Kolkata. Take 2. It’s grand to revisit but especially when a city has captured your heart. There’s something about Kolkata. The place. The people. The joie-de-vivre. The haunting smells of cardamom, rose, garlic, onions and incense. The bite of chilli to your eyes. The constant squawking crow-chatter with their balletic swoops hither and thither. We […]Read More Bengali Bonhomie. Kolkata Kindness.
Sri Lanka has amazed us. Like India in many ways, but yet, completely different, it is endlesslesly surprising and mesmerising. We were wandering along the battered but still formidable ramparts of Galle Fort when what should we behold gaily striding down the street before our very amazed gazes but this.Read More 76 Trombones in the Big Parade
Galle Fort is a beautiful UNESCO heritage listed town on the south-western coast of Sri Lanka, built first by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch. (Those Dutch certainly knew how to build ramparts! These provide a spectacular passagiata as the sun sets, the lizards, crows, magpies and colourful tourists come out.) Galle features […]Read More Délices d’Architecture: Galle Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Dhal Curry (Parippu): Sri Lankan dhal is thick, a perfectly cooked balance of of mash and lentils, a serendipitous blend of spices in coconut milk with a kick of chili to make it interesting. Fresh curd and kithul treacle (made from jaggery). The curd (Buffalo milk) is rich, creamy and delicious – yoghurt […]Read More Sri Lankan Food
Kochi is so very beautiful, so full of amazing tableaux that it could not be contained in one blog. Thus…White ginger sifters, black Santa, Dhobi Wallahs, Ayurvedic massage recipients bearing uncanny resemblances to road accident victims, a Hebrew village, Bolsheviks, Catholics, Dutch Skulls and crossbones.Read More Kochi #2
Conrad takes you aboard, sits you down on the deck, and before your very astonished eyes pulls down the stars from the skies and drops them gently into your lap. Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski was born into a Polish noble family in the Ukraine, which at that time was part of the Russian Empire, though […]Read More Dislocated Book Report: The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad