Oh Kolkata! Different Strokes!

­­“Where does one go in a tremendous city like Calcutta to find insider information? I recalled Indiaʼs golden rule: do the opposite of what would be normal anywhere else.”—Tahir Shah What do I say about Kolkata, my home? It is a city that may not be full of historical monuments like Delhi or Agra, but

Jaipur Bazaar’s Colourful Bargains!

The markets in and around Jaipurʼs Hawa Mahal in the Old City have a timeless quality. Here, the site and sounds are as colourful as the items sold from stalls that lie within the crumbling walls of the City Palace. There are several bazaars to explore, and each one is like peeling another layer of

Konark Poem to the Sun

By Gigi Dutt Pics: Alaktanu Halder The magnificent, black granite temple at Konark was built in the Kalinga style of temple architecture in the 13th century, by King Narasimha Deva of the Eastern Ganga dynasty and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1984. Some believe there was once a much older temple, from


Days of Glory! By Gigi Dutt   Exotica seldom comes as compactly packaged as Rajasthan. With its fairytale palaces, imposing forts and a topography ranging from the Aravalli Hills, amongst the oldest in the world, and the forbidding sand dunes of Thar Desert to the forested riches of Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan offers incessant highs