Review - Travel & Tourism

Tapas 'R' Us


‘Tapas’ are the famous snacks of Spain and before we went into venturing this unique kind of snacks, we did a bit of prodding to understand the origins of this fare. 


THE HILLS ARE ALIVE: A video-feature on Sandhak-Fu Trek

Calcutta, Feb 1, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) I had been languishing in utter boredom and hollow feeling. Boredom vanished as soon as Dr. Mili Chakraborty of the Dept. of Botany requested me to join Sandhak-Fu trek and I readily gave assent. She led me to their departmental teachers’ room and introduced me to Avik Sen, the proprietor of Impression India, specialized in Himalayan treks and I was impressed by the reassuring smile of the thickly mustached young man around forty. Mili showed me the list of trekkers already given consent and it included Dr. Mala Basu, popular for her story telling and her amiable hubby Mr. Asoke Basu, Dr. Bani Bahttacharyya of the Sanskrit Dept., well known to me for her advise on ancient Indian culture and many other colleagues and a few of their friends who were all well known to me.

Watch the short film on Sandakhpu trek and read the fascinating account of the trek by Dr Ratan Lal Basu on Washington Bangla Radio.


Putrajaya (Malaysia)


Putrajaya is the new administrative capital of Malaysia. The development of this swanky new city marks a new chapter in the history of modern architecture. Set to be a model ‘garden city’ with sophisticated IT network, Putrajaya has virtually become a key to the vital developments of the country.


AS I WALK IN KOLKATA (Calcutta)...

Calcutta is a city of wonders engulfing it's own history of the Raj Days, the stories of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, his disciple Swami Vivekananda, the ace director Satyajit Ray, the rickshaw puller from Dwarbhanga district in Bihar and the Street Vendor Netai from Sunderbans and it's political and cultural background.

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Calcutta (now known as Kolkata, thought I prefer it's former name) is a city as personalized as it's streets and lanes and as the master film-maker / author Satyajit Ray said, that to 'know' a city, one has to walk it's streets in order to absorb it's taste, visuals, sounds and of course it's smells.

So here on WBRI, I am going to begin a series of writings on Calcutta, and it's various walks. Each article dedicated to a particular area of the city or two.

So come along with me , put on your walking shoes, wear a light slacks, a cotton shirt with a light jacket, since at this time of the year it tends to get chilly in the evening and walk with me the streets of "KOLLOLINI  KOLKATA"!

Coming up in a couple of days  - "Walking down Raj Bhavan - St. John's Church - Calcutta General Post Office - Writer's Buildings - St. Andrew's Church - Old Currency building - Raj Bhavan Outhouses and the Great Eastern Hotel" !

Just hang on with me !!!


The 'Fiery' Sichuan


Sichuan cuisine is well known for its fiery yet mouth-watering fare that starts with simple warm and cold appetizers to grand meaty items.


The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA)


Known to the rest of the World as America’s summer place, the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island , Michigan was truly grand. The grand, white structure is majestic  and only justifies its position as a historical landmark. Celebrities and political leaders frequent this place and we wanted to be like them as we spent one day in this truly grand ‘Grand Hotel’ in the great lakes region of North America.


Two leaves and a bud (Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka)


The magical formula of ‘two leaves and a bud’ has put the scenic and splendid picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya in the map of World’s finest and cleanest tea producing region. 


Oh! Calcutta (West Bengal, India)


Glimpses and different moods of the City of joy…Calcutta.


A Religious Mind (Kathmandu, Nepal)


My leave application for a trip to Kathmandu was sanctioned from the bank without any delay only on the ground that I should visit Pashupatinath temple and get blessings for the branch. We had a stiff target to be met at the end of the financial year.
I would have, in any case, gone to the temple, not because it was a world cultural heritage site, but to get some peace of mind too.


Moscow

Spelt as Mockba and pronounced as Moskva, Moscow is perhaps one of the most beautiful cities that has not yet become a prime attraction for travellers.


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