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36 hours in Kolkata

21st March 2016

When I heard last month that Lagori was scheduled to play in Kolkata on the 19th of March, I pulled out my phone to check the calendar. This was an excellent opportunity for me to tag along and try and explore a city I’d heard so much about. Luckily, the gig fell on a Saturday which meant we could stay on a day after to see as much as we could within that short time. In the days leading up to…

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My thoughts on “If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai”

3rd April 2015

“You have five minutes to pick a book”, said G as we raced towards our gate in the domestic terminal of the Kempegowda International Airport. No, we weren’t actually late – we just really wanted to make sure we had time to grab a bowl of mini idlis in sambar before we boarded the flight. This has apparently become some Lagori tradition, and I really didn’t want to be responsible for them breaking it! But I have my own traditions, and one…

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The Feb 20th saga

21st February 2015

Birthdays are a big deal in the Chitnis household. Hints about gifts are dropped over months. Requests for favourite dishes are made. Parties are planned weeks in advance. A meal out in a nice restaurant is mandatory. I grew up with these traditions, because for my dad, his birthday in particular was always about spending time with the family. In 2008, this changed a bit. This was the year I first began rationing my time on Feb 20th between spending…

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Chasing Coorg!

4th January 2015

I brought in the new year packing a suitcase. On Jan 1st, I set off on a road trip to Coorg to watch Lagori perform at Storm Festival. Surprisingly, Bangalore decided to celebrate the inaugural hours of 2015 with a burst of sudden rain, so that really added to the drama. The three cars met up at a tiny hotel near Orion Mall, and all of us wolfed down plates of steaming idli-sambar-chutney. Much of the drive was spent catching…

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Goan down memory lane

21st April 2013

Goa meant virgin piña coladas, afternoon siestas and endless hours on the beach.  I have memories of dashing into the water wearing my favorite yellow swimsuit that had three stripes running diagonally across. I remember posing for a picture when my father suddenly picked me up and swung me around, both of us ending up with surprised grins on our faces.  Another memory popped up: this time of when I was eight. The warmth of the sun on my face as I stood…

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Book Travels — The Indian Edition

13th April 2013

Has anybody done an ‘Indian cities’ book marathon? Not the traditional tourist type thing. I’m currently reading Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District and up next is Calcutta: Two Years in the City. Any suggestions on what book to move on to next so that I can expand my ‘travel’ map? Maybe something on Chennai or Bombay. …

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My Content Capsule #1

7th February 2013

So, I’m going to try something new. I spend a lot of time reading when I should be writing — so why not write about what I read? And I don’t just mean book reviews (which I have tried to do but somehow reading a book and putting down what I feel about it makes me feel like I’m dissecting the experience). I read about anything and everything: current events, technology, art, science, films, music and business. And of course food. You…

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Travelog. Not.

24th October 2012

I love planning vacations. Never mind that they don’t happen half the time. The rush of excitement when I stumble on a hotel website or pictures that I *know* I will love, figuring out how/when/noseriouslywhen, picking out places to visit and food to try.. I only wish I actually had the means of putting these plans into action! I have a strange habit of obsessing over buying a new notebook before I set off on my holiday. You see, there…

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