April 25, 2011

The Good Friday Weekend!

It all began with a phone call and an extended Good Friday vacation which I had presumed I would be spending on my own in the onset of summers. I had been complaining for a while of my lack of travel ever since I had moved to Gurgaon, not very far away from completing a year now. Not that opportunity did not come my way, but somehow none of them worked out. This however, is the account of one which did. A trip to Himachal Pradesh, specifically, Thanedar; The route being rather longish looked somewhat like this: Delhi –> Ambala –> Kalka –> Shimla –> Narkanda –> Thanedar (and then…

February 4, 2011

Dilli Diaries

Keeping true to at least one of my resolutions, have been braving the weekend afternoon laziness and stepping out over the past few weeks. The metro rides are now something I look forward to, the walks are getting longer, the winter clothes are being shed one after another, and I have perhaps begun to understand why some people are so fond of Delhi. It all began on a Friday while I was scanning Hindustan Times City for some client related stuff and came across the advertisement for Disney’s all new animated movie –‘Tangled’. Knowing my experiences with Harry Potter’s latest, my love for animation and the fact that I have…

April 17, 2010

Tourism Oman!

I have been going around Muscat, strange as it may seem, on whatever little public transport exists here. Taxis are now considered safe modes of travelling for short distances, and the orange and white cabbies also readily converse in broken English and Hindi,dependnig on their perception of your nationalilty. So this evening, it was Mutrah, or the Old Muscat Corniche – which was completely destroyed by Muscat’s own tropical cyclone – Gonu, in 2008 and has now been built anew. Since this was the place where we lived since I can remember, and before we shifted to Darsait, I have an attachment toward the place. Also, ‘corniche’ is usually the…

April 16, 2010

Shopping, shakes and Santino’s!

Had the nicest day today! Although Baba isn’t here and the house feels all empty and boring; but Ma, by herself can be super entertaining too! Had Rajasthani stuffed kachoris for lunch, with neembu paani and London Dairy ‘Pralines and Creme’ to follow… slurrp!!! Since it is Friday, and the neighbour wale uncle had chutti, they decided to go shopping, and Ma and me tagged along as well, with the money Baba had allocated to buy my new phone!! Yes, I am finally getting rid of the E50, irrespective of my love for it. Will now possess a Nokia E72 =D More about it in a later post (i.e. once…

April 15, 2010

Nobo Borsho =)

And it is another year passed in the bengali calender. Shubho Nobo Borsho to all. Welcome to the year 1417. Today is a day to celebrate, back in West Bengal. New clothes are a must, not to forget the feet touching and money getting too =D So much food and mishti all around. Here in Muscat, it has always been the same. The annual ‘Bongiyo Parishad’ meet, with children being draped in little sarees and dhotis singing Rabindranasangeets and dancing to their tunes. Poetry, plays and quizzes would follow. Then would be that part which everyone was basically there for – the authentic Bengali Nobo Borsho dinner. From papad, to…