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Posted on: Monday , Jan 10, 2011 At 18:14 PM

Kolkata Travel Tips


 A friend from Kolkata - the city of joy - suggested these travel tips. Some Dos and Don'ts:

Dos

  • If you are planning for a visit to the city then winter season is the most appropriate time. The summers are hot and humid and in monsoons there is lot of down pouring. October to February is the best time to move into the place.

  • Before starting the journey be sure to carry minimum of the luggage. Kolkata is a very crowded place and to carry heavy luggage means lots of hassles.

  • The public transport is very crowded and there are good chances of your pocket being picked in buses and metro. So act wise and travel by bus or taxi.
  • There are many places of interest contained in Kolkata. Leaving aside the monuments, make sure to check out the famous learning centres.

  • Kolkata is a place with a rich and polished culture. The Bengali people are quite lively and eloquent. In Kolkata try to get the experience of interacting with the locals.

  • Fish and Sweets are two things Bengali food never misses. Have a taste of the popular food served in Kolkata.

  • Make sure to visit some of the oldest coffee houses in Kolkata.

  • Try to avoid intermediaries and fraudulent travel agents. It is better to take some pain and consult government information offices.


A wonderful pic by Suvajit

Don'ts

  • Do not attempt to travel without tickets in public transport.

  • Avoid to commute in the peak office hours as the streets are often jammed with traffic.

  • Always make sure to carry a small litter bag. It won't be a good practice to dump the litter at public places.

  • Kolkatans are very particular about their culture. Do not make any kind of nuisance regarding the popular culture.

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Posted on: Monday , Dec 13, 2010 At 12:21 PM

Book Review: The Sunset Club


If you are not too familiar with Delhi’s weather, the new book by Khushwant Singh – The Sunset Club – is a good starting point. No, it’s not a book about the climate change and its effects on the national capital but the one, which beautifully describes moods of Delhi in different seasons. And in between the months, are stories of three octogenarian friends who meet almost daily at the Lodhi Gardens.


Having past sunny days, the three old men – a nawab, a pandit and a sardar – share memories, discuss newspaper headlines, scandals, sex, and of course the weather sitting on a bench which they call burra bench looking at the dome in front.

A good read on a lazy Sunday, the book provides an insight into old age. It gets boring in between but Khushwant Singh with his typical wit and unabashed style manages to hold the interest of the reader till the very end.

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Posted on: Friday , Dec 03, 2010 At 15:31 PM

Qutb Minar: A Photo Essay


 Tall & Beautiful





































Craftsmanship






























The old guard



























Ruins



































Beauty in the stone








































Iron Pillar




























Qutb Minar from a different angle






























Our friends from Japan and UP





























Our friends from Europe look amazed




































Do ask for the genuine Bisleri water bottle, the chances are you'll get only these or if lucky may be genuine ones



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