Bengali Bonhomie. Kolkata Kindness.

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 […]

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76 Trombones in the Big Parade

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.          

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Sri Lankan Food

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 […]

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Kochi #2

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.

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