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When the 'Gladiator' met the 'Angels & Demons.' (Rome, Italy)

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As we slurped big scoops of gelato on waffle cones, we debated, should we or should we not… Finally we decided that we would throw a coin on Trevi Fountain that would ensure our return to the eternal city. Honestly, I don’t believe in these legends but as I stood in front of the Fontana di Trevi and watched hundreds of people tossing a coin into the waters, I thought may be its worth giving a try and if it doesn’t work till the last day of my life, I can tell people ‘It’s not going to work.’ 


Swami Vivekananda (12th January 1863 - 04th July 1902)

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The World will celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda on January 12, 2012 and the Ramakrishna Math and Mission will begin a four-year-long celebration to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and carry out various projects in several states to commemorate the occasion. 


Rock City ( Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama) United States

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One fine summer morning we drove up the hills of Tennessee to reach Lookout Mountain, the most popular attraction of Chattanooga. Once atop the mountain, we were also in Georgia; geographically, Lookout Mountain belonged to Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama and to see all these three states and four more, we first reached Rock City.


Sherlock Holmes in Switzerland

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The whole world is talking about Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes-A Game of Shadows and I am particularly raving about the most charming Dr.Watson (Jude Law). The film is said to be based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Final Problem’ and after watching the film I fondly remembered my trip to Meiringen. 


Christmas & New Year Lighting Celebration in Park Street Kolkata - A Photo-Feature

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Park Street Lighting - Calcutta Christmas New Year Holiday Festival 2011

Kolkata, December 31, 2011, (Washington Bangla Radio/Penning Creations): Ho ho ho!!...so came again Christmas time, with it the mistletoe and wine. Well maybe the mistletoe’s not completely authentic, and the wine would be competing with a larger variety of drinks, but the Christmas spirit in Kolkata perhaps reaches that public celebratory stage, which most of the proprietor countries wouldn’t.



Ikra (Russian Caviar)

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Ikra or the Russian caviar is culled from the sturgeon as it moves to fresh water to spawn in adjoining rivers, from its habitat in the Caspian Sea. The most prized ikra are Beluga, Ossietra, and Sevruga, in descending order of quality — and demand! Not surprisingly, it’s also fabulously expensive as the best caviar is from sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. 


Songjiang (Shanghai, China) The Traditional City

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It was love at first sight with Songjiang, a stylish city, just about an hours drive from Shanghai. Full of fresh air and with loads of attractions tucked away in every nook and corner, this was an ideal place for visitors who would like to spend the weekends on day trips.


Taj Mahal (Agra, India) The Epitome of Love

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Under the Mughal Rule during the 16th and the 17th century, Agra was the capital of India and since the first half of the seventeenth century it has been the home to the most fascinating monument of the world which till date reign supreme; the Taj Mahal.


Fajita (Tex-Mex delicacy)

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Fajita resembles our very own ‘Calcutta roll’ but not wrapped so meticulously. The combined dish of Texas and Mexico also means ‘a little strap.’ The history of Fajita is a little inhuman;


On the shores of the Mediterranean - Alexandria (Egypt)

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Magnificently blue-green waters have an instant soothing effect on the mind. In this case the soothe factor came from the visual charm of the vast desert meeting the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea at historic Alexandria. 


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