An important aspect of travel is to try the local cuisine. But in an alien city, how to find a place that serves authentic regional food in a pleasant, clean ambiance and at reasonable prices? No wonder, a traveler is often baffled. We are making it easy for our Delhi-Fun-Dos readers. We recently visited “Sudipar Rannaghar”, a restaurant serving Bengali food in Kolkata and here is our account.
Biswa Bangla is the handicrafts and handloom store of West Bengal. The New Delhi store is at Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan, close to the Connaught Place end. Here is our report.
Wow! Momo has sprouted all over Delhi NCR. This is a Kolkata chain and they may launched concurrently in Kolkata and Delhi. But what on earth is with their momos?
PlaceofOrigin.in is a portal that sells famous local food. They carry a wide range of sweets, snacks, cheese, cereals etc. from various corners of India. It’s a real FunDo and our stomachs agree.
The Government of West Bengal has been organising an annual Mango Mela in Delhi that brings a host of varieties of mangoes from Bengal for us. In addition, handloom and crafts from Bengal and a mini food court selling Bengali sweets and other items rounds off the experience. Read on for details.
We were invited to watch Vamatara, a Bharatnatyam production by danseuse Malavika Sarukkai and her troupe, at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi in September, 2016. We recently had the opportunity of watching this production again at GD Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata. The crisp production of little more than an hour was conceptualized as well as choreographed by the veteran artist.
It took some time for Bengali food to come out of the home kitchens to commercial spaces. There is no looking back since then and we find people from all over the country upbeat about trying out new Bengali dishes. Ki Hangla in Gurugram does just that. It has a long menu comprising popular as well as lesser known dishes of Bengali / Bangladeshi cuisines. We went the full hog during a recent dinner with Ki Hangla fare.
Durga Puja, an essentially Bengali festival is celebrated every autumn. The celebrations have travelled outside Bengal and consequently Delhi NCR hosts more than a thousand Durga Pujas. Here is an account of our experience.
The much published Bengali film Praktan was released last week. It is running in many multiplexes in Delhi – Gurgaon – Noida etc. The film has great camera work, nice music, English subtitles and very little Bengali hangover. This foresight smoothens the process of connecting with the world audience.
Shiraz in Kolkata is a legend for biryanis. A whole generation of Calcuttans (much before it was “Kolkata”) grew up to its tastes. So much so, Calcuttans who have migrated often become nostalgic, to the extent of becoming emotional, over Shiraz biryani. The Calcuttan between us keeps looking for this style biryani in NCR. Insatiated, we recently visited Shiraz to see how did it fare with changing times.