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Movie Review: Bela sheshe: completely disappointing Boring filmmaking, melodramatic storytelling, inconsistent characterization and uninspired and clichéd performances defines this one. The idea of watching private moments of your old parents through hidden cameras is disgusting enough, and those fake teary eyes make it more so. The writing is careless all over. It is not clear whether the patriarch played by Soumitra Chatterjee decides on his outlandish act because he wants his wife to be independent (swabalambi) or because he likes solitude

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Lesser Known Hill Stations in West Bengal – II

In this post, a continuation of the previous one, we will explore a few more lesser known hill stations hidden in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas: Suntaleykhola Located barely 5 kilometres from Samsing, Suntaleykhola is a small hamlet that has been attracting the attention of travelers for some time now. Positioned at an altitude of 650 to 950 meters above the sea level, Suntaleykhola derives its name from a small river. Suntaley means orange and khola means

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Lesser Known Hill Stations in West Bengal – I

It might come as a surprise to many travellers, but there are several lesser known hill stations in north Bengal where you can easily spend a lazy weekend. These include Charkhole, Chatakpur, Samsing, Lava, Loleygaon, Sillery Gaon and a few more. Some fall under Dooars (Jalpaiguri) and some under the Darjeeling district. Let’s take a quick look at some of these. Samsing Set amongst undulating skyline, a drive through the Dooars will take you to

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A Quick Look at Darjeeling Travel Guide

Straddling a ridge 2200 meters above the sea level, surrounded by verdant tea plantations, with the majestic Kanchenjunga mountain range overlooking it, Darjeeling makes for one of most definitive hill stations not only in West Bengal but also across India. Dating back to the colonial era, the city offers some of the best experiences for the curious traveller. Apart from gazing at the magnificent Kanchenjunga range, you can explore the existing colonial era architecture, visit an

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Muri Ghonto: Bengali Fish Head Curry

Fish being the staple diet for the Bengalis, fish head is eaten in various different ways, especially the large fish heads of Rohu, Katla, Hilsa are considered delicacies and special dishes are made out of them. Interestingly, in Bengali custom a would-be married lady is served fish head curry at her aiburobhaat (last meal as a single person). On the other hand, a newly married groom is welcomed with a huge cooked fish head as a part

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Sunday Special: Mutton Curry Memories

Nostalgia buffs engulf me every time I devour into the quintessential mutton curry or mangsher jhol as it is fondly known in Bengali. Goat meat or Pathar Mangsho, the Bengali term for the same has long been associated with Bengal in various forms; sometimes as a lip-smacking delicacy sometimes as the best ambrosia. Growing up in the concrete Calcutta jungle gave me less opportunity to explore the beauty of rural Bengal. My maternal grandmother hailed

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Top 7 Bengali Vegetarian Delicacies

The land of Bengal has long been associated with culture and festivals. As goes the saying Baaro Maashey Taaro Parbon (thirteen festivals in twelve months), Bengalis have ample reasons and festivals to celebrate. It goes without saying that food makes an integral part of any Bengali festival. A four course meal or sometimes even more complete any Bengali gathering; while Fish is the major connecting point for Bengali cuisine, we must understand that the Bengal

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Beautiful Bengal – Tinchuley, Darjeeling – iv

Located above the old cantonment area of Takdah, Kurseong, this small hamlet is definitely worth visiting. Homestays are the best options available in Tinchuley. Bara Mangwa also has an excellent homestay facility. Two major accommodations available in the region are Heritage Guest House and the Village Homestay. Both the lodges offer good accommodation facilities with awesome home-cooked food. While homestays come as a pleasant experience, it is advisable that you keep certain medicines such as

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Beautiful Bengal – Tinchuley, Darjeeling – iii

The flowing Teesta River adds on the beauty of the region further. From just sitting beside the river bed to taking a dip in the cold waters is thrilling experience for sure. Known as the Lovers’Point where Teesta meets the Ringit River, is one of the best places that tourists throng when they visit Tinchuley. The magnificent Kanchenjunga abounding the rivers is definitely a sight to be behold. The lovely Orange Orchards at Nirmal’s is

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Beautiful Bengal – Tinchuley, Darjeeling – ii

Located a few kilometers away from Tinchuley is Bara Mangwa. Another small hamlet Bara Mangwa, lying across the Teesta River offers some excellent views of nature. So, if you love nature, a trip to Tinchuley-Bara Mangwa is probably one of the best options available. A ride across the hills through the clouds, seeing the meandering Teesta flow, tea gardens and apple orchards, sipping on the locally made drink and simply relaxing, you are bound to

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