Category Archive: West Bengal

The Darjeeling “Toy Train”


I lived in Darjeeling for seven years, but in all that time I never rode on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR). The urgency to explore a place or an experience is rather low… Continue reading

The chai tutorial


When people here in the US think of chai, they think of this a.k.a. the masala chai. But, chai can also be this. For those scratching their heads, chai is any form of… Continue reading

Yesterday Once More


“Yesterday I dreamt I was in Manderley again.” Rebecca could well be voicing my own sentiments. I have dreamt that I am in my Manderly again, in Darjeeling, thousands of times, only to wake up… Continue reading

Margaret’s Hope


I waited for Margaret who visits the tea estate manager’s bungalow every night from the guest room on the west. She then goes to the study and then to the tennis court through… Continue reading

Sunderbans: Kingdom in the Delta


Sunderbans, that group of islands in the Bay of Bengal where tiger is the king, is for those who like to be in the middle of nowhere. Jaded though it  may sound, it… Continue reading

Down Nostalgia Lane in the Dooars


As the plane taxied on the runway in Bagdogra, I couldn’t help but feel a wee bit of dissapointment. The weather in Delhi had been pleasantly cool for the past few days and… Continue reading