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When we reached Durbar Square in Patan little did we know that we will witness an unique festival of worshipping rain god through a Chariot journey .Rato Machhendranath is considered as the reincarnation of the Lord Shiva by Hindus, while the Buddhists regard him as the Tantric reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara. A 300 year old temple at southern part of Durbar square Patan is where it all started .
We often used to bypass this small little shop at Circus Row while on our way to office . One day we stopped to experiment and check out that shop . We realised that it was worth the experimentation . Creme Caramel is that cake shop in your neighbourhood which will grow on you ..
Its a beginning for two friends . Its a beginning for a friendship over a decade . Sweethandi starts delivering Kolkata sweets across India and Pikturenama becomes the official blogger and food photographer . In the month of December
Satarupa represented those women who for ages have remained forcefully silent in dark with leaps sealed but now the time has come to come out . Time has come to embrace the light and become bold and courageous . A photostory.
Winter Tales III – Ma cooks Ranga alur Roshopuli Traditional deep fried sweet potato dumplings in date palm syrup
The transition between winter and spring and then summer has many memories . What defines end of winter ? This winter Ma cooked Rashapuli – a traditional bengali dessert which is fried sweet potato dumplings in date palm syrup . We said good bye to winter . Read here for more
Its rarely I participate in a competition but when the invitation comes from a fellow veteran blogger – thats an honour in itself . Thomas cook wants the bloggers and the photographers to explore the four basic elements in Universe – Earth, Fire, Water and Air . I searched through my pictures and travelled from Mt Alps in Switzerland to Phewa Lake in Pokahara Nepal with a stopover at Turkey and Greece . The choice was tough . However – here are my four options . Let me know how you like it
I was lucky to be witnessing the LGBT parade at Zurich . First time for my life . We had no plans for Zurich and explored the city on our own and at Bahnhofstrasse we witnessed this colourful carnival . Memories surfaced of my friend P who years ago was confused about his identity and suffered . Stay well P .
We Bengalees grow up with sweets . Any occassion , any situation , any season sweets are part of it . Memoirs of growing up along with sweets and how it was an integrated part of life . One misses this the most when stays outside kolkata . Memories , nostalgia and some pictures
Magnum Ice Cream got officially launched in Kolkata .On 21st February , at Crystal Room Taj Bengal it was a sinful Belgian Chocolate trail with celebrity Masterchef Kunal Kapur and ravishing Soha Ali Khan Pataudi . Check out the recipe for traditional Bengali dish – Pathi Shapta with Magnum Ice Cream .
After a long hectic Sunday , Madhushree starts baking for our son’s tiffin next day . Little research reveals that this is the original Indian Cookie with a Dutch origin and traces in Surat . Presenting Nan Khatai – with recipe
At 1100 metres height on Ananda hills The World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara Nepal overlooks the Annapurna Mountain range which reflects off Lake Phewa Tal below. It is thus one of the more serene peace pagodas in the world. On a cloudy day we climbed about 200 steps with a 2 year old only to get disheartened and getting our rewards later .
Mrs Magpie at Lake View Road has been our personal favourite . We visited the second outlet opened at Kasba Connector opposite at 2nd floor of The Chambers Mall opposite of Gitanjali Stadium . This is Bistro and offers a menu which is distinctly different from Mrs Magpie the Coffee shop . Check out whats on offering .
At times unplanned moving around in an unknown city helps to explore the city more. On our last day of our tour at Switzerland we were at Zurich . We explored the city on our own and saw another face of Zurich . Part 1 of the travelog .
When was the last time you had put up a mask ? I explore Ishita with a mask , her self and also her alter ego . As a part of Fine Art Photography workshop by Agnimirh Basu Ishita took us on a journey of self exploration and inner dilemma
If you are at Ganga Kutir then you cannot afford to miss the Authentic Bengali restaurant – Sonar Tori . We had a sumptuous lunch there and enjoyed it too . Designed by ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee this is worth a visit for all gastronomes . Later a discussion with Chef Firoz Hossain threw some detailed insight on the restaurant . Here is my review .
93.5 Red FM Kolkata relaunches its morning show as Morning no.1. A breakfast magician visits our home from Flurys as surprise . All day breakfast gets cooked and served . The eldest and the youngest family member are the happiest of the lot .
Wedding photography is not all fun always . Dedication , hard work , focus , sincerity all is needed just like any other profession . My ten best learning as a professional wedding photographer and some tips to overcome some problems
Winter brings back loads of memories and out of which one is with the orange . Our 5 memories of Orange in winters and a recipe of Orange Swiss Roll with Whipped Cream .
A journal of how I spent 20 hours at Ganga Kutir Kolkata with some pictures . This place is not for excitement filled adrenaline rushes but when one feels for quick rejuvenation and introspection, this is the place to go.
Its 2nd year in a row where I participate in Help Portrait movement by Jeremy Cowart . Help Portrait Kolkata 2014 where we click picture and we give away . This year it was Hope foundation and New Light NGO.
A roasted chicken recipe with a Shahi touch . Blogging makes deep inroads in the family as my wife turns a passive blogger . In the midst super chaotic situation at home we manage to cook and blog too .. Now its time for some feedback
What does winter to mean to you ? Remembering some memories and how cauliflower is an integrated part of winter .
Momii the silent surreal and sensuous lady who left us thinking and wanting for more . A photostory of Fine Art Photography workshop .
My experience in a fine art photography workshop . A girl called Dristi who came in as a butterfly slowly transforms herself to a firefly . A picture essay .
On the last day of the Nepal tour I felt the inner call – to visit Boudhanath with my camera . Its an experience worth sharing . The selection was tough between the pictures and words.
Its tea with a twist . Remembering our first cup of tea and the journey henceforth . Have you ever tasted masala Chai ice cream – Read on
How we explored the beautiful historic city of Montreux by the Lake Geneva on our own . We realised finally that she is a true enigmatic beauty ..
Unknowingly we became a part of Yodeling festival in interLaken Switzerland . Here’s our story of that memorable night .
While passing through a very hectic week with professional and personal commitments – this quick, easy to make dish will definitely enhance the eating experience . Check it out .
We missed our train twice in a small quaint Swiss town called Engelberg . We discovered love , dreams and a place to come back when we will be old . Discover Engelberg . Fall in love . Weave some dreams .
As a part of the largest Social Photography event in world – I participated in the 7th Scott Kelby worldwide photowalk and successfully failed to capture Kalighat the abode of goddess Kali in Kolkata
How on a Sunday evening my son and I were surprised by this beautiful dish . Feta Cheese as the hero and some experimental piktures as embelishments
Revisiting Tero Parbon – The Bengali theme restaurant at Gariahat kolkata and the experience and review thereafter
The festival of Sindoor Khela or vermillion smearing is riot of red – colourful , versatile and extravagant . Some pictures to depict the story
This Durga Puja I overcame a personal fear which has been there with me since my adolescent days . Thanks to an old friend of mine – A Cassette player and a magician called Robin da
Counting 10 hands of Durga was always a challenge as a child – picture story of preparation
How I grew up with Mahalaya and how I see it now through my lens . Few pictures and some memories – some told some untold .
In case you are planning a trip to Cappadocia please dont miss the Hot Air balloon ride – Once in a lifetime memory with tips for photographers
On a Sunday afternoon , close group of friends with Roasted Pork Belly and Hugh M Hefner’s little black book . Spoilt with choices.. but still things can go wrong …
My first portrait shoot where I gave away the pictures . A part of the initiative of Help-Portrait . An experience I can never forget , neither I can forget those faces