Posts by Sambrita

Banaras: Bold, Beautiful and Bejeweled!

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Travel Tales | 20 comments

Banaras: Bold, Beautiful and Bejeweled!

“Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older than even legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together”- Mark Twain.. “Kashi” as locals calls it, is a city that should be savored slowly- almost like the ‘paan’ that comes associated with this name in its prefix. It is a city that you either like for its character or dislike for its dirt. So, while packing your suitcase, pack patience. Because, if you don’t wear that, it will be hard for you move along or experience it. Be it, for allowing the musky smell of camphor to entice...

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Darjeeling- A tale of tail-coats, tea-gardens and tall ‘tains

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Travel Tales | 12 comments

Darjeeling- A tale of tail-coats, tea-gardens and tall ‘tains

Never has brewing tea made me more nervous. In fact, I now tremble and take a deep breath before I dare to make that first pour into the teapot. I take extra care with the water temperature for the first brew now. The spectre of burning my tea leaves on the first brew looms. I don’t even dare to use a thermometer to measure water temperature. “Feel it with your heart. Learn it with the palm of your hand and fingers in relation to the changing environment.” – had said a wise man, once.  I am back from a short stop-over at Makaibari, the first ever tea factory in the...

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Why Vicarious?

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Featured Posts | 6 comments

Why Vicarious?

I have chewed upon this idea for a very long time now. I want a word to be ‘me’!  Every person in the world has his or her own word. Some may have a short phrase, and that’s okay as well. And I needed one,too. But it needed to be chosen carefully, and almost wisely. For it cannot change once decided. That was the first ground rule.  And then, it just happened.Almost over-night. Like most important decisions of my life get taken…in my dreams! All I did was snug into my bed, and close my eyes. Behind the sheer pista curtains,the shadows of the trees became longer, the...

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Coorg with the Thimmaiah’s

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Reviews & Recommendations | 2 comments

Coorg with the Thimmaiah’s

The beautiful house and the few other outhouses and rooms that make up The Jade are 170 years old. Each room is impeccably maintained with old furniture polished from long use, tall pillars, old locks and thick doors. The Jade is almost nearly at the border between Kodagu and Kerala and its lovely location offers travellers a chance to drop in also to Waynad. The only sounds you hear is that of birds and the odd job from the sprawling estates around. This was the second time we were visiting Coorg. In our first visit, we had almost concluded, that Coorg was over-hyped. But when we planned...

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Feeling Chilly at Kodai

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Culinary Journeys | 3 comments

Feeling Chilly at Kodai

Like you cant miss the sight of the lake at Kodai, there is no way out for you ,not to notice the light green chillies tied like garlands in front of the bhajji stalls and hurricane and halogen lamps lighting the tiny stall-spaces that sell these Chilly Bhajjis . These larger than usual green chillies are dipped in besan flour paste ,deep fried in hot oil and served with red chutney .Needless to say that they are mouth watering… I have known about these fritters from a long time back. Growing up with two neighbours in Kolkata who were from two different states of the South, had its own...

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