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Shruti Chakraborty


A hard-core traveller and foodie

The Taj Mahal is neither India’s only nor first monument of love, here are five others
Sat, Feb 15, 2020

Long before the Taj Mahal emerged as THE monument of love in the world, there were several others as well—some even predating the seventeenth-century mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal. For Valentine’s Day this year, Sahapedia lists five.

Know Your Monument: Ellora Caves
Mon, Oct 29, 2018

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?
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

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
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

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
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

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
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

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
Thu, Jun 21, 2018

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
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

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
Sun, Apr 29, 2018

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
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

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
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

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
Sun, Mar 18, 2018

A trail of pretty flowers across the world.

Oscars 2018 red carpet fashion: #MeToo, Time’s Up and now the Orange Pin
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

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
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

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
Wed, Feb 21, 2018

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
Tue, Feb 13, 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)
Wed, Jan 24, 2018

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’?
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

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
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

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
Sun, Dec 10, 2017

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
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

A trawl through Europe’s best Christmas markets.

Javed Akhtar gets trolled for typo in Girija Devi tribute even after apology; when will this inane trolling stop?
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Javed Akhtar tweeted out a tribute on the demise of Thumri singer Girija Devi, with an 'autocorrect' typo, but the poet-lyricist was incessantly trolled even after he apologised. When will this culture of 'trolling just for the heck of it' really end?

Cherry Blossom Festival to be held in Shillong in November
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

The India International Cherry Blossom is being touted as the world's only Autumn Cherry Blossom Festival, and will be held next to Shillong's famous Ward Lake during November 8-11.

Goa through an insider’s lens: Airbnb launches Goan travel guide on how to live like a local
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

The new Airbnb Goa Insider’s Guide encourages travellers to ‘Live There’ and has interesting suggestions for everyone – from a gourmand or merrymaker to art connoisseurs and art mavens.

Here’s what a modern take on the ‘Independence night’ dinner served on August 14, 1947 looks like
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Taj chefs recreate the three-course dinner menu that was served at the Taj Palace Mumbai on the night of August 14, 1947, to celebrate India's 71st Independence Day and serve history on a plate. The food was primarily classical French with Indian influences.