Shruti Chakraborty

A hard-core traveller and foodie

Articles By Shruti Chakraborty

Know Your Monument: Ellora Caves

The rock-cut Ajanta and Ellora Caves (often visited together) are not only a popular tourist destination in central India, but are an important part of India’s religious and architectural heritage. 

What are the differences between Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr?

Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr are the two main holidays in Islam, but while both are called 'eid', there is a huge difference in the reason for their celebrations as well as the nature of festivities.

Friendship Day Special: Bhojali, Chhattisgarh’s ritualistic friendships

While Indians celebrate Friendship Day on August 5, did you know that several communities in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have been practising a ritualistic friendship festival called Bhojali for ages?

5 Indian museums your kids will love

There are more than a thousand museums peppered across India, but you have to start somewhere right? Here are some diverse options for you and your children this summer — escape the blistering sun (or embrace it), and learn something as well.

Bring forth the rains! Indian folklore and tribal practices to invoke rainfall

While local traditions around propitiating rain gods - ranging from a frog wedding to women ploughing the fields naked - have often stirred controversies, folklorists say one shouldn't dismiss their importance ethnographically.

International Yoga Day: It wasn’t always about just asanas and fitness

The timing of this interest in yogic practices coincided with the rise and spread of gymnastics and bodybuilding, which were being developed as a system of therapeutic movement, which is probably when the phrase 'mind body and spirit' germinated.

Ramzan: Practices and rituals you probably didn’t know about

Many among us know about roza as an essential practice among Muslims during Ramzan, did you know there are many other rituals that are followed as well? This ranges from e'tikaaf (a form of seclusion) to taraweeh (a special prayer at the end of the day).

Summer Sojourns: Offbeat destinations for a week-long trip

Wondering where to head this summer? Here are five destinations, both touristy and offbeat.

Ranbir and Deepika weren’t the only stars who dazzled at Manish Malhotra’s show

While there is no denying the absolute stunners that Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor were as they sashayed down the ramp, other actors like Sonakshi Sinha, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam and Nushrat Bharucha too attended the show.

PTron VIKI Bluetooth Sunglasses review: Embrace the sun, ditch the glasses

PTron Viki Bluetooth sunglasses claim to offer a lot of tech combined with the cool quotient of sunglasses. But how do they deliver? Here's what we thought after the review.

Follow the Bloom: Flower destinations around the world

A trail of pretty flowers across the world.

Oscars 2018 red carpet fashion: #MeToo, Time’s Up and now the Orange Pin

It has been a blackout this awards season with celebrities wearing black and the Time's Up pins to show solidarity with the Time's Up and Me Too movements. During the Grammy Awards, it was the white rose. And now, many could be sporting an orange pin against gun violence.

(Gogh)ne With The Wind

Nandy's attempt to create a thrilling cross-continent chase for one of the world's most sought-after paintings is admirable, but the execution is lacking.

The Secret Gem of Junagadh: Mahabat Maqbara

In Gujarat, the 19th century Mahabat Maqbara still stands tall.

This fest is lit: Get set to go to these literary festivals around the world in 2018

Around the world with lit fests. The year has just begun and there is a whole list of literature festivals that beckon the true bibliophile, and we've short-listed five of our favourites for you.

2018 long weekends: Where to vacation this year and when (without taking too many leaves)

This year has 13 long weekends, and two of which could be 12-day and 9-day vacations in August and November, if only you take a couple of strategic leaves. We've taken notes from our own travels and with inputs from experts, we suggest destinations in India and abroad.

Is Rajinikanth’s party symbol the same as Apana Mudra for ‘detoxification and purification’?

Political party symbols say a lot about the ideology, and Rajinikanth's 'Baba symbol' seems well-aligned with his claim of purging Tamil Nadu politics of corruption and his promise of a spiritual political government.

Curating experiences is the biggest trend in the travel industry

There's an ongoing shift in the travel space - from destination-driven travel to experience-driven travel, as a conversation with Ramesh Ramanathan, MD, Sterling Holiday Resorts (India) Ltd, reveals.

Shadow Lines: Journeys in Northeast India

The BBC Hindi journalist undertook the journey in 2000, soon after a spate of Hindi speakers from the northern part of the country were massacred ahead of the 2001 elections.

Of Warm Winter Lights: 5 Christmas markets that should be on your bucket list

A trawl through Europe’s best Christmas markets.