February 9, 2014

Calcutta, always.

The last time I saw my grandmother was a year and a half ago. I’ve been feeling the guilt for a while now. My baby nieces are growing by the day.  Mamata Banerjee has changed almost all the names of the metro stations to utter ridiculousness.  Winters are also the season for rasgullas made of jaggery.  The closest cousin is going through awful times and I feel terrible for not being able to be there for her.  So when I heard that a college mate was getting married in the home city, there was no way I was going to let it pass.  It was just over a week, and…

October 24, 2012

Pujo by the Palm

In no way like Calcutta, but Pujo was always a big deal even for children in Muscat. We had new clothes for each of the five main days.  The Indian Social Club, Bengali Wing would organise for an assortment of traditional and well, not-so traditional activities.  Recitations, cooking competitions, music and dance, theater style performance by children and adults. Over the years, it evolved into fancy dress competitions, fashion shows and things more urban. We would still attend these functions, my parents had their sets of friends, I had mine.  There was always lots of food. It was good times. Yesterday, I went to the same temple after ten years. Exactly ten…

February 8, 2012

Kolkataaa – You Sexy

No matter what the world thinks, to me Kolkata will always be one of the most beautiful and soulful places on the planet – maybe this connection has got to do something with being born on the soil. Parents’ annual India trip gave me the opportunity to visit early this year for a family reunion of sorts. # Had the most dramatic airport pick up in my life, yet! # Spent a lot of time at home, chatted endlessly with Tham, Baba and Ma. # Ate a lot! God bless mothers. Overdosed on mishti doi and other desserts. # Contributed significantly to Monginis’ February sales target! # Did a little…

January 28, 2012

Yellow!

Three days at home at I feel as though nothing was ever wrong with my life! A few familiar faces, the smell of fresh laundry drying crisp in the sun, the sound of the typical Calcutta cycle-rickshaws honking as they glide past, almost everybody knows you around the lane you live in, mishti and lots of it – makes for such a refreshing change. In Bengal, it is customary to say that we have thirteen festivals of importance to celebrate in twelve months – so no matter when you land up here, at least one celebration would welcome you with open arms. Today was Saraswati Puja – an occasion to…

November 30, 2011

Shaadi Mubarak!

2011 has been big on the weddings front. Two very close friends and a brother got hitched and I’m very fortunate that I was able to be present and collect my own share of happy memories with them. Ridhima-Bhavya in May, Shoi-Bulan in July and most recently, Riki Bhaiya and his Jabalpur bride this month. Amongst a variety of speculations on whether I would be or should be able to attend the November wedding, I decided that regardless of what happened in the past, such functions are times when the entire family comes together and if possible one should be present. Thus began my four day expedition from Gurgaon to…

June 9, 2011

Summer Tales

Although I cannot stop complaining about the way my life is increasingly edging towards mundane, looking back at my photo albums, there seems to have been a lot of movement. There seems to be a lot happening and I haven’t been able to keep account of the activities, so in no particular order, here goes: # Ridhima got married. Swetha, Bhardwaj and I splurged on an air-conditioned cab to get there and be a part of her big day in Jaipur. It was my first trip to Rajasthan and while I was awestruck by all its Rajputana majesty and grandeur; I would never recommend that anyone visit during peak summers….

February 8, 2011

Cumulonimbus!

It amazes me how changes in weather patterns affect my state of mind, and overwhelmingly, to say so! At the end of a day wherein my mood was a dripping graph, almost about to dive into the downbeat quadrants, there was sudden lightning, and there came the rains! We’re in that time of the year where one cannot really trust the meteorological department and nearly everyone around you is fending to a leaky nose; In other words, Mother Nature (Yes, am a feminist :p) is temperamental and hasn’t really made up her mind as to whether the winters have actually ended, or the fog and chilly winds still had some…

December 22, 2010

Living in Colour

The organisation I work for professes a philosophy by the name of ‘Living in Colour’, the crux of which is to be able to maintain one’s work-life balance. Increasingly, over the past few months I have noticed that I am the happiest when I am at work. There could be a variety of reasons as to why. For clarity and as I have always maintained that this is a forum where I more often than is normal, talk to myself. So here goes: • I really like the ‘swanky’ new office. It has a glass façade and a lot of sunlight! Not to forget fancy graphics and orange couches •…

March 6, 2010

Travel and News!

I am back in Pune. I hope this is last time, fingers crossed to my unending saga of a backlog per semester! Flew back from Kolkata all by myself. A first timer again. The horrid 5 hours and 15 minutes flight via Delhi, was made worse by a delay in takeoff from Kolkata. Although it gives me a lot of kicks that in one journey, the aircraft takes off and lands twice! Double paisa vasool =D, this time was rather mundane. I had 2 Manipuri women sitting beside me. The lanugage barrier, and lack of subjects to talk about left them asleep most of the time, and I was absorbed…

March 1, 2010

Ami Kolkata

I have been most productive in my Kolkata mini-break. a) Have been making calls to all random organisations to allow me to come and make a presentation to them to recruit a few batch mates, in a little above slave labour rates. b) Have been taking appointments with my gynae, dermatologist and family physician to ensure I haven’t grown any new ailments. I don’t think I could deal with any more, at least for the nest 20 years! c) Have celebrated Holi with cousins, in Kolkata for the first time. All these years, we did the mad colour and water routine with friends. With family, it was much more civilized….