If winter in Kolkata is a tease, an Andaman winter is a myth. Temperatures in late December and early January remain at a warm 25 to 28 degrees. This is the first stark difference you experience, as a man shivering at the Calcutta Airport two hours ago, the moment you step out of the Veer Savarkar International Airport in Port Blair.
Andaman is an unbelievably beautiful place. This was my first time on a trip to an island, and I absolutely loved it. The Andaman archipelago is dotted with several islands, 572 to be exact, with only 37 of them being inhabited by humans. The islands are home to some of the most glaring relics of British dominance over colonized India, as well as provide mesmerizing avenues for natural beauty with flourishing beaches, mangrove forests, lush green vegetation and surrounding it, a sea that seems to keep changing colour from emerald to blue to almost a thick black. It is this sight of black waters from ships that brought inmates to the Cellular Jail in colonial times that gives Andaman the name “Kalapani”. Continue reading →
Mukutmanipur is a small, picturesque town in the Bengal district of Bankura, with its main attractions being a large dam that channelizes water to different adjoining districts and the point of confluence of the two rivers Kangsabati and Kumari. Mukutmanipur has been a favourite weekend getaway for a lot of people in Bengal and beyond. Continue reading →
Bishnupur is a town in Bankura, West Bengal, famous for its terracotta temples, Baluchari sarees and the Bishnupur Gharana of Hindustani Classical Music. For close to a thousand years, Bishnupur was the capital of the Malla empire. The Malla kings were Vaishnavites, and it is during their reign that Bishnupur’s characteristic terracotta temples and structures were built, most of them around 400-500 years old. Continue reading →
The year 2015 has possibly been the most eventful year of my existence thus far. There’s been so much happening, so many landmarks covered, so many memories made, so many significant incidents created, that I could not possibly put it all down in one blog post. So I decided to divide my year into personal and professional – and look back in retrospection separately. Here’s the personal chapter of my 2015. Do share the significant moments of your year as well. I’m publishing this post hours before I hop on a flight to Guwahati, and hopefully have a good tour of about a week. Continue reading →
I’ve always looked forward to winter. The chill in the air makes me happy, makes me feel alive more than ever. December in particular has been the month that has interested me most. December in Kolkata heralds the onset of winter for four-and-a-half million people desperately seeking a drop in temperatures. December gives them hope of cooler times to look forward to. Continue reading →