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  • HOPE . FAITH . BELIEVE . LOVE  &  PEACE are going to be my guiding principle for this year and life afterwards. The year that was gone by perhaps the worst ever in my life but I have learned to pick up the pieces and move forward. Belief that comes from within that things will improve soon, it can’t rain forever, the seasons will change. Rebuilding my faith in life piece by piece, with more enthusiasm and rejuvenation I am […]

    Cream of red bell pepper soup for sunshiny days

    HOPE . FAITH . BELIEVE . LOVE  &  PEACE are going to be my guiding principle for this year and life afterwards. The year that was gone by perhaps the worst ever in my life but I have learned to pick up the pieces and move forward. Belief that comes from within that things will improve soon, it can’t rain forever, the seasons will change. Rebuilding my faith in life piece by piece, with more enthusiasm and rejuvenation I am […]

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More Recipes
  • With new hopes, aspirations and resolutions we are welcoming 2015 on a spicy note. Well, little unconventional way to welcome the new year, but the season is waning, and so the winter fresh vegetables and before the season last, I want you to make this spicy lip smacking Indian mix vegetable pickle. Pickles do not hold a significant place in Bengali cuisine, but having spent most of my formative years in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh / Chattisgarh (in the news […]

    Indian mix vegetable pickle for winter

    With new hopes, aspirations and resolutions we are welcoming 2015 on a spicy note. Well, little unconventional way to welcome the new year, but the season is waning, and so the winter fresh vegetables and before the season last, I want you to make this spicy lip smacking Indian mix vegetable pickle. Pickles do not hold a significant place in Bengali cuisine, but having spent most of my formative years in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh / Chattisgarh (in the news […]

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  • Spicy pan-fried taro roots, nice crispy and coated in spices, with hint of tanginess to it which I am so fond of and how I wish I could replicate the smoky flavours of roasted taro roots or kochu as we call it in Bengali.  Taro roots are monsoon produce but in my home these were never bought during monsoon because of me as I was sensitive or allergic to this roots. The monsoon rains makes it more allergic and I […]

    Sookhi arbi masala fry / pan fried spicy taro roots

    Spicy pan-fried taro roots, nice crispy and coated in spices, with hint of tanginess to it which I am so fond of and how I wish I could replicate the smoky flavours of roasted taro roots or kochu as we call it in Bengali.  Taro roots are monsoon produce but in my home these were never bought during monsoon because of me as I was sensitive or allergic to this roots. The monsoon rains makes it more allergic and I […]

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  • Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating it. Though in India we have our own harvest festival called “Sankranti” where we thank God for the blessings of a good harvest, but two American holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are catching up fast with the globe-trotting urban Indians. MNC’s too now a days host Thanksgiving lunch / dinner for their employees, thus bridging the gaps between two different cultures or may be a reason to lighten up the workloads.  Moreover 5-star […]

    Herb crusted turkey breast with sage butter and roasted garlic gravy

    Happy Thanksgiving to all those who are celebrating it. Though in India we have our own harvest festival called “Sankranti” where we thank God for the blessings of a good harvest, but two American holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween are catching up fast with the globe-trotting urban Indians. MNC’s too now a days host Thanksgiving lunch / dinner for their employees, thus bridging the gaps between two different cultures or may be a reason to lighten up the workloads.  Moreover 5-star […]

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  • Today I am going to blog about this – Striped Sea Bass in mild coconut curry, the new fish on my chopping block. Sea Bass seems to be very popular, most loved and favoured fish among the sea food lovers. But to us (read Bongs, few Bengalis don’t like this term) any fish that can not adapt well to the waters condiments of  Kolkata can not survive on a Bengali fish platter. It has to first pass through the “Mustard Test”.  So, […]

    Striped Sea Bass in mild coconut curry

    Today I am going to blog about this – Striped Sea Bass in mild coconut curry, the new fish on my chopping block. Sea Bass seems to be very popular, most loved and favoured fish among the sea food lovers. But to us (read Bongs, few Bengalis don’t like this term) any fish that can not adapt well to the waters condiments of  Kolkata can not survive on a Bengali fish platter. It has to first pass through the “Mustard Test”.  So, […]

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  • Eggplants, aubergine, brinjal, baingan, bengun or whatever you call it by any name, these purple veggie is my favourite among the others. At times I become little partial too. This is the one vegetable that had undergone lots of experimentation by me and had never complained. Take this eggplant biryani for an instance. Lightly tossed with fragrant long grain rice and burst of flavors from range of whole spices, this eggplant biryani is one pot delight, a light and quick-lunch. Serve […]

    Stuffed eggplant biryani and lecture on vegetarianism by Masterchef India

    Eggplants, aubergine, brinjal, baingan, bengun or whatever you call it by any name, these purple veggie is my favourite among the others. At times I become little partial too. This is the one vegetable that had undergone lots of experimentation by me and had never complained. Take this eggplant biryani for an instance. Lightly tossed with fragrant long grain rice and burst of flavors from range of whole spices, this eggplant biryani is one pot delight, a light and quick-lunch. Serve […]

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Travel
  • Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

    Lal Bagh flower show August 2014 & Dastkar handicraft fair

    Lal Bagh Flower Show 2014 Flower show return to Lal Bagh this year with astounding display of floral replica of Mysore Palace and the famed Dasara procession. We happened to visit there on 15th of August. Not an ideal to visit as the crowd was huge.  The footfalls at the show was beyond the expectations of the organiser and they had to close the main gate number of times. Maneuvering through the suffocating crowd and handling the camera at the […]

  • A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

    Important Travel Tips For An Exhilarating And Memorable Jungle Experience

    A jungle odyssey can be an incredible experience. When you travel in the forest you must be sensitive and careful. You must respect the forest rules and take steps so as not to disturb the animals. Good jungle etiquette can help you to enjoy the rich fauna without a negative impact on the eco-tourism. Important travel tips are discussed in this primer. You must not get out of the vehicle to take photographs of the animals. You must take photographs […]

  • “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

    Fall in the dreamy Smoky mountains

    “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” ― George Eliot Between summer and winter, there is  fall, a transitional phase when each leaves of the tree turns into golden, yellow and red before shedding themselves, paints the landscape in riots of color, before embracing harsh and cold winter nights in their bare branches . We are expected to be sad because soon the […]

  • Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly about […]

    Yosemite rim fire – should you visit Yosemite or not ?

    Two weeks of travelling through the wild – wild west of America, hopping through six national parks and enduring through the range of climatic conditions, we are finally back with tired limbs, overwhelming experience, some lifelong memories and few mind-boggling three thousand plus images and bucket full of stories for you. Let me download everything first !  I need some real vacation now ! Before my hypnotic mind get restored to its original frame, let me brief you quickly about […]

  • This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

    An un inspired day at Miami and few good moments !

    This is the concluding part of our long Florida series.  To be at “Miami” or not to be …. well ! We have to stay in Miami for two reasons – one for return flight  and other for its proximity to Everglades. So in short we spend one and half day at Miami. Thankfully enough,  weather was cool in Miami and we did enjoyed partially though , just strolling through the streets, stopped at some curio shops, and sampled foods […]

  • Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]

    Sanibel and Everglades national park , Florida – on alligators, panthers and anhinga trail

    Sanibel Sanibel ? what is that ? A beach in Florida ? Florida ? you say? Isnt Florida is all about Disneyworld ? Yes it is. Then why we should go to Sanibel ? Minutes later, we were looking for hotels in Sanibel !   I have seen beautiful picturesque beaches before, beaches where you will want to spend the rest of your lives lying on that crystal white sandy coast, but I have never seen a beach full of […]

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