Rain Rain go away

Rain Rain go away

When it rains endlessly its not always bad . There are so many memories attached with rain – rainy day in schools , colourful raincoats, sounds of pitter patter while going to sleep and waking up with a cloudy sky – whats your fondest memory of monsoon ?

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The Lalit Great Eastern Bakery – History and memories

The Lalit Great Eastern Bakery – History and memories

I have frequented Waterloo Street on a daily basis for two years . The heritage building which was a distant representation of its past stood there with its lost glory . Heard from elders that the then Great Eastern Bakery used to be the best in the city and was a jewel in the crown . When we recently visited The Lalit Great Eastern Bakery – we were pleasantly surprised and happy as well .

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The Lalit Great Eastern Iftar dinner

The Lalit Great Eastern Iftar dinner

When its Eid around you cannot simply cannot miss the Iftar spread . The festival has got some dishes , some flavours and some smells attached to it . The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata is offering Iftar dinner on every friday till 17th July – Here’s our account of how it turned out

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Taj Gateway Kolkata presents – Hilsa Festival

Taj Gateway Kolkata presents – Hilsa Festival

When its monsoon it has to be hilsha or Ilish as popularly called in the Eastern part of the country . Taj Gateway Kolkata presents Hilsha festival – where handpicked dishes from West Bengal and Bangladesh with some continental variation made the lunch a memorable experience

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Rasgulla enters the team for sweethandi

Rasgulla enters the team for sweethandi

Any dream line up of Kolkata sweets is incomplete without the legendary Rasgullas in it . Its like a Top 10 songs of the year list of 70s and 80 s without a Kishore Kumar song in it . Sweethandi has been selling all other famous sweets which are legendary in their own way however the inclusion of Rasgulla in that line up makes it a dream team

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Varanasi Diaries – Graffiti on the ghats

Varanasi Diaries – Graffiti on the ghats

While a lot of people may have lot of to do things in Varanasi – I found something which is offbeat yet very interesting . When you are in Varanasi – spend some time on these Graffiti on the walls – I could not decipher most of them – Let me know if you could

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Mango Chicken Salad with zesty coriander and chili dressing

Mango Chicken Salad with zesty coriander and chili dressing

As monsoon starts making inroads to Kolkata, its time to bod goodbye to the king of fruits and emperor of summer – Mangoes . This is the latest avatar in which mango appeared on our dining table on a sunday – Mango chicken salad with zesty coriander chili dressing . The recipe and story .

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Chocolate Sandesh and Sweethandi

Chocolate Sandesh and Sweethandi

The evolution of chocolate sandesh in last 10 years and last 3 years in particular with Cadbury coming in to the picture, is noteworthy . Every year theme based new innovations have changed the sandesh and hence the mishti landscape of Kolkata . Read of two such innovations here –

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Version 1.0 turns 3 – Peppa pig , George and dinosaur cake

Version 1.0 turns 3 – Peppa pig , George and dinosaur cake

It was our son’s 3rd birthday and version 1.0 requested for a Dinosaur Cake . Madhushree the super mom who can never say no to any challenge accepted it gleefully . I played the second fiddle . Madly march in office with financial year end made us have some sleepless nights to research and come up with this . Happy birthday Tugga

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Afraa Lounge Kolkata presents – Wednesday Fairytale

Afraa Lounge Kolkata presents – Wednesday Fairytale

How often do you get a chance to experiment with cocktails and make cocktails as per your choice . How often you get a chance to make a cocktail which is named after you ? Afraa Lounge kolkata is offering -Fairy tale wednesdays where you select your ingredients , make the cocktail and also name it as per your wish . Ladies and gentlemen the new two cocktails in town are – Analytic Anindya and Mad Madhushree – Wanna check them out ?

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Cold Crab Salad in cucumber boats and my tryst with salads

Cold Crab Salad in cucumber boats and my tryst with salads

Summer throws up real challenge in finding food which is summer savvy . All of sudden the normal comfort tasty foods also start tasting bland . In our quest to present summer delicacies – this time cold crab salad in Cucumber boats . This is not only healthy with the presence of bell peppers and cucumber but its tasty too with presence of the crab meat and mayonnaise . This summer this is a must have for all

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Casa Kitchen Kolkata launches Summer Time Soiree

Casa Kitchen Kolkata launches Summer Time Soiree

I was little apprehensive when I got invited for this review of Summer time Soiree for Casa Kitchen as its supposed to be completed vegetarian . I didnt regret the decision of going for this . Casa kitchen Kolkata launches its Summer time Soiree – with a sumptuous spread of Cold Salads and sandwiches . There are mocktails and cocktails keeping in mind the sultry summer . This summer if you wanna beat the heat then you must try out Casa Treat .

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Whacky Waffles Kolkata – sinful indulgence

Whacky Waffles Kolkata – sinful indulgence

We had wonderful memories of Waffles when we visited Athens . Since then we always complained the lack of dedicated store of Waffles in Kolkata . Whacky waffles opens up in Lee Road Kolkata beside Brand factory . If you are around Forum after shopping or a movie this kiosk is a wonderful retreat for desserts .

