Madness with Murakami: Books by Haruki Murakami

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.”These lines from Haruki Murakami’s ‘Kafka on the Shore’ are … Read more

Planning for 2022: New Year Resolutions

Planning for 2022 is essential because even though life is uncertain and unpredictable, planning keeps us prepared. Planning is the pathway, at least we know, what we want from life. Let us try to live to our fullest potential in 2022, without being harsh on ourselves. Wishing all a happy 2022. Reflecting over 2021: Reflecting … Read more

Christmas in Kolkata; What It Means to Me

Christmas in Kolkata is definitely not a snowy Christmas and is different from that seen in West or the Orient. Yet, it has its own sweet charm, I keep waiting for. Christmas in Kolkata means holiday; friends and family; party, music and food; and gifts, music, lights and décor. However, Christmas is symbolic of generosity … Read more

Dalhousie in December

Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh can be visited during anytime of the year, but Dalhousie in December, is a treasure. The freezing winter converts the little Himalayan town into a lovely snow resort. With the snow covered Dhauladhar range of the majestic Himalaya at the back drop and the five hills of Dalhousie it is extremely … Read more

A Weekend at Rajbari Bawali

Rajbari Bawali stands as a representation of Bengal’s rich heritage and splendor. I was a witness to this last month. Two of my friends and I spent a lovely November weekend at Rajbari Bawali, a heritage property converted to a premium resort. In fact, we had a toddler in the team, my friend’s 2.5 years … Read more

Soumitra Chatterjee and Satyajit Ray Combi

Soumitra Chatterjee (1935), Veteran actor, breathed his last on 15th November of 2020. The world of cinema lost a lodestar whose worth is even beyond his list of awards. He is an internationally acclaimed legendary actor with immense versatility. His work was pivotal around Bengali Cinemas. He was a popular thespian – playwright, director and … Read more

Brahma Kamal, the flower from the Land of Gods

Brahma Kamal is known as the ‘Flower of Gods’ and is found in the ‘Land of Gods’. Where is this ‘Land of Gods’? I am sure you have guessed it right. The State of Uttarakhand in India is called Dev Bhumi, meaning ‘Land of Gods’ and Brahma Kamal is the State Flower of Uttarakhand. So, … Read more

Sati Pithas of Bengal

Sati Pithas of Bengal is a significant topic to be discussed on the auspicious day of Kali Puja. Kali embodies and is the epitome of Shakti, feminine energy and strength: creativity, fertility, destruction and death. She is worshipped as the ultimate destroyer of evil. Kali or Shyama meaning ‘black’ is called so because she is … Read more