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A Four Day Bengali Wedding: Day 3

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We’re Going to Ibiza? With two days of a marathon wedding behind us, it was time for a day of letting loose; a day of taking off the fancy clothes and just being us. I’d enjoyed the shining Indian attire and the oos and ahs I got from locals as I made my way back […]

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A Four Day Bengali Wedding: Day 2

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Before the Wedding Ceremony When you wear a sari, you need the correct undergarments. My pre-made petticoat fit well, but the top that was tailored for me did not. After I returned from the flower market, I dashed through the markets in the Sudder Street area until I found a vendor who carried ready made […]

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Photo Essay: A Visit to the Howrah Flower Market in Kolkata

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I visited three cab drivers before I found one who understood where I wanted to go and knew how to get there. After a short drive, we stopped in front of what appeared to be a slum with people selling random goods in front of it. “This can’t be the right place,” I thought. The […]

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My Two Kolkatas

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On the first day of the wedding festivities, I walked into the opulent lobby of the Oberoi Grand. Everything about it was truly grand: the chandelier hanging from the ceiling, the flower arrangement in the center, the piano, the amount of space, the way I was greeted by the employees. It was clear that there […]

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Photo Essay: Scenes from Kolkata

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In Kolkata, I didn’t have a lot of time to wander and take pictures of the city, so I always tried to have my camera ready to capture everyday moments and sights that I found to be interesting. Most of these pictures were taken in the Sudder Street area or from the backseat of taxi […]

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Songs for the Road No. 8: A Mehndi Folk Song

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I’ve had Mehndi/Madhorama Pencha in my music collection for a while now and have always loved the joyfulness of it. The percussive clapping and the freewheeling female vocals always inspire me to move. It wasn’t until after the wedding I attended in Kolkata that I found out that mehndi is the application of henna and […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

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The Victoria Memorial is Kolkata’s main attraction. Architecturally, the building draws from both Indian and English aesthetics and it looks like a cross between the Taj Mahal and the White House or the Capitol Building. It’s quite a stunning building and the memorial grounds also include expansive and well-maintained gardens and lawns. Inside the memorial […]

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You Can Check Out Anytime You Like…

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I woke up to the sounds of tinny music and movement. With my body seriously confused about what time zone it was in, I hadn’t slept much. But once I regained an awareness of the fact that I’d spent a night at the Hotel Diplomat, I got out of bed and immediately got into a […]

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