the street food scene in the office para of Park street. We never knew each other before, but we met through blogging, especially since I had been toSonar Tori about the same time as he did and he decided to write a review post about it which was so apt and to the point that I fell in love with it. Finally I met a guy with proper grammar and I wasn’t ready to let him go without befriending him. His better half has a magic hand where she whips up amazing stuff and every time I read her creations I go- ‘wat the hell, why didn’t I think of it before.’ Look at this bloody recipe of capsicum butter. What was I thinking of never having made it ever ever before. So madam, hats and knee caps off to you, really awesome recipe and Sir, really awesome pictures. You can

The next in line is another sweet couple who I have never met but I know are really hard working. Meet Shyamli of the foodieshut fame who actually came up with this idea of collaboration. Her hubby Biswa is the guy behind the camera and all technical stuff on her channel. My memory of Shyamali dates quite many years back when I saw a video of hers where she made a simple home staple in all our bong kitchens- lauchenchki. I swear the moment I saw her speak this sentence that it keeps our body cool in the heat, I instantly got reminded of umpteen no of time I heard it from my mom and kakimas- telling me to eat this lau/lauki/bottle gourd to keep shorirthanda.

That’s my connect with these guys. And that’s the connect I seek from every one of you who are reading me today. Let me come a bit closer to your life in this fashion. Let us become friends in this virtual life. And to do that we have put across a series of amazing contests and questions that I want you to answer. And what will be better, you can actually answer and win as well.


We are backed by 3 amazing e-Commerce start-ups that you need to check out this festive season.


  1. We have our sweetness partner who is delivering Kolkata mishti everywhere in India. Itssweethandi.comif you seek to send someone special, something damn special and bong. Look at the amazing packaging these guys do. And I for one have used and reused the ice packs more than the mishti I ate.
2nd close up of Sankh sondesh as beginning of auspicious journey of sweethandi kolkata with pikturenama

Close up of Sankh Sondesh from diff angle

  1. What is adda without some good tea. And what is tea without some long leaf green tea. Green tribehas 3 flavours of amazing tea that you don’t want to miss at all. They source every little leaf from Assam tea estates which are certified organic. Head over to to check them out.

Assam 1860

  1. And finally lets get nice cutting chai on board too. I mean ok we health buffs like green tea, but that morning chai with milk and ginger, who can forgo that? Head over to Assam 1860to get some of that.


So, 5 friends, continents and states apart with different flairs of amazing things to come. Are you not excited already?

Antara has a fabulous blog called  Do drop in and spend some time

P.S. She is not as innocent and sweet as she appears through her writing . Like every story having two versions what happened in the meeting can be understood from these pics



Catch me if you can pose

Catch me if you can pose

Forceful smile under hostage situation

Forceful smile under hostage situation

You can follow me on twitter and  Instagram  to get all the dope on#DurgaPuja2015.