Shona Adhikari
The writer is an author and a former art gallery owner
My Stories
Europe by the Hooghly

For those not too familiar with Bengal’s early history, the title of this piece may not make any sense.

Malda—the Mango Garden of Bengal

It may sound strange, but mangoes—the succulent fruit we are privileged to eat in summer, appears to be inseparably linked with the town of Malda in Bengal.

A Chinese Connection in Udhagamandalam

This gloriously long name belongs to one of India’s most popular hill stations, perched on the Nilgiri range and better known as Ooty.

A date with Kanishka

I had been waiting for at least 3 decades for this opportunity. You might consider it strange that anyone could be so keen on seeing a headless statue!

Kittur Rani Chennamma

On 11th September 2007, a statue of Rani Chenamma was unveiled at the Parliament House Complex by President Pratibha Patil.

Kota Doria —That Gossamer Fine Weave

It was the end of March and summer was upon us when I decided to make a visit to Kaithoon, in a quest for Kota saris.

Chotubhai Bollywood Dresswala

You may well ask, “how on earth did you get to meet a Bollywood Dresswala?

Gokarna—Sacred Shrines & Exotic Beaches

With its exotic beaches and sacred shrines, as a tourist getaway, Gokarna has been discovered rather recently.

Burmese Delight

The very first time that I tasted the unique Burmese speciality ‘Khau Suey’, was when Bibi my talented niece offered me a bowl of what looked like soup, almost 25 years ago.

To Ooty by Toy Train

Among the most enjoyable ways to reach Ooty, the southern hill station in the Nilgiris, is by the famous Toy Train.  The breeze becomes cooler as the train chugs along slowly on its narrow gau

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