Archive for June, 2016

Book Review ~ The Lost Generation by Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

June 29, 2016 3 comments

The Lost Generation: Chronicling India’s Dying Professions

Nidhi Dugar Kundalia

Lost Generation

The Lost Generation (Photo Courtesy: Amazon)

It was about four years ago, I received a phone call from an unknown lady. She introduced herself as Nidhi Dugar Kundalia, the assistant editor of Kindle Magazine and wanted some information about the traditional water carriers of Kolkata, the Bhistis. I provide her with what ever information I had.

I met Nidhi, a few months later, during the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest (AKLF) at the Lascar Memorial, after that we were completely out of touch apart from a few isolated messages in FB.

Early in 2016 I received a message from Nidhi, inviting me for her book launch in Quest Mall. The book titled The Lost Generation, is a chronicle of India’s dying profession and the bhistis also featured in the list of the vanishing professions of the country.

Apart from the bhistis the books covered ten other vanishing professions covering the length and breadth of the country. Apart from doing extensive field work the author also went through series of books, journals and papers on related topics. The long list of bibliography and notes are first hand proof of Nidhi’s extensive paper works.

Also my name appears in the acknowledgement section of the book, along with a host of other men and women, who have helped Nidhi in the compilation of the stories of the vanishing professions of India.

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Tea Tasting with Goodricke, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata

June 26, 2016 2 comments

Tea Tasting with Goodricke

Gurusaday Road, Kolkata

See Also: Events by Candid Communication and Blog posts on Tea

I must drink a lot of tea or I can not work. Tea unleashes the potential, which slumbers in the depth of my soul.

Leo Tolstoy

Sorting the tea samples for the tea taster, Goodricke, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata

Sorting the tea samples for the tea taster, Goodricke, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata

The most common legend related to the discovery of tea dates back to 2737 BC in Yunnan provience in China. It happened during the reign of the Emperor Shen Nong. The story narrates that while the emperor was drinking from a bowl, a few leaves from the nearby tea plant fell in it. He liked the resulting beverage, which lead to the world wide phenomenon of tea drinking.

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Baobab Juice, The taste of Africa in the heart of Incridible India

June 22, 2016 4 comments

Baobab Juice

The taste of Africa in the heart of Incredible India

Also see: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Baobab (genus Adansonia), popularly known as the upside down tree, is a native of Africa but grows abundantly in the Mandu region of Madhya Pradesh (MP).

Baobab Trees in Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

Baobab Trees in Mandu, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

An African native, it is an inhabitant of the dry region. The Baobab grows in abundance in western, eastern and southern Africa, including Madagascar. It is also found in the Arabian Peninsula and even Australia.

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Rangrez, A Muslim Marwari Dyeing Community

June 19, 2016 28 comments


A Muslim Marwari Dyeing Community of Kolkata

Also see: Vanishing Professions of Kolkata (Calcutta)

Cloth, as well as yearns, of bright shades hanging from terraces to dry, is a common sight around the area of Nakhoda Masjid, in Chitpur area of Central Kolkata. This is the world of Rangrez!!!

A dyeing process in progress in a Rangrez Workshop, near Nakhoda Masjid, Chitpur, Kolkata

A dyeing process in progress in a Rangrez Workshop, near Nakhoda Masjid, Chitpur, Kolkata

Rangrez, a Muslim Marwari speaking community, dyes for a living. Today the rangrez community in Kolkata numbers around 3000 and few of families still practice the traditional method of dyeing.

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Half a decade of Blogging, celebrating my blog’s 5th birthday

June 17, 2016 8 comments

Half a decade of Blogging

Celebrating my blog’s 5th birthday

Also see: My Blog’s Birthdays

“…….there are many, who has become famous by blogging, and many famous people have taken to blogging.”

– Anuradha Goyal, Blogger and author of The Mouse Charmers

With half a decade of blogging, I am not yet famous but a few famous people have appreciated my blog, which includes two best selling authors Amitav Ghosh and William Dalrymple. I have been among the top travel bloggers list published by a number of travel portals like Holidify and Tours of Kerala.

Half a decade of blogging

Half a decade of blogging

My blog has been reviewed by the Bengali newspaper Ei Samay, of Times of India (TOI) group. I have been interviewed by travel portal 101 Vacation and news portal Bangla Your Story. Also I had a QnA session at the Oxford Book Stores organized by Kolkata Bloggers.

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Aritar and Lampokhari Tourism Festival, East Sikkim, Sikkim

June 15, 2016 3 comments


Aritar and Lampokhari Tourism Festival

East Sikkim, Sikkim

See also: Familiarization (FAM) Tour of Lampokahri Festival and Silk Route, East Sikkim

The Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient network of trade routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East from China to the Mediterranean Sea. [Source: Wikipedia]

Panoramic view of Aritar Monastery, Aritar, East Sikkim, Sikkim

Panoramic view of Aritar Monastery, Aritar, East Sikkim, Sikkim

The original silk route connected China with Mediterranean and past north of the Himalayas, but there were several other routes, which connected the Indian subcontinent with the main silk route. One such route passed through North Bengal and East Sikkim and entered Tibet via Nathu La or Jelep La.

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Personalized Passport Holder from Perfico

June 8, 2016 2 comments

Personalized Passport Holder from Perfico

Travel Accessory Review

Passport and credit cards are essentials for an international travel and if you are a travel writer a notebook and pen are also on the must carry list. These things are not only need to be carried but also to be used frequently for the entire stretch of travel.

Customized Passport Holders and Luggage Tags from Perfico

Customized Passport Holders and Luggage Tags from Perfico

So travellers always carry a passport pouch and these pouches or holders also come in with extra flaps for credit card and writing pads. This gives the traveller easy access to the frequently used but extremely valuable documents.

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