Saturday, 31 August 2013

Quick Snap: The road much traveled

The 'road' as seen from my lab door after a spot of rain in the afternoon

Friday, 30 August 2013

Quick Snap: Just Hanging Out

This squirrel decided to literally 'hang-out' outside my lab window. The photographs have been taken with the window closed and hence the clarity is not as nice as I would have liked. But each time I tried to sneak up and open the window, it would run away and settle back once I closed the window. Its poses were too unique to pass up, so here are the images as best I could capture :)...

Monday, 26 August 2013

Aachen Chronicles: The time I went ice-skating

This one time, when I was living in Aachen, I saw an advertisement at the student center - Ice skating this Saturday. I saw the paper, I had a pen, I realized I could figure out a German ad - so I took the next logical step - I signed up.
Now this is not a big thing, except for the fact that I had never really been on ice before. There is an ice-skating rink in my hometown of Kolkata. I go there quite frequently actually. But it has not served as an ice skating rink since I don't know when. It hosts all sorts of exhibition and fairs instead.

"How difficult can it be?", I figured. Very difficult, as it turned out.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Kolkata Diaries: A Weekend Getaway to Itachuna Rajbari

Just under a hundred kilometers away from the bustling city of Kolkata, a sleepy mansion awaits your visit. This two and a half hundred year old 'Rajbari' is a homestay the likes of which is not too common these days. If you have a weekend free in Kolkata when the weather is pleasant and you are in the mood to get away from it all, book a room or two at Itachuna and take a step back in time.

Itachuna Rajbari

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Quick Snap: The green door

The locked green door at the end of a color bleached corridor, Itachuna Rajbari

Quick Snap: The Indian Flag Interpreted

This photograph I took at Khannan is my interpretation of the Indian National Flag.
Do you see the reference in the picture?

Monday, 19 August 2013

Chicken in Coconut Cream by Debasish B

Amader HNesel Thekey...From Our Kitchen (Series):

Guest Post by Dr. Debasish Bhattacharya.

Though I have not stopped cooking for a while, I am catching up late with you all due to my preoccupation with official report writing for infrastructure development projects which currently I am in.

Recently my elder brother Debabrata has treated me with a mutton preparation which was awesome. Inspired by that I prepared this chicken curry that turned out to be awesome too. I am sharing this pleasure with you.

Let’s start preparing chicken in coconut cream…….

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

A Week in Vienna: Karlskirche - A stunning baroque church

In Karlsplatz, Vienna stands St. Charles's Church, locally known as Karlskirche, decidedly less well known than its more famous cousin Stephansdom.
The church is unique in its design with Greek and Roman influences in its architecture. Viennese baroque style is evident in the green copper dome that rises over two hundred feet in the air.


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Travel Tips Series: 2- Five common travel mistakes

Traveling is a learning experience. We take away new ideas, knowledge and inspiration from each place we visit and grow a bit in return. While mistakes are an integral part of any learning, there are some frequently made travel mistakes that can turn your perfect holiday into a stressful undertaking.

In this post, I will talk about the five mistakes that in my opinion are the most commonly made. I have been guilty of these at different times and I am sure many of you have too.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

A Week in Vienna: At Sacher Cafe, Vienna

Growing up in Kolkata, a treat from the neighbourhood Monginis bakery was the highlight of the week for the little me. I would explore a new pastry each week making puppy eyes at my ma or baba, whoever might have taken me to the shop that week, not that there were too many options and I soon settled down to choosing one or the other of my favorites - the Sacher pastry being one of them. Even to this day, Monginis sells the Sacher pastry and you can hear customers asking for the 'Say-shar' and getting the same for a meagre 25 rupees.

Years later and with a decidedly harder to satisfy taste-bud, I read about the Cafe Sacher in Vienna where some 180 years ago, the Sachertorte was invented. It is then needless to mention that I put it on my priority list to visit the cafe while I was in Vienna.

Cafe Sacher - home to the Sachertorte

A Week in Vienna: Visit to Naschmarkt, Vienna

In the April of 2010, I was in Vienna, Austria for a week, attending a conference followed by a quick holiday. While there, I made it a point to leave one Saturday on my calendar completely free? Why? Because Saturday is absolutely the best day to visit what could arguably be the most famous market in Vienna - Naschmarkt.