The Cocktail Chronicles (Part 6)

Fresh Fruit to the Fore So far, we went through two classic cocktails- the martini and the old-fashioned, and used them as a base to discuss the broader category of cocktails of ‘aromatic types’. These can be described as cocktails where an aromatic wine, or a bitter, or less commonly, a liqueur, is used as…

Rituranga : Barsha (Part 2)

Last time, we started our exploration of monsoon foods in Bengal, focusing primarily on the iconic plate of khichuri and ilish mach. It is time to move ahead and take a look at the rest of our meal. We’ve talked about the bhaja in the previous instalment, the array of fried goodies that provide texture…

The Unvanquished

No, I don’t usually do movie reviews, but I loved this one so much that I decided to give it a shot. There are some spoilers ahead, although this is the kind of movie where you enjoy the journey rather than get thunderstruck by the ending. Hope you like it…… I’m an old soul, an…

Rituranga : Barsha (Part 1)

“As children even the first sight of dark clouds rolling towards us from the distance southeast would set us skipping with excitement. The anticipation intensified as the winds gathered force, the low rumble of thunder was heard and the first streaks of lightning rent the sky. It is hard to remain on responsive to what…