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Lemongrass Iced Tea with Ginger and the journey of thirst quenchers

Lemongrass Iced Tea with Ginger and the journey of thirst quenchers

When its scorching heat with high humidity and the universe seems getting roasted its worth to relook at some conventional drinks with some twist . Iced tea with lemongrass and ginger is one such option . The evergreen tea with strong flavours of Lemongrass and ginger with some ice cubes is an anytime drink during summers . When do you plan to have it ?

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2 Mango Sandesh which cannot be missed this season in Kolkata

2 Mango Sandesh which cannot be missed this season in Kolkata

Every summer Mango starts ruling the kitchen and tantalizing the taste buds with desire . It becomes an inevitable part of life . Its not without a reason that its called the king of fruits . Sondesh ( cottage cheese based bengali sweet) is princess of Bengali desserts . What happens when the king of fruits meet the princess of dessert ? 2 Mango sondesh which you must try this season from Kolkata .

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The Lalit Great Eastern Tea Lounge Kolkata

The Lalit Great Eastern Tea Lounge Kolkata

The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata has revamped its tea lounge and its surely going to become one of the most happening tea lounge in Kolkata. Some of the rarest and costliest blends of tea are available here along with a sumptuous high tea menu with a local touch . We tasted Silver needle one of the rarest and exclusive blend along with some rare varieties . The story .

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Nepal in rubble – My thoughts

Nepal in rubble – My thoughts

We share a strong emotional connection with Nepal . Its people, nature and history . On a fateful afternoon of 25th April 2015 the city is struck by an Earthquake which is worse in last 80 years . Next 2 days the city spends under open sky . Death toll keeps on ticking . History is ruined . My thoughts

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The Windmills of Mykonos

The Windmills of Mykonos

One just cannot miss the windmills in Mykonos . Now a major tourist attraction, these windmills were once a major contributor to the economy of the town and played a major functional role . The magnificent bright shinning white in the morning and the melancholic orange in the dusk only depicts the story of them . We witnessed both and realised the same .

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Fever, random thoughts and Chicken nuggets in sweet and sour sauce

Fever, random thoughts and Chicken nuggets in sweet and sour sauce

Is creativity at its best when someone is under fever ? Those random listless thoughts when the fever just sets in takes you to a different world . Recently while under fever, I dreamt that instead of the singing competition there is a blogging competition happening at Shoondi Kings court in Goopi Gayen Bagha Bayen – a cult childrens film by master film maker – Satyajit Ray . I woke up to this lovely Chicken Nuggets made by madhsuhree .

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10 best sweet shops in kolkata – Part I

10 best sweet shops in kolkata – Part I

Identifying 10 best sweet shops in Kolkata is like searching needle in a hay stack . From the neighborhood to the century old legends each one is a star in itself . In the first part of this effort we try to explore some new and and some century old sweet shops in kolkata . Let us know which are your favourites

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Rato Machhendranath festival Kathmandu

Rato Machhendranath festival Kathmandu

When we reached Durbar Square in Patan little did we know that we will witness an unique festival of worshipping rain god through a Chariot journey .Rato Machhendranath is considered as the reincarnation of the Lord Shiva by Hindus, while the Buddhists regard him as the Tantric reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara. A 300 year old temple at southern part of Durbar square Patan is where it all started .

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Creme Caramel Kolkata – your neighbourhood cake shop

Creme Caramel Kolkata – your neighbourhood cake shop

We often used to bypass this small little shop at Circus Row while on our way to office . One day we stopped to experiment and check out that shop . We realised that it was worth the experimentation . Creme Caramel is that cake shop in your neighbourhood which will grow on you ..

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Explore the elements by Thomas Cook – Earth Water Fire and Air

Explore the elements by Thomas Cook – Earth Water Fire and Air

Its rarely I participate in a competition but when the invitation comes from a fellow veteran blogger – thats an honour in itself . Thomas cook wants the bloggers and the photographers to explore the four basic elements in Universe – Earth, Fire, Water and Air . I searched through my pictures and travelled from Mt Alps in Switzerland to Phewa Lake in Pokahara Nepal with a stopover at Turkey and Greece . The choice was tough . However – here are my four options . Let me know how you like it

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Zurich Diaries – II – The LGBT parade and memories of P

Zurich Diaries – II – The LGBT parade and memories of P

I was lucky to be witnessing the LGBT parade at Zurich . First time for my life . We had no plans for Zurich and explored the city on our own and at Bahnhofstrasse we witnessed this colourful carnival . Memories surfaced of my friend P who years ago was confused about his identity and suffered . Stay well P .

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Sweet nothings… Memories of growing up with Sweets

Sweet nothings… Memories of growing up with Sweets

We Bengalees grow up with sweets . Any occassion , any situation , any season sweets are part of it . Memoirs of growing up along with sweets and how it was an integrated part of life . One misses this the most when stays outside kolkata . Memories , nostalgia and some pictures

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World peace pagoda Pokhara – 1100 metres, 200 stairs with a 2 year old

World peace pagoda Pokhara – 1100 metres, 200 stairs with a 2 year old

At 1100 metres height on Ananda hills The World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara Nepal overlooks the Annapurna Mountain range which reflects off Lake Phewa Tal below. It is thus one of the more serene peace pagodas in the world. On a cloudy day we climbed about 200 steps with a 2 year old only to get disheartened and getting our rewards later .

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